Friday, October 10, 2014

Music Break

It's been way too long since I've put up one of these, so let's get down to it.

To start off, here's Silver, Blue & Gold by Bad Company, from their 1976 album Run With The Pack.  The group's original lineup, which would continue until 1982, consisted of Paul Rodgers (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Mick Ralphs (lead guitar), Boz Burrell (bass) and Simon Kirk (drums).  Rodgers and Kirk had previously been members of Free.  Ralphs had been the original lead guitarist of Mott The Hoople.  Burrell had played with King Crimson.

In 1980, Nazareth released the album Malice In Wonderland and the single Holiday.  One could be forgiven for thinking the song's title is Mama Mama Please.  Original members Dan McCafferty (lead vocals), Manny Charlton (guitar), Pete Agnew (bass) and Darrell Sweet (drums) were joined about a year earlier by second guitarist Zal Cleminson.

My favorite song from Ringo Starr's 1998 album Vertical Man is I Was Walking, which included backing vocals by Paul McCartney, Alanis Morissette and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, who also played harmonica.

In the early 1980's, guitarist-vocalist John Hall, who had left Orleans in 1977, formed the John Hall Band, with Bob Leinbach (keyboards, vocals), John Troy (bass, vocals) and Eric Parker (drums).  Leinbach had also briefly joined Orleans after Hall left.  On their only hit, Crazy, Leinbach, Hall and Troy share the lead vocals and produce 2-part and 3-part harmonies.  After the John Hall Band disbanded, both Hall and Leinbach occasionally rejoined Orleans.  From 2007 to 2011, Hall (D) spent two terms in Congress representing New York's 19th District.

Airbourne is an Australian band that formed in 2003, consisting of Joel O'Keeffe (lead vocals, guitar), Ryan O'Keeffe (drums), David Roads (guitar) and Adam Jacobson (bass), who was later replaced by Justin Street.  This is the title song of their first full album, Runnin' Wild, released in 2007, with Street playing bass.  They had previously put out an EP in 2004, when Jacobson was in the band.  I must confess that I've only recently heard about this group.

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