Check out: YES
Check out: Patti Smith
'Tis the season to S-T-R-E-S-S O-U-T man. Here we are the last weekend to buy your Holiday gifts. Any other procrastinators out there... like yours truly? I've taken advantage of online shopping this year, unlike my traditional December 24th shopping blitz. However, any savings I had were soon dissolved by paying extra for "express delivery". Yeah, the "Brunette" wasn't too pleased with that.
Here are a few last minute gift ideas for the classic rocker in your life. Have a good one.
Be sure to stop by Bernie Walter's Classic Rock Shots site. Some pretty awesome images of the best classic rockers of the past. Real photos to be framed or poster style options. Here's a little on Bernie.
In 1964 The Beatles, The Stones, The Who and so on, the British invasion, the time was right and teenager Bernie Walters was just reaching puberty when he heard his first Beatles song. Then came his first live concert, The Rolling Stones, that was all it took to change his life forever.
Working for and with such artists as Leon Russell, Kansas, Joe Cocker and others gave Walters an inside view of bands and their lives.
Walters' collection covers 3 decades and is now ready for the public to see. From the first Rolling Stones tour, the Stones on Ed Sullivan, Cream and The Who's first American tours, as well as, from Woodstock to Live Aid, Walters was there with his camera. Classic Rock Shots is a true snapshot of the Pop Culture. A definite must see!!!
Another cool site is Bill Wainright's "Wear Your Beer". Along with some classic beer t-shirts like: Hamm's and Schlitz, Wear Your Beer offers some awesome classic rock tees as well.
Rockers like, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles are just a few who's images adorn t-shirts, caps, glasses, mugs and checkerboards. Yeah, that's right, I said checkerboards. There's actually a pretty neat KISS game board at the website. So if you haven't quite found the right gift for that party animal in your life, check out Wear Your Beer for plenty of great ideas.
Here's a great last minute offer from my bud Jonathan at City Listen.
Give the gift of a true New York City experience.
Looking for a last-minute gift that is memorable, au courant, and can be delivered instantaneously? How about an audio tour from CityListen?
Give friends and loved ones a peek into the history and culture of New York as they have never seen it before. Give a gift that can enjoyed anytime they want, on their own time at their own pace. Give an unforgettable trip through Central Park or Brooklyn Heights or even through NYC’s Rock and Roll history. As holiday gifts go, it sure beats a box of chocolates! (Plus, this holiday promotion includes a tour for you, too – at no extra cost!)
Our Holiday Gift program
Buy any tour from www.CityListen.com – and turn it into a gift. Purchase a tour as normal – and use the promo code: Holiday2008 when prompted. Upon receipt of your order, CityListen will create a customized promo code and send that to you in a pdf card that you can either print out or forward electronically (for the perfect green gift). You’ll also receive a link to download the tour for yourself. (Talk about instant karma!)
I hope these ideas help out a little. Have a good one and thanks for stopping by.
Check out: Kansas (Wiki)
I am always receiving emails on interesting sites, sounds and happenings that are most times related to the Classic Rock genre. So I've decided to showcase these items every weekend so you have a chance to check them out. If you have anything that others may view as cool, hip, badass or just interesting, please feel free to contact me at the link in my header and give me a heads up.
And now check these out.
Jonathan Paisner of City Listen Audio Tours sent me the following release:
Autumn in New York. The days are a bit shorter, the air a bit crisper, the leaves beginning to change...What a great time to enjoy a walking tour.
The Rock and Roll Tour of Manhattan, hosted by Ken Dashow
Our latest tour takes you through the famed streets of the East and West Villages of New York while rock DJ Ken Dashow talks about the legends, the artists, the movements that have put New York City at the center of rock and roll history. Any music fan will absolutely love it.
From folk to rock to punk to new wave, New York City has been a vital part of it all
- See where Hendrix, Dylan, Springsteen got their start
- See some of the legendary locales and former locales in the NYC Rock scene
- Re-enact classic album covers
And so much more...
I personally took this tour from here in my den in San Antonio and followed along by Googleing the different locations as we came to them. It was very cool and informative, like I was there.
