Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 119

Deep Purple- Perfect Strangers

I was told tonight that I seemed a little burnt out from listening to Deep Purple the past 5 nights. Yeah, that's true. As much as I love Deep Purple, it's tough getting through multiple records by any band on consecutive nights. I'm always looking forward to the next band that's coming up.

That being said, this is my favorite Deep Purple record and happy I'm ending Deep Purple week with it. I'm sure people will think I'm nuts for saying that, but this was the first album I owned by them and also the tour that I got to see them on. Incredible show at the 1985 Texxas Jam. 25 years later and I can still see Jon Lord rocking that organ back and forth. Funny side note, I passed out during Ted Nugent's set. Hey, I was 12 and it was August! Pretty awesome lineup though: Victory, Grim Reaper, Bon Jovi, Ted Nugent, Night Ranger, Scorpions, and then Deep Purple. I was good to go by the time Night Ranger hit the stage. Man, the Texxas Jam was so much fun. Those were the good ol' days.

I wonder how it was for dudes that were big time fans of Deep Purple in their 70's heyday when they released this album after an eight year breakup. Did they dig it or think it was crap? It's hard for me to believe long time Purple fans would think it's crap with "Knocking at Your Back Door" and "Perfect Strangers" being the first two singles. Those songs kick serious ass. But I still think every song on this album kicks ass. It's the only one of their albums I've owned on vinyl, cassette, and CD.

When you think about it, when the "classic" Deep Purple reunited, it was a supergroup forming. You had Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover from Rainbow, Ian Gillan coming from Black Sabbath, Jon Lord with Whitesnake and Ian Paice backing up Gary Moore. That's a rather impressive list of bands there. Damn, that reminds me, I need to get some Gary Moore on vinyl. I always thought that dude was underrated. I think he was one of those guys that was big in Europe but small potatoes here. Thankfully we had shows like USA Network's Night Flight to introduce us to bands or artists like that. Remember that show? My brother and I would record it every Friday night and keep the videotapes and watch them over and over. We did that a lot with Headbanger's Ball too. We even had a video of Michael Bolton when he was rocking out and was then known as Michael Bolotin. Wish I could transfer those VHS tapes to DVD. Jim, do you still have them?

Ok, I'm babbling on and I got to get to bed. I have 4 records of the next band coming up. Any guesses?

Hey Jonathan, did you buy Machine Head tonight?

I couldn't decide which video to put up so I put up both.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 118

Deep Purple- Come Taste The Band

This is not a very memorable album. "Comin' Home" and "Drifter" were cool tunes, but that's about it. I do like Jon Lord's organ work. It carries the record. And Tommy Bolin is shredding. But other than that, the songs are pretty run of the mill.

By this point in my Deep Purple collection and their career I guess, you got to wonder why they still called themselves Deep Purple without Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, and Roger Glover. And that's not a knock against David Coverdale, Tommy Bolin, and Glenn Hughes. No surprise that they broke up after this record. Although I guess it's possible they would have kept going had Tommy Bolin not died. If you've been following his blog, you should know that I do dig me some Tommy Bolin.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 117

Deep Purple- Stormbringer

Deep Purple as a whole has to be up there for worst album covers ever. Who thought that rainbow lightning striking a horse with wings while riding a tornado was a good idea? I don't care what kind of drugs they were on, that's just terrible.

Regardless of the horrible album cover, I do like this record. Very funky record that surprisingly works very well. Unfortunate that there are a few skips on the lp though. Oh well, I can live with it, but I'll be on the lookout for a better copy. I'll listen to this more than once. Good 70's rock n' roll record.

For those that don't know, this is the second record with David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes on bass. Burn was the first one, I need to find that. This was also the last record with Ritchie Blackmore until the Mk. II reunion. A lot of people say they should have broken up after Blackmore left, but I'm glad they didn't. I like the next record, Come Taste The Band, with Tommy Bolin on guitar. Oops, I guess I just gave away what I'm listening to tomorrow night!

I couldn't find any good concert footage of the song "Stormbringer" so here's just the song. Good stuff.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day 116

Deep Purple- Who Do We Think We Are

I don't think this album is as bad as critics say it is. Sure, it's not as good as Machine Head, but it does have my all time favorite Deep Purple song, "Woman From Tokyo" on it. Yes, I know it's spelled "Tokayo" on the back cover.

