Noise-some Notes – A Week in Listening 1st October 2012

Aerosmith – Aerosmith I really enjoy Aerosmith’s debut despite Steven Tyler’s odd James Brown impersonation. Quite a few classics on here: Dream On, Mama Kin and Walking the Dog but I especially love the intro riff of Make It that kicks the whole thing off.

Manowar – Gods of War Live The third of Manowar’s live releases. I’ve already reviewed their first, Hell on Wheels, as part of my post-1985 live albums series and I’ll be getting round to this one in due course. So I won’t give anything away just now.

Black Flag – The First Four Years Enjoyed this so much I bought it twice! Well, I had bought the vinyl and then fancied listening to it on the move so I got a download for £3 too. It’s good to have something fiery to listen to on the bus in case you have a shite day at work!

Rollins Band – The Only Way to Know For Sure Another recent purchase and gave this a ton of listens this week. I had it on good authority that this was going to be a good listen but I’m still genuinely surprised by how good this is. It’ll get a fuller review up at some point but all I can say is that this album caused bopping to happen. Actual bopping.

Glenn Hughes – Addiction The Voice of Rock has come in from the commercial cold in recent years but, at the risk of being a contrary bugger, I’ve found myself losing interest. This one is from back in the mid-90s when I was still on board! It took a few listens to get into but is continually rewarding. Dark, down-tuned Rock with real soul and atmosphere. I always liked JJ Marsh on guitar. What happened to that guy?

Genesis – Selling England by the Pound I’m always spellbound by the opening track on this, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, the song that got me into the band. It’s got a cool mythical feel and an excellent early example of two-handed tapping from 1973. The Cinema Show is also essential Genesis. This is a superb album but it’s let down by I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe), which gets old quick, and The Battle of Epping Forest, which is fairly impenetrable.

Iron Maiden – The Trooper/Flight of Icarus Another two-single compilation from the First Ten Years box. Features an excellent cover of Montrose’s I’ve Got the Fire and a cover of Jethro Tull’s Cross-Eyed Mary, which is a bit of a howler but, in fairness, not actually as bad as I had remembered.

Fleetwood Mac – Tango in the Night I always manage to squeeze some 80s pop into my weekly listening, don’t I? This one’s a patchy affair from the AOR behemoths. I really enjoyed all the singles from this era but, sadly, only a few other tracks here are worth your time.

Hawklords – 25 Years On Maybe a bit of an obscure one, this. In the late 70s Hawkwind disbanded but the main players reappeared as Hawklords for this one excellent album. Eccentric vocalist/lyricist Robert Calvert is on particularly good form here. PSI Power is fantastic, probably my favourite Hawkwind-related song (unless you include Motorhead in that category in which case it’s Dancing on Your Grave), Freefall is gorgeous and Flying Doctors is about a cabinet key. Presumably the key to a cabinet with drugs in it.

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15 thoughts on “Noise-some Notes – A Week in Listening 1st October 2012”

  1. Love early Aerosmith. How far they fell into maudlin later on! I love that you’re into the Manowar. Looking forward to that one. YES! Own the Black Flag in every format, so that whenever the need arises, wherever you are, you’re covered. I love that record. Looking forward to your TOWTKFS review. I can deal with the bopping, but I wanna hear about the DESTRUCTION you caused while listening to it! Glenn Hughes and Maiden, right on. I had to look up who Hawklords even are (and there goes more of my cred). You’ve been into the Genesis before in these pages, and that’s a cool one. But, um, Dude? Fleetwood Mac? I hear what you’re saying there, but um…

    All in all, another great week in your ears. Well done, sir. I love the thought of listening to the First Four Years on public transit. Everyone else so sedate, half-dead… and in your ears is THAT! Ha. Wake up Blobbos and get with the program! Love it.

    And watch for the Thumb. Maybe even tomorrow? Will see if I can get the space in the family day to get ‘er done. But I know where it’ll go. Woo!

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    1. I love listening to Rollins on the bus for that same reason! Although the only thing I destroyed while listening to it at home was a cup of tea and some biscuits… sorry.

      I wouldn’t blame anyone for not knowing who Hawklords are… it’s a great lost classic and I’ve got another obscure Hawkwind related album coming up next week!

      But the Fleetwood Mac… I do have a soft spot for 80s Pop and the that stuff helps me live out all my Miami Vice fantasies!

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  2. Love the early Aerosmith albums including the debut!! I still have a picture disc(vinyl) of Cross Eyed Mary dont remember what the A side is maybe F.o. Icarus. Piece of Mind is my favorite Maiden.

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    1. Yeah, the early Aerosmith stuff is amazing. The Maiden artwork is just made for picture discs! That must be quite a collectible. I’m more of a Powerslave guy but that’s splitting hairs really. All the 80s Maiden stuff was great. What do you think of their version of Cross-Eyed Mary? Not one of Bruce Dickinson’s better moments I think.

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      1. I liked it when I was 14…but it is not a great song and I’m not a Tull fan at all. I agree Powerslave was their biggest, most polished, highlight of their career album, but I like the rawness and songs of Piece of Mind a little better.

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      2. I’m a huge Tull fan. Love them! It’s really not one of their better songs though… I imagine Maiden chose it because it was a bit rockier. I already knew Tull’s version well when I heard Maiden’s and wasn’t that impressed. Only a B-Side though so no harm done!

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  3. SSL (Sorry so late)!

    The first Aerosmith album is my favourite, of the original Columbia albums. That and Draw The Line are the only two that I still play regularly.

    Piece of Mind is one of my fave Maiden too. I think the B-side to Flight of Icarus though was “I’ve Got The Fire”, because I used to have that single. “Cross Eyed Mary” was probably the B-side to “The Trooper”.

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    1. Haha where you been? 😉
      I had just had a wee look through the Ten Years box. Cross Eyed Mary was on The Trooper.
      I listen to the 1st and Draw The Line the most too! Cool. I occasionally throw in Night in the Ruts as well from that era…

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  4. Nice to see others getting the Addiction album; one of his best. Try Standing On The Rock from his later Songs In The Key Of album – astonishing piece of work. Much better than the superficially exciting but very derivative BCC work of late…

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    1. That’s a great album too! Just can’t get into BCC for some reason… superficial is a good word.

      Thanks for stopping by Simon, really appreciate it. I’m a big fan of all the Purple reissues you’ve been involved with! I wish more bands had that level of care put into their back-catalogue.

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