We are now to the band’s 16th Studio album. The album was released on June 23, 2009 and only went to #78 on the Billboard Charts and sadly sales only reached 24,000 records as of 2016 which is an absolute shame as this is a hidden gem. The Latest is the last studio album to feature all four members of the original band of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Bun E. Carlos. In 2010, Bun E. Carlos stopped touring with the band and it led to him not recording with the band. There were lawsuits back and forth and it was ugly. But that is another discussion for another day.
Cheap Trick really lost their way in the mid to late 80’s and early 90’s. But with ‘Woke Up With a Monster’ up to ‘Rockford’, Cheap Trick was slowly remembering who they were. With ‘The Latest’, the band was back in full form and putting out their best album in years. Cheap Trick was back baby, but sadly, no one knew it. This was the Cheap Trick sound I loved. They band sounded refreshed, rejuvenated and reborn. ‘The Latest’ is the best we’ve seen from them in a very long time.
The version of the album I have is a digipak CD with a fold out cover (as seen below). There was no booklet inside as everything was printed on the reverse sides of the flaps below. One thing cool the band did for this release is they released a version of the album on 8-Track. This was 2009 and 8-Tracks were not a blip on anyone’s radar (except maybe Tim Durling).
For My Sunday Song #195, we are diving in to the fantastic song “Something to Believe” off the band’s 1995 underrated album ‘These Days’. This song was never a single and probably one of the best deep cuts they have on any record. It really spoke to me and to this day, it means a lot.
The song has been considered anti-religious with lines like “I lost all faith in my God, in his religion too”, but the song is really about fighting back and finding that one thing to hold on to and reach for and to believe in. I know for me, I have struggled a lot in this world. There were times I had lost my faith and I still struggle with my belief in religion. Not with God or Jesus, but organized religion. I see the damage it has caused through the centuries, the charlatans out there wanting your money and our the first ones to sin. The holier-than-thou Church goers that think cast the first stone and our cheating on their spouses. The churches that hide the child molesting priest. I could go on and on and talk about the hypocrisy of it all. But I won’t. You get where I am coming from.
So how do you find that one thing to believe in? I don’t know, but dig deep and it just happens. I believe in my wife and kids. My brothers and sisters and those that have always been there. I believe in Jesus and God…BUT…in my own way. As Jon states, “in a world that gives you nothing, we need something to believe in”. And with what has going on in the world these last couple months, I think this song holds even more meaning. Hang in there! We will get through it and come out the other side even better as we always do.
Formed in 1983, just a mere 35 years ago, Bon Jovi defined the 80’s music scene. They have since had 13 studio albums, 3 live albums, numerous compilations and even a box set. With so much music, some of course is bad, some is good, some is great and some is legendary. They have had line-up changes as most bands have had and yet the still keep rolling on. They have even made it in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Since there is so much about the band, they deserve to have their albums ranked from Worst to First. I am going to do all 13 of their studio albums, plus 1 compilation which I thought was a studio album, but apparently not…who knew. So, 14 albums in total will be coming at you. I hope you have time to get through all of them.
And as always, let’s start with my least favorite album and work our way to my favorite…so sit back and enjoy…
15. THE WORST – ‘THE CIRCLE’ (2009):
‘The Circle’ was supposed to be the band’s return to rock after a very Nashville based previous album, ‘Lost Highway”. The big problem for me with this album was the lack of credibility the songs had with me. They tried to return to a “working man” sound such as “Work for the Working Man”, but I didn’t believe it. It felt forced and fake. Nothing on this album resonated with me in the least bit. Even today, I can’t think of the names of the songs on this album. They were not memorable and just seemed stale and uninspiring.
Wow! What a crappy week for releases. Not in what is being released, but the lack of releases. There isn’t much to choose from. I hope there is something for you, but it is slim pickin’s. Have a great weekend!! I will at least stick a music video with them if there is one so you can check them out.
Rick Astley – Beautiful Life – (BMG Music): Ok, I am a little interested in checking this one out, I will admit it. And I just noticed this got bumped up and released last week…sorry about that.
Powerwolf – Sacrament of Sin – (Napalm Records)
Paul Carrack – These Days – (Carrack UK)
Al Di Meola – Elegant Gypsy & More (LIVE) – (Earmusic)
I hate holidays…I don’t know why, but i just do. Ok, I hate the ones where I have to buy gifts…I feel so much pressure. The holidays I do like are the ones where I actually get gifts. The old adage “it is better to give than to receive” is crap. That person never received vinyl records as a gift obviously.
For Father’s Day this year, my wife and daughters gave me some nice gifts. Not only did I receive some great cards and some candy, but I got some nice shirts for work as well. Which I needed. They also got me some really cool, crazy socks. One was blue with some pineapples (don’t know why, but I love them) and the other was some gray socks with guitars on them (I understand that one and love them as well).
But what I loved most of all was some vinyl. I love to go buy vinyl, but I generally only buy used records from the 70’s & 80’s and if I am lucky…early 90’s. The brand new copies I generally don’t buy…too expensive. So I always ask for those as gifts.