Thursday, September 30, 2010

Day 60

Jackson Browne- Late For The Sky

This album is so good, I played it twice. It's all downhill from here for Jackson Browne week! So maybe I'm way off in saying this, but you know how Wilco is sometimes referred to as America's answer to Radiohead? Well, was Jackson Browne ever referred to as America's answer to Van Morrison back in the day? That's the vibe I felt listening to this record. I've been a big Morrison fan for quite awhile, but this week is serving up my Jackson Browne education. I really only knew his hit songs. Why "Late For The Sky" isn't played on classic rock radio like "Running On Empty" is something I'll never understand. It's simply put, an amazingly beautiful song. I know I have a few more of his records to get through, but I highly doubt that that song will be surpassed as my favorite of his.
Another thing about this record that I loved is David Lindley's guitar playing. Dude is just smooth. I've always known his name, but have never heard any of his solo stuff. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for them now.

Here's a clip of "Late For The Sky" so you can judge it for yourself regarding it's awesomeness.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day 59

Jackson Browne- For Everyman

My first reaction to this album after it was over was surprise at how short it is. Couldn't have been more than forty minutes. That's fine though, the songs for the most part are pretty good. I did find it pretty ridiculous to lead off with "Take it Easy" on an album soon after it was a hit for The Eagles. I know he co-wrote it and all, but still.
Overall, I really like this album. Only one song that I found pretty dull which was, "I Thought I Was A Child". But, that was followed by maybe the strongest song on the album, "These Days", which was also covered by Nico and Gregg Allman. Other highlights were "Red Neck Friend" and the title track which closes the album.
Looking at the liner notes, he's got an impressive list of players on this record. David Lindley, Jim Keltner, Don Henley, Joni Mitchell, and Bonnie Raitt to name a few.
I still like his debut album better, but this is a nice follow up. I'm really looking forward to listening to Late For The Sky tomorrow night since Allmusic and Rolling Stone both gave it five stars.

Here's a video of him performing "These Days" on AOL Sessions in 2002.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Day 58

Jackson Browne- Jackson Browne a.k.a. Saturate Before Using

To quote my buddy Chris, "Welcome to Jackson Browne Week!" I have seven Jackson Browne records- eight if buy The Pretender this week. I actually thought I owned that, but I guess not. Weird.
I only recently got on a Jackson Browne vinyl kick. I was listening to the radio one morning and "Doctor My Eyes" came on and I thought, I gotta get that record. Always thought that was a really cool tune. So sure enough, we have it at Waterloo for .99 cents. Really .68 cents when you count my discount. How do I pass that up? Well I really dug this record and that led to me snatching up the other 6 rather quickly. Although I haven't listened to them like I have this record.
I'm sure Jackson Browne isn't for everybody and I'm possibly opening myself up to some ridicule from friends for having so much for his catalog, but I think he's a great songwriter and I love his voice. I am afraid those records in the 80's might suck though. I don't recognize any of the song titles on Lives in the Balance at all and he looks kind of creepy on the cover. Wasn't this his "I'm gonna do a lot of drugs and all beat the shit out of Daryl Hannah" period? (Allegedly). Guess we can get into that more when I get to that one.
This album I dig a lot. Opening track "Jamaica Say You Will" is a great opening number and I really can't say any of these songs are bad. I'm really a big fan of his lyrics. Especially on Side 2 opener, "Something Fine". That's a pretty sad song, and I love sad songs.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Day 57

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians- Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars

It's hard to believe this album came out 22 years ago. Growing up in Dallas, me and my friends were all about New Bohemians. This album especially brings back a lot of good memories of my old friends Naomi and Jessica Stewart. I don't think I'll ever be able to listen to this album and not think of the sisters. And it was cool too, that even though we didn't personally know the New Bo's, we sure felt like we did and we were certainly proud that a Dallas band got so much national exposure. It really felt like the Dallas local scene really took off for awhile at that point. Well, it did for me at least, being 16 and all and not knowing any better.
All of a sudden, you had great bands like Ten Hands, The Buck Pets, Pop Poppins, Course of Empire, etc. I remember seeing youngsters Rhett Miller and David Garza around this time too. 1988-1991 was really my only favorite period out of the 11 years I lived in Dallas, and the music, with New Bohemians leading the way, had a lot to do with that.

