Andy Cirzan's 2008 Christmas Compilation (The Cassette Years: Part 1)Go to episode 160
Best Albums of 2008
Jim and Greg listened to hundreds of albums this year. Which ones soared to the top? Check out their lists for the Best Albums of 2008 below. You can also see what albums made the cut in years past in our Lists section.Go to episode 159
Turkey Shoot 2008
On Thanksgiving most Americans give thanks for things like their loved ones and their health. But at Sound Opinions we like to take this opportunity to give thanks of a different variety. During this Turkey Shoot segment Jim, Greg and some listeners give thanks that they‘ll never have to hear the year’s most disappointing albums again. These are records that had great potential, but fell flat. Say farewell to the following Turkeys:
- R.E.M., Accelerate
- My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges
- Brian Wilson, That Lucky Old Sun
- The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely
Our listeners“shoot”the following:
- Weezer, S/T (The Red Album)
- John Legend, Evolver
- Beck, Modern Guilt
For more Turkeys, check out the Sound Opinions Message Board.Go to episode 157
While the Kid Rocks of the world may dominate the airwaves, there are a ton of great underground musical gems worthy of your attention. Here are Jim and Greg's current Buried Treasures.Go to episode 147
Songs About America
Sound Opinions celebrates Independence Day this week with Jim and Greg's favorite Songs about America. These are great rock songs that capture our country's spirit — the good, the bad and the ugly.Go to episode 136
The Best of 2008… So Far
Hard to believe it's almost the midpoint of 2008, but lucky for Sound Opinions listeners, that means it's time for a list! Here are Jim and Greg's lists for 2008's mid-year best.Go to episode 135
Ultimate Summer Mixtape
Summer officially begins in a couple of weeks, and in honor of these lazy, hazy days and hot, sweaty nights, Jim and Greg have decided to re-run one of their favorite shows which celebrates the best songs of the season. These are the tracks that would make up their ultimate summer mix-tape:
- The Rivieras, "California Sun"
- The Beach Boys, "All Summer Long"
- Patti Smith, "Dancing Barefoot"
- Wire, "Sand in My Joints"
- Wreckx-N-Effect, "Rump Shaker"
- Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, "Mr. Heatmiser"
- Sly and the Family Stone, "Hot Fun in the Summertime"
- Bananarama, "Cruel Summer"
On Sound Opinions, everyone is a critic. So, Jim and Greg turned to the phones for some other Summer Song suggestions. Here are what the callers recommend:
- The Replacements, "I Will Dare"
- Weezer, "El Scorcho"
- The Pastels, "Windy Hill" (Cornelius remix)
- Del tha Funkee Homosapien, "Dr. Bombay"
"Rock and roll pirates" Jim and Greg dig up another trove of Buried Treasures this week. Here are the artists they think should be on your radar:Go to episode 130
One Note Wonders
Rock and roll is an art form that traditionally values change and transformation. But, there are a number of terrific artists and bands who have sustained careers by doing one thing really well. The best examples of these one trick ponies are The Ramones, AC/DC and Motörhead. Fans of these bands know that their sounds don‘t change from album to album… but they don’t care! Jim and Greg celebrate these and other One Note Wonders. Here are their nominations:Go to episode 126
To show the range of influence Revolver has had on the music industry, Jim and Greg commissioned this montage of Beatles covers from this album. Here's a list of the songs you hear:
- "Taxman" by Stevie Ray Vaughan
- "Eleanor Rigby" by Ray Charles
- "I'm Only Sleeping" by Rosanne Cash
- "Love You To" by Bongwater
- "Here, There and Everywhere" by Emmylou Harris
- "Yellow Submarine" by Arthur Fiedler & the Boston Pops
- "She Said, She Said," by Gov't Mule
- "Good Day Sunshine," by Jimmy James & the Vagabonds
- "And Your Bird Can Sing" by Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs
- "For No One" by Rickie Lee Jones
- "Doctor Robert" by Bozo Allegro
- "I Want to Tell You" by Ted Nugent
- "Got To Get You Into My Life" by Earth, Wind & Fire
- "Tomorrow Never Knows" by Brian Eno
Great Movie Soundtracks
The biggest night in Hollywood is just around the corner, but that doesn‘t mean music fans can’t get into the action. Jim and Greg decided to mark the occasion of the Oscars by playing bits of their favorite movie soundtracks. Here are their picks:Go to episode 116
Unsung Heroes of Rock
Now it's time to hail the Unsung Heroes of Rock. The Micks and Bonos of the world may get all the acclaim, but it's often the little guy who deserves much of the credit. Jim and Greg have gone through the rock canon to honor these lesser-known musicians.
Without Bo Diddley, there wouldn't be a Mick Jagger as we know it. And without Jerome Green, there wouldn't have been a Bo Diddley. His maracas helped to create Diddley's signature“shuffling freight train”sound, and his cool attitude helped to create the performers signature style — one that would be emulated by many.
Blaine is responsible for one of the most famous drum intros in rock. Just listen to "Be My Baby," by The Ronettes, and you‘ll hear how Blaine is as important to that era’s sound as producer Phil Spector was.
There's a history of go-go dancers in rock, but of course, they're hard to showcase on the radio. Jim thinks Ben“Bosstone”Carr deserves credit for bringing style and maniacal energy to the band.
The name might have you drawing a blank, but Myers is a critical figure in rock. Greg is most impressed by how his vox continental organ managed to add a greasy, Texas sound to what was essentially another imitation British invasion band.
John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones deserves credit simply for keeping his own among the three biggest figures and egos in rock. He could pretty much play anything he got his hands on, but it was with the bass on songs like "Black Dog," that he really shone.
Onto a man who was easily the least important member of a very important band. Or so you might think. Jim says he'll fight anyone who underplays his drumming. He was never a show-off, allowing the vocals and guitars to shine when they needed to. But when there was an opportunity to come to the center, Starr accepted the challenge. Jim's been trying to master the drumming in "Rain" since he was a kid.
The Motown band members weren't even given credits on most of the songs they played on, but the reason you“move your butt”to most of those songs is because of James Jamerson. He not only played rhythm, but bass melodies, injecting a whole new style into rock.
With his knickers and beanie, everyone recognizes younger brother Angus. But, it was Malcom who gave AC/DC their signature riffs. And one of their best, and one of the best in all of rock music according to Greg, is "Highway to Hell."Go to episode 112