scratch wrote:...long noodling jams were at the time considered a mark of masterly musicianship. I can't remember why.
To be fair, the jams on the Layla
set were never intended for any kind of release. They are literally a band in rehearsal, preparing to record an album. In this form, however, they are literally barrel-scrapings designed to accumulate wealth by re-selling music to people who've presumably bought it twice already, under the pretense of there being "bonus tracks".
scratch wrote:Good luck with the Devo.
I've actually already started and, while I loves me some Devo, the key word there might be "some". It's kinda slow-going as I just can't listen to more than about an album and half's worth in a single sitting. Purposeful anti-music starts to wear me down after too much exposure, especially when slathered in decades-old keyboard textures meant to sound futuristic. The Mongoloid Years
was particularly rough, partially because the recording quality is so shitty, but also because, so is the band. The 1977 stuff is pretty good, but the '75 and '76 stuff is really, really unpleasant (the liner notes claim the 1975 perforamce literally cleared an auditorium of people waiting to see Sun Ra
!) That said, I have the Hardcore Devo
set and remember really loving it but haven't listened to it in years now, for reasons related to personal heart-wrenching pain. I'll let you know my current feelings next update.
scratch wrote:Will there be any Doctor Alimantado upcoming in the listening project?
No, as I am completely unfamiliar with his recordings. Is this a gap that needs filling? (And wouldn't that be filed under "A" anyway?)
Prof. Wagstaff wrote:Sandy Denny -- ... although I also know I can do without The Bunch.
Mostly. It's fun but very inessential. There's a couple stellar tracks (Richard Thompson singing the Dion song "My Girl the Month of May" is worth the price of admission alone).
Marvell wrote:Re: The Bunch - isn't the cover of Buddy Holly's "Learning the Game" on that as well?
I know I've heard the entire Rock On
LP a few times over the years, but it never made enough of an impression on me to add it to my collection. I don't specifically recall either of the above. I can't find the Dion cover on YouTube, but here's "Learning The Game"
for anyone who wants to check it out.
Marvell wrote:Another Denny-related disc worth tracking down is the Fairport Convention rarities album Heyday. It's a collection of live recordings from various BBC radio appearances. The cover of The Byrds' "Tried So Hard" in particular is absolutely stunning.
That I own and yes, it's a great set. Here's "Tried So Hard"
for the curious. Wonderful stuff.
Fairport Convention is actually just a couple shelves away, so I'll get to enjoy this again in a few months.
minicat wrote:I didn't know Sugar Pie had ever gotten a good comp treatment.
Thanks to the fine folks at Ace/Kent from the other side of the pond, her complete Chess singles
are now available. I already had a handful of these scattered on various Chess and Northern Soul comps before this came out, but at least half of these I'd never heard before. "A Little Taste Of Soul" has been a fave of mine for years, since I first heard it on James Brown's Original Funky Divas
, which has fantastic cuts from Marva Whitney, Yvonne Fair, Tammy Montgomery (a.k.a. Terrell), Lyn Collins, and a few others.
minicat wrote:Life, Love and Leaving is pretty great as far as their albums go.
Noted. Added to my Amazon Wish List and I'll keep my eyes open for it.