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Consider this the catch-all thread for any and all classic rock. It's been announced that Led Zeppelin will release their back catalogue as individual boxed sets this year. It looks like they saw the reissue campaigns from The Beatles and Pink Floyd and thought, we have to get in on that shit. It's about time, I'm completely stoked for Led Zep reissues. I also listened to Van Halen's most recent album and it's the best they've done in years (Michael Anthony or no).

post #2 of 1780

Cool about the Zep reissues. I know where my money's going later this year.

 

This thread is the perfect place to announce that I never want to hear Eric Clapton's music again, Cream included. (Derek and the Dominoes gets a pass...for now.)

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I can already tell this will be my "B Action Movie Thread"

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Cool about the Zep reissues. I know where my money's going later this year.

 

This thread is the perfect place to announce that I never want to hear Eric Clapton's music again, Cream included. (Derek and the Dominoes gets a pass...for now.)


Never been the biggest Clapton fan, but when I shuffle music on and off my mp3 player, Blind Faith does seem to hang in there-- mostly due to Winwood, though, I suppose.

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I went through a Clapton phase, I still consider his Cream era to be his greatest moment but I can understand why he went in the direction he did and finally ended up in AOR hell. He still moments here and there where he just let's loose like his Cream reunion, those three guy's still sound incredible together and whenever he perform's with The Allman Brothers.

 

Such a great solo from Clapton.

post #6 of 1780
My main issue with the 'classic rock' genre, in terms of radio, is that many legitimately good/great bands have been reduced to 1 or 2 songs that everyone knows. Boz Scaggs is coming up? Betcha it's the 'Lido Shuffle'. Golden Earring? Let's see...it'll either be 'Radar Love' or 'Twilight Zone'. Saga? Better get ready for 'On the Loose'. There are so many great songs that have gone by the wayside. It's refreshing to see a lot of deep and completely obscure cuts in the current TOP 10 OF BAND X threads going on.
post #7 of 1780

There's a 16 CD/1 DVD Blue Oyster Cult box set, but I haven't splurged for it yet. I've owned their first 14 albums in just about every format (except for 8-Track) and haven't been able to justify another dip ... but it's probably just a matter of time. Besides, I REALLY want to hear Fire of Unknown Origin and Imaginos remastered.

 

LINK.

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IMAGINOS remastered? Oh hell yes. Thank you very much for the heads up.
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My main issue with the 'classic rock' genre, in terms of radio, is that many legitimately good/great bands have been reduced to 1 or 2 songs that everyone knows. Boz Scaggs is coming up? Betcha it's the 'Lido Shuffle'. Golden Earring? Let's see...it'll either be 'Radar Love' or 'Twilight Zone'. Saga? Better get ready for 'On the Loose'. There are so many great songs that have gone by the wayside. It's refreshing to see a lot of deep and completely obscure cuts in the current TOP 10 OF BAND X threads going on.

Agreed. I remember the classic rock channel in Knoxville, years and years ago, would play full albums from artists overnight. I always loved that.

 

Golden Earring is easily the most predictable of any bands featured on Two-fer Tuesday. Radar Love and Twilight Zone, and that's it, no matter what.

post #10 of 1780
As far as anyone under 30 is concerned, Warren Zevon wrote 'Werewolves of London' and died. That's just ludicrous.
post #11 of 1780
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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post

My main issue with the 'classic rock' genre, in terms of radio, is that many legitimately good/great bands have been reduced to 1 or 2 songs that everyone knows. Boz Scaggs is coming up? Betcha it's the 'Lido Shuffle'. Golden Earring? Let's see...it'll either be 'Radar Love' or 'Twilight Zone'. Saga? Better get ready for 'On the Loose'. There are so many great songs that have gone by the wayside. It's refreshing to see a lot of deep and completely obscure cuts in the current TOP 10 OF BAND X threads going on.

 

It's one of the reasons why I stopped listening to the radio years ago. 'Then Came the Last Days of May' is still one of the most haunting songs I've ever heard from BOC.

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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post

My main issue with the 'classic rock' genre, in terms of radio, is that many legitimately good/great bands have been reduced to 1 or 2 songs that everyone knows. Boz Scaggs is coming up? Betcha it's the 'Lido Shuffle'. Golden Earring? Let's see...it'll either be 'Radar Love' or 'Twilight Zone'. Saga? Better get ready for 'On the Loose'. There are so many great songs that have gone by the wayside. It's refreshing to see a lot of deep and completely obscure cuts in the current TOP 10 OF BAND X threads going on.

 

Just once I'd like to hear Wind Him Up by Saga on the radio. It's almost as good as On the Loose but never gets played. Also, I never want to hear American Woman or No Sugar Tonight for a long time but would kill to hear some Rain Dance or Sour Suite by The Guess Who. 

post #13 of 1780

KQ used to play 'Wind Him Up' up until a few years ago.  Oh well.

 

Regarding the Guess Who:  I was blown away to hear 'Star Baby' the other day.  That was a nice, deeper cut that I hadn't heard for a long time.

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Yeah I hear Star Baby on KQ every once in a while, even heard Clap for the Wolfman last weekend during their "lost classics" weekend which seemed kind of disingenuous as half the songs they played were songs they play at least 2-3 times a week and aren't "lost" at all.

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Judas Booth's post is why I have satellite radio. It costs $20-$22 dollars a month, and its a bargain.

 

While I'm not the biggest Eric Clapton* fan, it is in my opinion, that he is the first punk rocker. I can't think of anything more anti-establishment then stealing the wife of a Beatle.

 

This summer Reo Speedwagon, Ted Nugent and Styx are touring together. As the Godless freedom hater that I am, I'm going to have to pass.

 

*Layla is the bomb!

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It's one of the reasons why I stopped listening to the radio years ago. 'Then Came the Last Days of May' is still one of the most haunting songs I've ever heard from BOC.

 

My favorite version is the one on "On You Feet ..." It sounds amazing on vinyl.

 

The radio is a wretched place for music. It's like the mission statement of radio is to ghettoize music as soon as possible. "Beck has a new album out, so here's LOSER for the 100,000th time!"

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Is Bruce "classic"?

 

Whether he is or not, this is a really nice video that was used last weekend as part of the celebration honoring him as MusiCares' Person of the Year:

 

 

Don't know if any actual video from the event itself will surface, but I'd love to hear some of the tribute performances, including Alabama Shakes' "Adam Raised a Cain," Mumford & Sons' "I'm On Fire," and, of course, Tom Morello joining Bruce and the houseband (including some E Streeters) for a few numbers. 

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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post

My main issue with the 'classic rock' genre, in terms of radio, is that many legitimately good/great bands have been reduced to 1 or 2 songs that everyone knows. Boz Scaggs is coming up? Betcha it's the 'Lido Shuffle'. Golden Earring? Let's see...it'll either be 'Radar Love' or 'Twilight Zone'. Saga? Better get ready for 'On the Loose'. There are so many great songs that have gone by the wayside. It's refreshing to see a lot of deep and completely obscure cuts in the current TOP 10 OF BAND X threads going on.

 

 

Ditto for Cheap Trick, who helped write the pop-rock-without-sacrificing-the-rock template yet all you hear is 'I Want You To Want Me'. Every now and again you might get 'Surrender' or 'Dream Police' if someone's feeling daring, but otherwise they have tons of amazing, catchy as hell songs that nobody ever plays. The first three albums alone destroy most bands' entire career. Ditto: Queen.

But then again, it all comes back to that classic divide between music appreciation and commerce. It's just how the mainstream works: take one or two songs with the widest appeal and sell the fuck out of them, and if they can keep selling it long enough those songs become that band's entry in rock history. But that's where things like this thread can redress the balance and introduce people to all the things classic bands have done that haven't been driven into the collective psyche with a cultural jackhammer.

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Surprisingly, since i like my rock wild & loose, and gloriously ragged, i've found myself of late enjoying the meticulously produced Steely Dan when they come on Sirius/XM. Maybe I'm getting old.

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Went and saw Steely Dan in concert a few years ago, Fagen and Becker are absolute pros and put on one hell of a show. Best concert I've ever been to.

post #21 of 1780

In case anyone wants to know what is up with Van Halen

http://www.vhnd.com/2013/02/12/david-lee-roth-vents-about-van-halens-future-new-rolling-stone-interview/

 

Speaking of Cheap Trick, that band is a wealth of great material. Its a drag that most people knew only three tunes. One of the many great things about them is that while most of their songs are happy pop rockers, they have quite a few songs about the darker side of life. Gonna Raise Hell is about Jonestown, Heaven Tonight is about someone ODing, and Auf Wiedersehen is anti-suicide.

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In case anyone wants to know what is up with Van Halen

http://www.vhnd.com/2013/02/12/david-lee-roth-vents-about-van-halens-future-new-rolling-stone-interview/

 

Speaking of Cheap Trick, that band is a wealth of great material. Its a drag that most people knew only three tunes. One of the many great things about them is that while most of their songs are happy pop rockers, they have quite a few songs about the darker side of life. Gonna Raise Hell is about Jonestown, Heaven Tonight is about someone ODing, and Auf Wiedersehen is anti-suicide.

 

Wow, even Roth is publicly pro-bringing Anthony back. Some nice breakfast reading for Ed, there.

 

Yeah, Cheap Trick are a very tonally diverse band, more than people give them credit for. They're principally pop/hard rock, but there's a lot of light and shade in there. The Heaven Tonight album as a whole is a great example of how they run the gamut.

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Is Bruce "classic"?

 

Whether he is or not, this is a really nice video that was used last weekend as part of the celebration honoring him as MusiCares' Person of the Year:

 

 

Don't know if any actual video from the event itself will surface, but I'd love to hear some of the tribute performances, including Alabama Shakes' "Adam Raised a Cain," Mumford & Sons' "I'm On Fire," and, of course, Tom Morello joining Bruce and the houseband (including some E Streeters) for a few numbers. 

 

At one time I wasn't a fan of Springsteen, I didn't care for his voice and all they ever played on the radio was Born to Run. Whatever it was, he just didn't do it for me but a few years ago, I decided to listen to his music and listened to his first couple of albums, I liked them. What really made me a lifelong fan though was listening to Live at Hammersmith Odeon 1975, that has to be one of the greatest live performances of all time, from the intimacy of Thunder Road to the epically fun Quarter to Three, Springsteen finally arrived in the UK to show the Brits how a rock'n'roll show is fucking done. The crown jewel in their set was 'Kitty's Back', it astounds me every time I listen to it, the jazzy riffing, Max Weinberg just exploding with energy, even Springsteen delivers a badass guitar solo and it all build's to a climax that show's just how astonishing that band was at their peak.

 

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Regarding the Clapton bashing earlier in the thread:

 

I agree that his classic rock 'staples' need to be locked in the shed for a few years, but I'll defend the hell out of his FROM THE CRADLE album.  I could listen to that gem almost every day, and I'm glad that radio never latched onto it to overkill any of the tunes.

post #25 of 1780

I actually like From The Cradle as well. But still....NAY!

 

There's some classic rock that never seems to be played on classic rock anymore. I never hear the Faces anymore, or The Yardbirds. (Another Clapton exception...my argument is rapidly falling apart)

 

It seems that the only Detroit acts allowed are Bob Seger and The Nuge, while The Stooges and the MC5 go neglected. Too bad. I will sing the praises of High Times until everyone hears it. Here's the first song off of it:

 

 

Another classic rock staple: Manfred Mann's remake of "Blinded By The Light." It seems like that's being played more, if possible. I always enjoy playing Springsteen's original to people that like the MM version. They always look stunned.

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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post

Regarding the Clapton bashing earlier in the thread:

 

I agree that his classic rock 'staples' need to be locked in the shed for a few years, but I'll defend the hell out of his FROM THE CRADLE album.  I could listen to that gem almost every day, and I'm glad that radio never latched onto it to overkill any of the tunes.

