Joe Walsh and Bad Company “One Hell of a Night” Tour – 2016
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Top Six 1970s Album Track Gems
Today it seems like anyone can compose music and write lyrics to songs through computer programs. Back in the ’60s and the ’70s it was considered a bold statement to seriously start a Rock band and create music; those aspiring musicians and singers had to make sacrifices while being seen as foolish – because even with the spirit, desire, dedication and talent, competition was really tough and talent was often times not enough. Therefore, those few successful singer/ songwriters were revered as gifted entities – and many were.
To master musical instruments is a lifelong gift to oneself and for others, as is the ability to write lyrics and sing – but to write witty clever satirical insightful lyrics is rare. Up at the top of the list are; Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Frank Zappa, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, and Joe Walsh, each had their own satiric/sardonic type of clever lyrics of double entendres, pointed meanings, and linguistic acrobatics. These songs’ lyrics produced grins and laughter which sometimes covered the sobering reality underneath. But when handled with a Hard Rockin’ sense of fun by Joe Walsh, it’s an entertaining education.
Top Six 1970s Album Track Gems
with The James Gang:
Funk #49 – July 1970
Appropriately named, this #49 is a classic pre-Funk Rocker. Inventive semi-instrumental with a free-form party jam midway through then back to great Riff-Rockin’.
Walk Away – April 1971
An early glimpse into future infectious master riffs plus lyrics that simply tug at the heartstrings for those that have had that feeling when she turns her pretty head and . . .
Rocky Mountain Way – June 18, 1973
Here’s a terrific anthem for 1973; this track is and was a welcome reminder of several Colorado Rocky Mountain adventures and is always a joy to hear, anywhere.
County Fair – December 14, 1974
Joe transcends to another plane with this track. A perfect blend of ethereal music and lyrics. There are literally only a couple dozen songs that achieve this mysterious melancholy soul-tugging effect; John Mayall – Broken Wings, Ellis – El Doomo, Blackmore’s Rainbow – Catch the Rainbow, but 00individual has already given away too much – these Aural Psychedelics deserve their own post.
For now, let’s visit the County Fair just over the hill, through the meadow, over the gently flowing creek, into that sunny but cool area of your mind.
And see if you can get the puzzle pieces to fit.
with The Eagles:
Life in the Fast Lane – May 3, 1977
“Surely make you loose your mind.”
Life’s Been Good – May 16, 1978
Joe at his best – the music and lyrics just glide along, perfectly conveying an easygoing, but ironic, Rock Star lifestyle by a smart survivor. Any Rock Star, Rocker, or Music Lover for that matter, that does survive and is still thriving proves that Rock ‘n’ Roll is the Real Fountain of Youth.
And life’s been good so far . . .
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