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.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day 256

Ida- I Know About You

I'm a huuuuge Ida fan. I was so happy when I came across the Polyvinyl website and saw that they had this album for only $10! I've listened to it many times over the last few months since getting it on vinyl. Which is funny because before that I hadn't listened to it in years.

I remember years ago when I first came across Ida, I told myself that if I had the talent, this is the kind of band I would want to start. I still feel that way too.

You can't listen to a song like "Little Things" or "Plans" and not be touched. Unless you're a heartless bastard. Even though those are my two favorite songs on the album, every single track is outstanding. This is indie folk pop at it's finest.

Time to get back on polyvinyl's site and get the rest of their catalog on vinyl.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Day 255

Icehouse- Man of Colours

Some of you may laugh at me for owning an Icehouse record, but I still really do dig this album.
When I was a kid, I loved the hell out of the song "Crazy". I only had a 45 for it, but I'd play it over and over. I'm sure I had a crush on some girl at the time that wasn't crushing back.

So when I started collecting vinyl heavy duty again, I really had a hard time finding this particular album. You see other Icehouse releases constantly, but it took me a real long time to find this one. I still have only seen it once in all the used bins I've looked through.

Being that I did only buy it for the song "Crazy", I gotta say that my favorite song on the record is actually "Electric Blue". I listened to this record late last night, and that song has been in my head all day. In fact, I did play it twice.

It's not a great album, a little uneven since Side 1 dominates Side 2, but I really enjoyed it. Now I'm contemplating getting the other Icehouse albums that I always see in the bins.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Days 253-254

Ian Hunter- Ian Hunter & All Of The Good Ones Are Taken

I have a pretty good reason for not posting since Thursday. That night, I had a softball game and made a bit of an awkward head first slide at home plate which in the process sliced open a deep gash in my right knee. I had to get three staples put in Friday morning. Pretty awesome!

Not only that, but I had my left middle finger checked out that I thought I just jammed a few weeks ago, but it turns out I tore some cartilage. And I'm left handed. Doc said it'll take 6 freaking months to heal. Ugh.

So there's those two things plus three more strawberries but the worst thing of all was I got a tetanus shot to go along with everything else and that ended up causing some serious pain in my arm (again my left) and I got a fever from the side effects. Yeah, banner weekend at the Leath-Stookey household.

But at least I did have these two great records to listen to.

His self titled album was his debut after disbanding the great Mott The Hoople. Lots of great gems on this record like "Once Bitten Twice Shy". It was funny to listen to this song since I grew up knowing the Great White version. Proof again that 9 out of 10 times, the original is always best.

The second Ian Hunter album that I have came out in 1983 and was his 6th solo release. Not as rocking as his debut, but still an overall solid album. Highlights include the title track (both versions) and "Captain Void n' the Video Jets". A song like the latter makes it more obvious that Joe Elliott from Def Leppard worshipped the guy. Can't say I blame him. I need more of his albums myself.

Ok that's it for the H's. Feels like it took me awhile since so many days were skipped. I need to get back on track. Here are some H bands I need that I don't have any of: Helix ( I don't know why they were the first to come to mind), Merle Haggard, Neil Halstead, Helio Sequence, John Wesley Harding, Joe Henry, Husker Du, Humble Pie, The Hold Steady, and Peter Himmelman. Let me know who I'm forgetting. I'm always forgetting someone good.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Day 252

The House Of Love- The House of Love

This is The House of Love's debut album and it's a gem. I honestly didn't know much about them until I got a promo cd of The John Peel Sessions 88-89 about 10 years ago. Still have it too.

So I couldn't pass this up when I found it in Music Mania for a buck. Great album all the way through with one of their better known singles, "Christine" leading it off. I'd love to find the rest of their catalog on vinyl, but know that will be tough to do unless I want to pay full price. Hell, I may have to pay import prices.

But I'd love to get "Destroy The Heart" on vinyl. Even if its just a 7". I fell in love with that song the first time I heard it. It's one of my all time faves.