Friday, March 13, 2009

200 Lost Gems & Forgotten Diamonds:-->Pt 18



"If I don't break the rules at least 10 times in every song...
then I'm not doing my job properly."

~ Jeff Beck


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 18 - Let's Begin...

30:-->Jeff Beck ------------"Air Blower" (5:09) ------------Blow By Blow (1975)
(Instrumental)

Cool adventurous riffing from Beck. Funky rock fusion with loads of guitar wizardry that midway slides into a dreamy dose of JB blues flip. Not a single wasted note. Sooo nice.


29:-->Nazareth ----------"Too Bad, Too Sad" (2:55) ----------Razamanaz (1973)

"But when I got to her place
what I saw stopped me dead.
She was standin with a shotgun
pointed at my head."

A fun boogie rocker with Dan McCafferty's paint-peeling vocals and jam-slam band burning down the house. Love the fake ending.


28:-->Jethro Tull ------------"Rover" (4:16) -------------Heavy Horses (1978)
"The long road is a rainbow
and the pot of gold lies there.

So slip the chain and I'm off again.
You'll find me everywhere."

Speaks to the traveling-yearn in all of us. Awesome Arcadian strings and pied-piper flute temps the listener away from his desk. And on to the road. Tull rocks us...away.


27:-->Ian Hunter --"When The Daylight Comes" (4:25) --You're Never Alone... (1979)
"I want to weave you in words...
want to paint you in verse.
Want to leave you in someone else's dreams."

Warm mid-tempo rocker with added vocals from late guitar legend...Mick Ronson. Plus some up-front snap and pop drumming courtesy of Max Weinberg. Also a Must Own album.


26:-->Janis Joplin -----------"Get It While You Can" (3:33) --------Pearl (1971)
"In this world, if you read the papers, darling...
you know everybody's fighting with each other.
You got no one you can count on, dear."

A simply stunning track that screams of forewarning and one can hear the urgency in getting the message out. I wish she was still around.


25:-->Supertramp - "Fool's Overture" (10:57) -Even In The Quietest Moments (1977)
"Called the man a fool, stripped him of his pride.
Everyone was laughing up until the day he died."

Textures and layers from keyboard to synth...bells to howling wind. Spacious and epic. High watermark vocals by Roger Hodgson turns this cacophony of sounds and instruments into a mysterious melodic tour-de-force. Headphone ice cream.

24:-->Rolling Stones ----"100 Years Ago" (3:58) -----Goats Head Soup (1973)
"Call me lazy bones.
Ain't got no time to waste away."

Begins as a funky countrified ramble and rockslides into something much more dangerous. Wicked keys from Billy Preston and guitar from Mick Taylor. How does this not get airplay?


23:-->Rush -----------"A Passage To Bangkok" (3:30) -------------2112 (1976)

"We're on the train to Bangkok
aboard the Thailand Express.We'll hit the stops along the way.
We only stop for the best."

Straight ahead rocker that never overstays its welcome. Forgive the "Cheech & Chongish" lyrics and allow some tasty Lifeson guitar riffing to shake your head off your shoulders.

22:-->Bloodrock ------"Melvin Laid An Egg" (7:24) ---------Bloodrock (1970)
"I just want to go home
and have myself an ice cream cone."

Stellar guitar riff from the Bloodrock boys. Classic heavy metal to the nines. They out-Sabbath Sabbath and out-Funk Funk on this one. Bonus for nice pathos mid-break that...'bloody rocks'!


21:-->Prism ---- "Nickels and Dimes" (4:07) ----See Forever Eyes (1978)
"Now I serenade those rich old maids
like a sweet-talkin' two legged snake."

Head out on the highway and crank this summertime mother up. Then just leave it in and spin the rest of this Prism CD. Good band.

Good stuff.   ...to be continued.

Casey Chambers
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