Wednesday, August 4, 2021

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again) #43

(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 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)


Good stuff.


Sunday, August 1, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Somebody's Watching" - Rare Bird (1973)

"Somebody's Watching" - Rare Bird (1973)

Sounding like some kind of Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan hybrid, if Rare Bird hadn't had such a prog reputation preceding them...this album might've been all over the radio.  The band's GPS was definitely feeding them a different route on their journey.  Certainly not as proggy.  Although the last song on side two carries the prog-rock banner rather nicely.  It throws a cool nod to Ennio Morricone and is just killer.

"Somebody's Watching" finds Rare Bird with a bit of AOR rock funk in the fire.  They can still wicked-play and jamm-off nicely in a delightful fashion.  The progressive band from England doesn't dance with the prog-lady too often on this album.  But knowing that going in...what they pull off is a solid spin just the same.

"Somebody's Watching" - Rare Bird (back)

Favorites include the closing track and most prog song on the album..."Dollars..." mentioned earlier.  'Turn Your Head" is very bait-n-hook and a song I first heard on Sirius Deep Tracks.  And "Third Time Around" is a smoker.

I found this one at Spektrum lost in one of the "New Arrivals" bins for $6.  I wanted to leave with something and I grabbed it.  My only Rare Bird.  I just don't see them around much.  The vinyl is vg+ with an album corner-cut...(but not a straight saw-cut.)  Kind of weird.  I also noticed it was missing a plastic sleeve like the others had, and they gladly sleeved it for me.  I've spun this album a bunch.  A cheap album with some bang.

Polydor label

Cat #
PD-6502-A-1A  STERLING  RL  22  
PD-6502-B-1A  STERLING  RL  22

"Turn Your Head" - Rare Bird / "Somebody's Watching" (1973)

A1  "Somebody's Watching" 5:25
A2  "Third Time Around" 4:55
A3  "Turn Your Head" 4:38
A4  "More And More" 4:05
B1  "Hard Time" 3:06
B2  "Who Is The Hero" 3:39
B3  "High In The Morning" 3:30
B4  "Dollars" (Incorporating Extracts From "A Few Dollars More") 8:38

Steve Gould - vocals, guitar, bass
Dave Kaffinetti - piano, clavinet, organ
Andy Curtis - guitar
Nic Potter - bass
Fred Kelly - drums, Northern percussion
Paul Korda - b-vocals
Nicky James - b-vocals
Kevin Lamb - b-vocals
John Wetton - bass (B4)

Good stuff.

Friday, July 30, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

(4 For Friday)

*  The Yardbirds, a.k.a. Roger the Engineer is given attention at Shitty Turntable, Wonderful Records.

*  It's possible that one of these 20 lifesaving pics could be the very thing you need to know today!  (That's not to say there could not be better ideas out there.)

*  Our old friend at Echoes In The Wind shares another "song" memory.  It's just as simple and wonderful as that.

*  This 1978 made-for-television movie..."Cotton Candy" was directed by Ron Howard and starred Charles Martin Smith and Clint Howard.  Some high schoolers form a musical group to compete in a Battle of the Bands.  It's fun, sweet, and an after-school kind of way.  (First 5-min of "Cotton Candy" streams a little wanky, but then after, it plays fine.)

'Hot, Blue And Righteous" - ZZ Top / "Tres Hombres" (1973)

Good stuff.


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again) #42

(a short jaunt)

"Ain't Nothing To Me" - Johnny Winter / "Still Alive and Well" (1973)
"Take your drink to the end of the bar buddy.
Come on, now don't be a fool.
I'd rather have the hot seat in Sing-Sing prison.
Than to sit down by her on that stool."

It would be three years before Johnny Winter was strong enough to record his appropriately titled album "Still Alive And Well" after barely surviving the clutches of his wire-walking heroin addiction.  Friends intervention...and a proper rehab stay brought Johnny back to the world.  It's my favorite album.  And this country-honed song might be atypical of what you've come to expect from JW...but it's as real as the forgotten cigarette burns on bar tables anywhere.  That's Rick Derringer pushing the pedal steel guitar.

"Just Crazy Love" - Fleetwood Mac / "Mystery To Me" (1973)
"Well you've just got something
makes a girl start feeling crazy."

Just follow the bouncing ball, will ya?  Christine McVie's bouncy "I'll give it to you.  Will you give it to me?" song is...Perfect!  (See what I did there?)  I love the Bob Welch era and between Bob and Christine ...the duo held Fleetwood Mac together...long enough to keep the band evolving rather than disappearing.  Which they surely would have done without Welch and McVie.  The runaway bass is stellar.  And when the fuzz-fuzz arrives...I'm sold.  This was Mac's eighth studio album. (OWN)

"Up and Down" - The Cars / "Panorama" (1980)
"Do you have to be so hard to get,
especially with those emerald eyes
You might have been a neon lover,
but you didn't have to advertise"

The industrial sound of The Cars was always pushy and relentless.  All about the energy.  No time for a breath.  And one of Ric Ocasek's really good ones.  This was The Cars' third studio album and was the very last song on the square.  I can't remember the last time I heard this song while I was driving, but I bet I was making tracks. (OWN)


Good stuff.


