Turntables & Vinyl #10 – The Growing Obsession

It has been a few months since I have done a post in my Turntable & Vinyl series and a lot has gone on since the last one.  Mainly, the growing obsession with getting my favorite albums in vinyl.  Everywhere I go, I am looking for a record store or thinking of an excuse to go to a store and just “look” around. It has become a growing obsession that isn’t getting any better, in fact, it is getting worse.

And thanks to a fellow blogger, I now have my collection in Discogs.  I can’t remember who it was as it has been several months and I have a terrible memory…now what was I talking about…oh yeah…Discogs.  I spent quite some time cataloging my newly started collection.  The good news, now when I am out at a record store and I can’t remember if I have that album or not, I only need to pull it up on the phone and BOOM!!, I will know if it is in my collection or not.  No more buying duplicates (I told you my memory is bad).  I actually had to use it a few weeks back so I know it was well worth the time adding everything in. Plus, it tells me what my collection is worth (ain’t much which is sad!), but it is a great tool if the collection should get stolen or burned down, I have a record of my albums for insurance purposes.  Nice!

One thing I have been wanting to do for quite a while is upgrade my shitty little stereo system I have been  using.  It was an old system with some shitty little speakers.  Did I mention it was shitty?  Well, I finally replaced it and gave the older system to my oldest daughter for her room.  She loves it because that shitty system replaced her even shittier system.  One man’s junk is another man’s (or teenager girl’s) treasure.  I didn’t get anything real fancy, I did keep it very reasonable.  I only bought a Yamaha Receiver and a couple of Polk floor speakers plus a sub-woofer (I like that bass a little).  I could have gone with a surround sound system, but I really love this set up.  it was the way I listened to the albums back in the day, plus the vinyl isn’t mastered in Surround Sound!!

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Friday New Releases – October 6th

Welcome to October and of course, I have a list of new releases for you to check out.  There are definitely some I am getting this week and I will talk about those as they will be highlighted in Blue.  There are not a ton, but hopefully you will find something.  I know I have.

  • 61VQ92of-mL._AC_US160_  Whitesnake – Whitesnake (30th Anniversary Edition) – (Parlophone Records):  Duh!! No Brainer!!!  I can’t believe it has been 30 years since this album was released.  I have it on Vinyl, but I want this CD see.  With classics like “Still of The Night”, “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” you can’t go wrong with this one.  The only downside is the Super Deluxe Edition, which I ordered, is on hold until October 27th.  Oh well, still can’t wait to get ahold of it.

  • 61FIqt+D+pL._AC_US218_  The Darkness – Pinewood Smile – (Canary Dwarf Ltd):  The glam metal band that glorifies the excess of 80’s rocks brings us their new album.  After 5 albums has the schtick gotten old?  We will see.

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“Nothin’ To Lose: The Making of Kiss 1972-1975” by Ken Sharp, Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley – Book Review

I try to read at least one book a month and for July it was “Nothin’ to Lose: The Making of KISS 1972-1975” by Ken Sharp, Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley.  All thanks to a Amazon running a $2.99 special for the Kindle.  That is exactly how I read Paul Stanley’s autobiography for only $2.99.

As a KISS fan this was a really a no brainer to read.  I knew a bunch of the stories, but not everything.  As a side note, I found a way to enhance the experience of reading this book.  If you have Kissology DVD series, you can watch the shows they are talking about in the book.  You definitely need the 1st series which covers 1974-1977.  You also need Volume 3 which contains the much talked about Queens, NY Coventry Show from December, 1973 the band’s first ever concert filmed in make up in its entirety.  When you add this to your reading, it truly enhances the whole experience.

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Tuesday’s Memes – KISS!!

Welcome to the new series called Tuesday’s Memes.  Since Monday’s suck so much, I figured by Tuesday we need a good laugh, a chuckle or just a WTF!!  Each week I will feature some Memes I found on line and share them with you.  Each week will have its own theme.  I hope you enjoy them as I much as I have.  Have a great rest of the week.

I might as well start out with one of my favorite bands…You wanted the best, you got the best.  The hottest band in the land…KISS!!  One more thing…I forgot when I put this together that today would be July 4th. So Happy 4th!!

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Kiss – “Flaming Youth” – The 45 Single (1976)

Another 45″ Single in my box of vinyl was a single from the Kiss album ‘Destroyer’.  The album ‘Destroyer’ is my favorite Kiss album (click the link to see the others).  The song was “Flaming Youth” and it was only a promotional single and not intended for resale.  How we ended up with it or where we got it, I am not sure.

The B-Side of the single is also “Flaming Youth” which I find interesting because the true B-Side of the Single released for the album was “God of Thunder”.  Both sides of the disc say Side A. Maybe I have a nice collectors piece…if so, I wish it was in better shape.

There were some interesting facts on Wikipedia such as the following:

Flaming Youth“…was the first Kiss single to feature a picture sleeve. The single reached number 72 in the U.S. and 73 in Canada.

And it was also interesting to read how the song was brought together…

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John 5 & the Creatures – ‘Season of the Witch’ – Album Review

John 5 is one of my favorite guitarists and there isn’t much of his work I don’t have.  I came across him while listening to Rob Zombie and from that point I was hooked.  I now have all his solo albums and a lot of his work with Marilyn Manson and of course, all his Rob Zombie albums.