If you dig Hendrix, Springsteen, The Ramones, Zeppelin, Lennon or want to know about Fillmore East, CBGB's and The Bottom Line,..... then you'll dig this tour.
Paul Miller of Lyric Culture turned me onto the following:
Lyric Culture takes greats such as Don Mclean, The Beatles, INXS, and KISS to show their popular lyrics right on the front of their tees. This unique product carries a unique license and the artists even get proper royalties.
Here's what makes this apparel so cool!! Paul says, "Each piece is burned out individually by hand to give it a unique vintage feel. This is very labor intensive. No two tees are exactly alike. Lyric Culture uses high quality fabrics that we also enzyme and silicone wash and design our own fits and styles. These are not blank tees with a simple print. All graphics are original illustrations done by hand. We don't use existing album covers or clip art etc. There are multiple screens, not only on the outside of the tee, but also on the inside so you can wear the lyrics close to your heart. The song copyright info is printed under the label and they do have to pay a royalty to the songwriter. Finally,the hang tags are individual concert tickets featuring the history of the song."
Folks, aside from these awesome designs for men and women, Lyric Culture also donates a portion of their proceeds to worthy causes worldwide. Check them out when you have a chance. I think the "Brunette" may find one under the tree.
And finally, a totally cool sweepstakes where you can win an "Autographed Fender Squire Stratocaster". Signed... you guessed it, by the members of Led Zeppelin.
How awesome is this??? But you have to HURRY, the deadline to enter is December 15, 2008. Just click on the banner above to go straight to the entry form.
Hey guys, thanks for hanging and have a great weekend.
Check out: The Marshall Tucker Band
Those of you who have followed 70's Classic Rock on a regular basis know that I've never done a book or movie review. Well, in the words of Grace Slick @ Woodstock - "It's a new dawn".
"Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time" is the title of a book, John Wurm of Quayside Publishing Group, turned me on to. If you are a Led Zeppelin fan, then this is a must have. Even if you're not, like that's possible, this book is awesome as a "coffee table topping".
As I turned each page my eyes immediately were drawn to the full page images of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham, in some classic stance or a performance from the early days. Photos, concert posters and playbills I've never seen before. Even cooler is Jon Bream's writing that is so involving you have to keep reading on. I found myself rereading certain sections as if I was hitting the rewind button on my tape player to repeat Stairway to Heaven or Kashmir.
"Led Zeppelin is like a stag party that never ends... There is no last tour. It would be a criminal act to break up this band" - Robert Plant, 1977
Having read this one, cover-to-cover, I walk away with an even greater appreciation for Led Zeppelin's music and their story. Their accomplishments, contributions and hurdles along the way. This is one of those reads that makes you feel like you were there. I feel like I know these guys, not as superstar rockers, but like those guys from the old neighborhood that later on go on to do great things.
"They may be world-famous, but a couple of shrieking monkeys are not going to use a privileged family name without permission." - Countess Eva von Zeppelin
Like I said earlier this is definitely a must have and read for all who were raised on classic rock like yours truly here. The holidays are around the corner, so be sure to add it to your "want list". Ah, come on. You know you have one.
In conjunction with my reading of this book, a few weeks back I was advised by Brea Thornton, of SIRIUS XM Radio, that a NEW station was launched on Nov. 1st. You guessed it: Led Zeppelin Radio.
Led Zeppelin Radio will be broadcast on SIRIUS channel 12 and XM channel 39 and will feature Led Zeppelin music 24/7, including interviews and rarities. The commercial-free music channel was launched on Saturday, November 1 starting at 6:00 pm ET and running through December 31. Led Zeppelin Radio will be a non-stop broadcast of virtually every song from Led Zeppelin’s music catalog. The channel will also provide Led Zeppelin fans with archived interviews with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham and unique content that celebrates Led Zeppelin’s musical contribution to rock music.
Check out: Triumph
Hey folks, 70's Classic Rock is giving away 2 FREE tickets to the November 6th, 7:30 P.M. showing of the incredible Queen + Paul Rodgers movie concert "Let The Cosmos Rock".