I enjoy every song on this album except for "Place In Line". That's just an awful six minute long blues jam. "Rat Boy Blue" has some awesome organ work from Jon Lord. Overall, I'd give the album a solid B.

Since this is the last album of the first go round of Mk. II and I'll start up Mk. III tomorrow night, it got me thinking about the interesting history of Deep Purple. Does anyone know of a good biography I can get on them? Wikipedia only gives you so much. It'll be interesting listening to Coverdale fronted Deep Purple tomorrow night. I can't say that I've ever listened to Mk. II and Mk. III in such a short time span. We already know who will win out.

Throwing a little love to Steve Morse by posting a live video of "Woman From Tokyo" with him on guitar. Crazy to think that he's been the guitarist in Deep Purple now for as long as Blackmore (16 years).

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 115

Deep Purple- Machine Head

Machine Head, the album that most people would say is Deep Purple's finest hour. But not me. I'll get into what is my favorite Purple album later. Don't get me wrong, it's obviously a classic and I love it as much as the next guy, but there is just another Deep Purple album that I love a little bit more.

As much as I have tired of "Smoke On The Water" and usually change the station when it comes on the radio, when you listen to the album straight through, it sounds so good. Two songs I'll never get tired of hearing on here are "Highway Star" and "Space Truckin'".

Really, I just want to crank up this album super loud, but Jessica wouldn't be too happy with that. I really need some quality headphones. Hint, hint, Jessica.

I almost skipped out on doing the blog tonight. I'm super tired from going out at 4am for Black Friday. It was definitely worth it though. We picked up a Vizio HDTV, an HP netbook, and a bunch of other stuff we wanted. It was actually a lot of fun, but I'm looking forward to a good long sleep tonight.

Here's "Highway Star" from the same concert video I used last night. Must have been a helluva show!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 114

Deep Purple- Fireball

Tonight's the first of 6 nights of Deep Purple. Unlike the streak of 8 that I did with Jackson Browne, I'm really looking forward to listening to all 6 back to back. In my book, Deep Purple are one of the best rock n' roll bands of all time. Every time I shop, I always make it a point to look for Deep Purple records. Sucks that I only have 6, but I'm looking forward to getting the rest.

I took a gamble buying this record used. It's really beat to hell, but it was cheap and I lucked out in that it plays really well. I guess this album isn't as well known as some others to the casual Deep Purple fan, but trust me, it rules.

I was surprised to read that it didn't even become a gold record in the US until 2001. Thirty years after it's release!
Another cool thing about this record that I just discovered, is that it's the Italian edition with "Demon's Eye" as the third track instead of "Strange Kind of Woman". Although I think the latter is a great song, I geekily think it's awesome that I found an import version of this album without even knowing it and paid just a few bucks to purchase it. Maybe I should track down the US version too.

It's 11:20pm now, and Jessica and I are going to attempt to go to Target in three hours to get a TV on Black Friday. I know we're nuts. So I'm going to leave you here and put on a movie to keep me occupied. I'm attempting to pull an all-nighter. Ugh.

Here's a high quality video I found on youtube of Deep Purple doing "Fireball" live. It's a lot of awesome.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 113

David & David- Boomtown

This is probably the best album that I've found for $1. I only got it because I remembered loving the song "Welcome To The Boomtown", but really this whole album is great. I've listened to it numerous times since the purchase.

Although, I never had this album originally, I've been a huge David Baerwald fan for 20 years or so. His first solo album, Bedtime Stories, is one of my favorites from the late 80's/early 90's era. I'm always looking for that album on vinyl. Not even sure if it was ever put on wax. Baerwald is an incredible songwriter. I highly recommend you give him a listen. And I gotta give props to David Ricketts for producing three albums by one of my all time faves, Matthew Ryan.

My favorites tunes on this record are the first three: "Welcome to the Boomtown", "Swallowed By The Cracks", and the song that I sometimes only listen to when putting this record on, "Ain't So Easy". I guess that's why they were also the three singles from this record. Side 2 is good too. I especially dig "Swimming In The Ocean" and album closer, "Heroes".

Cool, I actually found the real video for "Welcome To The Boomtown". I'm sure you remember this tune if you are over 30.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 112

The Cure- Disintegration

Sorry I've been away from the blog the past two days. I've missed doing it, but Roger Waters performing The Wall live in Dallas had to be witnessed. If the show is coming near you, treat yourself. Even if you are not a Pink Floyd fan, it's one helluva spectacle.

