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