First off, December is a little light compared to the last two months of purchases December was a more normal month of purchases mainly because it is the month for Christmas and my Birthday. For that reason, I have to leave things for people to buy for me as gifts.
The month started out actually on Black Friday and yes, I know that is November. The problem is I couldn’t get these purchases into last months post due to timing issues and Thanksgiving and all. I am sure you won’t mind.
Record Store Black Friday was on November 29th and I got up bright and early to pick up are few things and I got exactly what I was going for and nothing more…I stuck to the plan for once.
First up is the RSD Exclusive Release of Pearl Jam’s MTV Unplugged and you saw that one already at THIS POST!!!!
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Welcome to the Top 20 Rock Songs of 2019. These songs are my favorite songs of the year and were not necessarily played on the radio or even shot up the charts. They just moved me in some way good or bad!
If you missed the Top Rock Albums of 2019 or the Top Albums of 2019 (that were not Rock), just click on the link and go check them out.
It is time to start the list so here we go…
#20 -“Chase the Feeling (feat. Chris Cester)” by Wolfmother – Single:
No album, just a single and anything they put out will probably end up on my list. It is full of the distorted guitar sound that is reminiscent of Wolfmother and don’t forget that voice os Andrew Stockdale. The drum fills are great and that groove keeps the song driving forward. I hope this is a sign of things to come.
#19 – “All Animal” by Through Fire off the album ‘All Animal’:
I like it loud and I like it heavy at times and this does both. Pounding drums, blistering guitars and vocals that can scream it out or sing with such great melodies. A modern rock sound that rips it from the opening notes until the very end. Perfect for driving down the road at 100mph as it wakes up the beast in you!!
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For My Sunday Song #175, we are discussing the song “Contagious” off Collective Soul’s 2015 album ‘See What You Started by Continuing’. The song was the fourth single off the album, but I don’t believe it charted anywhere.
After doing a slow Collective Song last week, I felt we needed a swift kick in the ass and this song does that. The song grabs me because of one thing. The guitar! This is a heavy, hard-driving, guitar screaming guitar song. The quick tempo, the killer riff that sounds like Collective Soul. Jesse Triplett and Dean Roland’s guitar work is spectacular. It has all the energy, the sonics, the vibes that scream Collective Soul. This might be one of the funnest songs they have done in years.
I have to talk about the song’s lyrics as well and this one is quite simple, not like some of their songs. It is about a long love. I love that has been through a lot and come out the other side still together. I love the opening line…’Together here we stand / Covered in our rust”. That shouts a long relationship with that one word…”rust”. It hasn’t been an easy ride as no relationship ever is. They have had their struggles, but all is okay.
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The year is almost over so it is time to look back at what was awesome in music during the year. I have already looked back at the Top Rock Albums of 2019 (click to read). This list will cover all other genres that I listened to over the year including Pop, Country, Christian and whatever other genre you want classify these albums. Rock is my favorite genre and that is why it gets it’s own list, but that doesn’t take away from any of these choices as I think they are great on their own.
I feel I didn’t get to as many as I would have liked as the year seem to get away from me. I did spend a lot of time on a few series such as finishing The Billy Idol Series, The Kiss Bootleg Series, the Kiss Box Set 6 Part Series and starting the David Coverdale Series. These consumed a lot of my time. What I am trying to say is I missed a lot.
Note: These albums were my favorites and not necessarily the most played on the radio (which I hate the radio) or even the biggest sellers. There aren’t the trendy indie bands on everyone else’s top albums list (okay, there might be one or two). These are just what I came across during the year and connected with me in some way and some thanks to my kids. So, we might as well get started…
#10 – The Highwomen – ‘The Highwomen’
A Country Super-Group consisting of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires. I have not been digging Country lately, but the women on country rock. I found this to be enjoyable and was really digging the songs “The Highwomen”, a rework of the the Jimmy Webb classic “The Highwayman” as well as “Redesigning Women” and “Crowded Table”. Check them out.
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2019 was another year with some great releases and way too many to get through them all so I am sure I missed a number of great albums and if you look around the web, there will be tons of Top Album lists you can get a pretty good idea of what you should check out in case you missed any of these.
