Tuesday, September 1, 2009


More opera, more organ, more heavy, more heep!!!

I've never been a huge fan of surf rock, but that never applied to strongly to The Ventures in my eyes. In 1965 when this was recorded most bands seemed to treat their instruments like frail delicate flowers, mostly focusing on vocal performance and 4/4 foot tapping romance bile. The Ventures were one of the first groups to really focus on exploring the extra space that electric instruments provided. Granted the surf rhythms are their to an extent these guys had a couple of genre defying tricks up their coat sleeves that took rock guitar to new levels. Their use of minor chords produced a darker, more melodic sound to the overall chord structures causing a less than sunny feel at times. The upbeat stuff was more of a west coast hat tip to the Memphis sound a decade earlier. But the truth is if you were going to play an electric guitar in front of the Japanese in the 20th century... You best rock. Japanese folks don't put up with neutered rock.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

This is what Mogwai's parents listened to.


Friday, August 21, 2009

1990's self titled album from The Obsessed is an absolute must for any fan of fine, loud guitar playing, bikers, aspiring bikers, beer drinkers, hell raisers and good people in general. Wino's soulful haggard gnarl and mountain solid rhythm lay a perfect back drop for his vocal mastery and genius song craftsmanship. As a guitar nerd I find his lead skills to be jaw dropping. Most people think of him as just a vocalist due to his tour of duty with Saint Vitus.... But gee dee the man can play, giving a whole new generation of punk kids the nod to grow out their hair smoke dope, turn up and slow down. This album contains early incarnations of what would later be found on 1999's Southern Lord release Incarnate. If you have not heard these guys and your reading this then you must be somehow getting internet under that rock, and I challenge you to CLICK!!! and be blown away. If you have heard them, which I'm sure many to most of you have than I just sound like a pretentious asshole who thinks he's into an obscure band that's really not too awfully obscure amongst certain company.....Geez.... Thanks for making me feel so bad!


Saturday, August 15, 2009

This album catches a lot of shit, most folks don't care for the idea of ZZ Top with keyboards. Well first of all of the synth use is basically for rhythm, the drums are electronic doubled with an actual kit from time to time. Guitar and bass still loud still awesome. This is the little ol' band from Texas trying their hand at early 80's psychedelic hard rock. The car on the cover is the Eliminator... It appears out of no where when dudes are havin bad days at shitty jobs, 18-25 different women climb out of the car... Three dudes appear(two with beards) and give the original dude the keys. The girls kiss all over him and the three mystic bringers of fortune play Sharp Dressed Man. The tracks T.V. Dinners and I got the 6 are worth the ride alone. Quit being an ass an get this!!


Sunday, July 19, 2009


Sorry for the sparce postings... Busy week, weeks, whatever. Or maybe I'm just trying to savor Southern Rock Summer. Anyhoo, today's offering is MTB's first effort. This album captures the hunger of the mid era of Southern Rock. A mixture of blues, blue grass, honkey tonk and sheer country fuled by a steady Memphis rock under current. The mellow tracks are as beautiful as a Carolina sunset and the up beat cuts are fit for the finest barn dances long passed.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

South Carolina 1975

Okay we're back in session.... This is what the Carolina's sounded like, twin lead, flute and violins. These guys did'nt rock it like others, but they had a laid back beautiful sound that came down in tasteful layers. I pick this album because it is a good starting point.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Dear Folks,
I am currently in the process of moving, so Volunteer Jam will be closed for a few weeks... Once I get my internet access in order Southern Rock Summer will continue.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Here's a comp I found floating around cyber space. It consists of tracks from the Duane Allman anthologies. It includes his session work with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Otis Rush and King Curtis amongst others, Some Hourglass (Allman Bros Proto type) songs, and some solo tracks... I love this dude!


Monday, June 22, 2009


The last album recorded by this line-up. Duane Allman died not long after this recording. Although upbeat at points the sound of this album is ironically somber and more downtrodden than the former.Even overwhelmingly mournful at moments. The instrumental track In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed was Dickey Betts tribute to Miles Davis. I'm sure you've heard the legend... That the song was written in Rose Hill Cemetery, and was named after the headstoned Betts sat upon while writing said song..... That song was the begining and end of a great genre..Cemetery Jazz!


