MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 327: THURSDAY JANUARY 10, 2019

ALBUMS

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  • R.E.M.- DOCUMENT:  1987: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of R.E.M’s best albums. What a change from the earlier R.E.M. albums you can actually understand every world Michael Stipe sings-not that I minded it when you couldn’t. The album was the first to be produced by Scott Litt and the band. The album feels a lot less cluttered that some previous albums. Favorite songs- It’s The End Of The World As We Know It [one of REM’s best songs} The One I Love, Finest Worksong, Welcome To The Occupation.

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  • THE STOOGES: THE STOOGES: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I am off to a quick start in my quest to listen to as many 1969 albums this year as I can- in ten days I am at 17. This is the debut from The Stooges-a good debut but my least favorite of the three Stooges albums released back then. I Wanna Be Your Dog a classic. The album and The Stooges influential in the coming Punk music movement.

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  • BING CROSBY: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION: 2006: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Odd how someone who was not only so hugely popular but also a trailblazing artist- has been largely forgotten now. I am reading the 2 part bio on Der Bingle by Gary Giddins- thought I’d listen to some Bing while at it. 22 songs on this disc from his big years.

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  • DAVID BOWIE: ALADDIN SANE: 1973: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bowie would have celebrated his 72nd birthday on the 8th and on this date three years ago he passed from this earth. His sixth album. Oddly while I was listening to the album I got a random text from my friend Franz who just sent the picture of the album cover. He’s a big Bowie fan too- but I hadn’t told him I was listening to Bowie or this album.

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  • DAVID BOWIE: THE BEST OF BOWIE: DISC 1: 2002: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:
  • DAVID BOWIE: THE BEST OF BOWIE: DISC 2: 2002: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A career spanning album as of 2002. The first disc is flawless-covering the classic 70’s period when he could do very little wrong. The second disc is more spotty but overall a fine career retrospective. Always kind of puzzling so many Bowie songs especially from the 70’s that I had thought were hits- actually weren’t hits.

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  • THE BEATLES: HELP! 1965: 5 YEARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Yesterday in listening to the first four Beatles albums I ranked the album openers continuing that of the 12 Beatles openers I rank Help! #1.

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  • DAVID BOWIE: BLACKSTAR: 2016: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Released on his 69th birthday- he knew he was near the end- no one else did. It was already getting great reviews by the time he passed two days later. Every time I hear this album I like it more. Is there a better rock farewell? Bowie was working up to the end.
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4 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 327: THURSDAY JANUARY 10, 2019

  1. Document was my intro to REM. Have always loved End of the World, but have never been able to sing along to all the lyrics without screwing up. 🙂

  2. Document’s a good one. I remember seeing Michael being interviewed about The One I Love, where he was peeved that people didn’t get that it wasn’t a love song. Love Aladdin Sane as well. Will eventually get to the Blackstar.

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