Monday, December 29, 2008

200 Lost Gems & Forgotten Diamonds:-->Pt 9

"I can tell whether a person can play just by the way he stands."
- Miles Davis -

This personal list of "lost gems & forgotten diamonds" continues.
A reminder...songs will be from the 70s decade...but not exclusively.

I strongly encourage everyone to purchase the albums for an even better understanding.

Part 9 - Let's Begin...

120:-->Stephen Stills ----------"Black Queen" (5:26) ------------Stephen Stills (1970)
"This is a song about a card game.
Black queen, holding hearts."
A one-take Delta grunge burn...with Stills moaning low and reminding all listeners he knows a little about the ways of a guitar. All while taking one of his legendary alcohol baths.
Recorded live and unfettered.

119:-->Rory Gallagher -------"A Million Miles Away" (6:34) -------Tattoo (1973)
"This hotel bar is full of people...
the piano man is really laying it down."
A concert-demanded staple. And essential to all rock collectors.
Crawls up your back.

118:-->Allman Brothers --------"Pegasus" (7:31) --------Enlightened Rogues (1979)
Outstanding Dickie Bett's jam. Weaves and bobs like a Sugar Ray workout.

117:-->David Bowie -----------"Breaking Glass" (1:52) -----------------Low (1977)
"You're such a wonderful person.
But you got problems."
Jolting in-your-face rock candy. Wonderfully odd and way too short.
Perfect for testing speakers.

116:-->Cat Stevens ----------"Sitting" (3:13) ----------Catch Bull At Four (1972)
"And if I make it to the waterside,
I'll be sure to write you a note or something.
A gorgeous piano-driven ballad. The aching universal quest for more...answers. No training wheels.

115:-->Point Blank ------------"Free Man" (5:08)-------------Point Blank (1976)
"I'm gonna move...move on baby.
I'm singing such a sad..sad song for such a man."
A bluesy wind-up that quickly turns into a full-throttle runaway semi double-decker chasing Dennis Weaver down a two-lane mountain. Southern rock at its finest.

114:-->Alice Cooper ---- "The Black Widow" (3:37) ---Welcome To My Nightmare (1975)
"These words he speaks are true.
We're all humanary stew...
if we don't pledge allegiance to..."
Guitar work from Dick Hunter sounds like a swarm of insects. The urgency in Alice's voice is wonderful camp. Preceding is a Vincent Price cameo.

113:-->Chicago --------------"Movin' In" (4:06) ----------------Chicago II (1970)
"We know it's hard for you to see
That this is all we wanna be."
Killer vocals from Kath. Sweet brass jumping out of the speakers with glorious announcement. "You know it" refrain...all worth admission.  Great way to start the day.

112:-->Kiss -------------"Strange Ways" (3:19) ---------------Hotter Than Hell (1974)
"I think I like it
but I'm not really sure.
Don't want to fight it...
just wanna feel some more."
Frehley pens the best Kiss song ever...adding some blistering guitar work. The band never sounded hungrier or metalfied. Criss sells the lyrics.

111:-->Billy Thorpe ---"Goddess Of The Night" (4:16) --Children Of The Sun (1979)
"Once in my unholy life
as I woke up dreaming...
making love
to a devil with an angel's eyes."
Freaky-cool vocals slide atop some spacey rock goodness...sounding quite like nothing I've heard before or since. Familiar...yet fresh.

All good stuff! be continued.

Casey Chambers

Saturday, December 20, 2008

200 Lost Gems & Forgotten Diamonds:-->Pt 8

"The guitar is just a wonderful instrument. It's everything: a bartender,
a psychiatrist,
a housewife.
It's everything...
but it's elusive." 

~ Les Paul 

This personal list of "lost gems & forgotten diamonds" continues.
A reminder...songs will be from the 70s decade...but not exclusively.

I strongly encourage everyone to purchase the albums for an even better understanding.

Part 8 - Let's Begin...

130:-->Neil Young -------"Tired Eyes" – (4:38) ------------Tonight's The Night (1975)
"Tell me more.
I mean was he a heavy doper...
Or was he just a loser?
He was a friend of yours."
Achingly beautiful. Painfully real. Haunts long after the first listen. Sadly...about the 'tired eyes' of a murdered friend.

