MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 111: FRIDAY JUNE 8, 2018

ALBUMS

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  • BOOKER T. AND THE M.G’S: 1970: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Booker T and the MG’s tribute to The Beatles and their Abbey Road album. All instrumentals. McLemore Avenue is the address where the Stax Studio’s was located in Memphis. Fun listen by a great band. I saw them with Neil Young years ago.

 

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  • JAMES MCMURTRY: CHILDISH THINGS: 2005: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Author Larry’s son- Larry is a fine songwriter who has had a long and critically successful career. Some of his best work is on here- We Can’t Make It Here is incredible. Other standouts- See The Elephant, Childish Things.
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  • IRON BUTTERFLY” IN- A -GADDA DA VIDA: 1968: 2 1/2  STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:The group is famous for the title track which clocks in at 17:05 and takes up all of side B. The album sounds so 1968… it hasn’t aged well at all. Psychedelic rock.. It sold over 4 million copies. An artifact from the year 1968 not much more than that. The songs aren’t terrible but not memorable either.

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  • JEFF BECK: TRUTH: 1968: 4 1/2  STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A guitar oriented blues-hard rock album- introducing the talents of Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood also. The album peaked at #15 on the Billboard album chart. Favorites on this- Shape Of Things. You Shook Me,  I Ain’t Superstitious,  Rock My Plimsoul.

 

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  • JIMI HENDRIX: ELECTRIC LADYLAND: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have no idea where I will put this album on my ultimate 1968 greatest albums list but no question it will rank high. I am not a Jimi fanatic. I have a friend who would probably pay out the nose for an album of Jimi burping. I know there are dozens upon dozens of post death releases. I have the basics of Jimi and no question he is great- I have just never been a fanatic. This double album went to #1 on the Billboard charts.  Favorites on this- Crosstown Traffic, Voodoo Chile, All Along The Watchtower, Little Miss Strange, 1983 { A Merman I Should Turn To Be}

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  • THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:  Acclaimed music lists this album as 1967 but everywhere else lists it as a January 1968 release so I am going with it as another 1968 album. A big departure from the beyond brilliant debut- The Velvet Underground and Nico. They were disappointed in the debut albums sales but this one wouldn’t sell like either. Nico is gone and so is Andy Warhol.  This one is the most noisy VU album by far and took me some time to get into. Only six songs on the album- filled with drugs and sexual references. A highly influential album on future rock bands- with the noise, distortion and feedback. Favorite songs- White Light/White Heat/ Here She Comes Now/ Sister Ray.
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2 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 111: FRIDAY JUNE 8, 2018

  1. Part of the reason why I love The Beatles is because of their great harmony vocals – I simply dig well executed singing. That’s why I’m generally a bit lukewarm when it comes to instrumental music. But there are exceptions, and Booker T. and the M.G.s are among them.

    While I don’t know their music in detail, based on what I’ve heard, they were just a kick ass band! I totally dig “Green Onions,” plus I pretty much love all of the Stax recording artists they backed.

    As I’m writing this, I’m listening to this album and agree it’s fun! It probably also helps that they are playing Beatles tunes!😀

    Also, Booker T. is a great player of the Hammond organ, which in my opinion is one of the coolest instruments in rock. In June 2017, I did a post on the legendary B-3. Admittedly, I’m not a tech guy, so it took a lot of research! Anyway, among others, the post includes a clip of Booker T. giving a demo of the organ – hands-down one of the best music clips I’ve ever watched!

    In case you’re curious, here’s the link to the post: https://christiansmusicmusings.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/the-hardware-the-hammond-b-3/

  2. Around London are a number of blue circular metal plaques attached to buildings. They show the places where important events happened or famous people lived. 23 Brook St, Westminster, has two next to each other – Jimi Hendrix (1968/9) and George Frideric Handel (1723/59). When told it was Handel’s ex-gaff, Jimi went out and bought some LPs. There are people who say they can spot Handel references in later Hendrix music. On a related note, comedian Billy Connolly said he was looking out of his window at the place he was born, when it was torn down. ‘Where the ____ are they going to put the blue plaque now?’

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