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.