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Both albums are pretty funny and not really outdated even though both were released in the 70's. Definitely a must have for any diehard Steve Martin fans.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