For My Sunday Song #177, we are discussing a new song from Collective Soul called “Them Blues” from the 2019 album ‘Blood’. The album finds the band still hitting on all cylinders even after over 25 years together. “Them Blues” is a mature band with serious topics still showing they can pull brilliance out when most bands are passed their prime.
Musically, the song was inspired by Prince’s album “Purple Rain” as Ed Roland loved the chord progression and when he was tinkering around with it on the piano while listening to that song, “Them Blues” developed from there. Lyrically, the theme is about life and what was going on in his families life as his wife was going through some hard times. The song was for her and to let her know that this too shall pass and though it is hard now, it will get better. A rather touching song.
The song turned into a piano-based song that is very blues influenced and takes a more serious tone. I love the slow opening piano notes and then a really cool and short guitar riff. Ed’s (or E as he likes to be called…WTF??) vocals are great, the style switch is a nice change of pace and it seems to take the band into a more serious realm as they captured the emotions nicely. The best part is the super long guitar solo by Jesse Triplett to end the album…it is killer. It lifts the song when it needing lifting and it made you feel all was going to be right with the world. It is a time where lyrically and musically, everything that they wanted you to take away from the song comes across loud and clear.
As were are starting to get closer the Holidays, the new releases become fewer and fewer. There might be one more big week, sadly this is not one of them. I barely have enough to fill the 6 panels of pictures above. My choices are limited so I apologize, but maybe there is something for you. We have Country, R&B, Emo, Classic Rock, 50’s Rock and Pop…that’s it…one for each. My choices are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you want to hear or if there is something I missed that you want to mention. Thanks for stopping by and have a Great Weekend!!
Lady Antebellum – Ocean – (Big Machine): I diss Country a lot, but there a few artists/groups I like and this is one of them. They are band my wife and I enjoy together and I love when we have someone we both like. They have been around awhile and usually they deliver and I expect nothing less this time. It is usually a softer side of Country, but man these guys/gals can sing.
Prince – 1999 (Super Deluxe Edition) – (Warner Records): Prince’s estate is emptying the vaults at an alarmingly fast rate and now 1999 is getting the Super Deluxe Edition. The album was unbelievable the way it was, but having all this bonus material is going to be a blast going through. I could spend a lot of time with this one.
Welcome to Friday new releases on this Friday the 13th. And let me tell you this is a lucky Friday…no bad news here. There are an abundance of releases this week that I am excited about and it might be the best week in quite a long time or even all year. There are over 25 on this list and maybe 1/2 I am interested in at listening to once. How long is that going to take…it could be next September. My choices will be highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you see that you like and what I might be missing (could there be anything???). Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
The most important…
The Defiants – Zokusho – (Frontiers Records): Man, I am super excited about this one. Paul Laine and the Danger Danger boys are back with their second release and if it is half as good as the debut, then we are in for a treat. The first 3 songs they have previewed are sensational!! So expectations are HIGH!! I don’t usually listen to songs that are previewed on albums I am anxious about, but I could wait. If you like 80’s brand rock with modern productions, you will be in for a treat.
Tom Keifer – Rise – (Cleopatra Music):The voice of Cinderella is back with his 2nd solo album. His first was fantastic and nothing less is expected on this one. His blues rock and the gravely voice is just what the doctor ordered so grab a copy and crank it up. A great weekend is ahead.
Welcome to a very busy Friday of releases. There are a bunch of releases I am interested in getting, but only one I am buying as that one is so expensive, I can’t afford anything else. As Summer keeps getting hotter, so does the new music. My choices are highlighted in Blue. What are you interested in getting? Let me know what you want and what I missed and most of all…enjoy all the music. Have a great weekend.
Def Leppard – Box Set Volume Two – (Mercury): Finally!!! Volume Two is upon us. Volume One was so awesome, now Def Leppard bring us the next set with the albums Adrenalize, Retroactive, Slang and Euphoria all on vinyl (or CD is you want). I don’t have any of these on vinyl so this is an absolute MUST!!! You also get 4 Vinyl full of Bonus tracks, rarities and live songs that is right…FOUR!!!. What is extra cool about this is that a friend of mine was asked for songs from his collection to go on this set and there of 7 songs of his (live shows, I believe) that are on here and he is credited!! Way to go Mike Ladano!!!
