Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Days 415-424

Kind of a weird mix of records over my last 10. And quite a few that I forgot I even owned.

Miami Vice- Soundtrack

Yeah I had no idea I owned this. Still not sure why I do. But Glenn Frey's "Smuggler's Blues" is a cool song. It's probably the best thing he's done outside the Eagles. This soundtrack also has Phil Collin's "In The Air Tonight", but I always thought that song was kinda hokey.

If we ever have a garage sale, I think this one will end up being a part of it.

Midnight Oil- Diesel and Dust

Again, forgot I owned this record too. I saw Midnight Oil on this tour back in the days when Dallas Alley would have free concerts on Monday nights, so I guessed I liked them at one time.

The only song I felt like it still holds up is this one:

Glenn Miller- A Memorial

Ok, I at least remember buying this record at a Savers for $2 a few years ago, but never put it on until I had to for this blog. Fun record. I hope everyone still knows a good amount of the tunes on this double LP.

Roger Miller- The Return Of

Oh man, I love Roger Miller. He is one of my Dad's favorites so there is definitely some influence there. Back in the 90's, my Dad bought a Roger Miller box set that I pretty much stole from him and played all the time. He asked about it a few times over the years, but I played dumb. Sorry, Dad!

I highly recommend finding this record. It's got the hits "Do-Wacka Do", "You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd" and his most well known track, "King of the Road". Country music doesn't get much better than this.

Steve Miller Band- Fly Like An Eagle

Whenever you hear Steve Miller Band on the radio, you always hear the same 3 or 4 songs and then you take them for granted. I was reminded how good they were/are after listening to this and the next one up in my collection.

Steve Miller Band- Book of Dreams

It's hard to decide which Steve Miller Band album I like better. Both are so great.

I've only seen Steve Miller Band once and that was back in 1989 when they played on a bill between Santana and ZZ Top at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. They blew both bands off the stage. They are coming around to Austin in September, so I think I'm gonna have to go. Steve Miller is 69 now, but he sure as hell doesn't look it.

Missing Persons- Spring Session M

Another record I forgot I had and when it was it's turn, I wasn't really looking forward to it. I'm sure I only kept it for "Words". Every boy in the 80's loved that video.

But this is a really good album so I was surprised. Now, I don't know much about pop music today, but after listening to this, I began to wonder if the likes of Lady Gaga and Keisha owe Dale Bozzio a tip of the cap. Sure sounds (and looks) like it to me.

Joni Mitchell- Court and Spark

Joni Mitchell- Miles of Aisles

Joni Mitchell- Wild Things Run Fast

I have no idea why there are 3 Joni Mitchell records in my collection. Yes, I know she is a great songwriter, but this is not for me at all. Quite painful, actually. And the live album, Miles of Aisles is a double lp no less. The live album is the only one I remember purchasing because I always liked the song, "Both Sides Now", but I didn't realize it was a live album at the time of purchase. The other two must have come in one of those grab bag boxes I used to buy at Half Price Books. Regardless, none of these records will ever be on my turntable again.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Days 405-414

Well this took me longer than I planned. But, I did it. 10 Pat Metheny records in a row. Whew!

Kinda funny how I first got into Pat Metheny. Have you ever seen that movie Fandango with Kevin Costner? Well, I'm not gonna get into to it, but definitely worth seeing if you haven't. Anyways, and I'll be vague here, towards the end of the movie is a wedding scene. In the scene, Costner's character asks the band if they know the song, "Fandango". The band says they do and begin to play one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard.

For the longest time, and I blame my immaturity here (I was 12 at this time), I thought the song really was called "Fandango" and it bummed me out that I couldn't find it anywhere except for in this movie.

So anyways, years pass and then one day as an adult, I catch the movie on HBO one day. Remembering how much I loved the movie and how much I loved that song in particular, I watch it again, but this time watch all they way through the end credits to see who does this "Fandango" tune. Turns out the song is actually called "It's For You" on Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays' record As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls.

