Classic Rock Bottom


So what are you listening to right now?  Any genre is cool.


For me:


Scott's Hidden Treasure

Depeche Mode - Wrong (courtesy of Niels)

Kim Mitchell - Akimbo Alogo (courtesy of Jon)

Next week's Album of the Week (hint: think orchestra)

Shinedown - The Sound of Madness

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Instrumentals, eh?
Tough cookies to sell, but I like 'em, and there is a story behind it too. Hard Rock / Heavy Metal was my preferred music style since 1980, but even then, it was the solo parts that made this genre stand out for me.

When I heard Gary Moore performing the Instrumental version of Parisian Walkways, that sealed the deal. Soon I was looking for other guitar Instrumentals, but all I could find was Al DiMeola / John McLaughlin / Paco DeLucia albums. Not bad to be fair, but not what the doctor ordered either. It wasn't until 1988 when my cousin recommended Joe Satriani's "Surfing With The Alien", and my uncle introduced me to Yngwie J. Malmsteen's "Rising Force", that I realized the Heavy Metal guitar Instrumental revolution has finally begun. Those 2 albums were gifted to me, and Marty Friedman's "Dragon Kiss" was my first purchase of the ilk. Even though it was the golden era of Guitar Instrumentals the Magazines I read weren't playing part in its popularization.

I knew I had to adopt if I wanted to stay up-to-date on what's happening in the field. I figured I was better off following record labels who put out the albums I liked, rather than artists who might or might not fart rainbows. Shrapnel Records was leading the way, but there were other companies helping to spread the "word". "Speaking" of which, perhaps I should mention that at one point in mid '90s, nearly 2/3 of my collection consisted of Instrumental CDs. Since then vocal albums substantially outnumbered the competition, however, it's still rewarding to hear a well-executed voiceless project. This "later pile" is not all guitar Instrumentals, nor are they all Hard and Heavy. Other instruments and genres also have value to me.

And... like always, let's set the tone with an appropriate quote:

“ If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music.
I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. ...
I get most joy in life out of music. ”
                                                       — Albert Einstein


1. Achard, Cyril ‎– Confusion ℗1997 (11)
2. Alapi István ‎– Belső Világ (Inner World) ℗1995 (0)
3. Alapi István ft./Gergo Borlai ‎– L. A. On My Mind ℗2018 (0)
4. Aldrich, Doug ‎– Alter Ego ℗2001 (0)
5. Alex Acuña & The Unknowns ‎– S/T ℗1990/©1991 (26)
6. Allaigre, Pascal ‎– Out Of Nowhere ℗2000 (2)
7. Allaigre, Pascal ‎– Timeless ℗2002 (0)
8. Allaigre, Pascal ‎– Firelight ℗2004 (0)
9. Allen, Rob ‎– Mysterious Measures ℗1993 (1)
10. Alomar, Carlos ‎– Dream Generator ℗1987 (6)
11. Alphataurus ‎– Dietro L'Uragano (Behind The Hurricane) ℗1992 (0)
12. Anderson, Steven ‎– Missa Magica ℗1996 (2)
13. Andrew, Nick – Solo? ℗2005 (0)
14. Anima Morte ‎– Face The Sea Of Darkness ℗2007 (3)
15. Arkenstone, David ‎– Citizen Of Time ℗1990 (6)
16. Ars Nova ‎– Fear & Anxiety ℗1992/©1994 (0)
17. Ars Nova ‎– Tränsi ℗1994 (0)
18. Ars Nova ‎– The Book Of The Dead ℗1998 (4)
19. Ars Nova ‎– Lacrimaria ℗2001 (1)
20. Aswani, Prashant ‎– Revelation ℗1998 (7)

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It's 2021 and we have a comment that mentions adoption and farting rainbows...after 2020, that sounds about right.

But seriously, I have never much been into instrumental albums though there are some instrumental songs that I like.  I almost bought a stack of Satriani cds the other day but I held off.  Maybe one day...

I have a number of Joe Satriani albums and while I hadn't listened to them in a while, I went back and listened to a number of them a while back and found that I got to rediscover the joy I had in them when they were first purchased.

Static-X—Project: Regeneration Vol. 1
Saxon—The Inner Sanctum
Suzi Quatro—No Control
Rob Halford—The Essential Rob Halford
Red Hot Chili Peppers—Mother's Milk
Terry Reid—Rogue Waves
Lou Reed—Berlin
Pilot—Morin Heights
Billy Idol—Greatest Hits
Various—100 Hits: 80's Pop
Falconer—From A Dying Ember
Fleetwood Mac—Live From The Record Plant: December 15, 1974
Aerosmith—Pandora's Box)
Yngwie Malmsteen—Trial By Fire: Live In Leningrad
Death Angel—The Ultra-Violence
Rob Zombie--Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
Iggy Pop—New Values
Testament—Souls Of Black
Widespread Panic—Street Dogs


I have the U2, Saxon, Rob Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen and Testament albums.


