April 10, 2011

The 10 best rock 'n' roll deep cuts.

Editor's note: Please welcome my brother, Chris Cimino, to King Myno's Court. He'll be providing an alternative look at music, movies and other aspects of pop culture, usually when I'm too lazy/busy to write anything myself. Enjoy!

In the late 60s and early 70s, when musicians could no longer stand to cushion their albums of various singles with fleeting, throwaway tracks, the new brand of rock 'n' roll musician chose to whittle a record from something larger. These crusaders of musical reform proclaimed that each song now had meaning and purpose. It became an album's conception, organization, and presentation that depicted the artist's status as an auteur. Thus, album rock was born.

Similarly, rock 'n' roll radio followed suit and implemented the broadcast of a band's deep cuts into their daily repertoire. This involved the hipper radio stations digging further into a band's catalog to find relatively obscure tracks to play for their devoted listeners.

Having grown up first on radio rock and then on album-oriented rock, I consider myself not just an avid listener, but also a lobbyist of the band/musician as auteur and the album as work of art. With this notion in tow, I decided to dig deep into my favorite rock 'n' roll deep cuts:

Led Zeppelin – No Quarter
from Houses for the Holy (1973)
One of the few Zeppelin songs that requires you to adjust your volume knob from 11 to 3 and back to 11 again.

Pink Floyd – San Tropez
from Meddle (1971)
Who would've thunk Pink Floyd made a walking-down-the-street, riding-on-the-bus song? Well they did, and it's damn catchy.

Crosby, Stills and Nash – Pre-Road Downs
from Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)
It's no wonder this song never struck gold; it seems the world just wasn't ready for backwards guitar solos.

David Bowie – Station to Station
from Station to Station (1976)
Aside from his bulge in Labyrinth, this stands as Bowie's magnum opus. It's a long, epic song that easily rode on the coattails of the prog rock movement that had been gaining much momentum in the years prior.

The Doors – Peace Frog
from Morrison Hotel (1970)
The coolest opening guitar riff, followed by a badass drum beat, followed by the smoothest bass line, and topped off by one of their most memorable keyboard phrases.

George Harrison – Out of the Blue
from All Things Must Pass (1970)
Why this song hasn't been used in a Martin Scorsese movie yet, I'll never understand.

James Gang – Funk #48
from Yer Album (1969)
It only took 49 of these to finally produce a hit for Joe Walsh and his James Gang.

Stevie Wonder – He's Misstra Know It All
from Innervisions (1973)
Still no idea who Misstra is or what the hell its all about, but the song makes it easy to not care.

T. Rex – Lean Woman Blues
from Electric Warrior (1971)
Give Marc Bolan a pad of paper and a guitar and he'll whip together the most delicious concoction of hippie pop, blues, and glam rock you've ever tasted. On a sidenote: You can really hear the Black Keys in everything T. Rex has already done, especially this track.

War – Where Was You At?
from The World is a Ghetto (1972)
If this song doesn't make you picture an obese black family sitting around a dinner table clapping, I don't want to know what does. Perfect fit for the end-credit sequence of The Nutty Professor 3.

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