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OatsOats on Last Man Standing: Theme Time Radio Edition – Whiskey
"Whiskey Train," a surprisingly earthy rocker from Procol Harem.
E. Pluribus Gergely on Last Man Standing: Theme Time Radio Edition – Whiskey
No list would be complete without the Who's Entwhistle penned "Whiskey Man!"
Mr. ModeratorMr. Moderator on Last Man Standing: Theme Time Radio Edition – Whiskey
Since it's not yet been finished, since we laid down the rhythm tracks in 1993 - and since only a handful of you are aware of this Nixon's Head imaginary offshoot band - I'm going to start with "Whiskey, Pork, and Gin," by the Dukes of Badass. I do hope to make some time to eventually finish this would-be classic.
H. MunsterH. Munster on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
San Francisco Girls by Fever Tree
Mr. ModeratorMr. Moderator on Loved and unheard? Unloved and unheard?
I will catch up on this. Sorry I've been away. It's been a good, but busy week!
BigSteveBigSteve on Loved and unheard? Unloved and unheard?
The only album on this list that I would describe as a 'hidden gem' is Jerry Lee Lewis' Another Place Another Time. There's lot of cool Jerry Lee stuff after he left Sun.
Happiness StanHappiness Stan on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Pere Ubu - 30 Seconds Over Tokyo
cherguevaracherguevara on Loved and unheard? Unloved and unheard?
Currently spinning the Auto Salvage album, and found this article: https://www.npr.org/2012/08/16/156487498/autosalvage-the-psychedelic-band-that-vanished I'm trying to make sense of it. The production is better than the songs, I think? There's a lot going on. It reminds me a little of Matthew Sweet.
H. MunsterH. Munster on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Bungalow Bill
Happiness StanHappiness Stan on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Beefheart - Electricity
H. MunsterH. Munster on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
OK. So let's make it "Unknown Soldier" by The Doors.
geo on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
I think "The Soft Parade" actually changes songs.
OatsOats on Loved and unheard? Unloved and unheard?
A few weeks ago, I went to Brewerytown Beats, so far my only foray into a record store since lockdown began. I picked up a copy of the first Area Code 615 album on a whim for $6. It's enjoyable enough. Gotta say, a website like Aquarium Drunkard does a much better job of excavating worthy rarities from the '60s (and beyond) than what's on this list.
cherguevaracherguevara on Loved and unheard? Unloved and unheard?
Geo mentions the two that I found most interesting. The Cat Mother record seems like a 70's record to me, the way it sounds very tucked-in, and maybe conservative on purpose. The Asylum Choir record was the other, maybe because it doesn't have much jam-noodling or any precious chamber folk arrangements (and I do like that stuff, on a select basis). It sounds like a production and less like a live band. I realized I didn't put the Steve Miller album on the playlist - that's because I gave his earlier stuff a spin after reading Glyn Johns' book, and how highly he spoke of those records. But they do nothing for me. The flute record's pretty groovy.
H. MunsterH. Munster on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Soft Parade by The Doors
al on Loved and unheard? Unloved and unheard?
I have that Asylum Choir album and agree with Geo's assessment as well as his assessment of Asylum Choir II. Asylum Choir II is essential. It is every bit as great as Leon Russell's early Shelter catalog. I don't have that Steve Miller album but it's probably something I should check out since I like Sailor which was also from when Boz Scaggs was part of the band. The Masked Marauders was a fraud perpetrated by Rolling Stone so it's a little self-serving putting it on the list; or maybe it's just continuing the joke. Having said that, I picked it up for $2 a long time ago (at that record store at 20th & Samson that we were discussing recently Geo). It may be a fraud but it is pretty funny. Mary Hopkin is enjoyable in that way Macca could be but hardly essential. And then there is Wild Man. Definitely essential but in a way such that your life isn't diminished a bit if you never have heard it. But if you are the type of person who loves music, especially rock & roll music, and are cursed by having that love in conjunction with no apparent musical talent, and could suddenly find yourself in a studio and allowed to make a double LP with clearly no restrictions, well, An Evening With Wild Man Fischer is the result and if you are that type of person (meaning: if you are me) then it is essential. I only have a passing knowledge of some of the others; maybe that playlist will be the thing to push me over the edge into Spotify.
geo on Loved and unheard? Unloved and unheard?
