Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Led Zeppelin II, 1969

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II album cover, 1969
01 - Whole Lotta Love
02 - What Is and What Should Never Be
03 - The Lemon Song
04 - Thank You
05 - Heartbreaker
06 - Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)
07 - Ramble On
08 - Moby Dick
09 - Bring It On Home
It's probably the time to stop apologizing for the irregularity of these posts – they happen when they happen, so - to the topic:

Clearly I'm not going to say anything new on this. Led Zeppelin is a milestone in the history of music. I've just made a quick check and it didn't come as a big surprise that every single track of their nine studio albums has its own article on Wikipedia. They are the ultimate rock band from the debut album's cover to the disbanding after John Bonham's death. In every little bit.

Between myself and me, I mark three distinct sections within their discography – a 3 albums each, chronologically. This first group (conveniently numbered) is the youngest and the fastest and could be as well represented by any other record on The List – but let it be LZII. Maybe I chose this particular album because of the strange attractiveness of its cult opening track, or maybe due to the perfect balance of fast and gentle pieces, or maybe for that transition from Heartbreaker to Living Loving Maid, or for the quote from the times when Hollywood still knew how to make movies...

Being as well their most accessible batch to listen in my humble opinion, all three first Zeppelins are a single phenomenon which I don't think anyone can afford to miss. It is life itself, bottled into the disc's sleeve. Vibrant, breathing and running out of breath; yelling, screaming and whispering. Recall it, feel it, press play.

Gotta go now – time to ramble on. The usual links worth of exploration below

Full album's text at Alex Reisner's

Wikipedia: Album|Artist 

And something special the next time.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Wayne Kramer - Citizen Wayne, 1997

Wayne Kramer - Citizen Wayne album cover, 1997
01 - Stranger In The House
02 - Back When Dogs Could Talk
03 - Revolution In Apt. 29
04 - Down On The Ground
05 - Shining Mr. Lincoln's Shoes
06 - Dope For Democracy
07 - No Easy Way Out
08 - You Don't Know My Name
09 - Count Time
10 - Snatched Defeat
11 - Doing The Work
12 - A Farewell To Whiskey
In the very first post I had a stupidity to claim I’ve got something to say. Not in comparison with him - the one who has something to say indeed. And it looks like I’m gonna be using more of his words than mine today.

Some musicians come with a title - Britain awarded us with enough Sirs alone. The title sticking to this American is Brother. Brother Wayne Kramer. Since the debut MC5 record till now and onwards.

Straight away with the opening riffs of Stranger in the House you feel something different going. And then there is poetry throughout and on top of it all. Need to hear it, really.

 As for myself, I hear the great revolutionist behind his sounds, and Citizen Wayne is all about revolutions to me. Not just musically, but also as a reflection of his whole life story. Not just the third track - the whole thing.

We’re having a revolution
In apartment 29
Someone brought bazookas
Someone’s chilling wine

We’re having a revolution
And we’re having it right now
There will be blood and bullets….

Rough, partially surreal, sincere, like an open wound. The album overall and the genius ending of this track in particular. I’d love to write more, but all the words coming to mind are only other quotations from Brother Wayne Kramer:

My brothers and I rolled out from Detroit
Down to Chicago to join in the fight
Kinda shit that we did all the time
Play for the people and don’t make a dime...

Nuff Said. You know what to do.

Wayne Kramer on Wikipedia

And let it be Led Zeppelin next time.