Monday, May 25, 2015

I’ve got a couple of crates full of old vinyl albums that I haven’t listened to in years due to lack of equipment to play them. Over a period of about a year and a half I revisited each album on the internet or bought the CD and ranked the songs. I also recorded some brief thoughts, rated the album, and posted the results on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists comment section. I’m recycling and categorizing/grouping the posts on this website.

The live stuff is raw and raucous, typical of many early to mid-70s live recordings. I rank most all of it behind the studio stuff. Not a bad album; pretty much what you’d expect. If you like ZZ Top, you’ll like this. If you’re not a big fan, then you probably won’t.
Scale of 1 to 10:  B -

1- Tush
2- Balinese
3- Mexican Blackbird
4- Blue Jean Blues
5- Heard it on the X
6- Thunderbird (live)
7- Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings
8- Jailhouse Rock (live)
9- Backdoor Medley (live)

LA Woman
Considered to be one of the best from The Doors. Good album made up of mostly raucous R&B songs.
Scale of 1 to 10:  B

1- Riders on the Storm
2- LA Woman
3- The Changeling
4- Love Her Madly
5- Cars Hiss by My Window
6- Crawling King Snake
7- Been Down So Long
8- Hyancinth House
9- The WASP
10- L’America

Hotel California
The Eagles seem to get dismissed as fluff. I might not put up a strong argument against a “pop oriented sound” accusation, but I do take exception to the dismissal. Talented band and it shows on this album - the only one of theirs in the crates aside from a compilation. The title song still stands up after all this time as does the guitar instrumental at the end of the song. If it’s not listed on the “Songs” site, it should be. Not much wrong with this album; I mean geez, over half the songs were hits.
Scale of 1 to 10:  B +

1- Hotel California
2- Wasted Time/Reprise
3- Life in the Fast Lane
4- New Kid in Town
5- Pretty Maids All in a Row
6- Victim of Love
7- Try and Love Again
8- The Last Resort

(Although it’s a separate track, I combined “Wasted Time (Reprise)” with “Wasted Time. Seemed like the right thing to do.)

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