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Where it all began... 1969, Macon, Ga

The Allman Brothers Band Original line up was, is, and will continue to be the absolute essence of what was Southern Rock. 19 year old Gregg Allman's haggard soulful growl teamed with Barry Oakley's power walk bass lines, Duane Allman and Dickey Betts dual lead guitar majesty and the anchor solid percussion of Jamoie Johnson and Butch Trucks caused a sound totally unheard of... The absolute opposite of what was going on in San Fran Cisco. If the music on this recording does not make every hair on your body raise, or your big toe stand up in your boot, then you my friend simply have no soul.. Now get away from me you creepy fuck.

Comma Splices and Prices,

Ol' RJ


SR 101

Well, the train to Grinder's Switch is runnin' right on time
And them Tucker Boys are cookin' down in Caroline
People down in Florida can't be still
When ol' Lynyrd Skynrd's pickin' down in Jacksonville
People down in Georgia come from near and far
To hear Richard Betts pickin' on that red guitar

So gather 'round, gather 'round chillun'
Get down, well just get down chillun'
Get loud, well you can be loud and be proud
Well you can be proud, hear now
Be proud you're a rebel
'Cause the South's gonna do it again and again

Elvin Bishop sittin' on a bale of hay
He ain't good lookin', but he sure can play
And there's ZZ Top and you can't forget
That old brother Willie's gettin' soakin' wet
And all the good people down in Tennessee
Are diggin' barefoot Jerry and C.D.B

Southern Rock summer starts today,

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and of course Jeff Beck laying down essential nasty hard rock of the white boy blues persuasion. Recorded in the hazy period between The Yardbirds demise and Led Zeppelin's birth, Beck-Ola was the concrete proto-type for the next decade of hard rock, and the precursor of the first Zeppelin album. Jeff's guitar attack was like no other of his time and it is truly amazing what Rod Stewart could achieve vocally..... Fuck, if I were on this album in my early twenties I'd wanna stay forever young too.

I remember

The dark woods, masking slopes of sombre hills;

The grey clouds' leaden everlasting arch;

The dusky streams that flowed without a sound,

And the lone winds that whispered down the passes.

Vista on vista marching, hills on hills,

Slope beyond slope, each dark with sullen trees,

Our gaunt land lay. So when a man climbed up

A rugged peak and gazed, his shaded eye

Saw but the endless vista - hill on hill,

Slope beyond slope, each hooded like its brothers.

It was a gloomy land that seemed to hold

All winds and clouds and dreams that shun the sun,

With bare boughs rattling in the lonesome winds,

And the dark woodlands brooding over all,

Not even lightened by the rare dim sun

Which made squat shadows out of men; they called it

Cimmeria, land of Darkness and deep Night.

It was so long ago and far away

I have forgot the very name men called me.

The axe and flint-tipped spear are like a dream,

And hunts and wars are shadows. I recall

Only the stillness of that sombre land;

The clouds that piled forever on the hills,

The dimness of the everlasting woods.

Cimmeria, land of Darkness and the Night.

Oh, soul of mine, born out of shadowed hills,

To clouds and winds and ghosts that shun the sun,

How many deaths shall serve to break at last

This heritage which wraps me in the grey

Apparel of ghosts? I search my heart and find

Cimmeria, land of Darkness and the Night.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Somebody's got a scary story tell you. This is the sequel to Abigail and the stronger of the two albums in concept and execution. All you really need to know going in is.... Dude moves in to old family house, house is haunted by dead family members.... Andy Larocque plays guitar solos and BOOM!!! That's is.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Here is some of Hendrix later stuff. Some of this music was just guitar and vocal tracks that were overdubbed with backing rhythm after his death(which I am okay with) and the rest consists of demos and unreleased material. If your burnt out on the experience... No pun intended... Then check this out. These tracks show what he was heading for in a new decade, and lead me to think he might have died before some of his heaviest work was due.


Monday, June 1, 2009


This is why he's the boss. His debut album is like nothing else, the missing link that fills the huge gap between Van Morrison and Bob Seger. Hauntingly nostalgic drifter music, confused and heartfelt with workingman honesty. The opening tracking is "Blinded by the Light".... Yup that Manfred Mann song that that made everybody at the skating rink yell "douche" at the same time. I always hated that song until I heard the original.. I was blown away... I could'nt understand how MM could go so far out of his way to make a great song suck. "Does this Bus Stop"made me wanna sell my car so I could have conversations with a bus driver and "Spirt in the Night" makes me think about how awesome life was when I was 16.


