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#41 GaryLShelton

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Posted 22 April 2017 - 03:58 PM

Both those tunes show the band's ability in blues. And though I liked both numbers, with the Motor City's Burning being the best thing I've heard from these guys--it's a really decent blues piece that shows Kramer's impressive improvisations à la Trower--the first tune, Let It Rock, is a painfully lawsuit obvious copy to the infinitely more famous Johnnie B. Good by Chuck Berry, though I can see the band was serious in its performance in the video.

One thing I just figured out in my duh moment of the day is what the "MC" stood for in "MC5". Motor City....

For fame all a band has to do is endure. Any band from the 60's that is still around is automatically famous. These guys had trouble holding their center together apparently when the going got turbulent. It's too bad. Musical quality comes out of some bands quickly, others slowly. These guys would have possibly made a bunch of memorable contributions had they stuck around.

Another band that was short-lived, though English, was Slade. Here's a couple of videos from them I like:

Run Runaway https://g.co/kgs/8bGkgg

How Does It Feel https://g.co/kgs/1QHT7z
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Posted 23 April 2017 - 01:33 AM

Here's another band, Crack the Sky, that should have been famous worldwide, but only became widely popular in Baltimore.   They're known as the "best band you never heard".  They do sound a little like Steely Dan or like the Beatle's music on the Sgt Pepper album.

 

This is a really beautiful sad song.  Called "Long Nights". It's about a son trying to comfort his father over the recent death of his wife. 

 

This might be my favorite Crack the Sky song.  A perfect pop/rock song.  https://www.youtube....=RDYDkUoFvYqM4

 

I think they have over a dozen really good songs.  I can't say that for most rock bands.  Here's a long article on why they only got famous in Baltimore.  http://www.joabj.com...rackTheSky.html

 

Here's a playlist of their 1st album.  

 

https://www.youtube....yJM-a2_L3pqw-oc

 

Here's another listing of many of their songs:

https://www.youtube....7B7585B&index=1

 

Surf City, Hot Razers in My Heart, Lighten Up McGraw, She's a Dancer, Suspicion, We Want Mine, Hold On, Ice, I Don't Have a Tie, Skin Deep and Nuclear Apathy are some of my favorite songs.  Don't listen to the live versions on youtube.  I think the studio versions are better sounding.



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Posted 23 April 2017 - 06:57 AM

I was at first amazed that you could come up with a band from my era that I hadn't heard of. Again. But I think the reason these guys never escaped the gravity of Baltimore is that the Oriole types must have a unique set of aural sensors. I myself have searched through a dozen of their songs online and, unfortunately, cannot locate those sensors within me. I hear a lot of slick production, and very skillful instrumentation with subtle highlights, not to mention a nice variety of sounds in their music. They ought to be famous. All the ingredients are there. But...

I, lacking the sensors I spoke of above, only note the strange turns in the songwriting, which was staccato at times and oddly forced. Much of their music was for me like listening to someone trying to press a square peg through a round hole. Sometimes catchy, but either not catchy enough, or it was too affected. The songs didn't flow the way I felt they should. And I did listen to only studio versions. They are the absolute best and clearest for just about any initial listening to any band.

This band didn't make it national because they never had a big hit...at least one away from Baltimore land.

Sorry. :(

You must be from Baltimore. :)
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Posted 03 May 2017 - 01:20 AM

I've been listening to The Cars for the last few days.  What a great band.  Elliot Easton is one superb guitarist.  Every solo he plays seems to fit each song perfectly.  Just great guitar playing.  His solo on You're all I've Got Tonight is wonderful.  He really rocks it on Candy-0 and Bye Bye Love. It's too bad Benjamin Orr had to die so young.  

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=YPqvSd62wgk


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Posted 04 May 2017 - 04:07 AM

I'm listening the Beatles Sgt Pepper Album/Star Wars Mashup. It was nicely done.

 

http://hotair.com/ar...star-wars-mash/

 

They had another really good parody on the value of used gaming software:

https://www.youtube....h?v=aIW2ovgGsrY


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:32 PM

Still listening to The Cars.  Here's another concert video from 1984.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=NxxPu1gBV5A

 

2 short video clips of Elliot Easton talking about his early influences and how he tried to compose his guitar solos.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=0NHSg-eUWgQ

 

This clip talks about how The Cars got their first record deal.  You need talent and some luck, a little miracle.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=QGkPyTKOgmw



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 02:44 AM

One last song from The Cars.  I never heard this one before.  I love the extended guitar solo.  

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUhnXVO9z_Q&list=RDPUhnXVO9z_Q



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 01:12 AM

Rod Price really is  'The Magician of Slide'.  Great performance.  Stone Blue!  Watch til the end(corrected the wrong link).

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=jKTBrgdQxNg

 

Another fun jam by Foghat...

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=j7jRs6hSfl0


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Posted A week ago

So I was listening to Casey Kasem's top 40 on iHeart radio and they played a song from The Babys.  You never hear them on the radio anymore.  Luckily, youtube had some nice videos.

 

2 live songs from The Babys.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=9jqruhCiwd0

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=_MC4QCidHrs

 

John Waite singing live in 2012.....

https://www.youtube....h?v=0EhmXId7kV4

 

A rockin Baby's song I haven't heard in years.

https://www.youtube....h?v=81hVhk5itr4

 

Great stuff.

https://www.youtube....h?v=Jsftxbvv8Es


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https://www.youtube....h?v=z05PWOPpbIo


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Posted 5 days ago

Simple. Raw. Powerful.  Wonderful.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=RsxPe5jbauc

 

Kurt Winter was great on the guitar in that video.

 

 

Same song.  Brilliant performance.  Cummings and Randy Bachman are amazing.  Great talents.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=C_fNGa26hig

 

More cowbell!

 

 

Didn't know Cummings could play the piano.  He does well in the 2nd song in the clip below.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=IfJQzd43DJM

 

TCOB is one of those great uplifting songs that just makes you want to move about and feel so good.






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