Friday, November 30, 2012

Album 365: Day 52 - Supertramp - Breakfast In America

Breakfast In America

Favorite tracks: Gone Hollywood, The Logical Song, Goodbye Stranger
Sleeper tracks: Breakfast In America, Casual Conversations

I was introduced to this album by friends of my aunt Cheryl and FM radio of the 80s.  I remember being in charge of changing albums at a party that my aunt had in her apartment.  Somebody requested this album and while I recognized the popular songs, I didn't have the patience for the other ones.  Years later, I learned to appreciate this album for being the best thing the band did.  It's a great record that's filled with awesome music and equally awesome lyrics (and I'm not much of a lyric guy).  I have Supertramp songs stuck in my head and they'll probably be there for the next week.

Davies and Hodgson were a really awesome song writing duo.  It's a shame they were both stubborn pricks when it came to reforming the band and releasing live shows on DVD.  Seriously, their disdain for each other is disgusting and really makes me mad as a fan. Maybe that's why most of the music they made together sounded amazing.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Album 365: Day 51 - Frank Zappa - Sheik Yerbouti

Frank Zappa
Sheik Yerbouti

Favorite tracks: Broken Hearts Are for Assholes, Rubber Shirt, Wild Love
Sleeper tracks: I'm So Cute, Sheik Yerbouti Tango

You either really like Frank Zappa music or you hate it.

This album is very special to me.  It was my first experience with Frank Zappa and I will have to give all the credit to my aunt Lisa.  She played this for me when I was 5, 6 or 7.  We were sitting at my grandparents house (she was babysitting) and I can remember her cleaning up after supper and playing this album.  I really liked the lyrics as a kid and the music was funny and interesting.  It took me a lot of years to understand the complexity of the music; but once I did I couldn't get enough.   I think he's one of the best things to come from American music.  He was an absolute genius and most people don't realize how insanely talented he was.

Sheik Yerbouti wasn't the best Zappa album but it was a great record and is probably the most friendly album for non-fans of Frank.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Album 365: Day 50 - King's X - Black Like Sunday

King's X
Black Like Sunday

Favorite tracks: Black Like Sunday, Working Man, Bad Luck
Sleeper tracks: Rock Pile, You're the One

I started to get into King's X after the release of Dogman.  That was a great album and I became a loyal fan very quickly.

King's X is a hard luck rock group.  They have been placed on a pedestal by other musicians but never really broke through to the mainstream like they deserved.  They're a great band that I love listening to both live and on record.

Black Like Sunday wasn't a memorable release.  For me, each album after their 1998 Tape Head record contained only glimmers of greatness.  There are some good songs on Black Like Sunday but I wouldn't pick it as one of my top 5 King's X albums.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Album 365: Day 49 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - One Hot Minute

Red Hot Chili Peppers
One Hot Minute

Favorite tracks: Warped, Aeroplane, One Hot Minute
Sleeper tracks: Pea, Falling Into Grace

I'm proud to say that I'm one of the few who thinks this is a bitchin' album.  I would put it number 2 after Blood Sugar... for my favorite Chili Peppers albums (I am not as much a fan of the stuff after this one).  I know the band wasn't happy with it and all that shit; but I'd gladly take this over By The Way...critics and morons be damned!

I remember eagerly counting the days to this album's release.  I was very pleased with the record and loved the band with Dave Navarro.  I think this album contains Chad Smith's best drumming.  The songs were more rockin' thanks to Dave's influence.  There are about 3 songs too many on the record.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Album 365: Day 48 - John Prine - Bruised Orange

John Prine
Bruised Orange

Favorite tracks: There She Goes, Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone, Crooked Piece of Time
Sleeper tracks: Iron Ore Betty, The Hobo Song

The only folk album you'll find in my collection.

