Today’s Challenge

Today’s Challenge — Pick a band or solo performer and list two albums, their most overrated album and their most underrated album.

For example: Bruce Springsteen — most overrated album ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ | most underrated album ‘The Rising’

Any genre is acceptable. Just remember - this isn’t a favorite/least favorite exercise - it is strictly your opinion as the the most overrated and underrated albums by a performer/band.

walterFrench // Jivewired Digital One Sheet // Friends. Music. Life. f

We had a company outing yesterday and missed the Throwback Thursday video of the day.

So we thought we’d share today.

'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

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Bring Your Ray Gun // Jivewired Digital One Sheet // Friends. Music. Life. f

Today’s Jivewired Featured Digital One Sheet: Bring Your Ray Gun— these guys destroyed it at SXSW this year. Holy Hell. | Bring Your Ray Gun

“Chicago dance-rockers Bring Your Ray Gun seem poised for a remarkable future. The new-ish group took the stage at Pancho’s with veteran swagger and a genuine desire to make people move. Heather Perry’s catchy bass-lines meshed well with some tight drumming to create grooves that, well typical of the genre, never fell victim to predictability. Every now and then the guitar seemed to want to lead Bring Your Ray Gun into more all-out-rock-attack territory, only to have its leash pulled at the perfect moment.

Lead singer Josh Lambert has a bit of Eric Paul in him, ‘cept that Lambert looks like he’s having the time of his life onstage. It’s that sentiment that really carries the band- you get the feeling they’d almost rather be dancing in the crowd than making the music. Almost. The vibe was so contagious that Pancho himself was behind the bar grinning like a fool and jamming on a wood block. With a debut EP slated for August, it’d be a shame if BYRG weren’t gigging outside somewhere in the city this summer. They have ‘street festival show stealer’ written all over them.”

— Windy City Rock

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Tuesday Live Music Video:  ‘Treat Yo Mama’ by the John Butler Trio

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Today’s List

With summer music festivals kicking into high gear starting this weekend, we thought we’d jump the gun a little with six of our favorite live jam band albums. Set your iTunes playlists to listen with us, won’t you?
Tuesday Live Album Jams In The Jivewired Home Office:

1. Reckoning by The Grateful Dead
2. Live At Red Rocks by John Butler Trio
3. Live At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band
4. Brighter Days by JJ Grey & Mofro
5. Live Monsters by Big Head Todd and the Monsters
6. Live At Red Rocks by The Dave Matthews Band

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I know it’s Facebook………. still

We need eleven more Facebook likes to reach 1.1k — give us a like will ya? Please and thank you.

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"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm." -Aldous Huxley

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Yes, that’s Randy Jackson of American Idol playing bass. 

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Today’s List

Albums I loved when they were released that I don’t love quite as much today:

(Not saying they are bad albums, I still like them, just not the best efforts from each of these artists because they have a lot of that mid-80’s sound *e.g. synths, electronic drum kits, over-production, etc.* incorporated into the music or they flat out deviated from their signature sound toward a more pop-type release).

1. Raised On Radio by Journey
2. 1984 by Van Halen
3. Permanent Waves by Rush
4. Pictures At Eleven by Robert Plant
5. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
6. Abacab by Genesis
7. Nothing Like The Sun by Sting
8. Building The Perfect Beast by Don Henley
9. Journeyman by Eric Clapton

The production on Raised on Radio is so excessive that it cannot go unappreciated. In fact you have to dig through hundreds of layers just to get to the foundation of each song. Everything, and I mean everything, floats way above the rhythms of each song. And, though Steve Perry’s vocals are probably one of very few in modern music that do not need studio enhancement, Journey somehow managed to intensify Perry’s already intense falsetto pitches. But I love it. Neal Schon is great on this album. Perry and Jim Gaines were obviously going for the Production Grammy but they may have overshot a little. What really works for me is shoving Jonathan Cain to the side. It’s just guitars, Perry’s vocals and a lot of production with Cain contributing sparingly to the rhythm section. I don’t think an album like this will ever be made again by anybody. And that’s a shame. It won’t make any Top 500 lists, but it’s a great period piece on mid-1980s album production.”

Before I say anything about 1984 - go listen to Eruption/Running With The Devil from Van Halen 1 and then go listen to 1984 (the intro to Jump) followed by Jump. Hit me up when you get back.

Not a very subtle difference, eh?

OK here’s the deal. Everyone was raving at the time about Eddie Van Halen’s obsession with synthesizing metal and his success in doing so on this album but how do you take one of the best guitarists of all time (ever hear the guitar solo on Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’? Maybe one of the most sampled riffs of all time. That was EVH) and make his guitar playing a bit part on an album? The album is campy and far too slick to be true Van Halen, David Lee Roth is constantly trying to upstage everybody else in the band, and furthermore, ‘Jump’ is a blatant rip off of Starship’s ‘We Built This City’, with only a slightly different arrangement and the lyrics separating the two.

But the album has some great highlights - Panama is amazing and Girl Gone Bad might be Van Halen’s best song ever. The album sold more than any other VH album and then the Van Halen’s kicked David Lee Roth to the curb. Buh-bye.

Oh, an aside » I haven’t really liked anything Ted Templeman has produced, I mean the guy did all the Michael McDonald solo albums for cry-eye, and even his work with Van Morrison was mostly mediocre. But the guy sold a lot of albums and 1984 was Van Halen’s biggest selling album of all time”

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Well Hung Heart & The Buffalo Chip's Big Sturgis Gig f | Well Hung Heart

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Sleepwalking Home & The Buffalo Chip's Big Sturgis Gig f | Sleepwalking Home

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