 

Plus, and this may have been a sign that I was a middle-aged man before my time, the Unplugged album is damn solid blues and got a lot of play during my university years.

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I do like the blues tracks on that album, especially Rollin' and Tumblin and Before You Accuse Me, but I detest the acoustic cover of Layla. I always felt that he castrated one of the great rock songs of all time with that version.

post #28 of 1780

I love this thread. This entire music forum is responsible for my growth in musical taste over the last 5 or 6 years and I look forward to taking the knowledge you all so kindly put out.

post #29 of 1780
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The crown jewel in their set was 'Kitty's Back', it astounds me every time I listen to it, the jazzy riffing, Max Weinberg just exploding with energy, even Springsteen delivers a badass guitar solo and it all build's to a climax that show's just how astonishing that band was at their peak.

 

 

 

Since his current tour started last March, Springsteen and the expanded E Street Band have played nearly 200 different songs, which means that on any given night you can only be sure of about half of the setlist. So imagine my delight last November, when the encores kicked off with a blistering "Kitty's Back," which I hadn't heard him do live since '75.

 

And while his focus has always been more on his songwriting, in concert, he is, indeed, one badass guitar player.

 

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Regarding the Clapton bashing earlier in the thread:

 

I agree that his classic rock 'staples' need to be locked in the shed for a few years, but I'll defend the hell out of his FROM THE CRADLE album.  I could listen to that gem almost every day, and I'm glad that radio never latched onto it to overkill any of the tunes.


I dunno that I'd ever "bash" Clapton-- he's a great blues soloist, and back in the day that was enough. But in an era when listeners have access to virtually the entire history of recorded music, 24/7, there's just a world of more interesting players to explore (just to name two, his Yardbirds successors, Page and Beck).

post #31 of 1780

My wife had a sampler called Guitar Boogie that featured old collaborations with Clapton, Page and Beck. Good, but I'm not sure if it's still available:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guitar_Boogie

post #32 of 1780

I dig Clapton, mostly for his Cream work but I still think 461 Ocean Blvd and Slowhand are good albums if a bit overplayed. Motherless Children off of 461 Ocean Blvd is a favorite of mine that isn't overplayed. 

post #33 of 1780
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I have a deluxe version of 461 Ocean Boulevard which came with a bonus live disc. The entire performance is laidback but Clapton seem's actively engaged in the music, he does a version of Little Wing which is really quite wonderful, his guitar solo on that is one of the best he's ever done. I find it funny that during I Shot the Sherriff and Eric yells out 'Awright' in a sarcastic tone then proceeds to give the crowd what they came for and delivers a guitar solo.

 

Beck's collaboration with Rod Stewart on Truth and Beck-Ola is really something special. 'I've Been Drinking' is a particular favorite of mine, Beck delivers one of his finest guitar solos and Stewart just nails the melancholic vibe in his vocals.

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There's some classic rock that never seems to be played on classic rock anymore. I never hear the Faces anymore, or The Yardbirds. (Another Clapton exception...my argument is rapidly falling apart)

 

You have to consider that what we grew up calling 'Classic Rock'  is now considered 'Oldies'.  Just like the local classic rock station in the early 90's wouldn't fire off a Zeppelin/Little Richard twofer, today's classic rock stations don't go back to back with Guns and Roses and The Kinks.  

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You have to consider that what we grew up calling 'Classic Rock'  is now considered 'Oldies'.  Just like the local classic rock station in the early 90's wouldn't fire off a Zeppelin/Little Richard twofer, today's classic rock stations don't go back to back with Guns and Roses and The Kinks.  

Really? My local station does. Of course, the only Kinks songs they'll play are 'You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All Night". (there's another candidate for the Two-fer Tuesday Hall of Fame)

 

I consider "Oldies" anything pre-Beatles, or more specifically, 1960 and before. I'd love to hear Buddy Holly followed by Zeppelin, but that's what my iPod is for.

