What's All This Then
The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Duane was a well regarded guitarist who could hold his own with Eric Clapton in Derek & The Dominoes. Prior to the Allman's first record, he was the lead guitarist on many a Muscle Shoals session. Including, but not limited to, Aretha Franklin's recording of Respect.
With a lineup consisting of two drummers, two guitarists, organ and drums, their marathon early live shows were the legendary.
So here's their first record.
The Allman Brothers Band (ATCO 1969)
Recorded in just a few days in 1969, the record shows Duane's guitar and Greg's vocal chops fully formed. It was not a hit.
It wasn't until a few years later with their third release, the classic Live at the Fillmore Easy, would they attain the attention they deserved.
The back cover features bass player Berry Oakley watching over the rest of the band like some sort of angel.. Didn't quite work out as expected. Only two of the original six members survived to this day. Two died by motorcycle, one by suicide and one by a life of hard living.
For the gatefold, the band was persuaded to pose for a naked shot in a stream. This was 1969 and what all good hippies did after Woodstock. Butch Trucks had stitches at the time and couldn't sit down. I hope there weren't leeches.
This record contains 'Whipping Post,' the most requested song at any rock concert - by any band - for years to come.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Now all we get is email bombardments and unwanted robo-calls. At least with a trinket, you could throw it in the trash.
Fortunately for me, my in-laws didn't toss this one......
Inaugural Addresses - Commemorative Edition (Seal of the President of the United States 1973)
Courtesy of Jim Keysor who was running for California State Senator in 1973
I, of course, never heard of the guy. A quick Google revealed that he lost his bid for California State Senator. He had a few other races throughout the '70's. He withdrew from a Los Angeles City Council race in 1977 with this quote.
"I would have lost if I won and would have lost if I lost."
A great rock and roll lyric if I ever heard one.
Nobody gets records -or pot holders for that matter - from candidates anymore. I got a Bernie Sanders record, but I had to pay for it and now get tons of unwanted emails.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell went the classic way of rock stars - in some hotel room in some God-forsaken city (Detroit) after a gig. Mysterious circumstances, but most likely the result of some bizarre magic fingers accident (OB Zappa).
I'm 'working from home' today while addressing some first world problems at my home. The heater in my hot tub has malfunctioned and I have a flake (OB Zappa again) coming to look at it.
So while I'm working, I'm listening to this:
Soundgarden - Louder Than Love (A&M 1989)
That's right kids, check out the price. In the old days before vinyl was a badge of hipster honor, one could pick up stuff in the used bins for real cheap. This one came in at $1.85 which made it an even $2.00 with sales tax.
But this shouldn't be about me nor my bargain record scores from the past.....
Soundgarden was one of the first 'grunge' bands. Never quite understood what that label meant. Probably from the style of clothing most young residents of the Pacific Northwest wore at the time. These guys were from an environment where it could be 40 degrees in the morning, 75 in the afternoon, then back to 40 in the evening. People dress in layers. For most young struggling bands, the layers didn't match. Hence the grunge 'look.'
But this shouldn't be about fashion either......
The sound here owes a lot more to Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath than The Velvet Underground. Chris Cornell's vocal owe a lot to Robert Plant. The guitar player had a bit of a Tony Iommi/Jimmy Page sound. Still holds up today.
This was their first record and got the 'special label' treatment from A&M
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Bryan Ferry did a few.
Bryan Ferry - Is Your Love Strong Enough b/w Windswept (Instrumental) (MCA 1986)
One song contributed to Ridley Scott's Legend. The film starred Tom Cruise and Tim Curry. It was not a big hit.
Bryan Ferry - Help Me b/w Broken Wings (Warner Brothers 1986)
Ferry also contributed a song the David Cronenberg's gynecological horror remake of The Fly. Appropriately titled 'Help Me' as an homage to the original.
Friday, May 5, 2017
While I was in shopping, my wife went outside to call home to make sure the kids were still alive. While outside she found a Dean Martin 45 on the sidewalk. Of course we snagged it.
I love found records and will always take them home for a spin. This one is special. It's a Roger Miller style 'ridin the rails' type song. Appropriately she found it near some railroad tracks.
We dined at a bratwurst place next door that had picnic tables in an empty lot. From there, Uber to the Ritz to pick up bags and a cab ride through the cemeteries to the Louis Armstrong Airport.