Classic Rock Bottom

This was going to be a "guilty pleasure" post, but the more I thought about it, the less it became a guilty pleasure and more of a really good album you probably never bothered to listen to.

When "Faith" stormed the charts and MTV, I could have cared less. It was George Michael for crying out loud! I couldn't waste my time listening to that crap. That was '87 and the only music I really cared about was metal, metal and even more metal.

A few years later, I watched the video for "Freedom". And you know what? It was one hell of a catchy tune. Plus I gained respect for George because he was actually making fun of himself in the video and the song. Might not seem like much to some people, but it was enough for me. Out I went to pick up this album.

After the first listen, I was hooked. This was an album for the kids. This was an adult album, a more mature album from someone who didn't pander to MTV, the record company, the radio, etc. Sure, "Freedom" was a hit, but if you listen closely it's not really a feel good song at all.

Another thing that I noticed is that he has a fantastic voice. Of course I wouldn't have noticed that with Wham! or anything from "Faith" because that would have been stupid. Wasn't my type of music!

Compared to "Faith" this album was a failure. Wonder if he expected that? It is mostly a complete departure from his previous "happy" music, and I respect that he took this route. He did what he wanted to do and he stuck to his guns.

I told a friend about this album and after he laughed and laughed and laughed, I begged and pleaded with him to give this a spin. I was confident he would enjoy this album since he had the same music taste that I had.

He must have liked it because he told me he did plus he returned my copy and bought one for himself. Sometimes it's good to be so right!

As for the people here? Who knows. Give it a listen anyway, I think you'll be very surprised.

Pay heed to the album title!

Listen Without Prejudice: Vol. 1

1. Praying For Time

2. Freedom

3. They Won't Go When I Go

4. Something To Save

5. Cowboys & Angels

6. Waiting For That Day/You Can't Always Get What You Want

7. Mothers Pride

8. Heal The Pain

9. Soul Free

10. Waiting (Reprise)

Availability: $7 new, much cheaper used. 

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You are way to familiar with George.  And you do realize that yours and Jon's complete disdain for The Boss means he will be featured much more often in 2014.


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