Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 32

Continuing on...

Johnny Winter - Captured Live!
Caravan - Caravan
Rush - Caress of Steel
Ride - Carnival of Light
Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day
...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - The Century of Self

Johnny Winter's 1976 live album is one of the greatest live albums of all time; high-octane blues and rock with his virtuosic playing, backed by a smoking band. I remember listening to this on my dad's vinyl as a kid and it still packs the same punch. Caravan's debut album is a great slice of late-1960s psychedelic prog and has its fair share of the band's quirky humor contained in some great songs. Rush's third album sees them tread water, in a way, bridging the high-powered early rumblings of their prog leanings on previous album "Fly By Night" and their full-blown ascension to superstars in the follow-up album, "2112." While this album didn't do as well as either of them, it's still a great, albeit transitional, album, and has their first two long epic songs, "The Necromancer" and "The Fountain of Lamneth." Ride's third album is one of my favorite of theirs, being the perfect combination of their earlier shoegazing sound and quintessential 1980s/90s British jangly power-pop. The Zeppelin album is their live set from 2007 and is fantastic. Jason Bonham is nearly indistinguishable from his father and the band are tight and play with a real fire that puts many modern bands to shame. Finally, Trail of Dead's sadly overlooked album from 2009 is absolutely fantastic. Perhaps I only say this as a massive longtime fan of the band, but it's got all of the classic Trail of Dead elements: noise, melodies, bombast, prog-rock leanings, etc that I love about them.

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