Top 10 albums, #3: The Band / The Band

The Band / The Band

  1. Across the Great Divide
  2. Rag Mama Rag
  3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  4. When You Awake
  5. Up On Cripple Creek
  6. Whispering Pines
  7. Jemima Surrender
  8. Rockin’ Chair
  9. Look Out, Cleveland
  10. Jawbone
  11. The Unfaithful Servant
  12. King Harvest [Has Surely Come]

Across the Great Divide – a friend of mine (Kent, you should know better) called this a weak track. I’d say it’s one of The Band’s best. I love it.

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Man, this is a classical song. The horns, the melody, the lyrics, everything is there. I remember listening to this song when they showed The Last Waltz on TV. Pure magic.

Virgil Caine is the name, and I served on the Danville train,
‘Til Stoneman’s cavalry came and tore up the tracks again.
In the winter of ’65, We were hungry, just barely alive.
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell, it’s a time I remember, oh so well,

King Harvest – Great song. Excellent lyrics.

Then here come a man with a paper and pen
Tellin’ us our hard times are about to end.
And then, if they don’t give us what we like
He said, “Men, that’s when you gotta go on strike.”

Top 10 albums, #4: Black Sabbath, Vol. 4

Although the album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath contains the best heavy metal song ever (more on that issue another day) this album is the best Sabbath album. And obviously the fourth best album ever, all categories. Why?

  1. Wheels of Confusion/The Straightener
  2. Tomorrow’s Dream
  3. Changes
  4. FX
  5. Supernaut
  6. Snowblind
  7. Cornucopia
  8. Laguna Sunrise
  9. St. Vitus Dance
  10. Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes

Snowblind – the riff is so heavy and the meoldy of Ozzy’s song is so ¤%& beautiful. Easily a candidate for the best heavy metal song. If it wasn’t for XXX, it would have been the best song.

Wheels of Confusion – Can’t say what it is. Probably it is (again) Ozzy’s singing. just love this song.

Tomorrow’s Dream – Masterpeice…. man there’s no word.

One of the worst period of my life …. and a new project

I am beginning to see an end to a very busy and frustrating period of my life. I really do think it’s been one of the worst experiences in many ways, of course not counting the periods where life and death were part of the game. I will not go into any details, but I will mention that I will now focus my work on FSF Europe, SELF, IT University, GnuPG.se and GNU Xnee. I will not start or join any project in a long time, apart from the one here below.

When listening to Black Sabbath’s album ‘Sabbath bloody sabbath’ I realised that it is my mission to gather my friends for a project called

Top 10 Heavy Metal/Hard Rock songs ever evening

I have promised to write a draft for the rules on what songs/artists allowed in the list.

When thinking about my list I will probably end up with 7 out of 10 songs from a band from Birmingham, England.

Apart from that little project I will now take two steps back and focus on the work I am supposed to do and also I will focus on my family and myself.

Top 10 albums, #6:Allan Edwall / Vetahuteri

This is yet another Swedish singer song writer. Allan is probably most known for his acting in some Astrid Lindgren movies. He should be better known for his music and his fantasic lyrics. The album is: Allan Edwall / Vetahuteri .

Songs on the album:

  1. Den lilla bäcken
  2. Tummetotteri
  3. Gullegubben
  4. Familjeporträtt
  5. Vaggvisa
  6. En kråka flög
  7. En rektig kär
  8. Bestäm dig
  9. Hamburg -46
  10. Den svenska solen
  11. En egen hjärtevän
  12. Liksom stjärnorna

Allans music is typically nordic. I’ve read that he could not play any instrument so he sang the songs from his head to the musicians. I think Allan’s lyrics are the lyrics that touches me most.

I will not try to translate his lyrics so this is for the Swedish speaking audience:

Och i himlen sitter Fader VÃ¥r
liksom förr på Elyseums fält.
Och på jorden människorna går.
En av fetma dör och sju av svält .

Tummetotteri

Some more words from one of the best songs ever written by anyone:

Och jag blev man med hatt och stövlar tunga
och lärde tyglarna av lämplighet och sed
och lärde le när marken tycktes gunga
av tyngd från fiender som höggos ned.

Den lilla bäcken

Carl-Johan Vallgren pÃ¥ Stenhammarsalen 1/12 2006

GIck och såg CJ Vallgrens julkonsert på Stenhammarsalen i Göteborg.

OK, jag har gillat skivorna länge och älskat böckerna så jag är inte rätt person att skriva en recension. Men, vem bryr sig om det?

Iklädd tjusig röd kostym och sin sedvanliga keps intog han scenen. Ömsom sång, ömsom historier. Jag tycker att musiken är bra. Men med tanke på hur rolig och välformulerat mellansnacken är blir det nog ändå det som jag kommer minnas bäst. Skit samma, det var kul att vara där och jag kommer nog gå på nästa konsert. Säkert är att jag kommer gå på en stå-upp-show om han beslutar sig för att göra en enbart sådan. En ny bok, skulle sitta än bättre.

Top 10 albums, #7:Dr John / In the right place

I remember Swedish National Television broadcasted the Last Waltz with The Band. I really liked their music, but I clearly remember being hypnotized by Dr John. Still, every time I listen to this album I really really enjoy it and it makes me feel good.

The songs on the album are:
1. Right Place Wrong Time
2. Same Old Same Old
3. Just The Same
4. Qualified
5. Traveling Mood
6. Peace Brother Peace
7. Life
8. Such A Night
9. Shoo Fly Marches On
10. I Been Hoodood
11. Cold Cold Cold

If you want to get into the mood of this record, check out Qualified. And listen to the lyrics!

Your social life ain’t no better than my hot dog stand
Your edumacation ain’t no hipper than what you understand

Top 10 albums, #8: Cornelis Vreeswijk, Poem ballader och lite blues

Yes, another Swedish (and Dutch) singer song writer. This is a superb piece of work.

  1. Rosenblad, rosenblad
  2. Generalens visa
  3. Apollinaire
  4. FÃ¥glar
  5. Jag
  6. Hajar’u de dÃ¥ Jack?
  7. Morbror Frans
  8. Huvudlösen för aftonen
  9. Etta
  10. Märk hur vår skugga
  11. Blues för Inga-Maj
  12. Ett brev
  13. Cool water Рp̴ den gyldene freden
  14. Ett gammalt bergtroll
  15. Sonja och Siw
  16. Predikan
  17. Elisabeth
  18. Hemställan
  19. En visa til Gagga
  20. Ã…gren
  21. Hopplös blues
  22. Skulle iagh söria såå wore iagh tokott
  23. Transkription till D’Artagnan
  24. Anna själv tredje
  25. En viss sorts samba

I’ll quoute a few songs starting with Rosenblad, Rosenblad:

Rosenblad, Rosenblad
Allting är maskerad
Allting är ingenting

Translating that would be troublesome.

And proceeding to the song FÃ¥glar (Birds):

Själv kan ingen flyga när man vill
Fåglarnas farfar äter upp råa ägg
Fåglar som är sorgsna odlar skägg

Birds that are mellow grow a beard…..