MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 92: SUNDAY MAY 20, 2018

ALBUMS

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  • THE ROLLING STONES: UNDERCOVER: 1983: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I was disappointed in this when it was released but must admit it sounds better today to me than it did 35 years ago- not that I think it’s some kind of hidden classic or anything it’s not. A hard rock sound throughout most of the album. Maybe it just sounds better when you think of some of the later releases which seemed to be formula recordings.

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  • THE KINKS: THE KINKS ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 1968 was a great year for music- many outstanding albums. If I were making a Top 10 list this one would be right up near the top- probably only behind Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks and The Beatles White Album.  Ray Davies wrote an album of nostalgic songs that surely didn’t fit the mood of crazy 1968 and the album at first didn’t sell well but it is now the best selling Kinks album outside of greatest hits or best of’s. Favorite tracks-15 songs on the album and they are are hits with me.

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  • SIMON AND GARFUNKEL: WEDNESDAY MORNING 3 AM 1964: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The debut album of Simon and Garfunkel. It won’t be found on the lists of greatest debut albums but it did show promise. 12 songs, 5 Paul Simon penned songs, some covers and they cover a few traditional songs. I think the most successful songs here are the originals from Simon- The Sound of Silence of course a classic. At the time the album did nothing and Simon and Garfunkel both went back to college. Of course we’d hear from these fellas again. Favorite tracks- The Sound of Silence, Bleecker Street, He Was My Brother.

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  • PAUL SIMON: ONE TRICK PONY:1980: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Released concurrently with the film of the same name which starred Simon, I haven’t seen the film in years it wasn’t bad. The song remembered from this album is Late In The Evening other standouts- Ace In The Hole, Oh, Marion, and in the re-released version- Stranded In A Limousine.

 

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  • COURTNEY BARNETT: SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK AND SOMETIMES I SIT: 2015: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A few years ago Mrs. Postcard heard some songs from this on the radio and got the album- she has good ears – one of my favorite albums in recent years. Barnett just released a new album- have to get it. Excellent songwriting, I think her faster songs work better here than the slower ones. Love the accent. Smart and catchy. Favorite songs-Elevator Operator, Pedestrian At Best, Depreston, Aqua Profunda!, Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party, Debbie Downer.

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  • U2: THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE: 1984: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: U2’S fourth album. It was clear that they were going places. I thought this album was somewhat uneven- some great stuff some mediocre stuff but I can remember having the feeling that the next album they put out was going to put it all together- and they did with The Joshua Tree. Favorites on this one- A Sort Of Homecoming, Pride, Wire, and Bad.

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  • SIMON AND GARFUNKEL: SOUNDS OF SILENCE: 1966: Their second album and a big step up on their debut. Paul Simon wrote all the songs except for the instrumental Anji. Favorites on this one- The Sound of Silence, Kathy’s Song, Richard Cory, April Come She Will,  A Most Peculiar Man and I am A Rock.
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9 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 92: SUNDAY MAY 20, 2018

  1. The Kinks… Ray Davis is incredible… anyone who can write “We are The Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium” in a song and make it work…and work well is beyond great… The title song and Picture Book is my favorite.

    • Ray Davies is incredible without a doubt. Picture Book one of those songs that sticks in your head- and I am ok with that. The Kinks were and are underappreciated.

  2. That riff is contagious. I know they were banned from touring in the US for part of the sixties and that was one of the reasons they didn’t break through until a little later. I was lucky enough to see them in the 80s in Nashville. Still one of the best concerts I’ve seen…Def Leppard was playing on the same night at a larger venue…I made the right choice.

    • True I forgot the ban on touring and i think also they were very english- like The Jam. I saw them towards the end it was a great concert- early 90’s….. oh yes you made the right choice- Kinks every day of the week.

  3. The brothers had a lot of energy and ate up the stage. Yes, very English…that is a good point… I was at a dime store in 1979 I believe and I saw a single called “Rock n Roll Fantasy” of course I thought it was the other one…turns out it was the Kinks and I liked it better… Great Song great group.

  4. Good album! The first Kinks album I owned besides some greatest hits was Give The People What They Want… I liked the title song and Around the Dial…just straight up Rock/Punk.

    • That wasn’t a bad album either. .. when I saw The Kinks it was at an outdoor venue and there was a regatta going on not far away that weekend- the venue was along the river.. Ray made up a song in the middle of the concert – Regatta My Ass.. also the train tracks were just feet behind them and a couple times a train came through- they handed the situation well… fun show. so glad i went.

  5. That sounds like a cool show. I’m glad you got to see them before they shut down. They deserve to be up there with the Who to me. So many albums that were ignored at the time.

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