Live Rough Trade

4 Apr

Rough Trade Live!
Rough Trade
Year: 1977

Live albums are supposed to be live…From a show.
This is a live album – from a studio. The album was cut directly to the disk. No editing the master. No fix it in post.
Most live albums have quite a bit of enhancing done, even to the point where the band will rerecord bits in a studio.
So this is a more live record than most live albums, right?
Rough Trade was a interesting band that hits its peak in the late 1970s/Early 1980s. They were kind of punk – but not really. They had a very original but raunchy sound. Kinda punk… but not really. Here their sound is more refined – jazzy even. Night-clubby. Well rehearsed.
It sounds like a dress rehearsal of a band just before they go out on tour. You do not get a feel that the band is playing to an audience here – they are playing to and off each other. They do this very well but the result is a bit flat.
It’s a direct off the floor recording that has smoothed out al the jagged edges that Rough Trade had. I remember seeing them live. They were a great act that really played with the audience. This is an interesting album but not a good reflection of what Rough Trade was.

 

 

 

 

 

Road Trip

1 Apr

Although I’m not self-isolating and actually work outdoors – I’m so ready for a road trip. This was from a trip in Arizona, We are heading south from Sedona going through Phoenix and on to Tucson. We were just coming down from some snowy peaks and heading for warmer weather.

Time… not enough

29 Mar

Seems I never have enough time to do what I want.
Perhaps I want to do too much.
Perhaps I’m not as organized as I should be.
Perhaps…
Perhaps…
Perhaps…
Here’s a video of busy bees.

 

George Thorogood

27 Mar

Move it on Over
George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Year: 1978

This is a fun album. Seriously fun.

There is some serious music here. Serious blues music.

But man, what fun it is to listen to this album.
George Thorogood was just about peaking at this time – this was his second album released, and the guitar playing is fantastic. The album songs are mostly blues standards – by the like of Willie Dixon, Elmore James, James Moore (better known as Slim Harpo), Bo Diddley. But there is also a Hank Williams tune and Cocaine Blues a Johnny Cash standard that was written by T.J. Arnall.
The main thing that that cements this album together is the energy that Mr. Thorogood and his Destroyers unleash in every song. Whether it is an up-tempo piece like the Chuck Berry tune It wasn’t Me or the slower Elmore James classic, The Sky is Crying, the music is makes you want to groove – makes you want to go out and see some blues in a club …

One Cloud

25 Mar


This image of a solitary cloud was taken on the Beartooth Highway which snakes just south of the Wyoming and Montana border. The landscapes are breathtaking. There will be more images to follow.

2112

20 Mar

2112
Rush
Year: 1977
This album had disappeared from my collection for many years. Most of my Rush albums had vanished along with others. I must have lent them out – but to whom?
I’m listening to Rush’s 2112 because I stumbled across it in a thrift store. Good buy at two bucks. The album is in fairly good conditions so there are no problems there.
After many years of not hearing the music I was quite taken aback by the songs here – they are a lot heavier than what I remember them being. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart were masters at combining hard rock with progressive rock and nothing shows this more than the title track which takes up the whole first side of the album and clocks in at a healthy 20 minutes and 36 seconds. It is a nice piece but it differs considerably from other epic long length songs from such progressive stalwarts such as Yes or Genesis. Those bands had a more pastoral and flowing feeling to their music. Rush has a hard edge born in the age of industry. Even the quiet-contemplative bits telegraph a jarring reality that is not heard in any other prog-rock outfit. Is it Lee’s voice? Is it Peart’s brilliant drumming? Is it Lifeson’s guitar? It is Rush being Rush and being excellent at that.

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Glacier – not yet gone

18 Mar


It was August and it was freezing at the Columbia Icefields. The clouds were low and the visibility was very sparce. This shot was taken when the clouds broake apart momentarily. There was a wicked wind and rain was coming in sideways. One might be tempted to dismiss climate change then but coming here, even when it was very cold at the height of summer, is one of the best places to see te effects of global warming. We are about 200 meters from the toe of the glacier. When I was here last, in 1995, the toe was about where we were standing. The first time I came in 1978 the toe was a short hike from the highway – now it is a drive and a bit of a hike. Go visit this place while you still can.