129:-->Fleetwood Mac --------"Emerald Eyes" (3:35) ---------Mystery To Me (1973)
"The way she sails away slow...
makes your day to day life easy."
Dreamy vocals with tasty trademark mysterioso guitar work from Welch.  And great drum fill from Fleetwood.  Pass me the headphones.

128:-->Sugarloaf ---------"Tongue-In-Cheek" (7:37) -----------Spaceship Earth (1971)
"I would give you nearly everything
if you would only tell me just how much
you really, really, really, really love me."
The guitar and vintage organ work is outstanding. Has a wonderful hippie vibe. Better with each listen.

127:-->David Gilmour ---"There's No Way Out Of Here" (5:08) ---David Gilmour (1978)

"There's no way out of here...
when you come in you're in for good."
Instantly timeless...with a 'down-in-a-well' guitar intro that's totally cool. Gilmour's killer bridge doesn't hurt either.

126:-->Uriah Heep ------ "Paradise/The Spell" (12:47) -------Demons and Wizards (1972)
"Secret hearts and sorry tales
will never help love grow.
Spread your wings my darkened soul
the time has come to go."
Guitar acoustics slowly build toward wicked keyboard action.
Add some underrated vocals and you have a nice sandwich.
And the cool echo and response vocals traveling from speaker to speaker is always a good thng..

125:-->BOC ------- "The Revenge Of Vera Gemini" (3:53) --------Agents Of Fortune (1976)

"Oh no more horses...
We're gonna swim like a fish
into the hole in which you planned to ditch me."
A driving wheel with a delicious BOC creepiness. Patti Smith adds the perfect vibe.

124:-->David Johansen -------- "Lonely Tenement" (4:08) -----David Johansen (1978)
"She knew love until it got a little slow.
And why he left she'll never know."
Johansen sells this one to the nines. His band rips the curtains with a dirty Stonesy feel.

123:-->T. Rex ------------- "Buick Mackane" (3:31) -------------The Slider (1972)
"You're just a sexual glider.
Be my the rain."
Bolan's gutter-coolness is all over this. Rockin' harder than usual...sweet boogie metal guitar staples its way to a nice outro.

122:-->Gary Myrick ---"She Talks In Stereo" (3:50) ---Gary Myrick & The Figures (1980)
"I look in your eyes.
She would look at my face.
You could see clearly.
Is it our twenty/twenty vision?"
Sounding like a hungry Tom Petty backed by The Cars...this should be creating regular radio waves on the RnR river. Wicked good.

121:-->J. Geils Band ----- "Wreckage" (5:23) -------Monkey Island (1977)
"Only few return... so only few will learn
about the wreckage along the way."
Geils brings a whole other attitude to the table with this rock breaker.  And "Wreckage" closes out the album in solid ballsy gem fashion.  Wow.

All good stuff! be continued.

Casey Chambers

Friday, December 12, 2008

200 Lost Gems & Forgotten Diamonds:-->Pt 7

"Most of us...
go to our graves
with our music still inside of us."

~ unknown

This personal list of "lost gems & forgotten diamonds" continues.
A reminder...songs will be from the 70s decade...but not exclusively.

I strongly encourage everyone to purchase the albums for an even better understanding.

Part 7 - Let's Begin...

140:-->Rory Gallagher ------ "As The Crow Flies" (6:02) ----------Irish Tour '74 (1974)
"Well I ain't so far from you...
But since I don't have wings
I can't get home as fast as I want to."
This frying pan acoustic number rocks like Mt. Rushmore. Total ear-candy.

139:-->BTO --------------- "Welcome Home" (5:30) -------------- BTO II (1973)
"I'm going to save up all of my money...
just to see if I could."
Smolderin' coolness mixed with heavy-metal thunder and ballsy refrain. Top of their game.

138:-->Wishbone Ash -------"Outward Bound" (4:54) ---------New England (1976)
Twin guitar attack from the Wishbone gang...a satisfying jam...never losing their way. Turn it up.

137:-->Gamma -------------"Cat On A Leash" (4:03) --------------Gamma 2 (1980)
"Women like you
don't give no relief...
With your hands in the kitty
Cat on a leash."
Definite chemistry magic on this flamethrower. Pattison's vocals and Montrose's 6-string guillotine are two freight trains on the same track.

