In my vain attempts throughout the week to deal with Sampson's passing, I wound up having a great vinyl haul. It was as if his spirit was right there with me, helping me find the good stuff. :)
So let's take a look at what new jams will be gracing my record player tonight!
Beach Boys - Wow! Great Concert!, Black Sabbath - Paranoid, Derek & The Dominoes - Layla,
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Survival, Elvis Presley - The Sun Sessions, Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry
First up is Beach Boys - Wow! Great Concert!
I was torn between this and another Beach Boys live record from the early days. I opted for this one because it had the same track-listing as the other, with a couple exceptions. Plus, it was a buck cheaper. I can't say this is an essential Beach Boys album to have, but it's nice to hear them live from their early days. This album features a few songs that I haven't heard before as well, including a cover of "Monster Mash." That right there is pretty much what sold me on the album!
I couldn't believe it when I found Black Sabbath's Paranoid on vinyl today. This is an album that I figured could never be found for a decent price due to it being their most popular album. But there it was...for $5. The cover is a bit worn, but the record was in great shape. I'm now only a couple albums away from my Sabbath collection being complete!
Since I'm sure you've heard the popular tracks from this album ad nauseum, I posted the entire album. Bam.
I was also surprised to find a Derek & The Dominoes - Layla. I've always been an Eric Clapton fan to some extent, be it his work with D&TD, Cream, Yardbirds and his '80's stuff. Even though i'm a blues fan, I don't really dig his blues albums. I'd much rather go listen to the real thing. Regardless, Derek & The Dominoes were a great band, and "Layla" is one of my all-time favorite classic rock jams. This album also has another favorite of mine, "Bell Bottom Blues." Enjoy.
I found myself listening to that Bob Marley & the Wailers live album I picked up a few weeks ago a lot, so when I saw Survival today, I decided to go ahead and give it a chance. I'd really like to expand beyond the jams of Marley as far as reggae goes, so if anyone has a suggestion (other than Peter Tosh's "Legalize It" album, thank you very much) I'm all ears.
But yeah, this is a really nice, relaxing album. What Marley is singing about isn't so nice and relaxing, but then again that's what makes reggae good, right?
I've been after a good Elvis Presley album for awhile too, so when I found The Sun Sessions I snagged it up. Usually, the problem with Presley records is that there's so many of them out there that its hard to find one with a decent enough track-listing to pick one up. The Sun Sessions features most of his early tracks, which were heavily influenced by the blues (as well as country and bluegrass). This happens to be one of my favorite Elvis periods as well, so finding this at a decent price was a welcome surprise.
Last and certainly not least....Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry!!
This is really the only album to have by Twisted Sister. It has "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Going to Take It." Seriously, what else do you need? Mint condition for $5, a bargain. Since you've heard those songs a bunch I'm sure, here's one you might not have:
And there you have it for this week's Vinyl Friday! I hope you enjoyed some good tunes with me. I thank everyone who offered condolences and remembrances of Sampson this week. It really meant a lot to me.
Hope to see you same time next week!