The Best Rock Songs (Still very much under construction...)

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  • Tangled up in Blue - Bob Dylan ("I seen a lot of women / But she never escaped my mind / And I just grew / Tangled up in blue")
  • Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ("What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground? / How can you run when you know?")
  • Ramble Tamble - Creedence Clearwater Revival ("Mortgage on my life")
  • I Want to Take You Higher - Sly & the Family Stone (" Boom shaka-laka-laka")
  • Wolfman Jack - Todd Rundgren ("Now you maybe want a man who throws round his money / But he ain't as cools a Wolfman Jack")
  • She's a Rainbow - The Rolling Stones ("She comes in colours")
  • Lipstick Vogue - Elvis Costello & the Attractions ("Some times I almost feel just like a human being")
  • Rebel, Rebel - David Bowie [Sound + Vision alternate version] ("You can't get enough, but enough ain't the test")
  • Hammers and Nails - Mark Heard ("The taste of a color, the flavor of light / None but a blind man can measure that weight ")
  • The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - The Band ("Now I don't mind chopping wood / And I don't care if the money's no good / You take what you need and you leave the rest / But they should never have taken the very best")
  • Unfunny - Adam Again ("Is the dagger in your cloak / Or hiding in the joke you're making?")
  • Blue Moon - Elvis Presley ("Wheeeeoooo")
  • Elevate Me Later - Pavement ("Because there's 40 different shades of black / So many fortresses and ways to attack")
  • Nightswimming - R.E.M. ("You, I thought I knew you / You I cannot judge / You, I thought you knew me")
  • Ella Guru - Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band ("That's right, the Mascara Snake / Fast 'n bulbous!")
  • F--- & Run - Liz Phair ("I can feel it in my bones / I'm gonna spend my whole life alone")
  • River of Orchids - XTC ("I said the grass is always greener when it bursts up through concrete")
  • Tattooed Love Boys - The Pretenders
  • Fire and Rain - James Taylor
  • Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac
  • I Can See for Miles - The Who
  • 7 - Prince
  • The Payback - James Brown
  • Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin
  • Eight Miles High - The Byrds
  • Heartland - U2
  • This Is a Low - Blur
  • Estelle - Dan Bern
  • Mandolin Wind - Rod Stewart
  • Dirty Work - Steely Dan
  • Why Won't You Stay - American Music Club
  • Heroin - The Velvet Underground
  • There's No Home for You Here - The White Stripes
  • Hard to Explain - The Strokes
  • Passion Is No Ordinary Word - Graham Parker & the Rumour
  • Seconds - The Human League
  • Complete Control - The Clash
  • A Day in the Life - The Beatles
  • When Genevieve Calls - Phil & John
  • About Love - The Choir
  • You Set the Scene - Love
  • Stone - Rick Elias & the Confessions
  • King of Pain - The Police
  • Down to You - Joni Mitchell (for now)
  • The Letter - The Box Tops
  • Life Is White - Big Star
  • Anna Begins - Counting Crows
  • Every Little Bit - Patty Griffin
  • Pretty Noose - Soundgarden
  • 88 Lines About 44 Women - Nails
  • Candy's Room - Bruce Springsteen
  • Be My Baby - The Ronettes
  • Bullets - Editors
  • Bone Machine - Pixies
  • Miles Away - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Wolf Like Me - TV on the Radio
  • Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
  • Common People - Pulp
  • Apply Some Pressure - Maximo Park
  • Shangri-La - The Kinks
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Not ordered yet and still very much under construction...

Well this is a list I could never do. I could never keep this list under a thousand and even then I would be pissed that I missed some great songs.

Good luck on this one and I will be an avid reader.

It is a list I could never do either. I'm a fool.

Still, I'm having fun. So far, I'm limiting myself to one song per artist just to stretch variety a bit. Later I'll flesh out more songs per each artist, whittle the list down, and start the painful rankings...

God, what is wrong with me?

(Please, everybody, not all at once; take turns.)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

You ain't no fool. Just consider it a list that can never be completed.

Thanks for the vote of confidence. This list surely can never be truly completed, and if I don't get off my rear soon, it may never even get close!

Again, i appreciate ya!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Estelle..wow now that is a great song.

Wow, somebody else has heard this song! Yes, I love Estelle. I'm a sucker for Bern's entire self-titled album!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

No Beatles here, lbangs? Too hard to decide, or did you pretty much give up on this list? If the former, might I push you in the direction of "Hey Jude." Also, how about some Van Morrison on this list? It might be hard to choose just one of his. The obvious choice would be "Brown Eyed Girl", but I know you can come up with something more creative.

Your guess is correct - I have yet to settle on a single Beatles or Morrison song. For the former, I'm leaning Beside You or Sweet Thing, and for the former, well, I'm torn between a folky tune like You've Got to Hide Your Love Away or Norwegian Wood or a more psychedelic number, such as Strawberry Fields Forever or I Am the Walrus. But then, I love A Day in the Life, and Harrison's Don't Bother Me. And they did some killer covers, such as You've Really Got a Hold on Me and Twist and Shout. And then there's Tomorrow Never Knows, or the under-rated Lovely Rita and Good Morning, Good Morning...

Anyway, you see my problem. I'm a thinking... :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Alright, I finally settled on a Beatles song. Still thinking on the Morrison, however...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ah, the Payback...good times. I always preferred Mr. Brown's later, funkfather years.

I may be the only person I know that listens to Star Time all the way through and digs the whole set. While i would hate to choose between early and late Brown, if forced, I would also probably fudge toward his funkier 70s work.

But don't tell! ;)

The Payback is one of the greats *and* a surefire way to wake myself up in the morning now that I no longer have my morning cigs to do the trick! You see, I also know ca-razy, but again, keep that under your hat...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I've been downloading a lot of these songs. Thanks for introducing me to such awesome songs as "Ohio", "Blue Moon", "Fire and Rain", "Gold Dust Woman", "Tangled Up in Blue", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", and, my personal favorite of the ones I've downloaded, "Lipstick Vogue." So far I haven't been able to find "Unfunny", but I'll keep trying!

Terrific! Some great tunes - I also love love love Lipstick Vogue. It is off of Elvis Costello's This Year's Model, one of my favorite rock albums ever. You might also dig the songs No Action, (I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea, Radio Radio, or Big Tears from the same period. The acoustic demo version of Big Boys available on the Rykodisc and Rhino version of This Year's Model was probably the closest rival for my favorite Elvis Costello song; you might like that as well, though it is musically quite different from Lipstick Vogue.

In fact, if you grow more curious, you may wish to pursue some of the albums those songs appear on, as they are all excellent. Ohio was originally a non-LP single, but it does appear on Neil Young's wonderful Decade compilation. If you have a record player, that comp sounds tons better on vinyl than on its current, subpar CD release.

I would especially recommend looking into Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, home of Tangled Up in Blue (and still my very favorite album), the Costello album, and the Band's sublime self-titled disc which has The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Gold Dust Woman is on Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album, which does have a few weaks tunes on it, but also has The Chain and Dreams, both rivals to Gold Dust Woman. They are well worth a download.

