Monday, January 26, 2015

NOME - Eagle

Here’s some electronic rock from the UK band NOME. The song is called “Eagle” and I am really enjoying it. Check it out for yourself and tell me if you enjoy it too!

NOME … you rock!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Greatest Album Is...Highway To Hell

Every band that has been around for a while and released great records runs into this debate; what is their greatest album? The greatest album is…is a column dedicated to tackling that age old question. What is the greatest album recorded by AC/DC? Join with us now as the question is answered and arguments are made that the greatest AC/DC album is Highway To Hell.

It starts with one of the most recognizable riffs in rock and roll history. By the time the first notes to “Highway To Hell” are finished, every listener with ears knows what song is playing. It finishes with the very original, albeit highly controversial, “Night Prowler,” an exceptional song about a stalker, or a boy sneaking into his girlfriend’s room, depending on which report is accepted. And in between are eight hard rocking, heavy hitting, extremely delightful, rock and roll songs with absolutely no filler.

The last album that Bon Scott ever recorded with AC/DC was 1979’s Highway To Hell. It is also the best album that AC/DC ever released. In the spring of 1979, the band set out to record the follow up to Powerage. When those sessions finished, AC/DC had Bon Scott’s last recorded album and their finest work ever. Not one song on Highway To Hell should be skipped. Each one is a magnificent work of art in its own right.

Highway To Hell is a pure hard rock masterpiece. Filled with themes of sexual desires, hard rocking riffs that no guitarist can duplicate, and the entertaining, double entendre lyrics that the band has become famous for; this was AC/DC at their best. There is a sense of urgency in all of Angus Young’s leads, evident on sensational tracks like “Touch Too Much,” “Highway To Hell,” and “If You Want Blood (You Got It).” The lyrics maintain the typical AC/DC playful style of drinking, partying, loving women of all types, and playing rock and roll.

Highway To Hell also contains one of the most overlooked gems recorded by AC/DC---“Love Hungry Man.” This is a terrific song that many fans have simply forgotten exists. A romper stomper bar room brawl of a song, “Love Hungry Man” highlights Bon Scott at his most prodigious. The yowls were perfect, the energy in his voice was simply amazing, and Angus’ guitar solo on this magnum opus is one that leaves other guitarists in envy. Go ahead and re-listen to this song and then ask yourself why in the world the band doesn’t play this one in concert more often.

Highway To Hell vaulted AC/DC to the top ranks of hard rock acts. And while Let There Be Rock saw the creation of one of their signature live tracks, and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap had a much more blatant sexual overtone, it was Highway To Hell that saw AC/DC reigning as champions of rock. Their future was full moon bright, and if Bon Scott had lived on, who knows where the band would have ended up.

AC/DC still managed to make incredible records with Brian Johnson after Bon Scott passed away, but there has never been another record quite like Highway To Hell. Every song is a sing along anthem that can be enjoyed over and over and over again. Every note of music is a song unto itself. Every Bon Scott yowl is a joyous celebration of all things grand. Yes, Back In Black is an incredible album in its own right, and yes, a huge argument can be made that Back In Black is AC/DC’s best album, but Back In Black is more of a celebration of the AC/DC yet to come. Highway To Hell is a celebration of the AC/DC that was at that moment. And that AC/DC was a joyous romp of young lads hitting their stride and reaching their musical peak.

The greatest AC/DC album is…Highway To Hell

Vital Statistics
Released: July 27, 1979
Produced by Robert “Mutt” Lange
RIAA Sales: 7x Platinum
Peak Position on US Charts:  17
Ranked number 200 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 500 greatest albums of all time

Highway To Hell

Track Listing
Highway To Hell
Girls Got Rhythm
Walk All Over You
Touch Too Much
Beating Around The Bush
Shot Down In Flames
Get It Hot
If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
Love Hungry Man
Night Prowler

Band Members
Bon Scott – Vocals
Angus Young – Lead Guitar
Malcom Young – Rhythm Guitar
Cliff Williams – Bass Guitar
Phil Rudd – Drums

Monday, January 19, 2015

Swanky Tiger - Half Light

This is an exceptional song by Swanky Tiger … “Half Light.” This is hard rock infused with heavy punk that just blows the headphones off of your ears.

I love the guitar riffs in this tune. Swanky Tiger… you rock!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review: Extreme - Pornograffitti Remastered

Ever since I first heard the piano notes and a woman’s voice crying out “Francis…!” I have been in love with Extreme’s second album. I owned the original on cassette before upgrading to CD years later. And now, the band has released a remastered, double disc, 25th Anniversary edition of the album, which sounds even better than ever.

Extreme is an amazing band that I have always believed never got the proper amount of attention and respect they deserved. And while their debut album was a solid, hard rock effort, it was their second release, Pornograffitti that showed the band and their fans the true sound of Extreme. Rock, Pop, Jazz, and Funk all blended into one amazing wall of music was the pronounced sound of Extreme. That was never showcased more than on Pornograffitti.

The remastered album brings back many memories with much more clarity. Almost every song on the record is a hit; the exception being “When I First Kissed You,” which is a song that I just never liked. I always felt that it was too swoony, that the band was trying too hard to be Frank Sinatra, or some jazz club act. And perhaps that was their intent for this one song, but it never sat well with me. Every other song on the record is fantastic! And while the remastered album memorized from my youth sounds truly outstanding, it is the bonus disc that makes this collection worth owning.

Along with the entire Pornografitti album, there is a second disc of deliciousness. B-sides “Nice Place To Visit” and “Sex N Love” are included in the package. Also on disc are two remix versions of “Get The Funk Out”, radio edits of “Money (In God We Trust) and “Decadence Dance,” and several versions of the bands biggest hit “More Than Words.” Four different versions of “More Than Words” are also contained, including an A Cappella version and a radio edit.

Overall, owning Extreme II: Pornograffitti is a no-brainer. The album still holds up 25 years later and sounds much better than any Nick Jonas, Taylor Swift, One Direction garbage that Ryan Seacrest shoved down our throats on New Year’s Eve. Extreme’s second album is funk rock at its finest. Even if you already own the record, do yourself a favor and get this double disc anniversary edition. It’s a huge upgrade for a small amount of dough.  

Track Listing
Decadence Dance
Lil Jack Horny
When I’m President
Get The Funk Out
More Than Words
Money (In God We Trust)
It’s (a Monster)
When I First Kissed You
Suzi (Wants Her All Day What)
He-Man Woman Hater
Song For Love
Hole Hearted
More Than Words Remix
Nice Place To Visit (Single B-side)
More Than Words – Radio Edit
Decadence Dance – Edit
Money (In God We Trust ) – Edit
More Than Words – A Capella
Get The Funk Out – What The Funk Mix
More Than Words – Non Percussion Version
Get The Funk Out – 12 Inch Remix
Sex N Love (Single B-side)

Monday, January 12, 2015

From Indian Lakes - Am I Alive

From Indian Lakes recently released a rather cool video for their single “Am I Alive.” The video originally debuted over at back in November.  

“Am I Alive” is an acoustic folk treat for the ears. I really enjoy lead singer Joey Vannucchi’s voice on this track. It’s soft, subtle, and an exceptional compliment to the music. This is a terrific song.

“Am I Alive” rocks!