Monday, March 27, 2017

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week #111

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week is a feature I run on Young Ears, Fresh Perspective on Sundays/early hours of Monday morning where I pick out 5 tunes that I think are notable and tell you a bit about them. The point is to give you some rocking music to help you deal with your weekday blues. You can either listen to one each day, listen to them all at once, or any other combination that you feel. As long as you can get through the week without the man getting you down, that's all I care about. Without further ado, here are the 5 tracks I've picked out for this week:

1. Big Boys, by Chuck Berry

In case you didn't see the post I made earlier in the week, there is a new Chuck Berry song out, Big Boys which is the first single from his upcoming album Chuck. It will be his first in almost 40 years, though sadly he passed away before it could be released. That said, this is exactly what you would expect from a new Chuck Berry song. It has that same 1950's fun energized rockabilly feel, but with a bit more modern production and shine to it.

2.  Uncle Salty, by Aerosmith

This has always been one of my absolute favorite Aerosmith songs. It has a nice walking along groove to it. It's simplistic, but has a bit more depth to it than you might give it credit for upon first listen, especially when you hear the chorus of: "Ooh... It's a sunny new day outside my window...". If you listen closer it's actually quite a bit darker, which is why I will give them credit for being so creative in terms of layering.

3.  Soap on a Rope, by Chickenfoot

I miss Chickenfoot. Sadly each member of this super group has their own thing going which keeps them from getting together any more. That said, they made some good songs during their run; especially this one. It's big ball simplistic rocking fun, but with that's all you really need when it comes to making rock n' roll. You'll be singing pounding on your steering wheel while driving and drumming along to this tune. Definitely some good stuff.

4. Crazy Train, by Ozzy Osbourne

Can't go wrong with a classic. You've probably already heard this song on the radio countless times over the years, but it's for good reason. Every last part of this song is iconic and without it Ozzy's solo career probably wouldn't have catapulted overnight the way it did. Guitarist Randy Rhoads definitely did some of his finest playing in this one. Rhoads is also the main reason Osbourne had any real success with a solo career as well.

5. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, by Led Zeppelin

In my opinion the first Led Zeppelin album is pure gold. There isn't a single bad track on it and that's why Led Zeppelin was a huge overnight sensation. You might not hear every track on the radio, but anyone who has ever bought the album cherishes every last song on it, especially this one. It's the perfect blend of acoustic and electric guitar playing and you can hear Robert Plant showing off just how much vocal and emotional range his singing has. You can tell they had something to prove to the world.


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