Unfunny is tough to find, and I think the album it is off of, Perfecta, is out of print. Adam Again is the greatest unknown band of the 90s, and almost any of the songs from their Dig or Perfecta albums are worth tracking down. Dig is also on my top ten albums list. Be careful, though, as their 80s albums, while not bad, have a radically different synth-dance sound that doesn't quite reflect their 90s Sly-Stone-meets-Hendrix-meets-noise-with-sometimes-Dylanesque-lyrics groove. Yeah, they were pretty unique (and wonderful).

Anyway, I'm rambling. I am very thrilled you dig many of these songs. Out of everything I love about Listology, discovering new works of art to love is my favorite.

Thanks! (I'm still working on the Beatles and Morrison tunes!)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ya know, I went to Best Buy today with $40 worth of gift certificates, and I was so planning on buying "This Year's Model", but alas, it wasn't in stock. I'm also thinking about getting this , which I saw at Best Buy, but figured I could get it cheaper online. Oh well, at least I picked up the Beatles' "Abbey Road" and Van Morrison's "Back on Top."

Enjoy the great tunes! I'd hold off on picking up that Dylan box set, as great as the music is. Before the year's up, most of Dylan's albums will be issued remastered on hybrid SACDs (meaning you can play them on normal CD players as well as SACD players). Believe me, Dylan's discs can certainly use a good remastering.

Just my opinion and silly advice. Blonde on Blonde and Blood on the Tracks are certainly two of the first Dylan albums anybody should be lucky enough to hear.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Hmmm? What's a SACD player? How is it different from a normal CD player?

Wow, I suspect SACDs are going to get big soon. They're sorta to CDs what DVDs are to VHS tapes. SACDs has many hundreds time the resolution than CDs have, meaning that the music has more definition, sounds more life-like, and tends to leap out of your speaker at you. They also can be created for surround-sound, but it is that resolution that is really exciting. SACDs and DVD-As are the first digital music mediums to approach vinyl records in terms of music resolution. Trust me, if you heard a good one, you would hear the difference.

Most SACD players I know today are combined with Sony DVD players, although there are some stand-alone units.

DVD-As are a competiting medium, but I suspect it will go the way of the Beta tapes.

The recent Rolling Stones remasters are hybrid SACD/CDs. So they play as CDs, but with an SACD player, they really come alive.

I suspect you will see most future quality remastering programs using hybrid discs. A new hybrid Dark Side of the Moon is coming, and rumors are flying about possibilites of Beatles discs in 2004. As I mentioned, the Dylan remasters will by hybrids.

No, I don't have one yet, but I have heard one, and I might have to start saving my pennies before too long! This stuff is great!

End of commercial. :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Whoops, I didn't even see this post when you posted it! Sorry!

Hmm... I always thought CDs were to audio cassettes as DVDs were to VHS. I'm not sure I could take it if all my CDs became obsolete. I've always thought the music on CDs sounded pretty alive, but I've never heard an SACD, so I'm not one to judge.

Also, an interesting "Beatles" choice; not the one I would've picked, but certainly a great song.

P.S. I picked up "Blood on the Tracks" last night... haven't gotten a chance to listen to it yet.

:) My favorite rock album. I hope you enjoy it at least half as much as I do. I love it.

I don't think SACD will make CDs obsolete; the strength of the CD market is part of the reason why I think the hybrids will reign; SACD players are backwards compatible. I wouldn't sell your CDs yet!

A well-mastered CD sounds pretty great, but can't put up a fight against a well-mastered vinyl record because of resolution limitations on CDs. SACD have an incredibly higher resolution, and though I haven't been able to do exhaustive tests yet, they might give vinyl a run for its money.

CDs can be great, however. Most modern mastering, however, sadly leaves much to be desired.

Some day, I'll have to post some lists on well-mastered CDs vs. poorly-mastered CDs.

Anyway, thanks for the Beatles comment. Tough one to pick, and I certainly wouldn't swear that I'd never change my mind!

Enjoy the Dylan.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Well, I'll probably have to listen to "Blood on the Tracks" a few more times before I come up with my real opinion of it, but so far, I've loved it, especially "Idiot Wind", "Jack of Hearts", and "Tangled Up in Blue." I'm definitely going to buy "Blonde on Blonde" soon (though not this weekend, as my house is currently surrounded by two feet of snow).

Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about "This Year's Model", which I picked up this weekend. I kinda liked it, but there was no song I loved as much as "Lipstick Vogue." Still, I sorta enjoyed the album despite being somewhat disappointed, and I might get another Elvis Costello album to give him another chance to really impress me (like he did with "Lipstick Vogue").

I'm thrilled that you enjoy Blood on the Tracks. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've spun that album... Terrific.

Sorry about This Year's Model. While Lipstick is the standout, I always felt like the acoustic demo of Big Boys wasn't far behind. If it encourages you at all, I liked the album at first, but only grew to love it with many repeated listens. I oddly couldn't stop playing it, even when I didn't think all that much of the album.

But hey, different strokes. Even if it never tickles your fancy, at least you've got Lipstick! Sorry about the disappointment!

My second favorite album by Costello (on certain days my very favorite) is Trust. It is probably not one of his most immediate, but again, relisten after relisten impresses more and more. Trust is an incredibly addictive album.

You might try Get Happy. It is pretty arresting from the get go, in my book.

Good luck!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

You don't have to be sorry about anything. As you said, different strokes. And I'm sure that despite what I said, I'll still listen to the album, and it might grow on me with time.

ELVIS COSTELLO UPDATE

While I did not take your advice on Trust, I saw that Border's had the two-disc "My Aim Is True" on sale for only $11.99. Remembering that the Costello CC placed MAIT as the most accessible album, I decided I'd buy it. I haven't listened to it yet, but hopefully when I do, it will help me to recognize the brilliance that you and many others see in Elvis Costello's work.

Oh yeah, and I also bought Neil Young's "Harvest" - on sale for only $7.99.

You'll have to let me know how (if) you like it. My Aim Is True is great, but certainly a bit of an oddity in his career. Imagine The Band with punk sensibilities and you're probably not too far afield. Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes and Watching the Detectives are classic songs.

Nice score on the Young album.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Well, there's no song on it that I love as much as "Lipstick Vogue", but then again, there's also no song that I hate as much as "The Beat." I do enjoy listening to Costello's music. I just can't see him as tied with Dylan as the greatest musical artist of all-time.

But I do like My Aim Is True, and This Year's Model for that matter. I just doubt I'll ever like them anywhere near as much as you do.

On a side note, I am enjoying High Noon a lot. It is an excellent compilation of material. Heard kinda reminds me of REM. I see that the liner notes list ways to order his CDs from the Heard Family Fund. Is that still active? Maybe I could get Satellite Sky from them.

