Episode 18: Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys Album Review
Band of Gypsys was a small departure for Jimi Hendrix and his successful world touring band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1969 and 1970. Recorded at the Fillmore East in New York City on two nights, December 31st 1969 and January 1st 1970, Band of Gypsys did not include the original band members from Hendrix’s Experience, but instead featured, Billy Cox on bass guitar and Buddy Miles on drums and backing vocals. It is believed that Cox and Miles joined Hendrix in the recording of this live show to help Hendrix settle a contract dispute with a former manager.Earlier in 1969, while Jimi was wrapping up his world tour with the Experience, he was growing frustrated with his current lineup and explored jamming with new musicians. In October of that same year, he began jamming with Miles and Cox and the three realized they had chemistry together.As a young teenager, I was at the peak of my Seattle Grunge music phase and had just started the downward curve of my obsession with 80’s hair metal. Although I still love both genres today, I will forever include Band of Gypsys as an album that changed my view of music forever.
22 Jul 2021
Episode 17: The Band - The Last Waltz
This is a special review of a special live concert album and film. You know why? You do not have to be a fan of The Band to enjoy this. I can remember hearing and seeing the recording of The Last Waltz for the first time, shockingly late in the year 2000. My mind was numb. My brain decided to go on vacation after that. For I had not been part of a concert performance (virtually, of course) that moved me when I had known nothing about this band. On Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, the rock n’ roll group, The Band, played what was advertised as their last concert. The Band was leaving the road, and they were going to party just one more time with friends, family, and an audience of 5,000 at the famed Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco at the corner of Post Street and Steiner Street.
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Episode 16: Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Before the release of their third studio album, Metallica was an up and coming thrash band playing hard and fast metal for fans to swing their necks, bang their heads and throw up their fists in a repetitive motion. When they released Master of Puppets in 1986, the band really pushed the limits of musicianship, bringing heavy metal and thrash metal to the forefront, requiring technical musicians outside the genre to pay attention and admit this band knew how to play their instruments and knew how to write impressive lyrics.
20 Jun 2021
Episode 15: Singles - Motion Picture Soundtrack
Album review of the Soundtrack to the Motion Picture - Singles. Released on June 30th, 1992, just under 3 months before the film, this album ended up going double-platinum, selling more than 2 million copies. I dug deep trying to remember when I became officially influenced by the 90s Seattle Grunge scene, and it HAD to be because of the movie Singles. I was certainly aware of bands such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden before the film release, but not to the extent that I would after this film and soundtrack BLEW UP not only on the Seattle music scene but the international music scene.
29 May 2021
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