Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Day 359

Gordon Lightfoot- Summertime Dream

If I'm being honest here, I only picked up this record for "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". Obviously a great tune and one of his most popular, but I really enjoyed the whole album. Pretty crazy thought that this song reached #2 on the US pop charts. Could never imagine a song like that rising that high on the charts in this day and age.

Besides "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", other stand out tracks for me were the title track and "Race Among The Ruins".

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 358

Gordon Lightfoot- Gord's Gold

I never understood why Gord doesn't get more credit for being awesome. Maybe its because his name is a little goofy. But, even Bob Dylan said that when he hears a Gordon Lightfoot song he wishes it would never end.

The guy is just an amazing songwriter and I love this double LP. It's got the tunes anyone should recognize like "Sundown", "Carefree Highway" and "If You Could Read My Mind", but my favorite is "Canadian Railroad Trilogy", which I dont' think is a popular tune of his outside of his native Canada. That song is just some great storytelling.

Thanks to a buddy of mine, I got to see Gordon Lightfoot a few years ago. Even though he was in his 70's, he was pretty fantastic. Amazing that his backup band has been with him for 40 years. It was obvious by how tight they were. Definitely worth checking out if you like folk music.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Day 357

Huey Lewis and the News- Sports

This was the first cassette I had where I listened to it so much, I warped it. In 83/84, my two favorite bands were the News and Def Leppard. But I only had Pyromania on vinyl.

Anyways, this is still a fun album that I was dancing too throughout the record. It really makes me wish that I had Fore! on vinyl too.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Day 356

Huey Lewis and the News- Picture This

I might get some crap for saying this, but I still like Huey Lewis and the News. It's just fun music and this album has two of my favorites of theirs being "Workin' For A Livin" and "Do You Believe In Love" which was the first Huey Lewis and the News song I ever heard. w

I'd really like to see them live sometime. They've come through town a couple of times over the past few years, but I've missed out. Hope I get another chance.

Oh and I'm starting to take a pic of each album I listen to and posting it on instagram. You can follow me at bleathal if you are into that sort of thing.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Day 355

Julian Lennon- Valotte

This is a decent album, but somewhat dated. The title track is a great tune and one I always enjoy whenever I hear it. And then of course there is "Too Late For Goodbyes" on here which is still a fun song if you're in the mood for it.

I got to see Julian Lennon back in the late 90's at Stubb's. Good show, but I felt kinda bad for him. The place was only half full and seemed like maybe that bummed him out. I was given the chance to meet him backstage afterwards but passed on it. Not sure why I did that. Looking back on it now, that would have been pretty cool.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Day 354

John Lennon- Walls and Bridges

Sadly this is the only Lennon record I have on vinyl. Or actually I should say "John" Lennon since Julian Lennon is coming up tomorrow.

I really didn't dig this album that much. Side Two kinda sucked all the way through. I mean "Beef Jerky"? What the hell was that?

But this album does have one of my favorite John Lennon songs on it, "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night".

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 353

Alvin Lee & Mylon LeFevre- On The Road To Freedom

This album was a diamond in the rough. I pulled this record out of the very first grab bag box of records I bought at Half Price Books a few years ago. It's probably also the reason why I kept buying more and more of those damn boxes.

I had only heard of Alvin Lee's name, but not his music prior to listening to this (had never heard of Mylon LeFevre) and normally I probably would have put a record I had never heard of before aside, but for some reason I was curious and put it on the turntable. So glad I did.

If you are a fan of "country rock", you really need to get a copy of this record. It's slowly becoming a favorite of mine. Even though it's a duo album, it also features George Harrison, Mick Fleetwood, Steve Winwood and Ronnie Wood, so yeah it's gotta be good right?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day 352

Led Zeppelin- Coda

Zeppelin run is done. I never owned Coda before buying it on vinyl a couple of years ago. My buddy who did have it back in the old days said it wasn't worth it so I never did. But I like it alright. "Bonzo's Montreaux" is cool and "Darlene" is a really cool song.

