There really are a ton of great bands out there that you have probably never heard of. Rival Sons, Scorpion Child, Black Country Communion, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, Revolution Saints, just to name a handful. But there is one band that has absolutely overshadowed all others, and they only have eight songs recorded so far: Greta Van Fleet. The group of three brothers and a drummer released a 4-song EP earlier this year, and have added four more songs on their latest release, From The Fires,, which dropped in November. Apparently they are getting some radio airtime, and that’s great, because this is the most rock n’ roll band since Led Zeppelin.
I’m not even making a list with this post. It begins and ends with one band: Greta Van Fleet. Buy it for every headbanger on your Christmas list.
(October 21, 1940 – October 8, 2017)
Jimmy Beaumont was lead vocalist for Pittsburgh doo-wop group The Skyliners, whose biggest his was 1959’s “Since I Don’t Have You.” The song has been covered by numerous acts such as The Four Seasons, Guns N’ Roses, Brian Setzer, and Art Garfunkel. Other songs by The Skyliners include “It Happened Today,” “This I Swear,” and “Pennies From Heaven.” Beaumont is the fourth of the original lineup of The Skyliners to pass.
The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place last month, and aired on HBO over the weekend. This year’s class was a very impressive lineup, including Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, and one of the greatest arena rock bands of all-time, Journey. It has been over a year since I last put together an “Ultimate Mixtape,” so I thought the time was right to resurrect this project. I enjoyed going through Journey’s discography, and the related artists. Such a great band, such diverse styles.
If you are not familiar with the “Ultimate Mixtape” concept, here is a quick run-down of the rules:
- Every album must be represented by one and only one song. This is an especially difficult rule when looking at 1978’s Infinity album.
- The selected song does not have to be a single used to promote the album.
- Live albums are fine if you want to use them, but you are not required to include them if you are satisfied with your “Ultimate Mixtape” without them. Sometimes they are a great tool to sneak in a classic song when the studio version didn’t make the cut. In Journey’s case, Captured just happens to have a new studio track on it, so that was my de facto choice.
- “Greatest Hits”/ “Best of” albums are eligible only if they contain new songs, or new versions of old songs. With the exception of Time^3, Journey’s compilations do not meet this requirement, so are omitted from the Ultimate Mixtape project.
Everyone’s “Ultimate Mixtape” will be different, and I would love to know how yours differs from mine. Are you ready to rock? Let’s check out “JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Journey edition”…
- “To Play Some Music” (Journey, 1975)
- “She Makes me (Feel Alright)” (Look Into the Future, 1976)
- “Karma” (Next, 1977)
- “Wheel in the Sky” (Infinity, 1978)
- “Just the Same Way” (Evolution, 1979)
- “Any Way You Want It” (Departure, 1980)
- “Little Girl” (Dream, After Dream, 1980)
- “The Party’s Over (Hopelessly In Love)” (Captured, 1981)
- “Don’t Stop Believing” (Escape, 1981)
- “Separate Ways” (Frontiers, 1983)
- “Positive Touch” (Raised on Radio, 1986)
- “Velvet Curtain/Feelling That Way” (Time^3, 1992)
- “Forever In Blue” (Trial By Fire, 1996)
- “I Got a Reason” (Arrival, 2001)
- “I Can Breathe” (Red 13 EP, 2002)
- “Faith in the Heartlands” (Generations, 2005)
- “Wildest Dream” (Revelation, 2008)
- “Resonate” (Eclipse, 2011)
- “No One To Depend On” (Santana, Santana III, 1971)
- “Love or Money” (Sammy Hagar, Danger Zone, 1980)
- “La Raza del Sol” (b-side of “Still They Ride,” 1981)
- “Wasting Time” (Neal Schon & Jan Hammer, Untold Passion, 1981)
- “Only Solutions” (Tron soundtrack, 1982)
- “Ask the Lonely” (Two of a Kind soundtrack, 1983)
- “Oh Sherrie” (Steve Perry, Street Talk, 1984)
- “Top of the Rock” (HSAS, Through the Fire, 1984)
- “Let Me Out” (Gregg Rolie, Gregg Rolie, 1985)
- “Only the Young” (Vision Quest soundtrack, 1985)
- “When I See You Smile” (Bad English, Bad English, 1989)
- “Remember Me” (Armageddon soundtrack, 1998)
- “Highest Ground” (Soul SirkUS, World Play, 2005)
- “Stone In Love” (Journey, Revelation [bonus disc], 2008)
What do you think? Did I miss your favorite Journey song or solo project on the bonus disc?
