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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:38 pm

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Grab the 2-disc complete Budokan concert, then.
I like some live albums, and others fall really flat for me. If the band doesn't sound like they do on the album it's a real glass-shattering moment. This being a rock group from the 70s, though, I'm sure it'll be fine. No auto-tune to mess me up. :lol:

For most, the 1-disc Budokan extract is all they know of Cheap Trick. Telling 15,000 screaming Japanese teen girls "I want you to WANT ME" and hearing them scream even louder must have been a "cultural experience"

Oh, and for the record, the Budokan is on the outskirts of the Imperial Palace grounds and was designed as a sumo arena.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:55 pm

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..it's probably a generational thing.  I do the same, though I'm more likely to purchase "best of's", even if I later purchase specific albums.

Whereas I avoid compilations like the plague, as I prefer to hear the album "as designed" (assuming there WAS a design).  How could anyone take one song out of the 2nd side Abbey Road medley without the rest (which is why I've tracked it as one song on my rips)?

That's just it - most albums produced after the '70s don't have a real "design" or should I say purposeful continuity?
Here is a favorite exception of mine:
Sting: Ten Summoner's Tales
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmNmxBX7kU8
 
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:01 pm

That's in my stash, though I consider it part of his "music for lonely Boomer housewives" collection.

Being primarily prog-oriented, the "concept album" lives on well into the Aughts in that genre.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:08 pm

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For giggles, I wrote down what foobar's randomizer threw at me today while grepping through some retail car sales contracts (yes, the day job has its high points): ...

Fun game. So I loaded my whole collection into Amarok and hit the playlist randomizer button. Here's the first 2 dozen (artist - song - album):

Buckethead - Sketches of Spain (For Miles) - Electric Tears
Beatles, The - All Together Now - Yellow Submarine
Satriani, Joe - The Meaning of Love - Super Colossal
ZZ Top - Big Shiny Nine - La Futura
Tibbetts, Steve - Big Idea - Big Map Idea
Stern, Mike - Big Kids - Play
Led Zeppelin - Hot Dog - In Through The Out Door
Seger, Bob - Against The Wind - Against The Wind
Gentle Giant - The Power And The Glory - The Power And The Glory
Satriani, Joe - Banana Mango - Time Machine (CD 1 - Studio)
Beethoven - Piano Sonata #09, Allegro (First Movement) - Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas (Andras Schiff)
Marcelli, Andrea - Just Now - Oneness
Lennox, Annie - Primitive - Diva
Ponty, Jean-Luc - Nostalgic Lady - Enigmatic Ocean
Blue Oyster Cult - Veteran of the Psychic Wars (Live) - Extraterrestrial Live
Buckethead - Pink Eye - Albino Slug
Smith, Patti - Helpless - Twelve
Santana - (Da Le) Yaleo - Supernatural
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa - Well, Well - Don't Explain
Buckethead - Homing Beacon - Electric Sea
McLachlan, Sarah - World On Fire - Afterglow
Earthworks - If Summer Had Its Ghosts - Footloose And Fancy Free
Raitt, Bonnie - Longing in Their Hearts - Longing In Their Hearts
Davis, Miles - Bitches Brew - Bitches Brew

Little heavy on the Buckethead there... and he's not even that big a percentage of my collection.

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Whereas I avoid compilations like the plague, as I prefer to hear the album "as designed" (assuming there WAS a design). How could anyone take one song out of the 2nd side Abbey Road medley without the rest (which is why I've tracked it as one song on my rips)?

That's just it - most albums produced after the '70s don't have a real "design" or should I say purposeful continuity?
Here is a favorite exception of mine:
Sting: Ten Summoner's Tales
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmNmxBX7kU8

I imagine that was partly a backlash against the perceived pretentiousness of "concept" and "progressive rock" albums. Punk and New Wave swept in, and suddenly it was uncool to have an overall vision for an album.

A few bands still do it; among my recent music acquisitions, the latest by Marillion (F E A R) and Neal Morse (The Similitude of a Dream) have a single unifying theme to the album. And as the Cap'n notes, they're from two throwback prog rock artists.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:19 pm

I need to research both of those, as both hew to my personal prog preferences.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:26 pm

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I need to research both of those, as both hew to my personal prog preferences.

I prefer Spock's Beard to Morse's solo stuff. If you haven't researched them yet, you may want to check them out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln_S6Dy4pZ0
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:40 pm

I'm already on board with Spock's Beard, but have yet to bend plastic in that direction. Seems to be the time.

On another note, I posted an e-mail to Stereophile's web guru this AM asking about a long & detailed analysis their music editor (RL) had done in print some 15 years ago of The Kinks output from start to roughly the mid-'70s, as my search-fu was not finding it. To my delight, the web jockey (JI) remembered the piece and asked the executive editor (JA) to try to find it (the fact I've been a loyal subscriber since 1986 had nothing to do with it). It's buried deep in ancient CMS systems, but it will be brought forth and posted. I've always had a soft spot for early Kinks and the memory of this review had stuck with me for a long time, and I've felt the need to bend plastic in that direction as well.. I'll post links when I hear of it. For the record, the music editor who wrote this was also an utter and complete Zappa-head.

