Iron Maiden - “Moonchild” (Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1998)
I remember thinking that both Iron Maiden and Judas Priest had sold out when they started using guitar synths. Typical teenage angst I guess, but boy was I wrong. Just listen to Steve Harris’ galloping bass underneath the synth and guitar sheen. Solid song from an album that is probably too often overlooked.
Joe Satriani - “Belly Dancer” (Strange Beautiful Music, 2002)
The Beatles - “Tell Me What You See” (Help!, 1965)
The Beatles catalog is just way too confusing to me, what with the differences between the UK and US releases alone. This particular song was only on the UK release since in the US, the album was a soundtrack album and since the song had already appeared on Beatles VI. Beatles VI?! That’s a real album? Are you sure? Yep, apparently so. As for the song, it doesn’t really do it for me, but it’s The Beatles, so that’s something, right?
Cheap Trick - “I Want You to Want Me” (Bun E.’s Basement Bootlegs 3 “Beertown ‘75” (Disc 2), 1975)
I love Cheap Trick, but I’ve never been crazy about this song. OK, that’s not quite true. I was infatuated with the whole of At Budokan back when I acquired the vinyl. This take has a fire and urgency missing in the sappy and admittedly weak, albeit definitive, version everyone is familiar with, but it doesn’t make me like it any better.
Black Sabbath - “Hole in the Sky” (Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978), 2002)
I love the separation of the dual guitar parts you get when you listen to Tony Iommi with headphones on. Heavy, driving Sabbath tune, and I really like the edge in Ozzy’s vocals. I think I see the sky opening up.