So yeah, this album is definitely a keeper. To me, it still sounds as good now as it did 22 years ago. I wonder if Naomi or Jessica are on Facebook...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Day 56

Soundtrack- The Breakfast Club

I think the idea of owning this record is cooler than it really is. Maybe because the movie is so good, you expect the soundtrack to match, but really all you have is the Simple Minds tune everyone knows and a bunch of crap.
Is it just me or did Elizabeth Daily a.k.a. E.G. Daily end up on every teen comedy soundtrack in the 80's? There is a reason why her music career never took off. She blows. The only other big name band on here is Wang Chung. That song sucks too. Then you have a bunch of no names like Jesse Johnson, Karla Devito, and Joyce Kennedy. I hope the latter three thank John Hughes everyday for putting them on the soundtrack. There are also 4 instrumentals and they aren't too bad. Mostly it brings back memories of a scene from the movie.
I'm sitting here listening to this and debating whether I should keep it. Right now, I'm leaning towards yes until I get some Simple Minds on vinyl with "Don't You (Forget About Me)" on it. I won't ever put this record on again other than that one tune.
Here's an Elizabeth "EG" Daily video. Not from this album, but her big "hit" back in the 80's.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day 55

Brahms- Concerto in D Major for violin and orchestra, Op. 77
Bread- The Best of Bread

I'm beginning to think I have too many classical records. This is at least the third or fourth so far. It wasn't all that bad though. I turned it up loud and cleaned up the apartment. Nice background nice, actually. It's good to keep some classical on hand, but maybe after I've gone through all my records, I'll donate some to Goodwill or something.

I really dig this Bread record. I've listened to it a few times. Like I mentioned before, I'm a fan of the soft rock and you can't get any softer than Bread. I don't think I need to get any of their catalog though. This has 12 of their best up to '73. If anything, I'll be on the lookout for The Best of Bread Vol. II.
On another note, I was stoked to finally find Grateful Dead's American Beauty lp. I'm not a deadhead by any means, but I have always loved that album and have been looking for it on vinyl for ages. Think I'm gonna put it on now.

Here's a clip of Bread doing "Baby I'm-a Want You" live.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Day 54

David Bowie- Space Oddity

I can't say that I was ever a big Bowie fan. Now that I'm older, I can definitely get into his stuff from the 60's and 70's, but my first introduction to Bowie was "China Girl" and well, enough said. Every song that became a video for MTV of off the Let's Dance album blew so it was easy for me to hate the guy. And then he was married to that Iman chick and I couldn't stand her either. Then he had to go on and do that Tin Machine crap. So you can understand why it took me a while to appreciate early Bowie. And that really didn't happen until my 30's. Yeah I was that stubborn.
I definitely plan on searching for more of his pre Let's Dance records. This one here is really good. "Cygnet Committee" is a nice long tune. I'm one of the few people I know that enjoy really long songs. Which is funny because I hate all those crappy jam bands. Well that's all I got to say about Bowie. Here's the Flight of the Conchords doing the Bowie song: Too funny.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 53

