Well the first 100 down, let’s start the next 100.
#400 – Anthology by The Temptations. Right off the bat, greatest hits album. Great start, RS, great start. Skip.
#399 – Rain Dogs by Tom Waits. So after the success that I had with Mule Variations, I was looking forward to hearing more Tom Waits; thinking I had found a gem. That was short lived however as this album didn’t compare to the previous one. This was more about reminding me of what I thought I was going to hear with Tom Waits the first time. Sad, I say. Not saying it was bad, just not what I was hoping for. “Downtown Train” and “Rain Dogs” were the highlight for me. Meh,
“Eliminator” by ZZTop
#398 – Eliminator by ZZ Top. Some of my childhood, this. I’ll admit, too, that while I did have this cassette, I only listened to the hits off of it. I was always bad about that; to some extent still am. In the listening of this, there are the obvious “hits” like “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man,” sure. But, I found my favorite song, and probably the gem, on this album (outside of “SDM”) is “I Need You Tonight.” That song is money. Now, the apparent disappointment in this album is the fact, or supposed fact, that Dusty Hill and Frank Beard aren’t playing much on this album. I don’t think it’s Dusty playing those popping bass lines in “Thug,” I really don’t. Still, I really like it. Dig!
#397 – Blue Lines by Massive Attack. From the get-go with “Safe From Harm,” a smile on my face. I love this stuff. I believe I actually own this album. I may be wrong but I’m not in front of my collection to know. This is Chill and a mix of soul/R&B and some hip-hop. Case in point, “Be Thankful for What You’ve Got.” Some Marvin-esque vocals and smooth R&B from Tony Bryan; that’s velvet right there. Another fantastic track is “Daydreaming.” This I absolutely LOVE! DIG!!
“For Your Pleasure” by Roxy Music
#396 – For Your Pleasure by Roxy Music. What the heck is this!? Give me the Avalon Roxy Music any day. I’m not a fan of jam prog stuff. I love Pink Floyd but there’s only so much of the long jammy songs that I can handle. Way too much for me. With what I know of Brian Eno, he must be behind the suckage of this album. I know I’ll get flack for it, but I do not like this at all. There’s nothing memorable about it. I’ve already forgotten who I was listening to. Didn’t dig,
#395 – Sound of Silver by LCD Soundsystem. Hard-hitting electronica/alt-dance music. Made for club dancers, obviously, it’s a bit repetitive as that style usually is. That’s ok though. It’s not just “boots-and-pants-and-boots-and-pants” dance, either. It’s hippy and trippy. Good stuff, there. The lead track, “Get Innocuous!” is a good way to hit the ground running. I really liked “Time to Get Away.” It was minimalist but with awesome clavinet riffage. Hoo hoo hoo! More delicious dirty as “North American Scum” cranks, next. Punkish, really. “All My Friends” takes it from just dance to power pop and does a fabulous job of it. Reminds me of rocking pop on the radio these days, but not lost in drivel. It’s good stuff. “Watch the Tapes” is good pop punk with the electronica elements added in. Mucho beats and looping happening here. I think my favorite song is “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.” I love the piano and snarky shots at the mayor and other iconic stereotypes. I like what I’ve heard from LCD Soundsystem up to this point. This is no different. I dug it!
“Good Old Boys” by Randy Newman
#394 – Good Old Boys by Randy Newman. Wow. “Rednecks” is a very unexpected slap to the face. I know he’s singing about the subject tongue-in-cheek from the rednecks’ perspective, but I don’t like the “N” word and it was surprising. That being said, I liked the song. “Marie” is like a drunk letter to a love. I love Newman’s piano playing. It’s always so rich and powerful. The album is full of typical Newman humor and disregard for manners. That’s what makes his stuff so great! “Kingfish” is a good raunchy piano tune with over the top strings. This is just a great album. DUG!
#393 – Kala by M.I.A. The first thing I noticed is that it’s hard to listen to this, not because of the music but because it’s got licensing issues. Rhapsody couldn’t play, although they did list it. It comes up and says not available. YouTube also didn’t allow it to play because of licensing. So Google let me play it, song-by-song through Vimeo and DailyMotion, etc. It’s rumored that she couldn’t get a long-term visa from the US to record because of her family’s ties to the Sri Lanka guerrillas. The world fusion/hip hop styles are great. Switch did a great job in production. A lot of percussion-driven beats and it’s bass heavy. Lots of old school drum machines involved and at times it sounds discoish, and I love disco. “Jimmy,” “Bird Flu,” “Paper Planes,” “Mango Pickle Down the River” are some of my faves. Dug.
“Let It Be” by The Beatles
#392 – Let It Be by The Beatles. My first reaction is: WHY is this album so low (or high?) on this list? How is any Beatles album this high on the list? If it were Let It Be… Naked, then I’d understand that. Anywhat! With the exception of “Dig It” and “Maggie Mae,” I don’t have a song on here that is either not in the “like” column or a throw away, although I am a little tired of hearing the title track. This album is great. The last album released by The Beatles, it wasn’t the last recorded. That would be Abbey Road. “Two of Us” and “Dig a Pony” start the album out and I remember the first time I heard it, I was blown away. So full, so harmonic, so well written. I did covers of “Dig a Pony” and “I’ve Got a Feeling” in a Beatles tribute show. The Beatles are like my second favorite band of all time, behind KISS. Good stuff. Dug!
#391 – The Pretender by Jackson Browne. I like that I’m listening to an album from someone I have continuously overlooked and at the same time respected. Browne is a great songwriter and his songs are good to just take in and hear stories. “The Fuse” has a sense of urgency and leads off the album. I must say I love true fade outs. I don’t know how to feel about “Linda Paloma,” though. Kind of slamming Spanish music with a waltz. It’s okay, just weird to me. “Here Come Those Tears Again” is right back on the JB train. It’s the popish stuff that I expect from him. Even 3B liked “The Only Child,” as he is one of those. “The Pretender” is a great pop song and a fitting end for a decent album. I’d listen again. Dug.
Other than the silly anthology/greatest hits album thrown in, it was a decent segment of 10. Some really good, some not so good. I look forward to the next installment.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“I got to have a shot
Of what you got it’s oh, so sweet
You got to make it hot
Like a boomerang I need a repeat.” – ZZ Top, “Gimme All Your Lovin'” from Eliminator (1983)