136:-->Free --------------"Muddy Water" (4:18) -------------------Heartbreaker (1973)
"The first time you deceive her...
You've broken her spell."
Rodgers sells this heartfelt ballad like blackberry jelly to the peanut butter man. Simple...but hard to forget.

135:-->CCR ---------"Long As I Can See The Light" (3:33) ---------Cosmos Factory (1970)

"Pack my bag and let's get movin'...
'cause I'm bound to drift a while."
Timeless. Instantly familiar yet seldom heard...with one of Fogerty's best vocals. Quite the soulful yearn.

134:-->Tom Waits ---------"Romeo Is Bleeding" (4:52) -----------Blue Valentine (1978)
"And Romeo says 'hey man gimme a cigarette'...
and they all reach for their pack."
Awesome tale of a rainy urban hustler's demise. Dignity chin for his greasy followers. Bass and key grab like Black-Friday bargain hunters.

133:-->John Lennon ------------"Gimme Some Truth" (3:16) ----------Imagine (1971)
"I'm sick and tired of hearing things from
Uptight, short-sighted, narrow minded hypocritics."
John's delicious diatribe on the state of politics never rang truer...and is equaled only by the pleading of George Harrison's guitar.

132:-->Alice Cooper -----------"Blue Turk" (5:29) ----------------School's Out (1972)
"But you're so very picturesque.
You're so very cold.
Tastes like roses on your breath
But graveyards on your soul."
This jazzy blues jam reeks of stale cigarettes and neglected cemeteries. Cooper's band was unbelievably underrated. Improves with each listen.

131:-->Atlanta Rhythm Section --"Large Time" (2:55) --Champagne Jam (1978)
"Well, I'm proud to be livin' in the USA...playin' for the ARS.
Might not be your cup of tea, but I can guarantee you this."
Wicked Southern rock song with a snarly Skynyrd feel any Van Zandt fan would appreciate.

All good stuff! be continued.

Casey Chambers

Thursday, December 4, 2008

200 Lost Gems & Forgotten Diamonds:--> Pt 6

"Music washes
 away from the soul 
the dust of everyday life." 
~ Red Auerbach

This personal list of "lost gems & forgotten diamonds" continues. A reminder...songs will be from the 70s decade...but not exclusively.

Part 6 - Let's Begin...

150:-->Steve Forbert -------"Goin' Down to Laurel" (4:39) -------Alive On Arrival (1978)
"Please don't mention rain. Please don't talk of trains.
Please don't mention buildings burning down."
Guitar and harmonica in tow...Forbert is a bruised-knuckled optimist who writes songs with a Van Gogh paintbrush. "...Laurel" is a metaphor for youth and life and the temporary flash of zero responsibility. An American treasure.

149:-->Steve Miller -------"Sugar Babe" (4:35)------- The Joker (1973)
"Way down in Alabama...
There's a girl just a waitin' for me."
Great intro with a summer-sound for sure. Easily hints of tasty stuff yet to come in "Book of Dreams"?

148:-->Be-Bop Deluxe-------------"Sleep That Burns" (5:16) --------Sunburst Finish (1976)
"I'm locked in your dark world where hearts hold the keys. Half-opened, enchanted, half-truth and half dreams."
Mind sweeping bullet from Bill Nelson filled with multi-theatrical-sections with hooks and blistering guitar. Hard to believe this was from the 70's.

147:-->Hot Chocolate -----"Emma" (3:55) --------Cicero Park (1974)
"And when she said she'd be a movie queen...
nobody laughed
Wow! Incredible vocals delivering quite the tragic tale. Add some tasty train bass underneath and you have quite a dark atmosphere. Perfect!

146:-->AC/DC --------"Gone Shootin" (5:05) ---------Powerage (1978)
"She never made it past the bedroom door. What was she aiming for?"
Dig that back-beat. Wicked axe work from the school-kid guitarist.
And Bon Scott simply feeds off the energy. Oh yeah...about a girl with a drug problem. A classic.

145:-->Jim Carroll Band ----"It's Too Late" (3:04) ----Catholic Boy (1980)
"But it's too soon...t
ask me for the words I want carved on my tomb."
Exciting bass work screams for attention while pushing the lyrics to the danger zone. Hard to forget.

144:-->Foghat -----"Home In My Hand" (4:59) -----Energized (1974)
"Thumbin' a ride to Geneva, standing in the falling rain,
Getting dirty looks, I wish I could've took a train."
Just get in the car and turn it up. Nothing heavy...just some mule-kick rock'n'roll. The fakeout ending gets me every time.

