Welcome to December and its beginning to look a lot like Christmas. If you need some gift ideas, you might know some people that will want new music so here is the latest batch of new releases. If you are interested, I would take the Skid Row box set if you are thinking of getting me something. If not, I would still like the box set! HA!! Otherwise, there is nothing I am interested in this week. Take a look through and see what you may like and let me know what interests you or if we missed anything. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.
Skid Row – The Atlantic Years (1989-1996) Box Set – (BMG Rights): The collection includes seven 180-Gram Audiophile vinyl LPs, including the band’s multi-million selling, worldwide-charting first three studio albums, plus the B-Side Ourselves EP and the live EP, Subhuman Beings on Tour!!, which was previously only available on CD in Japan. It is now being made available globally and on vinyl for the first time ever. I want this but not sure I if it is worth it yet.
And all the rest…
U2 – Achtung Baby (30th Anniversary) – (Island Records / Universal)
Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground Flood – (Comandante / Mom+Pop)
NOTE: I had to make a change to the New Release – KK’s Priest was moved to October 1st as release date so would now not be out in time to review for September. Sorry for the last minute change. I think Iron Maiden is a suitable replacement.
You, my reader, are going to pick an album for me to review each month. It is really simple…first, I will give you 5 albums to choose from and second, you will tell me which one of those you would like to see reviewed on the site. See…simple!
There are a few simple rules I have put in to place in my selections. They are…
One has to be a new release (within the last month)
One has to be one I have never heard before (new releases don’t count for this one)
One has to be from a genre I don’t normally listen to at all or very often
And the last two are choices from my collection that I haven’t reviewed before
What are the 5 albums you ask? Funny you should ask because I have those right here…
New Release – Iron Maiden – “Senjutsu”
Never Heard Before – Captain Beefheart – ‘Trout Mask Replica’
Not My Normal Genre – Dr. John, ‘GRIS-Gris’
From My Collection – Neal Schon – ‘Late Nite’
From My Collection – U2 – ‘The Joshua Tree’
Let me know which one you would like to see and sometime in September, I will post a review of the album that gets the most votes. You have one week to decide and from there I will start listening to the album and do a review.
For My Sunday Song #244, we are going to discuss the song “Elegantly Wasted” by the band INXS. The song is the title track to the 1997 album of the same same. The album and song were produced by the great Bruce Fairbairn and was written by Michael Hutchence and Andrew Farriss. The song was the first single off the album but the song did not chart on the Billboard Top 40.
It is believe the song was inspired by a night out that Michael had with Bono from the band U2. And from the lyrics it sounds like they had a good time. It sounds like Bono lives the good life and they saw a lot of things that weren’t actually morally decent. Michael realizes that it really isn’t the good life. I don’t know if it is really about Bono or just Michael blasting the media for the trashy coverage he received from the tabloids. Either way, it is a fun song to play when on the dance floor.
An interesting story I have read about the song, apparently Michael went back in to the studio after the song was finished and added another line to the chorus after an altercation he had with the Gallagher brothers from Oasis at the 1996 Brit Awards. When accepting an award presented to him by Michael, Noel made the following statement…”Has-beens should not be presenting awards to gonna-be’s.” This pissed off Michael and he went and added the line “I’m Better than Oasis” to the song. Now, I don’t know if I believe it or not as it is really hard to tell.
The day before you and I have a bunch of treats and absolutely No Tricks!! We have around 30 new releases for you this week! Tell me that is not a Treat!! The time changes this weekend as well so you will have a whole extra hour to listen to music. Am I looking out for you or what!!! I have a handful of items I want to hear and they are highlighted in Blue. Let me know what you want to hear and if there was anything I may have missed. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful, safe, and socially distanced Halloween and great weekend. Until next week!
Black Stone Cherry – The Human Condition – (Mascot Label Group): Now I’m not a massive Black Stone Cherry Fan, but they do put out consistently great material. For that, I will give this a listen as I do love that heavy, southern rock sound. I am kind of a sucker for it so they will be first up this morning.
Thin Lizzy – Rock Legends Box Set – (Universal UK): Now here is a box set you need to get. I believe there are 99 songs and 74 have never been released. Yeah, that is sort of sweet!! Plus, it is Thin Lizzy so what other reason do you need to buy this…maybe a cheaper price as currently this is cost prohibitive. If the price drops, so will my cash.
Vinyl, Vinyl, Vinyl…I keep getting more and more and I get more addicted to wanting more and more. My wife shakes her head and just sighs at this point. I guess I could be drinking, smoking or doing drugs, but thankfully that is not the case. If I did those things, I would consume everything and I would just be throwing money away. With the vinyl purchases, I at least could sell them if I ran out of money, so it is an investment…yeah, let’s go with that!!
