MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 90: FRIDAY MAY 18,2018

ALBUMS

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  • THE ROLLING STONES: EMOTIONAL RESCUE: 1980: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Not the worst Stones album but the most disappointing one to me. The first Stones album I bought was Some Girls. By 1980 I had a few of the classic albums from the late 60’s early 70’s- I had not yet been introduced to the spotty mid 70’s albums so I was expecting another album like Some Girls. That isn’t the case. It wasn’t like I didn’t give this one a try I certainly got my money’s worth playing it dozens of time but it never got above being a mediocre album. There isn’t a song on here as good as the worst song-not that there is a worst song- on Some Girls.

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  • FRANK ZAPPA: SHEIK YERBOUTI: 1979: Remains Zappa’s best selling album 2 million copies world wide. His most commercial album with his second most successful single “Dancin’ Fool” which made it to #45. Valley Girl would be his biggest hit a few years later. The album offended a number of people/ groups with offensive lyrics. The first Zappa album I ever bought- I thought it was hilarious when I was in high school and even more so now. Favorite songs: I Have Been In You, Flakes, Broken Hearts Are For Assholes, Jones Crusher, Bobby Brown-{ a big hit in Europe} Baby Snakes, Jewish Princess and Dancin’ Fool.

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  • THE BEATLES: LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL: 2016: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A great document of Beatlemania- their famous Hollywood Bowl concert. I enjoyed the Ronnie Howard film Eight Days A Week- and the re-release of the Hollywood Bowl concert that went with it. My only disappointment was the Shea Stadium concert which was shown in the theaters with the movie wasn’t included in the DVD because of legal issues. This is a fun album to listen to.

 

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  • PAUL SIMON: PAUL SIMON: 1972: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I started reading Robert Hilburn’s new bio on Paul Simon today so I thought I’d listen to his first solo album after the break-up of Simon and Garfunkel. Although I like Simon and Garfunkel- Simon made the right move in going solo. These songs feel more personal than his songs with S&G. Favorites on it-Mother and Child Reunion, Duncan, Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard, Armistice Day, Peace Like A River and Congratulations. There were two hits on this album- Mother and Child Reunion #4, Me and Julio Down By The School Yard #22. Duncan a third single #52.

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  • PAUL SIMON: THERE GOES RHYMIN’ SIMON: 1973: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Simon’s second album is even better than his first and it did better on the charts reaching #2. The singles Kodachrome and Loves Me Like A Rock both peaked at #2 and American Tune- one of my favorite Simon songs a third single #35. A number of songs have a gospel feel to them. Other favorites- Something So Right, Was A Sunny Day with it’s reggae feel, Tenderness, One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor. We would never see Simon releasing albums again in back to back years. When you look at it now it’s kind of remarkable that he wrote 4 albums worth of songs in the first half of the 70’s.
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4 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 90: FRIDAY MAY 18,2018

  1. Great stuff on here. It won’t come as a surprise to you that I love this Beatles album – terrific songs and a perfect illustration of Beatlemania. When you turn up the volume and close your eyes, you can kind of imagine you were there! I also saw and enjoyed the Ron Howard documentary in the movie theater.

    While I don’t know these Paul Simon albums in detail, I generally like his 70s music, though my all-time favorite remains the “Graceland” album.

    I agree with you on this Rolling Stones record. While I know a good deal of Stones tunes, I’m less familiar with their entire albums. With that caveat, my favorite Stones album is “Sticky Fingers.”

    “Bobby Brown” was a smash hit in Germany and on the radio all the time. Undoubtedly, it’s a catchy tune. I suppose German radio wasn’t much concerned about the lyrics – perhaps they thought most people don’t pay attention to the words anyway!😀

    Other than “Bobby Brown,” I never really listened much to Zappa. I know many Zappa fans consider it rather mediocre compared to other stuff he has done. To my ears, other Zappa music I’ve heard clearly is an acquired taste.

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