My Music Listening Journal 2021: Day 33: Tuesday January 2, 2021.
- ALICE COOPER: KILLER: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: ITUNES: ROCK: Johnny Rotten has called this album the greatest rock album of all time. I don’t know if I’d go that far- but it is pretty good album from Alice Cooper’s greatest period. While the two singles “Under My Wheels” and “Be My Lover” failed to become hits- they should have been- and I’d go with “Desperado” and “Dead Babies” to finish out the Mount Rushmore. I would say that “Halo of Flies” at 8:22 goes on a little too long.
- PHIL SPECTOR: BACK TO MONO: 1958-69: DISC 1: 1991: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Pop: Since Phil’s passing a few weeks ago I’ve thought about getting this box set out. Last year in the Album Draft- I considered this as my pick in the box set round. While it doesn’t cover his entire career the box set does cover the meat of his career and his most famous and best work. There are three discs [and a bonus disc Phil Spector’s Christmas Album} and it goes in chronological order. Phil was certainly a disturbed individual to say the least but inside the studio he was perhaps the greatest record producer of all times. His Wall of Sound production made hit records for many performers who were mediocre talents- not to say everyone he worked with was mediocre- he would produce The Righteous Brothers, Ike and Tina, The Beatles and The Ramones among others- but his most famous works were with previously unknowns. I think Stevie Van Zandt summed Spector up best -” Spector was a “genius irredeemably conflicted”. “[Spector] was the ultimate example of the art always being better than the artist … [He] made some of the greatest records in history based on the salvation of love while remaining incapable of giving or receiving love his whole life.
- DAVID BOWIE: “HEROES”: 1977: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: EXPERIMENTAL ROCK: The second of Bowie’s Berlin trilogy- one of this best albums- and possibly his best song in “Heroes.” A great sounding record would have to by on my Mount Rushmore of Bowie albums- and there were a number of great ones. I was also looking over album covers- I remarked a while ago about how some of Dylan’s album covers especially after the 60’s- were downright hideous – Bowie’s are consistently great- or at worst interesting. This album cover is my favorite of his.