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It would be a shame if Ted Nugent was remembered by future generations more for his outlandish personality and controversial political and hunting views than for his music. Thanks to songs like 'Stranglehold,' however, that's not very likely to happen. In recent years, despite fronting one of the most dependably inspiring live shows you can witness — year after year after year — 'Uncle Ted' gets far more attention for criticizing liberals or violating wildlife laws then he does for having merged Motown funk and soul with primal Chuck Berry rock and roll so effortlessly.
Granted, some of that is due to the fact that his more recent studio work hasn't reached the same heights as his undeniably brilliant '70s albums, including the self-titled solo debut that features the epic musical explorations of opening track 'Stranglehold. Kicking off with one of rock's most famous, stuttering and funky guitar riffs 'real fing simple, as long as you got the fing attitude,' as he declares on 's live Full Bluntal Nugity album'Stranglehold' quickly locks into place with a deep, hypnotic and vaguely psychedelic bass-and-drums groove that allows Nugent to roam far and wide with his guitar.
Which is exactly what he did, reportedly in an incredibly spontaneous single take while demonstrating the song to his bandmates in the recording studio. We were going to leave a hole there so that I could overdub a solo later.
Then I started playing lead work, just kind of filling in and though I had never played those licks before in my life, they all just came to me.
Despite the objections of his engineers, Nugent decided to leave the results untouched for the final record. The song has gone onto become one of his twin calling cards — shout out to 'Cat Scratch Fever' — a classic rock radio staple, and our choice for a high spot on our Top Classic Rock Songs list. More importantly, we're confident that long after the fuss has died down regarding what he did with his off-stage life, the mastery and magic of this fortuitously captured moment will stand the test of time as an important part of both Nugent's and rock and roll's history.
When John Lennon joined his fellow Beatles on August 20, for what would be their final recording session together as a band, how could he know that his greatest work lie ahead of him? Perhaps that's sacrilege.
But consider: While Paul McCartney's songwriting gifts seemed to emerge almost whole cloth at the band's outset, Lennon's style evolved over the band's career — from the boys-love-girls-love-boys crunch of the Hard Day's Night album to the serenity of 'Across the Universe.
Lennon's music always chronicled a searching spirit, struggling to come to terms with the central contradictions of human nature, and constantly attempting to put humanity into some kind of larger spiritual context. With 's 'Imagine,' Lennon achieved his most clear, complete, and complex statement, slotting in the Top 25 of our Top Classic Rock Songs. The central message of 'Imagine' is one of peace; there's no question.
That message is why the song has found a comfortable home as part of anti-war movements around the world. What is not as apparent is what exactly Lennon suggests we must surrender to achieve that peace — not just the material trappings of wealth and success, but the religious artifice built up over millennia, and even the fundamental structures of government. Only by abandoning everything can we come to terms with everything; only in letting go can we realize what's important.
With unexpectedly discrete production from Phil Spector, 'Imagine' achieves a gentle touch that Lennon rarely reached throughout his career, preferring instead to explore the brittle edges of his voice and his guitar. Though it only hit No. Although his dream that 'the world will live as one' has yet to occur, his song lives on. By the time Bob Seger had written the song that lands at No. To Seger's credit, few other 'life on the road' songs can rival the intensity and passion heard in his single 'Turn the Page,' featured on 's Back in '72 full-length.
The song starts with a saxophone which set a somewhat ominous tone for the remainder of the proceedings. Seger's vocals come across as rather hushed: You can almost picture the rock and roll legend quietly singing to himself as to not disturb the other members of his band as they try to get some sleep on the bus.
Despite how glamorous 'life on the road' might appear to some, 'Turn the Page' does a remarkable job summing up the grueling and lonely realities of the day-to-day life of a musician on the road in the early '70s.
In perhaps the most striking line of the lyrics, summing up an era when long hair on guys might not have been seen as acceptable in the truck stops of America, Seger sings: ' Most times you can't hear 'em talk, other times you can.
All the same old cliches, is that a woman or a man. And you always seem outnumbered; you don't dare make a stand. Compared to the cover performed by Metallica, Seger's version is considerably more minimalist yet somehow carries at least as much power.
