Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Days 250 and 251

Bruce Hornsby & The Range- The Way It Is and Scenes From The Southside

I don't mind a little Bruce Hornsby, but this is a little too much. I really do scratch my head sometimes at the shit in my record collection. I don't know why I own these. You see records you know of for dirt cheap at garage sales, yard sales, $1 bins and you just can't help yourself.

Really all I need is a Greatest Hits album. I really do like tunes like "Valley Road" and "Mandolin Rain". They are harmless easy tunes. But all the filler on both these records make me so glad that I'm listening to them while playing NCAA College Football '09 while doing so. It was the only thing that kept me sane.

So I don't really know what to do with these records. I don't necessarily want to throw these away because I never know when I might get the hankering to hear "Every Little Kiss" again but I also don't want them part of my collection anymore. I need to create a secret, hidden stash.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Day 249

The Hooters- Nervous Night

I think the Hooters get a bad rap and I'm not exactly sure why. I've always thought they were a really good band, but I have a lot of friends who rag on them. Or maybe it's just my friends that are wrong and everybody else thinks they are cool.

I mean they did write some pretty damn catch pop tunes back in the 80's. C'mon, "Day by Day" still rules. And they weren't gimmicky at all like a lot of 80's bands. They looked like pretty normal Philadelphia dudes to me. Or maybe it's just the name of their band? Ok, I admit, that's pretty bad.

So I wonder if I have a collector's item on my hands. When I had this album on CD, it included the title track on the album. It's nowhere to be found on this vinyl copy. Which is a shame because I really dig that song. Lots of other good tunes on here though. Besides "Day by Day", there's also "All You Zombies" and "And We Danced". "Where Do The Children Go"is also on here, but I think that song blows.

I need to go find their second album now.

Day 248

The Honeydrippers- Volume One




That's all I have to say about this EP.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Days 246-247

John Hiatt- Slow Turning and Stolen Moments

Sorry, I got carried away doing other stuff the past few nights, but I have been listening to records while I do it. Basically, I've been sucked into a new video game and can't stop! Damn you, NCAA Football!

These are the two John Hiatt albums I've listened to the most since they first came out. The song "Slow Turning" is what first turned me onto him. I'm trying to remember where I first heard it, but I can't. Had to have been public radio in Dallas. I can't imagine MTV, CMT, or regular radio playing him. I do remember that CMT played the crap out of Suzy Bogguss' cover of "Drive South" though.

I do like Stolen Moments better than Slow Turning. The latter is a great album, but more country where as the former is more poppy. "Real Fine Love" is one of my all time favorites. I used to put that song on a whole lot of mix tape/cd's. I'm sure the girl was like, "what the hell is this?", but I didn't care and there was no secret message I was sending her, it's just a great song.

That's it for John Hiatt. I wish I could find Perfectly Good Guitar and Walk On on vinyl but since they were mid-90's releases I doubt I will.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Day 245

John Hiatt- Bring The Family

I love me some John Hiatt. One of the best songwriters out there. If not the best.

This was the first of his albums that I ever owned. My sister bought it for me for Christmas one year when I had John Hiatt's Slow Turning on my wish list, but she got me this one instead not knowing any better. I was glad she did.

A great mix of country, rock, soul and blues all over this record. And he has Ry Cooder, Jim Keltner, and Nick Lowe backing him up on this album. A precursor to their supergroup, Little Village. Damn, I need to get that record again.

I love every song on this album, but the one I can listen to over and over again is "Have A Little Faith In Me". One of the best ballads of all time in my book. I remember seeing him at Liberty Lunch back in 1996 and he brought the house down when he did this number. Funny though, I can't stand that version he did later with the choir. His vocal and piano is all this song needs. Why ruin something that's perfect?

Watch this video to see the brilliance of this song if you've never heard it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day 244

Don Henley- Building The Perfect Beast

Unlike last night's Don Henley album, this album's Side 2 really blows huge chunks. The whole album pretty much sucks besides "Boys Of Summer" and "You're Not Drinking Enough".