Boston- Third Stage

Wow, I don't remember "Amanda" being that cheesy when I was 14! I guess it's been a really long time since I've heard the song. I wonder how many dudes back in '86 who had been waiting 8 years for the next Boston album heard that and thought, "really?" I was too young to think that. I freakin' loved that song back then.
One thing that strikes me as odd is why they would have that be the opening number and not "We're Ready" which is a stellar tune. I'd hope the record company is too blame for that mistake. And what the hell? Why is "Amanda" and "My Destination" the same song? Were they running out of ideas but still really wanted another ballad? First track on Side 2 is called "To Be A Man" and the chorus is "What does it take to be a man?" Not writing crappy n' sappy songs like this would be a good start.
I don't know why, but all these memories of hanging out at Collin Creek Mall in Plano, TX are flashing back listening to this record. Maybe I bought it on cassette there. At least I did get to see Boston on this tour at the Texxas Jam in '87. I think it was there second gig of the tour and it was pretty amazing. I had never seen so many lighters lit up at one time for the ballads. Really was a sight to see.
No video on the post. Don't think it's necessary for three Boston videos in a row.
On another note, if you've been reading this blog regularly, I'm not going to backtrack anymore if I buy an album that I've already passed in the alphabet. Instead I'm going to listen to my entire collection as is and after I listen to that last ZZ Top record, I'll go back and blog the other records I've bought along the way. This blog is going to go on forever!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Day 52

Boston- Don't Look Back

I just got back from The Pixies show, so it's a bit weird to come home from that and immediately put on a Boston record. At least they are from the same town though right?
Last night I said I had a hard time deciding which of the first two Boston albums I liked better. Well, it's definitely the first one. I think it's the crappiness of a song like "A Man I'll Never Be" that seals the deal. Plus this album is super short. Only 8 songs, and "The Journey" is really just a minute long instrumental intro for "It's Easy". I read that Tom Scholz listens to "The Journey" every night before going to bed. Weird. Whatever helps you sleep, buddy.

Man, Brad Delp looks awesome in this video. RIP

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day 51

Boston- Boston

I have a really beat up copy that surprisingly plays great. That's all that really matters to me. Tonight's the first of three Boston records in a row, which is going to be tough to do. Not because I hate Boston (I love them) but I just finished my long 15 hour day today, I have The Pixies show tomorrow night and a softball doubleheader on Thursday. I'll find the time to squeeze listening to one album each night though. Ever since I improved the look of this blog, I've been re-energized about it.
For about the first 45 days or so, I really wasn't telling very many people about it. I didn't think anyone would care or would think it was stupid. But I've gotten a lot of positive responses about it so I decided to let everyone know by posting it on Facebook. I guess that has me pumped up about it too. Maybe my friends are just pulling my leg saying they like it, but I'm going to tell myself that they really do think it's cool.
For this record, like I said I love Boston. How can you not? It's really hard for me to say which record I like better: this one or Don't Look Back. I also have Third Stage, but everyone knows that's kind of meh. Without looking it up yet, I'm really curious how many songs on this record were singles. Just looking at the track listing, it seems like every single one of these tracks can be heard at anytime on Classic Rock radio.
Too hard for me to say what my favorites are. Of course "More Than A Feeling" is up there. Is there a better opening song on a debut album? But I've always really dug "Smokin'" and "Something About You" also. Regardless this is definitely a record any lover of Classic Rock should own.
Here's a video of Boston circa 2008 doing "More Than A Feeling" with Michael Sweet from Stryper and that dude who worked at Home Depot who posted videos on youtube of him singing like Brad Delp. I guess Scholz saw it and hired him. Dude can sing alright, but you should have called it quits after Delp died, Scholzie.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Day 50

Blue Rodeo- Outskirts

Welcome to the all new 1000 Days of Vinyl blog! I hope you like it! Thanks to my buddy Fagan for suggesting I include album cover art and to my girlfriend Jessica for the pic and background. It really was looking pretty boring. I figured adding video would be cool too. Man, I look all official and stuff now!

