The last leg of the countdown had some real duds for the Scorpster. Here’s hoping that this leg is better, or at least slightly more pleasing. We’ll see… Let’s hit it, running!
#380 – Funky Kingston by Toots and The Maytals. Reggae. Sigh… Reggae. IF there is any consolation to having to listen to it it’s that there are a few songs that are closer to old Rhythm & Blues than to Reggae. “Sailin’ On” would be an example of this. Their version of “Louie Louie” is pretty okay, too. But, for the most part, it’s reggae and definitely not my thing. Didn’t dig.
#379 – Crazysexycool by TLC. Don’t understand the “Intro-lude” but that’s ok. It gets into the R&B that we’ve come to know and love from T-Boz, Left-Eye and Chilli. “Creep” is the real lead song and it’s a groovy trip in hip-hopdom. “Waterfalls” is on this album and that’s a great listen. “Red Light Special” is a damned sexy song, no doubt about it! As a matter of fact, this whole album is sexy. Left-Eye (RIP) was a drunk and whacky chick, for sure but it all worked for this album. All the way to the end with “Sumthin’ Wicked This Way Comes,” I dug it. D.U.G!
#378 – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory by Oasis. Although I have had this album for a long, long time, I’ve never listened from front to back. I’m bad like that. Another reason I need this list. It’s the only way to keep me on task. Otherwise, I skip to the hits or I wander aimlessly and nothing gets listened to. “Hello” and hello to you! Great opener. Too bad these brothers couldn’t get their shite straight, there was real talent here. I don’t know about Beatles level talent (as they claimed) but still darned good. “Wonderwall,” that ever present acoustic show staple is on this album. It’s a great song, no doubt. Did I mention that it was a shame they didn’t stay together? “Morning Glory” is in your face and full on rocking it. I liked that one a lot! There’s a lot of sound effects on this album, like the water that segues “She’s Electric” with “Champagne Supernova.” Overall this is a fabulous disc and I’m glad I finally heard it 1 to 12. Dug!
#377 – The Ultimate Collection (1948-1990) by John Lee Hooker. Anthology=collection or greatest hits. Nope.
#376 – Post by Björk. I don’t anything about Björk other than she’s Icelandic, former singer of Sugercubes and a bit “eclectic,” if you will. The synth bass kicking arse at the beginning of “Army of Me” is fabulous and her voice is haunting. Somewhat seductive, although I don’t believe the song is supposed to be sexy. It’s aggressive, but with more blue lyrics it would probably work, as well. “Hyper-Ballad” is also bass intensive with brushwork percussion. That one is supposed to be sexy, I think. “It’s Oh So Quiet” is very much a Broadway-esque jazz number with the dazzling Björk quirky treatment. This, so far is my favorite tune on the disc. The music on this thing are all over the place and really I wouldn’t expect anything less from her. “Isobel” is reminiscent of a James Bond theme with allure and intrigue and dissonant chord progressions. It is especially relative to the ’90s Bond pictures. “Possibly Maybe” falls in this same mold, at least slightly. She’s very jazzy and really, I dare say, she kicks butt! Her English is remarkable, by the way. Love the conga solo in “I Miss You,” as well. This album is great! DUG DUG DUG!!
#375 – Late for the Sky by Jackson Browne. The greatest thing about Jackson Browne is just that, Jackson Browne. You always know what you’re going to get: solid songwriting and a great recital of such. Has he ever written a bad song? I never knew how much I did like him until recently. But, that love (yeah, he just upgraded) is deeper than I knew as well. It goes with the soundtrack of life, in a way. Look at “Running on Empty.” Can any of you hear that and not see Forrest Gump running through the western US? If you can, then you’ve not seen Forrest Gump. But, that has nothing to do with this album. That 1970s beyond-country-folk-yet-not-folk rock that he’s best known for is right here. The title track starts the album and it’s fantastic; exactly what you’d expect. Browne always finds a way to make a chord change, in almost every song, that you don’t expect to happen. Which, I guess in a way makes you expect it. It could be a rise when you think it’s going to be a fall or vice versa. Nothing over the top, but right on spot. There are only 8 songs on the album but the shortest one is three minutes, eight seconds, including 2 six minute ones. So even with less songs you’re still getting over 41 minutes of music which was about average for that time, I’d say. While there aren’t any songs on this that I’d say that were greatly memorable, the album itself, as a collection is a pretty great listen. I know there are other JB albums on this list, at least there should be. I look forward to them. Highlights are “Fountain of Sorrow,” the title track, “Walking Slow” and “Farther On.” Good stuff and I dug it.
