Stereolab - Sound-Dust (if25, 1972, 2001/2013 re)
I feel like this record is under-rated... perhaps it was a victim of timing?In 2001 Stereolab were very much out of step with the prevailing fashions and Cobra and Phases had got a mauling only a couple of years before. The band had become more and more entwined with John McEntire and other members of the Chicago post rock crowd and perhaps something had got lost along the way. I certainly remember finding some of their releases a little stale around this time... but then I heard Captain Easy Chord and I fell in love all over again.
There is nothing quite like visiting an old friend that always brings a smile to your face. Even though some records might be overrated — or even overplayed — it doesn't necessarily mean that your relationship with them is not one of the best that you have ever had, or that it won't last forever.
Such is the case with me and "The Dark Side Of The Moon" — arguably the Pink Floyd album that, in my opinion, might be the closest to perfection. It encompasses the right balance between sonic exploration and simply marvellous songwriting.
Its timeless message continues to resonate with people across generations, and despite its massive commercial success, it doesn't take away the magic and soul that went into putting this amazing record together.
This was a time in which the band was at the peak of their creativity and collaboration, and it certainly is a remarkable achievement in their career that went on to solidify them as the legends that they continue to be today.
I come back to this album very often and it still amazes me how it manages to capture my imagination after hundreds of listens. The number of layers and textures on this thing are a truly remarkable achievement that never ceases to amaze me, and I hope will continue to inspire many generations to come.
What is your favourite song from "The Dark Side Of The Moon"?
"The Dark Side Of The Moon" by Pink Floyd on Harvest Records.
#OctoberVinylChallenge Day 17: Two or More Discs
Blur — The Great Escape (1995, 2012 2LP Reissue)
Part of the "britpop trilogy" that features Parklife and Modern Life is Rubbish, The Great Escape is a sonic journey through the strange, funny and downright mad parts of British life (I think). It's a great one to take in from start to finish, but if you're not familiar and want a quick sample go with "Stereotypes," "The Universal," and "He Thought Of Cars."
#SpooktacularVinylChallenge Day 17: Rock Candy
Douglas Pipes — Trick 'R Treat (@waxworkrecords 2014, Candy Corn Splatter)
Truth be told the "candy corn splatter" looks better than it sounds, but I'm still happy to have a copy (I re-bought the orange later for sound quality; it's perfect). Douglas Pipes created one hell of a score for this underrated film, full of creepy sound effects and spooky strings evoking the spirit of the holiday. 8.8/10
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The stranger by Billy Joel (1977). I never was much of a Joel fan to be honest (If I hear “We didn’t start the fire” or “Piano man” one more time I will scream)...but re listening to his albums from his classic 1974-1979 period has been very rewarding. Generally acknowledged as his crowning achievement, The Stranger is a fabulous fusion of pop and rock and different genres that is always very accessible to listen to. A very consistent, no gimmick album immaculately produced by Phil Ramone, the record has such memorable tracks such as the saxophone infected “Moving Out” to ballads like “Always A Woman To Me”. RATING: 8. Favourite track “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” is great but “Moving Out” is my favourite. #vinyl#vinylrecords#vinylcommunity#vinyllovers#vinyloftheday#vinylcollection#albums#nowplaying#music#vinylgram#myvinylstop#vinyladdict#recordcollector#lp
Canados Band of Ghana - Afaa Boatemah (OJILP047, Ojikutu Records, 1985)
What a long-ass day. I needed something to lift my spirits and this is doing the trick. Gentle on my mind but in a way other than what John Hartford probably imagined.
A3, Mansuso-Koraa, is the one. A sprightly highlife with honeyed vocal harmonies and glorious filigreed guitar leads and organ solos that leave you light-headed.
HUMAN EXPRESSION BY MAGIC & NAKED
"Magic & Naked" is a band that I've discovered after a local swiss newspaper wrote a review about their appearence at the 2018 Paleo Festival. The writer described the band as the "Swiss Beach Boys". As a massive fan of the classic Californian band, the comment imediatly caught my attention. I started listening first to their latest full lenght album "Human Expression". This album was released in 2017 and recorded at Kerwax studios, one of the coolest recording studios in the world. If you have listened to this album with us today, you'll know that the band is not exactly similar to the Beach Boys. In fact, their album "Human Expression" goes more with the wave of modern indie music. I have found that what makes this album unique is the general resonance of the record. There is a mellow and re-freshing sound as if the band was seeking a modern sound while only using tools from the mid 20th century. The mellow aspect gets accentuated thanks to the voice of the lead singer. Something reminiscent of the 1960's. Even if this album has not been extremely exciting to listen to, I will definitely follow the band closely and keep you updated on their future endeavours. Lots of potential.
What did you think of the album ? Comment down below!
C.L.C Rating: 6/10