Monday, January 12, 2009

200 Lost Gems & Forgotten Diamonds:-->Pt 11




"Music expresses that
which cannot be said...
and on which it is impossible to be silent."
~ Victor Hugo


(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 11 - Let's Begin...

100:-->John Mellencamp --"To M.G. (Wherever She May Be)" (4:50) --Nothin' Matters... (1980)
"Hope you didn't lose that innocent laughter.
Oh, God, I hope time didn't take that away."
Everything about the song is perfect...from John's weary vocals to the melancholic piano. A sadly sweet memory.

99:-->ELO --------------"Laredo Tornado" (5:30) ----------------Eldorado (1974)
"Cold wind blows cool...
so cold to make you die."
A funnel of funky Jeff Lynne tweakery makes this one a keeper.
One F5 twister that does NOT blow.


98:-->Van Morrison -------------"Wavelength" (5:44) -------------Wavelength (1978)
"You are everywhere you're supposed to be.
And I can get your station...
when I need rejuvenation."
Van tears it up on this soulful rockin' love song. Just snatch on to the groove and "...come back baby, come back".


97:-->Ten Years After ------"Working On The Road" (4:20) ------Cricklewood Green (1970)
"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?"
Excellent rocker...filled with devilish organ runs and gnashing Alvin Lee guitar riffing.

96:-->Elton John -------"Grey Seal" (4:00) ----------Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
"On the big screen they showed us a sun...
but not as bright in life as the real one."
Awesome bass work and over the top piano makes this a killer jam. John gettin' his heavy on.

95:-->Tommy Bolin -----------"Dreamer" (5:10) ---------------Teaser (1975)
"So take the train today, and don't look back again.
Live the dreams you have, don't dwell on what has been."
This 5 minute ballad/rocker only improves with age. Powerful dog-on-a-leash guitar foreplay borders on orgasmic. Should've broke large.



94:-->Warren Zevon -"Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner" (3:47) -Excitable Boy (1978)
"Roland aimed his Thompson gun...he didn't say a word.
But he blew Van Owen's body from there to Johannesburg."
An epic song one would swear has been around for centuries. Unbelievably catchy chorus that begs real men of all ages to raise their grog and join in song. Fantastic.

93:-->Jim Croce -------------"Box #10" (2:27) --------------You Don't Mess Around... (1972)
"I was gonna be a great success.
Things sure ended up a mess...
but in the process I got messed up too."
Warm chicken soup vocals with an open-faced honesty seldom heard in music. With partner Maury Muehleisen wielding his guitar like a heart surgeon...Jim sings of early-goin patches of bad luck and delivers a head-nodding sing-a-long tour-de-force.

92:-->The Cars ----------------"Double Life" (4:14) ----------------Candy-O (1979)
"When you idle at the stop light...
you better get the signal right."
Lots of ear-candy textures abound with especially nice guitar work from Elliot Easton. Criminally underrated.

91:-->Wishbone Ash ----"No Easy Road" (3:47) -----Wishbone Four (1973)
"Rock 'n roll keeps dragging me...
Where, I don't know and you can't see."
A trippy little boogie jam from the 'Ash'. Very catchy with some tasty and surprising horns thrown in the mix. Delicious mayhem.


All good stuff!  ...to be continued.

Casey Chambers
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2 comments:

Alex said...

Ah... more great stuff! I've always been partial to "Wavelength" and Jim Croce is the first non-Beatles music I remember liking.

(I think the numbers are messed up, though -- seems like you already used those numbers in part 10.)

Casey said...

Alex...
Thanks for catching my numbers gaff! Totally oblivious, til now.
And I especially like hearing what you like...or don't.
btw...I corrected the mistake and thanks again!!