Tag Archives: 1973

RS #403: Lynyrd Skynyrd – (pronounced ‘lĕh-’nérd ‘skin-’nérd)


Lynyrd Skynyrd, (pronounced ‘lĕh-’nérd ‘skin-’nérd)

Release Date: 1973
Previously Owned: No
First Time Listen: Yes
Lynryd Skynrd
Other bands named after gym-teachers: Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, The National, and Das EFX.
Impressions: Lynyrd Skynryd's weird name (in honor of a gym teacher,) Southern-fried boogie rock, tragic plane-crash history and long soloing is all very easy to make fun of. Most people (especially us who are not Southern By The Grace Of God) do this reflexively, like those smartasses that shout "Freebird" at any concert, without … Continue Reading ››

RS #418: Wings, Band On The Run


Wings, Band On The Run

Release Date: 1973 Previously Owned: No First Time Listen: Yes
Impressions: I know the song. You know the song. But, still, let's play the whole album…I'm pretty sure we are all in agreement that the song "Band On The Run" is a goddamn nutballs masterpiece? Right? It's three different epic songs perfectly arranged into a breezy five-minute mini-suite about a band. A band on the run.
Wings, Band On The Run
Outside of that, I got no idea what most of the other songs are about, but at this point … Continue Reading ››

#490: ZZ Top – Tres Hombres


ZZ Top, Tres Hombres

Release Date: 1973
Previously Owned: No
First Time Listen: Yes
Impressions: Having been exposed to ZZ Top in the dreaded '80s, I grew up thinking these guys were just weird, long-bearded curiosities who made goofball music videos and spun guitars around their midsections. But this rockin slab of '70s blues/rock shows they can play a little when those guitars stop spinning. "Waitin for the Bus" starts off the set with a catchy, crunching riff and from there  there's no let up ("Have mercy! I've been waiting for the bus all day!") Fun, no-nonsense tracks with airtight production and Tres Hombres, ZZ … <a href=Continue Reading ››