Sunday, August 24, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 35 of 100 - "Wonders All"

Jefferson Airplane's first record might actually be their best! With Signe Toly Anderson singing instead of Grace, "Takes Off" from 1966 is solid from start to finish!

Joe Cocker's 1969 album called "Joe Cocker!" is nothing less than great! Nobody does a cover tune like Joe!!

Leon Russell is so talented and has done so much over the years, it's actually beyond comprehension! Long before this record came out, his keyboard skills were heard on records by everybody from the BYRDS to The Beach Boys and Gary Lewis and the Playboys just to scratch the surface! This 1970 solo record simply titled "Leon Russell" is just the topping on the cake of a musical genius!

Speaking of cake, Little Feat's 2nd album from 1972 called "Sailin' Shoes" featured this awesome Neon Park artwork, and so many great songs! This is the stuff that desert island adventures are made of!

Stevie Wonder's 1972 LP "Talking Book" is just another one of his amazing releases. This record featured the two timeless classics "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" and "Superstition!" Two songs stronger than most musicians on Rolling Stone's list can come up with in an entire career!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 34 of 100 - "These Jokers Are Wild!!"

Lenny Bruce - "Lenny Bruce Is Out Again" (1965)
I got this record years ago in a Thrifty Drug store for 99 cents! I've still got it! Lenny died for your sins, and your right to say fuck without having to go to jail!

David Peel and the Lower East Side - "Have A Marijuana" (1968)
I was always surprised that David didn't go to jail for recording this record!

Oscar Brand - "Brand X" (1976)
Revered folk singer sings shocking bawdy songs with really nasty lyrics!

Sky Saxon Blues Band - "A Full Spoon Of Seedy Blues" (1967)
Re-inventing themselves one more time, The Seeds emerge as a blues band!

The Smothers Brothers - "Mom Always Liked You Best" (1965) 
My Mom and Dad took me to see The Smothers Brothers when I was a little kid! They were the best in clean and intelligent humor!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 33 1/3 of 100 - "Let's Rock!!"

Well, I'm a third of the way through now, that only took forever, so here's five rockers to wrap it!

Big Brother and the Holding Company (1967) - Janis only made so few records, how can it not be included?

Bodacious Df  (1973) -  Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin decides to do his own thing and it works great!

Savoy Brown - Raw Sienna (1970) - Another great blues rock LP from Kim and the boys!

The Seeds - Web Of Sound (1966) - Once again recreating themselves, the side long "up In Her Room" is too much, but wasn't everybody doing one of these 15 minute songs back then. You never knew what you were getting when you put a Seeds album on for the first time!

Steppenwolf (1968) -  I love Steppenwolf's first album! Ballsy stuff! "Sookie Sookie" is a great song, "The Pusher," and "Born To Be Wild" are both on here too!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 32 of 100 - "Funky Jazz Rock Fusion"

In the mid to late 1970's I became completely disenchanted with music! A lot of Rock and Roll started sucking, and the sound of the Disco beat was becoming almost unavoidable. As a college D.J. on the tiniest station ever, I was allowed to hear and play some music that wasn't being played anywhere on the radio where I was, and the most exciting new genres of music were Jazz Funk, Jazz Rock and Jazz Fusion! Here's five awesome examples! On Rolling Stone's list? Highly doubtful!

From 1975 - Here's a classic Jazz Funk LP by Saxophonist Joe Farrell - "Canned Funk"

This 1973 album by Drummer Billy Cobham featured Tommy Bolin on guitar and it shreds! "Spectrum" 

Another fantastic record from 1975 was Guitarist Joe Beck's LP titled simply "Beck," with David Sanborn on sax during some of his most innovative years! Also, this genre of music had some of the weirdest album cover art you have to admit! 

Recorded at Electric Ladyland Studios, Bassist Stanley Clarke's 1974 self-titled LP marked a new era in electric bass. With Bill Connors on guitar, this jazz record rocks!! 

Back to 1975 and Drummer Tony Williams album called "Believe It! Tony played with Miles Davis as a teenager he was so talented, but Tony wanted to rock, and The Lifetime was more than willing to cooperate! Allan Holdsworth proves he's one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and you can believe it!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 31 of 100 - "Five More Not On Rolling Stones' List"

 Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum (1968)  This record was a predecessor to both Punk and Metal music! Not the most talented guys in the world with Loud guitars and one goal, to rock your ass!

 Fleetwood Mac - "English Rose" (1969) Of all the incarnations of Fleetwood Mac, the Peter Green era is still my favourite! From "Stop Messin' Round" to "Albatross," this is one solid record, and it also has one of the best covers of all time!

 In 1965 The Moody Blues came out with their first record alternately called "Go Now" or "The Moody Blues #1. The Moody Blues were ballsy, the opening song is James Brown's "I  Go Crazy,"  and the rest of the record follows in spectacular style! "Go Now" is one of my favourite songs of all time!

