Eleven quirky live tracks played at an exceptional level aided by the Vocals and Guitar Wizardry of Kim Mitchell!
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Eleven quirky live tracks played at an exceptional level aided by the Vocals and Guitar Wizardry of Kim Mitchell!
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Check out my Blogging Pal John T Snow’s One Sentence of a Rock Singer turn Crooner!
A little ways back when I reviewed Def Leppard’s 1992 release Adrenalize album it was one of those albums that was good to revisit but I had kinda moved on from it.
Here’s what I wrote..
“Up til recently I have not listened to this album in a real long time. It’s like when you bump into someone you haven’t seen in a long time and you get caught up and then move on. That’s what Adrenalize is to me!”
Another one of those albums I thought would resonate this way with me as well would be Kim Mitchell’s 1986 release Shakin’ Like A Human Being.
Now if we roll back in time. 1986 I was 18 going on 19 and in the summer of that year Akimbo dropped the Shakin album and I bought it right away on cassette tape and it became my Summer of 86 go to tape in the Sony Walkman for my bike rides to and from my job that summer in the local hospital. I very seldom bought tapes. It was always vinyl so…….
The fact that Kim was riding high with the current single Patio Lanterns in the charts as well as the album selling like hotcakes! (Shakin is certified triple platinum in Canada). Plus Kim was bringing his 1986 Tour to Tbay at our local Gardens that summer as well was another score! (I reviewed that show a ways back)
So yeah to make a long story even longer this cassette got played to death. Once the end of summer came and Kim’s Arena rock show passed I was onto other albums. One being Iron Maiden’s Somewhere In Time release which came out in September of 86 and derailed my school studies for that month as I was staring at that cover when spinning it continuously like a lunatic when I would get home from another hard day of academic studies!
86 had some stellar releases as in Maiden/Van Halen/Judas Priest/Dave Roth/Bon Jovi/AC/DC with Who Made Who/Boston/ZZ Top/RATT and I’m sure many more so eventually Shakin slipped through the cracks and got replaced by my listening buds with all the above bands and others as well!
Perhaps one reason was that over time my go to Kim albums are the superb excellent 5 song Ep from 1981 and 1984’s Akimbo Alogo record that has Kim blazing huge ball’s of sonic mastery on his 6 string. In other words the Master of his own Domain! Ha…
Shakin though is a different record. Opener Get Lucky Boys & Girls is as good as an opener Kim track as any. Great driving bass line/drums synced with Kim’s guitar and his cool laid back rock voice make this an absolute winner! Second track In my Shoes features drummer Paul Delong smacking those tom’s like no one’s business! Almost a ZZ Top like Afterburner synth sound pushes this albums tracks as well
Kim’s rock tracks on this albums are excellent. Thats The Hold/Hitting The Ground and the very quirky City Girl (with the line of “City Girl likes to keep her Meatloaf warm”) Keeps the Kim Rock Machine rolling at full tilt.
Basically its the other 5 tracks that take this album into a whole other level which I can say I was a noob towards for what…31 years!
Yeah there was the goofy Easy To Tame video. Alana Loves Me which the song does pick up speed in the chorus along with Peter Fredette’s backing vocals. Speaking of which Peter is a great vocal foil for Kim’s laid back rock voice at times. Patio Lanterns the mid tempo track that MuchMusic played the heck out of the video back in 86 as well picks up some steam in its chorus as well. Cameo Spirit a great track featuring some real good backing vocals makes this album take another sonic turn one in which you don’t expect! In Your Arms that leads off Side 2 features Kim picking a clean sound guitar and this song borders on a mid tempo like summer breeze. A whole different vibe here folks. Actually the whole second side is one big chill pill except for City Girl and Hitting The Ground.
Pye Dubois writes all the lyrics while Mitchell handles the music end of things and this partnership lasted for a real long time from Kim’s old band Max Webster through to RockLandWonderland I believe. (Actually for all Max Webster/Kim solo questions ask Mikey Ladano as he’s a great source of this stuff)
Revisiting this album 31 years later and checking the lyrics out a little more closely this album is dripping with a ton of lost love in its words. Holy Hell whose disaster of a relationship ended up as the main source of inspiration on this album? Kim or Pye? Yikes….! As shitty as life can be at least Alana Loves Me! Ha!
So after all those years away and once I seen this album in Montreal it was a no brainer to pick up!
An album that for all intent and purposes I filed away as a couple of great tracks ends up being full of Great Tracks! Basically one of those good to see you’s followed by an actually great to see ya!
