Sunday, September 15, 2019

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

(a short jaunt)

"Back Where I Started" - Box Of Frogs / "Box Of Frogs" (1984)

I never knew who did this song until now.  It's like a lost classic rock song.  "Box Of Frogs" is an album I find in bins all the time.  I thought the album was just another new wave album released by another new wave band that seemed to pop up on new wave shelves like Flash.  But no!  This group is made up of former Yardbird members.  Plus several guest guitarists like Rory GallagherEarl Slick.  Alumnus Jeff Beck even kicks off his boots.  Nothing fancy, but no prisoners either.  If the rest of the album sounds anything like this, I'm down.

"Simple Sister" - Procol Harum / “Broken Barricades” (1971)

"Simple sister got whooping cough.
Have to burn her toys."
Unlike "Whiter Shade Of Pale" that quite rightly rips your heart, "Simple Sister" takes it out more precise like Cristina Yang in the O.R.  A great way to lead off an album.  And it's an especially nice balance of guitar crankage to go along with vocalist/keyboardist Gary Brooker's more proggier leanings.  Guitarist Robin Trower left after this album to pursue his own dreams with an excellent body of work in his own right.  Still, one can't help but wonder what kind of album they might have recorded had Trower's drippy guitar play been allowed a longer leash. “Broken Barricades” was Procol Harum's fifth studio album.

"Dazed and Confused (live)" - Led Zeppelin / "The Song Remains the Same" (1976)

The last time I sat through this entire song, I remember shaking my head telling myself that I didn't want to listen to "Dazed and Confused (live)" again until.......EVER!!!   And then, months turned into years and that very same song comes on the radio.  All 27-8-9 minutes of it.  And once again, I sat through the song in its entirety...shaking my head and telling myself the very same thing.  Déjà fuckin' vu.


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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