VINYL CONFESSIONS – 6/19/2019

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kansas - leftoverture

KANSAS – Leftoverture
What can I say? I unashamably love the song “Carry On Wayward Son”. The rest of the album is okay too, I guess…

david lee roth - crazy from the heat

DAVID LEE ROTH – Crazy From The Heat
So, I have to admit that I’m not really a fan of David Lee Roth. Either his solo stuff, or the time he spent in Van Halen. There are a couple of catchy songs that I do like; however, I’ve never really owned any of his releases…until I kept seeing this EP of covers he did after leaving Van Halen at Half Price Books, looking forlorn and lonely, like a puppy wanting a home. So I gave it a home. Eh, not losing sleep over this one…

doors - alive she cried

The DOORS – Alive She Cried
Back in the summer after I graduated High School, I purchased the boxed set that collected all of The Doors’ live matterial onto two cassettes, and played them until they wore out. Here’s one of the live albums that was featured, that I found at Half Price Books. I was immediately taken back to those late summer nights wherein I would walk around the farm with this playing on my walkman, pretending to be Jim Morrison…um, I may have shared a bit too much, here…

jimi hendrex - axis bold as love

JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE- Axis: Bold As Love
The second release from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Axis: Bold As Love needs to be heard as a whole, instead of just a collection of singles…also, fantastic psychadelic artwork in a gatefold cover, there…

golden earring - moontan

GOLDEN EARRING – Moontan
This is the one with one of two Golden Earring songs that I was, up to now, familiar with: “Radar Love”. The rest of the album is pretty good, too…

krokus - one vice at a time

KROKUS – One Vice At A Time
Krokus may have been considered Switzerland’s poor-man’s AC/DC, but it’s still good crunchy hard rock, here…

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Vinyl Confessions: RIGHTEOUS METAL III

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saint - in the battle
SAINT – In The Battle
This was a comeback of sorts for Saint, getting back their original singer and their original heavy metal LIKE GOD INTENDED; a decade or so later, they remaster and re-released this with new artwork and on gorgeous white vinyl…fan-tastic, really…

philadelphia - search and destroy

PHILADELPHIA – Search & Destroy
Here was the Holy Grail of rare early metal releases, trying to find it since hearing the title cut on the cheesy yet fun Righteous Metal compilation; thanks to Roxx Records, I now have it, on gold vinyl and a greatly improved album cover artwork…came with a sticker of the album artwork as well…

xdisciplex - heaven + hell

xDISCIPLEx A.D. – Heaven & Hell
Randomly ran into this one at Half Price Books perusing their used vinyl, and grabbed it immediately…great hardcore classic, pressed on clear vinyl…looks good, sounds good, bit of water damage on the cover, but otherwise a great find…

sacrament - testimony of apocalypse

SACRAMENT – Testimony Of Apocalypse
This album needed the vinyl treatment, and save for the spindle hole being a bit small, I have no complaints about this thrash classic re-release…

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Vinyl Confessions: ODDS N’ SODS II

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jimi hendrix - are you experienced
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE – Are You Experienced?
I originally got this as a cassette back when I was going through my whole college-age faux-hippie era, back when I would make my own bell bottoms, wear bright multi-colored scarves on my head, rose-tinted sunglasses, and stay up late drinking coffee and smoking clove cigarettes. Turns out, this debut album from the legendary Jimi Hendrix and his band is a solid front-to-back psychedelic rock album. This is obviously the US stereo release version, with that iconic cover art, as well as being an original release, rather than one of the recent re-releases…
jimi hendrix - smash hits
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE – Smash Hits
Back in High School, I would read in my rock and metal magazines about how Jimi Hendrix revolutionized guitar playing for the rock and metal bands to follow, and so I picked up this Greatest Hits package at a Target on cassette to check out what the hype was all about. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but over time the songs grew on me. I picked up this re-release, with way different cover art and 180-Gram Vinyl, because it was a used copy and cheaper than a new copy. Also, this has a couple of songs that were originally on the UK release of Are You Experienced that were omitted on the US release…
ramones - end of the century
The RAMONES – End Of The Century
This may be considered one of the less popular Ramones albums, but at least I can say I’m not a poser who just has the album “Blitzkrig Bop” is on…just the one “Rock And Roll High School” is on…
supertones - strike back
SUPERTONES – Supertones Strike Back
So I really can’t give a good explanation as to why I picked up this particular record, other than I saw it used at the Half Price Books, and recalled it didn’t suck as bad as their first album. Still, somehow I don’t foresee this getting a lot of spins…huh…