P.S. I think it's kind of amusing that even though you like This Year's Model much more than I do, we have the same favorite and least favorite songs on it.

Well, if forced, I'd rather listen to most of High Noon than My Aim Is True, so you don't hurt my feeling too much... ;)

Costello's debut is quite good, but honestly, time goes by, and I listent to the This Year's Model to Imperial Bedroom span of albums more and more, and My Aim Is True less and less. Still, a good album, with a few really killer tunes.

I'm not sure if the address and fund is still rolling. I did a quick looksee, however, and found this. Seems like you can now order a number of Heard albums there. Satellite Sky, Dry Bones Dance and Second Hand are among them. This is *very* groovy.

Enjoy England!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

This is a great list. However, what would be fun is to create an alternative list of the same artists. For example, I would prefer "A Change is Gonna Come" by the Band or "Maggie's Farm" by Dylan. Just looking at your Beatles quandary indicates that there are several good alternatives for each of these artists.

Absolutely, and once I fill this list, I will expand it with more songs from worthy artists. This is just sort of the first step in a huge brainstorming session, one where my favorite song by each artist is serving as a place-holder for everything worthy by the artist. After the second step (adding more songs by each artist), then I'll attack the painful third step - ranking the individual songs.

I certainly encourage you to create your own alternative list with favorites! That would be great reading!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Alright, here it goes:

Dylan-Maggies Farm
CSNY-Long Time Gone
CCR-Fortunate Son
Sly and the Family Stone-Just Like a Baby
The Rolling Stones-Sway
David Bowie-Sound and Vision
The Band-A Change is Gonna Come
Elvis-Viva Las Vegas (Guilty Pleasure)
Pavement-I go with your choice
REM-Texarkana
Pretenders-Back on the Chain Gang
Fleetwood Mac-Hypnotized
The Who-Bargain
Prince-Sign O' the Times
Led Zeppelin-In the Evening
The Byrds_ I Just Wanna See His Face
U2-In God's Country
Blur-Sing
Steely Dan-Do It Again
American Music Club-Again, I go with your choice
Velvet Underground-Lisa Says
White Stripes-Dead Leaves in the Dirty Ground
Graham Parker-Get Started (Start a Fire)
The Clash-Radio Clash
Beatles-Happiness is a Warm Gun

Great stuff! A few interesting observations:

Our Steely Dan choices come one after another on the Can't Buy a Thrill album.

A few of your songs were *seriously* considered for my first choice, especially Fortunate Son, Just Like a Baby, Sign O' the Times, Do It Again, and Radio Clash. Your REM and Beatles choices are great as well, but both bands have so many great songs to choose from.

Other than that, all I can say is, wow, great choices. You even picked one of the few songs I like from Blur's debut, which is the only album of their's I can't stand.

Great list!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

That is an interesting observation about Steely Dan. What's funny is that my favorite album by them is The Royal Scam. I also didn't know that Sing was on Blur's debut. I only heard it from the Trainspotting soundtrack (which, by the way, is very good). I guess when you are discussing the bands that we are you get into serious trouble trying to pick a favorite. I could say Radio Clash but just as easily pick almost anything off of London Calling.


Many great songs by Steely Dan, and Do It Again stands out for me too - it was the one song that originally turned my attention to them.

Beatles' Happiness Is A Warm Gun - great call, but my favourite has always been and always will be: Let It Be - probably my all-time favourite song by anyone, anytime, anywhere.

The Who - Bargain is great, but my favourite is Baba O'Reilly (teenage wasteland).

Velvet Underground - Pale Blue Eyes (linger on).

Dylan - Jack Of Hearts (lily had already taken all of the dye out of her hair - superb delivery), but Maggies's Farm is also great, and Positively 4th Street (you've got a lotta nerve, to say you are my friend).

Seminal Clash - Bankrobber (getaway getaway getaway getaway getaway getaway getaway-hay-hay). Or Complete Control, or Police and Thieves.

Just out of curiosity, lbangs, are you not planning to include a Bruce Springsteen song on this list, or are you torn as to which one to include?

The Boss will certainly be represented here. But which tune? I'm open to all suggestions, but I'm thinking more The River or Born to Run than Born in the USA here...

Thanks for the reminder!

Shalom, y'all!

L. bangs

AJ, I was wondering if you noticed my Broooce song. It isn't the conventional choice, but it is my honest fave, I think...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ooh, fantastic song! Of course, there are a ton of Springsteen songs I love, but Candy's Room is definitely up there!

Also, very glad to see this list being updated again!

Hey! Some great songs here, and I look forward to your selected lyrics from here on out. A few brief comments:

I've always thought "7" was one of Prince's overlooked songs. Maybe it's because it came toward the end of his reign as a radio presence. A great synthesis of mysticism and melody--who else could have something like this played on top 40 radio?

"I Can See for Miles" is also an inspired choice. It sounds great alone, but in the context of The Who Sell Out it is even better; the way it segues out of one of the commercials almost gives me chills.

I was just rewatching the "Woodstock" documentary yesterday, and I have several favorite performances, but "I Want to Take You Higher" is definitely in the running for best of an already good lot. Sly Stone manages somehow to upstage Santana, whose set right before was about as good as it could get.

Johnny Waco

Hey Johnny!

Thanks for the comments! The Prince choice was very tough (you know what a Prince nut I am), but 7 always strikes me as a perfect Prince single - catchy, eclectic, and full of mystic mumble-jumble. Sign o' the Times was close, as was Kiss and Let's Go Crazy (one of the very first pop radio singles I fell in love with as an eleven year old!).

Glad you like 7; I was half expecting posts along the lines of, "7? I don't even remember that song!!"

As much as I dig the Who, their song was one of the easiest choices to make. Miles is one of the best rock singles ever, and as you mentioned, it works even better on the album. Rarely has a razor guitar bit so wickedly, and Moon sounds as if he might pop a gasket near the end.

Funny you should mention Sly - I'm listening to a tape I made from his Stand album right now! I'm a bit late to Sly's game, but I'm wasting no time catching up. He's beyond great, and while he has so many songs to choose from, Higher always gets my oars rolling...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs


Another great song by the Who that I love from the same era is Armenia City In The Skies - the (backwards) guitar is phenomenal.

Off school for Good Friday. Nothing better to do, so I figured I'd give you an update on the songs on this list. There is good news and bad news.

First, the good news. I love Dylan; I bought "Blonde on Blonde" and am eager to get a 3rd Dylan album. Also, your Rolling Stones pick is probably not my favorite Stones song, but it is certainly a great song, like many of their hits.

I've listened to This Year's Model a few more times, and it is indeed kinda growing on me. I like it more now, though certainly not as much as you. I like "No Action", "Lip Service", "Greenshirt", etc. Some of the songs just annoy me though (especially "The Beat").

