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-- The Beatles
'Beatles For Sale' (PCS3062 / 1964)
"Look at our lovely boys from Liverpool", remarked the world "...they're growing up". With Beatles For Sale we see more Lennon and McCartney penned songs than covers. And what shows is how the students are out-growing their masters, for their own material is far superior to the rock n roll standards here. Opening with the down beat tripple of No Reply, Loser and Baby's In Black they've moved on from their care free teeny-bopper past and shown they've spirit and (a broken) heart. Chuck Berry's Rock n Roll Music follows and I can almost hear the A&R persuading them to include some sing along favourites convinced this album would be a flop if they only recorded their own songs. Follow The Sun is beautiful with Paul at his delicate best, both musically and vocally. John pulls off a vocal not often heard on a Beatles record on Mr Moonlight. A rather forgettable Kansis City finishes the side. The opening one two of side 2 sums up this record perfectly, the brilliant Eight Days A Week is one of those songs that sounds like a continous chorus. This is followed by a rather drab cover of Buddy Holly's Words Of Love. It's like the time the karate kid beats up Mr. Miyagi at the end of the film. (That is how the film ends yeah?). Ringo "gets to have a go" with Honey Don't which is a bit shit. Every Little Thing is brilliant, showing great ambition to write epic songs, but seems to finish before it reaches its potential. I Don't Want To Spoil The Party follows the opening three track sadness route with What You're Doing not helping lift the dour mood either, but the song writing is sublime. Another forgettable rock n roll standards closes.
The Fab Four Only 7yrs Together Was there any group worth a mention before these lads? NO! Two albums a year up until Revolver 1966. 10-10
HIGHLIGHT. I'll Follow The Sun
LOW POINT. Rock And Roll Music
The butterfly is only partially out of the chrysalis.
Any other record collectors feel uncomfortable while shopping at certain stores? Do you get followed around or have employees hover nearby as if they think your going to bolt out the door with a record? I would hope it's not because of my race or age, but every time I go to one particular record store (of a small chain) I get maybe 1-3 minutes of peace before the employees take turns orbiting. I've grown accustomed to this my entire life, and I generally don't care or let it bother me. I just buy my stuff and leave, but! When it comes to buying records I like to take my time and weigh my options, maybe have a conversation about the albums/artists with a friend or employee. I want to feel in love with the records I pick before I drop $20-$300 on new LPs. I don't have that problem at used record stores, thrift shops, and online. I wouldn't care if I was shopping for high end shoes or small expensive item easily shoved into a pocket. I guess it hurts a little more because I love records, but I feel like I'm not allowed to enjoy shopping. #mynameisntfuckingwarren#vinyl#vinylrecord#vinylcollector#recordcollector#recordcollection#instavinyl#vinyladdict#vinyljunkie#recordstore#vinylgram#records
By request, the #AlbumOfTheDay is #TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico (1967). #TheVelvetUnderground was formed in 1964 by singer-songwriting guitarist #LouReed and avant-garde multi-instrumentalist #JohnCale amidst the hedonism of mid-60s NYC. They adopted their name from Michael Leigh’s book about the secret sexual subculture of the early 60s. They fell in with #AndyWarhol and became fixtures of #TheFactory , his studio which became a legendary gathering place for counterculture figures, artists, and sexual radicals. The iconic pop artist also became their manager for a time and introduced the band to German chanteuse #Nico , born #ChristaPäffgen , and insisted that she sing lead on 3 songs on this, their debut album. It was a failure and almost entirely ignored upon its release. Non-musician #BrianEno once said that while the #LP only sold poorly, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band”. Which means, this was an #album far ahead of its time. It presaged alternative rock and is now regarded as perhaps the most prophetic album in the history of popular music. Without this, would there have been glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise? Rolling Stone, accordingly, ranks it as the 13th Greatest Album of All Time. It also introduced the world to Reed’s gritty lyricism and minimalist orchestrations, with songs which explore such taboo themes as drug abuse, prostitution, and a host of sexual deviances. The album’s iconic banana cover, which invites you to “peel slowly and see” a flesh-colored banana, was designed by Warhol. It’s the ultimate hipster album, and it’s a damn important piece of music history, even if it’s not always pretty. The dreamy sunshine pop of #SundayMorning , the raw R&B #ThereSheGoesAgain , and Nico’s lilting love ballad #IllBeYourMirror are lovely but don’t prepare you for the discordant, yet brilliant, cacophony of Reed’s celebrated #Heroin . Other sonic explorations set to blow your mind are the narcotic drone of #VenusInFurs , an exploration of S&M in one note that serves as a sort of dispassionate motif for the whole album, Reed’s #protopunk#garagerock classic #ImWaitingForTheMan , and the hypnotic #psychedelic#AllTomorrowsParties .
Airiel - Molten Young Lovers: Their 2nd full length released in 2017 by Shelflife Records, 2xLP pressed on white w/black & blue splatter. Brilliant album, an atmospheric post rock/shoegaze masterpiece! This was a late addition to my favorite shoegaze releases of 2017 list and it shot up the ranks real quick.
Rocket From The Crypt - Group Sounds: Their 6th LP originally released in 2001 by Vagrant Records, this is the 2016 Vagrant 20 reissue pressed on clear w/black & yellow splatter. An excellent record from one of "Swami" John Reis's many amazing bands (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc). Killer experimental punk rock with horns!
Mahavishnu Orchestra LIVE - Between Nothingness and Eternity (Recorded August 1973 in Central Park)
So the teachings of Sri Chinmoy were very popular with certain bands in the 70’s. They even included lyrics from his song “My Flute” on the back cover of this album. But why do these lyrics sound THE MOST overly dramatic:
Barren of events,
Rich in pretensions
My earthly life.
My real name.
Wholly unto myself
I️ wrap no soul
In my embrace.
No mentor worthy
Of my calibre
Have I️. I️ am all alone
I️ am the red thread
Dasher - Sodium: Their 2nd full length (1st on a label) released in 2017 by Jagjaguwar pressed on magenta vinyl. Kickass record! A ridiculously intense noise rock/post punk barnburner. Drummer/vocalist/band mastermind Kylee Kimbrough is an absolute powerhouse!