Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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

(a short jaunt)

"Guns, Guns, Guns" -  The Guess Who / "Rockin'" (1972)

This has an Elton John kind of intro before Kurt Winter applies some tasty guitar and that recognizable voice of Burton Cummings walks up to the plate.  Seldom heard, but one that rocks pretty legit.  Cummings could be the best part or the worst part of The Guess Who depending on how much he fed his self-indulgence.  When under control, The Guess Who was one of the best things to ever happen to AM radio.  "Godspeed Mother Nature.  Never really wanted to say goodbye."   This was the band's ninth studio album.

"Sparks Of The Tempest" - Kansas / "Point of Know Return" (1977)

As much as I like “Leftoverture,” I think I enjoy "POKR" a little better.  “Sparks of the Tempest” is a killer track with hard rock getting the upper hand over the prog side of things, but not deserting it.  That's violinist Robby Steinhardt doing the vocals on this one.  True story.  I was trying to set up an interview with Robby via his people and was emailed back they'd hook me up...but could I also give them Joe Vitale's phone number who I had recently done an interview with.  I chose not to share, respecting Joe's privacy.  And then I never heard from the Steinhardt camp again.  Whaddygonnado?  Kansas' 5th studio album.

"For Ladies Only" - Steppenwolf / "For Ladies Only" (1971)  

This is the original album track.  The radio edit version cut out nearly 4-minutes.  The lyrics are a bit...not preachy, but something like it.  In an 'I'm a man and you're a woman' sorta way.  John Kay really sells the song like it's the end-of-the-month for buying aluminum siding.  It's good, but I'm not really sure I trust myself to say just how good the song really is.  Nevertheless, I enjoy this quite a bit.  Maybe I'll just file this one under ...”Guilty Pleasure.”  Steppenwolf's 6th studio album


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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