I think I told you elsewhere on this site that I love "Elevate Me Later" and "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain." I also love "Nightswimming", and in fact, I ordered REM's Automatic For the People off of www.half.com last night. This isn't on your list, but I downloaded Television's "Marquee Moon" and I love that as well. And I also have downloaded and like: "I Can See For Miles", "The Payback", "Eight Miles High", "Mandolin Wind", "Dirty Work", and "I Can't Wait" (along with another White Stripes song, "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground").

And now the bad news...

You always say that Adam Again is a greatly underappreciated artist. Well I hope it won't disappoint you too much that I don't appreciate him either. Heh, well, he's not that bad, but I downloaded "Unfunny", and I definitely wouldn't call him the best rock artist of the 1990's. I keep trying to give him another chance but his songs are so hard to find on Kazaa. Ditto for Mark Heard - I always search for songs by Mark Heard, but I never get anything. I did find an album of Heard's greatest hits on www.buy.com for only 8 bucks, but I still don't wanna buy it until I make sure that I like at least one of his songs.

"Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" is an okay song, but it's probably my least favorite of all five Led Zeppelin songs I have on Kazaa (the other ones being "Stairway to Heaven", "Tangerine", "Kashmir", and "Whole Lotta Love").

And finally, I downloaded "Ella Guru" and I absolutely cannot stand that song. Definitely not my kind of music.

P.S. - Whenever you pick up on this list again, might you include a song by Elton John? Also, I'm sure you'll include a Joni Mitchell song, so which ones are you thinking about?

Hey, AJ! I'm not ignoring you. I started a new job this week, and my wife has monopolized the computer in the evenings writing a major mambojombo paper for a class, so I simply haven't been on here much, and I have to leave now, so I'll only say a few quick words, and I'll write more later.

I had an Elton John up here, so I must have accidentally erased it. At the time, I went with Come Down in Time from Tumbleweed Connection, and I still might. I'll think about it.

For what it is worth, The Beat is probably my least favorite song on This Year's Model.

I know nobody who liked Ella Guru on first listen, and few who ever grew to dig it at all. After awhile, for some of us, it hooks you and never lets go. Beefheart has a cult, and will probably have little more. He ain't for everybody.

Adam Again is actually just the name of the group, like Pink Floyd or Monty Python. Knowing your taste, I would guess you would find the Homeboys material more immediately appealing. Try to find a copy of the song Homeboys or No Regrets if you get the chance.

I'm glad you have found so much you like. I'll add more response to your comment soon.

Thanks for the update! I love it!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

It's cool, lbangs, I didn't think you were ignoring me, I know you're a busy man. Congrats on the new job! I eagerly await your further response.

The Stones song was one of my toughest calls, and secretly, I still waffle on it at times. Everytime I hear She's Like a Rainbow, my resolve desolves...

As Jim says below, Adam Again is a tough call here. They certainly belong on this list, but a song simply cannot do them justice. They tend to make album length works. Perhaps somebody will burn off some tracks and post them on Kaaza just for you. The tooth fairy, maybe...

I'd be very curious to see if a really good version of the Zep song might sway you a bit. It hangs on the production, and I can't help but think that it isn't well serve by a MP3. You might also try When the Levee Breaks or Battle of Evermore, two songs on IV that, IMHO, rival Stairway.

Thanks for the congrats! Boy, this job is going to keep me in shape - lots of heavy stuff, lots of stairs.

I'm thrilled you scored Automatic and Sun Sessions (alas, our departing half.com, you will be missed). I hope they don't disappoint.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Lessee, half.com has an Adam Again CD in stock called Live at Cornerstone 2000. Is that worth buying?

I've only listened to each album once, but so far I'm loving both of them. But half.com is departing? I didn't hear about that... :-(

Any word on the Joni Mitchell song, lbangs?

Nah, unless it is really cheap, I would pass on the live disc.

I'm very happy you are enjoying the new albums! Great music!

Ebay recently announced that they will be closing half.com. They claim that all that business will probably shift over to 'buy it now' auctions in ebay proper. I doubt it. Too bad :(.

Still working on the Mitchell. Gee, you could just about choose one from Blue or Court and Spark at random and end up with an excellent answer. I'm a thinkin'...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Alright, still looking for Adam Again, but I did find some Mark Heard songs on Kazaa yesterday. No "Hammers and Nails", but I downloaded "This Could Be The Last Time", "The Winds of Time", and "One of the Dominoes." I thought that the last two were awesome and the first was decent.

Alright! I finally found "Hammers and Nails" and I love it. I wanna buy some Mark Heard albums, and I noticed that half.com just got a few in - no Satellite Sky though, so I'm not sure which ones would be the best to pick up. How about a 2003CC on Mark Heard whenever you get a chance, or if you don't have enough time, could you just tell me which Mark Heard albums you like next best after Satellite Sky?

Great! I'm very happy you love the song.

A few years before Heard died, he began making albums in a home studio and selling them through the mail. As a result, he had complete control over these albums, and they are probably his best. They include the very folky Second Hand, the wonderful Dry Bones Dance (think rock band breaking down in Louisiana and jamming out on the local instruments), and, of course, Satellite Sky. Many fans favor Dry Bones over Satellite; you cannot go wrong with either, or Second Hand, for that matter.

Earlier albums are hit and miss. His songwriting is usually great, but production varies wildly. Stop the Dominoes and, especially, Victims of the Age are the best from this period.

Between these two periods, he released a very odd album where he went techno (!) and played all the instruments on the album. Credited to iDEoLA, the album, Tribal Opera, sounds dated today, but does feature some of his very best songwriting.

I hope that helps! CC Mark Heard would be nearly impossible - He is obscure enough not to appear in most guides OR to have been reviewed by most critics!

Too bad, since, in my little world, he really does stand up there with Elvis Costello, Gene Eugene and Bob Dylan as one of the very, very best songwriters ever...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

And, thanks to Murphy's Law, none of the albums you mention are available at half.com. "Stop the Dominoes" and "Victims of the Age" were at one point, but now they aren't in stock. We do have "High Noon", "Reflections of a Former Life", and two different Greatest Hits CDs, one comprising:

1. Heart Of Hearts
2. Winds Of Time, The
3. Stranded At The Station
4. Threw It Away
5. Victims Of The Age
6. Stuck In The Middle
7. Golden Age, The
8. One Of The Dominoes
9. Dancing At The Policeman's Ball
10. Everybody Loves A Holy War
11. One Night Stand
12. Faces In Cabs
13. Nothing Is Bothering Me

And the other comprising these 13 songs in a different order, plus "Eye of the Storm." The one available at buy.com is the latter.

Are these all pretty mediocre, or are some worth buying?

You want to nab High Noon. It is a compilation from the three later albums I mentioned above with a few rarities thrown in. While it lacks the unity of his actual albums, it does contain many of his best songs. A few of the bonus tracks don't live up to his previously released gems, and it is missing some great tunes from Satellite Sky, such as Freight Train to Nowhere ("She can trace the tricks of the tracks / Like the ribs of a rattlesnake / Til all her pastel chalk lines of fact / Are erased like a school girl's slate") and Long Way Down. It does, however, contain the excellent Hammer and Nails, along with Strong Hand of Love, I Just Wanna Get Warm, Another Day in Limbo (one of his best 'singles'), The Dry Bones Dance (great), House of Broken Dreams (classic), Love Is So Blind, and Nod Over Coffee (there's a remake of this one by a folk artist named Pierce Pettis that may even better Mark's version!).

