Ted Davis is a middle-aged husband and father who has always felt a deep connection with rock and roll. It all started when he was a kid in the 60s. That is why the man takes so much pride in his decades’ old record collection. He now has hundreds of priceless pieces of vinyl in his Weston real estate.
For starters, Live Yardbirds! Featuring Jimmy Page presents the legendary band’s 1968 performance at New York’s Anderson Theatre. Released in 1977, an unknown Jimmy Page dominates the record with an early version of “Dazed and Confused.” Of course, Ted still prefers Led Zeppelin’s version of the song on their debut record.
Besides the mighty Zeppelin, Ted has a deep appreciation for old-school Van Halen. Before they changed their lead singer more than their underwear, Diamond David Lee Roth was the undisputed king of rock after the Zeppelin landed in the early 80s. Ted claims that Fair Warning from 1981 is a modern classic that captures the young and invigorated band at their peak with timeless rhythms, such as “Push Comes to Shove” and “So This is Love.”
Another one of Ted’s favorites is The Who. The band’s vocalist’s Roger Daltry made his solo debut in 1973 with Daltry. Rather than The Who’s sonic power, the neo-hippie folk songs are matched with emotional expressiveness and some occasional overreaching orchestral arrangements. “It’s a Hard Life” and “Giving It All Away” are two of the highlights, expressing the record’s theme of loneliness. Unfortunately, Ted misses Pete Townshend’s famous windmill guitar playing when he hears the album.
Ted wasn’t always into heavy classic rock. There was a point in time when he appreciated pop. For instance, when he was a preteen, Ted’s sister got him into the Cars’ 1978 self-titled debut. Ted has always felt that the record stands as their most influential work as it shows their hungry mode, pulling out all the stops to create a hard, edgy and energetic record. The American art-rockers combined hard guitar with a spacey keyboard-driven New Wave sound with simple lyrics.
Getting a tiny bit heavier, Ted was also into Bon Jovi’s self-titled debut from 1984. The album includes the fresh “Runaway” and “She Don’t Know Me,” but Ted thinks “Love Lies” and “Burning for Love” are over the top melodic anthems. The record may not have had the sales and successes of later albums, but it is played just as loud in the man’s home for sale in Weston.
Ted even went through a little stage where he was into punk rock, ranging from the Clash to the Violent Femmes to the Johnny Rotten is one of the primary culprits behind the style and attitude that is associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s. Despite his relatively short-lived involvement in the genre, Rotten was a significant role in establishing the direction of post-punk, alternative music in the 1980s. His style is known as rebellious, yet he remained an internationally-known celebrity.
What makes Ted’s favorite works so memorable is that he discovered them all himself on the radio, as the Weston luxury homeowner received no help learning about quality music from his family.
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