Classic Rock Bottom

There's a few CDs I have that I haven't or hadn't gotten around to listening to yet. Whether they are too "old" or I end up not really having much to say about them, I'm not doing a full on review.

Instead, I'm just putting in a sentence or two about what I thought of them. I'll probably keep updating this thread as I get around to various albums that have been sitting waiting for me to play them.

Joe Bonamassa - Blues of Desperation - While there were a couple of tracks I wasn't all that enamored with, overall this album was another winning blues solo album from Bonamassa.

Boneyard Dog - Bluesbound Train - Another bluesy rock and roll record, this debut album was pretty much kicking my ass each time I listened to it.

U2 - The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition - Sadly, while I absolutely love the album itself (it is one of my all-time favorites), the anniversary edition isn't much to write home about. Disc 1 is the original album while Disc 2 is a live concert from the Joshua Tree tour. It's not bad, but there's nothing special about it really.

Inglorious - S/T - I was really kind of hyped up about this album but I think the fact I've already sold it off on eBay might give you a hint about my final reaction to the album. Okay, that might be slightly unfair but after listening to the album four times and I couldn't really pick a single memorable song out of it, there's obviously something of a disconnect.

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I have the Bonamassa album.  While I thought it was good, that's all I really thought.  I think.  I haven't spun it in quite a while.

I too love the original U2 album.  I had but misplaced the CD from way back when, so I had to repurchase.  I picked up the 2007 Deluxe version a while back, but I've never listened to the second disc.  And I have no idea what the difference is. 

After listening to another CD at work, I can add it to this thread. But I'm going to wait until tomorrow.

Scorpion Child - Acid Roulette - I was seduced into buying this one because of a few reviews I read. It sounded like something I'd be into hearing. The reality is that this one is simply a bit of an atonal nightmare. I had a hard time distinguishing any one song that stood out and it plays like one long bit of noise, not music.

I forgot to mention that I listed this album on eBay since it will not be finding a home in my CD collection.

I have the Scorpion Child CD.  I really can't remember what I thought about it.  It does seem like it was that fuzzed out retro rock.

Whitford / St. Holmes - Reunion - I picked this disc up when the store I buy my music from was having a big sale to celebrate the company anniversary. It comes with a bonus disc which is actually a copy of their first album (self-titled) from back in 1981. 

Overall, both albums are fantastic. Really good solid and energetic rock and roll. The song "Whiskey Woman" on the bonus CD is a new favorite.

This is just a great collection of songs and you really should check it out.

Seems like maybe Scott posted this in NMC.  I imagine it's worth a full listen.

I probably didn't listen to the NMC if it was featured. But I'm glad I finally got around to listening to this one.

I did indeed!!  And I like the new album still, not a big fan of the debut album though...

For me, the albums are about even in terms of how much I like them.

My co-worker is 65 and he liked the older album more than the newer one.

Whitesnake - S/T (or 1987) as some have begun to refer to it for reasons passing understanding.

I had planned to listen to my cassette copy of this album for a feature Cassette Chronicles article in time to honor the 30th anniversary of its release.

But the second song in on Side Two my player ate the tape. So that feature went bye-bye. But I was able to quickly replace the lost cassette with the special 30th anniversary reissue of the album because it came out the day I was writing the article. So in that way at least it was perfect timing.

I picked up the single edition only. The deluxe edition contained a bonus disc with a live concert which doesn't really interest me. There's a super deluxe issue coming out soon that has everything you could imagine as a bonus, likely even the kitchen sink.

But I only wanted the actual album itself. Now, they had done a 20th anniversary release but since my cassette was working fine 10 years ago I didn't pick it up. So I was in for a bit of a surprise listening to this album. I knew that the two bonus tracks that were available in Europe all these years, "Looking For Love" and "You're Gonna Break My Heart Again", were included on the disc. But what I didn't know until now was that the track listing had been re-arranged starting back with the 20th anniversary edition. So when the songs were a little out of the order I'd come to expect from 30 years of listening to the album, it was a bit of a "HUH?" moment for me.

That said, this album is where my love affair with Whitesnake's music began. I loved every track on the album back then and with the inclusion of the two bonus track, all 11 tracks on this version of the disc make me want to flashback to when I was hearing these songs for the first time.

The best thing about the album was that my musical interest was so stoked by it that I went back and got all the albums that came before (including the two David Coverdale solo albums "White Snake" and "North Winds". Those albums were all more like a Deep Purple / bluesy rock sound until Slide It In where the sound became more geared for the US market. But I loved them all. Three of my favorite Whitesnake songs come from that era: "Walking In The Shadow of the Blues", "Ain't No Love (In The Heart of the City)" and "Wine, Women and Song".

And of course, I also continued forward with the band to their next album, Slip of the Tongue, which I found to be just as good. That's when I saw them live as well.

But it all started with the release of this self-titled album and it is one of those tent pole albums for the entire 80's metal genre. And I am an unabashed fan.

Seen Whitesnake open for Quiet Riot - Condition Critical tour - they blew QR off the stage.  They were supporting Slide It In and Slow and Easy had made the rounds on local radio.  But when Coverdale came out and flung the mic stand straight up and the band kicked in, and I noticed Cozy Powell on drums I was hooked.  I wish I paid attention and knew more about the band at the time, I wonder if I can google who played that night for them...

This album for whatever reason didn't sit as well with me, to commercial I probably thought.  And I kinda dropped off their radar, or rather they dropped off mine.  Don't get me wrong its a great album, but for me its no Slide It In or even Ready an' Willling.

ALl that said I am interested in checking out the Anniversary edition that's coming out soon...


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