So, not perfect, but pretty great all the same.

I've heard one of those 'greatest hits' (Like he had a hit!), and while most of the material is pretty good, the selection has no rhyme or reason, the album doesn't flow well at all, and the sound quality was subpar. Maybe the later one (I think the one with Eye of the Storm is the newer one) improves on this! These are all from the earlier albums; at least four of the songs are from Victims of the Age, so that's not a bad thing.

Good luck!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

PS - I'll talk to that tooth fairy and see if she can't stick some Adam Again and Mark Heard songs out on Kazaa Monday night. No promise, but we'll see...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

You can tell the tooth fairy I'm sorry, but I can't be online Monday night or actually any night this week, because I'm entering what we in the theater profession commonly refer to as "hell week", which is a week of rehearsals that go from about 6-11 each night. I perform this weekend, so after that, I'll probably have more time to be on Kazaa.

P.S. In case anyone was wondering, I'm in the musical "Pajama Game", playing Pop, the eccentric father of the female lead.

Blasted postal service... lost my High Noon CD...

Ouch! Did the seller send it insured? (Or need I even ask?)

That is a shame. They're still some tracks out there on Kazaa, ya know...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Actually, the seller was very nice about it. He / she offered to refund the money or send me another copy. I asked him / her to send it again. It's just annoying about the whole mail thing, how I ordered it way back in April. I'll be sure to give him / her some positive feedback.

I would download some more tracks on Kazaa, but I want most of the album to be new to me when it does come in.

P.S. From today, I finally see that most of the action on Listology happens in the middle of the day on weekdays. So this is what you all have been doing while I was at school, only occasionally being able to squeeze some time in to visit the computer lab. I'm glad to be a part of the real action again. :-)

I grab my Listology time when I can, which is often in the hours before lunch and around 3 PM local time. Some nights I have a chance to jump on, but those nights are growing fewer and fewer.

I always could be here at lunch, but truth be told, I usually walk to the central library, about four blocks away, and read during lunch. Gets me out of this building, and keeps my brain from atrophying more than it already does at this job!

So, welcome to where the action is. (Wow, I feel like Shaft saying that!)

Good luck on the next disc.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Yay! "High Noon" came in! I'll listen to it as soon as I finish listening to "Something / Anything?" :-)

Very nice! I pulled out my copy a few nights ago. You may not dig every song, but I'm sure you'll fall in love with at least a few. Some great stuff there!

But, by all means, take your time with the Rundgren!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Congrats on the new job!

Thanks!

Nothing fancy or great, but it will keep the lights on here for a bit!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Yay!!!!! Automatic for the People just came in from half.com, along with the other CD I ordered from that site... (drum roll please) ... THE SUN SESSIONS!

P.S. Been trying to find Homeboys on Kazaa, no such luck so far. I even tried searching for "Unfunny" again but can never come up with it; I'm lucky I was on when I did. Don't get me wrong, I do like the song, but I guess I just don't Dig them as much as you do, nor do I think their music is Perfecta. :-)

I wouldn't pigeonhole Adam Again based on one song. I bought Dig based on LBangs' enthusiasm two years ago, and it still finds its way into rotation here at Casa Biancolo. Most albums I buy end up more-or-less permanantly shelved, perhaps after pulling off a couple tracks for a mix, but not that one. There are only a few bands where I rip entire albums, and Adam Again is one of them. That said, I haven't bought any of their other albums, but I don't buy much music these days.

Alright, lbangs, here comes a mini-update on my quest for greater musical appreciation. I picked up a copy of "The Velvet Underground and Nico", which, as I'm sure you know, contains "Heroin." It's a very interesting album. I liked a lot of it, some of it annoyed me, but it definitely intrigued me enough to yearn for more Velvet Underground. As for the song "Heroin", it's one of my favorites on the CD, but I'll have to listen to it a few more times before I can nail down a definite favorite.

P.S. - The credits for the CD only list one person doing vocals: Lou Reed. Is this correct? I find it a little hard to believe; the singer of "Femme Fatale" sounds nothing like the singer of the very next track, "Venus in Furs." The latter somewhat reminds me of Mick Jagger, while the former reminds me of the Emcee from "Cabaret."

Nico provides the husky, German-accented female vocals. If memory serves me well, she is credited as 'chanteuse', the French word for a female singer. In English, I believe it is usually used to denote a female nightclub singer. You get the idea...

Obviously, I am assuming she is the MC Cabaret voice, while Reed is the Jaggerish voice you described.

I'm glad you nabbed the album. While not my favorite VU disc (I favor the third album), I do love it. It took me several spins to warm to certain sections, however. At times, it aims to annoy, and over time, even the annoying seems dead-on right.

I remember my hallmates in college getting really ticked when I forgot to turn my stereo down late one night while listening to this album! I guess I'm one of the only people who can actually go to sleep with the Velvets at high volume!

The third album (simply 'The Velvet Underground') is much more folk-oriented in style, that not without its experimental touches. No European Son, however... ;)

Thanks for the update! You certainly are scoring a nice variety of great discs!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

BTW, if AJ, if you are online right now, you really should try searching for a few Adam Again and Mark Heard tunes...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I did order "High Noon", so I didn't search for Heard. I found a couple Adam Again songs though, but I don't think they're yours (even though I tried searching for Adam Again 4 times), unless you're either soul_evolution or grantb4davis. Also, no "Homeboys" or "No Regrets", but I have two songs downloading right now.

BTW, in case I do find some songs from you, you'll know it's me because my username is billybobjoe, but I share it with my brother, so if you check my downloads and find some crappy songs, they're probably his.

Nope, those aren't me. Do you hit 'search more' if your initial search is fruitless?

Good luck! The whole of Adam Again's Dig and Perfecta is out there, along with all of Heard's Satellite Sky and selections from High Noon.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Yep. I don't know why it's not working. And right now my brother has possession of the computer that has Kazaa on it, and he's being rather tyrannical about his position.

$#@&! Of the two songs I had downloading, one didn't complete, and the other one won't play. Bloody "Dig" mp3. I'll keep looking, but I'm starting to think that Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos don't want me to find any more Adam Again.

P.S. Pardon the allusion to Roman mythology. I have an AP Latin test on Friday.

There are far worse things those three could cut short other than a song download!

I'll try to put that stuff back out there later in the week; maybe we can work it out next time!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

(PS - LATIN quiz? Aren't those the Greek names, the Roman being Nona, Decuma, and Morta (all sic)? Or is my sorry memory tricking me again?)

