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.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

¬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.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

¬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 Vinyl!

Sorry to break it to you, but today is not Thursday, so don’t get all excited thinking it’s Friday tomorrow. It’s in fact only Monday. Ugh. But, lucky for me, and for you, I am having a joyous Monday and will be sharing some of my happiness with you all by sharing all sorts of stuff with you, beginning with some Throwback Vinyl.

This is a special edition, obviously because of it being on a Monday, but also because I have some of the most exciting news…. I finally got a copy of The White Album!¬† As a¬† hunter/gather of Beatles albums, I can tell you that this is not an easy feat. I may be wrong but, excluding special editions, EPs, singles, etc. , The White Album has to be in the Top 3 hardest Beatles LPs to find (with Let It Be and Revolver, taking spots 1 and 2, respectively). From my hunting experience, if you do find a copy of The White Album, it is usually upwards of $30 dollars. But, finally found it! And for $4! Yay!

Another reason why this is so exciting is because it is a two-disc, 30 song, masterpiece with great songs for days. I was going to record Sexy Sadie for you, but I started listening to the album and I just couldn’t decide! So I decided to go with something upbeat because I was in such a good mood.

The White Album was recorded in 1968 during a journey¬† to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation retreat in Rishikesh, India.¬† This was suppose to be a way to clear everyone’s thoughts and move into a more spiritual direction than the over-the-top, psychedelia of Magical Mystery Tour which was released just a year before. But, unfortunately everyone just got grumpy with each other, beginning some of the feuding that would eventually divide the group.¬† This feuding did not hinder their music though, actually inspiring them to put more focus into their writing, coming up with enough tracks to fill 2 albums. Rolling Stone quotes Paul saying,¬†“I think it was a very good album, but it wasn’t a pleasant one to make. Then again,sometimes those things work for your art.”

The White Album was the bands 9th album and their first on their Apple Records label. It was originally to be named¬† “A Doll’s House” but another band was coming out with an album with a similar title at the same time. From Dear Prudence to Glass Onion, While My Guitar Gently Weeps to Blackbird, Why Don’t We Do It in the Road¬† to Helter Skelter, it is just a seriously epic album. And, one of the¬†more fun songs on the album, was Everyone Has Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey.

This Lennon track is most likely associated to John and Yoko, monkey being a pet name for Yoko,¬† but there is also the lesser theory that the monkey is heroin.¬† But the more accepted theory is that it is John’s emotions toward feeling that he and Yoko were living in there own world of right, while everyone else was wrong, and unable to get on their level. The fierceness of the instruments reflects the determination and struggle of John trying to get his feelings across. And,while it may have come from a place of frustration, I think this song is nothing but fun, lively, and dancey.

Enjoy!