I have been looking for this record for it seems like forever. Finally, (FINALLY!) found it at Half Price Books on Sunday for only $3. It's in really good shape too. Glad I decided to stop by Half Price on my way to watch the Packers game.
I'm a huuuuge Blue Rodeo fan and this just might have been the most excited I've been finding a record I've been hunting for. Now I just need to find their second album, Diamond Mine. I don't think their third, Casino, came out on vinyl, but I could be wrong about that. Anybody know where I you can find a list of every album that was released or re-released on vinyl? It'd be a really cool resource to have.
Hope you are enjoying the videos. Let me know if you are finding them annoying. Thanks!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day 49

Armored Saint- March Of The Saint

I picked this one up at the same time I got the Ryan Adams EP I listened to yesterday. If you have been reading this daily, you'll know that I already wrote up Delirious Nomad and had nothing but good things to say about that one. Well, this record is even better. March of the Saint is their debut full length. I'd love to get my hands on their first EP, Armored Saint. As I said before, Armored Saint is seriously underrated. I remember the first time seeing the video for "Can U Deliver" on Headbangers Ball and being seriously excited about this new and awesome metal band. They looked totally bad ass in their armored gear. I had to have been around 11 or 12 when this album first came out. I had it on cassette tape. You gotta love the back cover with the dudes being on motorcycles ready to fuck shit up.
I'd love to see these guys get on one of the big thrash bills that are going around. I keep reading interviews with Slayer or Megadeth and they comment about how great it is to see the young fans out in the crowd. But do these fans know Armored Saint? They really should.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day 48

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals- Follow The Lights

This is an EP that Ryan Adams put out back in 2007 after his Easy Tiger record came out. I think at first it was only an Itunes release and that's where I originally got it. But today, I was shopping in Waterloo and decided to flip through the Ryan Adams section and was pleasantly surprised to find this in there for only $6.99. This EP has been one of my favorite Ryan Adams releases throughout his career. I used to play the first two tracks, "Follow The Lights" and "My Love For You Is Real" over and over on my Ipod. Side 1 also ends with a killer version of Alice in Chains' "Down In A Hole".
Now that I'm listening to this again, I'm wanting to get more of his stuff on vinyl so expect a string of his albums here on this blog over the next few weeks. I'll probably get Demolition next since we had it at the store for only $10.99. Not a bad price at all for a record.

Day 47

Boris with Merzbow- Rock Dream

Recorded live in Tokyo in 2006, this is a 3 LP trip fest. Seriously wish I still smoked weed when I listen to this. I'm not going to waste my time trying to describe this album to non Boris/Merzbow fans. Majority of people probably wouldn't dig this album, but I do.
Pretty cool too that Southern Lord only pressed 3800 of these and my buddy got me one for my birthday this year. This is I think the 4 or 5th time I've put it on since, but it's the first time I'm doing it from start to finish in one sitting. Glad it's Friday night!
The first track alone, "Feebacker" is 35 minutes long. Most of the whole albums that came out in the 60's and 70's aren't that long.
Should be cool though. Planning on staying up late and playing some video games while I listen to the rest of this again.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day 46

Tommy Bolin- Private Eyes

Man, what a guitar player. You gotta be in order to replace Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple right? Such a shame he had to die so young at 25. I really wonder if he would have become a household name ala Clapton if he'd stuck around.
I've listened to this album a few times since getting it. It's not a great record by any means, but you could hear the potential that was starting to form as a songwriter and vocalist. I've mainly listened to this a few times for his guitar playing. Dude really was incredible.
But I also dude how this album has that typical 70's vibe. Some tunes are r&b, some tunes are rockers, some tunes sound like soft rock jams. But it all comes together really well.
I found this record for a buck and I'm sure you can too. It's weird though that I haven't come across his first album Teaser anywhere yet though.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day 45

The Black Angels- Phosphene Dream

This just came out yesterday and they did an instore at Waterloo. Place was packed and they were great. I fanboyed out and got them all to sign my record.
So not only is the album their best, but the packaging and design is incredible. Best I've ever seen. It's nice to see bands really give this a lot of care and thought. The artwork by Wes Wilson is fantastic.

