Sunday, December 4, 2011

Days 315-16

Kansas- Song For America & Leftoverture

I was always a casual Kansas fan that always just dug their hits like "Point of No Return" and "Carry On Wayward Son". I can't ever recall owning any of their albums when I was a kid. But now I find myself having five of their releases on vinyl. Weird how that works.

I totally dug these first two records. I didn't recognize a single song of off Song for America but I was getting into it. Leftoverture is definitely the stronger album though.

I was shocked when I just researched this album. It's crazy that 5 million copies of this records has been sold. And that's with "Carry On Wayward Son" only reaching #11 on the charts! That's why I love the 70's. People cared about music way more back then. Hell, does Katy Perry even reach 5 million records sold now?

In case you were wondering, Kansas is still active and touring. I know a lot of you would laugh at that or say they need to hang it up, but why? It sure as hell beats our crappy 9-5 jobs.

So good for you Kansas, keep on rockin'!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 314

The Judds- Greatest Hits

Surprised I own this one? Kinda weird that it comes right after Judas Priest, but up until now, The Judds were always a guilty pleasure. C'mon now, "Mama He's Crazy"? That's good stuff. But this record is all the Judds I need.

I actually blame CMT for making me a Judds fan. When I was working at a record store throughout the 90's, I would watch Country Music Television quite a bit as homework. I live in Texas, so I had to keep up with what the customers were asking for. Most of it was pure crap (Garth Brooks, etc), but a few /artists stuck with me besides the Judds like Steve Wariner, Marty Stuart and Dwight Yoakum. I think theses acts were also the last wave of "real" country. Most of the 90's on stuff is up is pure crap and should be ashamed of calling themselves country music. It's pop music with a twang and a cowboy hat.

So I guess what I'm saying is I have a sprinkling of 80's/early 90's country music throughout my collection. It's good to mix it up a bit.

Oh and I'm finally done with the J's! I can't think of much that I'm missing, but I'd love to get some Japancakes on vinyl if it even exists. And some Jesu.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Day 313

Judas Priest- Screaming For Vengeance

Just when I said I was going to start blogging regularly again, tragedy struck. My dog for the last 12 years passed away last Saturday. She wasn't only "just" my dog, but also really was my best friend. During those 12 years, I fell to the lowest of lows, but the one constant of hope, joy and optimism was her. There really were days where I didn't know how I would go on without her in my life. I owe her so much. I can only hope that I made her as happy as she made me.

Jessica and I knew this day was coming for quite some time and we agreed to get a new dog very shortly after she passed. After spending one of the worst weeks of my life grieving over her, we adopted a new dog yesterday. She's a chihuahua/terrier mix and only 10 months old. We already love her and are happy with our decision, but we still miss KW terribly and I personally know I always will. No dog will ever mean as much to me as her. Sorry, Choji! Although these last two days with Choji have been a pleasant distraction, I still find myself constantly talking and thinking about KW. Choji has a lot to live up to.

Yesterday before picking up Choji at the shelter, I laid down and listened to this album. For me, it was the Priest album. My brother owned it when I was 10 or so, and we played it all the time. Even though I only own two Priest records, there was no doubt that this had to be one of them.

Sorry for not talking more about this album. But writing about my dog feels more important to write about now.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 312

Judas Priest- Stained Class

I'm ashamed to admit that I only own two Judas Priest records. This one and Screaming For Vengeance. I've gone to the stores repeatedly looking for more Priest records, but the only used ones I ever find are Ram It Down and Turbo. The completist in me always tells me to buy these records, but the realist in me reminds me that both those records kinda suck. Really record stores, mark these records down to a $1 each.

But I really am a Priest fan. I'll take Iron Maiden over them any day of the week, but Judas Priest have always been high on my list of metal goodness. I was pretty disappointed when I read that K.K. Downing left the band. That's what prevented me from going to see them the last time they came through Texas. K.K. was always my favorite. To me it's the same as when Rob Halford left the band back in the 90's and they got Tim "Ripper" Owens to sing for them. C'mon, nobody wants to see or hear that shit!

Stained Class is a great record that I never owned as a kid. Not sure why that is. I know most of these songs somehow though. Must have been played a lot at some dude's house I used to hang out at. My favorite tune on the record is "Better By You Better Than Me" followed by "Exciter". But one song that surprised me by it's awesomeness is "Beyond The Realms of Death". Highly recommend you buy this record if you don't already own it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 311


I've finally gotten around to finishing up Journey. It's only taken 6 weeks!

I had this record when I was a kid, but I don't remember Side 2 being so awful. It's like they are intentionally trying to be "hard", but it's not working at all. I can't imagine many of their newer fans at the time digging this. Maybe the older ones could appreciate it.

But Side 1 is good stuff. Leading off with "Separate Ways" which is a good tune that I would probably like better if I didn't think of the crappy video they made for it. Jonathan Cain invented air keyboards in that video.

Rest of the tunes on Side 1 are really good stuff too and what you want to hear after after loving the Escape album so much. "Send Her My Love", "Chain Reaction", "After The Fall", and super weepy ballad, "Faithfully" which I personally think is better than "Open Arms". That's also a classic video. I love it when Steve Perry sadly looks into the mirror before shaving off his mustache. Ha, good stuff.