It was weird being back in Dallas. It's where I grew up, but I haven't really been there at all in 5 or 6 years. We were nowhere near my old stomping grounds, but I constantly kept looking for anybody that I knew growing up. No luck, oh well.
Dallas has seemed to change quite a bit, but I'm still very happy that I no longer live there. I've been in Austin for 15 years now and it's home.

Another thing I did while in Dallas was vinyl shopping. First went to Good Records on Lower Greenville. They opened up after I had already split town, but heard good things about the store. I wasn't let down. Great selection of indie vinyl. I picked up the Red House Painters' Songs For A Blue Guitar and a 7" from Kurt Vile. I'll definitely go back next time I'm up that way.
After that, we headed over to Forever Young Records in good ol' Grand Prairie. My friend Chris warned me that the selection was ginormous, and he wasn't kidding. I let out a "whoa!" as soon as I walked in the doors. I started out like a kid in a candy store, but was soon let down. I found a ton of records I've been looking for, but there was no way I was about to pay their outrageous prices! $25 for the second Blue Rodeo record on used wax? Gimme a break! I guarantee you I will eventually find it down here for $5 or less.
Well I kept looking and kept being disappointed by the prices. I did end up buying two records though that were $15 each. Danny Wilde's Any Man's Hunger and The Syndicate of Sound's Little Girl. I didn't want to go all that way and come back empty handed.
But I don't want to knock Forever Young completely. I get that they are a store geared toward the hardcore collector that are willing to pay those prices. And I'm sure they do a ton of business online. Good for them. Chris has to go up there from time to time so next round I just may give him the $35 it cost to get the Billy Squier Creatures of Habit lp. Ha!

Alright, obviously I have not talked much about this record, but you, me and everyone we know knows this album is fantastic. Enough said.

Well that's it for the letter C. One thing I enjoy doing after completing a letter is think back on all the artists/bands I'm missing. Who comes to mind are Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, Centro-Matic, and The Connells. That's all I can think of right now because I'm distracted. Help me out.

One of the best songs ever:

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 111

Culture Club- Colour By Numbers

I only own this album because it was a grab bag find and "Karma Chameleon" is a cool tune. But take away that tune plus "Church Of The Poison Mind" and "Miss Me Blind" and this is a rather bad album. And it has a ton of skips on it. So that being said it's a non-keeper. If I come across a Greatest Hits album by them, I'll be cool with that. "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" off the first album is a great song..

Speaking of that song, I remember the first time I saw Culture Club was on Solid Gold in like 1983. It didn't bother me that Boy George looked like a woman at all. What bothered me was that he was performing in his bare feet! That was so strange and gross to me because I've never been a fan of bare feet. I can tolerate my own and Jessica's, but other than that, it's pretty nasty. Especially dudes in flip flops. Girls can get away with it for the most part because they tend to take care of their feet, but have you ever seen a dude with a pair of good looking feet?

I have a pair of flops I wear around the house that Jessica's Mom got me in Brazil, but that's it. I'm not going out in public in them. They make you look ridiculous and the noise they make is super annoying. I remember going down to the beach on the Jersey Shore when I was younger and I'd be walking around on the sand in my combat boots. I'm sure I looked like a dumbass to everyone, but that's how much I hated flip flops when I was younger.

Ok, no more blasting the foot. There is a 10% chance of there being a blog tomorrow night. I'm leaving early tomorrow morning to drive with my buddy Chris to see Roger Waters in Dallas. Woo-hoo! We're staying overnight, so unless I get up very early and put on a record, it's not happening. I'm bummed about it. I haven't missed a day on this blog in quite some time, but I guess it had to happen eventually. What I really want to get is a portable turntable so this won't happen in the future.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 110

The Cult- Love

I like The Cult alright, but never that big of a fan. The past few years when they've come through Austin, at first I was like, "oh cool", but then I'd never go and never cared.

The way I see it with The Cult, they had three albums that really mattered. This one, which is great, Electric which is not bad, and Sonic Temple which is terrible. I really do think that "Edie (Ciao Baby)" is one of the worst songs of my generation. I despise that song!

But on the flip side of that, I think "She Sells Sanctuary" is the best song they've ever written and a strong reason why I love this album.