There is a friend at work that her husband has 2 big crates of vinyl in their closet and she wants them out of the house. So before they took them somewhere to sell them, she gave me first crack at going through them and letting me pick out the ones I want first. I gave her a fair price (more than any record store would give her, even more than they would in store credit).
The crates were very heavy and full of vinyl. My wife said I should take them upstairs in the Loft and sit with the family while I went through them. I declined as they were too dang heavy and I didn’t want to tackle the stairs with them. Instead, I stayed downstairs for a couple hours and slowly went through the collection.
The collection consisted of albums from the late 50’s all the way up to the late 80’s. Each crate was sort of themed. The one crate was from the 50’s-70’s and it was all her husband’s parents vinyl. It had stuff I had never heard of and a lot I had. There was Elvis, Liberace (I passed on those), Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, the Kingston Trio and I could go on and on.
For My Sunday Song #82, “Angels on the Moon” by Thriving Ivory is the one I wanted to share this week. The song was the first single ever released by Thriving Ivory back in March 2008 and actually went Gold in the U.S. It was a minor hit, but it was a song that stuck with me and moved me in someway. I became a huge fan of their music as a result.
The song itself can mean so much and people can interpret the meaning differently as there is no set meaning I can find. For me, it feels like the person is struggling with life and they are in a dark place. He seems lonely, but wants to live and hope people will know his name or at least who he is. He is ready to break free and live, enjoy life and feel that sunshine on his skin.
The person also talks about people leaving us too soon and when he dreams he sees those that have left before us. He even shouts out those that were lost in the 9/11 attacks with the line “This is to New York City angels /And the rivers of our blood”. The loss of those before him, make him want to live that much more. The song could mean something different to someone else, but this is my take.
The song is a ballad and what I really love about the sound is Clayton Stroope’s vocals. He has such a unique quality to his vocals. They are so soothing and inviting to me and you can’t help but feel everything he is singing. It is also one of those voices you either love or you don’t, but for me I love his sound, his delivery and everything about it.
My theory is simple…Every 4 years you have one of the greatest years in music. I agree with the three I have already done. Will I agree with it for the next year 1979? We will have to first examine the evidence. What were the top albums of the year?, What were the debut albums from some of the great rock bands? and What was going on in the world of music that year?
The Sony Walkman:
On July 1, 1979, The Sony Walkman goes on Sale in Japan and the way you listen to music is changed forever!! (at least until the CD and then the MP3). Who didn’t have one of these if you were a kid in 1979 or the 80’s. I definitely did. It helped spur my love for music as it now was more portable It was better than just the radio, I could listen to what I wanted to wherever and whenever I wanted. I used mine while I mowed the lawn (and every now and again I would snag to cord and pull my headphones off). I had a boombox, but that wasn’t the same as the Walkman. Nothing better (until my iPod).
We are now in December and only 24 more days until Christmas. Here are some great gifts to give…new album releases!!! There is a wide variety of music this week so there might be something for everyone today. My picks are highlighted in Blue. What do you see that you like and want to get from Santa??? Let me know. Also, if you want to purchase an album, you can easily click on the link below the album and it will take you straight to iTunes.
Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 2 – (Mercury Nashville): I am so glad there is a Volume 2 because ‘From A Room: Volume 1’ was sensational. I am looking forward to what he taps into for this one because if it is anything like the outlaw country / southern rock vibe of the first one, you will be in for a treat.
Down ‘N Outz – The Further Live Adventures of… – (Frontier Records): Joe Elliott from Def Leppard returns with his side project that celebrates the music of Mott the Hoople, British Lions & Ian Hunter. This time it is a live concert and another reminder of how great their music was. It deserves to be celebrated. As a Joe fan, no brainer for me.
U2 has been touring the U.S. lately and a lot of people I know are traveling to other cities to see them. Me…not so much. If they won’t come to Charlotte, I ain’t going to them. So instead, I am going to poke fun at them a little with this week’s Tuesday’s Memes. I hope you enjoy…
First off…sorry for the really bad joke for the featured article picture…I couldn’t resist.
Let’s start off with that time when U2 & Itunes gave us their album for free and we didn’t ask for it…apparently that caused a big stink.
CD Edition?? What the hell??? This is a series about my journey rediscovering Vinyl. Why would I discuss CDs??
Well, let me tell you why. Before I started re-collecting vinyl, I use to have a pretty extensive CD collection. After we had kids and the digital age, I burned all my CDs to digital and then started selling them off (made pretty good money on some). When we moved from Georgia to North Carolina, I gave my neighbor the final box of CDs as I didn’t want to move them and I was going to have no where to store them (I regret that decision to this day).
Lo and behold, one of my neighbors inherited a collection of CDs he had no desire for keeping. He had a bunch of scratched up, banged up CDs that probably didn’t even work and he was going to try and sell the rest. I let him try and make a little money on the others (which he was able to sell about 100) and if there was any left, I told him I would be interested in whatever he had left.