I look forward to listening to this album over and over again. That is all, I'm going to kick back and enjoy the rest of this record.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Day 44

Bodeans- Home

Last Bodeans record I have. I'm pretty sure only the first 3 were released on vinyl. Now this is the album that introduced me to the band so it will always be special to me. I remember just getting my license and driving around listening to 94.5 The Edge in Dallas and the song "You Don't Get Much" came on. I was hooked instantly. I still love that song so much. It would definitely go in my Top 10. I know most people say it's a U2 ripoff, but so what? Maybe it is. They did just get off tour with them before this album came out.
I also think this is the album where they grew lyrically. Maybe that was some U2 influence also. Kurt Neumann's guitar playing really started to stand out on this record too. Especially on the track "Good Work".
Ok, last night I said Outside Looking In was my favorite Bodeans record, but now that I'm listening to Home again, I'm going to switch and say it's this one. Just so many memories of being a teenager are popping up listening to this record. This record literally could be my High School soundtrack on it's own. Even a lot of memories of my Dad with this album too. He loved the song "Beaujolais" and would want to play it over and over again when we were in the car.
One time the Bodeans were playing a free show in Downtown Dallas, and my Dad took me down there to go. Unfortunately, it was raining that night and they moved it indoors and I couldn't get in because I was only 16 or 17 at the time. Sucked, but I remember thinking that my Pop was really cool for doing that. To this day, every time I go to a Bodeans show, I think of my Dad and wish we had the opportunity to see them together. That would have been special.
Ha! Just read what I typed and I should let you know that my Dad hasn't passed away, he and my Mom live in Japan so chances are pretty slim that we can go to a concert together.
Alright, one last thing I'll say about this record is where I found it. Breakaway Records was having a blowout $1 sale and I found this in the bins still factory sealed. Shit yeah!
And now back to the Chiefs vs. Chargers game....

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Day 43

Bodeans- Outside Looking In

Ok, this is my favorite Bodeans record. It's where they came into their own and really developed the Bodeans "sound". I know most people prefer the first because it was produced by T-Bone, but I like the Jerry Harrison production better. The Bodeans got T-Bone to produce the album before last, but I wished they would have gotten Harrison again.
It's weird to me that they don't play a lot of these songs live anymore. Every time I see them, I keep hoping for "Dreams" or "Only Love", but they never do. Maybe if I had the balls to talk to them before a show I could talk them into it. I've literally seen these guys 18 times and have never met them. Plenty of opportunites, but just can't bring myself to do it. I'm 37 now and when they are within 10 feet of me offstage I feel like that 16 year old that first discovered and then worshiped them. I know, I'm an idiot.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Day 42

Bodeans- Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams

It's no secret that I'm a huuuuuge Bodeans fan. I wear my badge proudly. Yeah, sure they aren't as good now as they were back in the 80's, but I still go see every show and buy every album. And they really are a great band live.
So this is their first album if you didn't know that already. Most people say it's their best, but I disagree. Don't get me wrong, I freakin' love this album, just not my favorite.
The "hits" that the Bodeans are probably known for the most are on this record: "She's A Runaway" and "Fadeaway". Good tunes, but I just get real sick of hearing them. Especially when I see them live for the millionth time and I know they are coming. They must really be sick of playing them too. "Closer To Free" falls in that category too.
My favorites on this record have always been "Say You Will" "Angels" and "Misery". But really, I love them all. For the Bodeans between 1986-1995, they could do no wrong in my book. Just wish those albums in the 90's got pressed on vinyl. Stupid 90's...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day 41

Blue Oyster Cult- Agents of Fortune

The only B.O.C. album I own on vinyl so far. But I would like to pick up Fires of Unknown Origin ( I really dig "Burnin' For You) and Spectres (Godzilla).
I bought this record after seeing them this summer at the R.O.T Rally. I went with a buddy of mine that's a huge Blue Oyster Cult fan and it was definitely a really good show. Plus, soon after, I found this record for .99 cents. And it plays well! Woo-hoo!

Yes, this is the record with Don't Fear The Reaper and yes that song rules. It's one of my favorites to play on Rock Band. Especially since I'm always the vocalist and this song is easy as shit to sing.

