February 8, 2011
After a brief overture that has a really cool narration, we’re treated to “Can’t Get it Out of My Head”. Whether this is simply referring to the concept of Eldorado (1974) or is one of those drug references that you find on any rock and roll album from the ’70s I’ll let you, the Reader, decide. Either way, this song is really good.
What is the concept of Eldorado (1974)? I think it is the story of a dreamer who dreams of a fantastic place called Eldorado. The dreamer wakes up at the end of the album, and wishes that he could go back because reality isn’t as nice as Eldorado. Sounds like a play on “The Wizard of Oz”, no? A quick look at the cover shows the wicked witch of the west zapping Dorothy’s iconic ruby slippers, a friend of mine told me that Sharon Osbourne did the cover. Which leaves me dreaming that somewhere out there, there’s a Black Sabbath version of Eldorado (1974). One can only dream.
“Boy Blue” follows next, with a long instrumental introduction and a some spoken word at 0:49. Well, maybe slurred is more accurate. But what is the word? Regardless, what follows is the rest of a terribly catchy song. (That’s supposed to mean ‘really catchy’. If it doesn’t, please let me know.) Next up is “Laredo Tornado”. I love the funky melody played on a keyboard. The timbre reminds me of that keyboard part on Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”. Jeff Lynne’s liner notes describe “Laredo Tornado” as “A protest song about the proliferation of concrete.” The song has a sad mood to it, and the lyrics go along with the sound, asking in the chorus “What can you do, when your dream world is gone. And your friends and lovers too.”