Saturday, May 30, 2009


Whitesnake did not always suck, in fact they had a archives worth of music a good decade before they belted out the vomit they are known for. In the late 70's Whitesnake was like a hangout for former Deep Purple members. On this album David Coverdale and Jon Lord lay down some solid blues rock with guitar help from the unsung duel lead hero's Micky Moody and Bernie Marsden. I would not call this essential but it certainly rocks. This was Whitesnakes second album.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Not exactly a hard to find album, but I'm in a terrible mood, and to be gut raw honest I hurt. Sometimes life is foreboding, unsure and scary. To me that's what this album is about. In the past decade there has been too much emphasis placed on emotion, to the point where it's processed and functionless, but in 1974 it was merely a bi-product of a few young men feeling like they were facing a bleak future. This is one the most important pieces of music ever recorded.


Saturday, May 23, 2009


I don't quite have the words to express how flawless this album is. This is the jewel of the Dio, Ritchie Blackmore union and in my opinion the best Rainbow line up. Cozy Powell is an absolute monster on drums and Tony Carey's keyboard skills are unparalleled. Straight forward neo classical hard rock from an era where singing about wizards was not tainted with irony.Every track on this album is great and the two ending epics Stargazer and Light in the Black defy the whole Led Zeppelin catalog. A couple of weeks ago a friend said.... "Look a rainbow". I was excited until I realized he was just talking about some shit in the sky... And I just noticed on the bottom lefthand side of the cover, there is a dude watching that hand grab the rainbow.. I bet he was FREAKED!!!... Rainbow should totally sue Skittles.


Monday, May 18, 2009


If anyone wonders why we haven't caught Osama Bin Laden, then let me be the first to tell you he was captured long ago... By the real army, the Baker Gurvitz army. They are holding him for collateral, until the U.S. government gives them their horse-dragon hybrids back.. So far it's been quite the stand-off........ Nice Conan jacket Ginger Baker!!!


Monday, May 11, 2009


It's really hard to place a description on this album. Quirky maybe... Lower Mason-Dixon Zappa perhaps, great grand uncle Bungle... Fuck I don't know. I will tell you what I do know about Hampton Grease Band. This was the lowest selling record in Colombia Records history, they were from Atlanta, Their frontman Col. Bruce Hampton now travels the jam band circuit so I'll probably avoid ever seeing him perform live. And I also know that this was a very unique
album for 1970, and is a great album in it's own right.


Sunday, May 10, 2009


After much searching I finally found this live jewel. Van Der Graff Generator cut their teeth in the early 70's with abstract Bowie-esque prog rock and made some great albums within that formula. Jump to 1977, no color, no more beauty to contrast the darkness and no more generator. This is the kind of prog that fucks your wife, falls in love with her, and then murders you to get you out of the picture... And finally fathers you children with no remorse. This prog dose not like you, and frankly it's not too fond of me either... Thats my kind of progression. Musically this falls somewhere between King Crimson's Red and early Public Image Limited and is vocally reminisent of a young Michael Gira. Bleak, Monolithic and beaten down.

Part 1

Part 2

Monday, May 4, 2009


Why Buddy Miles does not share a tier with the likes of Al Green and Otis Redding is beyond me. Miles was best known as the drummer in The Band Of Gypsy's and recorded with everyone from Mike Bloomfield to Wilson Pickett. The man drums like he looks.... And I would not fuck with anyone who looks like that. I'm sure many a man fell for making fun of that Medallion in some Chicago bar, or pool hall or Ray Charles concert. But aside from his ability to destroy drums, guitar, upright bass and probably deserving people Miles had a chilling and tender voice simultaneously.... Basically the way people were trying to sing at the time was the way he naturally sang. The title track of this album is his version of his song that the gypsy's played at woodstock, and it is incredible. This album also contains two covers..... Well more like adaptions. A mornful version of Neil Young's Down By The River and a hauntlingly upbeat version of The Allman Brothers Band's Dreams. Get It!


Thursday, April 30, 2009


This is a great album. It came out in 1970 and was Tull's 3rd album, the previous album was titled Stand Up..... But Benefit has stand ups of the band on the cover..... Eh, who knows? To cry you a song is worth the click alone.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009





Tres Hombres


Rio Grande Mud


ZZ Top's First Album


ZZ Top

2008 was a real rough year for me. Losing jobs and family members enduring constant changes in my living situation, I felt I had little refuge. One of the few perks that got me through was that a gentleman who goes by Aesop, runs a awesome blogspot known as cosmic hearse. On said blog he did mankind a major solid and uploaded the vinyl rips of the first 5 ZZ Top albums... Now a couple of years ago I scored ZZ Top's first album and Tres Hombres at our local used cd store. Upon listening I realized something was horribly wrong..... These were ZZ Top songs but they were being done by the Fabulous Thunderbirds!!!.... So I thought... No it was ZZ Top and it sounded like shit. Apparently some A & R convinced the band to apply the afterburner effect to their to their golden past upon conversion to compact disc. I was given 4 out of 5 of these records in my early teens by my father during one of his "now thats how you play guitar" speeches and realized he was totally right, and to hear soapy versions of shaking your tree and precious and grace was appalling. The most wonderful thing about these rips was I could listen to them while driving which strengthen my already massive bond to this music. ZZ Top + operating vehicle= pure logic. ZZ is the perfect band in my eyes and here are 5 reasons why, one for each album.

