Monday, August 5, 2019

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again)

(a short jaunt)

"Another Road" - Loggins & Messina / Capitol Theatre (7/9/1976)

I've always been in the Jim Messina camp when it came to this duo.  I can certainly understand Kenny Loggins' appeal, though.  He had the sensitive voice.  He was the throb.  But Jim Messina's guiding hand pushing him to the front of the stage can not be overstated.  The live version from "On Stage" (1974) is a beautiful little gem...but I like the live version (above) captured at the Capitol Theatre a little better.  Written by Loggins, but it's the gentle arrangement and backing vocals of Messina that keep the song from flying off.  Together they take a small song and give it real substance.  When the two were on the same page, they made quite the team.  Jim Messina interview.

"Midnight Man" - James Gang / “Thirds” (1971)

Was this the last “great song” Joe Walsh did with the James Gang?  It's definitely a favorite.  The song just makes my heart ache, but I can't put my finger on just why.  A chance lost, perhaps.  And that guitar sound.  Just killer.  A real midtempo beauty.  "Thirds" was the last James Gang album fronted by Joe Walsh.  And he probably knew it.

"Home and Away" - Humble Pie / "Town and Country" (1969)

Hell yeah!  That's Peter Frampton vocals out in front with Steve Marriot riding shotgun this time, and definitely getting his licks in, as well.  A fantastic acoustic jambox with some tasty organ thrown in by Marriot.   There's a kickass jam midway and even a fake ending fade out, too.  It all sounds rather...epic.   This was from Humble Pie's 2nd album that was only released in the UK.   I had never seen the album or heard this song before, but you can definitely hear the precursor of the solo Frampton yet to come.


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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