I'm posting both videos for your viewing pleasure.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 310

Journey- Escape

Forget about me? That's alright, I almost gave up, but am re-energized to see this through.

There's been a lot that's happened since the last time I posted on September 24th. For one, I'm now a married man! Our wedding was awesome and I'm one lucky dude. It was great to have all of our families and friends from out of town to come in to share our wonderful day with us.

So yeah, with that and going to Vegas and being busy at work and needing to catch up with all my stories on the tube, I pretty much neglected this blog. I'd love to promise that I'm going to do one every night for the rest of the year, but I just don't see that happening. I will at least do a few a week though.

Another reason that I was hesitant to get back on the blog was that I knew I still had some Journey to finish. I'm not hating on Journey, I just haven't been in the mood to listen to it. Especially since my all time favorite band, Wilco put out there new album too. I've been wanting to listen to that instead of anything else. Oh, and the new Sam Llanas CD. It's pretty damn good.

I'm not going to talk about this record. If you don't know about it already, then you just don't know Journey. Good to be back. The first one back is always the toughest.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Day 309

Journey- Captured

I'm supposed to wake up in less than 5 hours to catch my flight to Vegas in the morning, yet I'm in the music room listening to Journey. I tried to crash out, but it didn't take. I felt like I owed one more post to the blog before splitting town. Just sucks it has to be a double live album.

It's a good album though, just bitching because it's taking longer to get through. Like most people my age, I was introduced to Journey through the Escape album, so it's interesting to hear this live record that came out before that one that shows just how popular they already were.

And it also really proves how underrated they were as musicians. Neal Schon just does not get enough credit for being a bad ass. And I thought the bass solo was pretty good by Ross Valory. As far as bass solos goes, that is. I really don't need to get into Steve Perry's chops.

Favorite cut on the record is easily, "Any Way You Want It".

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day 308

Journey- Dream After Dream

I didn't even know this album existed when I found it in a Half Price Books box. Turns out it's a import that was a soundtrack to some Japanese movie back in 1981. After first listen, it's obvious why it was never released Stateside.

I don't think this album would appeal to prog rock Journey fans nor arena rock Journey fans. Shit is just weird. Mostly instrumental with a few tunes sung by Steve Perry. But even those are pretty lame. There is some real nice guitar work by Neal Schon on the album though.

I won't ever listen to this album again, but I'll keep it and maybe eventually try to sell it on ebay or something to some diehard Journey fan.

Day 307

Journey- Evolution

This is my first post on our new computer. We bought a new Toshiba laptop to replace the ancient one we've been using. So much faster. I love it!

I was hoping to get through Journey before I left for Vegas on Saturday, but looks like I'm gonna come up short. I still have four left after this one. Oh well, I've been pretty crappy about doing this daily lately. I hope to change that after the wedding.

There isn't as many big hits on this record, but you'll recognize "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" and "Just The Same Way". The last time I saw Journey two years ago, Gregg Rolie (who lives in Austin) came on stage to before "Just The Same Way". Pretty awesome and you could tell that Neal Schon really dug it too. I wonder if he'll come out to do that again tomorrow night. Man, I'm bummed I'm going to miss that show. I'd buy a ticket if I wasn't on a self-imposed ban on spending money before the Vegas trip. I really wanted to see Foreigner for the first time. Yeah, I know Lou Gramm isn't there, but I heard that Kelly Hansen is a formidable replacement. Plus I think it's cool that Jeff Pilson (from Dokken fame) is on bass.

Let me know how it was if you go.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 306

Journey- Infinity

Now we get into the Journey that everyone loves because Steve Perry joined the band!

Although my beloved prog rock is missing from this record, it's still a helluva good album. Can't beat tunes like, "Wheel In The Sky", "Feeling That Way", "Lights", and "Anytime". I love the vocal trade offs between Rolie and Perry.

Too bad Gregg left the band to make way for that tool, Jonathan Cain. Yeah he was vital for their 80's success, but he's no Gregg Rolie in my opinion. Doesn't have the vocal chops that's for sure.

Also a coincidence that I'm blogging my Journey records the same week they are coming to play in Austin. I saw them two years ago when they were here and I gotta admit I was the little Philipino dude won me over. Sounds just like Steve Perry, but with a ton of energy. Puts on a helluva good show. I'd love to go again, but I'm not paying for a ticket. Let me know if you want to give me one.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Day 305

Journey- Next

Sorry I've been busy the last few days either playing the new Anthrax album, Worship Music every night instead of blogging or like last night, going out. I highly recommend you pick up the Anthrax record. And going out.

This isn't your sister's Journey. (That's coming later). This is the pre-Steve Perry, largest afro on a white man courtesy of Neal Schon era of Journey. This album is also extremely prog rock, so no girl would ever get into it. So yeah, in a lot of ways, it's the better era of Journey.

