Thursday, June 24, 2010

AC/DC - Fly On The Wall

This isn't that bad. Thing is, there's gotta be at least 5 AC/DC records better than this one. With AC/DC it all really starts sounding the same after a while. This isn't bad...I guess if your a big AC/DC fan and have listened to the other ones to death, this is a good album to have.

Black Wizard - Black Wizard

Sounds like the heaviest NWOBHM band you ever heard. Killer!

-Something about this also reminds me of The Sword. Easy listening Stoner Rock for the kids.

Steve Miller Band - Children Of The Future

Mellow stuff like if the Beach Boys was one guy, or if sometimes Millers voice is multi tracked to sound like a few guys. Later on it get's a little bluesy sort of Cream lite. Almost a Pink Floyd quality to this...Vanilla Fudge like without any hint of heaviness.

Watain - Lawless Darkness

Black Metal. Not sure how this compares to other Black Metal, but this is pretty damn good.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Monkees - Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones

Catchy pop songs, catchy light psychedelic pop, but mostly catchy songs probably by the guy who writes songs for Tom Jones and various adult contempories/Las Vegas acts. The songs are good, but bland. I nice gift for your friends who aren't really into music...or your mom.
Songs written in the style of other popular songs of the day...and some filler.

Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge

Swirling fluttering keyboards. Cover songs that they drag out. Screaming and church choir harmonies. There's a heaviness without actually being heavy. Bombastic hippiness. These guys must be on drugs 'cuz they're really draggin' this out. Vanilla Fudge was really ahead of the curve with this one. It's excessive stadium rock that would come a few years later, but they're still grounded with the hippie vocals you might expect in '67.
They're really hitting their stride when the get to You Keep Me Hanging On/Take Me For A Little While midway through the album. Sounds like Grand Funk Railroad at their best a couple years before Grand Funk Railroad was even on the scene. The album flows real well and has a certain psychedeliness to it that's both good and bad. I usually don't have the patience for this album, but I really dig that middle section. This should be the soundtrack to Hair the Musical. Dirty hippies.

Magic Sam - West Side Soul

I don't know a thing about Soul except Otis Redding, so yeah, it's like that. Not really. Sometimes it's the blues. When he's wailing the needles are pegged. I was tapping my foot. Twangy and clanky reverb guitars...and the Blues.
"Whoa baby I gotta have your love."

The Kinks - Something Else By The Kinks

Mostly mellow story telling tunes. Pleasant enough, but there's several Kinks records I like more than this one.

The Yardbirds - Little Games

Starting to pull away from the blues here. There's still a couple blues songs with some smokin' guitar but the other songs are more in the pop direction like the Kinks or even Pink Floyd. Unfocused.

Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign

If I'm not mistaken Albert Kings' guitar playing is a cornerstone of all things rock. A big influence on Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page ect. These are easy goin' blues songs that more often than not you want the songs to continue, but they fade out. For the jukebox I suppose...did anyone play this on the radio at the time. Horn accompanyment that's fits great not overbearing but very complimentary. Urban Blues.

The Animals - All About The Animals (Japanese Release)

This is a Japanese only release. A greatest hits type thing I guess. Sounds like early Rolling Stones, but The Animals do a more convincing job on the R&B stuff. A lot of the songs are keyboard driven and it all sounds pretty groovy and not distracting. The Animals are really good at this early blues thing all the English bands were doing, but when the shift went to writing your own songs I guess they got left behind.
Eric Burdon is a good singer and there are some stellar songs like, House of the Rising Sun, Don't let me be Misunderstood and We Gotta Get Out of this Place. I think the keyboard player was the main writer for the band. He left after this and the Animals were left floating like a turn in a bowl.
It's My Life is probably my favorite song on here. Awesome. The blues covers drag this down. Chuck Berry? I'm sure it was all very exciting at the time.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Savoy Brown Blues Band - Shake Down

Tasty Blues rock. For fans of early Fleetwood Mac. Although this may be slighty more rockin'.

Liverpool Five - Arrive

They don't even sound like The Beatles. They've got that psychedelic guitar sound going on in a few songs.A few songs in slightly different styles aiming for that elusive pop hit. Mostly Yardbirds light.

The Kinks - Kontroversy

Garagey poppy British Invaision. One of the best from '65 I'm guessing.

The Deep - Psychedelic Moods

Psychedelic garage rock that's not very good. Nice effort though.

The Action - Rolled Gold

Real catchy psychedelic pop. These songs really sound like they could be 90's indie songs from bands like Pavement or Sebadoh.

Canned Heat - Canned Heat

The best band you ever saw down at the ol' barn stomp. Blues rock. Keepin' it real.

Oxford Circle - Live At The Avalon

Blues based San Francisco psychedelic rock. A little early on for the full on freak out, but you can tell it's coming. The Animals meet Big Brother And the Holding Company. Nice guitar work thruout. Eighteen songs on here could be trimmed down here to make this a stronger album...but, I think this is a collection of all their stuff.

The Savages - Live ' N Wild

Garage rock.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Anvil - Metal On Metal

Without checking what else came out, this has got to be one of the best metal records of 1982. Similar to Judas Priest, but it sounds like they grew up on Ted Nugent, Kiss, ect...

The Pack A.D. - The Funeral Mix-Tape

If you like your blues in the style of The White Stripes or the Black Keys and not Eric Clapton. You'll be diggin' this. Female vocals remind me of Chrissie Hynde sometimes, more bluesy wailin' though.

Your Highness Electric - The Grand Hooded Phantom

Wolfmother with a little more originality. Catchy stuff. Gateway band for your friends who don't care for the heavy.

Flower Travelin' Band - Anywhere

I think this is all covers. I think this is great. For fans of Cream, Sabbath, Hendrix...

-I guess this is their first one. The next one Satori, kicks all kinds of ass.

Electric Wizard - Come My Fanatics

Wallow in it.

Pink Floyd - Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

It's simple it's complicated and all psychedelic. See you when you get back.

"Lime and limped green the second scene
the fights between the blue you once knew
floating down the sound resounds
around the icy waters underground"