Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 170

Electric Light Orchestra- A New World Record

It took me a long time to get into ELO. When I was younger, anytime they came on MTV or the radio, I would change the channel immediately without even giving them a chance. I don't know why that is. I just knew I couldn't stand the sight of Jeff Lynne. That hatred continued on when he was in the Traveling Wilburys too.

It wasn't until about about 10 years ago that I started to really dig them. The main reason for the change of heart was the song "Do Ya" which is on this album. If you ask me know, I'll tell you that I think that's one of the best rock n' roll songs ever, hence why I own this record now.

The whole album is pretty great. I think it's really cool to get into a band way after the fact. It opens up so many others doors to music and expands your variety. Well it does for me anyway. I think it'd be great if Jeff Lynne gave them one more go round. I'd love to see them live.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 169

Eddie and the Cruisers- Soundtrack

I loved this movie when I was a kid. Oh, who am I fooling? I still love it! I've spend a lot of time on the Jersey Shore whether it be summer vacations or briefly living there, so this movie and soundtrack bring back a lot of memories. Don't believe what you see on MTV, not all of the Jersey Shore is like that crap.

8 of these 1o songs were done by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. The best E Street band impersonation you'll ever hear. Funny thing is, they are from Rhode Island. Good for them though that they scored a Top 10 hit with "On The Dark Side". I can still belt out the lyrics to that song anytime.

Man, now I want to watch this movie again. Too bad it's not on Netflix Watch Instantly. Hell, I'd settle for Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 168

Earthless- Rhythms From A Cosmic Sky

I waited a couple of days until Jessica had a chance to talk to all her friends and family before I said anything on here, but I want to let you all know that I popped the big question and she said yes! I couldn't have prayed, wished, or asked for a better girl. She means absolutely everything to me. We're still working out the details on a wedding date and location.

So now that my bride to be is sick and in bed, I'm in the other room jamming out to the psychedelic instrumental metal that is Earthless. I love this shit.

It's also a nice release from the 11 days straight I just went through of country rock. I lucked out getting into this band. I was at Encore Records one day and they were playing this over the speakers. Although I normally don't do this, I had to find out from the guy behind the counter who this band was. Luckily it was right before SXSW so I got to see them do one 45 minute instrumental song with none other than J. Mascis as a special guest. Best show I saw that year, hands down.

This album here consists of two numbers. "Godspeed" on Side 1 is 20 minutes long and "Sonic Prayer" on Side 2 is 21 minutes long. I know that doesn't sound awesome to me, but this stuff just gets me amped up.

Here's an edited version of "Sonic Prayer" live:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day 167

Steve Earle- Copperhead Road

Like I said last night, this is the most metal country album ever. Just look at the album cover with the skull and crossbones. If you've never heard this album, you know it's going to be good as soon as you hear the bagpipes at the beginning of "Copperhead Road". Then, once the drums kick in, it's impossible not to rock out to this song.

I got this album back in '88 solely based on the video and thinking, "Man, this Steve Earle guy is a bad ass. " Long hair, beard, looks that say he can pummel you. He looked a whole lot more metal than most so called metal bands back in the 80's. With all the trouble this guy has been in with heroin and prison time, he rivals Keith Richards for being a bad ass and surviving to tell about it. I need to get his book too.

The rest of this album is great too. While I was listening to it, I started to wonder where I would place it if I made a Top 10 albums list for 1988. I didn't really give it much thought, but I may revisit that idea along with other albums too. I think it would be fun.

Another song on here I dig a lot is "Johnny Come Lately". He got the Pogues to be his back up band on this track! Man, can you imagine that session? Steve Earle and Shane McGowan playing together? Whoa. The ballads on here on killer, too. I can listen to a tune like "Waiting On You" on repeat. The only song that I really don't care for is the album closer, "Nothing But A Child". I don't want to hear a "lullaby" about Jesus from a heroin addict. Pass.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 166

Steve Earle- Exit O

Love me some Steve Earle. I've been a fan since his third album, Copperhead Road, came out in 1988. It was through that album that I discovered his first album Guitar Town and this one, his second. When those two albums first came out, I was nowhere ready to admit that country could be cool. But Copperhead Road might be the most metal country album ever so he became cool to me. I'll get more into that tomorrow.

