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« Reply #3260 on: September 07, 2021, 03:43:37 PM »



Van Morriston on vinyl:

Astral Weeks,  Common One,  Wavelength.

I don't count myself as a great Van Morrison fan, but every so often I seek out the bunch of his albums
I have and play some.

Astral Weeks is beautiful,  but I find the vocals strident and harsh at times  making this a tough listen.

Common One I bought relatively recently and I like it almost in spite of myself.  An album of grooves rather than songs. 'Wordsworth and Coleridge smoking dope'... really?

Wavelength has taken me years to hear properly.  It seems to need very good phono to bring out the detail.


I often preach the 'love the art, not the artist' maxim...but I'm afraid I've been unable to listen to the man recently, much as I love some of his half a century and older material...


I think early VM is the best, but there again, 1980 is a long time ago and maybe I should stretch my definition of 'early. 🙂
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« Reply #3261 on: September 07, 2021, 03:48:19 PM »


I think early VM is the best, but there again, 1980 is a long time ago and maybe I should stretch my definition of 'early. 🙂


I got called out by a mate the other day for describing Tattoo You as one of the better "late-Stones" albums...just as the 40th anniversary mega-version hits the shops  Grin
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« Reply #3262 on: September 08, 2021, 08:58:23 AM »



I think early VM is the best, but there again, 1980 is a long time ago and maybe I should stretch my definition of 'early. 🙂


I got called out by a mate the other day for describing Tattoo You as one of the better "late-Stones" albums...just as the 40th anniversary mega-version hits the shops  Grin


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« Reply #3263 on: September 08, 2021, 09:47:15 AM »

Another one that has come up on my YouTube feed:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tieD-F7jeVM

Ivory by Ivory, featuring the vocals of Christine Christman. I like it - it's very late 60's west coast American, laid back and tuneful. Like Jefferson Airplane but a bit more prog in places IMHO.
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« Reply #3264 on: September 09, 2021, 02:58:53 PM »

Zuma on repeat.  It's probably not the best Neil album, but it is undoubtedly my favourite.
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« Reply #3265 on: September 09, 2021, 04:04:41 PM »

Cat Stevens: Tea For The Tillerman
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« Reply #3266 on: September 09, 2021, 05:26:06 PM »


Zuma on repeat.  It's probably not the best Neil album, but it is undoubtedly my favourite.


...but it's not far off!

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« Reply #3267 on: September 09, 2021, 09:51:38 PM »

I bought Gerry Colvin, Fully Functioning Wind Up Mechanism over the summer, having seen him live a couple of times. It really does show what a good songwriter he is. Tunnel to the Moon still brings a tear to the eye.

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« Reply #3268 on: September 10, 2021, 12:03:52 PM »

Groundhogs: Thank Christ For The Bomb
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« Reply #3269 on: September 10, 2021, 03:43:26 PM »

Dark Matters by The Stranglers which is released today. The first not to feature Jet Black on the drums and of course the last to feature Dave Greenfield. If you buy it through their website you get a tribute disc to Dave which has various live recordings including some of the songs he sang on.

Looking online I found a quote by JJ Burnel saying that when Jet retired that would be the end of the band. I'm sure I remember Keith Richards saying something similar about Charlie Watts. But they keep on going.  
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« Reply #3270 on: September 10, 2021, 03:45:45 PM »

Live Aid, downloaded from iTunes for about $40.00.

This download comprises 93 songs and almost 8 hours of Live Aid, which is about half the Philadelphia and London concerts. A few notable artists are omitted completely (Led Zeppelin, Santana), and the set provides roughly half of the remaining performers' sets. Oddly, Boomtown Rats are overrepresented. Wink There are a few audible repairs (e.g., the first verse of Let It Be, Madonna's suspiciously pitch-corrected vocals). For those hoping for My Generation and Pinball Wizard, no such luck.

These are minor quibbles. This is a wonderful collection, including some truly inspired performances. Queen, David Bowie, and Elton John alone are worth the price of admission. Thank you to Bob Geldof and the rest of the people in charge for making this available, after all these years.
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« Reply #3271 on: September 10, 2021, 03:58:59 PM »


A few notable artists are omitted completely (Led Zeppelin, Santana)


Led Zep had Phil Collins as their drummer and the resulting performance was described by Plant, Page and Jones as execrable. They forbade any release or repeat.
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« Reply #3272 on: September 10, 2021, 04:03:32 PM »

An evening wasted with Tom Lehrer.
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« Reply #3273 on: September 10, 2021, 04:42:26 PM »



A few notable artists are omitted completely (Led Zeppelin, Santana)


Led Zep had Phil Collins as their drummer and the resulting performance was described by Plant, Page and Jones as execrable. They forbade any release or repeat.


One of them (Page?) commented recently that PC claimed not to need rehearsal because he already knew the songs, which obviously he didn't. I watched it all as it happened, and I recall PC was watching Tony Thompson throughout. He was therefore a few milliseconds behind as he tried to mirror Thompson. I also recall that Robert Plant's voice was very rough. The whole thing was shambolic.

The set also omits Power Station entirely. I remember Michael Des Barres being a less-than-ideal substitute for Robert Palmer... I also remember Santana sounded odd because Pat Metheny's guitar synthesizer was turned up to 11.
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« Reply #3274 on: September 10, 2021, 05:04:10 PM »



A few notable artists are omitted completely (Led Zeppelin, Santana)

Led Zep had Phil Collins as their drummer and the resulting performance was described by Plant, Page and Jones as execrable. They forbade any release or repeat.


He's not looking too good these days is Phil. Sounds like Genesis are coming to the end of the road.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-58508715
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« Reply #3275 on: September 10, 2021, 05:21:05 PM »

Dar Williams – ‘My Better Self’.  One of my favourite American singers.  A couple of interesting covers on this one – Comfortably Numb, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
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« Reply #3276 on: September 10, 2021, 05:26:48 PM »




A few notable artists are omitted completely (Led Zeppelin, Santana)

Led Zep had Phil Collins as their drummer and the resulting performance was described by Plant, Page and Jones as execrable. They forbade any release or repeat.


He's not looking too good these days is Phil. Sounds like Genesis are coming to the end of the road.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-58508715

They're down to the end of the road, left through the ornate gates and commemorated by a plastic stork on top of a small piece of a metal crutch.
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« Reply #3277 on: September 11, 2021, 09:06:45 AM »

Al Stewart on vinyl:

24 Carrots (RCA LP, 1980).

Past, Present and Future  (Friday Music reissue LP, 2015).
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« Reply #3278 on: September 11, 2021, 12:28:44 PM »


 Sounds like Genesis are coming to the end of the road.





That happened when Steve Hackett left!
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« Reply #3279 on: September 11, 2021, 01:47:09 PM »

a couple of things recommended by a friend

Yard Act - Fixer Upper (sounds like the Fall with daffodils)

Dry Cleaning (sounds like Joy Division with a female vocalist)

Not sure

Back to the glorious Reunions by Jason Isbell.
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