In association with Fathom Events, 70's Classic Rock is conducting a contest to award these choice tix to a lucky winner. Winner to be announced on Tuesday, October 28th @ 8:00 P.M. CST.
Choose your theater location here: Nationwide Theater Listing
Here's the gig. For those of you who have hung with me, time to put your memory caps on. And for those who are new to 70's Classic Rock, this one is virtually a no brainer, just think like a male teen back in the seventies. If you're too young then ask your dads about this one, they'll know it. First correct answer (based on comments time stamp) wins the tickets. And now the question....
Good luck to all!!!!!!!
Here's a little taste of what you'll be treated to at this One Night Only extravaganza.
Checkout: The Best Company is Bad Company
Check out: CHICAGO
"Turn that down NOW!" Mom would always yell when I'd play my Pearl album. All she seemed to hear was a scratchy, yelling woman. That was her description, older generation and all, of this bluesy, raspy singer's voice. Me on the other hand, I was engrossed and captured by the sound and emotions of Janis Joplin.
Here was a lady that seemed to be bigger than life. When I saw her on the Dick Cavett Show I was watching an outspoken, good natured, quick witted woman. I remember thinking at the time, man, here's someone who has everything. A great voice, doing what she loves, making alot of money and had a tripped out '65 Porsche Cabriolet Super C I would kill for.
As I collected Big Brother and the Holding Company albums and those of Janis Joplin later, I became a hardcore fan of this crazy lady. Those of you who know me, know I'm big into air guitar, but on the opposite side of the spectrum, with Janis' music I turn it on and sit, eyes closed, just absorbing every note and emotion she has to give. My opinion is that few artists can capture this type of energy, where the music, the sounds and message seem to come from deep within and for me Janis is definitely on, hands down, one of those performers. She's not just singing... she's feeling it and inviting me along for the ride. It only seems fitting that the last movie my mom and I went to see in the theater, before her passing, was "The Rose". You know what? She loved it.
Unfortunately, Janis is one of too many awesomely talented performers to leave us far too soon. Virtually every Sunday is Janis Day in my house. Her music fills the spaces of our condo and even the cats seem to be enticed by her voice, as they frolic around. My personal favorite song as well as performance is of Janis singing Ball and Chain at the Monterrey Pop Festival. (Checkout Cass Elliot's response.)
I will forever, listen to and enjoy Janis' tunes as I place her in the great company of my Queens of Rock. Definitely worth adding to any music library. Or have you already? What's your favorite song/performance?
I leave you with a special treat. The original Ball 'n' Chain, written and sung by Big Mama Thornton.
I've been influenced by my friend Sondan at Everything Old Is New Again and her post Love Songs of the 70's.
Ever since my earlier, impressionable music listening days, the songs that have always stayed with me are those sappy love songs. "Ya, that's right. I'll be a man and admit it! I dig those love songs." Wow, that wasn't hard at all.
As a young kid they seemed to so perfectly capture the essence of the current crush I had on someone like Chris, (Laughter In The Rain) the girl next door or Carla (Colour My World) who lived on the other side. Or Bev (Crazy On You), Becky (So Far Away) and Nancy (Best of My Love) from my summer camp days. There was Tina, Gloria and Sharon from grammar school and Karen (Don't Stop Believin') my high school sweetheart. It goes on and on, but the bottom line is I don't think there's a single love song from the 70's or early 80's, that doesn't remind me of someone I was with or wanted to be with.
Now I'm just talking about the "being together" songs. There's also the "breaking up songs", which is a post for another day. No, right now, it's about the tunes that put that stupid grin on your face that your friends could never just let slide. Or that funny feeling in the pit of your stomach, when the cute new girl in school was assigned a seat next to you. I guess that's where the loss of appetite comes in.
I know there's way too many to list them all, but some that I remember playing were "My Love", "Your Song", "I Just Want to be Your Everything", "Dance With Me", "Falling", "Magnet and Steel" and "Kiss You All Over".