I really dig all 8 songs on this record, but "People" is easily my favorite. Pretty crazy that this is the same band that went on to do sappy shit like "I'll Be Alright Without You". I think I have that record too. Oy.

I couldn't find a video for this record. Oh well, just more reason for you to go buy it yourselves.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Day 304

Tom Jones- This Is Tom Jones

I don't mind me some Tom Jones, but this isn't the Tom Jones record I need or want to own. It's like a greatest hits of other artists sung by Tom Jones album. It's got "Fly Me To The Moon", (Sitting On) The Dock Of the Bay" and "Hey Jude" to name a few. Sorry, Tom. But I'd rather listen to the originals.

What I need to find is a real Tom Jones greatest hits record. Y'know, "What's New Pussycat", "It's Not Unusual" and "She's A Lady". You know what I'm talking about. Hell, it'd be great to find one on vinyl that includes his version of "Kiss", but I highly doubt I'd find that.

Ok no more Joneses. Did anyone think Tom Jones was my last one?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 303

Rickie Lee Jones- Flying Cowboys

This is the Rickie Lee Jones album that I really dig. I owned it on cd back when it first came out. Don't really remember where I first heard the song "Satellites", but I loved it the first time I heard it. Could it really have been on MTV? Weird to think that that was probably the case.

Anyhow, I suppose this was her comeback album, but for me it's definitely her best. It doesn't sound like the "Jazz Rock" the other two albums do that I listened to earlier. Adult Alternative? Sure, why not.

The song that impressed me most after listening to this album again all these years later was the title track, "Flying Cowboys". Great guitar work on that song.

Well I'm almost through with the Joneses. I have one more to go and I've actually already listened to it. Care to guess?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Days 301-302

Rickie Lee Jones- Rickie Lee Jones & Pirates

I thought I'd like Rickie Lee Jones more than I actually do. I guess just because you like "Chuck E's In Love" and her background vocals on Lyle Lovett tunes doesn't really make you a fan though.

I will say though that I really do like the next (and last) album of hers I have coming up. We'll talk about that later.

So what do you call this kind of music anyways? Jazz Rock? Sounds stupid, but I can't think of anything else to call it. I'm definitely not saying it's bad. I just consumed to much of it in a short time span. And after having to go through Elton John, Billy Joel, Howard Jones and now this, I want something that really rocks. No offense Eric Johnson, but I need something more current. But alas, like I said I have one more Rickie Lee Jones album to get through and honestly I have no idea what's next. But man, I'm ready to get to those Judas Priest records.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Day 300

Howard Jones- Dream Into Action

Is Howard Jones the King of the Synthesizer? He should be. Well, either him or Thomas Dolby. Guess it could be a toss up.

Too bad you can't just buy Side 1 of this record. Side 2 is some serious crap. You know how there are times in life where you have to do something shitty once and then you are glad that you never have to do it again in your life? Well that's how I feel about Side 2 of this record. So glad I never have to hear it again.

But Side 1 on the other hand is pretty brilliant. It has 4 tracks that went on to be singles that just about everyone my age should recognize. "Things Can Only Get Better", "Life In One Day", "Like To Get To Know You Well", and the big hit, "No One Is To Blame". Now that's good stuff. Maybe he should have just put out an EP.

Oh, and in case you didn't notice, this is Day 300 for me. Another milestone, another pat on the back.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Day 299

Eric Johnson- Ah Via Musicom

Ok quick post because I'm tired and I just got home not that long ago from my fantasy football draft. Draft #2 that is.

Great album and great score for only $2! I can still listen to "Cliffs of Dover", "Forty Mile Town" and "Righteous" anywhere, anytime.

Only thing that was weird was that this album felt really short. A lot shorter than I remember it anyways.

Alright, I'm going to bed.

Day 298

Eric Johnson- Tones

This album sounds a little dated now that I'm listening to it 25 years after it's release, but I still dig it. Even though this album came out in 1986, it was around 1990 that I first started to get into Eric Johnson. Q102 up in Dallas used to play "Zap" a lot and that song still rules today.

I guess for those of you who don't know who Eric Johnson is, he's an Austin, TX guitar virtuoso. But what I like better about him over guys like Steve Vai or Joe Satriani is that he's not wailing on the guitar trying to do all these crazy scales and playing super fast. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but he's got more soul to his playing. Plus he's a helluva lot better vocalist that Satriani is. Oy, remember that one album where Satch tried to sing? Damn that was brutal.

I only have two of Eric Johnson's solo albums. This and Ah Via Musicom. I really would like to get more of his work including his earlier bands Alien Love Child and Electromagnets, but no idea if there even available on vinyl.

This clip is pretty awesome. Makes me want to go see him live again.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 296-297

Elton John- Caribou and Greatest Hits

The Elton John run is over.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Day 295

Elton John- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

I really thought about skipping this album for a sec. Just so ready to get past Elton John and this just has to be a double album. Ugh.

I'm sure it's a great record, but I'm only half listening to it. Not in the mood for it at all. It does have quite a few of his big hits on it. Like "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Candle In The Wind", "Bennie and the Jets", and "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" so it's well worth keeping. And I will admit that the song "Sweet Painted Lady" did grab my attention.