Even the other singles, "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" (which always sucked) and "Sunset Grill" suck. And if you want to hear a truly terrible song, listen to the title track, "Building The Perfect Beast". I was ready bang my head against a wall if that song went on a second longer.

Henley shouldn't have given so much leeway to Danny Kortchmar. This album is basically a Kortchmar solo album but with Don Henley on lead vocals.
It's too bad too because he has a lot of big time players on this record. Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Patty Smyth, and Lindsey Buckingham to name a few.

I wonder if a lot of people bought this album in 1984 just because of "The Boys Of Summer" and when they got home, felt like they were duped. Glad I didn't pay hardly anything for it. And no, I'm not keeping it. You want it?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Day 243

Don Henley- I Can't Stand Still

After having gone through all those Eagles records I have, you kinda already knew I had to have some Don Henley too, right?

I bought this album just for the song "Dirty Laundry" and thought that the rest of the album was going to suck, but it's actually pretty good. It kicked in for me with the fourth song on this record, "Nobody's Business". That song is so good I listened to it twice.

Side 2 was particulary strong. From the hit single, "Dirty Laundry", to the rocker "Johnny Can't Read" and the reggae tinged album closer, "The Unclouded Day", just really solid all the way through.

I'm actually really glad I bought this album for .50 cents! Now lets see if Building The Perfect Beast can compete with it.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Days 240-242

Jimi Hendrix- :Blues, First Rays Of The New Rising Sun, Valleys Of Neptune

So blogger.com has been down for the past few days. Hence the reason why I haven't posted since Wednesday and why I titled this post, "Days 240-242". I have at least been keeping up with my duties since the lockout.

Well I made it through all the Hendrix albums I own. All three were posthumous releases with the first one being :Blues in 1994. Of the six Hendrix records I own, this is probably my least favorite. I really enjoyed opening acoustic number, "Hear My Train A Comin'. I think this album would be cooler if it was all acoustic. Just to clarify, I'm not saying this album sucks. Far from it. But one of these albums had to be my least favorite.

The other two albums were both great posthumous releases as well, but definitely some filler on there as well. I did really dig his version of "Sunshine Of Your Love" on the Valleys of Neptune album.

One thing that I constantly thought of while listening to this six albums was, would Jimi be just as cool if he were still alive today? Think about it. I wonder if he would have gone the Santana route and just record albums with all the current hot singers to guarantee him sales. God that drives me crazy about Carlos Santana. Those songs were all terrible too. Especially that one with Rob Thomas. Back to my point though, I would have to think that Jimi would not be as widely popular as he is in death if he were still alive today. But I'm sure there are still plenty of Hendrix unreleased tracks that will be "miraculously" discovered to keep our interests up for quite some time to come.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Day 239

Jimi Hendrix Experience- Electric Ladyland

Last studio record for the Experience and also another gem. So can anyone tell me why The Jimi Hendrix Experience broke up? I need to get me a book on Jimi. Now is the right time to do it since I'm reading a lot of music biographies right now. Currently reading Nick Mason's Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd in case you were wondering.

My favorite tune on this record and one of my all time favorite's by Hendrix is "Crosstown Traffic". That's one of the best rock n' roll songs ever. I also really dig Noel Redding's "Little Miss Strange". But c'mon everyone knows this whole album rules so why should I get into it?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day 238

Jimi Hendrix Experience- Axis: Bold As Love

My favorite Hendrix album. It's all about the ballads on this album for me. I can listen to "Castles Made of Sand" repeatedly and not get sick of it. Same could almost be said for "Little Wing" and "One Rainy Wish" also, but not to the same extent. Oh, and I can't forget the awesomeness of the title track.

I also dig that you don't hear as many of these songs on the radio like you do the first album. It's real easy for me to get sick of tunes like "Purple Haze" or "Foxey Lady". I usually change to a different station nowadays when either of those come on. But that's radio's fault for being close-minded.

