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Highway Star : awesome version by Chickenfoot

I wasn’t aware that Joe Satriani was once invited to join Deep Purple as the replacement guitarist for Ritchie Blackmore until the recent release of a tribute album to Deep Purple. The album received quite a lot of coverage, and my favourite track is supergroup Chickenfoot‘s blazing rendition of Highway Star. I especially like Satriani’s tribute to Jon Lord’s organ solo – very nice.

Satan’s Fall

Mercyful Fate is one of those bands that get cited for being very influential. I managed to buy a second-hand copy of their classic 1983 CD Melissa, and boy, was the album amazing. The whole album runs for only 40 minutes (very short by today’s standard, but those were vinyl days), but there is absolutely no filler. Every single track dazzles. King Diamond is in his prime (his vocals are smooth and don’t sound strained despite the range), and the dual guitar attack of Hank Shermann and Michael Denner is unrelenting.

For me, the stand out track is the epic Satan’s Fall. According to Michael Denner, there are about sixteen different riffs in this song alone – many of these riffs are much copied. For example, the riffs towards the end of the 11 minute plus rocker are definitely recycled by Cradle Of Filth on their equally excellent Dusk And Her Embrace album.

I Don’t Know Why

Eric Clapton went through many phases in his long career, but I have always had a fondness for his early seventies music. The Derek and the Dominoes album is a must own and contains some of Clapton’s most passionate playing, and although his first two solo albums are solid, they come across as slightly too laid back. Recently, I began exploring the live Delaney and Bonnie discs with Clapton on guitar – the couple influenced Clapton’s style and resulted in his departure from his signature Cream sound. The discs contain loads of excellent music and loose jams, and the track that struck me the most was Clapton’s live performance of I Don’t Know Why (titled Don’t Know Why on his debut solo album). Performed live, the song sheds its mid-temp laid back groove for a more engaging approach and even Clapton even throws in a heartfelt solo to boot.

If you love Clapton’s music, go out and grab the Delaney and Bonnie and Friends‘ On Tour disc!

MC5’s Motor City Is Burning

Since I started re-ripping my CDs into FLAC files, I’ve been re-listening to many CDs I have touched for years. This week, I’ve been playing MC5‘s notorious Kick Out The Jams quite often. While the live album is rightly known for its explosive rockers (and the first two tracks Ramblin’ Rose and Kick Out The Jams are really aggressive riffers), the highlight for me is their take of John Lee Hooker’s Motor City Is Burning. The song as played by the MC5 has loads of attitude and Wayne Kramer guitar solos kick ass.

This first clip is from the album and the second clip from a TV performance.