This album holds a special place in my heart.  My parents owned it and I played the record a lot for a few years.  There was something about John's voice that was easy to listen to.  He told great stories that even a 4 and 5 year old could understand (while totally missing the puns meant for 'adults').  The music is catchy, the songs aren't long and there's a lot of stuff going on in each cut.  I don't get bored listening to this record.  I could probably play it through 3 or 4 times in one sitting, I enjoy it that much.  It will always remind me of my childhood and how good things were.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Album 365: Day 47 - Great Girls Blouse - 147471

Great Girls Blouse

Favorite tracks: He Played, 147471
Sleeper tracks: Guilt Trip

I met this band through the studio manager of A440 Studios.  I agreed to work with them because I liked the band's vibe, I liked the tunes and we liked some of the same music.  The singer and bass player were married and that was a funny aspect of the recording/producing process.  The album was recorded live with minimal overdubs.  I thought the drums turned out really good.  Amy had a great voice and the middle part of 147471 is my favorite spot of the album in my favorite song of theirs.

Amy and Jason moved to the left coast and I never worked with them again.  I have fond memories of joking around and hanging with them.

Album was recorded, mixed and mastered at A440 Studios, Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Album 365: Day 46 - Deep Purple - Burn

Deep Purple

Favorite tracks: Burn, Lay Down, Stay Down, You Fool No One
Sleeper tracks: Mistreated, A 200

This is my favorite Mk III album from Deep Purple.

My parents and rock radio introduced me to Deep Purple.  Everybody knows the hits but this album doesn't get as much respect because there wasn't a single that came from it.

I will say that I like Coverdale in Whitesnake more than Deep Purple but his singing on this album was a good transition from Gillan.  Glenn Hughes was brought in to replace Glover.  I've been known to chastise Hughes for milking the fact he was in Deep Purple.  I don't like the guy but listening to this album allowed me to appreciate what he brought to the band.  His bass playing was different than Roger's and some of the bass runs he does are really cool.  He sang quite a bit on this record and the harmonies are cool.  I'm not a fan of his lead stuff; especially live where he tried so damn hard to match Gillan's power.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Album 365: Day 45 - Primus - Pork Soda

Pork Soda

Favorite tracks: Welcome To This World, DMV, The Ol' Diamondback Sturgeon (Fisherman's Chronicles, Part 3)
Sleeper tracks: Pork Soda, The Pressman

The best sounding Primus album.

I really gravitated towards this band when I heard Sailing the Seas of Cheese in high school.  All my band/musician friends couldn't get enough of it.  When this album came out (and I can't remember when I got it.  I'm sure it was the day of release) a lot of people were like, 'wha?'.  I loved it.  It sounded huge, the drums and bass were awesome and the songs were fun to listen to.  Sailing has more party friendly tunes but Pork Soda was the zenith of the bands creativity.  I'm happy that I got to see the band support this album when they opened for Rush.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Album 365: Day 44 - Genesis - Abacab


Favorite tracks: Abacab, No Reply At All, Dodo/Lurker
Sleeper tracks: Me and Sarah Jane, Man On the Corner

(Thanksgiving trip back home is done.  I didn't have the time to type out entries each day but lying in a guest bedroom with no tv allowed me to listen to each day's selection with great concentration)

I started to appreciate Genesis at an early age.  My aunt Sue had Phil's Face Value album and local rock radio played quite a bit of Genesis.  Being a young drummer, I thought Phil's drumming was unique and sounded cool.  After I graduated rock n roll school, I came to learn the genius in engineering that was Hugh Padgham.  The Phil Collins drum sound was just as much his creation as it was Phil's playing.  I like the tales of Hugh placing a snare next to Phil's drum set and capturing the snare vibrating from the sound of the drums.  Listen to Genesis albums on headphones and you can hear how the 'side snare' adds to the resonance of the drum sound.

Abacab was an album I listened to a lot while working at Oarfin Records.  I used to play it while doing studio clean up.  It's a good pop album but it also allowed early Genesis prog to blend with great song writing.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Album 365: Day 43 - The Darkness - Hot Cakes

The Darkness
Hot Cakes

Favorite tracks: With A Woman, Everybody Have A Good Time, Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Sleeper tracks: She's Just A Girl, Eddie, Forbidden Love

One of the few bands that I gravitated toward despite me trying to avoid popular bands.  They were pretty refreshing in 2003.

This is their 3rd release and while it isn't as good at Permission To Land, it's a great record considering the band broke up for 5 years.  "Everybody Have A Good Time" is one of their top 3 songs.  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Album 365: Day 42 - KISS - Destroyer


Favorite tracks: King of the Night Time World, Shout It Out Loud, Beth
Sleeper tracks: God of Thunder, Sweet Pain

(I just finished Peter Criss' autobiography.  I thought it would be fitting to honor him with an Album: 365 entry)

I can't remember when I first heard this album.  I do know that my first introduction to KISS was from my uncle Bill.  He is 10 years older than me and was the perfect influence for a lot of the music I grew up with.

I always thought "God of Thunder" was lame.  Maybe I'm still bitter at Gene for being a major prick to Ace and Peter.

I Rock N Roll Over way better than Destroyer.  However, I dig this album for the impact it had on the legacy of KISS and the impact it had on rock music.

Album 365: Day 41 - Jackson Browne - Running On Empty

Jackson Browne
Running On Empty

Favorite tracks: Running On Empty, Shaky Town, The Load-out
Sleeper tracks: You Love the Thunder, Stay

My parents had this album.  My aunt Cheryl and I would listen to this album all the time when she would babysit me.  I really loved playing this record and reading along with the lyric sheet.  

The songs were all recorded live in various places/venues.  "Nothin' but Time" was recorded on a moving bus (you can hear the bus engine throughout the song).  Really great song writing and musicianship.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Album 365: Day 40 - Alice In Chains - Jar of Flies

Alice In Chains
Jar of Flies

Favorite tracks: Nutshell, I Stay Away, No Excuses
Sleeper tracks: Rotten Apple, Swing On This

I remember going to The Exclusive Company to grab this CD on the day of release.  It was cold as hell and I think I actually skipped out of my 2 study halls to go and get it.

It's not my favorite AIC album but it has my favorite AIC songs ("I Stay Away" and "No Excuses").  It's an EP (first to debut at no. 1 on Billboard) but I don't really think of it as one.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Album 365: Day 39 - July Fighter - July Fighter

July Fighter
July Fighter

Favorite tracks: Know You, Old Town, Joke
Sleeper tracks: Dreams, White Lilies

This is another band that I recorded and mixed.

I met Jimmy (July Fighter singer) back when he was the bass player in Sunshine Behavior.  After that band broke up, Jimmy asked me to record his first solo CD.  He played acoustic guitar, bass and sang.  I was really happy with how the songs turned out.  His guitar player (Nick) sang backups and did a great job with harmonies.  I'm glad Jimmy was able to form another band and get his music out to the public.

The album was recorded at Gettysburg Studio, Winterland Studios and Audio Altimeter.  Mixed at Gettysburg Studio and mastered at Winterland Studios.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Album 365: Day 38 - John Cougar - John Cougar

John Cougar
John Cougar

Favorite tracks: Miami, Do You Think That's Fair, I Need A Lover
Sleeper tracks: Great Mid-west, Taxi Dancer

(Weekends aren't the best for posting updates)

My aunt Sue had this album and I really enjoyed listening to it when I was a kid.  It was my first introduction to John and I will openly admit I was a fan for a long time.

The album has lost its lustre over the years.  As I listened to it, I realized that the songs were kinda weak.  "I Need A Lover" is a great tune but that was produced by a guy who didn't produce the rest of the album.  Kenny Aronoff was not the drummer on this record.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Album 365: Day 37 - Sting - The Dream of the Blue Turtles

The Dream of the Blue Turtles

Favorite tracks: If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, Fortress Around Your Heart
Sleeper tracks: Russians, Moon Over Bourbon Street

I remember it was a pretty big deal when Sting released this album.  I thought "...Set Them Free" was a great tune and Omar Hakim's drumming on mainstream radio was refreshing.  "Fortress..." has a really cool, big chorus.  That song is classic Sting and is very Police sounding.

This isn't my favorite Sting album.  I can't get over the soprano sax sprayed all over the record.  I'd be happy not hearing this album for a couple years.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Album 365: Day 36 - Joe Carey - Wondervibe

Joe Carey

Favorite tracks: Wondervibe, Superhuman Strife, The Divide
Sleeper tracks: Let Me Go, Rise Again

Another album that I recorded...another great experience with cool dudes.

I met Joe at Oarfin Records when he was tracking some stuff for his brother's album.  He came in some time later to record his full length in studio B.  I'm starting to forget some of the details of the sessions but I do remember a few things:

  • Great drum sound (drummer was laid back and tasty), great guitar playing and great Carey brothers vocal talent. 
  • Laughing our asses off referencing Steve Perry and Air Supply for a week (and beyond. They played "Oh Sherrie" at the CD release party as a surprise to me)
  • Nights at the Monte Carlo (and being a bit too hungover 1 day)
  • 1 take vocals on a couple songs because the passion and grit was there
  • Headphone bleed that changed the end of a song for the better (happy accident)
  • Drummer Michael with his wit and humor (Monte Carlo's maitre d wouldn't agree with this)
  • Zippo falling into piano during a keeper take.  If you listen closely you can hear it. 
It was a really fun session that produced a great album.  I miss sessions like that.  I'm happy that Joe is still making music.  I'm going to have to sneak and see his band play some night soon.

Record done to 2 inch tape with Pro Tools for extra tracks. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Album 365: Day 35 - The Freddy Jones Band - Lucid

The Freddy Jones Band

Favorite tracks: Wonder, Better Tomorrow, Mystic Buzz
Sleeper tracks: Come On Back, C MInor Contribution

A band that helped start the 'roots rock' assault of the 90s, carved a niche and quickly faded.

Got hooked on FJB because of my friend Bryan and Kaukauna River Fest or Jam or whatever it was called in 1994 (was a volunteer "roadie" when they played there the summer after senior year).  Lucid came out in Sept. '97 and I remember spinning the CD quite a bit during parties and hang-out sessions with my friends.  I went to 3 or 4 shows on the tour supporting the album and was able to get backstage at Summerfest to briefly hang with the bass player and drummer.  I really love the memories this album produced.

It's good radio rock music.  Good hooks and vocal harmonies.  "Better Tomorrow" is probably their best song.  It was a shame they couldn't ride the wave of momentum they created with this album.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Album 365: Day 34 - Quicksand - Manic Compression

Manic Compression

Favorite tracks: Delusional, Thorn In My Side, Brown Gargantuan
Sleeper tracks: Simpleton, It Would Be Cooler If You Did

This is another band I heard about via a friend on Facebook.  I have never listened to them before tonight.

Quicksand is a (looking at my notes) post-hardcore band.  I'm not too familiar with bands in that genre.  The album is actually pretty good and delivered more than I was expecting.  The mix is dated but it doesn't take away from the cool guitar, drum and bass grooves.  You can hear everything well although the vocals are a little buried.  I think my favorite song I heard tonight was either Thorn In My Side or Gargantuan.  I came away from this one wanting to hear it again.

Album 365: Day 33 - Tears For Fears - The Seeds of Love

Tears For Fears
The Seeds of Love

Favorite tracks: Woman In Chains, Sowing the Seeds of Love, Year of the Knife
Sleeper tracks: Swords and Knives, Famous Last Words

This is another album that I never heard all the way through before.  I was quite impressed with the quality of the production.

Tears For Fears was introduced to me by MTV.  I wasn't a fan right away.  I can't honestly remember when I started appreciating the band.  I think it was after I moved out to Minneapolis and started listening to music all the time (and even then I only had the Greatest Hits CD).  Roland Orzabal (the not pretty one) writes a good tune and his vocals are really crisp and tight.  "Seeds of Love" is my favorite song by them.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Album 365: Day 32 - Foreigner - Agent Provocateur

Agent Provocateur

Favorite tracks: That Was Yesterday, I Want To Know What Love Is, Reaction to Action
Sleeper tracks: Down On Love, She's Too Tough

I can't figure out how this album sold 3 million copies.

I can honestly say that today was the first time I listened to this album.  I'm familiar with the 3 songs that were singles (all 3 of my favorite tracks).  This isn't the same Foreigner that was played at my aunts' parties when they babysat me.  I like those albums.  This one, aside from the singles which were pretty good songs, was filled with 80s sounding pop/rock.  Mick Jones finishes this album and then starts to produce Van Halen's 5150 record.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Album 365: Day 31 - V - Welcome To Life

Welcome To Life

Favorite tracks: When the Breeze Hits, Heart to the Sea, Letter to Kim
Sleeper tracks: Fumbling, Welcome to Life

It was Victor's birthday today.  One of my true buddies and I wanted to honor him by playing his album.  Happy birthday friend.

I met Victor (V or Stallion to some) when he was in a band I recorded.  He was the bass player of this band and after we recorded several songs, he asked me to engineer his solo project.  I happily agreed.  That project started in early 2004 and 2007.  During that time, Victor and I recorded, mixed and mastered at:

  • Oarfin Records studio B (3 of the songs were tracked and mixed there)
  • A440 Studios (mixing and mastering)
  • The Hideaway Studio (tracking and mixing)
  • Victor's practice space (tracking)
  • My bedroom on Clinton Ave South (editing and mixing)
I was happy he was able to complete the album.  It's a great look back at my early engineering career.  Some of the songs turned out really well, some I can hear my naivete.  Victor is a great songwriter and a great person to work with. Those sessions were filled with big laughs and big sarcasm.  I'm looking forward to listening to his former/sorta former band's album soon. 

(Shout out goes to Clint for drumming on the album) 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Album 365: Day 30 - Living Colour - Vivid

Living Colour

Favorite tracks: Cult of Personality, I Want To Know, Desperate People
Sleeper tracks: What's Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song), Which Way To America?

I don't care if they were all black, red, paisley or white.  Living Colour was the shit for a moment in music history.

I think I first heard of the band on rock radio.  Later, MTV played the crap out of "Cult of Personality" (which has the greatest guitar solo ever played on MTV).  The band looked cool, the videos were cool and the whole album  was pretty rockin'.  The only thing I hated about this album was that you couldn't drum to it.  Will Calhoun was a fun drummer to listen to but hard to imitate. There's good guitar and bass work too.  I liked all the hooks they had and for the most part, the album production was great.  The vocals fit the music and Glover was a pretty awesome rock singer.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Album 365: Day 29 - Pantera - Far Beyond Driven

Far Beyond Driven

Favorite tracks: Strength Beyond Strength, 5 Minutes Alone, Slaughtered
Sleeper tracks: Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills, Planet Caravan

Bought this album the early part of summer, 1994. It may have been one of the first CDs I bought after moving out of my parents house.

I was slow to get on the Pantera bandwagon.  My friends and I always used to make fun of Dimebag.  He would write the dumbest shit in "Guitar Player" magazine.  We thought his playing was horrible and the music sucked.  We became un-lame that summer and gorged on Pantera for about 5 straight months.  I think it was one of many moments growing up where we pushed one another in the direction of a certain band.  I'm fond of those moments and wouldn't be as big a Pantera fan if the positive peer pressure never happened.

The album debuted at number 1 on Billboard.  I always thought that was cool.  The album is damn heavy.  I loved the rhythm section of the band.  Vinnie became on of my favorite drummers and I came to really appreciate the coolness of Dime's playing.  I'm not a lyrics guy when it comes to this band but Phil put a lot of energy into his records.

This isn't my favorite Pantera album but it's the one I go to just because of the cool songs and grooves on it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Album 365: Day 28 - The Presidents of the United States of America - The Presidents of the United States of America

The Presidents of the United States of America

Favorite tracks: Lump, Boll Weevil, Kick Out the Jams
Sleeper tracks: Candy, Naked and Famous

In honor of voting day:

A band that was made for the MTV generation.  I, like 3 million other people, heard about these guys from watching videos during the summer.  They were a huge hit and I dug the style and quirkiness of the record.  The recording is kinda cool.  You can hear scratch vocal tracks, guitar sounds through drum mics and other recording oddities.  It's a very live, raw sounding record and it just proves that you don't have to spend millions of dollars to make a hit.

Unfortunately, there's only so much you can do with 2 guitar (each having 2 strings) and a 3 piece drum kit.  The songs are great but there's no staying power 'cept for the songs that were hits.  It was a fun trip down memory lane as I probably haven't listened to this entire record in about 10 years.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Album 365: Day 27 - Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

Favorite tracks: Man On the Silver Mountain, Snake Charmer, Still I'm Sad
Sleeper tracks: Black Sheep of the Family, If You Don't Like Rock 'n Roll

I didn't come across this album until my early 20s.  I knew of (and liked) Rainbow songs that I heard on the radio.  I liked Blackmore in Deep Purple and I liked Dio's Sabbath and solo stuff.  I didn't really get into this record until I started trying to improve my CD collection.

