Throwback Thursday Vinyl

Well, after an extended hiatus do to my turntable failing on me, TBT vinyl is back!ūüĎŹūüĎŹ

To kick things off, a bit a of a tribute. Two weeks ago today we lost a memorable legend of rock, J. Geils. While  born and raised in New York, we Bostonians like to claim him and the J. Geils Band as our own, as they were formed while Geils was attending Worcester Poly Tech and after recruiting local musicians including lead singer Peter Wolf, making the loss even more bittersweet.

The J.Geils Band first came onto the scene in the mid 60’s as an acoustic blues band, but started using electric guitars and adding in keyboard, harmonica, and other instruments and sounds, leading them into the genre of rock, with early performances opening for bands such as The Allman Brothers and The Byrds.

The early 70’s brought most of the bands commercial success, with their third album¬†Bloodshot reaching #10 on the Billboard charts and their single “Must Have Got Lost” peaking at #12 in 1975. Then in 80’s, the debut of MTV help gained the band a #1 hit with “Centerfold,” of their 1981 album¬†Freeze Frame.

“Flamethrower” is one of the B-side songs off the¬†Freeze Frame¬†album, rising to only #25 on the charts, however it does not provide any less vim and vigor than any of their more popular hits. The song is an ode to a woman who is all business during the day, but knows how to bring it when she clocks out. Here’s to working hard and playing harder!

 

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Throwback Thursday Vinyl

Well its been awhile since I’ve done a TBT Vinyl. I’m having some issues with video/audio uploading without anyone getting in a tizzy over copyright infringement and all that legal gobbledy gook. So hoping this works out.

And since it has been awhile I thought it would be good to return to my old stand by and everyone’s favorite, The Beatles.

Tonight’s selection is from Abbey Road. Recorded in September of 1969, it was the band’s last album, although not the last to be released.¬† Let It Be had its mishaps, including friction among the Fab Four, and was not released until 1970, a year after it was recorded. While the band continued to feud, they somehow came together to go out with a¬† bang, as Abbey Road is one of their most memorable and revered albums, with their long time producer George Martin touting it as their best, despite the chaos in both their personal and professional lives.¬Ļ

Hunter Davies, author of The Beatles Lyrics, believes that You Never Give Me Your Money is a song of scraps. While catchy, he thinks that there are various interpretations based on what part of the song you look at.  He theorizes that the opening could be referring to their money battles with Apple Records, or perhaps a metaphor for the feelings Paul had towards John at the time; that John was giving more of himself to Yoko Ono than the band.  The end also has several theories, with Paul himself explaining it away as memories of his trips with Linda in the countryside, while author Walter Everett reads it as nostalgia for the bands touring days, which were done at the time of the album.²

Whatever its meaning, this tune keeps us humming along and tapping our toes with its variations in style throughout the piece.

Enjoy!

 

 

¬ĻDavies, Hunter. “Abbey Road.” The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories behind the Music, including the Handwritten Drafts of More than 100 Classic Beatles Songs. New York: Little,Brown, 2014. 333. Print.

2Everett, Walter (1999). The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver Through the Anthology. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-512941-0.

Throwback Thursday Vinyl!

When recalling bands that defined the British Invasion, most music fans easily deffer to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. And, rightly so. These bands all had a significant impact on not just Rock and Roll, but history itself. But there is another band from across the pond that can stand tall in this right as well. Coming in only second to The Beatles in terms of lifetime album sales and having the 4th most sold album of all time¬Ļ, Led Zeppelin has left an impact on music like none other.

Released in 1971 the untitled IV album is their most widely received and the one which has solidified the band’s legendary status with hits such as “Stairway to Heaven”, “Rock and Roll”, and tonight’s featured tune “Black Dog”.

The song was not really one of the band’s lyrically strong¬†pieces, with Jimmy Page saying

I put a lot of work into my lyrics. Not all my stuff is meant to be scrutinized, though. Things like “Black Dog” are blatant let’s-do-it-in-the-bath-type things, but they make their point just the same.¬≤

However, the musical stylings in this song are particularly strong. While the band originated out of the bluesy Yardbirds , their influences grew to take a different direction especially on the IV album. Both Page and Plant had grown up in the realm of British folklore and were inspired by mythology, Middle Earth, and the occult.¬≥ This may have had something to do with the “edge of mayhem arrangements”¬≥ that this song highlights and can be found throughout the IV album.

And for all those inquiring minds, the name of the song has no ties to the songs actual meaning. It was simply named after a stray dog that the band encountered often while recording.

 

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¬Ļ”The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum.” Led Zeppelin Biography. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Musem, 15 May 2013. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.

¬≤Crowe, Cameron. “The Durable Led Zeppelin.” Rolling Stone. N.p., 13 Mar. 1975. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.

¬≥”Led Zeppelin Biography.” Rolling Stone. Ed. Chuck Eddy. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.

Throwback Thursday Vinyl

Sometimes you will never know what you will find in your magical stash of vinyl!

Ok, so maybe that is just me, but that is exactly what happened. While doing a bit of organizing, I came across my copy of Peter, Paul, and Mary’s¬†In the Wind album. I had picked up the album at random because it was in the bargain bin at the flea market and who doesn’t love “Blowin’ in the Wind”?