Now some of the best, in my opinion, weren't from the mainstream genre, but from the R&B/Soul charts. Groups like:
The Chi-lites w/ Oh Girl, Have you Seen Her, Just Two Teenage Kids
The Stylistics w/ Betcha By Golly Wow, You Are Everything, Stone In Love With You
Love Unlimited w/ Walking in the Rain With the One I Love
The Delfonics w/ La La Means I Love You, Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time
The Spinners w/ Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, One of a Kind Love Affair
Barry White w/ My First, My Last, My Everything, Can't Get Enough of Your Love Babe, It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me
Teddy Pendergrass w/ Close The Door, Turn Off the Lights, Come Go With Me
But my most favorite of all was Earth, Wind and Fire w/ Reasons.
"In a second hun." Uh-oh. The wife, (aka The Brunette), wants to know what my post is about.
Uh-oh. She put on our song. Time to be Rico Suave.
But first what love songs were your favs? Who do they remind you of?
P.S. This is the brunette's and my song: "Toda Sexta-Feira" by Belo Veloso
Hey all. It's been a while since my last post. I'm in the middle of my road trip season, but will be getting back to posting regularly in the next week or so. I appreciate and thank you for hanging. Now for a short and sweet memory of mine.
The rest of my Rush collection includes:
The Unofficial Rush Jukebox. I found this at Power Windows: A Tribute to Rush
When I first started 70's Classic Rock, I was just taking a trip back, to the music and the memories of my teen years, which were the 70's. Never did I imagine that someone or anyone would have stopped, read and enjoyed my posts. Well, Carol from She Lives stopped, read and chose to honor me with the "Arte y Pico" award. Thank you Carol.
Take a minute to visit her site. Here's what she says about it, "My desire for She Lives is that it develop as a site for musicians, musicians-to-be, musicians who have laid their instruments down for a time, young musicians and their parents...to encourage them in their musical endeavors, no matter the level at which they play." She is right on the money based on what I've read on her site. My thoughts are also with Carol as she is dealing with a debilitating illness in her family.
In following the tradition of this award, I will now pay it forward with my list of 5 bloggers and their sites who have entertained, challenged and motivated me, as well as, enriched the blogging community as a whole.
1) Barbara at Layla's Classic Rock Faves. A daily blogger with an enthusiastic love for all things Rock. It's easily sensed in her posts and subject matter. I've enjoyed this site with it's informative articles and occasional curve ball trivia thrown in. She has 6 blogs in all, but 2 sister sites, "Gone, But Not Forgotten" and "Writing From The Inside Out" are a compliment to her love of music and compassion in life.
2) Malcolm at Pop Culture Dish, Presented by Malcolm. Now I want to be like this guy when I grow up. He's got games, trivia, movie and TV classics, music and a whole-lot-more. If I were half as driven and talented as Malcolm, I'd be Superman, Jr. Definitely visit this site to learn something about pop culture or to be challenged weekly with his Tuesday Trivia feature. Oh, did I mention he has a weekly radio show called "The Retro Mix".
3) Chili at Classic Video Jukebox. Here's a blogger with 22+ plus years in broadcasting and programming. Detailed posts on groups from the 60's, 70's and 80's including Classic Rock, R&B, Soul and Funk videos. Written with a Midas touch, like only someone who was there can lay down. A companion site, Rock and Roll Classics compliments his ability to offer deep insight and facts on artists and groups and reinforces his love of the music and stories.
4) Nards at Nardeeisms. A truly gifted mother, wife, photographer and blogger. Nards is incredibly creative and insightful on all things about family life and everyday musings. She writes her posts like a daily novella often referencing encounters or items from previous posts. Nards has a twist, in that she gives us readers a song and lyrics of the day cleverly incorporated into her articles. A truly addicting blog. I bet you just can't read one!
5) Sondan at Old School Music Lover. This is where I go to get a little Soul. A great blog celebrating the artists of old, Ray Charles, Undisputed Truth, The Temptations, The Parliaments, The Dominoes and of course a little Sly & The Family Stone for spice. Before I was a rocker I was hooked on Motown with my hometown group The Chi-lites. This site is where I go to step back into my roots of music enjoyment. Sondan is awesome with her knowledge and love of the oldies. Like the tag line says, "Motown, Soul and Rock & Roll".