Thanks, I don't know what was going on there the last time. And you're probably right about the Fates, I think my teacher gave me the Greek names. But this is no mere Latin quiz, my friend; this is the bigass, three-hour Catullus / Horace test, what all my Latin classes this year have been leading up to. I hate and I love. For which reason do I do this, you may ask? I do not know. But I feel it to happen and I am tormented.

Of course, at the moment, I'm cramming for tomorrow's AP chemistry test...

lbangs, are you tr@kazaa.com? If you are, then you probably already know what happened last night. If you aren't, then lemme enlighten you.

I have not forgotten about Adam Again. I do sporadic searches for him on Kazaa and usually find nothing. But I tried last night and was surprised to see a ton of files, all from the screen name "tr." I downloaded three songs, and they downloaded pretty quickly. I figured, what the hell, let's go nuts, and downloaded fifteen more songs (and left my computer on all night). Of the fifteen, fourteen actually worked.

I now have an Adam Again playlist on Kazaa consisting of: Tree House, Trouble With Lies, Unfunny, Try Not to Try, Air, Life in the First Degree, Miracles, Morning Song, Walk Away, Homeboys, No Regrets, Save Me, The Fine Line, Worldwide, So Long, Dig, Walk Between the Raindrops, and Songwork. I haven't finished the playlist yet, but, while I'm still hesitant to call him the best artist of the 90's, I do have a much greater appreciation for Adam Again now.

Yikes! I just wrote a lengthy response and accidentally closed my window before posting it. Drats!

So, for now, I'm afraid you're getting the Readers' Digest version!

Nope, that's not me, but whoever that is has quite the collections of Adam Again material.

Here's how the songs match up to the albums:

In a New World of Time:

Life in the First Degree
Miracles
Morning Song
Walk Away

Ten Songs by Adam Again:

Tree House
Trouble with Lies

Homeboys:

Homeboys
No Regrets
Save Me
The Fine Line

Dig:

Worldwide
So Long
Dig
Walk Between the Raindrops
Songwork

Perfecta:

Unfunny
Try Not to Try
Air

You can find my opinions on these here, but in short, Adam Again went through a huge leap in quality with their first album of the 90s, Homeboys, and it is those last three albums that really make the claim for greatness for the band.

Oddly, those songs are pretty much the highlights of the albums until you hit Dig, which does include Dig and Songwork, but misses what for me are the other stand-outs of the albums. If you ever get the chance to hear Deep; Hopeless, Etc; Hidden, Hidden; or River on Fire, jump at it!

I'm thrilled you found the songs and are enjoying them. It is very wise to be hesitant to label the band the best of the past decade until you've heard the entire albums, and even then, they have some very, very tough competition, especially from Pavement...

Enjoy!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Whoa, I actually managed to download the highlights of each album besides Dig? That's weird. I must be psychic or something. Because tr had a good number of Adam Again songs that I didn't download.

I do remember seeing a few of those other Dig songs that you mention, so if tr is on again, I will be sure to download those.

And speaking of acquiring a metric ton of illegal music, today I hung out at my uncle's house. He was generous enough to give me free access to his CD burner and extensive music collection. I burned a ton of his CDs:

1. REM - Eponymous
2. Counting Crows - This Desert Life
3. Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill
4. Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
5. Grateful Dead - Europe '72 (my uncle used to be a HUGE Deadhead)
6. Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic
7. Counting Crows - August and Everything After
8. REM - Reckoning
9. Grateful Dead - In the Dark
10. REM - Monster
11. Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds - Live at Luther College
12. Joe Jackson - Look Sharp
13. Green Day - Dookie
14. Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
15. U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind

Now, in all fairness, I probably wasn't going to buy these CDs anyway, and if I really love one, I might buy it, just to get the full experience of the CD. But hey. I don't need to justify anything. These artists wouldn't see my hard-earned cash, it would go right to those bastard record company executives. I'm sticking it to the man!

And, in other news, I did obtain three CD's today legally: Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers, Joni Mitchell's Blue, and The Who's Live at Leeds. I think maybe I shouldn't have bought the Who CD, since it's probably an Astley remaster, but you can't remix a live album, can you? So it can't be THAT bad...

Anyway, between 18 Adam Again songs, 15 burned albums, and 3 new albums, I'll have my work cut out for me in the next couple of days. Or weeks.

Finally, as for my pick for best artist of the 90's, Adam Again and Pavement are certainly way up there, as are Oasis, REM, Mark Heard, Nirvana, and the Flaming Lips. That of course is excluding my very subjective love for Barenaked Ladies, They Might Be Giants, Weird Al, and Dave Matthews (but I actually have been listening to him less and less for some reason). Anyway, I don't know enough about any of the above artists, sadly, so I couldn't pick a single greatest artist of the 90's quite yet.

Wow! I *LOVE* the Dig material! That's my favorite stuff out of all the Adam Again songs, although sadly, the "Dig" mp3 I downloaded didn't work AGAIN. I'm beginning to think that all of the files on Kazaa called Dig.mp3 are just put there to mock me.

Sadly, I have to make a subtraction from the above list of albums. My uncle had two copies of U2's ATYCLB, one that he burned before he got the album, and then the actual album. He gave me the burned copy, but when I played it today, I discovered that the songs weren't in the original sequence, and some of the songs were actually poor-sounding bootlegs of the live versions. I'll have to scrap that one and pick up the actual CD when I get a chance (maybe).

You all probably want to know what I think of all these albums. Or maybe you don't care, but I'll tell you anyway. Here's what I thought of the ones I listened to today:

Live at Luther College - Selected randomly as the first album I listened to. Dave's live material is usually excellent, and this album has quite a good set list, but it's missing the usual energy of Dave's live albums. I think that's due to the fact that Dave didn't have his band with him and is just playing with that Tim Reynolds guy. It was an interesting experiment, but it didn't work for me.

This Desert Life - Selected randomly as the second album I listened to. This was excellent. I really like the Counting Crows.

Eponymous - I usually don't do greatest hits collections when I have every intention of buying most of the artist's albums, but hey, it's free, right? Sadly, the different versions of the songs were lost on me because I hadn't heard the original versions. But this was a good collection of material from REM, a band I'm liking more and more the more I hear of them.

Toys in the Attic - I liked this album a LOT more than I expected to. I didn't think Aerosmith was really my favorite genre of music, but in a way, this hard rock had a softer touch to it. I liked it a lot more than, say, Appetite for Destruction. I'm coming to realize that my favorite style of music is in between hard rock and soft rock. Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" is an okay song, but it's too soft for me. At the same time, Guns n Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" is also pretty good, but too hard for me. Give me something in between, like, say, Billy Joel's "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant", or, say, something on Toys in the Attic. (Of course, if a very hard or very soft song is fabulous, it might transcend my initial genre preferences and I'll still love it. For example, James Taylor's "Fire and Rain", Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", virtually anything on Carole King's Tapestry, virtually anything by the White Stripes, etc.)