1) They are the only band ever to be musically influenced by jalapeno peppers.

2) They always sang about driving slow, I drive slow it saves lives.

3) Frank Beard was the only guy in the band without a beard... He didn't wanna be "that guy" and this was before PCU came out.

4) They use terms like"Boogie Woogie" and it makes sense.

5) Come on boys, lets drive that old Chrysler to Mexico!

Thanks Cosmic Hearse, and if anyone has a vinyl rip of Dugello please hit me up.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wishbone Ash 1970

This is hands down the greatest recording from Wishbone Ash. Considered to be some of the earliest innovators of duel lead guitar harmonies, Wishbone Ash were the U.K.'s answer to everything going on musically in the world. They had hard rock chops the likes of Cream and The Yardbirds but heavier, teamed with a massive English Folk influence and beautiful, ghostly lead guitar work. The only other music I could really relate this to would be Early Martin Barre era Jethro Tull. And as much as I love Tull, this trumps their whole catalog.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Monk Business

Oh so you think it's cheesy?...... Well you're not playing loud enough, the cover... That's the demon from the cover of Don't Break The Oath.... And you see what they did to him?...Ouch.


Friday, April 17, 2009

Warning: smoking may cause soundscapes.

Hauntingly beautiful and very dynamic English progressive rock courtesy of Camel. 1973's Mirage was the second album from the original line-up of these heavy hitters of the Canterbury scene...... I don't know anything about the Canterbury scene or what it was, but damn it sounds smart. Imagine if the Alan Parsons project were good.... Thats what this album is to me.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Life after... Scorps!

For some reason Uli Jon Roth wanted to front his own band. The best worst idea ever. Uli proved in his work with the Scorpions that he was the absolute god of guitar gods. The quintessential proto-shredder. He played like a hybid of Ritchie Blackmore and Goro from Mortal Kombat. Under a tasteful dose of Hendrix esque noise, his whammy bar usage sounded like angels conversing with
god and his flange waves (guitar effect that sounds like a plane landing) are the waves that carry our deceased realitives to the afterlife. But on the other side of the coin, these are the worst most terrible vocals you will ever hear... I'm not kidding, his voice is terrible, it makes him come of as an savant... There not even unique, just plain bad. But the vocals certainly take a back seat to the pure majesty of his playing. These two albums are 1979's EARTHQUAKE and 1980's Firewind. And I promise all of his Scorpions work will find it's way here in the near future.



Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tastes Pretty Good!

Many Purple fans shun this album to this day......That almost sounds like a mad lib...Oh yeah lost my train of thought.1975's "Come Taste The Band" was the first album without Ritchie Blackmore, which turned a lot of folks off to the chance of a fair listen.Plus the album title isn't very alluring, I mean look at those dudes they would most likely taste like ash trey and bong water, mix that in a glass of merlot...No thanks I'll take Rainbow. That has been my stance up until the past few months. But my recent fascination with the mysterious guitarist Tommy Bolin promted me to check out this album. Blackmore's absence gave the band a little room to breathe, and new guitarist Bolin some space to lay down some of the finest guitar works of the era.The result was a more mature and refined Deep Purple, the kind that sips wine and takes ski trips and sits by warm fireplaces while reading fine literature.Driving, blusey and progressive, perfect for their last true album, and easily their most unique...I like to think of DP as a house.Ritchie Blackmore was the father, Ian Gillian was the first wife, David Coverdale the second and Jon Lord was the weird uncle who lived in the basement smoked dope and showed the kids(Roger Glover and co.) porno mags when they were too young to see such.Ritchie, tired of home life left the house to pursue gander horizons, and David, Jealous, and heart broken hooked up with the younger Tommy.Things were fine until Tommy O.D.'d and the family fell apart and sold the old house to the Dixie Dregs......Sad Story.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wicked Lester

