Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Eve Party @ The Shamrock






"Happy 'Flippin' New Year!
...Already?"



Just a quick shout to let everyone know I'll be performing at the annual New Years Eve Bash at the notorious Shamrock Lounge in Wichita, KS.


They'll be plenty of good time friends.
Great live music.
Lots of tasty beers.
And the always heady vibe of the Shamrock...unlike anywhere you'll find.

Be there to welcome in...2010!

Good stuff.

Casey

Lost Gem: "Autumn" - Edgar Winter Group



"I can't demand...anything of myself now."
~ Edgar Winter Group ~


"They Only Come Out At Night" (1972) was Edgar Winter Group's fourth studio release.

The line-up was stone solid with Ronnie Montrose...Rick Derringer...&...Dan Hartman...along with other class musicians all helping Edgar Winter wail the wax.

And yes...the awesome instrumental..."Frankenstein" was the driving force on this record. Able to overcome a shockingly bad album cover. (scaring off many would-be buyers, I'm sure!)


Lost Gem..."Autumn"...is a gentle ballad gem buried deep on side two.

Its beauty strikes sudden. And throws the listener into their own personal flashback.
The contradiction from the raucous numbers surrounding this special track pushes the CD up an extra notch.

Autumn...(by Winter).

Have you heard this one?


Autumn...
The wind blows colder than summer.
Autumn...
My love's gone with another.
I can't demand anything of myself now.
So I guess I'll stay here in New England...
for Autumn.

Buildings...
look tall and gray.
Birds flying...
haven't much to say.
They all know that it's coming again.
So I guess they'll stay here in New England...
for Autumn.
Autumn.

Did you ever lose something that you thought you knew?
Did you ever lose someone who was close to you?
Well I lost my lover...
and my summer too.

To Autumn...
the wind blows colder than summer.
Autumn...
my love's gone with another.
I can't demand anything of myself now.
So I guess I'll stay here in New England...
For Autumn.
Autumn.

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Lost Gem: "Heaven Tonight" - Cheap Trick



"You can never come down.
You can never come down."
~ Cheap Trick ~


"Heaven Tonight" (1978) was Cheap Trick's third album.

And it is amazing how catchy and tight each song is...without being the least bit cotton.  A perfect meld of..." in your face rock and starburst pop".

Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.

The title track is a dreamy...eerie gem that brings to mind glimmery shades of...dare I say it...Abbey Road.

Have you heard this one?


Down the line. Don't go over.
There's a limit. You went over.
So much time. Time runs out.
Time ran out. Make it down.
Would you like to go to heaven tonight?
Would you like to go to heaven tonight?
Oh oh oh oh

Downed the line. Couldn't get much.
Couldn't get much...higher if you tried
And tried and tried. You're as guilty.
It's the crime. It's a crime.
Would you like to go to heaven tonight?
Would you like to go to heaven tonight?
Oh oh oh oh

You can never come down. You can never come down.
You can never come down. You can never come down.

Down inside. You're getting nervous.
You've never been this high before.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lost Gem: "Epitaph" - King Crimson



"Confusion...
will be my epitaph.

As I crawl...
a cracked and broken path."

~ King Crimson ~


Released in 1969..."In The Court Of The Crimson King"...is still held high upon the proverbial prog-rock pedestal.

And an absolute must own for any classic rock collection.

While the cranium-blowing songs - "Schizoid Man" and "Crimson King" - quickly come to mind when pulling from the album...the track that begs repeated play is..."Epitaph"

"Epitaph" is stunning in its apocalyptic feel.

Ian McDonald's mellotrone especially draws the listener in. And the plaintive underrated vocals from Greg Lake add an amazing sadness.
A masterpiece.


Have you heard this one?


The wall on which the prophets wrote
Is cracking at the seams.
Upon the instruments of death
The sunlight brightly gleams.
When every man is torn apart
With nightmares and with dreams,
Will no one lay the laurel wreath
When silence drowns the screams.

