Back in Black

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At the end of month three, I’m now actually “Back in the Black”. Some bad weather and a week of flu in February put me behind in my quest to run 1000 miles in 2013, but today I just passed the 250 mile mark, so I thought this apropos.

I thought this band was done following the death of lead singer Bon Scott, who drank himself to death in 1980. Replacing Scott one year later with veteran voice Brian Johnson, they released their biggest album to date, Back in Black which sold over 10 million copies in the US. The album survives adolescence offerings like Let Me Put My Love Into You and Givin’ The Dog a Bone, with more powerful, never-the-less sex laces super hits like the title cut, and You Shook Me All Night Long. But really the record is a fond farewell to Scott with the opening Hell’s Bells, and its black funeral like motif.

Back in Black is pure three chord, foot pounding ear candy.
But be careful. To much of these sweets can give you a head-ache.

Enjoy!

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Mingus Ah Um

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There is some music that typically stays in the background. I enjoy listening to jazz while I read, or entertain friends. And likewise, there are instruments that typically take the back seat to others. The bass usually plays a supporting role, keeping the time and maintaining the pace. Jazz musician, Charles Mingus played bass in the middle part of the 20th century, but he was no second fiddle, and he definitely took back seat to no one. Mingus lead the way, playing with the greats like Monk, Coltrane, Ellington and more. He was part of a new breed of jazz musician in the 50’s that took the genre in a new direction, transforming Bebop into Hard Bop and beyond. Like Ellington, Mingus was a ardent composer, always writing. He was an artist, activist, a true Renaissance man.

Today’s Runner, Mingus Ah Um kicks off with the classic Better Git It In Your Soul, taken in a hard-charging 6/8 and punctuated by joyous gospel shouts. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat and Boogie Stop Shuffle take you to the set of the 60’s TV versions of Batman and the Green Hornet. The incidental music was obviously modeled after the signature sound on this album. There are some tributes to the Duke and Jelly Roll Morton here as well.

Total run time is 72 minutes. Great, great stuff!

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Heaven Tonight

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I take that last post back. If you could only have one Cheap Trick album, it should be this one! All Fast Times at Ridgemont High and like, it’s “Takin’ Me Back” to Rockford Speedway, “a long long long time ago…”

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Cheap Trick In Color And In Black and White

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If you could only have one Cheap Trick album in your collection it would be be so sad! But if you could only have one, this would be the one to have. The second album released in 1977 by these Rockford Illinois rockers, In Color was great ammo to drown out the annoying disco sounds of the late seventies.

Enjoy!

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English Settlement

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Another one that rarely left the turntable sophomore year in collage. That is until the stereo was stolen…”no thugs in our house”.

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Adventure

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Today’s running adventure is brought to you courtesy of Richard Lloyd, Tom Verlaine and Television, the 70’s New York punk band who’s garage style guitar sound set the standard for many post punk bands to follow including Wire, Thin White Rope, and The Pixies.

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Adventure I need a new Adventure now…

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