Thats Shakin Like A Human Being!
I know I know I said yesterday I was out of here for a few weeks but I thought I had better review this weekends shows and strike while the iron’s hot! Once these 3 Day/ Nights are reviewed I will be on holidaze….
Pics done by D.S.P.S (Deke’s Shitty Photography Skills)
You have to hand it to the press in this town as the Headline’s read this morning”New Attendance Records Set” Well how about a whoop D who F’in cares. The organisers of this Festival go through this song and dance all the time with the amount of people strolling through their gates.
Hey man do you think for a moment the press has to pay to get in? (Grease more palms please) . We paid and after my last post or should I say rant let’s see whats happening down at the old waterfront where the Festival takes place! Birch Tree’s included!
Now as I make my return to this festival after a 4 year sabbatical will it be a better experience for myself and Suzi or will it be “Meh!”
A few acts had already played by the time we got there which was pretty much when Kim Mitchell was about to take the stage and Akimbo still at around or over the age of 60 can bend those six strings and when the sun is shining and you open your set with Lager & Ale followed by Rocklandwonderland you know you are gonna have the crowd on your side.
Kim over the years has built up an impressive solo catalogue of material as well as from his 70’s act Max Webster to which if I’m correct Kim and crew went 4 songs in this set with Webster material! (I can hear Mikey Ladano saying “WHAT!” ) High Class In Borrowed Shoes/Check/Diamonds Diamonds/Paradise Skies. Props to Kim for shaking up the set list as he could have totally played it safe but choose to dig deep in the rock vault.
Kim also told the story of “technical issues” when he opened for Boston (Which I reviewed a ways back) and saying that Boston guitarist Tom Scholz had issues with his equipment that he monkeyed around with for about 4 hours! Quirky…comes to mind…..
Course some great Kim solo tracks were played like That’s A Man a real stripped down borderline acoustic country like rendition of Easy To Tame. The band than rock’s it up with I Am A Wild Party.
All We Are featuring long time sidekick Bassist Peter Fredette was a standout as I have always loved the vocal trade off between the Pete and Kim on this song.
To top it off comes more blazing Rock Guitar in the form of Rock N Roll Duty and final tune Go For Soda! Just some good ol fashioned hard rock nuggets with a ton of excellent axemanship on the six string left the crowd wanting more.
To which Kim and the boys headed back to the stage and ended there set with the mega hit Patio Lanterns.
Kim at this stage showed up and rocked it out as well as not playing it safe with his set list!
Atta Boy Akimbo!
This fella below needs to Go For Soda!
Next up was the Sam Roberts Band. These cats I have heard tons of on the local radio and in Canada they sell a ton of albums. First things first I do not own any of these guy’s music so I will tread carefully with this one.
For starters there all clean-cut dudes from my vantage point who can play their instruments but the first three songs played to me sounded like one big tune that just floated about in the air down at the festival. Kinda U2’ey in spots. Fair enough as a lot of folks here are into them.
Sam did say that by being in Tbay it would be a great time to play the tune An American Draft Dodger In Thunder Bay. I will give him a ton of props for really making a move to make me notice!
Course the biggie rock radio tracks like Were All In This Together and Brother Down did totally resonate with me and they are well crafted rock tracks.
To end the set Kim Mitchell joined the Roberts band and they from which I suppose did some collaborating and Kim once again laid down some guitar law. Pretty cool end of the set jam out!
Sam Roberts was good and perhaps I should give this dude some listens. But as I stated earlier he sells a ton of music and has his own Beer Line… Lets put it this way my good pal CHUCK D at one point asked “Who are we clapping For?” Haha…
Amanda Marshall was the closer for night one of the Festival. She showed up with a pretty decent light show and a real good 5 piece backing band but for some reason her pacing of the concert was left to be desired. Amazing that she has not put out any new recorded material since 2001 yet her 3 albums all sold well in Canada so I assume its comeback time.
Her set started off pretty rockin and no doubt the lady can still sing and she has a ton of airplay here in Thunder Bay.
Everybodys Got A Story is a pretty cool tune about Tattoos and Booze and well its a song about when shit happens. But for some reason the set kinda limped along a little on the light side of things for my liking. Amp it up Amanda as you do have the vocals and the stage presence….
So Day 1 is in the books…
So shall we do a rating system like I did last year when me and Suzi went to Rock The Fort?