Confusion will be my epitaph.
As I crawl a cracked and broken path
If we make it we can all sit back
and laugh.
But I fear tomorrow I'll be crying,
Yes I fear tomorrow I'll be crying.

Between the iron gates of fate,
The seeds of time were sown,
And watered by the deeds of those
Who know and who are known;
Knowledge is a deadly friend
if no one sets the rules.
The fate of all mankind I see
Is in the hands of fools.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lost Gem: "What's Next To The Moon" - AC/DC



"Heavenly body
flying across the sky...
Superman was out of town."
~ AC/DC ~


"Powerage" (1978) is AC/DC's fifth studio album.

This wasn't their breakout album...that would come next year.

But "Powerage" is certainly no slouch in the AC/DC poundage department. And who doesn't love the "wired out..plugged in" Angus!
One of my all-time favorite covers.

"What's Next To The Moon"...is a fantastic Bon Scott gem. Add a wicked guitar line from Angus Young and thunder drums from Phil Rudd...and ya got yourself a tough act to follow.

"Bon" Voyage!

Have you heard this one?


Well I tied my baby to the railroad track
Cannonball down the line
Giving that woman just a one more chance
To give it to me one more time
Engineer wishing he was home in bed
Dreaming about Casey Jones
Wide-eyed woman heading a mile ahead
Thinking about broken bones

It's her love that I want
It's her love that I need
It's her love got to have
It's her love

Heavenly body flying across the sky
Superman was out of town
Come on honey, gotta change your tune
Cause it's a long way down
Clark Kent looking for a free ride
Thinking about Lois Lane
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's - a suicide
And that'd be a shame.

It's her love that I want
It's her love that I need
It's her love got to have
It's her love.
But what's next to the moon?

Long Arm looking for a fingerprint
Trying to find the mystery clue
Hitting me with the third degree
Working on a thumb screw
Alright, officer, I confess
Everything's coming back
I didn't mean to hurt that woman of mine
It was a heart attack.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Lost Gem: "Life Is A Lemon..." - Meat Loaf



"What about your work?
It's defective!
It's a crock and then you die."

-->Meat Loaf<--


"Bat Out Of Hell II" (1993) at face value...looked like a desperate attempt by Meat Loaf to try and recapture lightning in a bottle.

Even naming the album after his triumphant debut (1977) begged for critical slings and arrows to be thrown.

But Meat Loaf pulled it off. More or less. The CD is filled with the usual...grandiose...epic...over-the-top songs that only...The Meat...could swing.

"Life Is A Lemon..." is eight minutes of bombastic...up and down the court..slam-dunkage. Lots of stuff going on and better with each listen.

Meat Loaf is Meat Loaf. Fuggedaboutit! Let the boy play!

Have you heard this one?



I want my money back.

It's all or nothin'
And nothin's all I ever get,
Every time I turn it on, I burn it up and burn it out.

There's always something,
There's always something going wrong.
That's the only guarantee, that's what this is all about.

It's a never ending attack.
Everything's a lie and that's a fact.
Life is a lemon and I want my money back!

And all the morons,
and all the stooges with their coins,
Their the ones who make the rules, it's not a game it's just a rout

There's desperation,
There's desperation in the air.
It leaves a stain on all your clothes and no detergent gets it out.

And we're always slippin' through the cracks.
Then the movie's over, fade to black.
Life is a lemon and I want my money back

What about love?
It's defective!
It's always breakin' in half.

What about sex?
It's defective!
It's never built to really last.

What about your family?
It's defective!
All the batteries are shot.

What about your friends?
Their defective!
All the parts are out of stock.

What about hope?
It's defective!
It's corroded and decayed.

What about faith?
It's defective!
It's tattered and it's frayed.

What about your god?
They're defective!
They forgot the warranty.

What about your town?
It's defective!
It's a dead end street to me.

What about your school?
It's defective!
It's a pack of useless lies.

What about your work?
It's defective!
It's a crock and then you die.

What about your childhood?
It's defective.
It's dead and buried in the past.

What about your future?
It's defective.
And you can shove it up your ass!

I want my money back (Life is a lemon).

Good stuff!

Casey