Folks, each of these blogs is a big influence on my own site. From the writing style and subject matter, to a shared love of music as a whole. If you enjoy 70's Classic Rock then you owe it to yourself to visit these great sites. May the "Pico" fly on.
Check out: The Stevie Ray Vaughan Archive
This is a special post to celebrate today, "Vinyl Record Day" - August 12, 2008. Thanks to JB at The Hits Just Keep on Comin' for the invite to participate.
I have a lot of memories of my vinyl record days. The most common of course is gently placing the record on a turntable spindle. Sliding the retaining arm over to hold it and flipping the springed switch to start the mesmerizing spin. I would stand there, headphones in hand, watching as the retaining clip on the spindle slowly disappears allowing the record to drop. Then anxiously waiting for the mechanical arm to glide over and perfectly, (most times), gently drop the needle to the beginning of the first track. A sizzling, staticky sound would amplify through the speakers before the first note was hit. Then... music! At this time I would plug the headphones in, raise the volume to the high position and stand in front of the mirror playing an air guitar concert like nobody's business.
This was the ritual I would perform every evening with my Santana - Festival album. Every evening until I wore the ridges out. I'll be honest with you, I wasn't all that familiar with who Carlos Santana was. My brother, cool dude that he was and is, had heard the album and bought it for me on my 13th birthday. Great choice Al.
The songs on this album are an awesome blend of rock, latin and soul. An intoxicating mix that have stayed with me to this day. First in album form, then cassette, then CD and now on my iPod.
The memories of standing in that basement, jammin' away on my imaginary guitar always brings a smile to my face. And don't even think I've stopped doing that. Except instead of my mother giving me the "I've got to get that boy some help" look, now it's my wife giving me the "and I married this guy, why?" look. Hey people you know the Artster is all about GOOD MUSIC and good times.
As I would strum the last note of Maria Caracoles and wipe the sweat from my forehead, I would always think to myself, "great show, dude". Then the reverse ritual would take place of removing the album from the record player and while holding the album with a full four finger spread, anchored by my thumb I would carefully reinsert the record into the sleeve, where it would be safely kept until my next show.
If you have an opportunity to listen to this album, I highly suggest it. Great artist, great tunes and another one of those "you won't be able to sit still" moments.
Here are just a few videos of songs on this LP. Revelations was my favorite. Enjoy!!
I was checking the news today and came across a headline. "Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Dead at 65". After reading the headline, the first thing that came to mind was the theme to "Shaft". A song I had heard over and over while I was growing up and quite frankly never tired of it. A wickedly, smooth beat with no instrument left out. Drums, guitars, bass, keyboards, horns and the all too familiar deep voice blending together, creating one of the most recognized and admired theme songs of our generation.
How can you not bob the head? Tap the foot? Maybe even sing the entertaining lyrics, "That Shaft is a bad motha.... , SHUT YOUR MOUTH. I'm just talkin' 'bout Shaft". Come on. Who hasn't done that?
Some of you are probably asking, what does Isaac Hayes have to do with classic rock? Well he has more to do with the "70's" part of the title of this blog, which lends itself to the music part of this website. An icon to most... a bad motha... to me, his accomplishments earned him a right of passage into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
For me personally, growing up on the southside of Chicago and listening to R&B music, which was played everywhere, I came to appreciate composers like Isaac Hayes and Quincy Jones. Their contributions to the music I grew up with and enjoyed, is a life long gift. Thank you for that.
Here's a few listings from his RRHF bio:
March 14, 1972: Isaac Hayes wins an Academy Award for “Theme from ‘Shaft,’” making him the first African-American composer to be so honored. It also won two Grammys, a Golden Globe award and the NAACP Image Award.
December 15, 1973: “Joy,” by Isaac Hayes, enters the R&B charts, where it will peak at #7. It will be the last time he cracks the R&B Top Ten until 1986.
