Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Tom H, Sep 24, 2014.
Beefheart all day. Mostly stuff I've already logged, plus Doc at the Radar Station and Hoboism. The latter is a great odds and ends collection of outtakes and live stuff (I think it's a bootleg but I'm not sure and too lazy to look it up).
I've always loved it but I don't think I really realized what a masterwork DATRS is until today; it is a vicious, awesome, tour de force of vicious awesomeness. My god. Not even the best song on here, but I had forgotten all about "Brickbats" and it is a masterwork all on its own. Add in songs like "Dirty Blue Gene" (one of his best ever!), Sue Egypt, Making Love to a Vampire...crap, I should just name the whole album. Or, as RNE resorted to this I'll just paste it here:
mas·ter·piece | \ˈmas-tər-ˌpēs \
1 : a work done with extraordinary skill especially : a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement
The closing trilogy of Beefheart's career is impeccable (although give me Bat Chain Puller over Shiny Beast, or call it a quadrilogy if that's the right word). But Doc at the Radar Station is by a long distance the best of the lot.
Also the 1978 live I'm Gonna Do What I Wanna Do.
I probably logged these already but just to be sure, this time back with Beefheart I have so far spun:
Safe as Milk
Mirror Man Sessions
Lick My Decals Off, Baby
The Spotlight Kid
I'm Gonna etc.
I am going to hit the rest of course (yes, even the "tragic band" albums). And I haven't heard the last of those listed above. Oh, no.
I came upon Led Zep's heavyweight status quite by accident today,
while perusing cyberspace looking for something completely different.
The article named their most famous songs, a puffery piece as it is easy
to pick best songs, but it did name Immigrant Song as number one.
I got interested strictly because of the surprise, and secondly, because
LZ III has been my favorite of their catalog for decades. It has always
had the power, subtle thought it might have been, compared with the
first two barnstorming rocking-blues buzzbombs, but it also had the flow.
The fluidity of III is its magic, like a conversation with a long lost friend.
In 1970 the songs had a some swing, a style, threw some curve balls, but
it also carried confident kindred spirit. Hangman blew me away during
the first needle drop. I was 16. It was timeless and my young soul was
trying to grasp and understand it all, but unbeknownst to me I already had.
It made an impression like no other Zeppelin did. I'm listening to it as I
speaktype, and it is a timeless statement of creativity and brilliance.
The confusion upon it's release and afterwards was as confusing to me
as it was others who considered it to be their masterstroke. The song
placement making up and building side one and side two is perhaps its
greatest achievement. If Pagey had a big hand in this, as he undoubtedly
did, thank you.
A cool article: How Led Zeppelin III Was Their Most Misunderstood Album
Birth of the Dead
That hair, my word...
Agreed. LZIII is my favorite Zep album as well.
She has hair ?
One day I'm going to have a 'Beefheart Day' too. I don't have near
to all of it but I have a lot of it. And I decided a few years ago that
winter time is the best time for me to Beefheart. I recently acquired Unconditionally Guaranteed, his commercial stab (yeah, that's
funny-vliet must have laffed), but I can't wait to hear it again.
Doc At the Radar Station is brilliant, and these old ears need to
take it in again. I love his later 70's records. I have his live
Best Batch Yet from '81 but haven't heard it. The Mallard
records are pretty good too, comprised mostly of the
Magic Band, I believe.
Gotta listen to some Zappa now... and maybe a Mallard from my two-fer.
Hello fellow D-Heads...
Right now its one of my desert island LPs or anywhere else I might be stranded....
The Many New Sides of Charlie Rich (Smash Records 1965 / mono)
The summer of '65 while Dylan was busy abolishing the accepted status quo in music , Charlie Rich (a major influence on Dylan) was busy tearing up the Go-Go clubs across the USA....
& he was doing this with his A.M. hit "Mohair Sam" a bonafide blast of Sun & Blue Eyed Soul done in CR inimitable every womans man c_ _ k sure persona...boy did it sound good!
MS is just the very tip of the ice berg on this great 60s RocknRoll LP...
Moonshine Minnie , Everything I Do Is Wrong , Down & Out & the groove continues through all 12 songs...
& It Ain't Gonna Be That Way , Field Of Yellow Daisies & I Cant Go On all predates ELVIS' 69 sound by 4 yrs , high praise , yes , but 100% warranted indeed...
Oh yeah CR vocal , piano & composer genius in the RocknRoll medium has never been better represented than on TMNSOCR...
& the band is tighter than Trumps hand around the throat of America at this point...
TMNSOCR was CR 1st LP on the Smash Label & producer Jerry Kennedy knew exactly how to get the very best out of this Sun Records alumni...
CR with his premature gray hair & much wiser than years vocals never did sound young & the cover shot of him in suit & tie would lead you to believe he was in the same graduating C&W class as Jim Reeves or Ray Price but don't be fooled...
The 12 tracks on this LP drip with youth , vigor , urgency & drama , the ingredients that the best rock has always been about...
I own a number of copies of TMNSOCR & tonight its a M low # Monoraul mix that is getting its TT time...
The LP is essential in any mix & its a album everybody should here in its entirety at least once...once is all you need to be hooked by the way.
If someone could just PM me when all the Zappa/ Beefheart lovin’ is over? That would be great
Should we talk about Rory Gallagher instead?
the rsd baby food color one.
I confess I'm not into Zappa either. You should do something about your Beefheart condition, though. I'd swap out Phish for him if I were you...
I retract that, I should be less petulant when people like something I don't want them to. There's room for all! Keep Phish if you must.
I always thought they were kind of Zappa-y in a way, I'd have guessed the fanship went in tandem a lot of times...maybe not in a really tangible way but something about the vibe.
No pain, no gain.
The Kinks did go quasi-metal in their Arista years. But does that mean the Stones needed to be heavy? No. The Stones need to be bluesy-rocky-druggy, and sing about murder and rape and stuff. Meanwhile, the Kinks can happily sing about marmalade and cross-dressing, and other hardcore British subjects that I still don't understand.
They're both great bands, but I give the edge to the Stones. In fact, here's how I've always thought of the following bands, expressed as a hierarchy:
Now I know I'll get a lot of crap for ranking the Beatles third, but when I was a kid, and through my college years and even beyond, I didn't give a crap about the Beatles. By the time I was in my late twenties, I recognized the wonderfulness of Revolver, Pepper's, The White Album, Let It Be and Abbey Road, but I still didn't care much for the early albums. That changed a lot with the release of The Beatles In Mono. I really finally got the greatness of the early stuff. That said, I had a sort of friend in college who was a good guitar player, or at least the best I had met to that point, and I asked him to play Norwegian Wood while we were hanging out late at night after a concert or something, and he nailed it, but I was half-joking with that suggestion. My other friend was like, "No! Not Norwegian Wood!"
Just the Zappa discussions need to cease
In my case, it's usually Houses of the Holy, but sometimes it's LZ III.
Projected apology, as I'm a walking etiquette breach at this hour, having just phased in from a dull house party plagued by contemporary country on a tinny shelf system; apparently someone put beer in my beer. But Zappa would be the kingpin classic rock, avant-garde, improvisational, jazz-fusion, prog Czar if he'd have just shut the hell up on stage. I sacrificed my FZ virginity this year to the Roxy Box and got about 60 net minutes of the greatest recorded music I'd ever heard. The rest was a dull reminder of sophomoric fraternity pranks from high school and college. I guess there's always "Hot Rats".
You guys rock. Out.
"Kandy Korn" is CB & The Magic Band at their finest:
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