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.