This would be a good album to end the Elton John streak on, but I still have two to go . I'm tempted to knock them both out tonight so I can move on, but damn that's a lot of EJ in one night.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Day 294

Elton John- Honky Chateau

Well if it's not one thing, it's another. I've been sick the last three nights and haven't had the energy to listen to a record and post on here. I think my home repair job and then getting sick are related. That house was so dirty and dusty, I'm sure some of that shit got into my lungs. Oh well, I'm feeling better now. Right in time before I have to go back out there and paint the outside of the house all weekend.

So this is my favorite Elton John record. I didn't know it until I listened to it for the blog, but this album is classic. The only song I could say that I knew well was "Rocket Man", but songs like "I Think I'm Going To Kill Myself", "Honky Cat", and "Slave" are all really great tunes. I'm sure I'll be listening to this one quite a bit. But it'll be awhile before I do that. Following Billy Joel up with Elton John has given me piano rock fatigue. And I still have 3 EJ records to listen to. Ugh.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Day 293

Elton John- Madman Across The Water

Now this album I know well. One of the all time classic 70's albums. You may hate Elton John for everything he's done from the 80's on, but even if that's the case, you really should own this record.

Just starting out the record with "Tiny Dancer" makes it a classic. When they break into this song in Almost Famous is one of the best scenes in that movie. It's also really cool that one of my all time favorites, Mark Kozelek starts it out. And then following it up with "Levon"? Shiiiiiiiiit. It doesn't get much better than that.

The whole album is terrific and I'm sure you can find a used copy for cheap in the used bins. Be sure to go pick one up.

Day 292

Elton John- Tumbleweed Connection

I don't really know any of these songs, but I always dug 70's era Elton John so I thought it was worth owning. Plus I think I got this out of a Half Price box too.

The album is a concept country and western record. Definitely is a cool album, but with owning quite a bit more 70's era Elton John records, I don't know how often I'll actually come back to this one. I do want to listen to it at least one more time though. It has the potential to move up the ranks.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Days 286-291

Billy Joel- Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, The Nylon Curtain, The Bridge

So where was I? Sorry for the long delay. I've been working non-stop without a day off since July 20th. Days and nights. But, we got the home remodeling job done. Well, the inside at least. We go back next weekend to paint the exterior. It's a lot of work, but the money's good. Perfect timing too since Vegas and my wedding are right around the corner.

Since I had this 16 day layoff, I'm sure glad that I was way ahead in listening to my records. I'm not going to talk about all these Billy Joel albums. That will take way too long. I will say that I really have enjoyed them all except for The Bridge. That one is going bye bye. And I'm proud to say that I never have and never will own River Of Dreams. Did I mention that before? Seems like I have, but it's been so long since my last post I can't remember. Whatever.

Favorite of the Billy Joel records I listened to was Glass Houses. It has two of my favorite Billy Joel songs being "You May Be Right" and "It's Still Rock n' Roll To Me". Two classic tunes. I'd have to go with 52nd Street as my #2.

Ok, that's it for tonight. I have a lot of other crap to catch up on. But I'll try to keep up with this nightly for the next few weeks. I want to be done with this as much as you do!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Day 285

Billy Joel- Streetlife Serenade

This is the start of a pretty lengthy Billy Joel run. Not sure how many I have, but I've already listened to them all. I'm too lazy right now to count.

Starting with Streetlife Serenade, so yeah that means I'm missing his first two albums including Piano Man. I'm sure I'll eventually come around to getting it. Cold Spring Harbor too. I really dig Joel's 70's stuff and some of the early 80's. He really lost me with River of Dreams and that "We Didn't Start The Fire" crap. So no, I don't own that record and never will. Doubt I'd even accept it for free.

This is a decent album. Standouts include the single, "The Entertainer" as well as the two instrumentals on the record: "Root Beer Rag" and "The Mexican Connection". I also dig "Los Angelenos". Wasn't he living in LA during this period before moving back to New York City? I think I read that somewhere, but I could be wrong. Hopefully he'll change his mind and write that book that I heard he scrapped. I bet it would be a good read.

No video attached tonight. Like I said, I'm feeling lazy and I don't want to search for one.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Day 284

Waylon Jennings- Greatest Hits

It seems lately more often than not I'm coming up with excuses of why I'm not posting everyday. Well I got a doozy of an excuse right now. I just starting working on remodeling a friend's house, so I'll be over there every day for the next 2 weeks or more. So like today, I worked my day job until 5 and then headed straight over there.
The worst part is it's way out in the country so it takes me forever to get there. Three days into this job and I'm already pooped. At least the money's worth it.

So that's another reason why I'm glad that I listened to a bunch of my records way in advance of posting because I won't have much time to sit around and listen to records for the next couple of weeks.

Waylon, I actually listened to a week ago and it's so good, I can't wait to listen to it again. This really is a "Greatest Hits" record. Even if you aren't a Waylon fan, you have probably heard all of these songs at one time or another. Especially if you grew up in Texas. Still gotta say after listening to all these hits, "Luckenbach, Texas" is my favorite Waylon tune.

