Thursday, June 03, 2010

It goes to 50

I finished re-ripping the last handful of records that I had grabbed a few weeks ago, so I thought this time I'd grab some to re-rip and some new ones that I hadn't done yet and hadn't listened to in a long time. One song in particular has been echoing in my mind for the past few days for some reason, so I went to the big shelf looking for that album and ended up coming away with a stack of records.

The song and album I was looking for was "If I'd Been the One" from Tour de Force by 38 Special. I really wanted to see the video again and of course post it here but it seems that it is not on YouTube. How bizarre. They have the song with some still pix and some amateur video live clips, but not the official video. Really weird. They do have the official video for "Back Where You Belong" from the same album.

Anyway as soon as I had the record going I started playing as it was recording. I usually listen to music with my stereo turned up to "20" on the volume knob, and up to 25-26 while editing LP rips so I can listen more closely for pops & clicks. I cranked it up to "30" and had the song reverberating pretty much through the whole house. Man it was great to hear that song again.

So here's the stack that I grabbed today. If I can get motivated enough maybe I'll post more about them as I listen to them again.

38 Special - Tour de Force
Stormtroopers of Death - Speak English or Die
The Southern Death Cult (eponymous)
Skinny Puppy - viviSECTvi (previously ripped only from dub cassette)
The Smithereens - Especially for You (previously ripped only from dub cassette)
The Marshall Tucker Band - Searchin' for a Rainbow (Marshall Tucker Band? I have a Marshall Tucker Band LP? Who knew?)
Triumph - The Sport of Kings (previously ripped only from dub cassette)
Toto - IV (oh gosh I haven't heard any of these songs in such a long time)
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds (I will definitely have to write something up about this later...I know breaking it into discrete tracks is going to be work--and it's a double LP too).
Marillion - Real to Reel (a live album that I'm only ripping because I'm such a Marillion fan...all the tracks on it are redundant with various studio versions...if you can call a "live" track redundant).
Uriah Heep - Very 'eavy, Very 'umble (previously ripped only from dub cassette)
Stryper - The Yellow and Black Attack (their 1st album, an EP...oddly inside the jacket I found a plastic flexidisk [a plastic single backed with stiff posterboard] from some other group called Shy...I don't remember ever seeing this before, maybe I overlooked it?)
Winterkat - The Struggle
Wall of Voodoo - Happy Planet (previously ripped only from dub cassette)
Wall of Voodoo - Dark Continent (original lineup with Stan Ridgeway)
The Steve Miller Band - Greatest Hits 1974-78 (I forgot I had this)
Metallica - Ride the Lightning (bought during my brief flirtation with metal in the mid 80s)
Dio - The Last in Line (I used to go to sleep listening to this)
Your Twist Party with the King of Twist, Chubby Checker (mother-in-law's collection...the cover is so totally retro I had to grab it)
Petra - Beat the System (I think I have one other album of theirs...this was Christian rock before there was Christian rock)
Kate Bush - The Whole Story (only going to rip two tracks from this one which aren't on any of my CDs)
Triumph - Thunder Seven (previously ripped only from dub cassette)
Jethro Tull - The Broadsword and the Beast (previously ripped only from dub cassette)
Johnny Cash - Classic Cash (to re-encode at higher bit rate for CD burning)
Medieval Music (re-rip)
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams are made of this (re-rip)
Nina Hagen - Nunsexmonkrock (re-rip)
The Dream Academy (eponymous) (re-rip)
Triumph - Just a Game (previously ripped only from dub cassette)
Heart - Dreamboat Annie (to re-encode at higher bit rate for CD burning)
Steve Vai - Flexable (to re-encode at higher bit rate for CD burning)
Leo Kottke - Dreams and All That Stuff (to re-encode at higher bit rate for CD burning)
Heart (eponymous) (re-rip)
Ultravox - Vienna and Lament (to re-encode at higher bit rate for CD burning)
David & David - Boomtown (to re-encode at higher bit rate for CD burning)
Public Bulletin - Broke from the Sound (re-rip)

"Re-rip" means I want to encode it at a higher bit rate but I probably won't be burning it to CD.

So here's the video I found but wasn't looking for.


  1. I have Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds. Now that you've mentioned it and put the notion in my head, I'm going to have to set some time aside and listen to it.

    I forget if you've said so before, but do you have Jon and Vangelis's Friends of Mr. Cairo? I used to, many years ago, and my friend and I would play that album over and over. Good stuff. I would like to listen to that again.

  2. I haven't heard anything from Just A Game, but what I have heard from Triumph I do like.

    Metallica's Ride the Lightning is a heavy metal masterpiece."Creeping Death" is the band's best single song.

  3. That's hard to believe. Maybe you've heard something from that album without realizing it. When you're in S.A., if you listen to KZEP for any length of time you're almost guaranteed to hear "Hold On."

  4. That, or "Lay it on the Line."

    And The Friends of Mr. Cairo is a pretty good listen. If you've got the money burning a hole in your pocket with nothing to spend it on, you could do worse.

  5. You know, I breezed RIGHT OVER those two songs when I Googled that album. I HAVE heard and love both "Hold On" and "Lay It On the Line." Don't I feel silly now...

    As for radio, I listen to Sirius satellite radio more than anything else. The only time I listen to terrestrial radio, I listen to WOAI and KTSA, and that is at my wife's behest. ;-)

  6. I want to make it perfectly clear that I was not recommending that you listen to KZEP on a routine basis. Heaven forbid! I was merely recommending it as an example of a place that plays Triumph songs very, very often.

    The only time I listen to it is when I get the truck with the bad antenna and it will only pick up the strongest stations. I don't listen to any talk radio. Period.

    BTW, KZEP's transmitting antenna is on top of the Tower of the Americas.

  7. Albatross, I added it to my want list.

  8. **snort** I had little if any doubt you didn't like terrestrial radio any more than I do. ;-) Truth be told, I think the classic and modern rock stations might be the only ones I'm able to tolerate anymore. I really like KKYX, though.

  9. Yeah, KKYX is the only way to hear anything approaching authentic country as far as local stations go.

    KNBT is a great Americana station, but it's in New Braunfels and the power is weak. You have to be up in the northeastern part of the city to pick it up. 92.1 FM.