Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 19, 2014

Check out the Rock Genre Top 10 Albums For This Week

NAZARETH...No Mean City  (1979)
No Mean City, the 10th studio album from Nazareth, was released 35 years ago this month in 1979.  It reached number 88 on the U.S. Billboard album charts.  The first thing that was cool about this album was the unique vocal style of Dan McCafferty coming at you on the opening track 'Just To Get Into It.' The second was hearing some music from Nazareth other than the "Hair Of The Dog" album. which is one my fav albums of all time.  Now for the music itself:  I definitely recommend it.  Of course, it's not going to be as good as "HOTD" simply because that's the record we're all used to but this is a good rock 'n' roll record.  'May The Sunshine' has some great harmony vocals from the band which I personally had not heard from the Scottish rockers.  Very refreshing to listen to.  'Star' is an awesome listen. 'Claim To Fame' is a cool rocker with it's warning to not talk to or think about my woman.  'Whatever You Want Babe' has a nice hook and beat to it with some excellent vocals and acoustic guitar.  Sometimes I think of Nazareth being more of a rock band such as the Stones or the Who rather than being a hard rock/heavy metal band because of songs like these.  The slide bluesy guitar is played very well in the next track 'What's In It For Me.' The title track 'No Mean City Part 1-2' closes the album and is my favorite on the record.  Just a cool song.  You should check this one out
(CD, Vinyl, Allmusic review)

Rod Evans formerly with Deep Purple is 67; Martha Davis from the Motels is 63; Dewey Bunnell from America is 62; Jeff Pilson, formerly with Dokken and Dio and is currently with Foreigner,  is 55; Whitfield Crane from Ugly Kid Joe is 46; John Wozniak from Marcy Playground is 43;

1939  Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers is born in Chicago, Illinois.  Everly died earlier this month
1943 Janis Joplin is born in Port Arthur, Texas. Joplin died in 1970
1949 Robert Palmer is born in Batley, Yorkshire, England. Palmer died in 2003
1976 Bill Sargent offers the Beatles $30 million to perform one show. They declined
1994 John Lennon, The Animals, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Rod Stewart and Elton John are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
1998 Carl Perkins dies from throat cancer and a series of strokes in Jackson, Tennessee.  Perkins was 65
2007 Denny Doherty, a member of the 1960s folk-rock group The Mamas And The Papas, died near Toronto at age 66

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