July 23, 1994: Isaac Hayes is crowned a king in Ghana for his humanitarian work and economic efforts on the country’s behalf.
March 18, 2002: Isaac Hayes is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the seventeenth annual induction dinner. Alicia Keys is his presenter.Please do yourself a favor and listen to the music. Tap a foot, bob your head and that's all the artist needs to know that he's left his mark.
In memory of Isaac Hayes....
Recently, on a sales call, to a good friend and client, I was given a copy of a newspaper article entitled "One day in 1974...". Thanks to Randy for his "keepin' an eye out". He said it would make a good story for my "Summer Jams" series. The article appears on the "California Jam" website and was originally written by David Allen and appeared on April 4, 2002 in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (CA).
Described as the first of the California Jam series and the last of the original rock festivals, that is to say, before the corporate heavyweights got involved. Funny it's described as such when this very concert was planned and sponsored by the ABC Network.
Some portions of the article that caught my eye:
- News accounts of the concert use the phrase ``sea of humanity'' to describe the audience on the grass.
Did you watch the video? A sea of people, people!!!
- Stars stayed at the local Holiday Inn and were flown to the concert by helicopter. To keep fans away, the message sign
outside the motel read: ``Welcome Western States Police Officers Assn.''
How funny is that?
- The real problem was traffic. Cars were backed up on the freeway as far as 13 miles.
Would you abandon your car and walk 13 miles to get to a concert?
- Despite gate-crashers at California Jam, ticket sales were 168,000 -- at the time the largest single-day paid attendance in U.S. rock concert history.
Estimated 25,000 - 30,000 gate-crashers. Lucky dogs.
-Supposedly there were 900,000 hot dogs sold at the festival.
If I were there, it would've been 900,500 Vienna Red Hots.
How awesome is this line-up? To have sat there all day and have a whole spectrum of sounds and styles. Baking away in the sun with 200,000 fellow rockers with two things in common, the love of music and Bain de Soliel tanning lotion. The scent of that browning oil whisping through the air, mingling with the soft sounds of EW&F and the hard hitting notes of Black Sabbath. Too much!!!
# Rare Earth
# Earth, Wind and Fire
# Seals & Crofts
# Black Oak Arkansas
# Black Sabbath
# Deep Purple
# Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP)
This show was out there people. Ritchie Blackmore tearing up his guitars like they were a-dime-a-dozen. Keith Emerson playing a raised, flipping piano. This show was totally over the top.
I'm including some of my personal favorites that don't appear in the video player below. Hope you enjoy!!!!
Rare Earth - Get Ready, (I Know) I'm Losing You
Earth, Wind and Fire - Reasons, That's The Way Of The World, Shining Star, September
The Eagles - Desperado, Hotel California, Lyin' Eyes, The Best of My Love, Take It To The Limit
Seals & Croft - Summer Breeze, Diamond Girl, We May Never Pass This Way Again
Black Oak Arkansas - Hot Rod, Rock-N-Roll, Hot and Nasty
Black Sabbath - Ironman, Snowblind, Sweet Leaf
Ozzy Bonus 1, Ozzy Bonus 2
Deep Purple - Child In Time, Speed King, The Mule, Woman From Tokyo
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - C'est la vie, Fanfare For The Common Man, The Curse of Baba Yaga, Knife Edge
I received this video from John at UCBcomedy.com. I thought it was hilarious. Hope you do too.
Had to weed out the disco and such (I'll surprise you with that one later) and narrow it down to these finalists.
Which song sparks a memory for you?
Now here's a "Queen of Rock" totally deserving of a top slot on the list. I LOVE STEVIE NICKS!! There. I've said it and gotten it out of the way. You know that poster hanging in my shrine at the bottom of the page? Well it lasted about 4 months and was replaced by one of this lady.
