Wednesday, January 12, 2022

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again) #53

(a short jaunt)

"Almost Cut My Hair" - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young / "Déjà Vu" (1970)
"I could've said it was in my way
But I didn't and I wonder why
I feel like letting my freak flag fly."

Let the beautiful stinging and heady guitar licks corral any misgivings you might have that Crosby's hippie declaration is anything less than an..."if you don't like our kind, you can kiss our ass."  Because the song has always been about more than strands of long hair.  This was the bands' second album, the first to feature Neil Young.  And this square grabbed the #148 spot on RS's list of the 500 greatest albums.  Nicely packaged album, as well.

"29 Palms" - Robert Plant / "Fate of Nations" (1993)
"A fool in love
A crazy situation
Her velvet glove
Knocks me down and down and down and down."

The song has almost a time machine effect on me.  Makes me want to roll down my windows and trance into thoughts down the highway.  As for the lyrics...just snippets ever get through but that's all I really need for now.  It was rumored that Plant wrote the song for Alannah Myles.  And Twentynine Palms is a small town in southern California near the Joshua Tree.  Plant's sixth studio album.

"Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" - The James Gang / "Passin' Thru" (1972)
"Just take what you want
'cause there's more on the way."

I kind of nodded off right through this song.  Not bad, but pretty generic.  Joe Walsh was gone and Tommy Bolin hadn't arrived yet.  A curio about this album...early label pressings have the name as "The James Gang Bang" above the spindle instead of "Passin' Thru."  ABC Records quickly did a last-minute mind-change but whatever got pressed got out, so there is an interesting variant to be had. This was the James Gang's fifth studio album.


Good stuff.


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