Pause Rewind Replay

Yes this is me circa 1980 listening to album hour (not actually me)

I am not sure how to describe this but music really really turns me on… just has that effect on me……from Depeche Mode to Tool and everywhere in between if you undersatnd this you understand why I love music so much….

The other night I was driving and Pandora decided to play “Back In Black” by AC/DC and for some reason it took me back to the first time I heard it.  I have heard the song a million times and quite honestly its old to me, but the FIRST time I heard it was WRNO (Rock Of New Orleans) 99.5fm when I was like 11 years old.  It came on ALBUM HOUR which was midnight every Saturday night.  Album hour is WHY rock music of the 70s & 80s is regarded so highly today.  Imagine the DJ coming on at 12 to introduce the album with a little backstory then he would read the songs on the first side of the album then it would get quiet and the album would start.  you can’t do this anymore because you don’t have LPs anymore and you really don’t even have CDs anymore.  But think of hearing that little cracking album sound then the first heavy gongs of “Hells Bells”….then it just flows right into “Shoot to Thrill”…..JUST LISTEN to EVERY song and tell me this album doesn’t suck, especially to the long delay before song #2 on the second side of album to get the idea….

AC/DC – Back In Black

“‘Cause the walls start shaking
The earth was quakin’
My mind was achin’
And we were makin’ it and you “

Side one

  1. “Hells Bells” – 5:10
  2. “Shoot to Thrill” – 5:17
  3. “What Do You Do for Money Honey” – 3:33
  4. “Given the Dog a Bone” – 3:30
  5. “Let Me Put My Love into You” – 4:16

After the entire side of the album would play with no breaks, some commercials would play and then he would come on and intro second side which starts with 6 notes of Back in Black and so on….

Side two
  1. “Back in Black” – 4:14
  2. “You Shook Me All Night Long” – 3:30
  3. “Have a Drink On Me” – 3:57
  4. Shake a Leg” – 4:06
  5. Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” – 4:15

Listening to songs even as overplayed as “You Shook Me All Night Long” on here really sound a lot different than wedged between two other overplayed Classic Rock songs. 

Back to album hour…. It was an hour plus of the album played in its entirety for you to listen.  If you liked it, chances are you jumped on your Mongoose or Red Line and hit Warehouse Records and Tapes to buy it…THE NEXT DAY…..and it was vinyl so you had that giant cover to look at.  

I explain this in such detail to paint you a picture of how music could really move you and not just be played to listen.  you had to absorb the music and what you did with it was your choice.  If you liked it, you kept if not you moved on…..


If anyone was lucky enough to see RUSH last year they went on their break about an hour into show then came onstage and played the entire Moving Pictures album from start to finish in order like on the album. And they played the songs EXACTLY like on the album so when they played YYZ it was the 4 and 1/2 minute song not the long one with extended drum solo. Then they left the stage and took a break then came back and finished show.  It was EPIC.  To be there was something to marvel as it took me back to album hour.  Word is Metallica is playing the entire Black Album start to finish this year at Download Festival in June 2012.

This album is just to….frankly FUCKING AWESOME!!!!…..from the FIRST notes of “Tom Sawyer” to the fade out of “Vital Signs” this album is just PERFECT in every regard……even the album cover is legendary….LOOK AT IT…Released in 1981

RUSH – Moving Pictures

File:Moving Pictures.jpg“An ounce of perception…

A pound of obscure…

Process information at half speed…

Pause, rewind, replay…

Worn memory chip..

Random sample, hold the one you need”

Ontario Legislature, Queen’s Park, Toronto. TODAY


1.Tom Sawyer”  4:31

2.Red Barchetta”  6:10

3.YYZ”  4:23

4.Limelight”  4:20


1.“The Camera Eye”  11:01

2.Witch Hunt”  4:46

3.“Vital Signs” 4:47

And I had to add a LIVE version of “YYZ” due to the Brazilian crowd singing along to a song with no lyrics plus they are jumping like fools…ITS INCREDIBLE….”Vital Signs” because its such an underrated song…

Rush – “YYZ” LIVE from Rock In Rio

“Vital Signs” because its such an underrated song….

Rush – Vital Signs ( Live from Grace Under Pressure Tour 1984 )


I hope this was as much fun for you as it was for me…..I want everyone to get that same feeling you get when you are touched by music.  There are not many CLASSIC albums out now and between the years of 1978 to around 1984, some of the BEST albums were released and to this day are still considered the greatest EVER….

Next time I tackle Motley Crue “Shout At The Devil” and Metallica “And Justice For All”


Until then…..and I love this song because I was always a Bon Scott AC/DC fan but you cannot deny the power of Brian’s voice on the album Back In Black….just listen to how raw “Problem Child” is and the end is STILL killer how it starts over….

AC/DC – Problem child


“I love those high school women….I get older and they stay the same age”

After RUSH I really wanted to stop but I had to include TWO albums that stand out JUST because of how bad the production value is…..the bad production value actually makes them stand out to me and why they are my favorites by these two bands….

The first album is the second album by Motley Crue titled Shout at the Devil and quite honestly could be my all time favorite metal album.  Of course, Iron Maiden’s Number of the Beast, Black Sabbath’s FIRST and Pantera “Cowboys from Hell’ might argue with me….I remember going to the bowling alley in 8th grade listening to this and just being astounded at how heavy it was….just brutal…and its the Crüe so its tight even as their second album.

“Well in the heat of the night…

You went and blackened my eyes..

I hold back, go back, go back…

And I’m comin’ your way”


Released in 1983 “Shout at the Devil is regarded as the heaviest sounding Mötley Crüe album by critics and fans alike.” – Wikipedia


  1. “In the Beginning” – 1:13
  2. Shout at the Devil” – 3:16
  3. Looks That Kill” – 4:07
  4. “Bastard”  – 2:54
  5. “God Bless the Children of the Beast” – 1:33
  6. Helter Skelter” – 3:09


  1. “Red Hot” – 3:21
  2. Too Young to Fall in Love” – 3:34
  3. “Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid”  – 3:40
  4. “Ten Seconds to Love” – 4:17
  5. “Danger” – 3:51

File:Metallica - ...And Justice for All cover.jpg

Released in 1988

1. Blackened
2. …And Justice for All”  
3. Eye of the Beholder
4. One
5. “The Shortest Straw”
6. Harvester of Sorrow
7. “The Frayed Ends of Sanity”
8. To Live Is to Die
9. Dyers Eve”

I had some real problems putting this together so hopefully all of the links to the songs work, but you get the jist of this post…..most if not all of you reading this have these albums.  If you do not, please punch yourself.



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