Pink Floyd, Welcome To The Machine . . . The B-side, in North America, to the Have A Cigar single from Wish You Were Here but like all great albums, anyone who knows anything about the band in question knows all the songs so well they all may as well be hit singles.
The Who, Amazing Journey/Sparks (from Live at Leeds expanded version) . . . fierce live version of the back-to-back tracks from the Tommy album.
The Beatles, I Want You (She’s So Heavy) . . . One of my favorite Beatles’ tracks, heavy, bluesy, great. With the abrupt ‘cut it right there’ ending John Lennon decided upon rather than having the song fade out.
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Heavy Music/Katmandu (from Live Bullet) . . . What a great album Live Bullet is, and it proved to be Seger’s breakthrough to a wider audience outside Detroit and Michigan. Deservedly so. Heavy music segues into Katmandu on the album, so I kept them together for the show for 14 minutes of sterling Seger.
Budgie, Breadfan . . . hellacious riff on this one from the influential yet never super successful commercially Welsh hard rockers. Metallica covered it on their Garage, Inc. album.
Jethro Tull, For A Thousand Mothers . . . So many great albums and songs by Tull, one of my favorite bands so I can’t say Stand Up is my favorite album of theirs, but definitely one of them. All killer, no filler, as the saying goes. This one’s special for me, too, since the band opened with it when I took my older son, then 12, to his first Tull show, at Hamilton Place in 2000. It was the first of four Tull concerts we saw together.
The Rolling Stones, 100 Years Ago . . . Great stuff from Goats Head Soup and the first song I ever played on this show, many moons ago now. I figured the title fit the name I coined for my show, So Old It’s New.
Blue Oyster Cult, Harvester Of Eyes . . . Typically dark, spooky stuff from the early and arguably best days of Blue Oyster Cult, this one from Secret Treaties,their third album, in 1974.
Headstones, Cemetery . . . Kick butt rocker from one of my favorite Canadian bands, and bands in general.
Led Zeppelin, Trampled Underfoot . . . dune da dune da dune, dune da dune, dune da dune da dune, dune da dune…etc. Hypnotizing stuff from Physical Graffiti.
Deep Purple, Sail Away . . . I’ve always thought this sounded at least somewhat like a slower version of Zep’s Trampled Underfoot, hence why I put them back-to-back. It’s from Purple’s Burn, the first album from the Mk. III lineup featuring David Coverdale (vocals) and Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals) which was recorded starting in late 1973 and released in February ’74. Physical Graffiti came out in 1975 so I’m not saying Zeppelin ‘pinched it’, as the Brits say, because Graffiti was recorded at various points between 1970 and 1974, although Trampled Underfoot itself was recorded in January-February 1974. I just find it interesting, being a Purple/Coverdale fan, how Robert Plant, when Coverdale’s Whitesnake was huge commercially in the late 1980s, called him David Cover-version when Zeppelin has had some issues of its own with ‘borrowing’. I always thought it was a clear case of pot, meet kettle and besides which, the earlier, bluesier Whitesnake fronted by Coverdale, was a much different beast than the later, more overproduced yes somewhat Zep soundalike Whitesnake that was deliberately tailored for the American market. Anyway all three – Zep, Purple, (especially to me early) Whitesnake – are great bands, great tunes, moving on to the next track now, ha.
Blind Faith, Presence Of The Lord . . . Eric Clapton’s guitar solo alone makes this one worth the price of admission.
Rainbow, Self Portrait . . . Speaking of Deep Purple, another from the family tree, this from Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, the first album he did, backed by lead singer Ronnie James Dio’s then-band Elf, after leaving Deep Purple after 1974’s Stormbringer album. I’ve said it before but I’ve always liked Dio’s work with Rainbow and Black Sabbath better than his own stuff fronting his namesake band, Dio. I like Dio, the band, but not to me as good as the Rainbow and Sabbath stuff.
The Guess Who, Proper Stranger . . . Bouncy tune from the American Woman album with some nice guitar from Randy Bachman.
Goddo, Under My Hat . . . I saw the reunited (then) Goddo at a gig in Cambridge a few years ago that also served as a reunion fun time with two childhood friends from our time in Peru that, at that point, I had not seen in 40 years. Was a great show, a great time and we’ve stayed in touch.
Van Halen, Ice Cream Man . . . From Van Halen’s great self-titled debut album in 1978, a cover of a tune by Chicago blues guitarist/songwriter John Brim.
Chicago, I Don’t Want Your Money . . . Early Chicago, particularly the first three albums, on up to the time Terry Kath died, is the only Chicago for me. Here’s another great one, from Chicago III, featuring Kath’s amazing guitar playing, Robert Lamm’s vocals and that early, brilliant, jazz-rock fusion that made the band so terrific.
Jimi Hendrix, Machine Gun (live, Band Of Gypsys album version) . . . Speaking of great guitarists (and Hendrix was quoted as saying he thought Kath was better than him) . . . Doesn’t matter, so many great ones out there and through history but Hendrix obviously at or near the summit, in anyone’s book. Terrific cut demonstrating his abilities, from the live Band Of Gypsys album, recorded in New York as 1969 became 1970. Copyright issues make it difficult to access Hendrix stuff online, so I’ve used a clip, same song length, from a Copenhagen, Denmark performance of Machine Gun, later in 1970.
Queen, It’s Late . . . Late in the show, but never too late for another great Brian May penned Queen track. This one’s from News Of The World, the album featuring the We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions (overplayed,alas) monster hit. It’s Late was the third single from the album in some countries including North America, albeit at about half its 6:32 album length, but didn’t make the top 50.
Fleetwood Mac, That’s All For Everyone . . . That’s it, that’s all for this week, taking my leave via one of my favorite songs from the Tusk album, 1979.