Posts filed under: Classic Rock

Lynyrd Skynyrd “That Smell” (1977)

A senseless analysis on the relative merits of the senses, but still the good sense to listen to this smell.... Read More

Thin Lizzy “Jailbreak” (1976)

Thin Lizzy's statuesque leader Phil Lynott, a beloved son of Dublin, and how he unexpectedly helped guide a long-awaited first local pint of Guinness. ... Read More

Van Morrison “I’ve Been Working” (1970)

Labor Day wishes care of the ever hard-working, Van Morrison.... Read More

Cream “SWLABR” (1967)

The first rock supergroup with one of the great guitar intros in history, and a song title explained, if not pronounced.... Read More

The Doors “L’America” (1971)

The Doors burst into my world like a supernova for but a few magical years, much like the incredibly brief lifespan of the band itself, which disintegrated with the exceedingly predictable death of iconic frontman Jim Morrison of, well, that depends on who or what you believe... Read More

ZZ Top “Blue Jean Blues” (1975)

..This is Billy Gibbons putting on a blues guitar clinic, of restraint and intensity. He’s not exactly holding back but he’s not showing off either. It’s all tone and feel, with attention to every note and lick, and the perfect intention..... Read More

Pink Floyd “Great Gig In The Sky” (1973)

One of the best-known songs on what remains the longest charting album in rock music history features none of the band’s four members, has no words, and spotlights only a session singer who initially turned down the gig to attend a Chuck Berry concert..... Read More

The Guess Who “No Time” (1969)

A stoner soundtrack, The Best of The Guess Who, for an unforgettable night that was immediately forgotten.... Read More

Creedence Clearwater Revival “Molina” (1970)

..I’d like to revisit the topic here to award an equally important title for the longest single fake ending duration – call it the qualitative title – to Creedence Clearwater Revival. In their 1970 hit ‘Molina,’ the band held their false finish for a full, time-stopping..... Read More

Rolling Stones “Dance Little Sister” (1974)

Over the years, rockers seem to have exhibited some curious ideas about sisters, but in particular little sisters. The thought occurred to me recently when hearing Elton John’s much-forgotten rave-up ‘Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock and Roll)’ – not explicitly about a “little” sister, but with the lyric..... Read More
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