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Hidden 80′s Gems – Part 2 1982

Still depressed by the fact that Mike Oldfield was now making horrible pop songs, I was still crawling around in the backrooms of the record store, trying to avoid any pictures of Michael Jackson and Duran Duran…..no just joking, had been a stream of good album in the early 80’s allready at this point, The Cure, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Simple Minds, Bowie, Talking Heads, the reformed King Crimson, made some of my all time favorite albums in this period.

1982 – Robert Plant – Pictures of Eleven
Robert Plants 1982 debut, was not as good or ”tough” as Led Zeppelin was, but I will pick that albums because that is a standart no one, NO ONE, will ever be able to hold against, anything would flop if Zeppelin was the standart to hold. Plant did in my opinion one of the best Rock albums of the early 80’s with his debut, his vocals are as good as ever, the songwriting is not bad, and sometimes you even get that Zeppelin vibe.

If I was in the mood for some, simple, straight forward, rock music of high standarts, there was not much to those from in the early 80’s, this is the one I would put on.

The Album did fairly well at the time, but if you look for it on all the ”top albums of the 80’s lists” its never there. Anyway i think is better music than Yazoo, Duran Duran or Adam Ant, unless I am dansing, and I am not dansing that many hours a day.

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Morning Dew: Nazareth, Gratefull Dead, Einstürzende Neubauten, Robert Plant, Bonnie Dobson.

Morning Dew is a folk song, but it has often been included in the repertoire of Rock bands. The song is about the last man and woman left alive after nuclear holocaust.
It first came to my attention in the early 70’s in this great, long version recorded by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, from 1971.

At that point the song was already famous and recorded in a number of variations, most notably by The Gratefull Dead, they had included it on their debut album from 1967, and continued to play it as a signature song on their shows.

German Experimental/Industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, known to use mixed metal percussion and building tools to create their noice rock, recorded another interesting version on their 1987 album “Fünf auf der nach oben offenen Richterskala”

Ex Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant, recorded Morning Dew for his 2002 solo album Dreamland, another beautiful version of the song.

The song was originally written by Canadian folk music singer and guitarist Bonnie Dobson 1961. First recorded for her 1962 live album, “At Folk City”