MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 138: THURSDAY JULY 5, 2018

ALBUMS

  • NICO: THE MARBLE INDEX: 1968: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Nico will always be remembered first for her being in the Velvet Underground and for her contributions to their first album the classic Velvet Underground and Nico. This was her second solo album and was produced by John Cale. The reviews for it are all over the place from 1 star to 4 1/2 stars- it is a haunting album- the album cover is even haunting looking. The great rock critic Lester Bangs wrote of the album -“The Marble Index is the greatest piece of ‘avant-garde classical’, ‘serious’ music of the last half of the 20th century so far.” Bangs praised the album but also wrote that it ‘scared the shit out of him.” and that listening experience was self-torture. This is my first listen and I will have to come back.  Trouser Press called this the scariest record ever made. If it isn’t its a finalist. Nico was gothic before gothic became cool.

  • STEPPENWOLF: STEPPENWOLF: 1968: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 4 STARS:  Debut album and first of two album releases from the band. Oddly the third single from the album “Born To Be Wild” would become their biggest hit reaching #2 and became their  signature song. The band got a huge break when Born To Be Wild and The Pusher were included in the soundtrack for the movie Easy Rider. Other standouts include their tribute to Chuck Berry- Berry Rides Again, Sookie Sookie and A Girl I Know.

  • THE BEATLES: WITH THE BEATLES: 1963: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A Beatles album a day keeps the doctor away.

  • ‘TIL TUESDAY: EVERYTHING’S DIFFERENT NOW: 1988: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I liked the first two ‘Til Tuesday albums but I thought Aimee Mann’s songwriting talent really started to take off with their third and final album before she went solo. Favorites – Everything’s Different Now, Rip In Heaven, J For Jules, {Believed We Were ] Lucky, The Other End Of The Telescope [written with Mr. Declan MacManus}

  • PETE TOWNSHEND AND RONNIE LANE: ROUGH MIX: 1977: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A somewhat forgotten gem from The Who’s Pete Townshend and The Faces Ronnie Lane. Full of good stuff. I always liked Pete’s vocals over Roger’s in The Who-and enjoy his solo albums. Too bad Pete and Ronnie only made one album together. Favorites- My Baby Gives It Away, Nowhere to Run, Annie, Misunderstood, Street In The City and Till The Rivers All Run Dry.
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