Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Quality hard rock and the influence of Free/Paul Rodgers

Free were one of the greatest hard rock bands of all-time. Everyone knows "All Right Now", but they have a lot of great songs. 
If that was not enenough ,upon their demise, lead singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke went on to form the even more successful Bad Company. 
How Free and at least Bad Company are not in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame I will never understand...

Monday, October 29, 2012

5 rootsy tunes

some hurricane/storm related tunes

more random tunes, new and old...

Great story about how Pete had to call up Dave Wakeling to ask him what the tuning was for this song. When Wakeling tells it, he couldn't believe Pete called him! He was in shock. 
A real cool version on Pete's "Deep End Live" cd and Video

Pete Townshend "Save it for Later"

Lowell George was really part of that 70's California sound with Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, etc.
As the leader of Little Feat, they achieved some success but were never quite as popular as some of those other folks. 
This is from his only solo album. I believe he had left Little Feat and was touring on his own when this came out and he unfortunately passed away at 34.

            Lowell George "Twenty Million Things"

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have just released their SECOND album of this year (they released "Americana" in June) . This one is of original material and the songs fit in well with the Neil and Crazy Horse catalog.

    Neil Young and Crazy Horse "Walk Like a Giant"

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has just released his third solo album. This one is pretty eclectic. i hear the influence of Jimi hendrix, Stephen Stills, and on this track more modern groups like the Foo Fighters. The music is less calculated than a lot of Bon Jovi's stuff. Shame this album won't really get a chance. I think it had only sol about 5K copies in it's first week or two.

                            Richie Sambora "Nowdays"

Some of the Aerosmith ballads are not bad. Overtime they seem to grow old, but I usually kinda like em intially. (except (I don't wanna miss a Thing"). Anybody who's ever had a breakup can usually relate to ballads like this. regrets, lost opportuniteies, etc....

I could easily see the Eagles, Poco or some other country rock outfit performing this.

               Aerosmith "What Could Have Been Love"

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Vinyl Exams: David and David "Boomtown" (1986)

I recently picked up another used copy of David & David’s only release, 1986’s “Boomtown” .I’ve owned the cd before and must have sold on Ebay. I also owned the LP when it was first out. The store had a “buy 1 used get the 2nd half off “ deal. I was in the mood to hear it and the sticker said $3.99. 

The title track “Welcome to the Boomtown”, was a hit on AOR stations when it was released. The follow-up feature track, “Swallowed by the Cracks” was a minor success.

Monday, October 15, 2012

jennie abrahamson and Linnea Olson (Peter Gabriel's backing singers)

These ladies opened for Peter Gabriel last night and then were his backing singers. Very talented.
I believe they are Swedish.
They performed Jeannie's music. They played just enough and didn't wear out their welcome. It was sparse but catchy and had some dynamics.

They both sound very influenced by Kate Bush

                           jennie abrahamson- Hard to Come By

                Linnea Olsson - Dinosaur

Linnea sang harmony and played her cello backing Jeannie.

Monday, October 1, 2012

5 songs: the theme of disappointment...

If I had to pick the overall prevailing emotion of my life, I would probably say "disappointment". I confess I'm not the man I hoped I'd be personally, professionally, physically (pause to take a breath...) financially, emotionally...

We've all had our disappointments. The loss of a job, the disintegration of a romance, the fading of a friendship, etc. But "disappointment" isn't fatal. You can live with it...

Chances are you've already worked your way thru the stages of sadness, anger, denial, etc. to reach "disappointment". The good thing about it is a certain state of "acceptance". Hopefully you've done the best you could at the time and learned from the experience. Can you move on and let go? The key becomes being grateful for what you do have and not let the disappointments overwhelm...it's a battle...

 Here's 5 songs on the theme: