Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nazz - Nazz Nazz

Power Pop..is this the first ever power pop band.

Catchy mostly up tempo numbers. More than just that...solid record.

There's a rocker on here too. There's a bluesy rock out song. There's some smoking guitar playing on a few songs.

This is their second album. Todd Rungren was in this band and wanted to get more experimental. The rest of the band wanted to stick to a pop sound. Rungren left the band after this record was finished.
I thought these guys were from England, but they're from Philadelphia.

Rolling Stones - Between The Buttons

Transition record for the Stones. They must have been running out of R&B songs to cover. This isn't quite psychedelic yet. Some non rock instruments going on as well as piano. All these songs are in the same zone and it's a unique one.

Kiss - Hot In The Shade

Kiss stick to their formulas here. Lots of co-writers. This is a long album. The first thing I would do is get rid of all but maybe the first one or two Gene songs. All the songs here are pretty good (I mean I can't really point to whats wrong with them,except...they're not really that good), but they all seem to be pushed into a Kiss mold. The production works. Middle of the road Kiss album here. Far from the best, but not the worst either, but it has more in common with the bad stuff.

Nocturnal Blood - Devastated Graves - The Morbid Celebration

Black Metal and I'm diggin' it. Ghetto production but they seem to be getting their point across. It's not ghetto it's just a Black Metal mix. Guitars remind me of Entombed and the vocals are a continual last gasp. Sure it all sounds the same, but just when it all starts the same they mix it up enough to get your headbanging.

I read somewhere this is a one man band project and a bunch of guys get together to do it live.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cheap Trick - In Color

This album and Cheap Trick have been a part of my life so long they're impossible to separate. You could not have been my girlfriend if you didn't like Cheap Trick. I guess that's no big deal 'cuz for a while there you couldn't be my girlfriend if you didn't like Big Block Chevelles.
One of my favorite albums of all time and probably my second favorite Cheap Trick album if I had to put them in order.

Produced by Tom Werman.

Ted Nugent - Ted Nugent

One of my favorite records ever. Ted gets more bluesy than ever on this one. In a good way. Nugents' first solo record. He has the rhythm section from The Amboy Dukes joining him.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies

The last really good Alice Cooper record (The great ones were a couple back from this). All the experimental/psychedelicness is gone, but these are solid 70's rock songs. Solid album. Flows really well. Starts getting weak towards the end.

Mike Bloomfield - It's Not Killing Me

Mostly mello Chicago style blues. Early on the album there's a couple country tinged tunes that remind me of the way the Stones do country. I wish this album had more songs in the country vein. Unfortunately it's most;y crap that reminds me of an old Eric Clapton.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Buddy Miles - Expressway To Your Skull

Rock and Soul blended to near perfection. Awesome horns killer guitar...groovin' tunes.

Bob Dylan - Another Side Of Bob Dylan

The last of his early acoustic/folk albums. Mostly just guitar and harmonica. Piano on one song. Cool stuff,probably not the best of the early albums, but not that much different. It's all about listening to the lyrics...you can still figure out what he's talking about sometimes. Not really, you can understand the words though.

-Recorded in a day.

Alice Cooper - Love It To Death

This is the third Alice Cooper record. Totally different than the first two. Most people seem to credit producer Bob Ezrin for giving the band a more commercial rock focus. This one rocks. Good record. It rocks real good but still has some of the oddness of the earlier albums. Tripped out like Pink Floyd and the Doors.

It's got I'm Eighteen.

I think the band located to Detroit around this time and picked up on how things were done from The Stooges and MC5.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Aerosmith - Get Your Wings

I haven't listened to this album in years and years, so I'm pretty surprised by how strong it actually is. Blusey 70's hard rock. Good Stuff. People say Steven Tyler is singing in a lower voice on this one. Whatever, oh wait a mintute that was the first album. This is the second one. I like the way this sounds production wise. This has got to be one of Aerosmiths' top three or four albums.

-Produced by Jack Douglas.

Defiance - Product Of Society

If you search for info about Defiance on the internet. The first thing everybody says is that Defiance is second string/second rung/second generation lower level Bay Area Thrash.

Also lots of Testament comparisons. I like Thrash. This middle of the road thrash. Nothing stands out that makes you not like it, but nothing stands out to make it memorable. I like Thrash.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Howlin' Wolf - The Howlin' Wolf Album

Psychedelic blues. Leaning towards the hippy side of things.

In 1968, Chess Records made an attempt to modernize the sound of bluesmen Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters by convincing them to recordJimi Hendrix-inspired psychedelic arrangements resulting in the albums Electric Mud and The Howlin' Wolf Album.[2] The recording sessions for The Howlin' Wolf Album featured the same musicians as Electric Mud. Howlin' Wolf disliked the proposed sound, which he did not consider to be blues.[3] According to guitarist Pete Cosey, during the recording sessions, Howlin' Wolf "looked at me and he said 'Why don't you take them wah-wahs and all that other shit and go throw it off in the lake — on your way to the barber shop?'-Wikipedia

John Lee Hooker - That's Where It's At

Sparse minimal talkin' blues. Dangerous.

-I read this was recorded in 1961. I also read this may have been recorded in 1953.

Neil Young - Time Fades Away

Recorded at shows live in 1973 when Young was on tour promoting Harvest. There was an accoustic set then an electric set of new songs that ended up on this album. Mostly bummer mellow songs. Pretty good if you ask me. If you ask Young he'll tell you this is his least favorite album.

Blue Oyster Cult - Agents Of Fortune

Meatloaf meets Alice Cooper.

This is the 4th BOC album. More commercial than the ones that came before it. Don't Fear The Reaper is on here. No of the other songs on the album sound anything like that one.

I don't really like this record much.

Buffalo - Dead Forever

Killer 70's bluesy rockin'. Catchy too. Tasting metal.

Cactus - One Way... Or Another

Blues rock. Sounds like Foghat or something...but better. Pretty good 70's rockin' out right here.

This is the second studio album with the original line-up: Carmine Appice (Drummer) and Tim Bogert (Bass) from Vanilla Fudge, Jim McCarty (INCREDIBLE GUITAR) from Mitch Ryder, and Rusty Day vocals (Ted Nugent & Amboy Dukes).

Killing Floor - Out Of Uranus

This is more garagey than I was expecting. The album before this one is some killer blues rock if I'm remembering correctly. High energy. There's some blues here too.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Amboy Dukes - Amboy Dukes

Ragin' blues rockin Baby Please Don't Go. Psychedelic rock too. George Thorogood meets Cream. They've got an early Stones thing going on too. These guys have an attitude.

The Guess Who - It's Time

Sounds like early British Invasion. Solid Record. Specifically The Animals and The Dave Clark Five come to mind. Plus some garage rock thrown in.

Brainticket - Celestial Ocean

Psychedelic space journey Krautrock. Mello spacey trip. Cool if you've got the time and patience.

Ghost - Opus Eponymous

This record has been gettin' a lot of play around the house and in the car lately. Rory and Sadie like it too!

Merciful Fate meets Blue Oyster Cult. Really really catchy in an old school metal way.

-and Evil.

Neil Young - Live At Massey Hall

Recorded in 1971. Neil and his guitar. Then Neil and a piano. That's when it gets really depressing. Then he gets back to his guitar. Killer album great songs. It's all a big bummer.

-This album was recorded between the releases of After The Gold Rush and Harvest.