You simply can’t argue with the list of legendary artists that the members of Radio Exile have either performed on stage or in the studio with – Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Hall and Oates, Allison Krauss, Billy Idol, John Waite, members of Pink Floyd, Styx, Journey, Van Halen, the Rolling Stones, and Black Sabbath. And working with these renowned names has obviously rubbed off on their sound, as evidenced by the unmistakably classic rock sounds heard throughout their self-titled album, and their recently released video, for the track “No Pity on the Highway”:
Charlie states, “‘No Pity on the Highway’ just kind of captures that great classic rock sound of the late 70’s, with Dave’s Bonham-esque intro and Kenny and Jimmy’s great guitar riffing.” Chandler adds, “It makes you feel as if you were rolling down the highway, so the lyrics kind of developed out of that, but kind of taking on life as being the highway that you are travelling down.”
Comprised of members Chandler Mogel (Lead and Backing Vocals), Charlie Calv (Piano, Keyboards), Jimmy Leahey (Guitars, Backing Vocals), Kenny Aaronson (Bass), and Dave Anthony (Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals), the group has enlisted the help of such studio vets as Grammy-nominated engineer/producer Steve DeAcutis (Vanilla Fudge, Cyndi Lauper, Corey Glover, etc…), producer/A&R man Steve Lunt (Britney Spears, ‘NSync , Joan Jett, etc…), and mastering engineer Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Train, Pete Townsend, etc….).
And the music press has already taken a liking to this fast-rising band, as evidenced by the following glowing quotes:
“Occasionally something will sneak up and hit you so hard you wonder ‘where did that come from’?….If there is a ‘must have’ album this year, here you have it boys and girls.” ROCKTOPIA (UK)
“You’ve got to hand it to Charlie Calv…he delivers classic melodic rock records….an unstoppable tour de melodic force. A terrific debut album from the guys, with a major production and some very memorable songs.” MELODICROCK (AUSTRALIA)
“The buzz in melodic rock circles round Radio Exile has become so loud over recent weeks…. one of the better melodic rock acts to arrive this year” SEA OF TRANQUILITY (USA)
Undoubtedly, the praise will soon translate to connecting with the rock masses, and Radio Exile’s self-titled debut is the perfect introduction.
Radio Exile Tracklisting:
High Road, High Price
No Pity on the Highway
Feels Like Home
Higher Than the Sun
Down In a Hole
A Cross on Stone
Road to Exile
The Eagles were already a massively successful band—One of These Nights hit #1 in the United States—when Joe Walsh replaced Bernie Leadon in 1975. He had been invited to join Humble Pie following Peter Frampton‘s departure, but Walsh turned them down and later joined the Eagles. The first album with Walsh, Hotel California, was released in December 1976 and hit #1 just like its predecessor. Three more Eagles albums featuring Walsh topped the charts: 1979’s The Long Run, 1994’s Hell Freezes Over, and 2007’s Long Road Out of Eden.
Joe Walsh recorded two albums with Barnstorm, 1972’s Barnstorm and 1973’s The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get, the later containing the classic “Rocky Mountain Way.” Many fans have forgotten that these were Barnstorm albums and not Joe Walsh solo records, and that’s how the record company promoted them. Walsh said, “I wanted to be a band, not a solo artist. Vitale, especially, should’ve gotten more credit ’cause it wasn’t all me….It was in every aspect a collaborative effort.” The group also served as a backing band for Michael Stanley’s 1973 Friends & Legends record.
Joe Walsh first achieved stardom with James Gang on Yer’ Album in 1969. It was 1970’s James Gang Rides Again that contains the classic rock staple “Funk #49,” while another legendary song, “Walk Away,” appeared on the band’s third and final studio release, Thirds. The group released three studio albums in three years, along with a live album, before Walsh left to form Barnstorm.