I wasn't aware of this album when it first came out. Electric was my introduction to The Cult and I was rocking that one for awhile which made me get this one. But it was quickly obvious which was the better album. Yeah the one without the cover of "Born To Be Wild". This is the only album I have by The Cult. I may be interested in getting Electric, but I won't go hunting for it. If someone wants to try and convince me to listen to Sonic Temple again, I'm all ears. I'm sure it'll still suck though.

Here's a video of "She Sells Sanctuary". Hilarious that the dude who posted it includes song lyrics. Ha!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 109

Cruzados- After Dark

Back in the days before I had a job in high school, my Mom used to give me $2 a day for lunch money. Being that I was already becoming a music freak, I would save up the money and mooch food off girls during lunch period. Yeah, I was pretty smooth with the ladies! Anyways, I'd take the now $10 I had on Friday and walk over to Richardson Square Mall and head straight into Camelot Music to buy...well, anything.

I always made it a point to check out their cutout bins to see what they had for cheap. And that's how I discovered the Cruzados and this album in particular. I had no idea who they were or what they sounded like, but I thought they had a cool band name and a cool album cover. That was enough for me. Plus, it was only $4 on cassette. $6 profit!

I get home and put it on immediately, crossing my fingers that they weren't duds. By the time the first chorus for opening track, "Small Town Love" finished, I was hooked. I honestly remember having chills by how great this album was and how proud of myself I was to "discover" them. I couldn't tell you how many times I played the cassette that weekend, but I knew every word to every song rather quickly without the aide of the lyric sheet. And I'm still singing along with Tito right now.
In 1989, if anyone asked me who my favorite bands were, Cruzados would make the cut everytime. But just like any 16 year old, I eventually stopped listening and moved on to other bands. It didn't help that there weren't going to be anymore Cruzados albums either. But last year when I found this collecting dust in End of An Ear with a $1 price tag on it, I was that excited school boy all over again. Once again, I went home and immediately played it over and over. Even tonight, "Small Town Love", "Road of Truth" and the rest of the songs sound as great now as they did 21 years ago. (Just in case you were wondering, I know the album came out in 1987, but I didn't buy it until 1989.)

This is what real rock n' roll sounds like to me. For their sake, I wish more people agreed, but selfishly, I like to still consider them my little secret.

Too bad I can't find a real video for them off this album. Instead, here's a cool interview they did with MuchMusic in 1987. I enjoyed it so maybe you will too.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 108

Cruzados- Cruzados

I won't get into how I became a Cruzados fan until I listen to tomorrow night's record. This is the first time I'm ever listening to this album and it's another one that I found for a buck.

So for those of you who don't know, this was Tito Larriva's band pre-Tito & Tarantula. Really good mid to late 80's rock n' roll band from LA. After the Bodeans opened up the flood gates for me in '88, I really got hooked on this style of music. I don't necessarily know what you would call it. Americana? Whatever.

I'm digging this album. It's not as good as After Dark, their second and last album, but still decent. It's odd though, the first couple of songs they sound like The Church or Echo, but by the end of Side 1, they are doing a song in Spanish, "Flor de Mal". I definitely like Side 2 better. It's got a real nice balance. All the songs blend. My favorite tune on the album is easily "1000 miles". Good road trip song.

I'm really looking forward to tomorrow night's listen now. Hearing Tito's voice again is giving me the itch to get to that record.

Well I knew I wouldn't find a video of Cruzados for this album, but I did find a Tito & Tarantula clip of them doing "Motorcycle Girl". It's definitely the most rockin' song from this lp.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 107

Rodney Crowell- Street Language

This is my first time listening to this record. It's another grab bag find. I've always liked Rodney Crowell ever since first being introduced to his music through the 1992 album Life is Messy. I got it as a promo and was just going to give it to my Dad since it was country, but I gave it a spin and loved it. I don't have that CD anymore, but I'd like to get it in my hands again. I'm sure it was never released on vinyl.

Another thing I've always admired about Rodney Crowell is his Nashville outsider status. I respect guys like him and Kevin Welch that don't play by Nashville's rules. I'd really like to hear what they would have to say about the schlock coming out of Nashville nowadays.