#374 – Siren by Roxy Music. Now this is the Roxy Music that I know at least a little about. “Love is the Drug” is one of my favorite Roxy songs. Awesome bass work and that ’70s staccato guitar work. I love this song! “Sentimental Fool” is a six minute guitar and noise solo that I really don’t mind. Normally that stuff gets away from me, but I dig it. Bryan Ferry adds his vocal quirkiness to the song about 1/3 of the way in and he falsettos the stuffing out of it. Again, I dig it. “She Sells” is in your face and fits that mold of the times. Dance beats, jazzy-disco rhythms, British style and over exaggerated Ferry; a perfect mix and fit for this album. Isn’t that Mick Jagger’s ex on the cover? I dug it!
#373 – Volunteers by Jefferson Airplane. Jefferson Airplane is a band that I never really got into. I think I had some weird hang up about them being “old people” music, although it wasn’t then and just because most of their fans are older, that’s not that old. It’s hippie stuff, no doubt. Some psychedelic shite, fo sho. This is a little more laid back and I’ll admit that I’ve never done an illegal substance, ever, but this makes me think people would need to be high to truly appreciate it. Not saying I don’t, just saying I think the experience would be even better. There is an air about this album that reminds me of stuff that The BCPF would listen to, even today, so it’s stood (somewhat) the test of time. Still anti-warish as was the time. I think I will take Crosby, Stills and Nash’s version of “Wooden Ships,” though. The song was written by Stills and Crosby and Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner so it belonged to both, I just think CSN “owned” it. Dug, but nothing out of this world (they’re not a Starship, yet… bad joke, sorry).
#372 – Reggatta de Blanc by The Police. YES!!! I have professed my love for this band before and GOSHDARNIT! I have to repeat my love!!! One of my favorite tunes, ever, “Message in a a Bottle” opens this bad boy. One of the greatest guitar patterns ever; it sounds so full. I’m giddy just listening to it. I can remember vividly the local super group, Vagabond Saints Society doing “Reggatta de Blanc” during their Police show; great job! And “Walking on the Moon!?” A simple song, but man, it has such a groove. I know some people discount it because of the ska/reggae aspect, but I think it’s awesome. Oh, the woes of everything bad in “On Any Other Day.” One of the best bass riffs, in my opinion, is from “The Bed’s Too Big Without You.” The album is great. The album is awesome. There is nothing I can say bad about it. DUG
#371 – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not by Arctic Monkeys. Good Brit rock this, the debut album from AM. “The View from the Afternoon” and “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” both, out of the gate, kick you in the teeth and groove you at the same time. I think it’s funny that one of the most laid back songs on the album is called “Riot Van.” This album is fun, it rocks, it grooves, it is worth listening to. I’d revisit this one at another time. That’s a good sign, right? Dug!
So this segment, like the last ended, started off on a low note, but all the ones that I reviewed (remember the anthology) after that, I really liked. So I’d say 8 out of 10 is a success! I wish they could all be like that. Upon glancing ahead I see a lot of stuff in the next segment that I really look forward to hearing. It should be fun. This was fun. I hope it is for you. What are you thoughts on these albums? By all means, feel free to send me a note, reply to the post, email me, Facebook me, Tweet me, just let me know your thoughts.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“How many special people change
How many lives are living strange
Where were you when we were getting high?
Slowly walking down the hall
Faster than a cannon ball
Where were you while we were getting high?” – “Champagne Supernova” (Gallagher) from (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?