This list will be my favorite “Rock” albums of the year. All other types of music will be for a later post. I am going to leave this one to my favorite genre. It is a broad genre, but these are the albums that I consider to be ROCK!!
Also note, these are MY FAVORITES!! These are not the most popular or trendy albums. You won’t find the new Tool album here because I don’t like them and I never had any desire to hear it. So, they won’t even be rates as worst album because I didn’t listen to it. These are the albums that I connected with during the year and I kept coming back to again and again. And without further adieu, here are the Top Rock Albums of 2019:
#10 – Michael Sweet – Ten
Michael Sweet’s 10th solo studio album brings us a very Stryper sounding album, but one that takes us back to the early days of Yellow & Back Attack and To Hell With the Devil which in my opinion is a very good thing. He brings a special guest on each song which you would think would make the album a little disjointed, but it works on so many levels. The album rocks out from beginning to end!
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I’m sitting here on this long, cold, winter night with a glass of wine in my hand and some crackers on a plate, contemplating Christmas and what it is all about.
What? I am sorry, what did you say?
I’m missing cheese to go with my wine and crackers?
No, I am afraid you are mistaken, I have plenty of cheese as I am sitting here listening to Stryper’s Christmas song “Reason for the Season” and you can’t get any more cheesy than that song.
Lyrically, the song is really awful…yet it is so bad that it is actually wonderful. You can’t help but love it! Really! If that isn’t enough, you get a “short” version and a “long” version. Wow!! Because once truly isn’t enough.
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Have you heard of Billie Eilish? If not, you have been living under a rock. The girl is the hottest thing on the radio right now. She is the only pop artist doing anything remotely interesting and my kids love her. Actually, I think most young teenage girls love her. I have to admit, the girl is pretty dang awesome. There are a few songs I have head that I have admittedly added to my playlist. So, let’s celebrate all things Billie!
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In 1982, Deep Purple didn’t exist, no new music was coming for a few more years, but the world needed a brand new Live album by the band. Or at least that is what the record company thought. This live album was really not new, it was only newly released. It was recorded back in 1974 with the Mark III line-up of the following:
- Richie Blackmore – guitar
- David Coverdale – lead vocals
- Glenn Hughes – Bass and vocals
- Jon Lord – keyboards
- Ian Paice – drums
The album was recorded on May 22, 1974 at the Gaumont State Theatre in London, England and was used a BBC Radio Broadcast but never actually saw the light of day on a physical release until 8 years later. The tour was for the album “Burn” which is where a majority of the songs will come from.
Like with most Deep Purple Live albums, there are only a handful of songs as some of the songs last an eternity. You get 6 whole songs on the original release and when they do the re-issues years later you are blessed with getting a whole other song that adds over 30 minutes to the time…yep…one song at 30 minutes. Wow!!
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For My Sunday Song #174, we are discussing the song “Run” by Collective Soul. The song was the first single released off the 1999 album, ‘Dosage’. It didn’t do great as it landed only at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it did reach #12 on the US Adult chart and #1 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart (didn’t know there was one). ‘Dosage’ is one of my favorite albums by them and this song was a big part of the reason why.
As with a lot of their songs, “Run” can be interpreted to mean many things. I believe is a conscientious effort by Ed Roland to structure the lyrics in such a way to leave it up to the listener to decide his intent. My first thought is the song is bash against commercialism. It is about how generic, stale and boring the world has become. There is no more original thought and we are swayed by simple advertising to go buy this, you need this, go watch this show, be like everyone else. The lyrics help hint to that with lines like “From this processed sanity” and “Now in this world of purchase” so I can see this train of thought.
The other thought I have is that it is a child that finally reaches adulthood and when they get there, the world is not what he expected. The world of adulthood is nothing special, it is boring and he is lost and running to find the answer to what is missing in his life. Maybe that thing missing is a “messenger” or God. God has been taken out of everything and the world as a result is not the better for it.
And lastly, it is commentary on the music scene. The scene is so boring, generic and everything sounds the same. No more originality in the music. The record companies are putting out garbage and the lines such as…”From this processed sanity / I weaken with each voice that sings” lead me to believe that might be the case. See, there are many ways to interpret the lyrics and I will let you decide what you feel is the right one, however, I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer.
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