Highly recommended record for any casual to die hard fan of real country music.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 283

Jefferson Starship- Modern Times

I think when it's all said and done, this might end up as the worst record in my collection. I'm actually upset with myself for spending .67 cents on this album.

Here's the story. I was working one night at Waterloo Records and this album was sold back to the store. I have always dug the single, "Find Your Way Back" so I said what the hell and bought it. I only worked at Waterloo one night a week and had a real problem of having to buy something each time. That's how you end up with crap like this.

If you take off the track, "Find Your Way Back" you really do have one of the worst albums I've ever heard. You almost need to hear the last cut on the album, "Stairway To Cleveland" to really understand how pathetic, yet hilarious it is. And why is Grace Slick even in the band on this album? I don't think I heard her once. I always thought she was a waste. Did they just keep her around so that she could sing "Somebody To Love" in concert?

I will say the only good thing about the record is Craig Chaquico has some nice solos. But even that isn't worth my .67 cents.

Awesome! I found that piece of crap "Stairway To Cleveland" on youtube. Enjoy

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Days 280-282

The Jayhawks- The Jayhawks, Hollywood Town Hall, & Tomorrow The Green Grass

Time for me to start catching up to what record I'm really listening to tonight. I got way ahead of myself and have about 8 records to go to be current so I though it'd be best to do these three Jayhawks albums together. Yes, I really listened to them on three consecutive nights.

And I should state that I am a huge Jayhawks fan. I was really stoked when they re-released these three albums. Now I just wish they would release all of them on vinyl. Especially Blue Earth since I've never owned it in any capacity.

So this first album that was released on vinyl on Lost Highway last year is pretty good, but definitely a new band looking to find their sound. Mostly led by Mark Olson, it's more a country record than rock. I still dig it a lot, but by far my least favorite Jayhawks record.

Now for Hollywood Town Hall, that's the record that first introduced me to the Jayhawks. I was blown away the first time I heard "Waiting For The Sun". MTV used to play that video quite a bit back in the old days. It's still one of my favorite Jayhawks songs. The whole album is a classic all the way through.

And lastly we have Tomorrow The Green Grass. Honestly, I wasn't as crazy about this album when it first came out as I was it's predecessor, but over time, I've grown to love it just as much. I was always a fan of the single, "Blue", but the rest of the record didn't click with me right off. It's hard to rank where I would put this album in their catalog, but it's up there now. Just for the record, the last Jayhawks studio record, Rainy Day Music is my favorite.

I'm looking forward to hearing the new Jayhawks album that comes out in September now that they have the classic Tomorrow The Green Grass era band back together. I already heard the first single on the radio and came away impressed. Can't wait to see them come back through Austin!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day 279

Jason & The Scorchers- Lost & Found

I feel the same way about Jason & The Scorchers now that I did back in the 80's. Not bad, but not great. They've always been a band that I've wanted to like, but just can't really get into them.

This album is fine. Good tunes, but nothing that really made me say, "hell yeah!". Maybe if I listened to it a whole bunch in a short time span it would sink in, but hell I gots to move on.

When it comes to this kind of country rock sound, I think I'd rather stick with the Bottle Rockets.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Day 278

Keith Jarrett- The Koln Concert

I really don't have much I can say about this album. I like it, but you definitely have to be in the mood for it if you aren't a huge fan of piano jazz.

The whole album is just Keith Jarrett masterfully playing the piano. Save for a few applause, the only thing you hear throughout the double album is him making odd noises while he plays. It's pretty interesting for sure. I could be wrong, but I think the whole concert is improvised which would be the reason why there are no song titles.

I bought this record due to word of mouth, and I can't say that it disappoints. I will say though that you really need to be in the mood to listen to this type of music. He obviously has a ton of skill, but yeah, I got bored at times. I'll definitely keep it. I go through phases where I listen to a lot of jazz and sometimes I want a little variety instead of always putting on my Pat Metheny records when ever the itch arises.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day 277

James Gang- Rides Again

So this is lame. I've had trouble logging into my blogger account the past few days. That's why I haven't posted. Whatever I did to get back in, it's a temporary solution, because Google is making me change up my email address. Pretty stupid.

While I haven't been blogging, I have been listening to my records each night so now I'm way ahead on what I'm listening to compared to where I'm at for posting. Hopefully I can get all this shit resolved over the weekend and catch up.

I picked up this record only because I have always dug the song "Funk #49". I think it's also the only James Gang album I need. I could be wrong about that, so let me know.

I really dug side 1, but then I thought the album lost momentum on Side 2. Hell, it was almost a week ago that I listened to this album and in that short amount of time, nothing is really sticking out as memorable besides "Funk #49".

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 276

The Jam- Snap!

I still don't understand how The Jam didn't make it big Stateside like The Clash did. Same timeframe, just as good. Hell, I think I may like The Jam better actually.

This is a double lp of "greatest hits" which I know is laughable in the States because most people over here probably couldn't name you one song by The Jam, which is unfortunate. So every non-Jam or fair weathered Jam fan should get this record. I bet you even recognize some of the tunes.