Ok let’s do this…
Suzi’s Score –
Kim Mitchell ..7/10 ( Suzi deducted One point for Guitar Wanking…hahaha… but she did add that was personal preference)
Sam Roberts Band- 5/10 ( no comment)
Amanda Marshall-5/10 ( Sound had too much bass)
dEkE’s Two Cents…
I agree with the Boss’s score on this show. The Festival Organisers would call this a diverse bill. I call it that yes but Kim Mitchell should have headlined this night as Kim has that driving loud guitar rock along with a mix of good ol fashioned Beer Drinking Tune’s that spike Beer sales! I can’t really say that about the other two acts. Albeit good acts in regards to musicianship and vocals but lacking in the pace department!
Up Next Day 2……
That Ol Quirky Baseball Cap A Wearing and Guitar shredding(with Class) genius Kim Mitchell put out this shortie of a 8 track(two new studio album tracks make up part of the 8) Live album in the summer of 1990.
Opener I Am A Wild Party is a great rock track period! Crank the video posted as this reek’s 1990 Good times in Loud Rock mixed With Beers and it’s plain out fun rock!
That’s The Hold is track number 2 and Live Track Number 1 and this is where Kim and his pals including long serving bassist Peter Fredette shine. This song just cooks and what a Grade A Crash Course in writing a damn Catchy Chorus! During the guitar solo on this track Kim takes off sonically into a whole other stratosphere!
The Two Best Ever Akimbo Drinking tunes are neatly wrapped up here in Go For Soda and Lager And Ale. While Biggie solo tune All We Are features that great vocal from Fredette is included as well!
Kim doesn’t forget about his latest release at the time RocklandWonderland as he gives us his Rock N Roll Duty while creating a Buzz Buzz Buzz!
The only drag is this album is so short!
From The Boston Website: “The tour will kick off June 06, 2008 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.”
I was going to post this at a later time but Mikey Ladano asked for it …Here it is Mikey!
So Boston starts there 2008 Summer Tour in Good OL Thunder Bay! Whut?? The powers that be were bringing Boston/Kim Mitchell and Eddie Money right into my backyard!
I’m there Folks as Boston especially with the first three albums(the Debut/Don’t Look Back and Third Stage) were all mega sellers as well to hear with my own ears Mastermind Tom Scholz play those huge ramped up Boston Power Chords live.
Add Tom to my list of hearing the greats live! Boom Done!
So this tour marks the debut of singer Tommy DeCarlo whom Boston rescued from Home Depot (Tommy’s job) and plunked him on stage to sing the Late Great Brad Delps vocals. Micheal Sweet (Stryper) was also added to the band to compliment DeCarlo vocally and play guitar as well. The last time I seen Boston Guitarist Gary Phil play live was when Gary was slinging 6 string for Sam Hagar back in 1984 and here’s Gary in Boston since something like 1986 when Sam bolted to those wacky Dutch Bros who call themselves Van Halen.
I still recall people griping about the ticket price being $75! Seriously? Even though this show took place in 2008 for $75 it’s Boston for Fucks Sake! Than again people complained about paying $50 to see R.E.M in Tbay back in 2003….Seriously People?!
This show took place outside down by our Waterfront so come show day Friday June 6th. We had rain, a ton of rain. When I woke up that morning it was raining hard and after I checked my basement to make sure we weren’t flooded my second thought was “No way is there gonna be a show tonight!” My wife Sue who along with 4 of our friends were going with us seconded that statement saying there was no way at 630 am with the rain pounding down/the sky black that in any way shape or form would the show be a go.
Even at 11 am it was still pouring but by early afternoon it stopped the sky kinda broke (though it remained cloudy) the winds picked up. As you can see by the video of Peace Of Mind that I posted you can see the trees blowing in the background…..
Anyways word on the street was the show was still a go! So at show time due to the stage and grounds being drenched and everything being pushed back in time Eddie Money was axed from the bill. I heard two versions of why Eddie didn’t play …
One was he graciously stepped aside and let the Great Kim Mitchell play his set due to everything being pushed back by the rain….
Second was that the Money Man was all pickled up back at the hotel and was no where ready to perform….
Who knows but I like the second story …more Rock like!
Kim Mitchell came out and was playing by the time we got there and it was to the front of the stage stat where Kim assaulted my hearing with his tunes. Still recall Battle Scar pounding my ear lobes. From what I recall as well Akimbo had his set cut as well due to the crummy weather….
Tom Scholz appears and does his intro to Rock N Roll Band and were off! Here’s Boston with ton of gear and the on Tom’s side of the stage his trusty ol Hammond..
