MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL DAY 1- SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2018

 

Back in the spring and summer of 2017 I had a project of attempting to listen to 1500 albums in a 12 month period. I abandoned it in early September for a number of reasons. None of the reasons were all that good but I was doing some traveling around that time and I kind of lost interest. I was well on pace to smashing my goal when I quit. I have no goal this time around except to just keep a daily log with commentary on the music I listen to each day- be it- vinyl albums, cd’s, on my IPod or listening to the radio.

I was kind of late to really getting into being a music fan. When I was young I’d listen to my father’s classic country albums- Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and my favorite as a kid- Buck Owens. I wasn’t fanatic about music sophomore year in high school when my friend Andy introduced my to The Beatles. In the five or six months after I bought my first Beatles album {the compilation “Rock ‘N Roll” album which was the latest Beatles release at that time} I had bought every Beatles album, the American versions at that time.  Then I started on the Beatles solo albums and then my obsession with music exploded into all styles of music. That was over forty years ago. The Beatles of course remain my favorites, no one else is even in the ballpark and I remain as obsessed with The Beatles today as I was back in 1976.

My music listening for today began at 9am with my weekly ” must” listen – Celtic Crush on The Loft. I have written about Celtic Crush before- a 3 hour weekly program hosted by the great Larry Kirwan, the former frontman of Black 47.  The show features great Celtic tunes selected by Larry. He will play three songs and then add some comments and insights on the artists he’s played etc. Since I discovered the show 8 or 9 years ago I have only missed a handful of them. I love the music he plays so much I have downloaded the songs he plays onto my IPod. I have over 1600 songs on my Celtic Crush playlist.

After Celtic Crush was over- Mrs. Postcard and I were doing some work around the house and she suggested we listen to the Neon Beat. In October we discovered this show while on vacation driving across rural northern Missouri. Turns out the show is on the internet and we’ve made a weekly habit of tuning it at end sometime during the week. Neon Beat is on something called Radio George- and they have three, one hour long programs each week hosted by John Christopher. The music played on the Neon Beat is different from what I daily listen to- songs from the 1950’s up to the early 70’s- pop and easy listening related. Some of it is great- some of it is so-so but it is at least different than what we normally listen to. We listened to all three hours of Neon Beat today.

ALBUMS PLAYED TODAY-

  • PAUL MCCARTNEY: RAM:  1971: 4  1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: Back when I started my music obsession in the mid-70’s I bought vinyl of course. I still have all the vinyl I bought back then but I rarely have bothered to listen to them in decades. In the past 30 years I have listened to mostly CD’s and in the past dozen years my IPOD. Today I was inspired to go dig out a few vinyl albums and listen to them. My goal is to listen every day to at least one vinyl album from my collection. Who knows I may get back into buying vinyl. I reached into my collection and pulled Paul McCartney’s RAM out and gave it a spin. One of my favorite McCartney post- Beatle albums. The hit on the album was “Uncle Albert/ Admiral Halsey” but there are a number of outstanding cuts on it. ‘Heart Of The Country” and “Monkberry Moon Delight” the two songs that open side two are two of my favorites. Nearly 50 years later the album holds up very well – and I am loving the sound of vinyl. I forgot how good it sounded. Sounds like Paul is in the room with me.

 

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  • GEORGE HARRISON: 33 1/3RD: 1976: 3 1/2 STARS: 4  1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL:  An underappreciated George Harrison album. The fourth song on each side were minor hits- “This Song” peaked at #25 in the US- George’s jab at being sued for copyright infringement over his hit “My Sweet Lord” and “Crackerbox Palace” which hit #19. Some choice album cuts- his tribute to Smokey Robinson “Pure Smokey” George sounds happy on this album- not too much preaching. He even covers Cole Porter’s “True Love.” Another highlight is “Beautiful Girl.” ‘Its What You Value” was influenced by drummer Jim Keltner’s declining to be paid in money for touring with Harrison in 1974- preferring to be paid with a new Mercedes sportscar.

 

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  • ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: A NEW WORLD RECORD: 1976: 4  STARS OUT 5 STARS: VINYL:  To my ears ELO’s “A New World Record” and it’s follow up double album “Out Of The Blue” were their crowning achievements. Didn’t care much from them after that. Three hit singles in America on this one- “Telephone Line”, “Do Ya” and ‘Livin’ Thing”- “Rockaria” was a hit in the UK. I can only take so much of Jeff Lynne’s production. You can tell a Lynne produced album a mile away.

 

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  • ELVIS PRESLEY: THE SUN SESSIONS: 1976: : 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: Can an album be given 6 stars out of 5? The legendary Sun Sessions is one of the essential albums ever released rock ‘n’ roll or any genre. 16 songs on this one, there have since been more issues with alternate versions of songs etc. Elvis at his best before fame and Colonel Thomas Parker and cholesterol. My favorites on this- Mystery Train, That’s All Right, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Milkcow Blues Boogie etc.. etc… The music was recorded in 1954 at Sam Phillips Sun Studio in Memphis. This album was released in 1976.

 

  • SIMON AND GARFUNKEL: GREATEST HITS: 1972: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: In the Ken Burns Vietnam series last fall a few Simon and Garfunkel songs were part of the soundtrack and I was struck by how timeless many of their songs are. I can remember the day I bought this album, which seems a bit odd to me because I’d have a hard time telling you what I did yesterday. It was the fall of 1977 and  after school I cut a neighbors grass and with the money I got drove to a Hills Department Store [now defunct} and bought this album. It was one of the first albums I bought that was non-Beatles related. 14 songs on this. I would later buy all of the Simon and Garfunkel albums and some of my favorite songs of theirs are not on this because they weren’t hits or big enough hits. The only thing that mars this album is a few of the songs are live versions- not that they are bad recordings but I’d prefer the studio versions on Greatest Hits albums.

 

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12 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL DAY 1- SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2018

  1. Happy to find you again!
    I love Beatles music, as I’ve written here last year; they were/are still such favs of mine.
    I looked for the youtube channel you’ve spoken about – Neon Beat – to no avail. Perhaps you could post a link?
    Luv all the albums you highlighted… 🙂

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