Tag: Woodstock

Tunes for Tuesday: Rocks!

Meet the Bad Boys of Rock and Roll!

Warning: If you are easily offended or have delicate sensibilities, this music may not be for you!

Aerosmith is an American rock band that formed in Boston in 1970.[ The group members included Steven Tyler (lead vocals), Joe Perry (guitar, vocals), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums), and Brad Whitford (guitar). Their style, rooted in blues-based hard rock, later incorporated pop-rock elements,[ heavy metal, and rhythm and blues. Aerosmith inspired many later up-and-coming rock artists. They are sometimes referred to as “the Bad Boys from Boston” or “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.” The primary songwriting team of Tyler and Perry became known as the “Toxic Twins.”

Same Old Song and Dance (Gotta Move)

They were one of my favorite bands for many years, and I learned to play many of their songs. I loved the early stuff from their self-titled album, Aerosmith, or from Get Your Wings and Rocks!

Mama Kin (Nurburg, 1997)

It is hard to beat good live Rock and Roll. And I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Aerosmith in concert. However, to me, they were one of those bands that, for some reason, their studio albums were always so much better than their live performances. Hey, it happens. Boston was the same way. Maybe it was just that you could make out their music’s intricacies much better on a studio album.

Mother Popcorn (Live, James Brown Tribute)

I also enjoyed some of Aerosmith’s less typical musical workings. When I bought the album, Live Bootleg, their version of James Brown’s Mother Popcorn was just so much fun.

This was always another one of my favorites that didn’t seem to catch on with most listeners. But then, I don’t remember Aerosmith songs getting too much radio time. After all, they were “bad boys.”

Chip Away The Stone (Official Video)

The difference in the live and studio performances of their music is hard to ignore. I’m including two studio cuts here for comparison.

Too Bad – S.O.S. (Get your Wings)

Pandora’s Box (Get Your Wings)

Yep, that is why in the 1970’s, these guys were called the bad boys of Rock and Roll. And you can also see … the live versions just did quite cut the mustard.

Two songs that did get a lot of airtime were Dream On and Train Kept A-Rollin’. Train Kept A-Rollin’ was a great song, but I heard it so much on the radio over the years, it kind of lost its listen-a-bility for me.

Dream On is the Aerosmith classic everyone remembers and you still hear it on the radio today. So I will end this post with it.

Dream On (Official Video)

Now that’s some old-time Rock and Roll. Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Tunes for Tuesday: Soul Sacrifice

Sorry, this post is a little late. It has been a busy day putting some finishing touches in place for the release of my new book, Montagnard. If you are interested, you can check it out here!

Sometimes when you have limited time, you have to make a sacrifice. So, let’s head back in time to 1969 and Woodstock, and check out Soul Sacrifice by Carlos Santana.

Soul Sacrifice (Woodstock, 1969)

Carlos Santana was one hell of a guitar player. You’ve heard of blues guitarists making a deal with the devil at a crossroads for fame and success. Sometimes I wonder it Carlos Santana made a deal with some black magic woman.

Black Magic Woman (Tanglewood, 1970)

I once wondered if I could make a deal like that, but when I looked around, she wasn’t there.

She’s Not There (1977)

This was a poor sound quality video later dubbed over with the CD)

Santana’s guitar playing spoke may languages and his music is still appreciated around the globe.

Europa (Live, 1982)

Santana is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1966 by Mexican-American guitarist and songwriter Carlos Santana. The group has undergone several line-up changes in its recording and performance history, with Carlos Santana being the only common denominator.

Maria, Maria (Live at Montreux, 2011)

This post does not have as much text and commentary as some of my other Tunes for Tuesday posts. Sometimes you just have to let the music speak for itself!

Tunes for Tuesday: Feelin’ Alright!

Okay, so even a hard rocker like me has a softer side. And just to show I am not just all about screaming guitars, leather, and heavy metal, I will introduce you to my softer side. We’ll start with a trip all the way back to Woodstock (the 1994 edition) and Mr. Joe Cocker.

Feelin’ Alright (Woodstock, 1994)

There is just something about Joe’s raspy voice, stage mannerism, and the way he belts out a song that just makes you feel alright.

Of course, if you jumped into a time-traveling hot tub, and went back to 1969 and the original Woodstock, Joe Cocker would be singing there as well. Same raspy voice (maybe just a touch less so), same stage mannerism, and all those hippie friends! It is clear Joe Cocker sings straight from his soul!

With A Little Help From My Friends (Woodstock, 1969)

And, I do have my romantic side. I really love Joe Cocker’s version of this classic song. Sometimes it is a little hard for me too listen to because it always reminds me of the amazing lady I somehow let get away. But, still … it is an amazing song Joe sings from the heart.

You Are So Beautiful (Loreley Amphitheatre, 1983)

Of course, maybe the secret to getting over that situation can be found in another Joe Cocker song …

Unchain My Heart (Limelight Club, Cologne, Germany, 2002)

Anyway, I have always been a big fan of Joe Cocker, his music, and the way he sings it. And, I’ll just keep on keeping on. After all, someday, maybe my baby will write me a letter.

The Letter (Berlin, 2010)

Or … maybe not.

Either way, life goes on. And besides, I still can listen to some really great music to pass the time.

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