Thursday, May 27, 2010

You Can Tune a Piano but You Can't Tuna Fish

You Can Tune a Piano but You Can't Tuna Fish was REO Speedwagon's seventh studio album and came out in 1978. It was their first album to be produced entirely by lead singer Kevin Cronin and lead guitarist Gary Richrath. The album was REO's first to make the Top 40, peaking at #29. The album sold over 2 million copies in the U.S. which led it to go 2x Platinum. It's a great album that shows that REO can rock their asses off when they put their minds to it. When I was in high school these guys were huge in our area even before this album came out as I grew up just down the road a piece from where these guys hail from. One day in 78, I helped a friend install a new Pioneer Supertuner 8-Track deck with Jensen 6 x 9 tri-ax speakers(laugh if you want, that system kicked ass), and we tested it out using a tape he had just bought that day - you guess it - Reo's classic "Tuna" album! It sounded so great that I bought my own copy that night. It's been my favorite REO album ever since. Since they got their start in Champaign, people in Central Il were very proud and couldn't get enough of 'em. When Hi Infidelity came out, I thought it was a decent pop album, definitely not the rock which had made them big in the seventies. When their Good Trouble album came out in 1982, I stopped listening to them and never bought another REO album. They had simply stopped Rocking. Too Bad, cause this album was good.

Roll with the Changes
Lucky for You
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Catnip Fever

Kat-Tail Records presents Catnip Fever, 20 songs as recorded by the original artists for a limited time only. Seriously though, I thought that as long as I've been ripping a bunch of these K-Tel compilation records that the Mrs. had in her vinyl collection, I might as well make one myself for Good Rockin'. A "should have been released on K-Tel" compilation. Now I know several of the songs on this comp have made their appearance here at one time or another, maybe on one of my previous comps or a stand alone post. Since it's my site I reckon I can do another. Most of these gems are obscure hard to find tuneage. The big drawback is that these all come from different sources such as vinyl, cd, and or cassette in some cases. As you may well know this can create an uneven listening experience sometimes. Sometimes loud, soft etc. Also the bitrates are all different. Yet homercat guarantees that most folks will love this comp from start to finish and you might even want to burn a cd to preserve these classics in case yer hard drive crashes. If I may so myself this is a lot of fun to listen to and would go well with beers and parties (have lampshade handy). Homercat is so inspired that there will sure to be more Kat-Tail comps coming in the future. Sit back and enjoy 20 nuggets of gold and if you enjoy let the cat know what yer fave tune was. For those of you not wanting to grab the whole thing I'll put up one song. On this comp I included the extended version of Star Trekkin'. So I'll put up the regular original version of that particular song.

Star Trekkin' by The Firm


Artist -Title
Reunion -Life Is a Rock
The Partridge Family -I Think I Love You
Julie Brown -Girl Fight Tonight (Extended Brawl Remix)
Meri Wilson -Telephone Man
Maclean and Maclean -I've Seen Pubic Hair
Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots- Disco Duck, Pt. 1
Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods -Billy, Don't Be a Hero
Pilot -Magic
The Firm -Star Trekkin' (extended)
Jigsaw -Sky High
Paper Lace -The Night Chicago Died
Barnes and Barnes -Fish Heads
Vicki Lawrence -The night the lights went out in georgia
Ringo Starr -No-no Song
Hot Butter -Popcorn
Larry Groce -Junkfood Junkie
The Main Ingredient -Everybody Plays the Fool
Ray Stevens -Gitarzan
C.W. McCall -Convoy
Showdown -The Rodeo Song

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Cool Night

Paul Davis was an American singer and songwriter, best known for his radio hits and solo career which started worldwide in 1970. His career encompassed soul, country and pop music. Davis had his first American Top 10 single with the ballad "I Go Crazy," which peaked at #7 in 1978. "I Go Crazy" spent 40 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, which at the time set the single-song record for most consecutive weeks on the chart in the rock era. His biggest or most well known hit was probably 65 Love Affair which was his highest charting single from the album Cool Night which came out in 1981. After giving up recording in the eighties, Paul wrote numerous songs for other performers, mainly in the field of country music. Before his death on April 22, 2008 (one day after his 60th birthday), Paul Davis had returned to singing and songwriting recording two songs, "You Ain't Sweet Enough" and "Today." He died of a heart attack at the Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi.

'65 Love Affair
Cool Night
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro is Suzi Quatro's 1974 debut album.  Depending on where you live and the country of release also decides which tracks may be on the album or what the title may be.  For example the title of the album in Australia is "Can the Can". The first pressing in the UK omitted the song"Can the Can" and was replaced by "Rockin Moonbeam" instead. Whereas the American release has a different track listing than my Canadian vinyl pressing. As glam rock debut albums go, you'll have to search a long way to find one that outclasses Suzi Quatro's opening shot. Suzi had two top ten singles from this album in the UK and throughout the early seventies she was huge most everywhere except in her native North America. I say that because before she had recorded this album, back in 1971 I think, she had moved from Detroit to the United Kingdom, where she still lives today.  Even opening for such acts as Alice Cooper didn't help her gain any success in the US. Which really sucked because Suzi Quatro remains one of the most nakedly sexual albums of the entire glam rock era — and certainly has to be ranked as one of the hottest debuts of the decade. I really don't think the American market really "got" the glam rock concept because another top notch glam outfit from the seventies, Slade, couldn't buy a hit in the US either.

48 Crash
Sticks and Stones
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Friday, May 07, 2010

That's the Way It Is: Special Edition

One of my very favorite Elvis albums is That's the Way It Is: Special Edition (TTWIISE) highlighting his comeback Vegas concert in 1970. To put it simply, if you're an Elvis fan, you MUST have this three CD set in your collection. I've always considered the period of 1968-1974 to be Elvis's absolute best, and TTWIISE certainly proves that.

The first CD contains the 12 tracks from the original album, plus 7 additional songs which range from a tender, heartfelt version of "Love Letters" to the lively, rockin' "Cindy, Cindy." The second disc contains Elvis's live Vegas concert. Included are knockout versions of "Just Pretend," "Sweet Caroline," and "You've Lost That Loving Feeling." There's a section of the show that Elvis dedicates to some of his older songs, and it's more like a jam session than a concert. He messes up the words to "I Was the One," directs the band to finish the song, and jokes with the audience about it. You can hear the delight of the crowd at seeing Elvis so laid back and casual. The third CD contains 9 additional live songs taken from the rehearsals, including some absolutely outstanding versions of "Twenty Days and Twenty Nights," "Make the World Go Away," and "Don't Cry Daddy." The rest of this disc is filled with songs from Elvis's band rehearsals. Some are excellent recordings in their own right, but many of them are of Elvis joking around with the band (such as "Peter Gunn Theme," in which Elvis impersonates the famous horn riff in that tune). It's interesting to hear these rehearsals without the addition of backup singers and the orchestra. The raw energy of the core musicians in Elvis's band is fantastic.

Sweet Caroline
Polk Salad Annie
Stranger in the Crowd
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