Sunday, February 10, 2019

I Went...SIRIUS...All The Way Home

(a short jaunt)

"Samurai"  - The Pretenders / "¡Viva El Amor!" (1999)

A deep cut from an album that simply passed me by.  Band member changes sorta left me lost back then, I suppose.  I'd forgotten how great Chrissie Hynde vocals can be  Both dangerous and sexy.  She wrote a good song here, too.  "Samurai" has a dreamy pensive quality I really like.  I'd never seen this album before, but the cover photo was courtesy of Linda McCartney which is pretty cool as well.  "Long Live Love."

"The Spy" - The Doors / "Morrison Hotel" (1970)

I love the way Robbie Kreiger makes his guitar sound the way I imagine Morrison's head feels in the morning.  Strange and a bit off-balanced.  When Jim Morrison sings..."I’m a spy in the house of love" reminded me of a song title from a Was (Not Was) album.  Until I heard "The Spy" blast from my car radio, I thought Don Was came up with that phrase.  Anyway, it was nice to hear something different by The Doors for a change.

"Birds Of A Feather" - Phish / "The Story of the Ghost" (1998)

Here is a funky...jammy...little bone-shaker of a number.  Studio controlled, of course, but the band leaves little doubt the song is destined to be later dipped into the holy waters of "extended" Phish jam.  And is it just me, or does Trey Anastasio sound a bit like vintage Bob Welch during his Fleetwood Mac days?  Whatever, it's very good stuff.  Many believe..."The Story of the Ghost" be the band's best studio album.  Me...I'll let you know when I finally hold a copy in my hands.  I do know the album was the follow-up to "Billy Breathes" (1996) so if it's true...that's saying something!


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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