The Jam are another one of those bands where I do think it would be cool to see them get back together because then it would give me a chance to see them live, but at the same time I think it's cool that Paul Weller wants nothing to do with a Jam reunion. There really aren't that many bands left that haven't reunited. These guys, The Smiths, who else? I can't think of any others right now.

Oh well. I'm sure I'll think of other bands later. Anyways, I'm really happy to own this on vinyl. I would love to have their whole catalog, but this is the only record of theirs I've only ever come across. I do have a bunch of their stuff on CD though.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 275

Sarah Jaffe- Suburban Nature

Well happy anniversary to me! It was one year ago today that I started this blog with The Accelerators record. I don't think it's that bad that I only missed 90 days out of the year not listening and blogging a record. But damn, do I still have a long way to go!

I'm glad to be spending my blog's anniversary with a record that I really dig a lot. The first time I heard "Clementine" on the radio, I instantly fell in love with the song. Problem was I didn't catch who the artist was so I had to keep listening to KGSR until I heard it again, and that took a couple of weeks before I finally found out it was Sarah Jaffe.

So just based on that one tune, I bought the record, and it doesn't let down. I can only hope that the second radio single will be "Vulnerable". That song sticks in my head as much as "Clementine" does. The whole album is terrific. I love a good songwriter and she's one of the best ones I've heard recently. I can't wait to hear her future.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Day 274

Wanda Jackson- The Many Moods of Wanda Jackson

Jessica bought this for me because we have an inside joke about the song "Walk Right In". I'd explain it, but it's lengthy and probably only Jessica and myself would laugh about it.

This is a good album though. Will I listen to it again? Well, maybe.

There are a lot of cover tunes on here that you'd recognize like "Fever", "I'm A Believer", and "If I Had A Hammer", but I don't think any of them were really big hits for her.

I don't know much about Wanda Jackson and she really didn't come on my radar until she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but I can see why people dig her and coin her "The Queen of Rockabilly". Good for her having a career revival.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Day 273

Michael Jackson-Thriller

I don't care what anyone says or how many records this album sold. I personally think this album sucks. I hated it back in the 80's and I still hate it now. Ok, maybe hate is a strong word, it's not all that bad. I'll admit to "Beat It" and "Billie Jean" being good tunes, but the rest is just god awful.

You take a away those two songs and the video for the craptastic, "Thriller", and no way does this album come close to the 29 million albums that it sold. "The Girl Is Mine" is some of the worst schlock I've ever heard. Paul McCartney should feel embarrassed. "Wanna Be Startin' Something'"? Eh, I'd rather take "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" off of Off The Wall. Which by the way is his best solo album.

I think Bad is really good and Dangerous had it's moments so don't think I'm a MJ hater. I'm not. Funny how this is the only album of his I have on vinyl and I hate it so much. Jessica likes it so I'll keep it unless she tells me otherwise.

No need for a video. Everybody knows this shit.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Day 272

Joe Jackson- Body and Soul

This album definitely is no Look Sharp!. It has it's moments, but honestly, I can't see myself ever listening to it again.

And I'm not saying it sucks, but it's just an album that I can't really get behind. The songs are fine, but nothing that's really that memorable.

I could have sworn one song had Pat Metheny on guitar just from hearing his "signature" sound on the track, but I couldn't find his name on the liner notes. Oh well, that would have been cool. When i get to the "M's", you see just how big of a Pat Metheny fan I am.

I'm not going to post a video from this album. One, I kinda doubt I can even find one and two, like I said, I don't think I'll be listening to it ever again, so what's the point? Sorry, Joe.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Day 271

Joe Jackson- Look Sharp!

Wow, now this is a fantastic record. I never owned it back in the day, but of course I've always known tunes like "One More Time" and "Is She Really Going Out With Him?".

And besides those two songs, every song on this record it amazing. First listen to "Throw it Away" and I thought that either Jack White should cover this song or this is where he was influenced. I also know now why Anthrax did a cover version of his "Got The Time". His original cut is already metal!

Great way to start off coming back from a 6 day layoff. We had a great 4th of July weekend with Jessica's brother from Kansas City which involved quite a bit of swimming, but I'm not going to lie, I'm glad to get back to our old routine. Fun times, but not a lot of relaxing going on.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Day 270

The J. Geils Band- Freeze Frame

"Centerfold" was my favorite song when it first came out. I couldn't get enough of that song back in the day. I'm not the biggest fans of cover songs, but I still think it would be cool to hear a hair metal version of this song. Poison should have totally done this on their last album full of covers.

Although "Centerfold" is still a cool tune, I'll have to go with "Freeze Frame" as the best song on this record. Just a really fun tune. Hell, a hair metal band should cover this too. Better do it before the hipster doofus "the 80's were so cool" indie bands get their hands on it. You just know they'd screw it up.

So I'm two for two on cool J. Geils records. Think I may have to get some more now. My buddy Hammerhead said that all their 70's stuff is really good so I'm definitely interested in picking some up.