This was probably around '97 when I finally "discovered" Pat Metheny's music and have been a big fan ever since. Besides these 10 albums I have on vinyl, I also have quite a bit of his albums on CD as well that have unfortunately never seen the light of day on wax. Hopefully one day.

Anyhow here's a rundown of the 10 on vinyl. I'm not going to break them down. I love them all. But please watch the video at the end of post. Maybe you'll get hooked on his music like I did.

Pat Metheny- Bright Size Life

Pat Metheny- New Chautauqua

Pat Metheny Group- Pat Metheny Group

Pat Metheny- 80/81

Pat Metheny Group- American Garage

Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays- As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls

Pat Metheny Group- Offramp

Pat Metheny Group- First Circle

Pat Metheny Group- Still Life (Talking)

Pat Metheny- Letter From Home


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Days 401-404

Thanks to my brother for letting me have a good chunk of his record collection including 3 of these Metallica records. It would have been four, but his copy of Ride The Lightning was only the jacket. Bummer.

Metallica- Kill 'Em All

My brother and I first heard Metallica when we heard "For Whom The Bells Toll" on Q102 in Dallas. He got hooked on Metallica quicker than I did and he bought that record first and then went back and got this one. Jim is 4 years older than me so he "got it" more than I did. I was 10 and still listening to more pop oriented stuff, but I wanted to be accepted amongst him and his friends so I pretended to totally be into it as well. Once I got older and more into music, I started to really like this record more.

Metallica-Master of Puppets

I still say that this is the greatest metal record of all time. 

Metallica- ...And Justice For All

I think this album gets overlooked sometimes because it came out after Puppets and before they mega selling Black album even though it has "One" on it. Great record and the first time I had a chance to see Metallica live. It was the 1988 Monsters of Rock tour with Kingdom Come, Dokken, Scorpions, and Van Halen. Metallica ruled the day.

Metallica- Death Magnetic

Eventually I'll get all of the Metallica records on vinyl (even St Anger). I'm not even sure how I ended up with this one. I sure don't remember buying it. Good record, but I just don't have the relationship with it like I have their 80's material. I need to give it more spins to really appreciate it.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Days 399-400

Only listened to two records over the weekend. I thought about waiting to post until I listened to more records, but I'm about to go on a Metallica run and figured those dudes deserve their own post.

Men At Work- Business As Usual

Yeah this record doesn't hold up very well. Even though I loved "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Be Good Johnny" back in the 80's, they both now sound really dated. But I really do dig "People Just Love To Play With Words" and "Down By The Sea".

Metal Church- The Dark

It's cracking me up that Men At Work and Metal Church are on the same blog post, but that's the way it goes.

Good album. My older brother was always more of a Metal Church fan that I was. Really good riffs, but they just seem to be missing that little extra something that kept them from being up there with the Big 4 of thrash.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Days 389-398

    Yes, I've been slacking big time on this blog. But that's not to say that I haven't been listening to records. I have been. And here's a running list of the last 10 records I've listened to. I may be forgetting a record I listened to since I'm writing this away from my record collection. If so, I'll add it in later. Also, I may start doing it this way for a while. Especially since I have 10 or so Pat Metheny records coming up around the bend.

Don McLean- American Pie

"American Pie" is a cool tune, but the rest of the album was a snooze fest.

Meatloaf- Bat Out Of Hell

Two things I can't believe about this record. One, that I only got it for .99 cents and two, that I don't think I had ever listened to it in its entirety before. Great album.

Megadeth- Peace Sells But Who's Buying?

The album that introduced me to Megadeth. Still holds up strong 27 years later.

Megadeth- So Far, So Good....So What?

Not sure why the photos are coming up different sizes, but whatever. This was the follow up to Peace Sells... I didn't really like it that much when it first came out, but I couldn't pass up buying it for $7 at Waterloo.

John Mellencamp- Nothing Matters and What If It Did

Yes, I know it's a "John Cougar" album, but because I am a huge Mellencamp fan, I refuse to call him that. I'll never tire of the song "Ain't Even Done With the Night".