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Really? My local station does. Of course, the only Kinks songs they'll play are 'You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All Night". 

 

I consider "Oldies" anything pre-Beatles, or more specifically, 1960 and before. I'd love to hear Buddy Holly followed by Zeppelin, but that's what my iPod is for.

We get "Lola" in Atlanta and that is it.  One of the most impressive catalogs in the history of rock and roll and we get one stinkin' song.

"Oldies" was anything pre-1960.  In 1985.  Today's classic rock station's cutoff year seems like it is at least 1970.

 

The day that is coming any second now that I dread is the day when I hear "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on a classic rock station.  That's the day I officially become old.

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I consider "Oldies" anything pre-Beatles, or more specifically, 1960 and before. I'd love to hear Buddy Holly followed by Zeppelin, but that's what my iPod is for.

 

People occasionally ask me why my I tend to leave my mp3 player shuffling among rock, blues, country, soul, jazz, folk, international, etc.

 

And it's simply because I grew up at a time when you could turn on the radio and, on one station, hear The Temptations, The Animals, Roger Miller, The Standells, Sergio Mendes, Ray Charles, Dusty Springfield, The Supremes, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, Dick Dale, The Pozo-Seco Singers, The Kinks, Frank Sinatra, and Allan Sherman... and think that was perfectly normal.

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The day that is coming any second now that I dread is the day when I hear "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on a classic rock station.  That's the day I officially become old.

I'm almost certain I've already heard this.

post #39 of 1780
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I listened to Aerosmith first couple of album's recently and they were a revelation. It's easy to forget that they were once a world class rock'n'roll band, blues shuffles like 'One Way Street' and 'Make it' really showed what a tight rhythm section Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer were. They really should've packed it in after Eat the Rich, it was one of the best records they ever made, now they're just embarassing.

post #40 of 1780
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We get "Lola" in Atlanta and that is it.  One of the most impressive catalogs in the history of rock and roll and we get one stinkin' song.

"Oldies" was anything pre-1960.  In 1985.  Today's classic rock station's cutoff year seems like it is at least 1970.

 

The day that is coming any second now that I dread is the day when I hear "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on a classic rock station.  That's the day I officially become old.

 

I've heard they hired the old 99x program director for 97.1 The River. My uncle told me he heard Rod Stewart's version of "Street Fighting Man", which is kind of cool. They seem to be trying to blend first wave alternative with deep cut traditional classic rock.

post #41 of 1780
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...I never want to hear Eric Clapton's music again, Cream included. (Derek and the Dominoes gets a pass...for now.)

 

 

Hey, what's that album where Clapton is clearly the 2nd-banana guitarist to Duane Allman? (rhetorical question) 

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It seems that the only Detroit acts allowed are Bob Seger and The Nuge, while The Stooges and the MC5 go neglected. Too bad. I will sing the praises of High Times until everyone hears it. Here's the first song off of it:

 

 

 

 

Hey, Alice Cooper plays up his Detroit roots, and you hear some Grand Funk Railroad* on classic rock as well. 

 

 

Anyway, yeah, the Five are just fucking CRIMINALLY underheard. Kick Out the Jams is a stone classic - nothing against High Times which I rate as more "solid" - they need to edit the songs down to 3-4 minutes and the production is a little bit thin, but still some great stuff on there (personal fave is "Future/Now") 

 

* - technically Flint, I know, but nobody outside of Michigan gives a fuck. 

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People occasionally ask me why my I tend to leave my mp3 player shuffling among rock, blues, country, soul, jazz, folk, international, etc.

 

And it's simply because I grew up at a time when you could turn on the radio and, on one station, hear The Temptations, The Animals, Roger Miller, The Standells, Sergio Mendes, Ray Charles, Dusty Springfield, The Supremes, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, Dick Dale, The Pozo-Seco Singers, The Kinks, Frank Sinatra, and Allan Sherman... and think that was perfectly normal.

 

 

mp3 players have really made radio irrelevant - shit, on my 8 GB iPod I currently have 2 1/2 DAYS of music loaded, all songs I know I like, that are shuffling. 

