Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #41 Cruising With Rueben & The Jets

Cruising With Rueben & The Jets is the fourth Mothers of Invention album, the cover, by Cal Schenkel, depicts the band as anthropomorphic dogs and this is apparently a concept album, influenced by 1950s doo wop and rock and roll. I don’t really see the ‘concept’ here except for the fact that the band lovedContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #41 Cruising With Rueben & The Jets”

Gathering Moss (GDLIYWI) #33

Aaron Lewis of Staind is releasing some new music. It’s good to have him back, it’s been a while. A double live album featuring songs from 2 tours and a secret nightclub performance, Love You Live is probably one of the best live albums the Rolling Stones have released. I remember having this on cassette,Continue reading “Gathering Moss (GDLIYWI) #33”

Every Second Counts (GDLIYWI) #32

I’ll be going to Autopsy Club later on. It’s open Mike night. I’ll get this out the way right now: I quite like the Collins-led version of Genesis, for the most part. Oh sure, it’s not going to hold a candle to the Peter Gabriel-era, but the first Genesis song I heard was Turn ItContinue reading “Every Second Counts (GDLIYWI) #32”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #45 YCDTOSA Vol 6

If you’ve been hit with a rhythm stick, you may be entitled to personal Ian Dury compensation. In 1988, Frank Zappa released the first of 6 double CDs consisting of live performances throughout his long career. Called You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, it featured 182 songs spanning over 20 years and several versionsContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums #45 YCDTOSA Vol 6”

Spreading Your Wings (GTLIYWI) 4

Fred, Velma, Daphne… Can you name one of the ‘Big 5’ African animals? – Rhino – I’m sure you do, Scooby, but you and Shaggy have to wait your turn. There are reasons why bands release triple live albums: some bands have really long songs that showcase their talents (hello Yes), some bands are betterContinue reading “Spreading Your Wings (GTLIYWI) 4”

Overhead A Rainbow Appears, In Black And White. (GDLIYWI) 30

If anyone wants to come and talk to me about my shoddy joinery work, my door is always open. On paper the idea of recording Rainbow during their Rising tour, promoting their seminal hard rock classic album, and releasing a live album from said tour should have be a slam dunk. The potential for aContinue reading “Overhead A Rainbow Appears, In Black And White. (GDLIYWI) 30”

Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums 48 # 200 Motels

The 200 Motels soundtrack to Frank Zappa’s film 200 Motels was released by United Artists Records in 1971. Like the film, the album covers a loose storyline about The Mothers of Invention going crazy in the small town of Centerville and bassist Jeff quitting the group, as did his real life counterpart, Jeff Simmons, whoContinue reading “Ranking The Frank Zappa Albums 48 # 200 Motels”

Free As A Bird (GDLIYWI) 29

Someone ripped the pages out of both ends of my dictionary today. It just goes from bad to worse One More From The Road is a live album by Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, capturing three shows recorded in July 1976 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd had supported rockContinue reading “Free As A Bird (GDLIYWI) 29”

Facing The Dead, Again (GDLIYWI) 28

I’ve just been bird watching with Sinead O’Connor. So far it’s been seven owls and fifteen jays. Well, well, well, if it isn’t the real life Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers  returning with yet another double live album. Steal Your Face was released in June 1976 and was recorded October 17–20, 1974, at San Francisco’s WinterlandContinue reading “Facing The Dead, Again (GDLIYWI) 28”

Framptonstein’s Alive! (GDLIYWI) 27

I was going start growing bonsai trees as a hobby but they are so expensive!  So I got a normal tree instead and just planted it further away. So how does one approach an album that had 8 million sales in the US alone, 11 million worldwide? An album that everybody in the world had?Continue reading “Framptonstein’s Alive! (GDLIYWI) 27”

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