This album has some real gems on it and you just want to turn it up super loud. Too bad it's almost midnight. Absolutely love album opener "Nowhere Road" and Side 1 closer "San Antonio Girl", but the best two songs on the albums are the first two songs on Side 2, "The Rain Came Down", and "I Ain't Ever Satisfied". Goddamn, listening to this album right now and I just want to hop in a car and hit the highway for a drive. Heartfelt Americana from the 80's does that to me more than any other form of music. Like it was made for the road. See for yourself if you don't know what I'm talking about.

I love it when you find the original videos on youtube:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 165

Eagles- Greatest Hits Vol. 2

I can see the Eagles finish line. I just put on Side 2 of the last Eagles album after 9 days. Whew!

There is really no point to me owning this album. If somebody wants it, let me know and it's yours for free. All the songs are from Hotel California and The Long Run except for "Seven Bridges Road" and I hate that song, so this album is no big loss to me.

Well it was a fun ride these last 9 days with the Eagles, but I'm definitely ready to move on. Steve Earle awaits....

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 164

Eagles- Live

Ok, I OD'd on the Eagles tonight. Still pretty good that I went 8 days before it happened. And at least tomorrow night is my last Eagles record.

I guess what got me tonight was listening to a live double album consisting of a bunch of songs I've listened to a lot of the past week. The Eagles don't stray far from how the song sounds in the studio, so there really aren't any surprises here. The only thing that makes me keep it in the collection is the Joe Walsh tune, "Life's Been Good" is on here. He recorded it for his solo album while the Eagles were on hiatus.

Also pretty hilarious is Rolling Stone called this album, "the most overdubbed live album in history". Which is totally true. The background "live" audience noise is ridiculous. It's really worth listening to for a cheap laugh.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day 163

Eagles- The Long Run

Go Packers!!!!

Wow, what a run! I wish I had the money to take the short drive up to Dallas to see them in the Super Bowl. It's been an unreal season for me with the Rangers going to the World Series and the Packers going to the Super Bowl in a span of 4 months. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that would be possible. Now bring the Lombardi Trophy back home, Pack!

This is the last studio record by the Eagles before they broke up. It should have remained that way. I listened to some of that new album, Long Road Out of Eden the other day, and it was horrible. This used to be my favorite Eagles record when I was younger because it was the first one of theirs I owned. It was actually one of the first CD's I ever owned. Led Zeppelin IV was the first in case you were wondering. It's still a really good record, but it's clear after listening to all these albums that Hotel California is their best album by far. Still though, I love Joe Walsh's "In The City", the title track, and of course Timothy B. Schmit's "I Can't Tell You Why" is still a helluva ballad. I've always been a big fan of "The Sad Cafe" too. I used to play that song religiously when I had it on CD.

I went crazy last night with the Felder book. I read about 120 pages and it has gotten really good. I don't know if anyone else that reads this blog has read it, but you can't help but like and pull for the guy while reading his story. As soon as I'm done typing here, I'm going to bury my nose back into it while I listen to at least the first lp of Eagles Live.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Day 162

Eagles- Hotel California

The other day on the radio they were talking about what song do you immediately recognize just after a few bars of the song. I'm sure because it's Eagles week for my blog that "Hotel California" instantly popped in my head. Everybody knows that tune right off the bat right?

I do think it's one of the best rock n' roll songs of all time. I don't think I could ever grow tired of listening to it. First thing I did this morning when I woke up was put this on because I knew it was Hotel California day. Nice way to start your day off. It has the best guitar solo duel ever too.

Even though "Hotel California" leads off the album, the rest of the album is really good too. The other singles off this album were "New Kid In Town" and "Life In The Fast Lane", but I'm sure "Victim of Love" and "The Last Resort" are both recognizable to even casual Eagles fans. Surprising thing to me is that with only 8 songs that have vocals, Henley sings lead on 5 of them. Usually they broke them up pretty evenly, but on this album Meisner, Frey, and Walsh only have one each to Henley's five. This was also Randy Meisner's last album with the band. I'll be interested in learning the reasons for his departure in the books I'm reading.

Here's the video I remember always seeing on MTV as a kid:

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 161

Eagles- Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975

The all time #1 selling album in the U.S. with 29 million records sold. That's an insane number. Basically, one out of every eleven Americans have purchased this album at one time or another. I know I've had it on cassette, CD, and now vinyl. Bought I think I only bought it new on cassette.