The Zep run was fun. Now onto a record I'll probably listen to once and never again.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Day 351

Led Zeppelin- In Through The Out Door

Man, I use to listen to the shit out of this record when I was a teenager. And it's still one of my favorite Zeppelin records today. Does that make me lame?

"In The Evening" kills.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Day 350

Led Zeppelin- Presence

The album I have listened to the least, but it's still Zeppelin so it's still good. But has anyone ever said, "Presence is my favorite Led Zeppelin record"? Highly unlikely.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Day 349

Led Zeppelin- Physical Graffiti

Took awhile to find the time to listen to this double album for some reason. It's a lot easier to commit 45 minutes of your time than an hour and a half.

Unfortunately I think I've already fallen off my 200 posts this year pace. Gonna have to play catch up.

Oh and another issue I have right now is I discovered the Rdio streaming service. Yeah it's not as cool as vinyl, but it's like playing with a brand new toy. I've discovered a lot of great new bands. I was beginning to think they didn't exist anymore.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Day 348

Led Zeppelin- Houses of the Holy

This was, is, and always will be my all time favorite Zeppelin album. I think the only debate I have with myself is deciding which song is the best on the album.

Luckily, my copy is in mint condition which is crazy when you think about it since I found it in one of those Half Price Books grab bag boxes for $10. Somebody over there screwed the pooch on that one.

I feel kind of silly writing about these Zeppelin albums if I can't relay anything that's personal. I mean, what can I say about the greatest rock and roll band ever that hasn't already been said?

Blogging about Krokus is a lot easier.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Day 347

Led Zeppelin- IV

AKA ZOSO, AKA Untitled, etc. Whatever, it'll always just be Zeppelin IV to me.

This was actually the first album I ever got on CD. My parents got me a CD player for my 16th birthday and my brother got me this on CD. I remember we got into a huge fight and afterwards he threw the CD at me and said, "Happy Birthday". Ha, I was a little brat.

It's also one of my least favorite Zeppelin records even though it really is great. But dude, over the last 20 years, radio just killed "Black Dog", "Rock and Roll" and "Stairway To Heaven" for me. And The Lovemongers version of "Battle of Evermore" killed that tune for me. I used to love love love the Singles Soundtrack, but would always have to skip that track.

I was gonna post a video, but c'mon its Zeppelin IV. You know this shit.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Day 346

Led Zeppelin- III

Man, my copy of Zeppelin III is full of scratches, so now I gotta hunt for another copy of this record too. Hell, I might as well get pristine copies of the entire catalog.

Back in my younger and dumber days, this was the Zeppelin album I listened to the least. But now, I think it may be my favorite. Either this or Houses of the Holy (which was always my favorite even when I was a kid so I wasn't that dumb).

I think Jessica is pretty happy that I'm on a Led Zep run right now. She hasn't seemed to mind when she comes home from work and I got a Zeppelin record on pretty loud. She's a pretty cool chick. She's probably just thankful its not Krokus anymore.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Day 345

Led Zeppelin- II

Dude, WTF? My copy of the first Zeppelin album has gone missing. That really bums me out. So here I am starting with II. I should have checked to see if I have any other albums missing.

Oh well. I'm not going to really talk about this or any of the other Zeppelin records. You know they are all great. I will just say that when I was a kid, "Thank You" was my favorite Zeppelin song. I used to listen to that song over and over and over again.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Day 344

Leader of the Pack- Greatest Hits

Happy New Year! So one resolution I made for this year was to have at least 200 postings this year. I figure that's realistic since it still gives me 156 days to slack off. I definitely don't plan to slag off all year like I did in 2012.

So I have no idea how this record ended up in my collection. I thought I was going to pull out Led Zeppelin, but somehow this was next up. For a minute I thought about throwing it away and continuing on with Zep, but thought that for some reason I kept it so might as well listen to it.

And it's not bad. In case you are wondering, it's from the musical Leader of the Pack. There are some good tunes on here like the title track, "Do Wah Diddy" and "And Then He Kissed Me". Doubt I'd ever really listen to it again, but I'm gonna hold on to it as a resource. You never know when you might need it for something or another.