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Inside The Shadow" - Anonymous (1976 - Rei 2001)

"Inside The Shadow" - Anonymous (1976 - Rei 2001)

This indie recording "Inside The Shadow" by Anonymous just oozes with confidence.  The Indiana band sound like a blend of equal parts Christie McVie/Bob Welch and very early Buckingham/Nicks.  There are occasional Jefferson Airplane flybys and a nice slice of Byrds-esque aura here and there, too.  The songs are all well thought out with more than just a hint of West Coast smoke hovering above their heads.  From drop to lift..."Inside The Shadow" a pleasing spin.  To think, in 1976 there were only 300 copies pressed is a real head-shaker.  A lotta coulda/shoulda going on.

The master tapes have long been lost or damaged, so all of the bootlegs and reissues have been dubbed via vinyl transfer.  Most of the reissues have been pretty bad with either heavy ticks and pops or fluttering or incorrect recording speeds.  Many have had good luck with the 2013 Machu Picchu reissue.  But there have been just as many complaints.  Mostly complaints of incorrect recording speeds.  Whaddygonnado?  It's all a bit of a dice roll. 

"Inside The Shadow" - Anonymous (back)

I can only speak about my copy.  It is a 2001 Akarma reissue and, as iffy as the Akarma label can sometimes be, "Inside The Shadow" sounds good to my ears.  Yes, there are a few soft ticks, but they are far between.  Not enough to get hung about considering the source.  The album also has a beautiful blue textured sleeve.  Sadly, there was no lyric insert like the one that came with the original.  Really?  "Missed it by that much!" 

Favorites include the opening track..."Who's Been Foolin'?"  "Baby Come Risin'" lets the band stretch their legs and is a nice trip for the head.  "Shadow Lay" is another jam that hits the sweet spot.

Look, original copies of "Inside The Shadow" are virtually impossible to find and will set you back four fingers if you do.  So buyer beware and try to get as many facts and opinions as you can find, before pulling the trigger on any reissues.  And when you do pull, $20 to $30 is the price you should be looking at.

Akarma label

Cat #
AK 170
AK 170  A  33 R P M   10344  1A  
AK 170  B  33 R P M  10344  1B

"Who's Been Foolin'?" - Anonymous / "Inside The Shadow" (1976)

A1  "Who's Been Foolin'?" 3:22
A2  "J Rider" 4:33
A3  "Up to You" 3:25
A4  "Shadow Lay" 6:05
B1  "Pick Up and Run" 5:06
B2  "We Got More" 5:19
B3  "Sweet Lilac" 4:30
B4  "Baby Come Risin'" 9:24

Ron Matelic - vocals, electric, acoustic, 12 string guitars 
Marsha Rollings - vocals 
Glenn Weaver - vocals, bass, guitars 
John Medvescek - percussion

Good stuff.

Friday, July 23, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

(4 For Friday)

*  A few "Recent and Not So Recent" vinyl finds from over at The Hogs Ear Report.

*  A bit of hoo-ha-shenanigan-bewitchery, methinks...courtesy of Paul McCartney with Beck.

*  Want to save all your wonderful, funny, memorable Facebook posts that are just too good to be forgotten?  Here is a safe and easy way to download your entire Facebook history.

*  Over at The Rising Storm is some pop-psych from the 1969 self-titled album..."Green."

"Buried Alive" - "Ron Wood / "Gimme Some Neck" (1979)

Good stuff.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Frost Music" - The Frost (1969)

"Frost Music" - The Frost (1969)

"Frost Music" was the debut album from another one of those little ol' bands outta Michigan that held stage-footing alongside other band peers like MC5 and The Stooges.  And though The Frost didn't blow up like many of their Motor City mates, the band was still a pretty big deal.  "Frost Music" is a hard rock square filled with a few psychedelic fly-bys and occasional floaty atmospheric stuff that bands like Blue Oyster Cult would later build their subterranean castles around.  A solid debut, for sure. 

Dick Wagner, who would later go on to play with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed, delivers solid rock vocals along with his biting guitar that smoothly and smartly changes attitude and atmosphere with ease.  And when Wagner throws down a solo burn, it's killer stuff.  The songs are a mix of hard melodic jams and softer melodic floaters that carry the album along nicely. 

"Frost Music" (back)

Favorites include the excellent...“Who Are You.”  The haunting...“First Day Of May."  The opening track, "Jennie Lee" kicks things off with a spank.  And the longest track at 8-minutes "Stand In The Shadows” gives room for Wagner and the band to fly.  I grabbed my copy from a dealer on eBay for $12 shipped.  I added another album to cut the shipping cost in half...if you catch my meaning.  The album also included a lyric insert.  This was an album I just couldn't find out in the wild.  

