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Great Rock Albums of 1979: Bob Dylan- At Budokan

Posted in 1978, 1979, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 10, 2012 by 80smetalman

Cheap Trick weren’t the only ones who put out a live album from Budokan in 1979, Bob Dylan did too. Like Cheap Trick, this was taken from concerts recorded there in 1978 and released early in the following year. On the album, Dylan plays some of the long time classics as well as some of the tracks from the albums that were more recent around that time. For someone who didn’t have have every Bob Dylan album around then and wanted a good mix of Dylan material, this live recording provides all of this. Classics such as “Mr Tambourine Man” and “Like a Rolling Stone” feature heavily here and others like “Shelter From the Storm” also get a good play, although I still prefer the version of that song from “Hard Rain.”

When “At Budokan” was released, Dylan had some harsh reviews from critics and Dylan purists alike. Critics, like Rolling Stone said the album was slick and sterile while some purists accused him of selling out. This album was not a sell out for me. See, if Dylan wanted to sell out back in 1979, he would have put a disco beat in all of his songs. That would have been a sell out! To me, like I said above, this is a good and sometimes alternative listen to some classic Dylan tunes and there is nothing I dislike about it.

Track Listing:

1. Mr Tambourine Man

2. Shelter From the Storm

3. Love Minus Zero No Limit

4. The Ballad of a Thin Man

5. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

6. Maggie’s Farm

7. One More Cup of Coffee

8. Like a Rolling Stone

9. I Shall Be Released

10. Is Your Love In Vain

11. Going Going Gone

12. Blowin’ Like the Wind

13. Just Like a Woman

14. Oh Sister

15. All Along the Watchtower

16. A Simple Twist of Fate

17. I Want You

18. All I Really Wanna Do

19. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

20. It’s All Right Ma, I’m Only Bleeding

21. Forever Young

22. The Times They Are a Changin’

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan- rhythm guitar, vocals, harmonica

Billy Cross-  lead guitar

Steve Douglas- saxophone, flute, recorder

Debi Dye- backing vocals

Bobby Hall- percussion

Jo Ann Harris- backing vocals

David Mansfield- pedal steel, violin, mandolin, dobro, guitar

Alan Pasqua- keyboards

Ed Rash- tambourine

Steven Soles- acoustic rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Helena Springs- backing vocals

Rob Stoner- bass, backing vocals

Ian Wallace- drums

This album would be the last before Bob Dylan’s conversion to Christianity but that’s a story for further down the road in 1979. For me, this album is a great way to reminisce over many of the great classics of Bob Dylan.

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Great Rock Albums of 1979: Cheap Trick- Dream Police

Posted in 1979, Heavy Metal, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 3, 2012 by 80smetalman

You’re under arrest for having an illegal dream. At least that was the joke making it’s rounds at the time this brilliant release from Cheap Trick was making its rounds in 1979. But they were driving me insane, those men inside my brain or at least I thought so. Anyway, I first saw this album literally the day before I left for boot camp and so I wasn’t able to buy it. That would be another six months when “Dream Police” would be the first ever album I bought on casette. Unfortunately, three years later it would meet the fate that was the drawback with casettes, it would get eaten in the machine.

“Dream Police” is definitely for me, the best Cheap Trick album ever. When deciding to visit this album, I came to the realisation that I hadn’t listened to it in full since that fateful day when my tape player ate the casette, nearly 30 years ago! But thank the Lord for YouTube and I get to take a very cool walk down memory lane. Usually, when I listen to something I haven’t listened to in awhile, it takes a minute or two before I get refamiliar with it. Not the case with “Dream Police.” Each song is like I have been listening to it constantly for the past three decades. That is something that makes this album so good.

The album brings back some other memories as well. “Gonna Raise Hell” was the theme tune every evening my buddies and I went out for a wild liberty session. That’s what we were bent on doing and that’s what we did, we raised hell. The other tracks can be either good for listening to with a few brews or cruising down the main drag in the car. The hard rock backdrop with the fun attitude displayed by Cheap Trick when hearing this album make it flexible for both.

