I stopped by my local Buyback$ (used CD/video/gaming) store last weekend, while searching for used Queen CD’s. I didn’t find any Queen; instead I found and bought the King Biscuit Flower Hour/Best Of The Best – 25 Years Of Rock. I couldn’t resist grabbing this CD right away, for I grew up listening to the King Biscuit Flower Hour and have fond memories of listening to the live concerts that this iconic FM radio show sponsored. Heck, the King Biscuit Flower Hour introduced my ears to full-length live concerts, well before I went to a real live concert! Good times.
From 7th grade through my high school years, (1978 – 1984) the King Biscuit Flower Hour introduced to me many, many Classic Rock bands that I still listen to today. From Genesis to Triumph, with America and The Kinks in-between, this CD not only takes me back on memory lane… this CD flat-out Rocks! There are 16 songs, with 16 different Classic Rock bands represented, in all of their live glory! A solid and honest production, a crisp (and often raw) sound creates an honest-to-goodness live feel which overflows from this whiz-bang CD!
Isn’t it funny, how back in the 70’s and into the 80’s the genre of Classic Rock really didn’t exist yet? Now we all group these bands and their songs into Classic Rock. Hilarious. Um, not really. This all really means I’m getting old. Then again, if my memory serves me correct, the songs from the 50’s and 60’s were called The Golden Oldies back in the 80’s. Um, yeah.
I paid $3.99 (U.S.) for this used CD. The record label is none other than: King Biscuit Flower Hour Records. The release year is printed on the actual CD as: 1998. You can buy this CD on Amazon.com; where I’ve seen 3 used copies for sale, ranging in price from $3.46 to $26.25 (U.S.). I absolutely love this CD, with The Kinks Lola, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Call Me The Breeze and Carry On Wayward Son from Kansas being grand highlights for me. The liner notes are fabulous, with 4 color and black & white band pics, a tidy history of this legendary live radio show, plus testimonials.
There is, actually, We Will Rock You by (of course) Queen on this CD, therefore, I did find Queen on this trip to Buyback$ after all. Good times. Metal be thy name. – Stone
The track list is as follows and it’s a dandy:
01 – Genesis – That’s All
02 – Queen – We Will Rock You
03 – The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
04 – Foreigner – Cold As Ice
05 – Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son
06 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Call Me The Breeze
07 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man
08 – Rush – Limelight
09 – Pat Benatar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot
10 – The Kinks – Lola
11 – America – Horse With No Name
12 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Takin’ Care Of Business
13 – Billy Squier – The Stroke
14 – Rick Derringer – Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo
15 – Triumph – Allied Forces
16 – Blondie – One Way Or Another
LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF THE KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR.
LONG LIVE CLASSIC ROCK.
LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N ROLL.