Thursday, January 16, 2020

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again) #29

(a short jaunt)

"Texan Love Song" - Elton John / "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player" (1973)

I have the gatefold album with the full-color multipage booklet inside.  It's a great one to own for the packaging alone.  You'll find “Daniel” and “Crocodile Rock” here.  “TLS”...I don't remember.  It's buried on side two (I looked) and probably for good reason.  It's atypical of what we've come to expect.  EJ throws down some mean country swang and belts out enough cowboy sarcasm to drip off your saddle.  Hey, but the song's pretty good.  Does Elton really scream “goddammit” on this record? Twice?  Thrice?  Whatever.  But he sounds a bit like Peyton hollering for Brad Paisley to get off his finger when he does.  This was Elton's 6th album before his blow-up “Goodbye Yellow...”

"The Voice" - The Alan Parsons Project / "I Robot" (1977)

Sure, the vocoder “voice” sounds b-movie sci-fi.  Especially today.  But it's that spooky repeating bass line that allows you to forgive the dated...” He's gonna get you.” refrain.  It's all about creating atmosphere.  Cold, creepy and paranoiac.  Late-night driving loves this song.   And I'll take all of it they got.  That goes for the album as well.  The Alan Parsons Project's sophomore album.

"Lonely Children" - Foreigner / "Double Vision" (1978)

I always thought ”Lonely Children” sounded unfinished.  Like Foreigner was rushed in the studio.  Pressed for studio time, or something.  It's okay, but..." it coulda' been a contender."  All I know for sure is that this song leads right into the album's best “deep track”...”Spellbinder.”  This was the bands 2nd album.


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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