In the Dark - I mainly listened to this album as a test to see if I liked Grateful Dead music well after what many consider to be their peak, around American Beauty and Workingman's Dead. I'll have to listen to it again to make sure, but as for right now, my answer is that I do (or at least this one album).

Live at Leeds - I do think that Jon Astley screwed up this album, but I enjoyed it in spite of his shoddy remastering which has all but sucked the soul out of the music. I thought you couldn't remix a live album, but maybe I don't really understand the concept of mixing as well as I thought I did. Still, I'm really loving the Who, and I'm eager to explore more of their music.

Well, I still have a lot of music to get through, so I'll keep everyone updated, whether you care or not!

Great! I'm thrilled you dig the Dig tunes. Great stuff.

You also have some terrific albums there.

If you like This Desert Life, you should love August and Everything After. Eponymous is a pretty good comp. Those different versions really aren't that different, so the album is pretty representative.

Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic and Rocks (which I like even more than Toys) are simply worlds away from most of the band's subsequent output. Both albums are well worth a few listens.

Live at Leeds - Well, yup, when a live concert is recorded so that each instrument is captured on a different track of tape, it can certainly be remixed. Really, though, Live at Leeds never sounded GREAT, and Astley probably did less harm to this album and The Who Sells Out than to any other Who album. The extra songs may well make this the preferred CD version of this pivotal concert. A lot of heavy metal bands were born here.

i'm off to fax my resume to a company. I'll be back.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Hmm... then are you saying you would recommend Astley's The Who Sell Out over the original version? Or if not, do you know of any place where the superior version can be found? I see that amazon.ca only has the remaster...

First of all, lbangs, good luck on the job search.

Second of all, here are my comments on the other albums, for anyone out there who's still interested:

Sticky Fingers and Blue - Both awesome albums, but I still like Who's Next best for 1971.

Can't Buy a Thrill - Another great album.

Dookie - Eh, I liked this about as much as I expected. Nothing spectacular, but certainly listenable.

Look Sharp! - I liked this a lot more than I expected. I'll have to pick up some more Joe Jackson CDs. Oh, and this album cover is now one of my favorites of all time.

Monster - www.listsofbests.com now has a list of worst: Maxim Magazine's 30 Worst Albums. Monster is considered the 5th-worst album of all-time. I definitely wouldn't go that far, but at the same time, I don't think it's anywhere near to being up to par with the rest of REM's stuff.

August and Everything After - As lbangs predicted, I love this album. Excellent work by that nice Jewish boy from Baltimore.

Europe '72 - The Grateful Dead are legendary for their live performances and sheer volume of live albums. But I was still on the first CD when I began to think, "Jeez, am I still listening to the same album?" I was not a big fan of Europe '72. It dragged along for about two hours, and instead of energizing me, like most live performances do, it bored me. Sad.

Jagged Little Pill - I thought this was okay, but not good enough to buy another Alanis album, or even to put her as a candidate for my Top 9 Artists list.

I recently pulled Monster off the shelf after a loooong hiatus (I didn't care for it when I first listened to it, and there were always other REM albums to choose from) and mysteriously I like it quite a bit better than when it first came out. Certainly to list it as #5 on a worst of all time list is absurd, IMO. Perhaps they were just baiting with that one though, since most other albums on that list deserve to be there, or at least legitimately contend.

Well, I don't agree that "every single album" by Oasis should be here. I rather like Oasis. And I can't agree or disagree with the other choices on the list, since Monster and one Oasis album are all that I own from it. But I've never liked Tiffany, Hanson, Ricky Martin, Yoko Ono, or Vanilla Ice (among others on the list), and just the thought of albums by Leonard Nimoy, Regis Philbin, Bruce Willis, and David Hasselhoff makes me want to retch.

Thanks!

I'm glad you are enjoying Sticky Fingers, Blue, Can't Buy a Thrill, August and Everything After, and Look Sharp!. Dookie is not too bad, but honestly, I favor Warning or International Superhits!.

I've warmed to Monster a bit over the years. It is far from the band's best, but certainly sticking it as the 5th worst album ever is just comment-baiting. Have these people never heard Having Fun on Stage with Elvis? Those crazy Maxim men...

The Grateful Dead have built their reputation with live shows, which is why Deadheads hate folks like me when we champion the studio-based Workingman's Dead and American Beauty over most of the live material out there. If you want to hear them live, Two From the Vault or Dick's Picks Volume 4 capture them closer to their 68-70 peak.

Alanis ain't bad, but boy, there were a few years there were to hint that she wasn't in the same league as Joni Mitchell would get you clobber at some colleges! For every song on Pill I like (You Oughta Know, Ironic), there was one that drove me nuts (You Learn). A few just seem poorly-consturcted, with great sections that seem too jammed together to really gell, IMHO (Hand in My Pocket). Still, I liked the album more than I disliked it.

You might want to give Joe Jackson's Look Sharp! follow-up, I'm the Man, a shot...

Enjoy!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Hmm, I think my brother owns Internation Superhits! I may have to borrow that and give it a listen.

I agree with you on the Dead. I would much rather listen to American Beauty or Workingman's Dead or (and I'm sure you'll disagree with this) In the Dark than Europe '72 again.

My uncle also had I'm the Man, and I would've burned it, except I didn't expect to like Look Sharp! as much as I did. Maybe if he gives me another burning free-for-all again...

I really liked Reckoning and I've loved the half of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere that I've listened to. Great stuff!

P.S. "Anna Begins" may be my favorite song on August and Everything After, though it may be too early to tell.


I can confirm lbangs assertion that Nico sang the vocal on Femme Fatale, plus also on I’ll Be Your Mirror, Sunday Morning and All Tomorrow’s Parties. Lou Reed sang the lead on all the other songs (and wrote them) - including Heroin. Considered by many to be the best from the album are Heroin, I’m Waiting For The Man (waiting for his dealer), and Venus In Furs.

Tomorrow night (Saturday 21st June) I have tickets to see John Cale live at a club close to where I live (in England). John Cale occasionally shared writing credits with Lou Reed, and was his right-hand man throughout, including more recent Velvet reunions.

I have the vinyl album in front of me at this very second. I don’t know if the CD has the same photos as the vinyl, but on the inside cover top right picture Nico is the blonde lady and John Cale is the chap on her left / viewer’s right.

Hey bangs,

I tell you, one song I have not been able to get out of head for the last few days is "Go All the Way" by The Raspberries. Also, "Baby Blue" by Badfinger has been lingering in the corners that "Go All the Way" hasn't dominated.

Feeling seduced by Power Pop,
Johnny Waco

Did I mention I recently picked up a used Cheap Trick Live at Budokan for 99 cents? :)

Great to hear from you. Hope all is well.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I'm going to see Cheap Trick tonight! For $10!!

Nice, and a killer price to boot! You'll have to let me know how it goes. I've heard rumors that of all the 70s bands still playing, they are the best live. You should love it.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs (Quite green about the eyes...)

