Work, when I’m doing it from home, allows me some time to put on some old favorites to play in the background while I’m doing other things, so I am 8 1/2 episodes into a re-watch of the TV series “Chuck.” This series was absolutely brilliant, and while I love the idea of a reunion movie, I think it needs to come back, with original cast, and continue where it left off. It’s one of those series that *should* still be into it’s what? 14th season? by now, but sadly only got five. It needs more!
The move completed with (hopefully) minimal downtime, and I upgraded Internet services in the process. 🙂
Made it to day 20! And today’s entry is Ratt’s Out of the Cellar. Their debut album was huge, and pretty much defined glam metal for a time. Like every other album on this list, I could sit down and listen to it in full at any time, and enjoy every single track as if it were the first time hearing it. That was one of the criteria for making this list 😉
It was difficult to choose between an album by VH and Dokken for this challenge, and I ultimately decided on Dokken because, as good as Eddie’s playing is, VH never had quite the same impact on me as Dokken did. And this album was one of their earlier greats.
You must be sad if you thought I’d make it all the way through without including a Judas Priest album cover 😉 Rob Halford’s voice. And even the tracks that didn’t get a lot of airplay are as great as the ones that did.
It took me some time after getting into rock to visit the back catalogs of my favorite artists, and when I finally did… Well, how could Black Sabbath NOT make my list, and with a couple of Ozzy’s trademark songs on it, how could it NOT be Paranoid? Love that song, and the whole album is early heavy metal gold.
Growing up, I went to a lot of concerts, but they were all local acts or cover bands. The first national act, doing original material, that I saw live has Bonham, in support of The Disregard of Timekeeping when it first came out. I may have mentioned it in a previous post, but I saw the show at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio, but I can’t find that listed anywhere online. Regardless, the show kicked ass, they did some Led Zep covers as well as their original material, and I was right against the center of the stage for the entire show.
I hated today’s album when it first came out, but it quickly grew on me to the point it was one of my favorite albums for awhile. The two songs that got radio air time got overplayed a bit, but everything on this album is great. Even has some of Randy’s influence still, as he even has writing a writing credit or two. I’d add one of their earlier albums because of Randy Rhoads, but I honestly hadn’t discovered them until this album, and hadn’t heard the earlier stuff until more recently.
Is this technically a soundtrack, too? This album cover is from Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remain’s the Same, which I watched a couple dozen times with my friends when I was a teenager. There was a group of five of us, two of whom were brothers, and we would frequently spend entire weekends at the brothers’ house, and their parents would make these huge breakfasts, and we would listen to music and watch concerts and Headbanger’s Ball on MTV, and MTV had this concert/movie on a fairly regular rotation, and we caught it whenever we could. I still hang with two of the guys from back then every now and then, but I have no idea whatever came of the brothers. I’ve tried to find them on social media a few times, but my searches always come up empty.
I guess this one’s technically a soundtrack, too, and the movie is what put this album cover on the list. Pink Floyd’s The Wall was required watching for my high school psychology/sociology class, and the music makes this one of my favorite albums of theirs.