(a short jaunt)
"Back On The Road Again" - REO Speedwagon / "Nine Lives" (1979)
One of my top five songs. Bassist Bruce Halls' vocals are what I want in a rock voice. And guitarist Gary Richrath is having a ball giving Halls' song everything he's got. Richrath is on fire. Finally, this is a great driving tune that gets you down the highway. This was the band's eighth studio album and their last really hard rock album before going a little soft in the spine. (OWN)
"The Trip" - Donovan / "Sunshine Superman" (1966)
"You know I might-a be there to greet you, child,
When your trippin' ship touches sand.
What goes on? Chick-a-chick.
What goes on? I really wanna know."
This was Donovan's third album. And a lot of great things are on this record. Donovan recites in all his folk psych glory the acid drop he had. But I keep returning to his "What goes on? Chick a chick. What goes on? I really want to know." refrain. When on this kind of journey, we all become fine-tuned observers. Donovan's groove is hip enough. No need to ask. He knows. He already knows. (OWN)
"Liberation" - Chicago / "Chicago Transit Authority" (1969)
I don't spin this song often. It's the last song on their self-titled debut album. And at 14+ minutes, it's a commitment. But when enough time has passed, I get the jones to hear Terry Kath and the rest of the boys freak the fawk out again. And so when I do drop the needle, I'm all in. No need to tie me kangaroo down, sport. I'll take all of this they got. (OWN)
"WILMA, I'M HOME!"