Most of you who’ve read me for a while already know that I’m a true metal warrior and have been since childhood. But every so often, I get nostalgic for music that was popular when I was young — stuff I really didn’t listen to at the time. That’s why I just purchased the MP3 version of the Bryan Adams album Reckless, which is available for a limited time for only $.99.
Besides the fact that it’s only a buck, this album, which blazed up the charts in 1985, contained hits like “Heaven,” “Summer of ’69,” “Run To You,” and “Somebody” and you know you know these songs. I mean, in 1985 I was in junior high school already going to see Iron Maiden and even I knew all these songs, even if I didn’t own the album (matter of fact, I didn’t even know the name of the album til just now) — but the songs were always on the radio. I actually got to see Bryan Adams when he played with Def Leppard a few summers ago at the ballpark near my house (a great place to see a show and cheap too!). And you know what, Bryan Adams totally rocked. Who wouldn’t thunk? Anyhow, for 99 cents, you can swing this purchase.
Here’s another steal: The Yes Album by Yes for only $5.94 — that’s less than a buck a song. Yes, it’s only 6 songs, but they go on forever, you’ll really get your money’s worth. This album is up there as one of the best classic rock albums of all time — seriously, there’s not one mediocre song on it. For those of you who know a little Yes, this is the album with “I’ve Seen All Good People” on it; for those of you who only know them from their hit “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” the songs on The Yes Album are about 1,000 times better than that.
These are great deals, but guess what? Amazon actually has like 500 mp3 songs available for FREE download. Now, I know what you think Free = Shit. But not so! I downloaded like 15 free songs, and I’m really picky about my music. I’m sure the average person would probably like at least 50 of them.
— Steve Martin “Daddy Played the Banjo”: This is a free MP3 that’s available for a limited time exclusively at Amazon. This is Steve Martin the actor/comedian and I downloaded this basically thinking it was some kind of comedy song, but I think he’s being serious — and it’s pretty good. I highly recommend this, even if it is a banjo tune.
— Sepultura “What I Do!” from the album A-lex: I haven’t listened to any newer Sepultura (the ones without Max Cavalera) though I did see the live a few years ago and it was a great show. I saw this song was offered up for FREE, so I snagged it and I dug it, I’ll probably pick up the rest of the album now. If you’re into really heavy music, Sepultura is a great choice (I personally recommend their albums Beneath The Remains and Arise).
— Various Artists So Indie It Hurts: Roir Rocks Volume One: This is a FREE album with 11 songs from various bands like The Dickies, Johnny Thunders, MC5, and The Dictators — definitely worth the 30 seconds it takes to download this.
Check out the full list of FREE SONGS currently available and let me know which ones you picked.