This album is 50/50 for me. I really can't stand the first track, "Let Freedom Ring" or the few songs that are ruined by the use of crappy keyboards. . But there are some gems on here like "When I'm Free Again", John Hiatt's "She Loves The Jerk", and "The Best I Can". Overall definitely not one of his finer moments. I bet he'd agree with me on that. Especially with how great he's been in the past decade.

Interesting side note. Looking at the liner notes, I noticed that David Lindley plays on this record too. I need to start keeping track of how many records I have with him on it. Dude is everywhere.

I can't find any videos for any tunes off this album so here's Rodney doing his classic, "Till I Gain Control Again" with Emmylou Harris. Enjoy

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 106

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young- Deja Vu

This is another band who's 80's material tainted me. My first taste of C,S,N (no Y) was that video where there on a sailboat. Hell, I can't remember the name of the song. But MTV played it all the time and it drove me nuts. I bet if I heard it now, I'd probably like it. Ha!

Of course I've heard many of these songs countless times, but I never owned a C,S,N & Y record until recently. It was a few months ago and Woodstock the movie came on VH1 Classic. I dug their set so much in the movie, I went out and got this record the next day.

This album really is a classic and I'm glad I got out of my 80's hatred of them. That video I was mentioning earlier was for "Southern Cross" by the way.
I'll probably end up with more from these guys with or without Neil Young, but for now this is all I have on vinyl. I do have quite a bit of Neil Young records in case you were wondering though.

Here's a cool live version of "Carry On". They are rocking it out in this clip.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Day 105

Jim Croce- Photographs & Memories: His Greatest Hits

Man, what a storyteller. Like Harry Chapin, it's really a shame he died so young.

It's always odd to me how hearing a song that you haven't heard in a long time can make you think of a memory that really doesn't seem that important. That happened to me when "Operator" came on. I immediately thought back to one of the times I used to drive from Richardson (where I grew up) to Carswell Air Force Base in Ft. Worth with my parents to go grocery shopping. We used to do that every other Saturday for what seemed like forever when I was a kid. Since my Dad is retired Marine Corps, we'd take advantage of the hour long drive to get tax free groceries at the commissary and shop for clothes and whatnot at the PX. I used to bitch and moan about it when we did it because it would take up the majority of our Saturday, but I secretly really did enjoy it. Plus, I always loved stopping at the Robin Hood Sandwich Shoppe on base when we got there. To this day, I've never had an Italian sandwich as good as they make. I'd kill for one right now. Anyways, I remember hearing "Operator" on the oldies station my Dad used to listen to and really dug the tune. I guess I'll always think about that whenever I hear it.

So after hearing "Operator", I knew that Jim Croce was pretty good. But, once I heard "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", I knew he was awesome. My favorite tune of his though, has to be "New York's Not My Home". For me, it's a tune I can relate to when I attempted to move to the Jersey Shore back in 2003 and felt very out of place. That's a another story for another time though.

Here's a clip of him doing "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown on the Midnight Special and if you watch it, I guarantee you this song will be stuck in your head the rest of the day.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Day 104

Marshall Crenshaw- Downtown

It's nice to wake up on Saturday morning and get my daily blog post out of the way before I get out to enjoy the day. And today is going to be a busy one. Besides doing some shopping, Jessica and I are going to the Austin Comic Con today. I'm pretty excited about it. I'm not that big a comic book geek, although I do love Judge Dredd, but it will be a great spot for people watching. Then tonight, I'm heading to the UT football game with my buddy, Eric.

I won't say this album is as great as his first two, but I do like it. Where as I enjoyed every song before, he does have some duds on this one. Side 2 is pretty flawless, but there were a couple of throwaways on the first side. Favorite tracks are "(We're Gonna) Shake Up Their Minds", "Lesson Number One", and "Little Wild One (No. 5)".

I'd still recommend picking it up. I'm sure you can find this for a buck or two. I'm certain that's all I paid for it. Ok, off to enjoy my Saturday. You do the same!

Sad that this video has only been viewed 298 times on youtube.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 103

Marshall Crenshaw- Field Day

I got two great records at Backspin today that I'm looking forward to listening to after this. Bob Mould's Workbook and Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada by Godspeed You Black Emperor! I haven't been into Backspin in a really long time and was pretty excited about their selection. I look forward to going back without Jessica so that I can have more time to hunt. Fifteen minutes just isn't enough time!