John Mellencamp- American Fool

Even though the big hits "Hurts So Good" and "Jack and Diane" lead off record, my favorite tune is still "Hand To Hold Onto".

John Mellencamp- Uh-Huh

I was really getting into metal when this album came out so never owned it back in the 80's. But MTV played the shit out of "Crumblin' Down" and "Pink Houses" and I didn't mind them at all. Fave track is "Play Guitar" and "Golden Gates" is just a beautiful song.

John Mellencamp- Scarecrow

Ok this is the album when Mellencamp really got me. "Lonely Ol' Night" is still my favorite song of his. I absolutely love every song on the record. Just a great, great rock n' roll album with a powerful message.

Sidenote: Listen to this album and tell me that Kenny Aronoff isn't a drum god. Dude doesn't get enough credit.

John Mellencamp- The Lonesome Jubilee

Didn't love it as much as Scarecrow, but still like the record a lot. I can't help but dance around like a fool whenever I listen to "Cherry Bomb". I've even stolen some of Mellencamp's dance moves.

John Mellencamp- Big Daddy

You gotta be in the mood for this record since it's folky. I always loved "Jackie Brown" from the moment I heard it, but "Pop Singer" had to grow on me.

Well that's it for now. Hopefully I won't wait another 6 weeks before I post again. Good stuff coming up in my collection.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Day 388

Bob & Doug McKenzie- Great White North

This is one of my prized possessions in my record collection because of the memories it brings. My brother and I used to listen to this record all the time when we lived in Okinawa and call each other "hoser".

Listening to it in 2013, the bits still crack me up and I still love the song "Take Off" even though it really is outdated. It's still so cool to me that they got Geddy Lee to sing on that song.

Now I really have the urge to watch Strange Brew again. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Day 387

Michael McDonald- If That's What It Takes

C'mon who we fooling? You and me both know I only own this record because of  "I Keep Forgettin".

Enough said.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Day 386

Paul McCartney- Give My Regards to Broad Street

Lazy, lazy, lazy. I guess I'm not a dedicated blogger. I listened to this album weeks ago, but just haven't felt like posting on here lately. Part of the problem is I usually blog at work, but now for some reason I can't have two different google accounts up at the same time which I need in order to post from there. And when I get home, I just want to hang with the wife and the dog, tend to the garden, eat dinner, and watch TV. Who has time to blog?

If you don't already know about this album, it was a soundtrack to a shitty movie of the same name. The album has a  few originals plus some remakes of Beatles songs. Not a bad album, but I'd rather just listen to the original Beatles tunes. But the real reason I got this record is I really do love "No More Lonely Nights". That's the only reason I'd probably listen to it again.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Day 385

Johnny Mathis- Johnny's Greatest Hits

Both my parents are big Johnny Mathis fans, so this one's in my collection for them. Nice record to have too. Sometimes you just want to keep it low key and have some easy listening background music. That's how I treated this one while I was (during Side One) reading on my iPad and (during Side Two) doing some chores.

I'll always dig songs like "Wonderful! Wonderful!" and "Twelfth Of Never" so it was good to hear those songs again.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Day 384

Dave Mason- It's Like You Never Left

Very cool record. Especially like the opening track "Baby Please". I really don't know much about Dave Mason except that he was in Traffic, but I'm willing to find more of his stuff on vinyl.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Day 382 & 383

Steve Martin- A Wild And Crazy Guy & Comedy is Not Pretty!

Sorry for the lengthy absence. First, SXSW got in the way and then it took me awhile to get in the mood to listen to these two records. I love Steve Martin, but you got to be in the mood to listen to any comedy record.

Both albums are pretty funny and not really outdated even though both were released in the 70's. Definitely a must have for any diehard Steve Martin fans.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Day 381

Marshall Tucker Band- Searchin' For A Rainbow

I didn't even realize I owned two Marshall Tucker Band albums until I noticed this one was next up. Another good album by them except I thought it was a pretty silly that they included a live version of "Can't You See" as the album closer. The record company really tried to milk that song didn't they?

Also, how about that awesome album cover?

