MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 422: MONDAY APRIL 15, 2019

ALBUMS

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  • ELTON JOHN: MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER: 1971: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Elton had a busy in the early 70’s- this was his 4th album in a little over two years-surprisingly it only had one Top 40 single-Levon #24, Tiny Dancer didn’t even make the Top 40 peaking at #41 and the title track wasn’t released as a single. I thought they were all hits. Very good album. I had always thought that Madman Across The Water- referred to my friend Milhous Nixon but I guess not.

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  • GEORGE RUSSELL: ELECTRONIC SONATA: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: In my quest to listen to 365 1969 albums this year- I came across this- an avant-garde jazz album. There are two long tracks that make up the album and Russell bends in a number of musical styles and electronic sounds into it. I enjoyed the listen.

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  • DEVO: THE ESSENTIALS: 2002: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I can’t say I am a fan of Devo but I have liked some of their music over the years. A dozen of their best known songs are on this- Whip It, Freedom of Choice, Jocko Homo, and their version of The Stones “Satisfaction”- a good survey.

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  • DIXIE CHICKS: FLY: 1999: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The follow up from the Wide Open Spaces album which broke them big time. A #1 album on both the country charts and the Billboard Top 200 albums- there were eight singles released from the album- over two years after the albums release they were still issuing singles from it. Its easy to forget how big a hit these girls were before they made the comments about George Dubya Bush that sank their career.

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  • LOVE: FOREVER CHANGES: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of the iconic albums of the 60’s-who more people need turned on to- the album only went to #154 on the album chart and there was no hit singles. Alone, Again Or was released as a single and only bubbled under the Hot 100 peaking at #123. Over time the reputation of this album has only grown and grown-  Rolling Stone place it at #40 on their 500 Greatest Albums list.

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  • JETHRO TULL: STAND UP: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have always been kind of neutral on Jethro Tull. This their second album is a good listen. On this album the band changes gear from blues oriented to adding folk rock- Ian Anderson at this point had taken over control of the band writing the lyrics and music. Living In The Past is my favorite song by them -as a single it went to #3 in the UK- the album went to #1. In the US the single went to #11- their first hit- they would only have one other-Bungle In The Jungle.

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  • BUCK OWENS: 21 #1 HITS: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION: 2006: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The essential Buck is the three disc box set but this isn’t a bad one- a collection of his 21 #1 hits- up to and including The Streets Of Bakersfield with Dwight Yoakam. While Bruce Springsteen was the first rock concert I went to- my first ever concert was when I was eight- saw Buck Owens a few times. My first musical heroes were Buck, Hank and Johnny Cash. Not a bad way to start.
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3 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 422: MONDAY APRIL 15, 2019

  1. I love Tull’s music and would like to learn more about them. If you find an open slot where you cover them, song by song, like you have done with RS, please consider them, will you?

    • I don’t know all that much about Jethro Tull. I did see them 25 years ago in concert touring with Procol Haram- a good evening..

  2. You like Buck? Wow. I loved him on Hee Haw. How do you go from Buck to Devo without whiplash injuries? LOL! Devo is cool.

    I can’t stand Tull or Dixie Bitches. They were annoying BEFORE they opened their mouths and spewed and, their music was lukewarm. And, I can’t stand that freak Dubya, either. SheDaisy was SO much better.

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