And wouldn't you love to love her"
I was in love with Stevie before the hook up with Mick and the fam. My uncle Chuck had a copy of BuckinghamNicks and it seemed it was always playing whenever I'd visit. I'd listen to tunes like Lola, Crystal, Stephanie and Frozen Love. It actually was a great album. I remember thinking I wanted to hear more of this girl, because the guy seemed to dominate a majority of the songs. I later read in a book by Mick Fleetwood entitled "My Life and Adventures In Fleetwood Mac", that this was in fact the relationship between Lindsey and Stevie. The dominant and submissive.
And who will be her lover"
I was fortunate enough to see Fleetwood Mac when they rolled through Chicago during that infamous "Summer of '77". I had of course heard the Rumours album hits getting regular air play, but to be there in person was incredible. Playing primarily hits from their, then, recent album and some of the old-school Fleetwood blues. Then whenever Stevie would belt out one of those awesome tunes, that seemed to possess her, the hair on my arms would stand up. Yes I had hair on my arms at that age.
Taken by the wind"
With her chiffon waving arms, high-stepping, platform boots, Stevie knocked me out in anything I saw her in, whether it was a mini-documentary, a Midnight Special Show, an interview or my good 'ol MTV. I would try to catch her in everything. If I had something else going on but she was scheduled to be on TV, "Cancel it! I'm staying home. Sorry guys not feeling too good tonight". Oh, like you've never done that?
Will you ever win"
As the years passed and she started her solo career I was buying all the albums and thank God for VHS. Live concerts I could watch in the comfort of my own home. Too cool! We all watched as Stevie grew up and was doing her own thing. Having as much success as with Fleetwood Mac and maybe even more, because she was doing it all herself. I felt like a proud dad, even though she's about 10 years my senior. The albums and videos I've collected of Stevie's, are like a scrapbook of a time when music was all I focused on. Listening and memorizing each word and drum beat. Each strike of a guitar chord and there were some great ones.
And then she is the darkness
She rules her life like a fine skylark
And when the sky is starless"
I hope you enjoy the following videos as much and as many times as I have.
What the heck is an Aqualung anyway?
Aq·ua-Lung: noun a device (trade name Aqua-Lung) that lets divers breathe under water; from L. aqua "water" + lung. Developed by Jacques Cousteau and Emile Gagnan, 1943.
(Provided by dictionary.com)
That being said, in 1971 the word took on a whole new meaning for legions of teens and trippers. It was the title track for Jethro Tull's breakthrough album and coincidentally the album I lite-fingered from my neighbor Scott. And what a choice addition it made to my somewhat small collection at the time. FYI, Aqualung is the name of the homeless character in the song and again mentioned in "Cross-Eyed Mary".
The whimsical sounds of another time played in the form of rock for all to enjoy. Once again a merging of the past and the present to create the "Progressive Rock" genre. That's what I remember the early seventies to be. Moving from the psychedelic to the progressive. The experimentation of the instruments and sound to create something unique. It was so unique every band worth mentioning were a part of this group.
The flute, bass and lead guitars, drums and a required synthesizer coupled with an incredibly talented and theatrical lead singer belting out tunes that sound like they were written in the Medieval or Renaissance periods, for me, is what sets Jethro Tull apart from the rest. Watch the videos and listen to the lyrics. Stories of old beggars, vagabonds and one's perception of their existence. A grown man, standing their with a flute to his lips, one foot propped on his opposing knee. This is how I came to recognize Ian Anderson and The Tull.
Sure there were other groups much more popular who received much more radio play than Tull, but don't you agree it's worth the price of the album to enjoy their imprint on the surface of Rock and Roll? Well, apparently the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and N.A.R.M. think so. Their album Agualung ranked 159 on the "Definitive 200" list of most influential and popular albums. That's big people.
Jethro Tull definitely one of the top on my list of 70's Classic Rock Favorites. I came across this Lucia Micarelli and Jethro Tull doing Zeppelins' Kashmir, while searching for vids. It gave me goose bumps and my wife actually teared up when I showed her. What's your response?
What better way is there to leave this post and your thoughts then with the Tull hit "Living In The Past".
With 2 simple words "Rare Earth" Malcolm of Pop Culture Dish, Presented by Malcolm won the first ever Guess This Classic Rock Group contest at 70's Classic Rock. His first guess of MC5 was so good I double checked who my post was on. This guy definitely knows his music and apparently a hell of alot more.