 

 

I'd love to use radio to listen to newer artists, but radio doesn't service my tastes (which are pretty broad) any more. 

post #44 of 1780

Ah, forgot about Alice Cooper . . . "Teenage Lament 74" is so underheard.

 

 

One thing about the MC5 is how each of their 3 albums are so different: Kick Out The Jams is a raggedy live album. Back In the USA is a tightly wound proto-punk album, and High Times has the sloppy sound of Exile on Main St. with as many overdubs as a Queen album. The best phrase I can think of for High Times is "sloppy precision." Future/Now, Gotta Keep Movin', Over and Over (the best Who song that's not by The Who) . . . I love it, is what I'm saying.

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Ah, forgot about Alice Cooper . . . "Teenage Lament 74" is so underheard.

 

 

 

One thing about the MC5 is how each of their 3 albums are so different: Kick Out The Jams is a raggedy live album. Back In the USA is a tightly wound proto-punk album, and High Times has the sloppy sound of Exile on Main St. with as many overdubs as a Queen album. The best phrase I can think of for High Times is "sloppy precision." Future/Now, Gotta Keep Movin', Over and Over (the best Who song that's not by The Who) . . . I love it, is what I'm saying.

 

 

- Alice Cooper - man, ALL of Billion Dollar Babies is essential. "Generation Landslide" or "Be My Lover" are just fantastic. 

 

 

I have to admit that I haven't yet given a listen to Back in the USA but "sloppy precision" is a pretty good descriptor for both KotJ and HT - the rhythm section of Davis and Thompson has just the right amount of looseness, where you feel like they MIGHT go off the rails at any time, but they never do, and in fact are quite tight - the solid foundation allows Kramer and Smith to go off the rails on a regular basis. 

post #46 of 1780
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I listened to Aerosmith first couple of album's recently and they were a revelation. It's easy to forget that they were once a world class rock'n'roll band, blues shuffles like 'One Way Street' and 'Make it' really showed what a tight rhythm section Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer were. They really should've packed it in after Eat the Rich, it was one of the best records they ever made, now they're just embarassing.

 

Early Aerosmith is fucking awesome. Toys in the Attic and Rocks are part of the pantheon, though everything up to Permanent Vacation is throughly worthwhile. I know Pump and Get a Grip have their fans, but these days all I hear is the decline starting. You can hear them sort of listlessly considering bringing the songwriting back to its roots on the last album, but it just gets smothered under a pissy-fumed feather blanket of Powerballad. Like everything else they've done over the last 20 years.

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 Dick Dale

 

 

Oh BTW if any of you haven't heard anything by this guy aside from the beginning of Pulp Fiction go and seek him out IMMEDIATELY. 

 

 

I mean, imagine "Misirlou" blasting out of your radio in 1962. That must have almost literally blown the tops of people's heads off. 

post #48 of 1780

Back in the USA is insanely tight...TOO tight. It was produced by Jon Landau before he joined Springsteen's band, and its production is almost disorienting, as tight and polished as Kick Out The Jams is loose:

 

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Early Aerosmith is fucking awesome. Toys in the Attic and Rocks are part of the pantheon, though everything up to Permanent Vacation is thoroughly worthwhile. 

 

 

Even the Crespo/Dufay era? All I've ever heard from that is "Lightning Strikes" which is a good, solid tune, but I generally recall Night in the Ruts and Rock in a Hard Place being generally scorned. 

post #50 of 1780
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Back in the USA is insanely tight...TOO tight. It was produced by Jon Landau before he joined Springsteen's band, and its production is almost disorienting, as tight and polished as Kick Out The Jams is loose:

 

 

 

 

Yeah, listening to it right now, it's really lacking that spark of, uh, "Five-ness" that makes the other 2 albums so appealing. 

 

ETA - Oh man, I'd LOVE to hear live versions of "The American Ruse", "Teenage Lust", and "The Human Being Lawnmower" 


Edited by Chavez - 2/13/13 at 8:45pm
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