Music From The Man Cave – Introduction and “Gamma”

"Gamma" photo from the Davey Pattison Gallery:

Several months ago I was cooking breakfast for the kids.  It was a weekday morning before school and my wife was getting ready for work.  Kind of an oddity, I suppose, around our house (my wife is a chef) but on weekdays it is either me or my son who cooks breakfast.  I suppose we cook out of necessity since one of us is usually dressed and ready before the girls make it downstairs.

Anyway, I decided to have a little breakfast cooking music and put on my vinyl copy of Thin Lizzy’s “Live and Dangerous.”  One of the finest “live” albums ever released.

Yes, I know it has studio overdubs.  I don’t care.

Soon after, my wife came downstairs, looked at me, smiled and proclaimed, “You’re such a guy.”  Reflecting on that moment gave me an idea: Music from the Man Cave.  Recommendations by a guy for other guys.  Not that girls can’t listen too….

First up (we’ll get to Thin Lizzy soon, I promise) is a blast from my past.  I acquired a cassette copy of the second album from a band called Gamma, featuring Ronnie Montrose on guitar, Davey Pattison on vocals, Denny Carmassi on drums, Glen Letsch on bass and Jim Alcivar on keyboards.  This cassette spent a lot of time in my Walkman knockoff and I rediscovered it a couple years back.  It has a terrific remake of Thunderclap Newman’s “Something In The Air” but the song that I really want to recommend is called “Voyager”.  You can buy it for .99 on iTunes, or check out the YouTube clip at the bottom of this post.

“Voyager” is an amazing song Robin Trower is still kicking himself for not writing. A couple of the repeatable comments left on youtube about this song: “sublime” and “the progression is timeless.” There is so much to love about this song, from a terrific vocal performance to amazing feel on the guitar; not just blazing speed but working every note for maximum effect.  So grab your headphones, turn the lights down, send the kids away and enjoy this classic from 1980.




2 thoughts on “Music From The Man Cave – Introduction and “Gamma””

  1. I can’t get enough of this song. It’s set to repeat on my computer. The more you listen, the more you hear and the better it sounds. Go Mick!

  2. Hey you: I think this is a series Mick can wrap his big, manly, musical head around! ~ RDK

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