When you look at the track listing, I guess it's easy to see why it's sold so many copies:

Side 1
1.Take It Easy
2.Witchy Woman
3.Lyin' Eyes
4.Already Gone
5.Desperado

Side 2
1.One Of These Nights
2.Tequila Sunrise
3.Take It To The Limit
4.Peaceful Easy Feeling
5.Best of My Love

Today, my buddy Jerald let me borrow and To The Limit: The Untold Story of The Eagles and The Eagles: An American Band which is mostly a picture book. So to go along with Don Felder's book, I'll know more about the Eagles than I ever wanted to in about a month. You can use me as your lifeline if a question about the Eagles comes up at trivia night.

Looking forward to listening to Hotel California tomorrow night, even though it only sold a measly 16 million copes. Jeesh.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 160

Eagles- One of These Nights

Sick of the Eagles yet? Surprisingly, I am not. And I just finished listening to my least favorite Eagles album. It's not a terrible album at all, but if you got to rank them, this would be at the bottom.

First off, let me tell you what hits are on here. You have "One Of These Nights" leading off the album, plus
"Lyin' Eyes", and "Take It To The Limit". I still really like the latter two, but I don't understand how "One of These Nights" made it to #1 on the charts. Must have been a piss poor summer song wise in '75. This album also features the one and only time that Don Felder sang lead vocals for the song "Visions". Eh, it's just ok. The one song that I do think is truly awful is the album closer, "I Wish You Peace". I just wished it would end. My favorite track on the record is the Bernie Leadon written instrumental "Journey of the Sorceror". Definitely a Blue Oyster Cult song title, but a really cool tune.

This was also Bernie Leadon's last album with the Eagles. I wonder if he left because as a band, they were getting further away from their country rock sound. The dude was in the Flying Burrito Bros. after all. Maybe I'll find out the answer to that question in Don Felder's book. After writing about it yesterday, I went out and bought it today. I've already gotten through the first three chapters, but just like all biographies, I don't give two shits about their childhood. I don't care what your parents did, I don't care that you climbed trees, and I don't care that you grew up poor. Wah-wah. You are a millionaire now, get over it. Just start the book out from when you first picked up a guitar and go from there. Don't make the reader wait to get to the reason why the bought it. Ugh. Keith Richards did that with his book too. So annoying. I'm sure it will get good eventually. It's called Heaven and Hell if you are interested in getting a copy yourself.

On another note, if you live in Austin, go check out Mortified tomorrow night. It's at the United Art Authority ( I think that's what its called) next to Spider House. Jessica is one of the producers this go round and I went to tonight's performance. It is hilarious.

If you don't know what Mortified is, here's the link: http://www.getmortified.com/

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 159

Eagles- On The Border

This is not a bad album at all, but probably my least favorite Eagles release. I'm not really sure why, it just is.

The big hits off this record are "Already Gone" and "The Best of My Love". They also do a cover of Tom Waits' "Ol' 55". Not a bad version at all, but I definitely prefer the original.

But like the first two records, my favorite songs on the record are not the hits. My two favorites are "You Never Cry Like A Lover" (co-written by J.D. Souther) and "My Man", another great Bernie Leadon tune that is a tribute to the late, great Gram Parsons.

This was also the record when Don Felder joined the band and stayed on until 2001 when Glenn Frey and Don Henley forced him out. Felder sued them and they ended up settling out of court. He wrote a memoir about his time in the Eagles that came out in 2008. I need to read that.

Damn, couldn't find a clip of "My Man", so here's "Ol' 55" instead done live.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 158

Eagles- Desperado

The big hits off this record are "Desperado" (obviously) and "Tequila Sunrise". Surprising though that "Desperado" was never released as a single.

If you like the country rock, you should definitely pick up this album. And it's a concept album about the Dalton gang to boot. The Dalton gang were a real gang that robbed banks and trains in the late 1800's in Kansas. Pretty interesting stuff to read up on. I always dig songs or albums that are based on historical facts. It gets me interested in something that I might have otherwise not known anything about.

