MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 159: THURSDAY JULY 26, 2018

ALBUMS

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  • BOB DYLAN: BLONDE ON BLONDE: 1966: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first great rock double album. The Mount Rushmore of Greatest Double Albums- Blonde On Blonde/ London Calling/ The White Album/ Exile On Main Street. I am confident that is my list. When Bob was finishing the album up in Nashville, he would go off for a while and write a song and the musicians would play cards, nap, chat until he was done and then he’d come back and they would do the song then repeat the process. I can’t single out my favorite cuts here since every song is outstanding. One song- Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands- takes up the entire side 4. After The Beatles- Bob is my second favorite- not knocking him here but he would never reach the heights he reached with Bringing It All Back Home/ Highway 61 Revisited/ Blonde On Blonde in 1965-66- but few have.

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  • ELVIS PRESLEY: 1968 NBC-TV SPECIAL: 1968: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: If Elvis in 1968 had only sent Colonel Parker packing… I can’t blame anyone really but Elvis for his downfall he was a grown up and could make his own decisions but Col. Parker played a huge part in his demise and death. He looked at Elvis as a money maker and not a person. Again Elvis should have told him to stick it where the sun don’t shine and moved on.  Elvis would never fly as high again.

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  • VAN MORRISON: VEEDON FLEECE: 1974: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Van bounces back from the sub-par- for him- Hardnose The Highway. I would have to say as far as singing goes- I can’t think of a better singer than Van and in listening to this today the thought occurred to me that he never sounded better than on this album- maybe some other albums  he sounded equal but wow. Even today in his 70’s the man can still sing. I love this album.

 

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  • WENDY CARLOS: SWITCHED-ON-BACH: 1968: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: For years I had heard of Walter Carlos/ Wendy Carlos and this album but to my knowledge had never actually heard it until now. One of the biggest selling classical albums ever. Of course at the time classical purists/ Bach junkies hated it but I bet it got a number of folks who had never given classical music a listen-interested in the music. Famous for its early use of the Moog synthesizer.
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