A number of other artists have attempted their own versions of this classic: Country outlaw Waylon Jennings, Staind and Kid Rock have been known to perform 'Turn the Page' live. It should be little surprise that Seger's words would resonate so well with his peers, those who were most able to identify with where the singer was coming from when he wrote this classic song. Released in July ofBob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' was, in many ways, the dividing line between the past and the future of rock and roll.
The lyrics, the mood, the ramshackle rock and roll sound — it was the way forward. Issued as a single and the lead track on the Highway 61 Revisited LP, it ran for a then-unprecedented six minutes. Dylan and his entourage don't waste a second of that time, plowing through a field of sound and words to concoct one of the most magical records of all time. Even with its odd shape and size, the record shot to No. Pre-Dylan, song lyrics were pretty much your standard love and longing, perhaps a bit of life and death, but usually with ground-floor wording.
After Dylan's early efforts sunk into the consciousness of his contemporaries, the field was blown wide open. The Byrds hit big with their take on Dylan's 'Mr. Tambourine Man,' and launched the folk-rock parade. Dylan himself took things yet another step forward by bringing electric instrumentation into his music in early with side one of Highway 61 's predecessor, Bringing It All Back Home.
But with 'Like a Rolling Stone,' he made the ultimate folk-rock statement, closing one door and opening another at the same time. Poetry was now as much a part of the arsenal for young musicians as the electric guitar. This would inspire more literate writers such as Paul Simon, the Beatles, Neil Young and so on to up their ante and push the ball forward.
Musically, that crack of the snare drum that sets 'Like a Rolling Stone' in motion is the shot heard 'round the world. Mike Bloomfield's sharp-as-nails guitar and Al Kooper's hammond organ give the song mighty wings. This is rock and roll as it was meant to be: Raw, literate, exciting, challenging and above all, memorable as hell. It can be said that 'Like A Rolling Stone' was not only the pinnacle of Dylan's career, but it may also have been the crowning achievement of the genre.
Never before or since has one single record delivered so much. It embraced the future as fondly as it cherished the past. It was perfectly of its time and yet transcends history by creating its own universe. Entire books — good ones! In a perfect world, some of us might say this should sit at the very top of out list of Top Classic Rock Songs. News flash, it ain't a perfect world, but with records like this around, it's really not such a bad place to hang out, Album) know.
Yet if you ask a dozen people what the lyrics mean, you'll quickly find out this entry in our Top Classic Rock Songs countdown has at least that many explanations.
The band itself has described the six-minute song as its 'interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles,' with Don Felder, who wrote the music, explaining: 'If you drive into L. All of that aside, listener imaginations ran wild. One group of Christian evangelists insisted 'Hotel California' referred to a San Francisco hotel converted into a Church of Satan, while other people thought the song's title was about a state mental hospital. Henley's always been resistant to explaining exactly what the metaphors in the song mean, but here's what we do know: the word 'colitas' in the first stanza is Mexican slang for the buds of the Cannabis plant oh, stop looking so surprisedand the phrase 'steely knives' was a playful nod to Steely Dan, who referenced the Eagles in their song 'Everything You Did.
Do with all that what you will, but there's no mystery about the electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh at the end of the song. Walsh once told us he remembered his recording session with Felder fondly, saying, 'We decided we would each have a personality to each of our guitar parts, and we would work together in the body of the song — and then we would have a go at each other at the end.
We brought out the best in each other. We were real competitive. If he played something great, it was like 'Oh yeah? Watch this! The magical combination of metaphors, allegory and some bad-ass guitar work took 'Hotel California' to the top of the charts in May ofand the song earned the Eagles a Grammy award for record of the year, as well. Pretty lofty stuff for a song most people still don't even understand. But if it wasn't today, it was probably yesterday — and it could have reached us from a hundred different sources.
It may be hard to believe, listening to the radio today, but there was a time when ZZ Top had trouble even getting noticed. Certainly, this wasn't due to a lack of talent: The trio had the attention of their peers right from the start, with Jimi Hendrix naming frontman Billy Gibbons 'America's best young guitarist' early in their career. However, despite releasing two extremely solid albums including 's Rio Grande Mud and developing a reputation as a powerful live band, large-scale success eluded the group until 'La Grange' knocked down the door in The song nearly hit the Top 40, and propelled their third album, Tres Hombresto the top reaches of the album charts.
