My Music Listening Journal 2021: Day 3- Sunday January 3, 2021
- TWENTY-ONE PILOTS: TWENTY-ONE PILOTS: 2009: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: APPLE ITUNES: ALTERNATIVE ROCK: I had never heard of this band until this past summer when my friend Eclectic Music Lover selected one of their albums- Blurryface in the 2020 Album Draft. This duo is from Columbus only two hours from where I live. I don’t know how I had never at least heard of them. I listened to the Blurryface album and liked it- so I thought this year I’d tune into them a little more. This is their debut album- they have five albums to date. Their music is hard to classify. The debut album is theatrical and many of the songs are piano driven. Mt. Rushmore on first listen- “Addict With A Pen”, “Air Catcher”, “Isle Of Flightless Birds” and “Johnny Boy.”
- RORY GALLAGHER: DEUCE: 1971: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: BLUES ROCK: Rory Gallagher’s second solo album came within six months of his debut- both released in 1971. While he is one of those artists who seems to have gone over better live than in the studio- this is one of his best studio albums. His goal was to capture the live performance feel in the studio. A friend of mine saw Rory in concert back in the day and said it was one of his best concert experiences- and this fella has been to a lot of concerts. When they come up with these Greatest Guitarists Ever- it ticks me off when I don’t see Rory listed- he is certainly as good as anyone- but he lacked being associated with a big named band or having hits on his own. He shouldn’t be overlooked. Mount Rushmore of this album- “I’m Not Awake Yet”, “Crest Of A Wave”, “Maybe I Will” and “Used To Be.”
- THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: WHITE LIGHT/ WHITE HEAT: 1968: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: EXPERIMENTAL ROCK: The Velvet Underground’s sophomore album- a departure from the debut- this one is loud. Recorded in two days- the album lacks the songwriting of the debut. There are only six songs on the album- including the over 17 minute long “Sister Ray.” I am not a fan of the over 8 minute long “The Gift” in which in stereo you hear an instrumental in on the right and a story being read on the left. By far the Velvet Underground album I listen to the least- the others are classics. More influential than great in my book.
- AZTEC CAMERA: HIGH LAND, HARD RAIN: 1983: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: ALTERNATIVE ROCK: Recently Music City Mike in his blog named this album the best of 1983 and I am in total agreement. This album sounds as fresh to me today as it did the first time I listened to it 38 years ago and it is an album that I still play on a regular basis. Roddy Frame was still a teenager when he wrote these songs. My introduction to them was hearing “Oblivious” on a college radio station- it immediately caught my attention. Mount Rushmore- “Oblivious”, “Walk Out To Winter”, “We Could Send Letters” and “Pillar To Post.”
- The BEATLES: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT: 1964: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: ROCK AND ROLL. While The Beatles hadn’t radically changed their sound yet- you can tell that the songwriting was rapidly improving on A Hard Day’s Night over the first two albums. I love the energy on this album and it’s always a fun listen. The first album in which every song was written by The Beatles.
Wait a minute, where is Paul’s grandfather on the album cover??? Was he ever really there?
I don’t think he was on any cover- Paul’s movie grandfather… he was clean.
I think he, at one point, was the figure in the shadow space on the cover. I can’t remember where I saw/read it, but maybe they were joking…
Thanks for the shout out! Even though they’re my current favorite band, I’ve never listened to their entire debut album, though I liked the songs I’ve heard. Guess I need to give the whole thing a listen!
I listened to it from Apple Itunes- I am not seeing their second album on there but they have the others..
Their third album “Vessel” is excellent too.
Been discovering Rory for myself over the past ten or so years. I recommend Irish Tour ’74.
A friend of mine turned me on to Rory around ten years ago- he had all his albums and let me borrow them- so i have them all- great stuff. So under-appreciated. Every time I see a list of great guitarists- If I can I always throw his name in there.
We talked a bit about Aztec on the Island thing. I’m digging Rory more and more.