The Tunes Heard That Night…
Rock & Roll Band
Peace of Mind
Long Time Segue
Cool the Engines
Don’t Look Back
More Than a Feeling
Something About You
Walk On (Some More)
Don’t Be Afraid
To Be a Man
Hitch a Ride
Foreplay / Long Time
I Had a Good Time
Yup that’s Greatest Hits Set List if I ever seen one!
It was real cool to hear Scholz play live as his Guitar tone sounds exactly the same as it does in the studio! You can hear that Tom Sound at the end of the Peace Of Mind clip with those big booming power chords! Too bad the sound is kinda mucky but that is due to the winds but props to the person who filmed this.
There’s a few other clips from Boston’s Tbay show More Than A Feeling (9 minutes long)is posted on Tubes Of You as is Amanda(no offence to anyone but I cannot handle that track)…
Course a ton from the first three albums are played with some dabbling in the later day Boston albums. Something About You & Feelin Satisfied were knocked out as well and you could say are my two favourite Boston tracks ever!
Boston was great and if they ever roll through town again I would definitely check them out but of course I heard rumblings that there was some prima donna behaviour goings on with some of the Boston entourage and who knows it may be bullshit but at the time of the show it didn’t matter as at least they showed up…..
You all want a crash course in great Guitar Playing? Look no further than this 1982 Five Song Gem released by Akimbo himself which was his first crack at being a solo artist after Kim split from Max Webster.
Kim pulls no punches with his guitar as it’s just Guitar/Bass And Drums and this EP Kicks serious ass! There is not a Patio Lattern in site!
The 5 tracks that make up the EP are all hard hitters and for my money this is some of perhaps the best of Kim’s career and he’s made some good rock n roll records.
Cast Of Characters Kim Mitchell( Awesome Guitar&Vocals),Paul Delong(Drums) Robert Sinclair Wilson(Bass) and Peter Fredette(Backing Vocals) Pye Dubois(Lyrics)
Kids In Action sets the bar real high with Akimbo just riffing all over the map in between bursts of a real good verse and a flat-out super-duper chorus which is just GOLD!( Dave Roth recorded Kids In Action for his Eat Em And Smile Album but bumped it off in favour of Tobacco Road) Course Kim has Peter Fredette who is still Kim’s sidekick in his band today who provides his great backing vocals to Kim’s lead vocals. The Video posted of this tune is from 1984 watch Kim take the solo to the moon and back at the 2 minute 49 second spot! Kids this is how you solo and play flash but keep everything in check and in Action!
You gotta just love tunes when they start off with a real cool guitar riff and Bam theres cowbell added to the mix! Miss Demeanor is a real cool rock track and how about a shout out to the mix and production of this album. Drums and Bass are mixed awesome and Kim on this track is on Fire! Take a bow Jack Richardson and Kim on twiddling the knobs on this short little classic.
Big Best Summer starts off with a wallop of heavy bass and Kim locked in with DeLongs drums. Quick burst of energy from Kim’s guitar leads this track into super coolness. Posted the vid and why not? I should have posted all 5 tracks seriously….
Cool that Canadian Kim can inner channel some Urban Mississippi into his guitar playing and the song that results is Tennessee Water. A real zippy fast cool track that features Robert and Paul jamming in the middle parts of the tune before Kim dials in his strat and rocks into another zone. Kim sings the line of Looking For The Good Life In Between All The Clatter,Tonight I’m At The Bojar Grill And They’re Only Serving Up Tennessee Water,We Gotta Turn The Party Down We Only Got Til Tomorrow,So Pop Them Corks Mothers And Start Drinking The Tennessee Water…
Chain Of Events closes out the Ep in a chill kinda way and what better way to end the album with a different kind of vibe. Its still rock but lets say cool rock with Kim’s cool laid back rock voice. Chain Of Events is a fitting end to a monster EP…
Wowzers….This was really back in 1983 my intro to Kim Mitchell and talk about setting the bar high! This is Akimbo Unleashed with just his guitar and cool rock voice and he slays man! This is pre Alana Loves Me and Easy To Tame. This is guitar cranked way up in the mix to lay down the law…(this album is hard to find but iTunes does have it)
Don’t believe me? Ha …Listen to Paul Gilbert( Mr Big) and big time rock guitar guru speak highly of Mitchells albums( especially this EP),songs. Paul even plays snippets of his tunes in this short little 2 minute clip I posted..Cool Stuff….