Also, added album names to my random playlist so others could look. The only one I'm not sure how to name is the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band/every Grand Old Opry performer at the time Will the Circle Be Unbroken. It's a beautiful piece of Americana, roughly 60% music and 40% the conversations between musicians, the board jockey, and Bob knows who else in just trying to record all of those people in a small room.

EDIT: JBI, I would have been perfectly happy with your playlist.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:40 pm

Side note on Neal Morse (which kind of ties in with our Kansas discussion) -- I'd characterize his solo projects as "Christian Prog", as they tend to feature Christian themes quite prominently.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:28 pm

Animal Logic - Animal Logic II (1991)

Short-lived project from the late '80s / early '90s featuring Stewart Copeland, Stanley Clarke, and vocalist Deborah Holland. Funky, slightly jazzy pop-rock. Hadn't listened to it in ages. It's pretty good, though the songwriting is a bit uneven. Copeland and Clarke are phenomenal musicians.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:35 pm

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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:25 pm

Spastic Ink - Ink Complete (1996)

Bizarre, hyperactive, experimental/prog metal from an obscure (yet aptly named) band. Reminds me a bit of Buckethead at times. The quality of the recording leaves a bit to be desired; while the playing is top-notch, the drums are a little on the lo-fi side.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:20 am

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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:53 am

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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:38 am

The Eagles - Desperado (1973)

TBH I've never listened to the entire album before; my Eagles collection started with the subsequent album On The Border (one of the first LPs I ever purchased), and for whatever reason I just never back-filled the earlier stuff. The track "Out Of Control" doesn't sound anything like what I think of when I hear "Eagles"... to me it sounds like a countrified version of Boston (minus the vocal harmonies) or something.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:41 am

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For most, the 1-disc Budokan extract is all they know of Cheap Trick. Telling 15,000 screaming Japanese teen girls "I want you to WANT ME" and hearing them scream even louder must have been a "cultural experience"

I must have heard that clip a thousand times. Never realized it was in Japan with a mob that for many of whom probably didn't really quite get the lyrics.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:00 pm

Old School Time today - Hocus Pocus by Focus. YT link if you're curious
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:56 pm

At War With Self - Torn Between Dimensions (2005)

Quirky instrumental prog rock with metal and New Age interludes, featuring acoustic guitar and/or mandolin prominently on many tracks. Yes, it's pretty much as odd as that description implies. The name of the band and the name of the album are both appropriate!
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:55 pm

Steve Hackett - Firth of Fifth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye88TsHrHO4

My favorite Genesis song and with a workout on the Les Paul.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:10 am

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While we're doing "crazy foreigners do Cotton Eyed Joe": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o58Tw62G7N8 :lol:

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What was he thinking with the mariachi horn section, anyway? Guess it worked, since the song is a classic. Crazy genius.

From the "things that should not exist, but at least I got a laugh out of it" file: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8zU8paFops
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:43 am

Project Z - Project Z (2001)

I continue down the Jimmy Herring rabbit hole. The opening cut Raging Torrent really got my attention... whoa! :o Some great improv (at times jazzy, funky, bluesy) on this album. Here's Allmusic's take.

Somewhat annoyed that the Amazon download I bought has some sonic glitches/dropouts (most noticeably in track 3, "Mud Bug"). Trying to figure out if this is a problem with Amazon's rip (it is also there if I stream the track directly from their site) or a problem with the original recording. It is out of print, but I'll buy a used CD on the secondhand market if it'll get me a clean copy. The copy of "Mud Bug" on YouTube (supposedly supplied by their label/distributor) has the glitches too, so I'm not hopeful.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:02 am

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What was he thinking with the mariachi horn section, anyway? Guess it worked, since the song is a classic. Crazy genius.

And a Fender acoustic?? It has to be a Fender with that head, no?
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Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:13 am

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Oh dear, another gerbil who can bend the plastic.
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:48 am

Eagles - Eagles (1972)

Another of my just-acquired "backfills". Their debut album; together with the followup Desperado, represents the most "countrified" of their releases. Not quite sure why I never owned the complete album before; maybe because I had "Greatest Hits 1971-1975" back in the day (on vinyl), and that basically included a third of the stuff on Eagles. :lol:

LOL at the track "Chug All Night" (which, AFAIK, I'd never heard before).
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:36 am

Hey, Cap'n... heads up! Coming soon to a CD player near you...

https://djamkaret.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-celluloid
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Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:01 pm

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From the "things that should not exist, but at least I got a laugh out of it" file: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8zU8paFops

Sigh. Dragonforce. Good song ideas, but man they need to learn to play better (or possibly, just slower). So many mistakes, even on official recordings. I bet they'd be crap live, which is a shame.

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