My future bro-in-law is staying with us over the weekend in my music room, so no posts until Wednesday night. Happy Fourth of July everybody!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 269

J. Geils Band- Love Stinks

Another album that pleasantly surprised me. This also came from one of those Half Price Books grab bags and I only kept it for the title track because it's the only song I knew on the record and I always thought that it was a really cool tune.

But I was pleasantly surprised by the opening track "Just Can't Wait". Instantly became my favorite J. Geils Band song. Now I admittedly don't know much about J. Geils Band other than the hits, but I don't remember this one being a single. I sure hope it was.

Overall, it's a real nice record with maybe the exception being "No Anchovies Please". Weird tune.

One thing I've always wondered about this band though is why are they named after the guitar player? Seems to me this band was all about Peter Wolf and Magic Dick.

Day 268

Iron Maiden- The Final Frontier

I had to listen to this album twice in a row to really get a feel for it. Which also makes it only the third time I've put it on. That's the problem with having too many records.

So I do dig it. It's not "classic" Maiden, but it's a pretty damn good album none the less. It's hard to point out what songs stand out as faves, I like them all, but I will say that I can't stand the first half acoustic bit of "The Talisman". It sounds like something Blackmore's Night would do. C'mon dudes, just rock out!

I'm pretty certain that "El Dorado" was the "single" from this album and that stands out. So does "Starblind".

I will say that this album does it get a demerit for worst Iron Maiden album cover. Eddie looks like he's morphing into the Predator. Give Eddie his hair back! At least they used the red font in their name. It always looks cooler when they do that.

Ok, that's it for the I's. Came and went pretty quickly. I can't think of many other "I" bands I would like to get other than the Isley Brothers, Billy Idol and Isis. Pretty weak letter when it comes to bands.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Day 267

Iron Maiden- Somewhere Back In Time The Best Of: 1980-1989

Sure wish I was listening to more studio albums, but all I left is this and their latest album, The Final Frontier. Seriously, I haven't gotten sick of this run on Maiden at all. It's actually made me more of an Iron Maiden fan if that's even possible.

So as the title suggests, this is an album full of their best of the 80's. I have all these songs on vinyl except for "Can I Play With Madness" and "The Evil That Men Do" which were both on Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and a few of the tracks were pulled from the live 1985 album Live After Death. Yeah I need to get that one too.

Really though, besides the two songs from Seventh Son, I don't really need this album, but it's also a cool picture disc double LP which is very cool.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 266

Iron Maiden- Somewhere In Time

This is the Maiden album I know best. It was the first one I bought on my own (separate from my brother) and also the tour where I saw Iron Maiden for the first time. It's funny, I remember the show well. Frehley's Comet opened up, but the only I can't remember was if it was at Reunion Arena in Dallas or the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth. I'm leaning towards the latter.

This album was also one of the very first CD's I bought when I got a CD Player for my 16th birthday in 1989. So from first owning it on cassette in '86 to getting it on CD in '89, I played the shit out of this album.

I'll stick to Powerslave and Piece Of Mind being my favorite Maiden records, but I still love this album a lot. It's a different sounding record and I think maybe their first attempt at getting some radio play with "Wasted Years" and "Heaven Can Wait". Those songs are still totally metal, but also radio friendly.

My favorite track though is definitely the album closer, "Alexander The Great". That song is a history lesson! I remember when I saw that crappy Oliver Stone movie, Alexander I thought to myself, hell I'd rather listen to the Maiden song.

Unfortunately this is the last Iron Maiden record I have in my collection from their run in the 80's. I still have two more to go, but I really would like to find at least Killers and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son soon.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 265

Iron Maiden- Powerslave

I'm kinda at that point now where I don't know what else to say about Maiden without sounding like a broken record. So like I said last night, I had a hard time deciding which record was better between this one and Piece of Mind.

Hell, I might have already changed my mind and go with this one instead. I'm done listening to the album as I type this and I'm looking at all the song titles on the back cover and really, all these songs are fantastic. "Aces High", "2 Minutes To Midnight", "Back in the Village", and "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner"? C'mon, this is like a Greatest Hits record! And one of my favorite instrumentals ever is on here: "Losfer Words (Big 'Orra)".

Hell, can't forget "Powerslave" too. Man, the 80's were just an incredible run for this band. Who else in metal had this kind of run of consecutive awesome albums? Sure there's Metallica, but the Black album is debatable as awesome. Priest screwed up when they released Turbo, so they're out. The more I think about it, the only band that comes to mind is Megadeth. They had a great run.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 264

Iron Maiden- Piece Of Mind

This is probably my favorite Iron Maiden record. It was a tough call between this and Powerslave. The British metal magazine, Kerrang! even listed this as the greatest metal album of all time. I guess that's debatable, but I'm having a hard time thinking what album might be better. Maybe Master of Puppets. Oh crap, now I want to listen to that album.

But for now, I'll keep this post about Maiden. A lot of times, I'll catch myself humming the opening riff to "The Trooper" for no reason. It just pops out of my mouth. It happens at random places too. It is one of the coolest opening riffs in all of music, not just metal.