Vinyl Confessions: RIGHTEOUS METAL II

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In which I feature more of my favorite METAL bands that have something of a certain theological bent, let’s just say…
demon hunter - war
DEMON HUNTER – War
demon hunter - peace
DEMON HUNTER – Peace
Grouping these two together, as they were just released by Demon Hunter simultaneously. I got them as part of the deluxe pre-order I signed up for back when Solid State announced them, which included these two vinyl copies of the two albums. Nice looking, yes…sounds great, too…
fear not
FEAR NOT – Fear Not
A much-needed remastering, as well as new updated artwork…oh, and a release on vinyl, as this was originally released only on CD and cassette back in 1993, and vinyl records had fallen out of vogue as far as music media was concerned…
haven - your dying day
HAVEN – Your Dying Day
Another Roxx Productions remaster and re-release on vinyl of an out-of-print classic, this one from melodic heavy metal act Haven. Of course, I couldn’t have this one without getting…
haven - age of darkness
HAVEN – Age Of Darkness
…their second release, also an out-of-print classic in the genre, also given the same treatment by Roxx Productions. Gads, I love that company…

Vinyl Confessions: BUYING BACK MY CHILDHOOD, Part II

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Continuing on with the titles that I once owned as a boy, from grade school to the end of high school…
bruce springsteen - born in the usa
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – Born In The U.S.A.
Yeah, I was a fan of this album back in grade school. I wore out two copies of this album on cassette. And for those of you hipsters poo-pooing liking the so-called commercial sell-out album…so what? It got me to look into his other works and really appreciate his contribution to rock and roll…you know what? I don’t have to explain myself. I like this album…
joe satriani - dreaming #11
JOE SATRIANI – Dreaming #11
I first discovered Joe Satriani by way of a Flexi-Disc that was included in an issue of Guitar Player magazine which featured him on the cover. It was a combination of a bizarre guitar solo called “Power Cosmic” (which I can’t seem to find anywhere) which segued into a song called “The Crush Of Love”, which I fell in love with at the age of 13. I bought the cassette release of the EP that “The Crush Of Love” was on, which included three additional songs performed live. Good release. Found it on vinyl now…
stray cats - rant + rave
The STRAY CATS – Rant N’ Rave
So, once upon a time, there was a small grocery mart in a small town in Eastern Nebraska, called Marv’s. At the lone checkout counter was a box of dusty cassettes for sale, with several obscure titles. One of which was of The Stray Cats’ Rant N’ Rave (technically titled Rant N’ Rave With The Stray Cats). I bought that tape, as I was familiar with their other hits that weren’t on this release…but it was an interesting collection of Neo-rockabilly rock and roll with a punk attitude. Good enough to warrant picking up when I found it at the Half Price Books, then…
wham - make it big
WHAM! – Make It Big
Don’t look at me like that. For what it’s worth, I agree with Deadpool when he asserted that this was the album in which George Michael’s pop group earned that exclamation point at the end of their name. Say what you will, this is still an infectious 80s pop album, front to back. I have no shame in having this in my collection…