It still kinda freaks me out that everyone has been Very supportive of my scribblin’ and bullshittin and trust me it’s pretty cool to get props. But along the way I’ve had people request a few things and my pal from work DaBrun said ‘when you doing Akimbo?’ And well a new category is added here at Arena Rock …..Request Of Vinyl Is the new category!
1984 and guitar hero rock is huge! VH especially EVH with the 1984 release bring it home and than some,but in the Canadian backwoods Kim Mitchell is crafting a solid piece of rock n roll himself and it shows to me that you can grow a skullet,wear a cap and still play a mean rock guitar! Akimbo Alogo it is….
Ladies and Gentlemen,shall we……
GO FOR SODA- if you were my age in 1984 16 going 17 you heard this tune! Nobody hurts nobody cries! might as well……Kim throws it down on the first tune and we’re all onboard..all of us..Tbone/Mucc/JackLoaf? I mean how the hell can you not be!? Muchmusic played the snot out of this video and I was ok for every sap vid they played at least you knew Akimbo and his crew would make us Go For A Soda eventually!
THATS A MAN- cool opening and the Kim and the Akimbos keep the party going with Kim telling everyone in attendance What it takes to be a Man! Kim and Pye Dubois sure crafted some clever funky lyrics! Great solo and riff alomg with drums and bass.
ALL WE ARE- big time song at the time of its release along with the video and man Kim tells the world what a great foil in Peter Fredette he has on rhythm guitar and keys! So much so that when Kim played here in Tbay a few summers backs at a festival (I’m not plugging this festival as its a poorly run operation especially the VIP packages that were offered) but when Kim sauntered on stage he spoke a few words said his voice was shot and that Peter Fredette would be handling all the lead vocals! The dude came up in spades he pulled off all the Akimbo hits and Kim just wailed on his guitar man,great show! Back in 84 though Fredette nails the big backing vocal on this track and for a synthey sounding track its a keeper here at Arena Rock friends !
DIARY FOR ROCK N ROLL MEN-guitar,drums and bass drive this tune along with super cool catchy chorus! Kim and the boys know how to write catchy hooks and this is one of em!
LOVE TIES-kinda of to my ears anyways,this is the sign of the times sounding 1984ish track and it’s still a good track but on this stellar album it falls a little short to me anyways!
FEEL IT BURN-Kim sez “hey you don’t have to come ripping out of the gates on side 2 like your pants are on fire kinda tune!” No sir! This song is smooth and damn catchy! Great production on this album by Nick Blagona as well! He makes the album sound crisp even to this day! Well written and played track!
LAGER AND ALE- Holy Sheeeeeit this song really gets going and man the story of it is classic! We can all relate to the line at least once(and for many in our lifetime more than once!) “I got decisions to be made between Lager and Ale!”….and “Hope you’ll nod at this drunken bar slob! Cuz I’m ready …willing and able!” Man this song just rips into the 80s party lifestyle! Ha…love the drums and bass plowing and forging a path of Rock for Kim To lay down some real cool axe work! Plus to top it off Akimbo sez ‘I’ll pay for the bar tab even the taxi cab off to my to my hotel we’ll wallow!” Get this song and crank it now! Crank the video posted above! Dooooooo it! A classic!
RUMOUR HAS IT- the party just keeps on going and well this is right up there as one of my all time fav Akimbo tunes! The drums just come out of the gates kicking down the door and we’re off! Kim does some real tasty guitaring in this track and man sidekick Pete lays down a great lead vocal and holy shit entering the Top 10 of all time Deker fav guitar solos is the masterpiece axe work layed down by Kim on this this tune! He wails man! Check this out! It’s on iTunes for $1.29 buy the friggin thing will Ya! No don’t! Just buy the whole damn album for $9.99!
CAROLINE- Kim after rocking our socks off with the two previous gems slows the pace back a little with this song! Great track and it just shows the diversity of rock on this record!
CALLED OFF- what a great title for 1984 and for being in high school at the time of this release! Called Off sure it could be about ending your relationship with someone in high school or Called Off as in the soccer game is cancelled due to lightening strikes or Called Off due to Kim saying this record is done man! Wow man great last track to well a classic record!
IN CONCLUSION-Akimbo Alogo is pure Solid Gold and I ain’t talking about that 70s funkey show either! I’m talking about Kim throwing done some classic good hard rock with Pye Dubois doing the lyrics and Kim and the boys doing the rest! One of the all time greats here folks!