Wicked Lester was an early incarnation of Kiss..... The picture probably gave that one away. The best way I can describe this is Peter, Paul and.... Gene trying their hand at some AM solid gold. Kinda sounds like old Doobie Brothers but better, sometimes folky and sometimes garage-y, the arrangements here are based on a more advanced but less straight foward formula than Kiss. It's not great but it's definitely enjoyable. Summertime lemonade drinkin' type stuff. These songs are some demos recorded in 1971 and feature some songs that later found their way into the Kiss repertoire.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009


This is a compilation of the first years of Cardiacs, one of the very few bands to fuse prog and punk successfully. The influences heard here span from the likes of Zappa and Yes to Wire and The Wipers. The results sound similar to what I imagine Devo and Elp's hateful love child would have sounded like if Devo had'nt a' pulled out and whipped it on Greg Lakes face...Hmmm... I'm aroused. These songs were recorded between 77' and 79' and are quite adventureous for that time frame.

check it

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Here is some live Budgie. Early NWOBHM goodness in it's purist form. These guys pretty much sound like Rush if they riffed like Sabbath. I never cared super much for their studio work, but thats probably because this was my formal introduction to the band. Check out "Hot as a Docker's Armpit"...... Crushing.


Rent is coming due and I've got the blues!

This should have been called Led Zeppelin zero. A savage young Jimmy Page destroying everything in his path while an established and mature Keith Relf wallows in the joy of fully understanding how big of a pussy Eric Clapton was (and is). This is a rare example of blues rock done exactly right. Their version of the standard jam "Shape of Things" is hands down the best take on that song period and the track "I'm Confused" is a zygotic performance of what later became "Dazed and Confused".... You can actually hear Alister Crowley's influence on Page's playing...WTF????

A good friend recently asked me "when do you kick Blue Oyster Cult out of bed?"..... Well this album is certainly the orgasm. The last great B.O.C album, after this it was a slow spiral of hit and miss with album covers that make one think they are in for a ride, when actually the drugs were wearing off and the adult contemporary roller coaster was climbing the first bland hill. 1976's Agents of Fortune is in my sometimes well respected opinion the absolute definitive cult album.... A literal cult classic. This album is like getting a blow job while reading R.L. Stine by blacklight. Beautiful mystique, tongue and cheek misoginism and a bleak, dark atmosphere on top of a tried and true hard rock palette. Songs like Tenderloin, Tattoo Vampire and Sinful Love are a few of my favorite cult gems... And Eric Bloom is the coolest looking dude ever. Plus this remaster comes with 4 bonus tracks.... Lucky us.


Friday, April 3, 2009

This was the debut album of one of the strangest and most overlooked bands to ever come out of the south. Backwoodsy hoo-doo inspired southern rock with major prog leanings. Country boys flirting with Satanism, Eastern philosophy, Christianity and massive amounts of psychedelics.... And they all have nicknames toboot. Jim "Dandy" Mangrum on vocals, Wayne "Squeezebox" Evans on drums, Ricky "Ricochet" Reynolds on rhythm, Harvey "Burley" Jett on lead, Stanley "Goober" Knight on organ and second lead and of course Pat "Dirty" daugherty on bass. Damn... I explained this one quite well, it's in your hands now, bro.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Best of David Allan Coe according to Russ vol.1

Now we all know outlaw country is great in it's own right. But in the past 5 to 6 years those "firey issue" kids (if you catch my drift) amongst other annoying folks have had a great hand in making the love of that sort of music very annoying. And you know what I'm talking about. All of a sudden 80% of the population thought that individually they were the only person(s) that ever listened to Willy, Waylon or Cash and felt it necessary to tell how great and honest that music was like you did'nt fucking know already. I said all that to let you folks know where I'm coming from on this one. I really enjoy a good bit of David Allan Coe's catalog...At least the first 12 or so years. But not in a "my inner outlaw indentifies with him cuz I'mma rebel at heart" sort of way.
I think in DAC's case the outlaw personna overshadowed what was really so great about him. The simple fact that he was an astute, articulate, clever and extremely witty songwriter with an ear for melody and structure far superior to any of his second generation contemporaries . In the later part of his career he kinda dwindled to his image and was damned to play biker rallies for the rest of his days. And futhermore it's hard to really find good representations of his earlier work due to hundreds of bullshit greatest hits albums. This is a comp I made for a trip to the Smokies, but never made it to the burner. This comp spans from 1969's "Penitentiary Blues"to 1982's "Underground Album" and shows the most eclectic range any country artist has ever had to offer... And honestly has far more to do with Southern Rock than country..... This comp is the Charles Bukowski of Southern rock..... I stand behind that statement.