L, I just listened to the Box Tops "The Letter" very loud while going 90 miles an hour in upstate NH and I must say it would make a list of my Best Rock Songs....I also had a Cd with Janis Joplin's Mercedes Benz on it too. Not sure it is a Rock song in the strictest sense but it would be another killer choice.

Great Janis Joplin song. I'll have to think a bit about if it is my favorite by her, though, but The Letter? Heck, that's a no-brainer! Thanks.

I never in a million years would have guessed that that lead singer was a 17 year old white boy who would later start one of the best power pop / proto-alternative bands ever. Sometimes, truth is stranger...

Thanks! And keep you eyes on the road, Smokey!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

On that note: What about Big Star?
"Ballad of El Goodo" would be on my list for sure!

I appreciate its your list but to continue the theme. My favorite Replacements song might be Alex Chilton.

Wow, I'm still plowing through Replacement songs. I love Alex Chilton, but I'm not sure the ragged Happy Town, the beautiful Skyway, and the mainstream but infectious I'll Be You ain't fight a good battle.

Still, children by the millions...

Alex has inspired some great tributes. I remember seeing Counting Crows live in 1994 (I think). On Mr. Jones, instead of, "I wanna be Bob Dylan / I wanna be a big star," Adam sang, " I wanna be Alex Chilton / I wanna be in Big Star."

Cool.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I've been considering Big Star. That's a great song.

Truth is, though, I think I'm leaning to the largely ignored Life is White off of Radio City. That wailing harmonica, that way Chilton sings, "Don't want to see your face," right before the stuttering guitar chord rips in. Big Star has tons of killer songs, but that one always stands out to me. I love it.

I'll probably add it soon. I probably should spin Sister 3 one more time before I do, though...

Thanks!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs


I just noticed Human League - Seconds. Not well-known, but probably my favourite also.

Great song, isn't it? I like all of Dare. It is too bad all anyone knows of it is the single, Don't You Want Me. Good song, but not really very representative of the album...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs


No listing for Free ? My favourite band in three categories: rock, blues, vocalist.

Rock favourite: Woman.

Blues: (so many) Moonshine (from Free live), Only My Soul, Mourning Sad Morning.

Vocalist: Paul Rodgers - the best ever blues voice, and a fantastic rock voice too.

I don't think I'm quite the Free fan you are. (Well, alright, I know I'm not the Free fan you are.) I don't mind them too much, but honestly, no song really stands out for me. Perhaps if I hear some more...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs


FREE - PLAY LOUD.

Rodgers is God!


Here's what to do.

Beg borrow or steal (or download) a copy of 'Allright Now' (or 'Woman').

Put it on the hi-fi and turn it up loud. Play it three times in quick succession.

First listen concentrate on the lead guitar. Paul Kossoff is often put up there with Clapton, Beck and Page. Son of David Kossoff (the actor), he died of a heroin overdose shortly after leaving Free in 1976.

Second time listen to the rhythm section, with a 17-year-old Andy Fraser on bass and Simon Kirke on drums (later formed Bad Company with Rodgers). Note how thin the music is. This is because Paul Kossoff only plays sporadic riffs, and little or no rhythm, so the two-piece rhythm section often have to carry many of their tracks - they have to be good.

Third time listen to THE VOICE. If you think he rocks, he is even better at the blues.

You will be hooked.

Whilst Allright Now is their most famous song (a mega-single in the UK), it is not their best. However, it will be their most easily obtainable, and a great starting point.


Don’t just listen to me. Read the reviews from others on Amazon and here and here (this live album is fantabidozee) and here and here and here. It is not enough to listen to just one or two songs in isolation, because to really appreciate Rodger's range and style and emotion and his power you need to hear a good few songs, probably over a period of weeks.


Add to my list of favourite Free (Blues) songs:

Be My Freind (BBC Sessions version - one of the CD bonus tracks from the album &nbspHighway) &nbsp- the vocals on this are extraordinary. Paul Kossoff apparently caled this their greatest ever work.


See my list My Favourite Songs:

1. The Beatles - Let It Be - the most beautiful song ever ?
2. Free - Be My Friend (BBC Sessions version) - Paul Rodgers has the best-ever blues voice.
3. Velvet Underground - Pale Blue Eyes - almost as good as Let It Be
4. Cockney Rebel - Cavaliers (this is truly, truly great) - from the album 'Psychomodo' (1975)
5. Procol Harem - A Whiter Shade of Pale
6. T. Rex - Jeepster - great dance music from the seventies, this rocks !
7. Al Green - Tired Of Being Alone - is this the best soul song ever ? (NOT ROCK)
8. The Who - Baba O’Reilly
9. Rod Stewart - Maggie May/Reason To Believe (from my schooldays)
10. Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK (never did more energy permeate a song)

I really can't decide, it's like choosing between your children. I'm just going to put down some song names and you can arrange them in your mind by yourself.

Baba O'Riley-The Who
Bohemian Rhapsody-Queen
Black Dog-Led Zeppelin
5:15-The Who
Stairway to Heaven-Led Zeppelin
Substitute-The Who
Satisfaction-The Rolling Stones
Killer Queen-Queen
Roundabout-Yes
Aqualung-Jethro Tull
Bouree-Jethro Tull
Let It Be-The Beatles
Fire-Jimi Hendrix
Sunshine Of Your Love-Cream
Iron Man-Black Sabbath
Miss You-The Rolling Stones
Don't Fear The Reaper-Blue Oyster Cult
Back In Black-AC/DC
The Whistler-Jethro Tull
Smells Like Teen Spirit-Nirvana
Sympathy For The Devil-The Rolling Stones

great list, finally the recognition The Night they drove old dixie down deserves, fantastic song, check out the zombies, time of the season, greatest lines in all of rock and roll are, "what's your name/who's your daddy/ is he rich like me?"

That is a great song; let me think about whether to put it above or not.

The Zombies actually have several excellent tunes, even if that one is far and away the most popular...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I would recommend "A Case of You" by Joni Mitchell , from her "Blue" album. It has managed to influence nearly all great modern singer-songwriters from Tori Amos to Diana Krall

That is a terrific song, and it was one of the five considered. I give the above a slight nod over top, but my, just pick a song from Blue or Court & Spark at random, and you have a contender.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

My recommendations (excuse me if some of these have been included in other comments)

Darkness on the Edge of Town - Springsteen
I'm Your Man - Leonard Cohen
Cold, Cold Ground - Tom Waits
Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us - Sam Phillips
Gun Sale at the Church - The Beat Farmers
Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons
Series of Dreams - Bob Dylan
Jole Blon - Buddy Holly
Cold Irons Bound - Bob Dylan
She's the One - Springsteen
Who Do You Love - Bo Diddly
Tower of Song - Leonard Cohen
Mexico City - Jolie Holland
Cleaning Windows - Van Morrison

Those are some great suggestions, many of them only absent from the list because of my "one song per artist" rule. I particularly love Darkness...

I need to pick a Cohen song, don't I? :) I'll ponder...

Thanks!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs