Whats playing on your system today?

Today I decided to listen to two of my favorite rock guitar heros and one great vocalist. Guitarist' Robin Trower, Ronnie Montrose and vocalist Davey Pattison.

I listened to Trower songs:
Bridge of sighs, Stitch in time, The fool and me, my personal favorite- Too rolling stoned and others.....

Then I pulled out "Gamma". 
I listened to: Razor King, Wish I was and Skin and bone and others.....

Davey Pattison hooked has also up with Michael Shenker also. I really enjoyed my day so far. Anybody else heard anything good?



Good call
I'm a UFo fan.      UFO1. Is a great ban
Only within the past few years do I listen to RUSH now
Listen to. Bluestravelers also
Was  not a fan Rod Stewart until I saw him once over 25 years ago. He put on such a good show at that time I have been listening to him on & off for years since.    

Lights Out is a classic.  Not exactly HiFi, but hey, sometimes you need something that just moves you!
radfrad- I'm with you on Rush. Especially their early recordings. I've seen them live four times. "Triumph" was another good three piece Canadian Rock band. Rick plays mean lead guitar. I have not heard much the Bluestravelers. I'll look around and see what I can find.

jji666- I agree with you completely. 

Chuck Berry - The Great Twenty-Eight - Nadine
Jerry Lee Lewis - Rock & Roll Time - Little Queenie
Cecile McLorin Salvant - WomanChild - Nobody
ZZ Top - The Very Baddest - Sharp Dressed Man
Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits - Sara
Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues - Burning Down the House
Yes - Close To The Edge - America - [New Stereo Mix]
Etta James - The Essential Etta James - Hush Hush
Madonna - Immaculate Collection - Like a Virgin (2001 Remaster)
North Mississippi Allstars - World Boogie Is Coming - Boogie
So far today:

Damian Rice "My Favourite Faded Fantasy"
Sufjan Stevens "Carrie & Lowell", "Illinoise"
Mark Knopfler "Shangri-La"
Tony Joe White "The Shine"


billbartuska- thats quite the list. Never heard of Cecile McLorin Salvant, North Mississippi Allstars. 

slaw-  I like Knoffler alot, but I need to check out the remainder of your list.

Today I slapped on a fresh coat of paint by dialing up the "Winerey Dogs". 
Rolling Stones-"Sticky Fingers", For "Bitch" and "Can't you bear me knocking" we give thanks....
I will look into Triumph
Lots of good recommendations here of new to me
Bluestravler. (LiveFrom The Fall). I have it on CD.   Has some great
guitar and great harmonica on almost every track.  Just jams,at least to me anyway. . Vinyl however is my preferred media


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The other day I mentioned gentleman named Ian Moore. For your leisure should you decide. 


Interesting fact I just found at. Deep-Purple.net
After the group reformed in 1984 and 1985 US tour "Smoke on the Water" was their signature  must play song, it was the years biggest grossing tour and claims 
Smoke on the Water   to be the second most recognized song in the USA behind the National Anthem. I graduated High School in 1979
l do remember it being a well played song on the radio.  But also
I Remember "Stairway to Heaven" right up there around that time

About that time 1979 Van Halen w David lee Roth is popular
and I appreciate this music now seemingly more than back in the day



I understand Deep Purple, (including Glenn Hughes) will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, 2016. 


Let's not forget Richie Blackmore
Nutty - got the headphones on and GH's "The Way It Is" (Spotify) cranked.  Ohhh YEAH!  Glad somebody is still making music like this.

Enjoyed the Ian Moore video.

Check out some Dave Alvin here...


ghosthouse - I'm glad your enjoying Glenn Hughes. 

jfant- I'm not familiar with Ray LaMontagne. I'll look him up.

slaw- have you checked Rory Gallagher? Attachment below. Rory with Jack Bruce.


Jean Morel conducts Royal Opera House Orchestra -- Swan Lake (Living Stereo RCA, 1958).

Like a lot of folks here, I just spent some time with my favorite white, British, blues-rock guitarist, in my case, Peter Green.  Specifically, the expanded version of John Mayall's "Hard Road".  Green's take on Freddie King's "The Stumble" is pretty friggin' spectacular.

Ahhh- Peter Green. Didn't he do "Green Manalishi" before Judas Preist?

slaw - watched the link. Quite the story teller. I'm be listening to more of Dave Alvin for sure, thanks.

Today I pulled out a few cuts from Wishbone Ash. One of the first rock bands to introduce twin harmony lead guitars. "Just testing" featured John Wetton. Bassist who has played with Asia, King Krimson and Uriah Heep. 

Any Uriah Heep fans out there?


I listened to "Hard Road" by Peter Green, (headphones on YouTube. Obviously not the best way to listen, but I only have my phone and headphones on me). It's a great cut. I need to invest in a better copy.

Hey Nutty - Don't miss John Wetton's band, UK.  Quite an illustrious cast of players.  S/T 1st & Danger Money are good, I think.  Hope you will check them out if you aren't already familiar with 'em.   

re Peter Green...yeah, we got plenty love for PG too.

BTW - adding further to this threads "sub-theme", if you will, of stellar but under-appreciated musicians and bands...how about Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi?  Talking Mountain of course and in that regard I also think Corky Laing is WAY overlooked when it comes to rock drummers.  Check out Track 3 from "Climbing"...Never in My Life.  He is just ferocious.  My 2 cents.  
ghosthouse -

I don't own any UK, but I have heard it on LP when I was younger. 

Regarding Mountain, great call. It's been a while since I've heard that.
"Mississippi Queen" is on FM so much that the rest of the albumn often gets overlooked. 



"Green Manalishi" is indeed a Peter Green composition.  One of my favorites, at that.  Like "Black Magic Woman" (popularized by Carlos Santana) it's another Green song that's often misattributed to a band that covered it.  Sadly, Green had a relatively short career peak before LSD and/or mental health problems felled him.  The stuff he did with Mayall and on the first four Fleetwood Mac albums is IMO just great, though.
nutty, the Jack Bruce/Roy Gallagher video was awesome!

ghosthouse, I just bought Leslie West "Soundcheck", looking forward to listening soon.
Slaw - pleased you are checking out Leslie West.  I am not familiar with that one...my bet is the music will be good but I'm anxious the sound quality will be bad and turn you off.  I'm going to see if I can find it on Spotify (or YouTube).  Get a feel for what that ones about.  By the way - I definitely pay attention to your music posts.  Appreciate them.

Found it, Slaw. A 2015 release...sonics seem very good. Haven’t heard enough of it to know what I think of the music yet (does he still have the fire?). Do like his cover of You Are My Sunshine (several covers on this one).  From Track 6 (A Stern Warning) it seems like he still has decent chops.  His voice seems to have held up pretty well  which kind of surprised me.  Don't know how much auto-tune they had to use.  

As far as BAD sound quality, it’s some of the post-Mountain (archival?) releases of so-called Mountain recordings...from concerts etc. that are just plain terrible sound-wise. There oughta be a law (or a good lawsuit)! to prevent that kind of stuff.

I like reading record reviews while listening.  Here's one on Leslie and this Soundcheck release.  Love the fact that the closing track has Jack on vocals (but geez, couldn't they find a good sound guy to capture ANY of their live recordings???)

ghosthouse, Thanks for you kind words.

This (just) came to my inbox,


His last lp "Hoodoo" was all analog and kicked butt!
I ordered Leslie West "Soundcheck". After reading all of your feedback, listening to several cuts and reading the guest appearances, I had to have it. Thanks for the recommendation!

Today I listened to Monty Montgomery "Mirror". Check out track 10, When will I ". It's  a live recording and a very good one.

Eton John- "Captain Fantastic". Listened to the entire albumn. I had the pleasure of seeing Sir Elton in Louisville, Ky when he and Billy Joel had their joint tour. Fantastic show. I love Elton John, however my wife and I thought Billy Joel had a better show that evening. 

Then I squeezed in one cut from the 1981 release of "Iron age" by Mothers Finest- "Gone with the rain".

Incubus- "Morning View"- entire albumn.



I forget if your a cd or lp guy. I have searched out a few DJM pressings of EJ and if one can aquire the right ones, they sound very good. I need to look into these more at some point..

I completely forgot about the Incubus lp. I'll have to pull it out again.

I hope I don't disapoint anyone following this thread. All of my media is CD/SACD/HDCD/DVD and downloads. I had albums when I was younger. Most of the collection was in poor shape. Someone made me an offer and I sold the lot.
It was around 400 albumns. Thankfully a lot of the classics that have been mentioned here I have heard on LP.


Doesn't disappoint me...not married to any one format.  I listen to CDs, HDCDs, SACDs, Vinyl and on-line/digital sources.  To me, the skill and care with which the actual recording was made seems way more important in terms of sound quality than playback medium.  
Return to Forever self-titled on German ECM followed by May Blitz self-titled album

It doesn't matter. I was just making conversation and fishing for leads on good sounding pressings at the same time.

I'm not familiar with the two artists you mentioned. So I did a quick Wikipedia check on them.
I see that Jean-Luc Ponte was in Return to Forever. That interested me. I had Civilized evil by Jean-Luc Ponte on LP when I was younger. I liked the first cut a lot, "Demagomania". 

May Blitz being listed as a hard rock, progessive rock trio from the 1970's,, Im interested in hearing them as well.


Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Herbert Von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic, remastered recording from 1963.
New Bill Frisell-

he also appears on the new Lucinda Williams & Charles Lloyd discs as well.  Happy Listening!
Wait--Jean-Luc Ponty in Return to Forever?  When was this?
According to Wikipedia, Jean-Luc was "The mothership returns, 2012".

This morning I began, with a newer selection. Royal Blood "Figure it out", Little monster" and "Out of the black".

Then an slightly older one. Temple of the dog- entire albumn. 

There are lots of super-rare titles and releases in my store. some of them are very interesting. some of them let only go one or 2 tracks before I decide to listen any further. :-)
My musical tastes are completely diversified as long as performing artist is true artist and absolutely not trivial like let's say Jon Bon Jovi or Springsteen.

Today:...so far...

Leslie West "Soundcheck"
Alabama Shakes "Sound & Color"
Ryley Walker "all kinds of you"

LInk Wray "LIve at the Paradisio"

(All of these titles are new to me/in my system. I just put in some new interconnects that I had burned-in for 150 hours at the manufacturer, so my findings should not be taken as a final conclusion, although, I will say, that listening to familiar lps, they are a noticeable/welcome improvement at this moment in time of their break-in.)

nutty, ghosthouse: (The LW lp arrived dished, so I'll listen again after flattening. Most of the tracks are covers. To me, they are acceptable covers but not really stand-outs. Nothing against LW as an artist. I really wasn't all that impressed on the whole. I found that I liked the two instrumental tracks best upon first listen. The "Eleanore Rigby" cover, I found fresh/interesting. Overall, I was left feeling cold. There was never one time I felt the urge to tap my feet.)

The AS lp... This is my first one. I've always been impressed when I've seen Brittany Howard sing. She's got chops! I love the band's sound and I think they are very talented. This lp was mastered by Bob Ludwig. With all of these things going for it, it is on the ATO label. I've been unimpressed 95% of the time with the end result on anything I've bought on the ATO label. I even bought the "lightweight clear vinyl". I really need to follow my instincts from now on.

The RW lp. This artist is new to me. I think he'd be classified as folk. Upon first listen, he is obviously a very talented guitar player and songwriter. If you like John Fahey, you'll like RW. He brings a fresh perspective along with some vocals as well. A very good sounding lp. I have another one of his lps on order.

(Bill Frisell also contributed to  at least one track on Lucinda's "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone".)

One of my latest record show finds... Link Wray "Live at the Paradisio". This is in no way an audiophile quality recording. However, the energy that the artist expresses in this set, his interpretation of these songs and the fact it was an analog recording, had me tapping my feet. An interesting comparison in some ways to the LW lp... to me any way.

Arriving today, the MFSL Bob Dylan "45 rpm "Nashville Skyline". I will be comparing it to my original. An underrated BD lp. Since the original was recorded in stereo, I'm excited to experience what is to come. I ordered it in August of 2013. Long wait.

All of the above should be classified as, FWIW. I do feel better now.
...an interesting tid-bit... since I ordered the above BD title, MOFI has increased the price by $10.00. So for whatever the outcome, I bought it at the lower price minus 15%, courtesy of SoundStageDirect.

This makes me feel even better.

Chris Rea "Road To Hell"

Black Crowes "The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion"

Does anyone remember what the first pressing was?

Mine is on Def American and is a UK pressing from '92.
Frank Marino - "Juggernaut". And a song from April Wine's "The whole world's goin' crazy" "So bad" featuring Frank Marino.