And don't get me wrong about this record. I still dig all the rockers on here too. I just realized that I came across as a sissy boy touting the ballads.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Day 237

The Jimi Hendrix Experience- Are You Experienced

I have 6 of the Hendrix reissues and I went pretty crazy this weekend listening to 4 of them. But I'm only going to write about Are You Experienced today and let myself get a little ahead on this blog.

It was kinda funny listening to this album all the way through again this weekend. I hadn't done it in a really long time. The first thing I thought of was that it really sounds like a Greatest Hits album more than a debut record.

Which brought up the second thing I thought of. Back when I was listening and posting the first Boston record, I said that that record might be the greatest debut ever. Ummm, yeah so I wasn't really thinking about this record when I said that. I get a mulligan on that.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Day 236

Heart- Dreamboat Annie and
Dog & Butterfly

I had to listen to both of these albums last night to officially confirm something that I always knew to be true: I don't like Heart.

They have a couple of songs I like such as, "Crazy On You" and "Straight On", but overall, I really hated both of these albums a lot.

I hated them so much that I'm giving these records to a buddy of mine. And I decided to completely skip the third Heart album I have, Heart. I don't even know why I held on to that one in the first place. Always hated the singles off of that album.

In case you were wondering why I had them in the first place, one of the grab bag boxes I used to always buy from Half Price had like 6 Heart albums in it. A goldmine for some, but not for this guy. Sorry Nancy and Anne!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Day 235

Head East- Flat As A Pancake

I had to get this record just for the hit single, "Never Been Any Reason". Man, that song rules. That tune alone has got to still be paying the bills. I always crank it when I hear it on the radio.

Obviously these dudes were one hit wonders, but while I was listening to that song, I started thinking about what "one hit wonder" song is the best? I had a hard time thinking of others that rule as much as "Never Been Any Reason" does.

But besides that track, the whole album is actually pretty good. I really dug the tunes "Love Me Tonight" and "Jefftown Creek". I'll put this album on again, most definitely. And not just for the big hit.

Another thing I also always wonder when I listen to bands like Head East, is what happened to them after they broke up? Well I did some research and turn out that after recovering from his drug problem and discovering God, lead singer John Schlitt went on to form big time Christian rock band, Petra. I had no idea.

Not that I'm a Petra fan at all, but I think most people have at least heard of them. Good for him. I wonder if they ever did "Never Been Any Reason" live. Ha!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Day 234

The Head And The Heart- The Head And The Heart

I've been listening to this religiously ever since I bought it on Record Store Day, so it was no problem putting them on again when it was its turn on the blog.

The weird thing for me is how I write about this album without it sounding like a "review". I try to avoid doing that. Typically that isn't a problem since most of my albums are a few years old, but this is a brand spanking new release.

Obviously because I've been listening to it religiously, I enjoy the hell out of it. It's kind of funny how 20 years ago, Seattle was known for the Grunge sound, but now you have all these indie folk pop bands coming out of there like these guys, Fleet Foxes, Cave Singers, and The Soft Hills. When was the last time a hard rock band came out of Seattle? Not that I'm complaining, I really dig this stuff.

Here's a video for "Down In The Valley" which I only heard once before I bought the album. That was all I needed to know that I had to get this album pronto. In fact, on Record Store Day, even though I scored a bunch of other cool albums, this was priority number one on my list that day.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Day 233

George Harrison- All Things Must Pass

I had to break this one up over a couple of days since it's a triple lp. Normally on a weekend, I'd have no problem busting through 3 lps, but I was pretty busy and when I did have free time I was either listening to other albums and reading the Sammy Hagar autobiography. Good read.

That being said, I really do enjoy this album. I've had it for awhile on vinyl and had bought the remastered CD back in 2001.

Most people (I guess) prefer "What is Life" or "My Sweet Lord" as their favorite songs on this album, but personally, I'd have to go with "Apple Scruffs". I would play that song constantly 10 years ago.

I won't get much into breaking down this album. Like most classic 70's albums, we already know how great it is. But I will say that of all the post-Beatles albums that the Fab Four released, this is by far the best.