A loving lyrical tribute to Texas's favorite little whorehouse, the track found ZZ Top enhancing a souped-up but otherwise highly traditional blues boogie with their own distinctive twists and turns. Part of what's made the gruop so special over the years has been their ability to expand, mutate and transcend the blues genre on songs such as 'Cheap Sunglasses' and 'Sharp Dressed Man. Gibbons didn't need any trickery to work his magic on this track. If you need another reason to justify placing 'La Grange' on our Top Classic Rock Songs list, simply go to the movies, turn on your radio or watch television for a few hours.
Odds are you'll hear the track setting the mood for at least one film, TV show, commercial or video game before too long.
Released in April ofL. Woman was the final album the Doors made with Jim Morrison. Within three months of its release, the singer would be dead. Sad as his loss is, talk about going out on a high note. The title track holds up as one of the finest recorded statements from one of rock's greatest bands and lands itself at No. So many things about this album are truly iconic, one of which is certainly this song.
In nearly eight minutes of glory, the Doors take the listener on a wild ride down a road that winds, bends, twists, and turns as the vehicle accelerates, then let's its foot off the gas slightly before driving us off into the sunset.
It is certainly one of the Doors' brightest shining recorded moments. With the opening sound of auto acceleration leading straight into the driving beat of John Densmore, Ray Manzerek's pulsating organ and Robbie Krieger's slithering guitar line, the ground work is laid for Morrison's gruff and demanding vocal. He certainly rises to the occasion. More Black Capricorn Day - Various - Woodstock 99 (CD ever, Morrison conjures up the old bluesman within that contradicts the year-old man at the mic, with his world-wise, take-no-prisoners attitude.
The band, and Morrison, play like the ship is going down, which of course, it was. Written by all four members, 'L.
Woman' captures all the best elements of the Doors' music. The haunting sense of mystery and road-weary poetry lock up with primal instinct, below the waist rock and roll, to create the group's definitive song. It's terrifyingly easy to think of a rock music landscape without Ozzy Osbourne's towering presence. Instead, and seemingly against his own efforts, we have the mighty 'Crazy Train' blasting out of every football stadium in the nation. The substance abuse problems which got Osbourne fired as lead singer of Black Sabbath in also left him adrift and searching for a lifeline as he sought to form his own solo band.
When that savior arrived in the form of guitarist Randy Rhoads, Ozzy was reportedly almost too messed up to see the light. Luckily, the determination of a friend and the sheer talent of Rhoads were able to cut through the haze and launch one of hard rock's brightest and sadly, briefest collaborations.
Bassist Dana Strum, originally intended to be a member of Osbourne's solo band, described the struggles he had getting Rhoads and Ozzy together in the book Randy Rhoads, and without those efforts we'd never have heard this future Top Classic Rock Song. I was so frustrated that I cranked the volume of Randy's amp really loud. He started playing power chords to warm up, and suddenly Ozzy's face looked up. Even though he couldn't even see the guitarist through the reflection of the studio glass, Ozzy declared, 'Tell the kid he's got the job,' and then, 'Now take me home.
No song on that fantastic album shines brighter than 'Crazy Train,' which features Rhoads' anthemic main guitar riff and soloing that merged his heavy metal and classical music influences to wonderful effect.
Suddenly, Eddie Van Halen had a serious rival for the title of world's favorite guitar hero. The record soon helped establish Osbourne as a solo star perhaps even more popular than Black Sabbath itself, and though Rhoads' life was cut short in'Crazy Train' and other songs from the two albums he recorded with Ozzy remained the foundation of Osbourne's concert setlists.
By earlyBruce Springsteen's career was stuck. Although his first two albums were critically acclaimed, he had trouble finding an audience outside the Northeast corridor where his live shows were knocking crowds dead every night. Knowing that Columbia Records would drop him if his next release stiffed, Springsteen knew he had, as he would say in 'Thunder Road,' one last chance to make it real.
