Long time no see! Even though Shop Music has been on a long hiatus that does not mean that we have stopped incessantly playing side-long rippers all day at Huckleberry (sorry neighbors!). We have discovered lots of new music- both classics that are new to us and newly recorded soon to be classics- since we left off. Updates will be more frequent, and hopefully some of you on the internet may be turned on to some new tunes.
This installment will be a little different than previous. With 2013 behind us, we started looking into our musical past at the shop. What albums can we not help ourselves from listening to waaaay too often (sorry sales crew!), and what albums can be played sparingly but still seem to always seep into our unconscious.
Following are selections taken from Youtube representing some of our favorite shop bands. I wanted this list to have cohesion. Fortunately, we listen to A LOT of European progressive/psychedlic music. Most bands are from the 70′s, but as you will see below, there are still some modern bands channelling the post-war energy. I tried choosing interesting, hard to find videos, from each band’s best era. Youtube is really an incredible tool in discovering these would-be lost gems, and the incredible video and sound quality are a testament to the bands and film crews. Some of these videos are forty years old, but the raw energy, passion and pure sonic destruction is still alarmingly apparent. I scour Yotube quite often trying to find the odd bootleg, live performance and archival footage. Why not put all the hard work into good use and share a selection with all of you.
I had to start the list with probably our favorite discovery of 2013. When Brian returned from a sojourn in San Diego with a stack of records, one stood out in particular. Lonesome Crow, the 1972 debut release by German group the Scorpions, had us all floored at first listen. I should have trusted the Brain Records label on the record, but all I could think of was, “You are really putting on the Scorpions?” I am so happy that Brian brought this record into my life.
Lonesome Crow features a 16 (!) year old Michael Schenker absoutely shredding for 40 minutes straight. These aren’t your hard rock/heavy metal Scorpions. Lonesome Crow is a progged out, psychedelic, krautrock ripper. It is groovy, heavy, and driving. The following video is the only remnant of the original Scorpions during their short tenure. The video also features our dear brother in arms Keven Bricknell as Klaus Meine.
For continuity’s sake, the next video stays in the Scorpions family tree. Uli Jon Roth, successor to Michael Schenker, also found prominence with his own outfit- Uli Jon Roth’s Electric Sun. Electric Sun’s first record, Earthquake, was also released by the Brain label. What Uli lacks in vocal finesse, he more than makes up for in finger dexterity. This album is a workout. Roth is equal parts Blackmore and Hendrix. I cannot think of many other guitarists that have been as successful playing a neo-classical style with such bombast. To put it lightly, Yngvee Malmsteen wishes every day he could play like Roth.
Surprise your kids...on what you know about him
CBS SUNDAY MORNING.......6AM ewwwwww til 730pm
caught half of the show this PALM SUNDAY Morn.
41...bi racial...his mom a BLONDE...
GRANDMA dying of cancer....told the 15 yr old get interested in drums..music...which you seem to like.....
I cant see this guy CHANGING...much...
. Even the hat..that caught on..
'IT's Her hat...not mine..she makes them