So while doing my organizing I happened to take a gander at the album and realized that “Tell it on the Mountain” was listed as a track. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was¬†the “Tell it on the Mountain” of which I fondly remember Sister Mary Anne reminding us all to articulate while singing (#catholicschoolprobs).

To my delight it was in fact the same song! It was actually a Moses-ified version in comparison to  the one I was familiar with, as I remember singing about telling that Jesus Christ was born instead of letting my people go, but same tune and religious sentiment.

Actually, when recorded the Peter,Paul and Mary version was interpreted not just for its religious meaning, but also as a nod to the Civil Rights movement of which they were actively involved.

And in the end, while it is not the most memorable or musically gifted song, I felt that I needed to share this personal golden nugget of a  song with you all.

Enjoy!

Throwback Thursday Vinyl

On Tuesday night the Kennedy Center Honors awards was aired on CBS. The awards program acknowledges the significant impact on Arts and Culture that particular individuals or groups (The Eagles were nominated this year but differed their acceptance until all their band members were in good health) have had during their careers. While all of this year’s recipients were profoundly deserving, I had to stay up¬†until the end to see one of my¬†favorite singers, Carole King.

I previously posted “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” ¬†which is one of my favorite songs and is also by Ms. King, and within this post I talked about her early life leading to her career. So, check that out if you are interested (see hyperlink below).

For today’s post, I chose a song which was made popular by “The Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin. But, the song was actually ¬†written by the King/Goffin team. Carole would later record her own version which she released on her album¬†Tapestry¬†in 1971. ¬†Aretha was not the only star that King wrote hits for. In fact, Carole King is credited for having written or co-written over 400 sings which have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists¬Ļ.

“(You Make Me Feel..) Natural Woman” was released by Atlantic Records in 1967 as a single for Aretha. The idea for the song is said to have come from producer Jerry Wexler, who was studying African-American music culture and the idea of the “natural man”. When he saw Carole after leaving the studio one day, he urged her to create a song about the¬†¬†“natural woman” for Aretha’s next album.

While there is no denying the power of Aretha Franklin singing¬†“(You Make Me Feel..) Natural Woman”, it was¬†in fact¬†her moving performance of the song during the Kennedy Honors program which encouraged me to use it this week, ¬†I think that Carole King’s own recording does the song just as much justice.

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¬Ļ”Carole King Biography.” Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 31 Dec. 2015.

Throwback Thursday Vinyl

Oh John Fogerty! How do I love thee; let me count the ways!…

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday Vinyl everyone!

Tonight’s entry is brought to you by one of my favorite 60’s-70’s rock bands, mostly in part to the gruffy goodness of John Fogerty’s voice.

Creedence Clearwater Revival, while known for their swampy southern lyrics, actually originated in California. The band got an early start, forming around 1959 while its members where all still in middle school. They signed with San Francisco based Fantasy Records in 1964 under the name The Golliwogs, but it wasn’t until 1967 when they started going by CCR that they started to really show signs of success.¬† In just about a year span (1969-1970) the band released a total of seven chart-topping singles, rocketing to one of the most beloved American bands of all time.

Released in 1970 on the album Pendulum, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” was one of these, making it to #8 on the U.S. charts.

The song is been said to reflect the crack in the idealism of the 1960’s that began to form with such events such as¬† the Altamont Free Concert and the Kent State shootings. While that’s wonderfully poetic, John has stated on many occasions, that the song was written in response to the growing tension in the band and the foreboding of his brother Tom’s departure from the band.

My take on it today? It’s pouring out and I needed some John Fogerty in my life. Very uninspiring, I know.¬† Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy!

Throwback Thursday Vinyl!

Its been a bit since my last Throwback Thursday Vinyl, especially my last Beatles edition. So tonight I decided to go with something a bit quirky by the Fab Four.

The year was 1967. The Beatles were feeling the pressures of fame and had decided that their August 29, 1966 show would be their last. Rumors began to fly that the band was on the outs, but the band was only looking for an out from their boyhood.

We were fed up with being the Beatles. We really hated that fucking four-little-moptop approach. We were not boys, we were men. It was all gone, all that boy shit, all that screaming- we didn’t want any more.

– Paul McCartney

There had been quite the culture shift in the four or so years since the Beatles first entered the scene. The clean cut, good wholesome fun ideal had given way to a more forward thinking, civil rights fighting, anti-war, LSD “enlightened” era. And to get by, the Beatles would need a little help from their “friends.”

Their “friends”, were the Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sgt. Pepper’s that is. They band struggled to fight against the image that had made them successful, so Paul came up with the idea to take on the persona of a whole new band, writing the album through the perspectives of their alter-egos. Paul went straight to writing a song that would introduce the new band, and set the tone for the album. This would be the first known “concept album”, the style of which many arts would choose to adopt later on.

Tonight’s tune is one that can only fit within a concept album. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite is a nonsensical song that was only created as a way to tie up side 1 of the album. Almost all the lyrics come directly from an old circus poster that John found in an antique shop.¬† In a 1980 Playboy interview John spoke of the song saying, “The song is pure, like a painting, a pure watercolour.” Perhaps a watercolor of psychedelic swirls. The sound of the song certainly suggests so!Enjoy!