 There are a couple of Stevie Wonder albums on Rolling Stones' list, but somehow "Innervisions" didn't make the cut. I'm sorry, that is just not possible or plausible! Made in 1973, "Innervisons" contains "Too High," "Livin' For The City," "Higher Ground," and "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing!" Case closed!

Delaney and Bonnie had more than one great record, but I think my favourite is "To Bonnie From Delaney," the 1970 soul shaker that features not only the awesome vocal talents of this couple but also two of my favourite musicians, Duane Allman and Jim Dickinson!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 30 of 100 - 5 More Undeniable Classics"

Here are five more albums I love!
13th Floor Elevators - "Easter Everywhere" (1967)

Iron Butterfly - "Heavy" (1968)

James Brown - "Live At The Apollo" (1963)

The James Cotton Blues Band - Self-TItled (1967)

Jimmy Reed - "T'aint No Big Thing But HE Is..." (1963)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 29 of 100 - "The Blues Rock"

That last comment by Retrohound really got me thinking about how anal I'm being about this whole thing!  In reality, depending on one's taste in music, a person could easily come up with 500 Jazz records, 500 Blues records, 500 Country records, or 500 Rock records, but having to decide among them is a real chore! It's impossible to really list the 500 best records of all time, so I might as well cut loose and list a bunch of great records starting with the Blues!

 "Singin' The Blues" came out in 1959, and was Blues Boy King's first release! Is it any better than his second or third record? I doubt it, and therein lies the conundrum! What a great cover!

I like electric guitars, so I'm going to pick electric blues over acoustic blues 9 out of 10 times! Muddy Waters threw his psychedelic hat into the ring in 1968! "Electric Mud" is revered by some and loathed by others! Personally, I dig the shit out of it!

I love anything by Magic Sam! Just the fact that's he's magic should be enough for anyone, but if that's not enough, then there's this 1967 LP to prove it! This is one of my favourite record covers of all time!

This 1968 album by Howlin' Wolf is wrong on so many levels, it's sick to not love it! Guitarist Hubert Sumlin went deep and summoned up licks from God knows where, and The Wolf's vocals will send shivers down your spine!!

Sonny Boy Williamson is just one of many unsung blues heroes, and this 1959 album entitled "Down And Out Blues" says it all! Damn right I got the Blues!!!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 28 of 100

As hard as I try to find records not on their list,

Here's five more albums that are on Rolling Stones' Top 500 List that I  can't disagree with in any way, shape, or form!

Monday, March 24, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 27 of 100

Here are five more LPs on Rolling Stones Top 500 Albums that I can agree with! More no-brainers!!I probably should have done all the records by one artist on the list together, but then, planning is not my strong suit! The 1965 Dylan album called "Highway 60 Revisited" is almost perfect from beginning to end! Although "Blonde On Blonde" has a bunch of equally classic songs on it, I'm not including it on this list because there's no justification for the overly long "Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands!"

You gotta love this 1965 record from The Motor City Five, it was just about as raw as it could get up that point in time, so don't argue, just "Kick out the jams, motherfuckers!!"

I'm not the biggest Rod Stewart fan in the world, but this 1971 LP was, and still is, hypnotic! Sometimes all the planets just align prefectly! Rod Stewart - "Every Picture Tells A Story!"

I thought I had used all the Stones' records that made the list already, but this 1967 album of theirs called "Between The Buttons" can't be left behind, it just had too many great songs on it!

Again, I should have grouped all The Wailers' LPs together, but I didn't! Rolling Stone lists this record as Bob Marley and The Wailers, but at this point they were still known as simply The Wailers, and still included members Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh! Irie-Ites!!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 25 & 26 of 100

The deeper I get, the more difficult it is becoming!
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East! (1971) Probably the best 'Live" album ever made!

Big Brother And The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills (1968) Two words, Janis Joplin! What else do you need to know?

Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969) This is almost a perfect album!

Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow (1967) The Airplane's second record is also almost perfect!

Santana (1969)  From 1967 to 1969 San Francisco ruled the musical world!

The Kinks - Something Else (1967) England wasn't doing so bad themselves! This record upon release was totally unique unto itself!

Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds (1965) Just too good!

The Doors - Strange Days (1967) The Doors' second album was every bit as good as their first one, and maybe even better!

Pearl Jam - Vitalogy (1994) I could do without "Better Man" but the rest of this album is great from start to finish!

Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead (1970) I'm not the biggest Grateful Dead fan in the world, but this record is great! The Dead as "working class heroes!"  Fantastic concept!

Okay, so that's another ten albums that are on Rolling Stone's Top 500 that I can actually agree on! It's pretty much a no-brainer, they're all classics!