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Archive for July 2009

The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night

July 30, 2009

Oh, my, my, my. Here is Beatlemania in full swing. In 1964 The Beatles offered a new album with all originals, and a movie (which is also great). It is absolutely fantastic. How anyone could not enjoy this, is just beyond my comprehension. At this point, the fab four were seasoned professionals (pretty impressive considering […]

Yes: Tales from Topographic Oceans

July 30, 2009

What an album, and what a controversy. I can understand how some might have problems with it, but for me, this is the definition of prog. I got into the genre (I only knew it as art rock then) because it seemed as the musicians were trying to create symphonies in rock. I can’t think […]

Big Star: It Begins

July 24, 2009

This could have been the longest post I would ever make, but I decided to break it into sections. In order to do the subject matter justice, I had to be thorough. Do yourself a favor, and take it all in. I will post them in order to make it easy to follow. Many people […]

Big Star: #1 Record

July 23, 2009

“#1 Record” is a fantastic debut by anyone’s standards, and the only Big Star album to be a true collaboration between the original creative forces of Chris Bell and Alex Chilton. As I hinted earlier, this was not just ‘70s power pop. The music was ahead of its time, and practically made the blueprint for […]

Big Star: Radio City

July 23, 2009

“Radio City” is widely considered Big Star’s masterwork. It is an excellent album, and different from the debut, but I tend to prefer “#1 Record.” Chris Bell’s absence is profoundly felt. However, there is still the signature Big Star sound, and “Radio City” is much more of an artistic statement. This is also a much […]

Big Star: Third / Sister Lovers

July 23, 2009

Here we have the least accessible of the Big Star studio catalogue (such as it is), but also the most artistic. There are times it almost borders on progressive (yes, they even used a mellotron). Given the trials and tribulations the band had gone through, you might wonder how they were even able to pull […]

Big Star: In Space

July 23, 2009

So, by this point, anyone who has been reading my Big Star posts has stopped and at least gotten the first two albums. Right? … Well, even if you haven’t, the same questions might arise. First, why would a band that couldn’t get off the ground in the first place reform almost 30 years later? […]

Peter Gabriel: peter gabriel (a.k.a. 3 or “Melt”)

July 22, 2009

This was the first Peter Gabriel album I bought. I heard a cut on the radio when it was released, and went straight to my local record store. (For you young people, that is what music stores used to be called. Though, the discs were much bigger). It got me from the first note of […]

Dragonfly: Dragonfly

July 22, 2009

Here is an interesting little nugget form Switzerland. The fact that it was released in 1981 makes it even more fascinating. It owes almost nothing to the sounds of the time. I could say that this was recorded in the mid ’70s, and no one would be the wiser. It is a unique blend of […]