Archive for Jacksonville Florida

Great Rock Albums of 1979: Blackfoot- Strikes

Posted in 1979, Heavy Metal, Music, Rock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2012 by 80smetalman

Naturally, after hearing “Flirtin’ With Disaster” by Molly Hatchet, I wanted to further explore this phenomena known as Southern Rock. Eventually, I came into contact with this fine album compliments of Blackfoot. “Strikes” was the third album by Blackfoot but the first one I listened to and for me, it’s their best.

This album takes the southern sound and just pounds the hell out of it with straight ahead power rock. The intro to the opening track, “Road Fever,” speaks volumes as it lures you by being rather hard but melodic and then the power chords strike and you can’t help to headband away to the rest. That is why that in 1980, “Road Fever” was one of my official travelling songs. The lyrics “Every time I am down and out and don’t know what to do. I drop a lude and hit the road and play me a song or two” may have something to do with it as well.

The rest of the album follows suit. The second track, “I Got a Line On You” although a cover, is done with the classic Blackfoot touch. The same can be said with their cover of the Free classic, “Wishing Well.” This doesn’t take anything away from their originals. The harmonica in the “Train Train, Prelude” sticks in my mind over 30 years later. The actual song is a classic rocker in its own right. And all this ends with the final jam “Highway Song.” I won’t get into the debate that it rips off the legendary “Freebird” because for me, the song has me playing air guitar for the entire length of the ending guitar solos, five minutes plus.

Track Listing:

1. Road Fever

2. I Got a Line On You

3. Left Turn on a Red Light

4. Pay My Dues

5. Baby Blue

6. Wishing Well

7. Run and Hide

8. Train Train, Prelude

9. Train Train

10. Highway Song

Blackfoot

Rick Medlocke- lead vocals, guitar

Charlie Hargrett- guitar

Greg T Walker- bass, keyboards, vocals

Jakson Spires- drums, percussion, vocals

I can’t help believing that along with Molly Hatchett, Blackfoot, especially with this album, went on to influence a lot of metal bands from the South. At the time, and quite a bit now, Blackfoot were what I would call metal. The hard sound of “Strikes” bears testimony to that.

Next post: Nantucket- Your Face or Mine

To buy Rock And Roll Children, go to www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/RockAndRollChildren.html

Also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Froogle and on sale at Foyles Book Shop in London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Lynyrd Skynyrd- One More From the Road

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2011 by 80smetalman

Throughout the years, there have been many great, good and not so good live albums. I’ve already mentioned one on here, Bob Dylan, “Hard Rain” and you can be sure that I will post many more in the future. However, one live album that really does it for me is this one, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “One More From the Road.” This is probably my favourite live album of all time, although it gets pretty stiff competition fom Black Sabbath’s “Live Evil” album, which I will be featuring further on in the future.

Lynyrd Skynyrd were the second (the Allman Brothers were the first) of a string of great bands which came out of the Jacksonville Florida area in the 1970s and early 80s. In their heyday between 1973 and 1977, the year of their tragic plane crash, they defined the genre that we now know today as Southern Rock. During this time, Skynyrd put out a string of classic studio albums which brought Southern rock to appreciative Northern ears like mine and established them as one of the great bands of the time. In fact, as I write this, I am asking myself why they weren’t included as one of the great metal influences, because some Southern metal bands can site Skynyrd as a big influence.

It’s not just because “One More From the Road” is live being the reason I am posting it. The fact that on the album, they take many of the great songs they had put out and improve them to an even higher plane. A classic example is the legendary song “Freebird.” The studio version from the first album was good, but on the live album there is great additions such as the piano intro by Billy Powell and the three guitars coming together for the grand finale at the very end. This is why the live version of “Freebird” is more loved than the original.

Track listing:

1. Working for the MCA

2. I Ain’t the One

3. Searching

4. Tuesday’s Gone

5. Saturday Night Special

6. Travelling Man

7. Whiskey Rock And Roller

8. Sweet Home Alabama

9. Give Me Three Steps

10. Call Me the Breeze

11. T for Texas

12. The Needle and the Spoon

13. Crossroads

14. Freebird

 Lynyrd Skynyrd

Ronnie Van Zant- vocals

Gary Rossington- guitar

Allen Collins- guitar

Steve Gaines- guitar

Leon Wilkeson- bass

Billy Powell- piano, keyboards

Artimus Pyle- drums

For me, this is a great, classic live album and it was what put me on the road to the music I would later come to know and love as heavy metal. This album alone helped put the music scene of Jacksonville Florida on the map.

Next Post: Fleetwood Mac- Rumours

To buy Rock And Roll Children, go to: www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/RockAndRollChildren.html

Also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Froogle