"Frost Music" is frequently recommended in the vinyl community not just for the pleasures that lie within, but also because it's one of a shortlist of really good lesser-known, low-dollar albums that offers plenty of bang for your vinyl buck.  And it's certainly worth tracking down while the album is still flying under the radar.  The black cover makes it a bit harder to find without heavy ring wear but they're out there.   

"Frost Music" (lyric insert front/back)

Vanguard company sleeve

Vanguard label

Cat #
VSD 6520 A (scratch-out) - 1A  XSV  144903  CTH  SS  A5  0  T I 
VSD 6520 B (scratch-out) - 1A  XSV  144904  CTH  SS  C1  0  T 1 

"Who Are You" - The Frost / "Frost Music" (1969)

A1  "Jennie Lee" 3:06
A2  "The Family" 3:00
A3  "A Long Way Down From Mobile" 3:06
A4  "Take My Hand" 4:24
A5  "Mystery Man" 4:23
B1  "Baby Once You Got It" 2:36
B2  "Stand In The Shadows" 7:58
B3  "Little Susie Singer (Music to Chew Gum By)" 2:45
B4  "First Day Of May" 3:27
B5  "Who Are You?" 5:17

Dick Wagner - lead guitar, vocals
Don Hartman - guitar, vocals, harmonica
Gordy Garris - bass, vocals
Bob Rigg - drums, vocals

Good stuff.


Sunday, July 18, 2021

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "Whirlybird Day" - Bob Walkenhorst (2020)

"Whirlybird Day"
by Bob Walkenhorst
Softcover, 234 pages

Like the adage about blind men bumping into an elephant, so it is with Bob Walkenhorst's wonderful collection of short stories, “Whirlybird Day.”  In the small town of Shorter, MO, the day of the long-awaited community festival proves to be much more than what it appears on the surface.  Nine stories introduce to us a hodgepodge of characters that, on this same day, bring very different experiences.  It's a clever idea.  "Whirlybird Day" is a quick and enjoyable read that captures all the small-town curiosities and quirks.  The exciting moments and the mundane.  These stories are easy to warm up to with plenty of descriptive charm and emotional curves.

This town is just one of a thousand small towns you might catch in your rearview mirror before realizing you have driven right through it.  But big cities don't have a monopoly on big dreams or big ideas.  Nor do disappointments or broken hearts hurt any less.  There is a pleasant familiarity in the pages.  A bit of small-town deja vu, if you will.  Nothing is forever.  Some relationships, whether with people or towns, are just not destined to last.  Some often leave; some never do.  It will be interesting to see if Bob Walkenhorst has a full novel hiding somewhere inside. 

"January 23–30, 1978" - Steve Forbert / "Jackrabbit Slim" (1979)

Good stuff.

Friday, July 16, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

(4 For Friday)

Another short wrecking-ball from the talented Ed Klingenberger / Distinct Kicking Motion.  And just perfect for shaking off the mundane.

The Ultimate Psychedelic Vinyl gives us a little taste of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.

Here is an entertaining Vinyl Tag for your album-finding fix courtesy of our good friend Jeff at Burnout Shelter.   Timeless, informative, and sometimes hilarious (all in the best way).  Good stuff!

Here's a low-budget afternoon time-killer.  "Flight That Disappeared" (1961)  It's like a lost Twilight Zone episode, but then it steps into a slide zone.  Way better than it ought to be, but still cracker and cheese.

"Headlights" - Sean Lennon / "Friendly Fire" (2006)

Good stuff.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again) #41

(a short jaunt)

"Back On The Road Again" - REO Speedwagon /  "Nine Lives" (1979)

One of my top five songs.  Bassist Bruce Halls' vocals are what I want in a rock voice.  And guitarist Gary Richrath is having a ball giving Halls' song everything he's got.  Richrath is on fire.  Finally, this is a great driving tune that gets you down the highway.  This was the band's eighth studio album and their last really hard rock album before going a little soft in the spine. (OWN)

"The Trip" - Donovan /  "Sunshine Superman" (1966)

"You know I might-a be there to greet you, child,
When your trippin' ship touches sand.
What goes on? Chick-a-chick.
What goes on? I really wanna know."
This was Donovan's third album.  And a lot of great things are on this record.  Donovan recites in all his folk psych glory the acid drop he had.  But I keep returning to his "What goes on?  Chick a chick.  What goes on?  I really want to know." refrain.  When on this kind of journey, we all become fine-tuned observers.  Donovan's groove is hip enough.  No need to ask.  He knows.  He already knows. (OWN)

"Liberation" - Chicago / "Chicago Transit Authority" (1969)

I don't spin this song often.  It's the last song on their self-titled debut album.  And at 14+ minutes, it's a commitment.  But when enough time has passed, I get the jones to hear Terry Kath and the rest of the boys freak the fawk out again.  And so when I do drop the needle, I'm all in.  No need to tie me kangaroo down, sport.  I'll take all of this they got. (OWN)


Good stuff.