Day 380

Marshall Tucker Band- Marshall Tucker Band

Let's face it, if you aren't a huge Marshall Tucker Band fan, the only song you know by them is "Can't You See". And it's probably one of those songs you know and love but never really knew who it was by. More than likely you thought it was by some other random Southern rock band. Well, I fell into that category for many years anyways.

So thinking that "Can't You See" was the only song I'd like on this album, I was pleasantly surprised by it. MTB were a  lot more country than rock than I'd thought they'd be. I really do dig every song on this record. Definitely worth that $1.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Day 379

Mark-Almond- The Best Of

What a horrible album. Why did these guys deserve a "Best of" album? I bet most people have never heard of them.

I only did because I heard one song of theirs that I thought was cool so I picked up this thinking because it's a "Best of" that it would be good. Boy, was I ever wrong. Since I've been doing this blog, I really do think this was the most painful album I've had to listen to. I immediately threw it in my trash bin after I was done with it.

Mark-Almond are a jazz/rock band, but a really boring one. And the flute just killed me. Ugh, sorry Mark-Almond fans. If there really are any.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Day 378

Barry Manilow- Even Now

Yeah that's right, I own a Barry Manilow album. What?

I got early memories of Barry Manilow. When I was 8, my parents Santa got me a drum set for Christmas. The first song I wanted to learn how to play was "Copacabana". (I didn't come close to learning it, and I don't think I touched that kit again after about 2 weeks.)

C'mon you gotta admit that "Copacabana" is a fun song. And "Can't Smile Without You" is a fantastic love song. I also enjoyed the songs on this album that I wasn't very familiar with like "A Linda Song" and "Starting Again". This album is staying in my collection.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Day 377

Manchester Orchestra- Mean Everything To Nothing

Really good album. I was trying to figure out who they remind me of and closest I could come up with is Modest Mouse, but heavier. At least that's what I hear.

I used to have this on CD when it first came out in 2009 and used to play it quite a bit. Then about a year ago I got it on vinyl. It's the only record of theirs I've heard, but I'll assume I need to get the album that came out in 2011 too.

Definitely pick it up if you like to rock out. The tune "Shake it Out" will be in your head for days.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Day 376

Madness- Madness

I only bought this record because of "Our House" but it really is a fun record throughout. I totally forgot about their cover of "It Must Be Love" and the track "House of Fun".

I doubt I'd go out of my way to pick up any other Madness records, but I'll listen to this one again sometime.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Day 375

Lynyrd Skynyrd- (Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd)

I've never really been a big Skynyrd fan mainly because when I was growing up, Skynyrd just reformed with Ronnie's little brother and that was pretty much a joke. So that was my frame of reference and it stuck with me throughout the 90's and early 2000's. But now as a 40 year old man, I can confidently say that this, their first album, fucking rules.

Yes, it has the songs like "Tuesday's Gone", "Gimme Three Steps", and "Free Bird" on it that you've heard so many times on the radio you are sick of them. But when it's on your turntable and you crank it, those songs just sound awesome. And the one Skynyrd song I absolutely love, "Simple Man" is on this record too. That song is just true hard driving rock n' roll.

So if you are a fair weathered Lynyrd Skynyrd fan like me, at least do yourself a favor and get this one.

I don't have speakers on my work computer so hopefully this is the original studio version. Or at least some version with Ronnie on vocals.


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Day 373 & 374

Nick Lowe- An Interrogation of and His Cowboy Outfit

I'm making this a two for one post only because I couldn't find a good picture of the Interrogation album.

Starting off with that record, it's exactly what the title suggests: An Interrogation. Some lady (can't remember her name) sits down with Nick and discusses his career with him. They play a snippet of a track and then he talks about it. It's interesting to listen to, but probably not something I'd listen to again. Thinking about selling it.

Onto his Cowboy Outfit record, it's my favorite album of his. "I Knew The Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll)" is one of my all time favorite songs. I even had it played at my wedding.

The whole album is fantastic and fun to dance to. And the sound is definitely not something you'd expect from a record that came out in 1984.