Enter 'Born to Run. Recorded later in the summer of that same year, 'Born to Run' is Springsteen's masterpiece. Throw in some Duane Eddy guitar and a King Curtis-like sax solo from Clarence Clemons, and you have a song that encapsulates pretty much everything great about the previous 20 years of rock n' roll history.
What sets 'Born to Run' and 'Thunder Road,' from the same album apart from virtually every other great anthem on our Top Classic Rock Songs list is that it's not a song of outright rebellion, but of escape to a better life than the Album) you're destined to live. This provided an interesting irony in the mid-'80s, when there was talk of making it the official state song of New Jersey. Even though the rest of the album had not yet been recorded, Springsteen's then-manager Mike Appel leaked the song to some Bruce-friendly FM radio stations.
It quickly became popular and forced Columbia to release it as a single a few months later, when it reached No. Max Weinberg and Roy Bittan replaced the duo, and remain for decades.
InAmerica was waist-high in a muck of chaos, politically and emotionally. In just two and a half minutes, Creedence Clearwater Revival spit out enough venom via 'Fortunate Son' to disarm, or at least disorient the enemy.
This song was written with middle finger in full flight to the Nixon administration, the legacy of the 'silver spoon in hand' kids, and the contradictions and struggles of a wartime America.
People like to remember the 'peace and love' aspect of the '60s, but it was a violent, brutal time as well. Putting flowers in their hair may have been a novel pastime for bored kids with nothing to do a couple years prior, but bythe voice of frustration spoke louder — and CCR captured that in full ragged glory here. That being said, even if you take the politics out of it, 'Fortunate Son' remains one hell of a record.
Released in the fall of as a double A-side with 'Down On the Corner' as the flipit made the Top 10 and helped the band's Willy and the Poor Boys album hit the gold standard. The emotion and energy in the playing shines through and lets the listener know that something important is going on.
One of John Fogerty's best vocals sends the song through the roof. An obvious choice for our list of the Top Classic Rock Songs, the simplicity, urgency and direct message of 'Fortunate Son' speaks volumes. In its own way, it's as punk rock as punk rock ever got. The only downside is, it brings to Black Capricorn Day - Various - Woodstock 99 (CD the fact that a song like this has become a period piece. Where is the modern day equivalent? Released in the summer of as the lead track on Second Helpingthe band's Al Kooper-produced sophomore effort, it cemented the band's status as American rock royalty.
Skynyrd were perfect for the times they lived in. They combined down-home attitude with a certain flair of street-smart rebellion that fans and critics just ate up. This song's calling card is a simple-as-can-be guitar riff that's as undeniable now as it was back when it elicited that first 'Turn it up!
The solid groove and barrelhouse piano make it irresistible either way. The various worlds of early '70s rock and roll couldn't have been more disparate. With David Bowie and the glam-rockers in one corner, Yes and their progressive friends on another, and Led Zeppelin and others from previous waves holding their own, the down-home sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd might have seemed without a natural Black Capricorn Day - Various - Woodstock 99 (CD.
Well, record buyers certainly welcomed them into their collections, as the single hit the U. Top 10 and Second Helping achieved platinum status. And what of all the brouhaha over the lyrics? Addressing the state of the country post-Watergate, singer Ronnie Van Zandt also took a jab at none other than Neil Young.
Van Zandt and the boys didn't take too kindly to it, and decided a rebuttal of sorts was in order — even though ironically, none of them were from Alabama, with most of the band calling Florida home. Lynyrd Skynyrd found a way to continue past a devastating plane crash, and the lasting love and constant airplay have given 'Sweet Home Alabama' a similar longevity.
The song begins with the midnight train goin' anywhere and I think people are liking that concept that there is some place to go and hope that life is better.
People that grew up in those times like the song because it reminds them of better days, so maybe we jog them back? Really, it was another song. I brought the chorus in [and] it was one of the later songs we wrote. We wrote fairly quickly. I had the chords, we worked backwards in rehearsal and it was a group effort, really a sort of an improv thing.
If you listen to the piano part, it is the chorus without the melody, stripped down. Same chords, but the bass line makes it sound like it's different. Was it all really that easy? Apparently so. The little break that Neal came up with sounded like a train. Dave Mustaine. Everything Zen. Gavin Rossdale. I Alone. Jimi Hendrix. Track Listing - Disc 2.
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