There is nothing I could add to this that would make any difference. Jimmy Page discusses the creation of Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ in a sublime 8 minutes.
Back in another lifetime when I was living in a house with anywhere from 5-7, dare I say what would now be referred to as Dude Bros, my buddy and I made many mixtapes for the purposes of ‘rocking out.’ Parties. In the car on the way to hockey. Workouts. Whatevs. We hand a bent for what was then deemed ‘classic rock’ partly due to our access to both his Dad’s and his older brother’s CD collections. That combined with our complete Rush catalogue (our fave band, Prog Rock Dude Bro bonding at it’s finest), and some other CDs we were buying at the time was the bulk of what we had to pull from. Things like infinite Apple Music libraries were a pipe dream. I still have huge box of cassettes in the garage. I play them when wrenching. They work good in the cold. There’s many store bough albums or complete duped albums, but some mixes as well. Many are ambiguously labelled or with no label at all. Figured I’ll start sifting through the ‘unknowns’ and see what’s on em. First up, this one labelled simply, ‘MIX’. Track listing:
Side: First Side I Played
- The Ocean – Led Zeppelin
- Dogs of War – Pink Floyd
- Working Man – Rush
- Carry on My Wayward Son – Kansas
- The Punk and the Godfather – The Who
- Life in the Fast Lane – The Eagles
- La Villa Strangiato – Rush
Side: Other Side
- White Room – Cream
- Sister Disco – The Who
- Rhythm Method (Live Drum Solo from ‘A Show of Hands’) – Rush
- Feels So Good – Van Halen
- Walking Towards Paradise – Robert Plant
- Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull
- Emotion Detector – Rush
- Run Like Hell [Live, Delicate Sound of Thunder] – Pink Floyd
- Foxy Lady [Live at Winterland] – Jimi Hendrix Experience
- Limelight – Rush
The Live Album is dead.
Remember how monumental live albums used to be?
The Who, Live at Leeds.
Peter Frampton, Frampton Comes Alive.
Pink Floyd, Delicate Sound of Thunder.
Rush, Exit Stage Left.
Led Zeppelin, The Song Remains The Same.
Live albums used to be a bastion of a recording landmark in any bands career.
It occurred to me today that with the ability to basically call up almost any live track on the internet anymore and with bands releasing literally whole tours worth of night by night recordings that the Live Album is no longer that much anticipated, must experience moment.
Sure some will say, ‘Fuck LIVE albums, ALBUMS PERIOD are dead.’ To this I say, you are probably right, but that takes my blog post off topic. You’re a buzzkill, cut it out.
So live albums are dead. Should we have a funeral?
The Band, The Last Waltz.
Genesis, Three Sides Live.
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Live at Carnegie Hall.
Everyone has favorites.
I’m a geezer. I’ve entered geezerdom.