He has done so much more with guest spots on so many albums including a couple on Ace Frehley’s last album, ‘Origins, Vol. 1’.  His real name is John William Lowery, but goes by John 5 thanks in large part to the stage name given to him while working with Marilyn Manson.  The name stuck and he has used it ever since.

He is now on his 8th solo album and this one is entitled ‘Season of the Witch’.  The darkness, morbid sound he had with both Rob & Marilyn is still prevalent on this album as well.  Once you are in the darkness, it must be hard to get out…however, you don’t want him to get out.  This is his speciality.

His band The Creatures consists of Ian Ross and Rodger Carter and together these 3 musicians take you on a nightmarish musical journey that is ‘Season of the Witch’.  The 13 track instrumental album takes you from metal all the way to evil bluegrass.  Strap yourself in and be prepared for the terror of John 5 & the Creatures.

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The Top 20 Rock Songs of 2016

Welcome to the Top 20 Rock Songs of 2016.  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 2016 or the Top Albums of 2016 (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. “Parasite (feat. John 5)” by Ace Frehley off the album ‘Origins, Vol. 1’:  I wouldn’t pick a covers song for this list if this one wasn’t so damn good.  John 5 on guitar is amazing and since this is an old Kiss song it is perfect for Ace.  I think it sounds better than the original.

19. “Raise Hell” by Dorothy off the album ‘RockisDead’:  This bluesy gem from Dorothy has such a great sound and Dorothy’s vocals are perfect for this style.  I expect big things from this band!

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The Top Rock Albums of 2016

2016 is about to be over so it is time to look back on the year and see what amazing albums rocked my world this year.  It was a great year indeed.  This was the year I started this blog back in April and it has been a blast. I have listened to a lot of albums this year so I had stuff to write about and it really made the year special.

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 possibly even the ones that have sold the most.  These are the albums that I connected with during the year and kept coming back to again and again.  And without further adieu, here are the Top Rock Albums of 2016:

My #1 Album of the Year:

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Hellyeah – UnDen!able (Eleven Seven Music):  This album screams Rock & Roll to me!  It is heavy and pounding with aggressive vocals and lyrics and was perfect for me when I got stuck in traffic and needed to vent a little.  With songs like “Startariot”, “X”, “Scratch A Lie” and “Be Undeniable”, I was completely satisfied with this gem.  Check out the review at this link to see what I thought in detail about the album.

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My Favorites Mix by Apple Music

Each week Apple Music creates a playlist for me of songs they feel I will like called “My Favorites Mix”.  This week they did a really great job of picking those songs.  There were 25 songs and 1 hour & 32 minutes of magic.  Here are the songs:

  1. “Parasite (feat. John 5)” by Ace Frehley – Origins Vol. 1
  2. “You’re In Trouble” by Ratt – Out of the Cellar
  3. “Tobacco Road” by David Lee Roth – Eat ‘Em and Smile
  4. “My Woman in Black” by Scorpion Child – Acid Roulette
  5. “Outta My Way” by Talisman – Cats and Dogs
  6. “Monster You Made” by Pop Evil – War of Angels
  7. “Under and Over It” by Five Finger Death Punch – American Capitalist
  8. “Fiddler’s” by John 5 – Songs for Sanity
  9. “We Could Run Away” by Needtobreathe – The Heat
  10. “Rudebox” by Robbie Williams – Rudebox E.P.
  11. “Stay the Night” by James Blunt – Some Kind of Trouble
  12. “No Apologies” by Bon Jovi – Greatest Hits – The Ultimate Collection
  13. “Professor Satchafunkilus” by Joe Satriani – Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock
  14. “Lighter Shade of Green” by Alcatrazz – Disturbing the Peace
  15. “Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones – The Complete Collection 1971-2013
  16. “Something More” by Train – Drops of Jupiter
  17. “Invisible Touch” by Genesis – Invisible Touch
  18. “Run to You” by Bryan Adams – Reckless
  19. “Bring It On Home” by Dread Zeppelin – Un-Led-Ed
  20. “One Thing Leads to Another” by The Fixx – Reach the Beach
  21. “Suicide Blonde” by INXS – The Best of INXS
  22. “Sure Know Something” by Kiss – Dynasty
  23. “Save A Prayer” by Duran Duran – Greatest
  24. “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie – Best of Bowie
  25. “Hollywood” by Collective Soul – Afterwords

When I gave this a listen the first time, this playlist put me in a great mood.  I hope the new playlist coming up on Wednesday is as good as this one.  Go to Apple Music and give it a listen at this link.

 

 

“Bring It On Home” – Ace Frehley Vs. Train

There have been a lot of cover albums this year and two of those that I have listened to recently have covered the same song, “Bring It On Home” by Led Zeppelin.  I know that Led Zeppelin was not the original version of this song either as it was written by Willie Dixon. The first version was released in 1966 and recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson.

I guess then I am trying to compare two cover versions of a song that was a cover song for the band that both covers are covering.  I think I just confused myself.  Anyway, my quest here is to determine who gave us the best version of the song based on Led Zeppelin’s version. Before we can do that, we must listen to Zeppelin’s version.  Take a listen and then we will continue.

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