MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 247: MONDAY OCTOBER 22, 2018

ALBUMS

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  • RANDY NEWMAN: SAIL AWAY: 1972: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Good Old Boys is my favorite Randy Newman album but Sail Away is probably his best album.  This is the album Brian Wilson said kept him briefly from further into depression and mental illness. Favorite songs- the title track, Lonely At The Top [which Randy wrote with Frank Sinatra in mind} Old Man, Political Science, Burn On [“Cleveland city of light, city of magic”} , Dayton, Ohio 1903. Not an average song on the album. Great stuff.

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  • THE BEACH BOYS: LOVE YOU: 1977: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: An underappreciated Beach Boys album- originally it was going to be a Brian Wilson solo album called Brian Loves You–it is a Brian dominated album as it is. Favorite songs- Johnny Carson, Good Time, I Bet He’s Nice, I Wanna Pick You Up, Solar System. I hadnt listened to this albujm in years forgot how great it really is. A brief comeback for Brian.

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  • JOHN LENNON: PLASTIC ONO BAND: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Not the easiest of listens but John’s debut album is his best album. This was his ‘primal scream’ album. Honest and emotional it is painful at times to listen to. Highlights- God, Working Class Hero, Isolation, Mother, Love, I Found Out. A strong candidate for best ever solo album by a Beatle.

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  • BOB DYLAN: BLOOD ON THE TRACKS: 1975: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the most celebrated of Dylan albums- next month being re-issued as part of Bob’s  Bootleg Series but of course I will get The Beatles White Album re-issue first then Bob.
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4 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 247: MONDAY OCTOBER 22, 2018

  1. I just pre-ordered the single disc “More Blood, More Tracks.” Sure, I’d like to have the whole shabang, but I’ve reached a point where I realize I’m not going to listen to 12 versions of Buckets of Rain more than one time when I’ve got all this other music to listen to. I wish there was a two disc option like the rest of his Bootleg Series. That said, I did order the whole shebang White Album release.

    • I kind of think the same on the ‘new ‘ Dylan I see what its going to be– listening to slightly different versions of songs you know by heart isn’t that exciting.

  2. Blood on the Tracks, great album. “Tangled up in Blue” is in my top 10 — and that’s saying something! I bought a new LP of The White Album last year, but probably won’t buy Dylan or Beatles boxed sets. Too much music too little time.

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