One thing I'm noticing listening to this record is I much prefer Buck Dharma's lead vocals over Eric Bloom's. Does that make me a poseur B.O.C. fan for saying that? "E.T.I." is a really cool song though. I also think it's kind of funny that Patti Smith is the guest vocalist on "The Revenge of Vera Gemini".

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day 40

The Blue Nile- Hats

Damn Hermine killed the internets so I wasn't able to blog yesterday. Just as well, I was super tired when I got home from my double job Tuesday.

So the best way to explain this record is this is one of those albums you want to listen to while driving around town late at night thinking about a girl you really dig but things aren't going your way. Luckily, I don't have that problem anymore since I'm in a committed relationship with a wonderful girl. She really is the best thing that's ever happened to me. It's like winning the lottery.
Alright, enough sappy talk.

But seriously, when I was younger and was crushing on a girl that wasn't crushing back, I found comfort in listening to gloom and doom songwriters. I could relate and it made me feel better. Since I'm a newer Blue Nile fan, I never got to experience this album in that way. Hopefully I never will.

Side 1 is only 3 songs, but all incredible. "The Downtown Lights" and "Let's Go Out Tonight" especially.

Only song on Side 2 that isn't a gem is "Seven AM". Everything else is stellar. And album closer "Saturday Night" is just a killer song to end the album. Especially when you are headed home after a long night of driving.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Day 39

The Blue Nile- A Walk Across The Rooftops

I guess I have a thing for Scottish pop bands from the 80's. Although I really didn't discover this band until a few years ago. I heard a song off their 2004 release High and fell in love with the song so much I had to get their whole catalog. So I have their first two records on vinyl and their last two on my computer.
Pretty mysterious band. They release an album once every few years, and as far as I can tell, don't even have a website. Guess Paul Buchanan likes it that way.
This is their debut record and it's solid, but a little too synth heavy. Great closing number in "Automobile Noise" though. That's a song I could listen to repeatedly. Another thing that I really like about The Blue Nile, is Paul Buchanan's voice. His vocals were made for sad songs. Shit can break your heart.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day 38

The Big Dish- Creeping Up On Jesus
Black Sabbath- Born Again

I guess it was around 1988 when I was 15, that I started to realize that there was other really good music out there other than metal. Three albums that came out around this time that did it for me. Springsteen's Tunnel of Love Danny Wilde's Any Man's Hunger and the Bodeans Home. It sort of opened up a whole new world to me. I also consider the Summer of '88 to be one of my all time favorites.
And thanks to late night summer MTV, I was introduced to a whole slew of under the radar indie pop bands like The Big Dish, Red House, Del Amitri, Little America, etc, etc,.
So I was pretty happy to find this record in the Half Price grab box. It's definitely not a great record by any means, but brings back memories. It's a little synthesizer heavy and a song like "European Rain" is pure crap. But first track "Life" and closing number "Where Do You Live" are pure gems. I'm not really sure whatever happened to these guys, but it's nice to include this record in my collection.

Ok, now for Black Sabbath. I just found this record today at the Citywide Garage Sale for $2. Talk about great timing! And this is the first time I'm ever hearing this record. I've always been intrigued by it since it's the only Sabbath record with Ian Gillian on lead vocals. Love Gillian's voice. I guess he split after this record to join the classic Deep Purple lineup on '84's "Perfect Strangers". Which, by the way, is my all time favorite Deep Purple record. More on that later.
I'm really digging this record. Iommi's guitar playing songs awesome. Really cool riffs.
I just read that it was panned by critics when it was released, but fuck 'em I think it's cool. That being said, it's no Ozzy or Dio era Sabbath. Ha! I also just read that the song "Digital Bitch" was inspired by Sharon Osbourne. Was she ever liked?
Unfortunately, this is the only Sabbath record I have on vinyl. I did see a copy of Seventh Star at Half Price the other day, but passed on it. Not sure why I did, I'm pretty sure I'll go back and pick it up next time I'm over that way. Shit, maybe I should do that tomorrow since it would be next up to listen to if I owned it. Damnit!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Day 37

The Besnard Lakes- Casino Nanaimo 12"
The Big Chill- Soundtrack

Got the Besnard Lakes 12" as a promo from Waterloo. It's the only thing I have by them, but I have listened to their last album and love it. Just sooo many records to buy. Anyways, cool record. B-side is an alternate version of "Devastation". Definitely something fans of this band should have in their collection.