1. Van Halen - 1984

2. Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.

3. Scorpions - Love At First Sting

4. Ratt - Out Of The Cellar

5. Bryan Adams - Reckless

6. John Waite - No Brakes

7. Survivor - Vital Signs

8. Steve Perry - Street Talk

9. The Cars - Heartbeat City

10. W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.

11. Dokken - Tooth And Nail

12. Bon Jovi - Bon Jovi

13. Honeymoon Suite - Honeymoon Suite

14. Sammy Hagar - VOA

15. Foreigner - Agent Provocateur

16. Don Henley - Building The Perfect Beast

17. Dennis DeYoung - Desert Moon

18. Whitesnake - Slide It In

19. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Couldn't Stand The Weather

20. Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers

21. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire

22. Pat Benatar - Tropico

23. Autograph - Sign In Please

24. Krokus - The Blitz

25. Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry

Since this is the list from you other thread this week, I have 18 of these.

My playlist this week:

Jimmy Page / Robert Plant - Walking Into Clarksdale

Chastain - For Those Who Dare

Armored Saint - Punching The Sky

Metal Church - The Dark

Mary Chapin Carpenter - A Place In The World

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Time Sex Love

Mary Chapin Carpenter - Between Here and Gone

Blackmore's Night - Shadows of the Moon

Blackmore's Night - Ghost of a Rose

Deep Purple - Machine Head

Deep Purple - Slaves & Masters

Deep Purple - Rapture of the Deep

Dee Snider - For The Love of Metal

Rush - Moving Pictures

Alcatrazz - Born Innocent

Trisha Yearwood - Greatest Hits

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination and life to everything.
                                                                           ― Plato


21. Atkins, Chet ‎– Read My Licks ℗1994 (43)
22. Attention Deficit ‎– S/T ℗1998 (9)
23. Autumn ‎– Oceanworld (Mini-Album-CD) ℗1976/©1999 (1)
24. B. John ‎– Row ℗2008 (1)
25. Baena, Tony ‎– Burning Spirit ℗2002 (0)
26. Bailey, Steve ‎– Dichotomy ℗1992/©1994 (1)
27. Bailey, Steve ‎– Evolution ℗1994 (0)
28. Ballurio ‎– Spider Dance ℗2000 (2)
29. Barrock ‎– Oxian ℗1994 (0)
30. Barros, Paulo ‎– Vintage ℗1998/©2000 (3)
31. Basu, Joy ‎– S/T ℗1996 (2)
32. Batio, Mike / Rob Ross ‎– Lucid Intervals And Moments Of Clarity ℗2000 (4)
33. Batio, Michael Angelo ‎– Tradition ℗2000 (5)
34. Batio, Michael Angelo ‎– Lucid Intervals And Moments Of Clarity Part 2 ℗2004 (1)
35. Batio, Michael Angelo ‎– Intermezzo ℗2013 (0)
36. Baxter, Richard ‎– Baxter's Drum World ℗2000 (0)
37. Beck, Jeff ‎– You Had It Coming ℗2001 (11)
38. Beck, Jeff ‎– Emotion & Commotion ℗2010 (34)
39. Becker, Jason ‎– Perspective ℗1995 (3)
40. Becker, Jason ‎– The Raspberry Jams ℗1999 (12)

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Blue Oyster Cult—The Essential Blue Oyster Cult (2 disc version)
Marilyn Manson—Heaven Upside Down
Joe Walsh--Barnstorm
Drivin N Cryin—Live The Love Beautiful
Exodus—Bonded By Blood
Seventh Key—The Raging Fire
Enuff Z'Nuff—Diamond Boy
Steve Walsh—Black Butterfly
Pretenders—Hate For Sale
John Petrucci—Terminal Velocity
Emerson, Lake & Palmer—The Ultimate Collection
Lou Reed—Sally Can't Dance
Yngwie Malmsteen—Eclipse
Death Angel—Frolic Through The Park
Saxon—Into The Labyrinth
Blackfoot—Train, Train
Pilot—Two's A Crowd
Testament—The Ritual
Olivia Newton-John—Totally Hot
Rob Zombie--The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
Terry Reid—The Driver
Iggy Pop—Soldier
John Waite—The Complete John Waite, Volume One: Falling Backwards
Damn Yankees—The Essentials


I've got that U2 album. I think I have that Testament album but I'll have to check.

I'd like to get that Saxon album.

My playlist this week:

Mary Chapin Carpenter - The Essential Mary Chapin Carpenter

Anthrax - Return of the Killer A's

Anthrax - Worship Music

The Cars - Heartbeat City

Overkill - Feel The Fire

Crazy Lixx - Ruff Justice

Sugarland - Twice The Speed of Life

Sugarland - Enjoy The Ride

Sugarland - Love on the Inside

Kristian Bush - Southern Gravity

Sabaton - Heroes

Uriah Heep - Living The Dream

Aldo Nova - Blood on the Bricks

Janet Gardner - S/T


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