Listening to another great album by Marshall Crenshaw. Please give this guy a listen if you aren't familiar with him. This album is even peppier than his first one and I dig every tune on it. My favorites are "Whenever You're On My Mind", which I think was the single, "For Her Love", and "Monday Morning Rock". I know, silly song title, but great tune. Alright, leaving this one short tonight. It's hard to praise a guy two nights in a row and I still have to save some of it for tomorrow night's album.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 102

Marshall Crenshaw- Marshall Crenshaw

Another underrated songwriter that I will never understand why he didn't make it big. This album is just full of great pop songs. I'm sure "Someday, Someway" is a song that most people know, but don't know who did it or what the name of the song is, but know it as soon as they hear it. It surprises me that it was never covered. If you are unfamiliar with Crenshaw, think Alex Chilton and Tommy Keene. He's right along those lines with writing great power pop songs.

I admit that I was late myself getting into Marshall Crenshaw. I got a promo copy of his The Best of Marshall Crenshaw: This Is Easy album that came in 2000 and I was immediately hooked. That album was full of killer tunes that are on this album along with the next two that I have of his.

One of the things I love about this album that came out in 1982, is that it doesn't sound dated. No use of synthesizers or any of that crap. Just guitar, bass, and drums. Every song on here is really good. No fillers at all in my book. Besides "Someday, Someway", I really dig "Rockin' Around In NYC" and "Cynical Girl".

I hope he still gets out and tours. I'd love to see him live and I don't think he's been around Austin since I got into him 10 years ago.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 101

Creedence Clearwater Revival- Pendulum

Don't you hate it when the song titles on the album sleeve don't match with how they are on the record? That's always bugged me and I don't understand why that happens. It's like they are screwing with the listener's head. Obviously this album is like that, but fortunately I'm pretty familiar with this album and don't have that problem.

Pendulum has my all time favorite CCR song on it, "Hey Tonight". I can listen to that song anytime. To me, the song is a perfect rock n' roll song. That's not a word I attach to a song very often, but there are a few others that I can think of. Just ask if you are curious.

I'm pretty bummed that this is my last CCR album. Beyond me why I don't have their whole catalog, but yet I have 8 Jackson Browne records. Gotta get my priorities straight when it comes to record shopping!
That's another thing I love about doing this blog. I haven't listened to Creedence in quite some time, but now I'm all into them again.

Here's a youtube clip for "Hey Tonight".

Day 100

Creedence Clearwater Revival- Bayou Country

Milestone Alert! Day 100! I think I've reached that point where casual readers will be like, "Oh, he's still doing that?" Ha!

And that's fine. I think it's awesome that this blog has gotten hits from all over the world, but I'm doing this for myself. I'm still having a great time doing it and I'll be one proud boy if I can keep it going all the way to ZZ Top. I just don't even want to begin to think how many years away that is from now. I'm sure I've said this before, but "1000" is just a nice round number for a website address. I'll be going way past that.

So on to Bayou Country. Great, great album by a great, great band. Wish I could have started off with their debut, but unfortunately I only have two of their albums on vinyl. Kinda nuts that they put out 7 studio albums in 4 years.

While I was driving home tonight, I had "Born On The Bayou" in my head and began to think, "damn, that song is metal". Seriously. Compare Creedence to someone like Alice Cooper and it's easy to hear that they are a way heavier band. Funny that when the conversation comes up of who started the "heavy metal" sound, CCR never come up. Most people refer to them as "roots rock", "southern rock", or "swamp rock". I don't get that at all. Hell, just listen to "Keep On Chooglin" on this album to understand what I'm talking about.

Ok on another note, a few weeks ago I promised a prize to one lucky person if they signed up to be a follower on this blog. And that person is Greg. Greg, I'll be in touch to give you a few choices of 7 inchers to choose from.

I'd like to keep giving away stuff, so please follow my blog if you are an invisible reader!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 99

Cream- Live Cream Volume II

This album's sleeve is beat to hell, but the record plays clean. When I first got it, I figured I'd have to throw it away. It was also in a Half Price grab bag.

It's a good record to have for being the only Cream album I've ever owned in any format. When I was younger, I hated the song "White Room". I don't know why, but it took me some years to appreciate it's awesomeness. And it's especially awesome live.