I don't like this album as much as Rising.  For one, Cozy Powell isn't drumming on it.  It's got some cool guitar work but it sounds like the band isn't a band...more like a bunch of session musicians playing with Blackmore and Dio.  I think the Rainbow project took a positive turn after this record.  I understand the importance of this record but it doesn't sit high on my list of must have CDs.  R.I.P. Ronnie.  \m/

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Album 365: Day 26 - Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Trilogy

Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Favorite tracks: The Endless Enigma (Part 1), Hoedown, Trilogy
Sleeper tracks: From The Beginning, Abaddon's Bolero

My favorite Emerson, Lake and Palmer album.  Again, my aunt Lisa introduced me to ELP at a very young age.

I found this CD used at Apple Emporium.  I was looking for any ELP album and this was the only one I found that day (I think it might have been the 5th CD I ever bought).  I remember playing this a lot in high school, during study hall, when I would hang out in the band room.

It's a great headphones album.  There's a lot of stuff going on in the songs and Palmer's drumming is so intricate.  He was one of my favorite drummers for quite a few years. Greg Lake's vocals are top-notch and are better than what he did with King Crimson.

Album 365: Day 25 - Yes - 90125


Favorite tracks: Owner of A Lonely Heart, It Can Happen, Changes
Sleeper tracks: Hold On, Our Song

(Didn't post this yesterday because I was celebrating my birthday with friends.  I listened to this during the day, as I did yard work).

My appreciation for this album started with my aunt Lisa playing it for me.  She had an important part in my musical direction and I'm glad this album came out when it did.

This album is one of my favorites to come out of the 80s.  Trevor Rabin coming into the band, Jon Anderson and Tony Kaye coming back into the was a perfect storm for great songwriting.  The guitar work is awesome and I would say Trevor's lead playing is better than Steve Howe's.  His vocals added a new texture to Yes as well.  Alan White has been my 2nd favorite Yes drummer but this record was a great display of his prog chops (on a relatively pop/mainstream album).

It's strange.  I've lived in Minneapolis for almost 13 years and I haven't met a person who is as much a Yes fan as I am. The biggest Yes fans I know, I knew from back home.  I get it, the Yes sound isn't for everybody; but I always thought there would be more musicians that liked them.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Album 365: Day 24 - The Beatles - Revolver

The Beatles

Favorite tracks: She Said She Said, Good Day Sunshine, I'm Only Sleeping
Sleeper tracks: Love You To, Tomorrow Never Knows

I can confidently say that "She Said She Said" is one of my top 5 Beatles songs.  I'd probably put it number 4.

I don't know when I was introduced to this album.  The radio had a lot to do with it but I don't remember having this album in the record collection as a kid.  During my teens, I ignored the Beatles because they weren't 'technical enough' in their musicianship.  I liked them but didn't sit around and listen to the records.  It was stupid; and I started collecting the albums when I moved to Minneapolis.  There came a shift in my better judgement and I have come to appreciate them more.   They wrote really great songs and Revolver is an easy listen.

(I listened to the mono version because that's the way it was meant to be heard.  Sorry George Martin, I have come to hate the stereo mixes of the albums).

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Album 365: Day 23 - The Who - Who's Next

The Who
Who's Next

Favorite tracks: Baba O'Riley, The Song Is Over, Won't Get Fooled Again
Sleeper tracks: Love Ain't For Keeping, Going Mobile

My favorite album from my second favorite band.  A special birthday treat.

My earliest recollection of this album would be the songs from it played on the radio.  Obviously the album was a hit and spawned several radio constants.  I can't remember when I got the album but I do remember picking up the deluxe re-issue in 2003.

Being a huge Who fan, I have played the crap out of this record over the years.  It's a fun album to listen to with headphones.  The only downside of the release is that it never came out as the "Lifehouse" album that Pete intended.  He's since released a complete "Lifehouse" but I always wanted to hear it with this band.