Oh, and Wild Man Fischer. That's essential in some way or another. I'll let Al tell you about that, though.
geo on Loved and unheard? Unloved and unheard?
OK. I've got a few of these and...they're not generally essential. I picked up the Cat Mother in a closeout bin when Third Street Jazz was in its death throes. I think of them as a group that mined a similar rock'n'roll revival vein to early NRBQ, but with less personality and success. It is a bizarre record for Hendrix to have helmed. I have the Asylum Choir which I picked up a few years ago on CD. As a side note, it is on Spotify under the Leon Russell catalog. I bought Asylum Choir II in the 70's when it was released a few years after recording to cash in on Russell's Mad Dogs fame. I rate that second album very highly, right up there with Russell's first few self-credited releases but the first one is an amusing late 60's diversion by some great musicians, silly but amusing, but certainly not a revelation. The Youngbloods Elephant Mountain is good, and a really nice mix of acoustic and electric production akin to the Donovan Psychedelic Period. "Darkness, Darkness is a great record in particular. I had a tape of that Insect Trust album at some point. If I'm not mistaken Elvin Jones drummed on it! It was one of those weird, misshaped eclectic to-a-fault things that were a late psychedelic era staple. I certainly can't recommend it but I'll definitely check it out again now that I know it's sitting on Spotify. File with "The Brotherhood of Man." I have a Bonzo Dog best of LP, but never went for anything else. That was amusing enough, but Didn't inspire further exploration. I will say that I think there are a lot of early 80's post-punk records that virtually everyone missed that might be more exciting to explore than this here list.
Happiness StanHappiness Stan on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Maya by the Incredible String Band
Happiness StanHappiness Stan on Loved and unheard? Unloved and unheard?
I don't understand Spotify, although I've recently considered investigating it. Rolling Stone also is a bit niche on this side of the pond, however unlikely that might seem, I guess most of the records trumpeted by New Musical Express here won't have stood the test of time either. I own a copy of Gorilla and play it from time to time, I'd probably turn to most other Bonzos albums first, but it has its moments and is to be cherished as a cornerstone of British surrealist humour. Plus, they are/were lovely, lovely blokes. I met Neil Innes twice and he was just adorable, thoroughly charming and generous with his time. Rodney Slater also, had a great chat with him after a gig a few years ago. When they played at a festival we go to with our sci fi stuff, he popped in to look around. I was letting kids ride in our Dalek at the time and offered him a go. He declined, but was very charming about it. Roger Ruskin Spear and the late Sam Spoons were also lovely. Legs Larry Smith was also charming when I bumped into him in a car park of all places, though definitely unusual. I was too scared to try to meet Viv Stanshall after the gig we saw him at, but did manage to get a signed vinyl copy of Sir Henry at Rawlinson End. So, lots of love there. I used to see Cat Mother and Mother Earth albums everywhere. We used to say you could judge the quality of a second hand record shop by the number of copies of Frampton Comes Alive they had, those weren't far behind. Don't think I ever knowingly heard them. Mary Hopkin was always on the telly over here at the end of the sixties, she was a bit like a British Joan Baez, in that everybody thought they ought to like her until she started singing and then you wondered why.
cdmcdm on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Stairway to Heaven
H. MunsterH. Munster on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Macarthur Park by Richard Harris
H. MunsterH. Munster on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Good Vibrations
Happiness StanHappiness Stan on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
The Fall - The Man Whose Head Expanded
mockcarrmockcarr on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
The Concept by Teenage Fanclub starts out fairly slowly, but has a really long, slow outchorus for about 2 minutes.
Happiness StanHappiness Stan on The Mount Rushmore Of Rock & Roll: Motown Edition
My head says Smokey, Marvin, The Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie, my heart and feet remembering dancing with girls when it was the most exciting thing in the world would go for Smokey, the Supremes, Four Tops - and Holland Dozier Holland, cos their songs were the fuel that made the engines run. The guys who built the cathedrals here in the middle ages used to add pagan carvings, tucked away where you'd only find them if you knew where to look. If I was up there hammering away, I'd make sure the Marvellettes and the Velvelettes had a little spot to groove on down in, and somewhere under the folds of Marvin's jacket, I'd spend a few hours chipping away a corner for R Dean Taylor, whose three singles on Tamla (yeah, I know, but this is my chisel work in my own time) stop me in my tracks whatever I'm doing even now, nearly fifty years after I first heard them.
