In reference to our new genre station Classic Rock Album Tracks…
“Classic” doesn’t have to mean listening to the same exact songs for the rest of your life. Hearing Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker” for the trillionth time inspired me to build Pandora’s Classic Rock Album Tracks station. Don’t get me wrong; I really like Steve Miller Band. But when my local classic rock radio station plays that song seven times a day…well, its sonic patina gets moldy.
I’m a dude who was born in the early ‘70s – classic rock was the soundtrack of my youth. I remember Jimmy Page’s fierce guitar riff from “Bring It On Home” cranking from my dad’s Camaro speakers; the magical accompaniment of turning over the engine of my very first car. Today, sadly, my local station thinks that playing the reggae infused “D’yer Maker” constitutes “Getting the Led out.”
The station I grew up on, KOME, was considered the very last “freeform” rock formatted station. DJs were given absolute control over what music went on the airwaves, regardless of corporate or commercial interests. Back then; radio stations actually trusted their DJs. And more importantly, so did the station’s listeners. One of my favorite jocks would sometimes play an album in its entirety. Sure, “Tom Sawyer” by Rush is a great song, but do you know what else is great? All six of the other songs comprising 1981’s Moving Pictures!
The bygone freeform radio of my youth heavily inspired the curation of Classic Rock Album Tracks. I decidedly veered away from predictable, household hits, opting for my personal faves. If today’s young rock ‘n’ rollers solely listened to computer programmed classic rock radio, they’d be prone to believe that “Brown Eyed Girl” was the only song that Van Morrison ever recorded. Since Pandora has actual human beings programming radio stations, you’ll hear some overlooked gems from albums like Astral Weeks and Veedon Fleece. Turn it up and dig all the B-sides, album cuts and songs that should have been hits.