This album may not be as popular as their debut album, but it's just as good in my book. If not better. Besides some great country rock songs, it has one of the most rockin' Eagles songs on it, "Out of Control". I also really dig the two songs that Bernie Leadon sang lead on: "Twenty One" and "Bitter Creek". Oh and there are a few songs on here again co-written by Jackson Browne. Was he ever asked to join the band? I'm curious.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 157

Eagles- Eagles

I should let you know that if you hate the Eagles, and I know a lot of you do, you might want to avoid this blog this week. I have 9 Eagles records to listen to. Yes that's right, 9. All of their 70's studio albums, both Greatest Hits records, and their 1980 live release. So, I guess you could call me an Eagles fan.

But, I wasn't too happy that they headlined last year's ACL Fest. I saw the Eagles back in '94 when they first reunited at Texas Stadium up in Dallas. I was really stoked to see them. My girlfriend at the time somehow got us volunteer jobs as ushers for the show. So I did my duty during Melissa Etheridge, but once the Eagles started, I bailed on my post. It was the freakin' Eagles, dude!

Well, they sucked major balls. Just boring old dudes that looked like they had no interest in being there. I was 21 at the time and it was the first time I felt like I was watching a band that were really only doing it for the money. The songs sounded like shit too. The only one that seemed like he was having a good time was Joe Walsh.

I did hear that they were great at ACL from a few different folks. Good for them, but I still think it was a bad call to get them to headline a three day festival. C'mon ACL, get me Bruce!

I know most of you that do like the Eagles would probably be fine just owning the Greatest Hits, but I think you are selling yourself short if you do that. They have some really great deep tracks that never made it on radio. If you took the big hits off this record, "Take It Easy", "Witchy Woman", and "Peaceful, Easy Feeling", you'd still have a great album. I love the tune "Nightengale" that Jackson Browne wrote. It's funny that he wasn't an Eagle himself since he wrote that and "Take It Easy". I also really dig how you can hear the Byrds influence on this album. Which is why they named their band Eagles, just in case you were interested in that little nugget.

Here's that tune "Nightengale" that I dig so much:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day 156

Bob Dylan- The Witmark Demos 1962-1964

Finally back after a rather busy four day layoff from this blog. Jessica's brother was visiting us from Kansas City, so not only were we quite busy doing this, that, and the other with him around town, he was also sleeping in my music room so I wouldn't have had a chance to listen to a record even if I had wanted to. But we did have a good time even though the weather didn't cooperate. If any of you are fans of the SyFy channel, I recommend you watch Mega Python vs. Gatoroid starring Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. Terribly brilliant. We went and saw the theatrical premiere at the Alamo on Saturday night. I think it's on SyFy later this month.

If you didn't realize it already, this is a four lp Dylan collection of his demos from 1962-1964. It is an interesting listen. Especially listening to his better known hits in their infancy stages. But I got to admit, listening to 48 Bob Dylan demos can be pretty tiring. After a while, they all sound the same. The other thing too is that I prefer 70's era Dylan to his early stuff. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I own it and will re-visit this box set again, but next time around it will be one lp a week. I can really only recommend this for Dylan completists or freaks. I'm sure @ro_bot_dylan already owns it.

That does it for the letter "D". It seems like it took me a really long time to get through that letter. Bands I'm missing are Devo, Dimmu Borgir, Danzig, 80's era Depeche Mode, Diamond Head, Dinosaur Jr, Donovan, and one of the few hip hop dudes I like, Dr. Dre.

Ok, back to Season 2 of Parks and Recreation. Great show.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day 155

Bob Dylan- Blood On The Tracks

So I got some shit for my last blog entry being so short. C'mon dudes, cut me some slack. I'm doing 1000 of these. It's bound to happen from time to time. One of these days I'm gonna have a blog entry that is just the name of the artist and album title. Nothing else. Just you wait and see!

For those that don't know, I also have a Twitter feed. You can follow me at @1000daysvinyl. The reason I bring this up is every time that I've tweeted on there what Dylan album I've listened to, I get some dork named ro_bot_dylan who replies to me with Dylan lyrics. Seriously dude? I'm sure he doesn't even read this blog. Just does a keyword search for Dylan every night on Twitter and replies to everyone who mentions Bob. Wow. I wonder which song he'll post lyrics to tonight.

I think the majority of people agree that this is one of his all time best albums. I know it's the one of his that I've listened to the most. Two of my favorite songs of his are on this album being "Simple Twist of Fate" and "If You See Her, Say Hello". And of course our Dylan hoot night band's name come from this album as well (Idiot Wind).