Happiness StanHappiness Stan on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
A Day in the Life
chickenfrank on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
There's a really subtle one in the Allman Brothers instrumental Jessica where it slows down for a tiny bit and you think it's finally over, but then it climbs right back up again for some more healthy riffing.
al on The Mount Rushmore Of Rock & Roll: Motown Edition
Wait, wait! I heard the Isley Brothers' "This Old Heart Of Mine" this morning. Doesn't that alone warrant their inclusion?
cdmcdm on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Rock Island Line by Johnny Cash
H. MunsterH. Munster on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Time Has Come Today by The Chambers Brothers.
Happiness StanHappiness Stan on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
Scott (the other one)Scott (the other one) on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
My college band tried playing "Come On Eileen" once and let me tell you, slowing down/speeding up in unison is NOT easy.
Scott (the other one)Scott (the other one) on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
"Jungleland" and "Outlaw Pete" by Bruce Springsteen.
cdmcdm on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
A Quick One While He's Away
al on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Nazz - Loosen Up
H. MunsterH. Munster on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Bob Seger does it again on Brave Strangers.
chickenfrank on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Probably like a lot of songs that feature a train motif: XTC's "Train Running Slow on Soul Coal".
BigSteveBigSteve on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
The Rolling Stones song Cool, Calm & Collected speeds up maniacally at the end.
BigSteveBigSteve on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Ike & Tina Turner's "nice and rough" version of Proud Mary.
cdmcdm on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Pearl Jam's version of Crazy Mary
E. Pluribus Gergely on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
For your consideration, Adam Faith's "It's Alright." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgHsXrMzSmw
al on The Mount Rushmore Of Rock & Roll: Motown Edition
Here’s my Best Of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, circa 1966: Come & Get These Memories (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave Dancing In The Street Quicksand Live Wire You've Been In Love Too Long Nowhere To Run Wild One Jimmy Mack Honey Chile (We Got) Honey Love Third Finger, Left Hand Here’s my Best Of The Supremes, circa 1966: Where Did Our Love Go Baby Love Run, Run, Run Stop! In The Name Of Love Back In My Arms Again Come See About Me Nothing But Heartaches Love Is Here & Now You're Gone My World Is Empty Without You You Keep Me Hangin' On You Can't Hurry Love Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart These aren’t the greatest hits albums that came out around the time; they are my choices, sticking to a 12 track album. Not an easy choice, but having gone through this exercise I’d still choose Martha Reeves. I will concede that the Vandellas stop there but I could come pretty close to a second album for the Supremes.
Mr. ModeratorMr. Moderator on The Mount Rushmore Of Rock & Roll: Motown Edition
Scott (the other one), whether we go one way or another regarding Marvin's best decade, you're right: the difference is not as lopsided as that for Stevie. I am of the belief that Marvin's best work was in the '60s. I'm pretty sure I'm on record as saying that the What's Going On album is overrated, padded with semi-Muzak takes on the three or so great songs. I hope to think I've been wrong some day, because the best stuff from his '70s albums is OUTSTANDING.
Mr. ModeratorMr. Moderator on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
It's sad how many of these songs I hadn't considered. "Midnight Rambler" is one of the songs on my very short list. Bring it on, Townspeople! I sense we will uncover many of these examples.
Happiness StanHappiness Stan on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
I'll get it in before anyone else does, Bohemian Rhapsody
chickenfrank on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Stones. Midnight Rambler.
Happiness StanHappiness Stan on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
If Keith West's Except From a Teenage Opera wasn't on your list, Mr Mod, I fear you might be slipping!
H. MunsterH. Munster on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Night Moves by Bob Seger
BigSteveBigSteve on Last Man Standing: Songs That Purposely Change Tempo
Radiohead's Paranoid Android has a long slow section in the middle of the song, with faster tempos at the beginning and the end.

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