Track Listing:

1. Dream Police

2. Way of the World

3. The House is Rocking (With Domestic Problems)

4. Gonna Raise Hell

5. I’ll Be With You Tonight

6. Voices

7. Writing On the Wall

8. I Know What I Want

9. Need Your Love

Cheap Trick

Robbin Zander- lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Rick Neilson- lead guitar, backing vocals

Tom Peterssen- bass, lead vocal on “I Know What I Want,” backing vocals

Bun E. Carlos- drums, percussion

I have always considered Cheap Trick to be a fun band. While I have no doubt they take their music seriously, they seem to have a good time doing so. “Dream Police” is proof in the pudding that you can make a dynamite album and still have fun at the same time. My big regret is that I never got to see them live.

On a personal note, while I endeavour to put out two posts a week, this might not be possible over the next few months. My second book has just been accepted for publishing even though I haven’t finished it yet. Therefore, I am going balls to the wall, to quote Accept, in order to finish it by Christmas. In order not to get anyone’s hopes up, my new book will not be so heavy metal oriented. However, it does get a mention because after all, heavy metal always gets the blame when a school shooting occurs in America. I will do my upmost to try to get two posts out a week to my evergrowing list of followers, but please bear with me and don’t be too disappointed in weeks where I can only post once.

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Great Rock Albums of 1979: Cheap Trick- At Budokan

Posted in 1979, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 5, 2012 by 80smetalman

I thought I’d begin the tour through 1979 with albums that were actually released in 1978. Cheap Trick’s “At Budokan” was officially released in Japan in 1978 and then in the US in 79. This has been called by many as one of the greatest live albums of all time and I can’t really disagree. It was one of the first albums I purchased on cassette and the intensity of the live album blew my young mind.

The first few songs come as a whirlwind, one song after another speedy procession that once you’re caught up in it, there’s no way you can escape. It slows down a little bit with “Need Your Love,” but that only acts as a nice little breather before launching into the three best tracks on the album. “Ain’t That a Shame,” the world famous “I Want You to Want Me” and completing the trio is “Surrender.” By the end of that, you’re in league with those in Tokyo who were lucky enough to see this live, you don’t want Cheap Trick to leave the stage either.

Track Listing:

1. Hello There

2. Come On Come On

3. Look Out

4. Big Eyes

5. Need Your Love

6. Ain’t That a Shame

7. I Want You to Want Me

8. Surrender

9. Goodnight Now

10. Clock Strikes Ten

Cheap Trick

Robin Zander- lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Rick Neilsen- lead guitar, backing vocals

Tom Petersen- bass, backing vocals

Bun E Carlos- drums

There is no better way to start something new than Cheap Trick, “At Budokan.” This is a classic hard rock album and the fact that it’s live, only makes it that much better.

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Great Rock Albums of 1978: Cheap Trick- Heaven Tonight

Posted in 1978, Heavy Metal, Music with tags , , , , , , on April 18, 2012 by 80smetalman

Like Reo Speedwagon, AC/DC and Journey, Cheap Trick were one of those bands where I heard their later albums and then went back through the archives to listen to the earlier stuff. I found that “Heaven Tonight” typifies everything I liked about Cheap Trick. They are definitely one band who seems to have a lot of fun when they make music as there seems to be an element of this in each of their songs. However, this doesn’t stop them from being a good hard rock band who has put out some great stuff, some of which will be reviewed at later dates. As for this album, the opening track “Surrender” is a clear example of this.

Let me add Rick Neilson to my ever growing list of underrated guitarists from the 70s. When I first saw him, I had to admit that he did not look like someone who could manipulate a six string so well. His image of the baseball cap and checkerboard trousers made me not want to take him seriously at first, then I heard what he could do with a guitar and my opinion changed rather drastically. Cheap Trick can also be recognised as the band who helped my younger sister get off disco and into hard rock, although I probably think this was down to the effect that Robin Zander and Tom Petersson had on her then fourteen year old hormones.

Track Lisitng:

1. Surrender

2. On Top of the World

3. California Man

4. High Roller

5. Auf Wiedersehen

6. Take Me Back

7. On the Radio

8. Heave Tonight

9. Stiff Competition

10. How Are You

11. Oh Claire (Not listed on album cover)

Cheap Trick

Robin Zander- lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Rick Neilsen- lead guitar, backing vocals

Tom Petersson- bass, backing vocals

Bun E Carlos- drums

“Heaven Tonight” is an album that is typical of Cheap Trick. It’s fun lyrics combined with a cool rock sound make it a good listen. It proved to be a stepping stone to their more successful later albums.

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