(a short jaunt)
"Faith Healer" - Sensational Alex Harvey Band / "Next" (1973)
"Can I put my hands on you?
Can I put my hands on you?
The faith healer"
SAHB is an extraordinary band that comes at you from left field, way over the fence, and under the bleachers. The band delivers their musical mystery box with delicious, sometimes goofy, in-your-face strangeness...but always while playing with great skill. Honestly, you'll either love SAHB for their game...or you'll hate'em because of it. Me, I like'em. And "Faith Healer" is a great song and a great introduction. Dripping with edgy atmosphere. And Alex Harvey's vocals bring to mind a certain Stephen King character to great effect. First time hearing in the car. This was the Sensational Alex Harvey Band's 2nd album. (NEED)
"Little By Little" - Robert Plant / "Shaken 'n' Stirred (1985)
"Little by little the air clears.
Little by little I can breathe again.
I can breathe again."
From Robert Plant's third solo album, "Shaken 'n' Stirred"...the song "Little By Little" hit my ears at the exact moment highway construction on 235 brought traffic down to a sludge-moving 50mph. I never followed much of Plant's solo career, but apparently, this was the big hit on the album. The traffic is really bogging down.
"Isn't It About Time" - Manassas / "Down The Road" (1973)
"Don't look now, don’t heed the warning.
It’s really of no concern.
Don’t hear the sound. They’re only just bombing
anything left to burn."
This was to be Manassas' second and final album. Led by Stephen Stills, both albums are better than average and can be found in record store bargain bins anywhere. And usually for less than a buck or two. Manassas wasn't the greatest band. Manassas wasn't the last coming or anything like that...but their albums are still the kind you find yourself spinning way more often than you thought you would. The band sounds just like the albums look...rootsy and funky, and having other artists throw down with them...like Bill Wyman, Joe Walsh, Bobby Whitlock, and Byron Berline only add to the enjoyment. And as for opening tracks, "Isn't It About Time” was a pretty good choice. (OWN)
"WILMA, I'M HOME!"