143:-->Frank Zappa -----"Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?" (2:35) -----Joe's Garage (1979)
"My balls feel like a pair of maracas."
Juvenile, sure. But the arrangement beneath the lyrics are awesome.
Funny words but none of the seven deadlies. Love the vocals, too.

142:-->Kiss ----"Ladies in Waiting" (2:31) ----Dressed To Kill (1975)

"So you been to the market
And the meat looks good tonight."

Great song. Often forgot but has a heck of a catchy arrangement. One of Gene's better vocal outings. Nice solo from Ace as well.

141:-->Thin Lizzy -------"Southbound" (4:27) ------Bad Reputation (1977)
"So tonight after sundown You must go from this place.
Without a tear, without a frown, disappear without a trace."
One of Lizzy's best. Stunning lyrics that work on many different levels. Lynott was great.

All good stuff!    to be continued...

Casey Chambers
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Monday, November 24, 2008

200 Lost Gems & Forgotten Diamonds:-->Pt 5

"If music
be the food of on.

~ William Shakespeare 

This personal list of "lost gems & forgotten diamonds" continues - part 5.

A reminder...songs will be from the 70s decade...but not exclusively.

And there is
no ranking or countdown. Only a number keeping track of how far along I've gotten.
I strongly encourage everyone to
purchase the albums for an even better understanding.

Part 5 - Let's Begin...

160:-->Ozark Mountain Daredevils ----"Standing On A Rock" (3:54) -- The Quilt CD (1973)
"I been standin' on the rock, waitin' for the wind to blow.
I been standin' on the rock, waitin' for my seeds to grow."
A simple front porch number delivered in a way that makes this sweetcorn...very cool.

159:-->Nils Lofgren --"Keith Don't Go"(4:23) -- Nils Lofgren (1975)
"This is a right-away letter, I've got to mail it today.
Straight to my main inspirer, says urgent from the USA."
Future Springsteen guitarist throws down a biting gauntlet of his own with this rockin' tribute to Keith Richards. Solid.

158:-->Billy Squier -----"Whadda You Want From Me" (3:43) ------Don't Say No (1981)
"Down in the dungeon I'm having a hard time.
I get my love on condition and my Dewar's without lime."
Crushing drums and 'catch me later' guitar. Vocals that sound like vintage Humble Pie. Where do I sign up?

157:-->Wings ---"Medicine Jar" (3:37) ---Venus & Mars (1976)
"There's more to life than blues and reds.
I say, I know how you feel, now your friends are dead."
This song packs a surprising sack of kahonies. Love that 2nd guitar entrance.

156:-->Derek & the Dominos ------"Anyday" (6:35) --------...and Other Love Songs (1970)

"To bring your woman back home after she's left you for another...
You've got to be've got to be a man."
Sliding guitar from Duane is sharp as a Randall. And Whitlock screaming.." gotta be a man". Too real.

155:-->Greg Kihn ---- "Remember" (6:42) ------Next Of Kihn (1978)
"Nothing...Nothing will ever be the same.
Some of the best things fade. Some of the worst remain."
Haunting epic of love's sting. Great guitar work.

154:-->Budgie -------"Parents" (10:25) ------- Never Turn Your Back On A Friend (1973)
"Put my trust in god.
Who is he, I know not what."
Jaw-dropping killer. A battle of no return. Sprawling foreboding sound. Perfect in every way.

153:-->Black Sabbath -- "Dirty Women" (7:09) --Technical Ecstasy (1976)
"The neon lights are shining on me again.
I walk the lonely streets in search of a friend."
Riff-meister, Iommi delivers the groceries in what arguably was the 'original' Sabbath's last great jam.

152:-->UFO ----"Queen Of The Deep" (5:48) ----Phenomenon (1974)
"If I'd been so much wiser then...
I would have known which path to choose."
Gorgeous and powerful. Nearly six minutes of classic rock abduction.

151:-->New Riders of the Purple Sage--"Death & Destruction" (8:39)-Gypsy Cowboy (1972)
"Will you wish you had a friend...
when it all comes round again?"
Awesome. Apocalyptic & Psychedelic in tone.
New Rider's ..."Freebird".

All good stuff! be continued.

Casey Chambers