About Anthony Nownes
BiographyKnoxville has a plethora of thrift stores. Every week or so I visit one or more of these stores in search of treasure amongst the flotsam and jetsam. I spend most of my time sifting through racks and boxes of dusty vinyl LPs. When I find something obscure or interesting or just plain weird from the LP era, I will tell you about here in an occasional column.
07/06/2011 - current
Vanilla Fudge: 'Vanilla Fudge' (1967)
Published 03/20/2013 at 10 a.m. 1 Comment
So how does this idea sound: Let’s take bona fide pop-rock classics such as “Ticket to Ride,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” and “She’s Not There,” and play them at half-speed. This will make the songs longer, weirder, and more ...
Cheap Trick: 'Heaven Tonight' (1978)
Published 01/16/2013 at 11:02 a.m.
Cheap Trick is one of America’s greatest bands. They are criminally underappreciated. As proof, consider that Cheap Trick can’t sniff the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, even though it has inducted the likes of Donovan, Jackson Browne, and the ...
The Zombies: 'Odessey and Oracle' (1968)
Published 11/20/2012 at 10:07 a.m.
Odessey and Oracle (the lads couldn’t spell) is one of my best ever thrift-store finds. In summary, it is a blockbuster.
Ambrosia: 'Life Beyond L.A.' (1978)
Published 09/19/2012 at 10:56 a.m. 1 Comment
I’ve written previously about my affection for soft rock. To date, I have exactly zero converts to my basic view of soft rock, which is nothing more complicated than that it sometimes is enjoyable to listen to.
American Flyer: 'Spirit of a Woman' (1977)
Published 08/01/2012 at 12:14 p.m.
Music trivia is like a great Pacific Ocean garbage island in my brain—it takes up a lot of space, has a half-life of 5,000 years, and will never allow anything else to sprout up in its place. Yet sometimes the ...
The Bee Gees: 'Saturday Night Fever' (1977)
Published 06/13/2012 at 12:16 p.m. 3 Comments
Has any group in history as undeniably talented band as the Bee Gees been subject to as much derision as they have?
Neil Young's 'Time Fades Away' (1973)
Published 05/16/2012 at 12:39 p.m. 4 Comments
Every time one is tempted to dismiss Neil Young as irrelevant, he roars back with a Harvest Moon or a Prairie Wind.
MC5: 'High Time' (1971)
Published 04/11/2012 at 12:01 p.m. 1 Comment
When I found the album I thought to myself, “What kind of jackass would stuff this classic album in the Goodwill bin?” Upon reflection, however, I realized that I was the one engaging in jackassery.
Ram Jam: 'Ram Jam' (1977)
Published 02/29/2012 at 2:22 p.m.
One way to avoid the pitfalls of enduring rock stardom is to not endure. The ephemeral Ram Jam—comprising a group of guys who were thrown together by record executives and thus hardly merit the moniker “band”—preserved its place in rock ...
Spirit: '12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus' (1970)
Published 01/18/2012 at 11:16 a.m. 1 Comment
So why do I keep buying records? Because I listen to them and I enjoy having them around. Sometimes the latter is more important than the former.