Website: Pop Culture Dish, Presented by Malcolm
Author/Owner: Malcolm (aka ultfan)
I visited Pop Culture Dish a couple of days ago to get some idea of what it was about. I realized quickly this blog was about everything - pop culture and then some. I read new posts and old posts. I laughed and said "Wow, I didn't know that" alot. It's been about a year and a half since its inception and the blog has developed into something great with a solid following.
A snippet of the categories covers titles like Commercials, Music, Movies and his challenging Trivia Games. My favorite of course is music and boy does he cover it. He's got Bill Haley and His Comets preceded by Prince whose preceded by Hot Musical Ladies of the 80s with my personal favorite hottie - Susannah Hoffs of The Bangles.
As I was scanning through I saw images flashing before me of The Rockford Files, WKRP In Cinncinatti, In Living Color, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Laverne Baker, Rodney Allen Rippy. He's got Polls, Tuesday Trivia and a very cool Thursday Thirteen segment.
Like many blogs we come across, we read the posts and the presentation of information and can get a feeling of who the author is. Having visited this website, I would gladly buy Malcolm a beer, a coffee or a movie ticket, because he just seems like that cool guy you'd like to hangout with.
Folks for me, this is my new Wikipedia. Malcolm and Pop Culture Dish are an awesome, entertaining and educational team that will keep you captivated for hours. Pay a visit to this site and you'll surely get hooked.
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Rare Earth is one of just a few groups that I didn't really get into until I was hitting my twenties. I'd heard the music on the radio when I was younger. Their big hit covers of Get Ready, I'm Losin' You and I Just Want To Celebrate blasting the speaker on my little transistor radio. But when I started listening to them on my big, bad stereo system when I was older, it was a totally different experience. Much better!!! I'd crank up the volume like nobody's business. Especially the 21 minute version of Get Ready. We're talking about not wanting the song to end. Are you freakin' kidding me. I made a 53 minute cassette from that 21 minute song. Man I wish I still had that.
The story goes that the original "Temptations" tune was really just 3 minutes long. One of the guys added a solo to it, then everyone wanted a solo and so we wind up with a 21 minute long rocking jam session. As I write this I'm listening to this version and Rare Earth definitely made this song their own by adding the solos. Thank god for headphones. I'm catching every instrument and note. (internal voice: "Open your eyes Art and finish the post!!!). As I open my eyes, I see my wife standing there with a wrinkled lip, kinda like a bad Elvis imitation pointing her finger at my LCD. "Yes dear!!"
I'm deliberately offering this song seperate from the others because it's my favorite. Before you play it, do me and yourself a favor and put your headphones on. Turn the volume up about 2 notches past where you would normally have it. Put your mouse on the arrow. Close your eyes. Now hit play.
Did you bounce your foot? Bob your head? Play air guitar? Drums? Keyborads or sax? If you did then welcome to Artster's world.
Disclaimer: Not responsible for inducing "Baby-Boomers Syndrome" -which is the need to wail your body about in a form of dance only you yourself can interpret.
Hailing from the Detroit area, a major influence of course was Motown Records. You know, come to think of it Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and Grand Funk Railroad all had the same influence. Through their mix of R&B and Rock they created a genre unlike any other.
Uh-oh. Tobacco Road just started. Hard, bluesy, just awesome.
I've mentioned earlier in my blog posts that as a kid growing up in South Chicago and the East Side, I primarily listened to whatever WLS-AM radio had to offer. There was a lot of Chi-Lites, Delfonics classics and Aretha Franklin as well as Chicago, Foghat and Bad Company. Rare Earth fused these styles together to form a very unique and incredibly infectious sound that it took 10 years for me to appreciate.
Rare Earth recorded an album virtually every year during the seventies. Though their popularity seemed to dwindle as new genres emerged and the second British invasion or is it the third came on in the eighties, for this music loving blogger Rare Earth is the ultimate result in this equation (Pure Funk + R&B + Soul) = Classic Rock.
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