I won't be blogging much this week for two reasons. One, next album is a four lp Dylan box set that I'm not going to listen to all of in one night and two, Jessica's brother is coming in to visit us from Kansas City from Thursday through Sunday. He'll be staying in my music room and it'd be quite rude of me to come in here and play a record while he's sleeping. I was making a funny of there for you folks that didn't get it. I haven't decided if I'll blog after each record I listen to of the box set or if I'll just wait until I'm done listening to all of it. I'll make my mind up tomorrow.

I found audio of Keith Richards, first farting and then doing his best Dylan impression on "If You See Her, Say Hello".

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Day 154

Bob Dylan- Planet Waves

It's really difficult to keep talking up the same artist after you've listened to him multiple nights in a row. Everyone knows Bob Dylan and this isn't a review blog, so I don't have much to say about it. Plus, I'm not in the mood to think about what to say. I just want to veg out on the couch and watch crappy TV.

I will say that I do like this album a lot. If you are unfamiliar with it, The Band was his backup band on this record. The big tunes include, "On A Night Like This" and "Forever Young".

There you go. More Dylan tomorrow.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Day 153

Bob Dylan- New Morning

If any of you have a video console that supports the EA Active 2, I highly recommend it if you want your ass kicked with a good workout. I just bought it tonight for $60 and it sure did kick my ass. It feels great to work out again and it's cool that they are creating a fun, good workout as a video game. Being that I plan to keep this up continuously, that $60 was a real bargain! I need it too. Softball season is just around the corner...

What I need to start doing is my Active 2 workout while I listen to a record. The workout is about 20 minutes long for beginners, so that's at least one side of an album. I didn't think of it tonight, but I'll do that tomorrow.

Only thing that sucks is this cedar in the air is starting to kick my ass too. Anytime I was looking down while exercising, my nose starting running. That sucked. At least the cedar is not killing me like it is Jessica. Poor girl. She's a wreck right now.

On to this Dylan album. I wasn't too familiar with this one when I first got it since I never owned it before. The only song I really knew was album opener, "If Not For You". But overall, it's a really good album. Highlights are "Day of the Locusts", "If Dogs Run Free", and "One More Weekend". I'd recommend it.

Cool clip of Dylan and George Harrison doing "If Not For You" during rehearsals for the Concert For Bangladesh.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day 152

Bob Dylan- Bringing It All Back Home

I picked up this record at a Goodwill in my girlfriend's hometown of Columbia, Missouri for only .50 cents. What makes that an even sweeter deal is this is my favorite Dylan record and it's in great shape!

I guess it was 2007 that me and my buddies put a band together called, The Idiot Winds, for a Dylan Hoot Night at Emo's. Since I was the least talented, yet best looking of the bunch (kidding!), I was made the lead singer. Anyways, we did three songs and one of them was "Outlaw Blues" off of this album. Man, I can't even remember the other two songs we did. Ugh, it'll come to me eventually.

We had a blast doing it. Our keyboard player had never even played before but he is such a Dylan freak he insisted on being in the band. He had the chords color coded. Pretty funny. And he did a great job!

Actually I think we all did pretty well. At least we didn't make complete fools out of ourselves in front of 150 people. And I'm proud of myself for remembering all the words! The only thing that went wrong was my pickup fell out of my acoustic on the first song and Chris broke a string right off the bat of our set. Oh well, that's rock n' roll right?

It just came to me. We did "Odds and Ends" and "Apple Suckling Tree" from Basement Tapes too. Basically we picked three songs that were only three chords each. Ha!

Ok, enough of that. Since this is my favorite Dylan album, I'd tell you to get this one as well. I guess you could just go get a Greatest Hits album, but that's pretty lame for someone like Dylan. It's ok for John Denver, but not Dylan! In case you don't know this record, it has "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Maggie's Farm", "Mr. Tambourine Man", and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" on it. So see, it already is a greatest hits album on it's own.

A friend of mine filmed our three song set from that Dylan Hoot Night, but I can't find it anywhere on youtube, so here's The White Stripes doing "Outlaw Blues" instead. They almost do it as well as we did.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day 151

Bob Dylan- The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

Unfortunately this album has a skip during "Blowin' In the Wind" and "Masters of War". I figured it had to have a skip or two when I only paid a buck for it. I'm sure it would have been a few bucks more than that if it was clean.

