Electric Nights Mix Tape
Before playlists became an iTunes sensation, people who grew up before the internet called em “Mix Tapes”. One thing I enjoy is listening to different artists when I am cruising, and this is just one of those kind of mix tapes.
And I have no idea why I called it “Electric Nights”. It feels like a pretty lame title.
I also try to sequence my playlists/mix tapes like how I would like an album to be sequenced. My rough guide is;
- TRACK 1 – The Killer Opening Track with Serious Riffage
- TRACK 2 – The Fun Track
- TRACK 3 – The Meant To Be “Big Hit” Track
- TRACK 4 – The “Ballad Song” or “Experimental Song” or “We Dont Know What to Do With” Song
- TRACK 5 – The Killer Side 1 Closer
- TRACK 6 – The Killer Side 2 Opening Track
- TRACK 7 – The Song That Will Not Be Played Live
- TRACK 8 – The Cover Song or The We Are Running Out Of Ideas Song or The Melodic Rock Song We Are Not Sure Our Fans Will Like
- TRACK 9 – The We Ran Out Of Time Song
- TRACK 10 – The Killer Speed Metal Closer or The Killer Epic Power Ballad Closer
- TRACK 11 – The Bonus Track
- Black Hearted Woman – Blue Murder
John Sykes brings the riffage to kick off the imaginary album with the killer opening track.
- Jet City Woman – Queensryche
Then Eddie Jackson brings the bass for track number 2 and we have lift off.
- Fantasy – Project Driver
The supergroup project of Tony MacAlpine, Tommy Aldridge, Rob Rock, Rudi Sarzo bring the melodic rock for the track which was meant to be the big hit on the album.
- Had Enough – Tesla
And those Sacramento rockers bring the bar room brawls with our experimental song.
- You’re All I Need – The Scream
John Corabi and his Scream buddies bring the ballad.
- Hold The Line – Toto
I used to cover this song in bands and to this day, I can’t turn it off whenever it comes on. Steve Lukather decorates the songs tastily with power chords and melodic leads.
- Tell Me Why – The Scream
A blues rock track with Corabi showing his vocal chops.
- I Can See It In Your Eyes – Project Driver
Another melodic rock gem from this supergroup.
- Freedom Slaves – Tesla
The intro of the bass and the military style marching beat is enough.
- Nobody Rides For Free – Ratt
The palm muted guitars with the bass and drums building. A perfect closer for the perfect imaginary album.
- Bad Boys – Whitesnake
And another John Sykes cut to bring the riffage.
- Look What The Cat Dragged In – Poison
Shoot me but I dig the main riff from CC DeVille in this song.
- For A Million Years – Lynch Mob
One of my favourite cuts from “Wicked Sensation” with Lynch riffing and rolling, while Oni Logan delivers a stellar vocal performance.
- This Time – Y&T
I always enjoyed the ballads.
- The Morning After – Ratt
The riffage from the real Ratt and Roller, Robin Crosby cements this song.
- Temptation – Y&T
Harmony guitars, a melodic rock chorus and Meniketti’s brilliant voice.
- You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again – Whitesnake
At this point, the imaginary album needed to be picked up with some serious riffage, so off to John Sykes I went.
- Dust In The Wind – Kansas
One of my favourite acoustic pieces.
- Too Late To Say Goodbye – Richard Marx
Marx is a rocker to me, and when he rocks, he does a good job.
- Run For Your Life – Twisted Sister
One of my favourites from “Under The Blade”.
- Lightning Strikes Again – Dokken
And we close off the album with some serious riffage from George Lynch and Don Dokken screaming, Lightningggggggg, Lightning strikes again.
Iron Maiden – Piece Of Mind and Eric Clapton/Metallica/Maiden Mix
Yeah what a tape.
An awesome Maiden album (which I have already written about in my 1984 year posts, plus will revisit when I get to my Record Vault collection of Iron Maiden), along with some Clapton songs from various albums, plus some live Metallica and Maiden stuff which would have appeared on B sides of CD singles.
Magellan – Hour Of Restoration and Impending Ascension
When I look at the song titles, I cannot even remember a lick or a word or a vocal melody. But once upon a time, it felt important to copy this from my cousin.
Aerosmith – Get A Grip
My mate, Mofartin had it, and I copied it and it served its purpose at the time, until I purchased the CD which I have covered in my Aerosmith Record Vault post.
One of the best albums from the worst ever Rock and Roll band that ever was. Spinal Tap has nothing on these guys…