#265 - At Each End Of My Life Is An Open Door

Side A
Artist Song Buy
The Yardbirds  Train Kept A-Rollin'   buy on itunes
Black Sabbath [w / Glenn Hughes]  In For The Kill  buy on itunes
Dio  Dream Evil   buy on itunes
The Cult  The Saint   buy on itunes
Chainsaw Kittens  Pop Heiress Dies   buy on itunes
Siouxsie & The Banshees  The Staircase (Mystery)  buy on itunes
The Beatles  Young Blood  buy on itunes
The Who  905   buy on itunes
Rolling Stones  2000 Man  buy on itunes
Roy Harper & Jimmy Page  Hope  buy on itunes
The Lovemongers [w / Ann & Nancy Wilson]  The Battle Of Evermore  buy on itunes
John Paul Jones  Angry Angry   buy on itunes
Voivod  Ravenous Medicine   buy on itunes
Sebastian Bach & Friends  Blasphemer  buy on itunes
Ministry  Psalm 69   buy on itunes
Alvin Lee & Ten Years Later  The Devil's Screaming  buy on itunes
Kansas  Miracles Out Of Nowhere   buy on itunes
Simon & Garfunkel  Scarborough Fair/Canticle   buy on itunes
Side B
ArtistSongBuy
Manic Street Preachers  (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love   buy on itunes
Blue Oyster Cult  The Great Sun Jester  buy on itunes
Slade  She Did It To Me   buy on itunes
The Animals  Hey Gyp   buy on itunes
Kings Of Leon  Mary  buy on itunes
Whitesnake  Summer Rain  buy on itunes
Living Colour  Visions   buy on itunes
Extreme  No Respect   buy on itunes
Mudhoney  Into Yer Shtik   buy on itunes
KISS  2000 Man   buy on itunes
The Doors [Jim Morrison]  Black Polished Chrome  buy on itunes
Bad Company  Young Blood   buy on itunes
Pete Townshend  White City Fighting  buy on itunes
George Harrison  What Is Life   buy on itunes
Sammy Hagar  Eagles Fly   buy on itunes
Never The Bride  Going To California  buy on itunes
Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation  Song To The Siren  buy on itunes
Danzig  Let It Be Captured   buy on itunes
The Yardbirds  Stroll On   buy on itunes

Comment:

This mix was originally submitted to Zen Running Order on November 28, 2010. The original notes and/or comments are as follows...

Darth Pazuzu (11-28-2010):
Here's the THIRD of a whole SLEW of mixes I've been churning out ever since I appropriated a stack of rare and/or out-of-print CD's, having had to wait almost THREE MONTHS to post anything new! I'm definitely in a very prolific mode right now... :)

"Train Kept A-Rollin'" / "Stroll On" - The Yardbirds actually recorded two different versions of the old blues chestnut "Train Kept A-Rollin'". The first was the more faithful rendition included on 1965's "Having A Rave Up." Michelangelo Antonioni was particularly keen on including the song in his movie "Blow Up" a year later, but there was apparently a problem with obtaining the rights for use in the film, so Keith Relf simply wrote another set of lyrics and the group simply changed the song title! BTW, this second version is one of the few recordings made of the Yardbirds with both Jeff Beck AND Jimmy Page on electric guitar! (And "Train Kept A-Rollin'" has been covered by many hard-rock acts since then, the most famous being Aerosmith, followed by Motorhead, Hanoi Rocks, etc....)

"Young Blood" (X 2) - A classic from the Coasters, covered by the Beatles (a BBC session, with George Harrison on lead vocal), and also by Bad Company!

"2000 Man" (X 2) - A jaunty little number from the psychedelic-era Rolling Stones with a futuristic sci-fi theme, later rocked-up by KISS (with Ace Frehley on lead vocal).

"Hope" / "White City Fighting" - A very interesting backstory here! David Gilmour was writing and recording his 1984 solo album "About Face," collaborating with Pete Townshend, who wrote the lyrics for the songs "Love On The Air" and "All Lovers Are Deranged." However, when Townshend wrote the lyrics to what became "White City Fighting," Gilmour felt that they were more personal and pertained more specifically to Townshend's life and felt he couldn't really do them justice. Townshend then of course went on to record the song for his 1985 album "White City: A Novel" (which also featured Gilmour's guitar playing on that song as well as "Give Blood"). In the meantime, however, Gilmour decided to let singer/songwriter Roy Harper have a go at the song. But then Gilmour couldn't really relate to what HE came up with either! Roy Harper then went on to record his version, now titled "Hope," for "Whatever Happened To Jugula?," his 1985 collaboration with Jimmy Page (who plays on THAT version)!

"The Battle Of Evermore" / "Going To California" - A pair of female-fronted cover versions of songs from Led Zeppelin's fourth album!

"The Devil's Screaming" - The closing number from Alvin Lee's 1978 album "Rocket Fuel," recorded with his short-lived outfit Ten Years Later. I swear, when my parents first played this record on their turntable, this seriously spooked the living daylights out of me! (I was about five at the time.) It's more or less a straightforward blues-rock number, but it goes on for almost ten minutes, and in the middle there's this thundering jam session which builds in noise and intensity and there are these weird, distorted backwards vocal chants that sound downright satanic!

"Song To The Siren" - A gorgeous cover of the Tim Buckley song from Robert Plant and his early-'00s outfit the Strange Sensation. It's even better than This Mortal Coil's...

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