This is the start of a few days of Dylan. I'm not a Dylan freak at all, but I do like him very much. Besides these records, I have another 10 or so on my computer, I've read his autobiography, and seen him twice live. Still doesn't make me a Dylan freak though. I just appreciate a damn good songwriter.

I guess if someone wanted to start getting into Bob Dylan, and wanted a recommendation of some of his albums to buy, this one would definitely have to be on that list. Maybe even the first since even the casual listener will know quite a bit of these songs. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" is one of my favorite of his songs. "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" was one of the first tunes I learned on guitar. So yeah, lots of good tunes on this album. You should own it.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day 150

Duran Duran- Seven and the Ragged Tiger

After having the pleasure of listening to Rio last night, I had high expectations for this album. Boy, was I let down. I didn't like "Reflex", "New Moon on Monday", and "Union of the Snake" back in 83-84 and I still don't in 2011. The rest of the album was worse. I'm not going to keep it, so if anybody wants it, its yours.

The main problem with this album is there is no hint of rock at all on the record. Pure, crappy 80's pop music. No wonder Andy Taylor left the band after this record. He was the only one that seemed to like to rock out. I remember digging his solo work, but can't remember the songs. I think I even had it on cassette. I'll be looking for it on vinyl now that I've thought about it.

I got a whole lot of Dylan coming up. I better go get my rest in preparation for it. Good night.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Day 149

Duran Duran- Rio

I tried really hard to hate this band back in their heyday when I was in Sixth Grade. No dude would admit to liking Duran Duran back then. Too bad I was trying to prove I was a "man" at such an early age because I missed out what is a very good album. Better late than never though, right?

I did always secretly like "Hungry Like The Wolf" back in the day and some of their other hits as well and that's what lead me to buying two of their albums. I gotta say, this one is really good throughout. And I completely forgot about "Save A Prayer". Good tune.

It's funny, but I was originally dreading that tonight was the first of two Duran Duran nights, but ended up really glad that it was. Tomorrow night should be just as fun with Seven and the Ragged Tiger.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Day 148

Robbie Dupree- Robbie Dupree

The only reason I own this album is for the song, "Steal Away". It's funny that I just ripped the Michael McDonald era Doobie Brothers not that long ago, and this album is pretty much a ripoff of that. Oh well, I'm keeping it. I dig "Steal Away" that much.

Despite this album being labeled "Soft Rock" or "Yacht Rock" really to me it sounds more like Smooth Jazz. I doubt I'll listen to the whole album again, but I will listen to "Steal Away" and maybe "Hot Rod Hearts" on occasion.

That's all I got to say for this album. On another subject, how 'bout those Packers? In case you didn't know, I'm a huge fan and own one share of the team. Was a pretty nerve racking game to get into the playoffs. I feel confident that they can handle the Eagles next week, even if Vick is playing. The defense is just playing at a really high level right now.

I'm sad that this five day weekend is coming to an end tonight. It was really nice. I'm not ready or looking forward to going back to work tomorrow but at least my week's are shorter now that I don't have to work at Waterloo anymore on Tuesday nights!

Who knew that Robbie Dupree was still out performing?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Day 147

Drivin' n' Cryin'- Whisper Tames The Lion

I've always dug this band ever since first hearing "Honeysuckle Blue" off of Mystery Road back in 1989. I loved that song so much I stole the title for a descriptive essay I had to write my Junior year in High School about driving through the state of Georgia. Guess it was appropriate since they are from there.

Anyways, that's a different album that I don't have on vinyl, so enough of that. I'm a big fan of this album too. "Can't Promise You The World" is one of my all time favorite rock n' roll songs. And it's cool that they can bring the heavy rock on a song like "Powerhouse" right after the good time country song, "Catch The Wind". I don't think any other band were playing Southern Rock the way these dudes were. Although I did like later albums, Fly Me Courageous and Smoke, I think they started to get too heavy and that was they're downfall. Should have kept the balance they had with albums like this and Mystery Road. The did head back that way in 1995 with Wrapped In Sky, but by then it was too late.
I telly you what though, when I saw them in 2003 at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA, they killed it. I'm glad they are still doing it. Hopefully I'll catch them again in Athens sometime.