Classic Rock

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Jeremy Bender is an upbeat track from Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s 1971 release Tarkus.  The album was the second release from the band which tightened up their sound somewhat and eliminated the Jazz and acoustics of their first release.



“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.”
~ William Blake

The Doors released this debut album in 1967. Jim Morrison would be dead four years later. The controversy surrounding the band existed from it’s inception when they were fired from “The Whiskey a Go Go” for including “indecent” profanity laced material into their dramatic epic “The End”. This debut album features a number of unforgettable tracks and could be considered a greatest hits album in its own right. The doors made seven more LPs after this and nearly all of them reached the Top 10 in the charts. This is one of the most important records of the psychedelic, late sixties rock and roll era.

imageThe world never caught up to Frank Zappa. His music was innovative, humorous, experimental, and intelligent. He didn’t care about being accepted and created the noises that he wanted to create. He blasted the establishment constantly, speaking out against recreational drug use criminalization (even though he didn’t do drugs himself), formulaic pop music, human stupidity, and the church.

Joe’s Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3 Was released in 1979. It is probably the easiest Zappa Album to listen to and displays all of the elements he is touted for.



When it’s cold, it comes slow
It is warm, just watch it grow
All around me
It is here, it is now

Just a little bit of it can bring you up or down
Like the supper it is cooking in your hometown
It is chicken, it is eggs, it is in between your legs
It is walking on the moon, leaving your cocoon

It is the jigsaw, it is purple haze
It never stays in one place, but it’s not a passing phase
It is in the single’s bar, in the distance of the face
It is in between the cages, it is always in a space
It is here, it is now

Any rock can be made to roll if you’ve enough of it to pay the toll
It has no home in words or goal, not even in your favorite hole
It is the hope for the dope when you ride the horse without a hoof.
It is shaken, not stirred, cocktails on the roof

When you eat right through it you see everything alive
It is inside spirit, with enough grit to survive
If you think it’s pretentious, you’ve been taken for a ride
Look across the mirror son, before you choose, decide
It is here, it is now, it is real, it is real

‘Cause it’s only knock and know all, but I like it
Yes it’s only knock and know all, but I like it
Yes it’s only knock and know all, but I like it, I like it ,I like it
Only knock and know all, but I like it, like it, like it
Like it all around me, like it all around me
‘Cause I like it, like it, like it, like it

Pink Floyd has released a Post-Rock record. It’s claimed to be a throwback to their psychedelic roots, and even an album of throwaway tracks from their last album, 1994’s Division Bell. As throwaway tracks, they demonstrate the early creative process of a Pink Floyd album and that they’ve never abandoned their signature sound. There is plenty of guitar and percussion accompanying the posthumous contribution of Richard White. Most Pink Floyd fans wouldn’t agree, but I’m happy that The Endless River was made of mostly instrumental tracks. Pink Floyd is cosmic and as I once had an epiphany while listening to “Shine on you Crazy Diamond,” these tracks evoke the same feelings of universe and sprituality that I’d experienced then.


Past, Present and Future Was released in 1973-74 and is considered Al Stewart’s defining album. Each track is historical and attempts to crack the boundary from previous, more folksy tracks to a more brooding progressive style. There are at least 28 contributing musicians on this album, resulting in a lush acoustic guitar harmony throughout.

Take the children and yourself
And hide out in the cellar
By now the fighting will be close at hand
Don’t believe the church and state
And everything they tell you
Believe in me, I’m with the high command


Swear allegiance to the flag
Whatever flag they offer
Never hint at what you really feel
Teach the children quietly
For some day sons and daughters
Will rise up and fight while we stood still

Revolver changed everything! This seventh release (1966) marked a significant shift in Beatles music. More electric, more psychedelic, and more experimental, it ushered in the classic rock era and set them on a path to unequaled creativity in the music world. Some say that this also marked a shift in the leadership and creative force of the band. Lennon was the leader of The Beatles up to this point, with McCartney directing the creative direction of the band going forward. The Beatles experimented with timing signatures, feedback, and intentionally straying from predictive tempo and rhythm. This track is my favorite on the LP and is well ahead of its time musically.