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Friday, June 05, 2009

THE CONTINUING ADVENTURES OF NEW OLD VINYL

And so the collection grows:

David Bowie - Never Let Me Down


The album that launched the spectacle of crap that was the Glass Spider Tour marks the height of David Bowie's mid-eighties dive into commercial mediocrity, but, alas, it's Bowie, and it's vinyl, and it cost me two bucks.

Dreams - Dreams

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Jazz-Rock or Fusion based band Dreams introduced drummer Billy Cobham to the world. I have yet to give this 'live in the studio' LP a listen, but I'm quite sure it has it's merits.

Jethro Tull - This Was



Tull's debut features 'A Song for Jeffery', and I'm quite sure plenty of standard Tull weirdness.

Johnnie Taylor - Eargasm



Disco pioneer Johnnie Taylor delivers classics such as 'Disco Lady' on this 1976 Columbia release.

The Band - Rock of Ages (Volume 2)



The follow up to the double live Volume 1, Volume 2 features more live classics from The Band including 'The Weight' and 'The Shape I'm In'.

Macy Gray - Sexual Revolution (12" remixes)



Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Laughter



The fifth release by the legendary London based band that created the blue-print for such acts as The Squeeze and Madness, finds Ian and the lads cracking it up in the studio, having a laugh, and delivering another fine record with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

Triumph - Stages



A double live record by Toronto's second favorite power trio.

Yes - Yessongs



A triple live record by English Prog masters proves yet again that whatever anybody else can do, Yes can do it longer.

Santana - Santana



The Bay Area's Guitar God's debut featuring 'Evil Ways' among other notable Latin fused blues jams.

Steve Miller - Fly Like an Eagle



This record plus 'Book of Dreams' equals Steve's Greatest Hits. You know all these songs, we all do.

J. Geils Band - Best Of



The first of two 'Best Of's released at the end of the 70's, this one includes 'House Party', and 'Musta Got Lost'.

Grandmaster and Melle Mel - White Lines (12")

What can you say........"Don't Do It!"

Comments:
Extremely accurate description of Yes and their lengthy body of work.
 
To call Johnnie Taylor a "DISCO PIONEER" is an insult to his body of work.
 
Awww, come on. Don't be so mean to Yes.

Yessongs captures the band right before they went into terminal decline. It was Bruford, who certainly marches to his own drummer, who called it right and got out before things got too bad (just before this tour). That being said, the trio of records with the "classic" line up are some of my favorite records. Close the Edge is just a great record all around.

That being said, I've never been able to generate much desire for the records that followed. Topographic Oceans is an unholy mess that might have made a decent single LP. It just goes downhill from there.
 
At least I didn't call Yes 'Disco Pioneers' and insult their body of work.
 
I think we all know that "Gates of Delirium" was the blueprint for all disco singles.
 
The whole Never Let Me Down album made me angry.

I love "Your Move" from Yes. The rockin' part that comes after with the "all good people" repetition is a bit of a letdown.

"Wake Up and Make Love With Me" is my favorite Ian Dury song and sometimes helps me forget how angry Never Let Me Down made me.

Hi Ted. I miss you.
 
jessica is in a 70s/80s music thing and has discovered J Geils.

that's a good thing
 
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