So that brings up a question. Are you a fan of live albums? Yes or no? Seems like most people I know either hate them or love them. I personally think they are great. For me, I love it when bands change up songs from how they sound on a studio album. Plus, live they just let loose. Take this album for instance. Clapton is killing it. So is Ginger and Bruce for that matter. I really should go out and get Volume I to complete the set. Really, I just need to get the whole Cream catalog. Kinda surprising though that "Strange Brew" or "Badge" isn't on either live album.

I'm gonna go listen to side 2 and start doing some sit-ups. My spare tire is inflating! Big day tomorrow with reaching Day 100. Any guesses on who it is? I'll also announce who wins a 7" for being a follower tomorrow as well. See you then!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Day 98

Chick Corea- Tap Step

I don't have much to say about this album other than it sucks, I don't know why I own it, and I'm getting rid of it. So instead, I'm gonna talk about other stuff.

I'm wrapping up an awesome four day weekend tonight. Why can't they all be four day weekends? Went to Fun Fun Fun Fest. Weird Al was one of the best shows I've seen in a long time. If you ever get a chance, go see him live. Other highlights were the apples in stereo and The Gories.

I also spent a good amount of time cleaning out my Netflix watch instantly queue. The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia is a great documentary. I highly recommend it.
Also watched The Crazies (good), The Descent 2 (eh), Carriers (lame), Gamer (god awful), Pandorum (also god awful), and Legion (decent). For some reason, I was in a horror genre mood. And yes, I obviously had a lot of time on my hands. Jessica and I also went and saw Due Date today. That movie was hilarious! I've been a huge fan of Zach's going back to Late World With Zach so it's great to see him become a big time star.

Ok, I got two more songs to go with this album. Think I'll look up football box scores while I ignore what's on the turntable. And no video tonight. I don't want to subject you to this crap.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Day 97

Alice Cooper- Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits

I never was a big fan of Alice Cooper, so a Greatest Hits album is all I need. All I really ever knew were the songs played on the radio like "School's Out", "I'm Eighteen", and "No More Mr. Nice Guy". Alice Cooper left a bad taste in my mouth when he came out with that song "Poison" in 1989. Man, that song still sucks.

It's funny to me that you hear about Alice Cooper being "heavy metal". I never thought he was metal at all and listening to this album only confirms that. Shock rock does not equal metal. Musically, this band was just Detroit rock n' roll.

Every song I'm hearing on this record is pretty good, but doesn't make me want to go out and get the catalog or anything. I still like the songs you hear on the radio the best. It would be cool to see Alice Cooper live though. As long as he didn't play "Poison".

Friday, November 5, 2010

Day 96

Ry Cooder- Bop Til You Drop

I really like Ry Cooder's guitar playing a lot, but I'm not too crazy about his vocals. It's like when Satriani decided he could be a singer too. Oh, that was bad.

I guess my first exposure to Ry Cooder was on John Hiatt's, Bring The Family. And then after that, the Little Village supergroup thing he did with Nick Lowe, Jim Keltner, and Hiatt. That was an ok album. I still really dig that song, "Solar Sex Panel". Lastly was the Buena Vista Social Club. We had to play that constantly in my record store. It is a great album, but I got seriously sick of it.

This is another album I got on the cheap and not really the album I've been looking for by him. That would be Get Rhythm. I'm a huge fan of that song, "Going Back To Okinawa". Tip me off if you see it anywhere. Ok, back to this album. It's ok besides me not liking his vocals. I really dig his version of "Little Sister". I also dig the only instrumental, "I Think It's Going To Work Out Fine", and the gospel flavored "Trouble You Can't Fool Me". "Down in Hollywood" is just a flat out terrible tune.

There is a pretty impressive cast of musicians on the album though. From Jim Keltner on drums, David Lindley on guitar, and Chaka Khan on background vocals.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day 95

Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers- Rumble

As soon as I put this one on, I started thinking about what albums I have owned at one time or another on vinyl, cassette, and cd. This was one of them.

I often think back to the summer of 1988 as being one of my favorite summers ever. Just had a great group of friends to hang out and get in trouble with, and this along with a few others, served as the soundtrack. Pretty funny that I probably haven't listened to this album in almost 20 years and I'm still singing along to each song.

Anybody from Dallas that's my age probably remembers the Monday night Dallas Alley free concerts in the West End. Got to see these guys at one of them. Those shows were the best and saw a lot of the bands I was into during those days there. It was great to for us 15 and 16 year olds that we could go see these bands without having the trouble of getting into a club. And we always met the bands after the shows. I don't remember why they stopped having those shows there. Seems like after Van Hagar did one in 1991 it all went bye-bye. Too bad.

