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Labor Day Disaster Special

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2011 by 30daysout

Man, it’s been a rough summer. I don’t have to tell you, but: hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, drought, heat, wildfires and so on. I’m waiting for that plague of locusts next, you know?

But it’s not like us to bitch (much) so we thought we’d compile some disaster – natural and otherwise – songs for your Labor Day playlist. There are plenty more elsewhere on this blog, so scroll down and pick ’em up!

MP3: “Cities On Flame With Rock and Roll” by Blue Öyster Cult

MP3: “Black Rain” by Ozzy Osbourne

MP3: “I Feel The Earth Move” by Carole King

MP3: “Fire and Rain” by the Isley Brothers

MP3: “Hotter Than Hell” (live) by KISS

MP3: “Hot Thing” by Big Star

MP3: “Burnin’ For You” by Blue Öyster Cult

MP3: “Behold the Hurricane” by the Horrible Crowes

MP3: “Walking In A Hurricane” by John Fogerty

MP3: “When The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin

MP3: “This Wheel’s On Fire” by the Byrds

MP3: “My City Of Ruins” by Bruce Springsteen

MP3: “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones

More Disaster Playlists:

End of the World, Part 1

End of the World, Part 2

Welcome to Hell … or Houston, it’s all the same

Ridin’ Out The Storm

By the way …

Hurricane Warning!

Fire, Flooding, Greed and Vengeance

Hurricane Warning: Shelter from the Storm

 

Homework assignment:

News story from the Associated Press: “An Extreme and Exhausting Year”

Your Sister’s (Record) Rack: Singles

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , on August 12, 2010 by 30daysout

Riffling through my big sister’s records the other day, I noticed a couple of boxes in the back of her closet.  Opening one of the boxes, I discovered some big stacks of 45 singles … yeah!  So today let’s drop the spindle on the turntable and slap on a few of her glorious singles.  Let’s concentrate today on people known in the 1970s as “singer/songwriters” – performers who turned out to be the best representatives of their own material.

When Bob Welch came into the spotlight, he had some big shoes to fill – in 1971 the American singer/guitarist was invited to join British blues-rockers Fleetwood Mac, replacing guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer.  With the Mac, Welch cut five albums including 1972’s Bare Trees, which contained his composition “Sentimental Lady.”  He quit Fleetwood Mac in 1974, formed the short-lived band Paris and finally went solo in 1977.  “Ebony Eyes” was a rockin’ single Welch released that year – it was actually the followup to his Top 10 smash “Sentimental Lady” (re-recorded with some then-current members of Fleetwood Mac: Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham).  “Ebony Eyes” was a guitar rocker that reached No. 14 on the U.S. singles charts.

MP3: “Ebony Eyes” by Bob Welch

Albert Hammond was a British musician who first made his mark as a songwriter.  He co-wrote a number of U.K. hits in the late 1960s-early 1970s including a few that spanned the globe – “Gimme Dat Ding” by the Pipkins (1970) and “The Air That I Breathe” by the Hollies (1974).  It was after he moved to the United States that Hammond became a singer, and he had a big hit in 1972 with “It Never Rains In Southern California.”  Hammond followed that up the next year with “The Free Electric Band,” the title song for his second solo LP.  The story of a trust fund kid who decided to chuck it all and become a long-haired rock and roller, the song was Hammond’s only chart hit in his native England.

MP3: “The Free Electric Band” by Albert Hammond

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Review: Ry Cooder, Graham Nash boxed

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on February 12, 2009 by 30daysout

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A couple of new box sets attempt to take in-depth looks at the career output of two rock artists who may not be A-list famous, but are vital nonetheless. 

Ry Cooder’s 2-CD set The UFO Has Landed reviews the work of the incredible guitarist who’s played with the Rolling Stones and Van Morrison, scored a number of movies and as a solo artist released one of the most eclectic catalogs in recorded music.  This anthology, assembled by Cooder’s son and musical partner Joachim, doesn’t tackle Ry’s work in a chronological order so you have early covers of Woody Guthrie and Willie Dixon next to some of his moody, swirling film instrumentals. 

Less than half of the 34 tracks on this anthology are Cooder originals; the rest are interpretations of traditional music.  But if you aren’t familiar with Ry Cooder’s work, don’t let that stop you: this stuff rocks, sometimes unbelievably so.  “Get Rhythm,” the Johnny Cash cover that kicks off Disc 1, mixes some nasty slide guitar work with a tropical beat that’s instantly infectious.  A cover of Wilbert Harrison’s “Let’s Work Together” has guest performances from Zydeco accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco and Memphis legend Jim Dickinson on keyboards – and of course, it rocks. 

I don’t have enough time or space to riffle through all the tracks, this is all great listening.  Hats off the boys at Rhino Records for this great compilation!  One track they missed though – Cooder’s version of “Across The Borderline,” a song he wrote (along with Dickinson and John Hiatt) for the 1982 Jack Nicholson flick The Border.  The song has been done by Freddy Fender, Dwight Yoakam, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, but Cooder’s version is the best – it guest stars cult movie fave Harry Dean Stanton!

MP3: “Let’s Work Together”

MP3: “Across The Borderline” (with Harry Dean Stanton)

Graham Nash is, of course, the guy we all loved in the Hollies, the dude we were OK with in Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and the solo artist who went from charming to irritating to “American Idol” over a 30-year span.  And that’s sort of how the retrospective Reflections plays out over three discs. 

Disc One is easily the most indispensable, the curtain rising on three Nash-written classics from the Hollies (in mono!) and rolling right into the monumental songs he did with CSN and Y: “Marrakesh Express,” “Teach Your Children” and “Our House,” among others.  His navel gazer “Right Between The Eyes” (heard previously only as a live version) pops up here as a studio demo.  The first CD winds down with early solo work that’s pretty good; many of these songs (like the wimpy protest songs “Chicago” and “Military Madness’) feature many of the crowned heads of the late ’60s hippie kingdom like members of the Dead, the Airplane and whomever. 

But after that first disc you get two platters’ worth of plodding piano plunkers and hilariously dated synthesizer screamers, interrupted only occasionally by a really listenable moment.  “Wasted On The Way,” a chart hit for CSN, is OK, and buried on the third disc there’s a charming “Two Hearts” which teams Nash and Carole King for some truly impressive harmony work.  The historians at Rhino did some great work for Graham Nash (as they did with the Crosby box set last year, and presumably with the upcoming Stephen Stills set), but I wish they would’a tossed in “The War Song,” the 45 single Nash and Neil Young cut in 1972 to support George McGovern’s presidential bid.

MP3: “Carrie Anne” by the Hollies

MP3: “The War Song” by Neil Young and Graham Nash

Rhino Records official website