Sunday, October 19, 2014
Little Martha- Allman Brothers Band
Workingman's Blues #2- Bob Dylan
No Face, No Name, No Number (Live)- Pete Townshend
Caribou- The Pixies
Marie- Randy Newman
Everything Will Never Be Okay- Fiction Plane
Black Eyed Susan- Paul Westerberg
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:41 AM
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Last month, "Anonymous" suggested a second edition of Mono 45s for a Weekend Mix, so here we go.
The original post is here, if you missed it.
For this round, we have eight original mono singles, six tracks from mono LPs (though the Zombies track is questionable since it has been said that the original mono masters of "Odessey & Oracle" have been lost and it seems unlikely that the mono CD version was mastered off of vinyl), one promo mono album mix and one fold-down, explained below and included because of its scarcity.
Led Zeppelin II...unlike most mono promos, this isn't simply a left channel blended with the right channel mono but has actually been specifically remastered using the CSG process, exclusively for AM radio stations. This was done because the lead vocals & instruments would often sound too loud when heard played back in mono. When the left and right channels were simply added together, the lead vocals or instruments, being equal in level on both channels, would add up to be 3 decibels louder than the mix in Stereo, so the CSG [Compatible Stereo Generator] process was used to neutralise this effect & create a more natural sounding mono from an original stereo master.
Jumping Jack Flash- Rolling Stones
Lucifer Sam- Pink Floyd
The Letter- The Box Tops
Rain- The Beatles
The Trip- Donovan
Love Is A Beautiful Thing- The Rascals
She- The Monkees
The Mighty Quinn- Manfred Mann
Wichita Lineman- Glen Campbell
Brief Candles- The Zombies
Substitute- The Who
A Hazy Shade Of Winter- Simon & Garfunkel
21st Century Schizoid Man- King Crimson
White Room- Cream
Whole Lotta Love- Led Zeppelin
To Sir With Love- Lulu
Have a great, one-channel weekend!
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:26 AM
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I listened to "Liars" last night.
This is Todd Rundgren's 2004 release and it is an album that I have loved from the very beginning and continue to love. I think it is an essential Todd record and one that I have no problem placing in the top five of his career.
Critics loved this record as well and critics don't love anything from Todd Rundgren that isn't "Something/Anything?." A bit of Googling brings up many of these reviews, including one from Rolling Stone magazine where one writer places it at #5 for the year 2004.
"Liars" is a stellar release from a man who has had a very uneven, though respected career. I believe "Liars" is a late-career masterwork from Todd Rundgren.
But this isn't really about "Liars."
An old and dear friend, one who is partly responsible for making me the Rundgren fan that I am, and a man who can rival my fanboy behavior when it comes to this artist, does not like "Liars" at all.
This makes me nuts.
So my fun little mid-week query is--
Is there one beloved record by an established artist that you love with a catalogue that you love that you absolutely detest?
(I think I understand my question. Hope you do.)
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:53 AM
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
When was the last time you listened to "Special One," Cheap Trick's 2003 release? Have you ever listened to it? Do you care?
My answers to these questions before this weekend were 2003, once and not really, but I found a handful of vinyl copies that I didn't know existed at last week's record show and I bought all of them.
Before I gush, a mildly amusing story.
I bought 4 copies of this baby, as each was pressed on different color vinyl. I thought it would be a good investment. (Already sold one.) The records were sitting on the floor next to my table when another dealer saw them and said, "Wow! I hated that album and now I love that album." I laughed and replied, "I don't remember anything about it except never wanting to hear it again." He said, "Yeah. Cheap Trick fans hated it. I think I threw it out after one listen. But I love it now."
The All Music review is vague. It mentions how it doesn't really hit anything out of the ball park, but it isn't terrible. It's better than some of the 80's records, but not really. "It's not embarrassing, but doesn't deliver the goods." As a matter of fact, Stephen Thomas Erlewine who is usually very thorough, doesn't even mention one song. I wonder if he really listened at all, or, like me and many others, played it once and gave it a resounding "MEH!"
"Special One" stayed on the turntable all weekend and will find its way revolving again sometime today.
This record lists a dozen or so producers and admittedly feels a bit unrealized. Occasionally, I found myself questioning the lyrics, which on a few tunes, sound improvised. But it's those flaws that make this record work so well. I was enthralled, as always, by Robin Zander's vocals and hearing him work his way through these lyrics was invigorating, as if we were experiencing his inspiration as it was happening. Some of the arrangements also feel spontaneous. I couldn't wait to hear what was coming next, and I mean that in the best way,
The structure of both the title track and "Too Much," both included here for your listening pleasure, seems like the band was trying to achieve something a little higher than just your ordinary Cheap Trickery.
There are a few misses on Side Two, but there are enough twists and hooks and experiments to keep you on your toes. After you check out the four tunes here, the other two sounding more like classic CT pop, "My Obsession" and "Pop Drone," and you're interest has been piqued enough to continue, check out "Sorry Boy" from Side Two.
This is one of those "damned if you don't/damned if you do" records. If a band keeps releasing the same material over and over, they're written off as being out of gas. If a band tries something new, fans and critics clamor for something old and familiar. "Special One" doesn't stray too far from the Cheap Trick formula, but it does veer to the left, just enough to make this record bright. This is a gem.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:25 AM
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Tunnel Of Love- Bruce Springsteen
Sunset & The Mockingbird- Duke Ellington
Come Together In The Morning- Free
Jerusalem Tomorrow- Emmylou Harris
Honey B- Robert Palmer
Stool Pigeon- Kid Creole & the Cocoanuts
All Apologies- Herbie Hancock
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 6:43 AM