Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lost Gem: "Poor Boy (The Greenwood)" - ELO


"Sweet Maid Marion,
don't you do me no wrong.
Stay on the right side,
the Greenwood is your home."
-->ELO<--

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) released their fourth studio album in 1974.

"Eldorado, A Symphony" was a concept album (don't be scared off) created all in the mind of the Swiss Army Knife of RnR... Jeff Lynne.

In a nutshell, it revolves around a dreamer who'd rather live in his mind rather than be a part of the real world. It would become their first gold album. And sounds awesome through headphones.

The last track on side one, "Poor Boy (The Greenwood)" is a wonderful song about Robin Hood for crying out loud. It makes me want to drink some grog...grab my bow...and shoot apples off Alan Hale's head! (one of my favorite actors and my Little John in Robin Hood reference).

Oh yeah...dig those frantic violin strings at the end!

Have you heard this one?


"Poor Boy (The Greenwood)"
Me, I'm just a poor boy from across the far southland.
And I've traveled many days to reach this place to make my stand.
I fell in with a merry band
and drank away the hours.

Rollin' on, I've been rollin' on.
And my head is high from the battle won.
Laid down my life for The Greenwood.

The city boys and the country boys
they come from miles around.
To defy their king and country
Save the poor folks from the hand
of the thieving dukes and abbotts
and the gentry of the land.

Sweet Maid Marion, don't you do me no wrong.
Stay on the right side, the Greenwood is your home.
The dancing girls and the open fires
The wine that flows like water.

Good stuff!


Monday, October 26, 2009

Lost Gem: Bloodrock - "Melvin Laid An Egg"


"He's in a sideshow...
making lots of dough.
What can be said for
Melvin and his egg?"
~ Bloodrock ~



Bloodrock's self-titled debut was released in 1970. And is a monster treat and a hugely underrated classic rock offering.

Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas...Bloodrock need cower down to no band. As I've noted in an earlier post...

On this one, Bloodrock...
Out Steps...Steppenwolf.
Out-Sabs...Black Sabbath.
Out-Funks...Grand Funk.

I kid you not.

And the epic closing track..."Melvin Laid An Egg"...has one of the best axe riffs anywhere.
Mindless heavy-metal poundage...begging to be cranked.

Bloodrock should have been huge...but have sadly and unfairly been relegated into the one-trick pony file...(remember "D.O.A.").

Pick this album up!

Have you heard this one?


"Melvin Laid An Egg"

I ain't got the time
to sit and let you play with my mind
Crushing out mistakes
Would you look at all the time it takes.
Sweeping through the minutes of the day
Keeping time for lack of things to say.

I just want to go home
and have myself an ice cream cone.
Be all by my ?
if you're gonna make my bed I'll lie.
Dreaming of the roads we should have took.
Melvin laid an egg...come and look.

He's in a sideshow.
Making lots of dough
What can be said for Melvin and his egg?

I ain't got the time
to explain my mind.
Crushing out mistakes
Would you look at all the time it takes.
Sweeping through the minutes of the day
Keeping time for lack of things to say.

I just want to go home
and have myself an ice cream cone.
Be all by my ?
if you're gonna make my bed I'll lie.
Dreaming of the roads we should have took.
Melvin laid an egg...come and look.

Good stuff!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Lost Gem: Thin Lizzy - "Southbound"



"So tonight after sundownYou must go from this placeWithout a tear, without a frownDisappear without a trace."-->Thin Lizzy<-- span="">


Thin Lizzy's..."Bad Reputation" (1977)...finds a gorgeous mid-tempo ballad penned by the late Phil Lynott...and one of his best.
A bittersweet admonition of arriving at that personal point in life when something must change. A need to go another direction. A different place. A different face.


Great guitar spirit from Scott Gorham provides this gem a wonderful touch of hope and turns what could have been a downturn into a celebration for change.

Just try not to sing along.


Have you heard this one?



"Southbound"
The boom time it is over.
A ghost town is all that's left here.
The gold rush it is over
And depression days draw near.

Tonight after sundown
I'm going to pack my case.
I'll leave without a sound
Disappear without a trace.

I'm going southbound.

Drifting like a drover.
Chasing my career.
From the ships docked in the harbour
New horizons will appear.

Tumbling with the tumbleweed
Down the open road.
Taking only what I need
Before my head explodes.

I'm going southbound.

Hey, you're not getting any younger.
The wild west has already been won.
Northern lights are growing colder
And the old eastern ways have gone.

So tonight after sundown
You must go from this place.
Without a tear, without a frown
Disappear without a trace.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lost Gem: Ten Years After - "Working On The Road"



"Well...
I've seen the world
and it's seen me."
~ Ten Years After ~



Released in 1970...TYA's...'Cricklewood Green'...catches Alvin Lee and the gang...all balls to the wall and daring anyone to knock the proverbial "rock-chip" off their shoulders.

Lost Gem:--> "Working On The Road" is one of two 'road' songs. This blues-rock gem is filled with solid classic axe & organ riffs with Lee's vocals up to the task.

Have you heard this one?



"Working On The Road"

I've been working on the road about fifteen years
Been blowing my mind, I've been blasting my ears
Don't you know, babe?
I've been sleeping all day and working all night
I made a lot of money, but it don't feel right
Don't you know, babe?

Well, I've seen the world and it's seen me
In a strange kind of way I guess I'm free
Don't you know, babe?
Well, I've seen it bad and I've seen it good
But, now, I want to clear my blood
Don't you know, babe?

I've got a feeling for home
Somewhere that I call my own

Well, I tried to live the way I should
I've shed some tears and sweated blood
Don't you know, babe?
And I think it's time I took a break
'Cause I have took all I can take
Don't you know, babe?

I've got a feeling for home
Somewhere that I call my own
Take me home, babe.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers

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