There is just so much wuss rock out there these days that I feel like I need a jolt of good old fashioned misogynistic, lustful, drunken, hard living rock to remind me that real rock does still exist. I mean, I often wonder whether or not these young kids even drink beer.
But you know who did drink beer? Van Halen. And they drank a lot if it my friend.
Formed in 1972, the band of Eddie and Alex Van Halen originally only hired David Lee Roth to save money as they were renting his sound system. Michael Anthony was brought in to replace their original drummer Mark Stone in 1974. By the mid seventies they were a fixture in the Los Angeles club scene where they impressed folks like Rodney Bingenheimer and Gene Simmons enough to get an demo made. In 1977 Warner Brothers was impressed enough to sign them to a deal and they released their self titled debut soon after. Their sound was a unique fusion of hard rock, heavy metal and party rock and the resulting sound was infectious. But as good as their first five albums were, the band’s sound truly hit its zenith with the release of 1984 in the year of it’s title.
1984 has an infectious amount of energy and no shortage of the kind catchy guitar licks that made Eddie Van Halen a household name. Alex’s crisp, massive drum’s kept a relentless beat throughout the album, and Anthony’s bass kept the rhythm flowing under David Lee Roth’s flamboyant vocals. You will be hard pressed to find an album this good that is this much fun at the same time, and the addition of synthesizer really helped evolve their sound into something that would become very 80′s friendly.
But 1984 also marked the end of what is known as the David Lee Roth era. Rising tensions over band image and direction would lead to Roth’s departure and the eventual rebirth of the band with Sammy Hagar at the microphone. But no matter who they had singing, or what changes the Van Halen brothers made to the line up, the band never quite regained that magic that they had with the original group. Apparently they came to the same conclusion because after many years Roth is back in as lead singer.
You got to give the people what they want, and what they want is David Lee Roth Van Halen…and the dream of another album that rocks as hard as 1984.
So, Andrew and I were looking for inspiration the other day, when we came to the realization that we needed to make the greatest live show ever by stitching together all our favorite live tracks into one super concert.
I think it came out pretty good!
Bruce Springsteen – She’s the One
The Allman Brothers – Can’t Lose What You Never Had
Waylon Jennings – T is for Texas
Van Morrison – Shakin’ All Over/ Gloria
The Who – A Quick One While He’s Away
Bob Seger – Trying to Live My Life Without You
Janis Joplin – I Need a Man to Love
Sly and the Family Stone – You Can Make it if You Try
King Curtis – Memphis Soul Stew
The Doors – When the Music’s Over
Eric Clapton – Double Trouble
Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues
Tony Joe White – Boom Boom
Mountain – Long Red
Stevie Ray Vaughn – Voo Doo Chile
Ted Nugent – Stranglehold
Cheap Trick – Surrender
War – Bolero
Santana – Jingo
Bob Marley – Kinky Reggae
Kool and the Gang – Walk on By/ Chocolate Buttermilk
Isaac Hayes – Ain’t No Sunshine
George Thorogood – One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
Ten Years After – I’m Going Home
ZZ Top – La Grange
Dirty Mac – Yer Blues
Peter Frampton – Doobie Wah
Bill Withers – Harlem Cold Baloney
AOR posted this little mix the other day from Coyote, and after finally giving it the listen it deserved, I feel I can give it the AESO seal of approval and recommend it to all.
What really caught my ear was the vibe, Coyote makes one great selection after another and they all feel similar…yet different at the same time. There are some tracks on here you may never have heard of, and some that you might know a little( probably not,) but the overall listening experience is mellow, smooth and highly enjoyable. Like an impromptu wine party that starts around six and ends with you waking up on the floor the next morning wondering where your pants are. Here’s the set list:
judy tzuke….for you
michael franks….when blackbirds fly
lucio battisti….amarisi un po
gypsy kings…..trista pena
jonathan wilson….can we really party today?
the souther hillman furay band….border town
mink deville….spanish stroll
johhny bristol….woman woman
supertramp….child of vision
george accrue….rock your baby
jerry williams….easy on yourself
china crisis….king in a catholic stance
Personally, I went a little gaga for that Michael Fransk number in the beginning. What a tune!