Well for those of you who don't know who this is, I'd recommend them if you like good late 80's bar band rock n' roll. They were one of the best.

Just looked up their website and good to see that they are still playing together. Doing a show this Saturday as a matter of fact. I would love to be able to see that.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 94

John Coltrane Quartet- Ballads

I wish I had the time and resources to be a huge Jazz nut. I love Jazz and not just the old stuff. I'm sure you know that already if you read my Acoustic Alchemy posts. I think I know a decent amount about the genre, but I hear some dudes talk about it and I'm clueless.

I first got into Coltrane when I was about 19 through my friend DL. We used to take cross country road trips together and between my Metal and Americana and his Jazz and Hip-Hop, it made for a pretty interesting musical journey. Whoever was behind the wheel, controlled the stereo. But it was all good. He listened to good Jazz and good Hip-Hop, so I definitely could get into it. Those were good times. I can't hear a Tribe Called Quest and not flashback to him driving 100 mph at night in the middle of West Virginia blasting Low End Theory on a stretch of highway that was under construction while tailing a limousine. I was scared shitless and he's just rapping out loud calm as a cucumber. Dude was a nut job, but I love him.

So thanks DL, for being the first to really introduce me to Coltrane. I don't remember if he had this album specifically, but I did get it on CD a few years later. It's pretty amazing that they did all of these songs in one take except for "All Or Nothing At All". As much as I love Coltrane's sax, I really dig McCoy Tyner's piano. I need to get some of his albums. I also need to get the John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman lp. Their version of "My One and Only Love" still kills me every time I hear it.

Day 93

Phil Collins- No Jacket Required

As I eat my Whataburger after a long day of working at the Chronicle and then Waterloo, I'm looking at the new Mark Kozelek lp I bought tonight and listening to....Phil Collins. Somedays I curse this blog.

Why do I own this record? I remember buying it for a buck at Musicmania. I figured since I didn't have any Phil Collins that it was worth it. Um, now I'm not too sure. A few people that already knew this record was up next were trying to convince me that it was a good album. Yeah, not so much. If I wanted a Collins record, I should have gotten Hello, I Must Be Going!. At least "I Don't Care Anymore" is still a cool song.

I will admit, that I did love the hell out of "One More Night" back in Junior High. Think it had something to do with that Amy Littlefield chick not giving me the time of day again. Whatever, song sucks now. Maybe I'd still like it if I wasn't in a relationship with the most awesome girl in the world. And I always hated "Sussudio". What the hell is a Sussudio anyways? Stupid. And what about "Don't Lose My Number"? Is that just him ripping off Steely Dan's "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" but changing it to Billy? C'mon.

I will say that I like the last two songs on this album, "Inside Out" and "Take Me Home". If it weren't for these two songs on the record, I'd be using it to experiment in making coasters. Yeesh.

And for the record, I really do like Genesis a lot.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day 92

Nat King Cole- L-O-V-E

I listened to this album when I got home from work today, but I'm just now getting to writing about it 5 hours later while I listen to the new Orb featuring David Gilmour record. Really good stuff.

Anyhow, Nat King Cole to me is like Patsy Cline in the sense that I wouldn't be able to comprehend how anyone would not like him. It's just good music. Jessica came home after me while this record was on and she went straight into the record room to see what was playing. It was obvious that she was happy to come home to a sweet sounding record. Shit just puts you in a good mood.

Maybe I should play it again since I'm bummed the Rangers lost. Pitch around Renteria, Cliff Lee! Ugh.

I can't complain too much though. It was an outstanding season and I couldn't be more proud to call myself a fan of the Texas Rangers. This team is built to contend for the foreseeable future. With or without Cliff Lee. If he bails, I hope the Rangers get on the phone with Kansas City and ask about Zack Greinke. I love C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis, but we need at least one more dynamic arm in the rotation. Hopefully Derek Holland will blossom too.

Ok, enough sports talk. This is a music blog right? I think I've said all I need to say about Nat King Cole. Everyone knows who he is and everyone should have at least one of his records in their collection.

Since everyone knows the song "L-O-V-E" and that I'm also half Japanese, here is a clip of Nat doing this song in Japanese. Pretty impressive.