Vinyl Confessions: MULLET ROCK

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Some good classic hard rock from an era most refer to as “hair rock”, “butt rock” and “dad rock”, but I lovingly refer to as “mullet rock”. As someone who had more than one mullet in his teenage years (and Recovering Adolescent years), I wear that as a badge. Anyway, here are the ones in my collection thus far…
acdc - dirty deeds done dirt cheep
AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep
Obviously the American release version, with that cover and track listing. This is a bluesy hard rock classic, with several cuts that just lends itself to the format it’s printed on. The title track, “Rocker”, “Problem Child”, “Ride On”, and let’s not forget the middle school boy giggle-fest that is “Big Balls”…
acdc - for those about to rock
AC/DC – For Those About To Rock
This is the album that had to follow the juggernaut that was Back In Black (wondering why I don’t have that one on vinyl yet? So am I…looking to rectify that). This is still a solid album, though there’s really only two that are immediately recognizable as AC/DC classics: the title track, and “Let’s Get It Up”. Otherwise, there are some good rocking deeper cuts on this…
acdc - fly on the wall
AC/DC – Fly On The Wall
At this point, I’m pretty sure the band knew they weren’t going to hit the heights that was Back In Black, but they were okay with that. This one has some good cuts on here, including the title track, “Sink The Pink” and “Shake Your Foundations”; this is probably when the phrase “It’s an AC/DC album” was sufficient to describe any release of theirs at this point in the game…
sammy hagar - voa
SAMMY HAGAR – V.O.A.
I’m not a fan of Sammy Hagar. I am a listener of Sammy Hagar, though; meaning, I’m familiar with the hits he’s written. I’ve never owned an actual full album…well, I take that back. There was the low-budget live album on cassette that I never listened to. But, I got this particular album because I kept seeing it at the shop for months, just sitting there, forlorn and lonely, like a homeless kitty at a shelter. So…yeah, I gave it a good home. Also, there is the first track, “I Can’t Drive 55″…
ANTHRAX -- I'm the man
ANTHRAX – I’m The Man
Okay, so, not technically falling under the proper “Mullet Rock” tag, but as of this writing, this was the closest thing to fitting in with the others in my collection. Decent enough EP, though the live cuts are a bit on the thin side production-wise…

Songs That Suck: “NOTHIN’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU” (Glenn Medeiros)

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nothins gonna change my love for you
“NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU”
Glenn Medeiros
Amherst
1987
[from Glenn Medeiros

Okay, so this is technically a cover song. The original version of “Nothin’s Gonna Change My Love For You” was done by R&B singer/guitarist George Benson back in 1985. However, I’m not familiar with that original version, or of Mr. Benson’s work; it is the Glenn Medeiros version that I keep hearing in the most inopportune places, and that’s why I’ve included this as a Song That very much Sucks.

And before you ask, yes I am aware of the Nick Carter version. But, I neither have heard that version, nor care about that one. Or Nick Carter’s music. But, I digress.

I remember exactly where I was when I first heard “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”: I was on the school bus, on the 45-minute ride back home. The radio on the bus was tuned to the popular Top 40 station, and this song came on. Even at the tender age of 13, when my music tastes were still more or less dictated by what’s on heavy rotation on the radio, this song was just horrible. I’d heard my fair share of Adult Contemporary pop before, but my reaction had never been this kind of vehement. It was beyond sappy. It sounded like the kind of song a teenager would sing at the Congregational Church for his grandmother.

And that was kind of close to the truth. The guy who did this cover version, Glenn Medeiros, was 16 when he recorded the song after winning a local radio talent contest in Hawaii.It was one of those small, locally released on an independent label kind of things, like the kind you do at a karaoke booth to give out to your friends and family. But, because a visiting radio exec from Phoenix, Arizona happened to hear the song on the local radio there, the single made it’s way back to the mainland and went national. Thanks, guy.

But, you know what’s worse than listening to this AC dreck? Watching the accompanying video that was made. It’s essentially Medeiros walking around on a beach, with a girl in a pink dress. The same kind of visuals used for herpes medication advertisements during daytime television.

The thing is, as dry heave-inducing as this song is, it won’t seem to go away. Just like herpes, it seems to pop up in the most unusual and inopportune times, usually when shopping at a department store, or sitting in a hospital waiting room, or having come on whatever soap opera is playing when visiting Grandma and she’s watching her stories. And each time I want to run away screaming.

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