The Big Chill soundtrack is just ok. It's full of songs that everyone has heard a million times on the radio or a commercial. Regardless, I'm at least keeping it for The Rascals "Good Lovin'". Never get tired of that tune. Here's a rundown of the track listings in case you don't know what's on the soundtrack.

1.I Heard It Through The Grapevine-Marvin Gaye
2.My Girl-Temptations
3.Good Lovin'- The Rascals
4.The Tracks of my Tears-Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
5.Joy To The World-Three Dog Night
6.Ain't Too Proud To Beg- The Temptations
7.(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman-Aretha Franklin
8.I Second That Emotion-Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9.A Whiter Shade of Pale-Procol Harum
10.Tell Him-The Exciters

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day 36

Pat Benatar- Crimes of Passion
Leonard Bernstein- Espana

Fuck! Why do I buy .99 cent records? There is a skip on "Treat Me Right" and "Hit Me With Your Best Shot". The best two songs on the album! But that's part of the reason why I'm doing this, right? To find out the condition of all my records, that is. Oh well, into the arts & crafts pile it goes along with the shot Beatles records. I'll be on the look out for a new used copy. Gotta have some Benatar.

Feels weird to be listening to another classical album again already, but I really dig this Bernstein album. I guess I should mention that its Leonard Bernstein conducting Spanish Favorites with the New York Philharmonic. I'm actually enjoying this more than the Beethoven I listened to the other day. It has a more upbeat feel to it. But once again, that's all I can really say about this record. I can't dwell on any memory or talk about how special this album is. I am a classical idiot.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Day 35

Harry Belafonte- Calypso

You should always keep one Calypso record around the house, right?

This is another record from a grab bag. I only kept it because "Day-O" is on it. It definitely doesn't sound as cool when you are just sitting on the couch that it did when it was used in the dinner scene of Beetlejuice. Fun record overall. I can see putting this record on again while Jessica and I are cleaning up the place.
Reading the back of the record now and there is this pretty funny warning at the bottom that reads:
Beware the Blunted Needle!
A blunted or chipped needle can permanently damage your most valuable records. A worn needle will impair the quality of sound reproduction you hear. make sure your needle is in good condition before you play this record. If in doubt, have it checked by your dealer--or buy a new needle.

Ha! I don't know why but that cracks me up. Who says "blunted needle" nowadays? Good band name.

Day 34

Well it's Tuesday and normally I don't do my blog on Tuesdays since it's the only day of the week I work at Waterloo Records and it makes my day 15 hours long. But driving home from said blog, I thought well I can make Tuesdays "45" days. I'm too tired to listen to a whole album, but I still check the interwebs to see what's going on, so why not listen to two 45's while I'm doing that?

So tonight I'm listening to David Bazan's "Man in Me" b/w "Hallelujah" first. I never really got into Pedro The Lion although plenty of friends told me I'd dig them. I got this as a promo item at Waterloo. Really good lil' record. "Man in Me" is Dylan's and you know "Hallelujah". He does a really good version of both. I'd be down to get more Bazan stuff. Would really like to hear his own stuff now since these are both covers.

Next is a Black Crowes promo 45 I also got at Waterloo. This one has them doing a cover of Little Feat's "Willin'" and Ry Cooder's "Boomer's Story". Both are really cool because it doesn't sound like typical Black Crowes. And I don't mean that harshly. I dig the Crowes. I know they are going into hiatus and all, but if they came back and did a whole album like this, I'd be all over it. I want to play this record over again right now. Apparently these are bonus tracks on the Croweology retrospective. Check it out if you can't get a copy of this promo.

Ok cool, that didn't take long. Good idea for a tired Tuesday night.