Vinyl Confessions – 70s CLASSIC ROCK

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AEROSMITH – Get Your Wings
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AEROSMITH – Live Bootleg
…when it comes to Aerosmith, although I discovered them in the mid-80s initially, exploring their back catalogue has lead me to perfer their raw, bluesy 1970s output over anything they put out after Pump back in 1989. These two especially sound great, with Get Your Wings being something of an underrated classic, and Live Bootleg being a great live recording of the band.
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EAGLES – Greatest Hits
…I would suspect that The Dude from The Big Lebowski and I wouldn’t get along too well, as I tend to lean towards being a casual fan of The Eagles. Not enough to kick him out of the cab; I’ve only owned the two Greatest Hits packages they’ve put out back in the day. This one is my second favorite of the two.
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LED ZEPPELIN – IV
…okay, sure, there’s the accusations of massive plagurism by the band over the years, and I would tend to agree that “Stairway To Heaven” is overplayed ad nausium, but you have to admit that this album rocks from front to back. Also, this was the first Led Zeppelin album that I owned back when I was 16, so there’s the nostalgia factor.

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VINYL CONFESSIONS – 6/26/2019

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BOSTON – Don’t Look Back
The second of two of the good Boston albums. Also, you may note that this, along with other acquisitions I made the same day I got this, has the year this was released written on the front cover with a marker. Whoever decided this was a good idea, SHAME ON YOU.
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DURAN DURAN – Arena
Back when I got this originally on cassette in the mid-80s, this was (and still is, really) the only way I could experience one of my all-time favorite non-metal bands live. The vinyl I came across had a booklette insert in a gatefold cover. Nifty…
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BILLY IDOL – Rebel Yell
I remember reading about the recording of this particular album in one of the teeny-bopper mags that I was reading in grade school, and being introduced for the first time to the pop artist with a punk attitude known as Billy Idol. Also, this is my first Billy Idol album…seems appropriate, really…
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ZZ TOP – Afterburner
It may be one of the “commercial” ZZ Top records, but it’s a good, solid record. I first listened to the entirety of this in grade school, on the walkman the dentist let me listen to while doing some dental work, and liking it, all while clenching with anxiety from the drilling…
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The CURE – Seventeen Seconds
I may be coming in late in the game with getting into The Cure, but at least I can get into them properly, with Robert Smith remastering and re-releasing everything on vinyl. This is an early look into what was to come on releases like Pornography and Disintegration…dark yet poppy…
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AEROSMITH – Toys In The Attic
After getting into Aerosmith with their Permanent Vacation release, and then their follow-up Pump becoming one of my oft-played favorites, I picked up a cassette copy of their classic Toys In The Attic in 1991…and didn’t really think much about it. Now that I picked it up on vinyl, after listening to it, aparently I was listening to the album all wrong…yeah, I’m becoming one of “those guys”…

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Songs That Suck: “PINK” (Aerosmith)

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“PINK”
Aerosmith
Columbia Records
1997
(from the album Nine Lives)

Bit of a Rock N’ Roll History Fun Fact: In 1977, the band Aerosmith decided against renting the same Convair CV-240 airplane that eventually crashed and killed members of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Aerosmith had concerns about the safty of the plane, and also questioned the seriousness of the plane’s crew, who seemed to be more of the partying type than serious pilots. Keep in mind, this is 70s-era Aerosmith, where the singer Steve Tyler and the guitarist Joe Perry were refereed to as the Toxic Twins. When 70s Aerosmith thinks you’re partying too hard…well, you get the idea.

The point of that is, since they survived to play another day, we never would have to ask, “What could have been?” like we do with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and others who died at the prime of their musical careers. With Aerosmith, we don’t have to. We know exactly what happened: “Pink” happened.

Released about a year before the release of the Ultimate Aerosmith Ballad You Can’t Get Away From that was on the Armageddon soundtrack (you know the one), “Pink” gets the Songs That Suck listing for one reason above all the others: This is a song about Steven Tyler’s love of vaginas.

Yes, you could argue that, this is Aerosmith. What else are they going to be singing about? Well, sure…except that this is late 90s Aerosmith we’re talking about, here. Not only were their pop relevance waning again (the last resurgence happened because of Run-D.M.C.), but at their age at the time, singing songs like this made them more creepy late middle-aged dirty old man creepy, rather than bad boys of rock n’ roll cool.

Also, this is a ballad. Nope.

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Hard Rock + Proto-Metal FEBRUARY: AEROSMITH

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Of course Aerosmith would be on this month’s list. Good old fashioned bluesy American hard rock straight out of Boston, Aerosmith had the swagger, the attitude, and the dedication to really become more than just another bar band out of Bean Town. Sure, they’re a rock band, and they may have had more misses than hits in the hard rock category in the later years of their existence, but popping on some of their classic tunes still gets the head bopping along with some of the smokiest riffs ever offered up in the 1970s, and even in the 1980s during their resurgence. But it’s their classic catalog that really holds up after all this time, really.

“Mama Kin”

“Train Kept A-Rollin'”

“Toys In The Attic”

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