"The Trooper" isn't even my favorite song on this record. That honor goes to "Die With Your Boots On". And of course there's "Where Eagles Dare" and "Flight of Icarus" on this record too. Just too damn good. Also, let's not forget that this was the first Iron Maiden record with Nicko McBrain behind the drum kit.

Man, the outfits these dudes are wearing in this video is hysterical. Maiden fail.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 263

Iron Maiden-The Number Of The Beast

This was the first album my brother and I bought on vinyl. We had no idea who Iron Maiden were. He thought the album cover was awesome and 9 year old Bobby played along when actually this album cover scared the shit out of me. I mean, c'mon. Look at it. It kinda still scares me.

But make no mistake about it, this is one of the most classic metal albums of all time. Not a bad song on the album. Hell, I don't think Maiden put out a bad song throughout the 80's.

I can't really say what is the best song on this album. Of course the most well known songs, "The Number of the Beast" and "Run to the Hills" are fantastic, but so is "Invaders"', "Hallowed Be Thy Name" and "Children of the Damned". I think the only thing missing from this album is Nicko on drums. Sorry Clive, not knocking you at all, I just love me some Nicko! Besides that, it gets an A+ in my book.

Oh and funny story. While I was listening to this, Jessica asked me what letter I was up to. Shockingly, I replied, "This is Iron Maiden". She said, "Like I know Iron Maiden. Sounds like Van Halen to me". Hahahahahaha! Silly girl.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Day 262

Iron Maiden- Maiden Japan

Just a quick little 5 song mini LP from Maiden featuring songs from their first two albums done live in Nagoya, Japan.

Nothing special, but this is my favorite Maiden album cover of all time. Honestly, that's the main reason why I have it.

Time to move on to Dickinson era Maiden.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Day 261

Iron Maiden- Iron Maiden

Starting off Iron Maiden week with their debut. Unfortunately I don't have all of their stuff. Missing Killers and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son as well as lot of their 90's stuff, but I'm specifically in the hunt for those two. But yeah, eventually I hope to have their entire catalog on vinyl. It's Maiden, dudes!

Although I really dig this album, it's not the Maiden I grew up with so it's different to me. Nothing against Paul Di'anno. I think he's a fine singer, but Bruce Dickinson is the voice of Iron Maiden.

While I was listening to this record, I started to think how cool it'd be if they re-cut this record with Dickinson on lead vocals. Plus getting Adrian Smith on guitar and Nicko McBrain on drums. I know it'd never happen, but I think that would rule. Another reason to do that is because the production is pretty crappy.

Oh well, a kid can dream right?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day 260

Iron Butterfly- Live

Ugh, now I know why the are only known for "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". And that song is the only song on Side 2 and is 19 minutes long. I regretfully listened to all of it too.

Bring on the Maiden!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day 259

INXS- Kick

I like this album more now than I did in the 80's. I think back then there was just too much INXS going on. These dudes were everywhere when this album came out and I was super sick of their overexposure. And it didn't help that every girl in school was in love with Michael Hutchence.

But now that I listen to this album, I've learned to forgive and appreciate that it really is a great album. Hell, I even enjoyed listening to "Never Tear Us Apart" and back in the old days I probably set a record for changing the channel quickest when this video came on. And it was always on!

So I guess after listening to three INXS albums, I'm open to getting more if I find them in the used bins. I think I got all three of these records for a buck each.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Day 258

INXS- The Swing

Oops, I got this album and Listen Like Thieves out of order. Oh well, it had to happen at some point.

I should have realized that as soon as I looked at the back cover for the list of songs and didn't recognize a single one of these tunes. Not a bad album at all, but you can tell they are still coming into their own before they took it up a notch with Thieves.

I also listened to Kick right after this one over the weekend, but I'll save that post for tomorrow. Jessica was back in Missouri the past few days so I had a lot of time to listen to records. Mostly I just listened to Rush albums since I went to go see them for the third time last night. Awesome as usual.

Speaking of awesome, how about those Dallas Mavericks, eh? Last night's victory made me proud to be from Dallas. Same thing happened when the Rangers went to the World Series last year too. Funny how I love the Mavs, the Stars, and the Rangers, but despise the Cowboys. Go Packers!

Day 257

INXS- Listen Like Thieves

After listening to Icehouse two nights ago and now INXS, I'm curious how many Australian bands records I have. AC/DC, the two just mentioned, Midnight Oil and Men at Work immediately come to mind. I know there are more, but I'm not going to look through my whole collection to see. Just a thought I had.

I've never been a big INXS fan. Fair weathered at best. I've never owned any of their albums until recently and never saw them live. In fact one time, me and my friends camped out overnight in the Rainbow Ticketmaster parking lot to be first in line to get tickets to see INXS, Guns N' Roses, and someone else at Texas Stadium. For some reason, after being up all night in the parking lot, 15 minutes before tickets went on sale, I changed my mind and didn't buy a ticket. No idea why I did that. My friends all said it was a great show too.

So is a pretty good album. I picked it up for dirt cheap and really only for "What You Need", but there are quite a few gems on here like "Listen Like Thieves" and "This Time".

Good start to my INXS run. I have two more to go after this.