MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 124: THURSDAY JUNE 21, 2018

ALBUMS

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  • THE WHO: WHO’S NEXT: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Tommy gets more talk but this is by far The Who’s greatest album and one of the greatest rock albums ever. {Tommy wouldn’t even make my The Who Mount Rushmore of albums} Nine great songs from the opener Baba O’Riley to the closer Won’t Get Fooled Again… Bargain, My Wife, Behind Blue Eyes, Going Mobile  etc. The album came about from the aborted Pete Townshend Lifehouse project which was to be a rock opera follow up to Tommy. My Mount Rushmore of albums by The Who: Who’s Next/ The Who Sell Out/ Quadrophenia and The Who By Numbers.

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  • THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: ELECTRIC LADYLAND: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:  One of the greatest rock guitar albums of all times- by one of the greatest guitarists ever. Also has to be one of the finest 10 double albums ever.

 

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  • THE SMALL FACES: OGDENS’ NUT GONE FLAKE: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am liking this more with each listen- and also liking the side 2 concept album part better each time, at first it was the first side that struck me.

 

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  • OTIS REDDING: THE DOCK OF THE BAY: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: For some reason probably the overexposure of Motown’s hits over the past 50 years – in the past 20 years or so I prefer the Stax music-which hasn’t gotten the exposure of Motown but is a lot more gritty- and less polished. I have heard The Dock Of The Bay though thousands of times and it never wears thin- a sign of a true classic.

 

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  • BLUE CHEER: VINCEBUS ERUPTUM: 1968: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Debut album- had a hit in their cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues.” One of the first albums to come along that could be dubbed Heavy Metal. This is my first listen- it is good for what it is- but I am not that much of a fan of what it is. 6 songs on the album 3 covers and 3 originals- clocks in at 31 minutes. I like this album a lot better than the Iron Butterfly album.

 

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  • MILES DAVIS: NEFERTITI: 1968: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The last all-acoustic album of Miles Davis’ career. No Davis original compositions on this- Wayne Shorter wrote three, Herbie Hancock two and Tony Williams one. What a band- Miles- Hancock, Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. I am not very knowledgeable on evaluating jazz but this album sounds good to me- like most Miles Davis albums do.
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2 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 124: THURSDAY JUNE 21, 2018

  1. Who’ Next – one of my favorite albums of all time. The production of it was so much better than Tommy…Tommy sounded muddy but this one sounds clear and fresh to this day. Glyn Johns did a great job with the sound… Of course, he had great songs to work with…

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