Run-on Sentances Forever!!!

Renaissance were formed by Keith Relf of The Yard Birds fame, and were one of a small hand full of projects he would embark on in his path to sheer insanity in his later years. Mr.Relf died when he was 33 from an electric shock he received from his guitar.... But anyhoo he was not actually on this album so thats neither here or there. Renaissance had a proggy sound that focused on what proggers of the time were adding to rock. So more or less it was more classical than rockin at most points. The arrangements are absolutely beautiful and sometimes haunting. Do yourself a solid and check this out.


Get it Together Boy!

Holocaust is tired of you. Sitting around your house, overeating, farting and making excuses for the state of your life. Well them days are over. These five men on horses, riding out of the sky are coming for you...And it's night, that's why it's called the nightcomers. And if you don't play your cards right you just might be riffed into an early grave. This is the audio equivalent of Russian roulette...There is a 1 in 6 chance you are gonna die, and just like a bullet Holocaust never lies. The below link is your chance to participate in this sonic Darwinism . If you make through this album then you are the strong... But if you don't... Well then sorry dude, but you just did'nt have what it took.


Monday, March 23, 2009

With summer rapidly approaching, it's a good time to stock up on driving music worthy of loud play... And what a fine place to start this is. Holocaust were the Stooges of the nwobhm bands, and my favorite of the aforementioned. Extremely gritty, heavy, and apathetic to everything except the concept of rocking harder than their counterparts. The songs are well constructed and will cause the most, involuntary, unironic fist pumping and head nodding ever seen in these parts or any other for that matter. The production is hazy and perfect and the stage banter is top notch.This album should be issued to every American male on their 18th birthday, and viewed in our culture as a right of passage.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

This is some of the most atonal, menacing music ever made. The compositions are mainly written and performed by many guitars in many different tunings with minimal and rhythmic drumming, spacey textures and devastating unison rhythms. This album has a huge sound and can sometimes be very intense.Good Folks such as , Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and Page Hamilton all cut their teeth playing with Branca and his influence shows throughout their career for certain. This is like Earth for latter middle-aged record store clerks of band wagons past...But it's still great.


Friday, March 20, 2009

This is the first of many CDB posts. 1974's Fire on the Mountain is a crucial piece of Tennessee history. With obtuse mountain epics "Caballo Diablo" and "No Place to Go" and down to earth foothill shakers like "Trudy" and "Georgia" one would be hard pressed to find a better masterpiece that utilizes fiddle, banjo, twin lead guitar harmony, dobro and a conga player nicknamed "coconut". The album art by James Floruroy Holmes really captures feel of the album... Racoons, vegetables being grown, Mountains and Waterfalls!!! "Hungover, red eyed, dog tired satisfied-It's a long road and a little wheel and it takes a lot of turns to get there.Thank you,damnit"
-Charlie Daniels


Our friendly local weatherman here in Chattanooga turned me on to this album. It slays, smokes, whales, screams, starts fires, dominates, puts out fires, kills animals, creates new unknown species, covers that song from looney tunes, blows the cold wind of death and the warm breath of life all at the same time.SO CHECK IT OUT!!!

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After creating the rythyms that defined rock n' roll Bo Diddley felt he had earned the right to experiment with various drugs and effects pedals. The results were truly interesting. With such anthems as "Shut up, woman" and "I don't like you" it's a wonder this album did'nt re-re-define rock. According to rumor Mr.Diddley's last words were "Wow(while presenting a thumbs up) I'm going to heaven..... May he shuffle in streets of gold.


Sometimes white dudes think they're Jimi Hendrix and inadvertantly make a great album

Frank Marino honestly believed he was Jimi Hendrix reincarnated. However him and Jimi were both alive simultaneously for a number of years. I don't know if he meant for this album to absolutely rule, but nonetheless it did.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

If you have ever wondered why King Diamond loves the falsetto and Queens of the Stone Age have ghostly"ahhhhh" backing vocals under half of their fucking catalog then David Byron and the boys will be glad to explain. Many folks of yesteryear wrote these guys off as the poor man's Deep Purple, and some of the organ work might have bruised Jon Lord's toes from time to time but these fellas still belted out a number of gems in their time....If you consider their time to be between '70 and '76. Salisbury was released in '72 and was Uriah Heep's second release. Check out the song "Lady in Black" drink hot tea while doing so... Now reflect....Yes thats it..mmmmm.