Monday, January 19, 2009

200 Lost Gems & Forgotten Diamonds:-->Pt 12



"The day 
that I ever become hip...
please shoot me
and put me outta my misery!
"
~ Meatloaf

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

Purchase the albums for an even better understanding.

Part 12 - Let's Begin...

90:-->Ted Nugent -----------"Hammerdown" (4:08) -----------Free For All (1976)
"White line. Double time.
Coming 'round with the hammerdown."
This will definitely get your woofers barking. Lots of heavy highway energy with outstanding vocals from Meatloaf.

89:-->Nazareth -------------"Beggar's Day" (3:55) -------------Hair Of The Dog (1975)
"If this is heaven, then I'm in hell.
If trust is misfortune, then wish me well."
In your face poundage with underrated McCafferty wailing like his finger was slammed in the car door. In other words...he means it!  Wicked smart.

88:-->John Prine ---------"Sweet Revenge" (2:41) ----------Sweet Revenge (1973)

"I got kicked off a Noah's Ark.
I turn my cheek to unkind remarks.
There was two of everything, but one of me."
A rockin' little 'how-do-you-like-me-now' number. Plenty of classic Prine-isms abound. Sweet revenge will prevail...indeed!


87:-->Graham Parker ---------"Empty Lives" (5:00) --------The Up-Escalator (1980)
"I'm cold blooded and completely relaxed.
I'm breaking legs and avoiding the facts.
On the up escalator going down all the cracks."
GP tears it up with some vicious intensity backed by his awesome Rumour band. Hits the RnR mark like an 'elbow-drop' from...Greg "The Hammer".

86:-->Styx ----------"Born For Adventure" (5:16) --------------Equinox (1975)
"I am the thief of the highway.
Rich man you better take hold...
'cause last night while you lie sleeping
I came to steal all your gold."
With guitar riffing reminiscent of Thin Lizzy...Styx pull back on their prog sound a bit and crank out a roundhouse haymaker. Good stuff!


85:-->Lynyrd Skynyrd--------"I Need You" (6:52) ---------Second Helping (1974)
"You know I get so lonely
that I feel I can't go on.
And it feels so good inside, baby
just to call you on the telephone."
Nice soulful Ronnie V slow burn...with Rossington and Collins adding some cool double lead work.

84:-->Jonathan Edwards ------ "Shanty" (2:31) --------Jonathan Edwards (1971)

"We'll take time out to smile a little
before we let it go.
'Cause we gonna lay around the shanty, mama
And put a good buzz on."

From the moment the harmonica blows out the speakers...you'll know...the weekend has finally arrived. Simply a wonderful feel-good song. And album!

83:-->Foreigner ----------- "Spellbinder" (4:43) ----------Double Vision (1978)
"I found out the hard way...
some things you just can't get."
A great atmospheric sound with drumming, guitars and keyboards jumping in and out in a tasty minimalistic way. One of Gramm's best vocals.


82:-->Lowell George -- "20 Million Things" (2:51) --Thanks, I'll Eat it Here (1979)
"I've got mysterious wisteria hanging in the air.
The rocking chair I was supposed to fix...
Well it came undid."
Tastier than a roasted corncob & fried catfish feed. Great southern front porch sound. Perfect.

81:-->Bob Seger ---"Fine Memory" (2:56) ---Beautiful Loser (1975)

"Last night I saw you walking
past my bed late at night.
And the moon shone
Through your gown."
A gorgeous ballad Seger sells to the nines...like hotdogs at a ballpark. Instantly creates cause...to pause.

All good stuff!   ...to be continued.


Casey Chambers
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2 comments:

Jeff at AM, Then FM said...

All good stuff indeed, especially the John Prine and the Bob Seger. I have or had all of them except for the Jonathan Edwards and the Lowell George.

Keep on keepin' on, man!

Alex said...

More wonderful choices, thanks!

I've always loved "The Up Escalator," which seems to get a bad rap for being too slick and commercial (blame Jimmy Iovine), but has great songs and kick-ass performances. Even gentler songs like "Jolie Jolie" just roar out of the stereo, dripping passion (and a little venom)!