Collective Soul – Blood – (Fuzze Flex Records): I am excited about this one as well. Collective Soul bring us album #10!! I am glad they are still going strong and they keep getting better along with it. I haven’t heard anything off this one yet as I want to take it all in at once. These Georgia boys don’t usually disappoint so it should be great.
Welcome to another edition of The Original Vs. The Cover. This time we are going to compare the song “Nothing Compares 2 U” to the original and the best cover of the song. The Original was performed by the band The Family and the Cover was famously performed by Sinead O’Connor. The song was written by Prince and he did perform this song in 1984 or so and it was finally released in 2018 so I can’t count that as the original since it wasn’t released before The Family’s version. Prince did release a version with Rosie Gaines in 1993 which was again after both versions
The Family? What? You never heard of them? Not surprising. The band was a creation of Prince as another outlet for HIS music to be released. He was very controlling and involved in every aspect other than singing and performing. As a result, after they released 1 album, 2 singles (which this song was not one) and after only 1 show, the lead singer, Paul Peterson aka. St. Paul, quit. He felt Prince was too controlling and he felt restricted.
The Family’s version was never released as a single and you probably never heard this version before. I hadn’t until I decided to do this song for the post. I had trouble finding it and only found it on that Tube of You.
The is very stripped down. It is mostly an organ playing with horns and keyboards. No percussion whatsoever. Paul Peterson’s vocals are really great and the backing vocals of Susannah Melvoin played nicely with Paul’s vocals. Paul had a haunting, painful feel to them which the song seems to have a lot of pain.
Another great week and some awesome releases to grab hold of today. There is not a long list, but some varied and interesting stuff. My choices are highlighted in Blue. Take a look through and let me know if there is anything that interests you and let me know. Let me know also if I missed something good that is out today…as I always miss a few. Have a great weekend and Happy Listening!!
Slash – Living the Dream (Feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators) – (Snakepit Records LLC): Where does Slash find the time to record with the heavy tour schedule since Guns N Roses reunited (most of the band anyway). Anything with Myles Kennedy on vocals is a must for me. Slash’s name just adds to the excitement. I will be spinning this one for sure.
Hardcore Superstar – You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘n Roll – (Gain/Sony): Here is a band that the US has kind of ignored and it is a shame. From what I have heard so far sounds great and this might be first up on the drive to work!! Give them a chance and check them out. You might like it!!
I figured it was finally time to do a collection of Prince memes because he deserves it. It was a shock when he died, but with all the music he has left behind it will be a long time he is ever forgotten. So let’s not forget him. Sit back and enjoy this collection of memes I found throughout the internet. I laughed at times and I hope you will as well. Enjoy!!!
For this week’s memes, I thought I would poke fun at Madonna as there is no shortage of memes doing just that. I know she isn’t in the news and or relevant right now, but I can’t resist. It needs to be done. Sit back, have a look and a laugh or a smile or even throw-up from the site of some of these…whatever floats your boat.
Madonna still going strong…here is the poster for her next tour…
Apparently Madonna had a lot to say about the last election…
Apparently Madonna kissed Drake at Coachella and wow!!
And just because…
And I don’t think people liked her tribute to Prince…
For My Sunday Song #73, I am going with “Let’s Go Crazy by Prince. This is the first one of 2018, so let’s get a little crazy and start the year off with a legend. By the end of the year, I will be 50 so we need to go a little nuts this year in preparation for that milestone. The song came out in 1984 and was off the album ‘Purple Rain’. It was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and might be his most recognizable song. I think everyone knows this song and if you don’t, shame on you.
The song opens with Prince giving a eulogy accompanied by an organ and it definitely makes it feel like a funeral. That doesn’t last long and the song kicks in and rocks out. The outro of the song is Prince showing that he was no slouch on the electric guitar. It was one of the best guitar solos you will hear in a song. A freakin’ masterpiece. It was this song that made everyone fall in love with Prince. He crossed over genres and even metal heads thought the man was amazing and damn he could play.
When reading the lyrics, the song seems to be about the battle of good and evil. The devil will try and take you down the elevator, but you need to fight and punch a “higher floor” (God maybe?). It also seems to be about finding that meaning in life and strive for that. It seems to have a lot of different meanings. Now, I am not sure what the “purple banana” is, but sounds like something we should all look for though. I found this article that spoke about the Purple Banana and it was an interesting take on the song. Give it a click and check it out. They basically ask the questions…
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!!