I’m delving into the world of the single! I’ll buy a 7”, 12” or CD single every week and post my findings here. Who knows what musical discoveries will be made?
The second-ever Single Of The Week is a much more successful purchase than last week’s (which was a bit of a shiter).
Earlier in 2012, I blogged my ‘Top 10 albums that got me through the 1990s’. One of those was Zakk Wylde’s Pride & Glory. It wasn’t just a great album; it introduced me to the joys of Southern Rock.
When I mentioned my burgeoning interest in this genre to a friend, he briefly loaned me a compilation tape of a band called Blackfoot. I was floored by their mix of Southern Rock and Metal but this was pre-internet and there were no song titles or information on the tape at all. Eventually I found most of the songs from the tape on Blackfoot’s three classic studio albums Strikes, Tomcattin’ and Marauder. One song was missing. The tape had a stunning live recording of Train Train which I could not pin down. I had expected to find it on the band’s classic live album Highway Song – Live but the version on there was different. I now consider Highway Song – Live to be a classic but at the time all I could think about was Train Train.
But the HMOverlord never forgets and, some 18 years later, I’m delighted to announce my Single of the Week is Blackfoot’s Dry County (b/w Too Hard to Handle). Both these songs are excellent and hail from the classic Marauder album but the real treat here is the bonus 7” which not only has THAT version of Train Train (from the 1981 Monsters of Rock festival at Donington) but also On the Run from the same show. It’s an awesome blast of Blackfoot at their fearsome best and it feels great to finally have it again. My collection was never going to be complete without this incredible single. Not bad for £1!