Monday, July 3, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-07-02

Thunderball: one of the ones that got away... I used to have this album as a kid, and I remember staging elaborate battle scenes with toy soldiers (or puppets?) with it going on in the background... wonderfully evocative... I stupidly sold it in a purge years ago, one of my few album-loss regrets... at least I can stream it... I've been going back and listening to other music from the Who Doesn't Fade? sessions... much of it is more aggressive than what we released, but more unfocused... can't release everything!... Highlight of the Grateful Dead documentary soundtrack is the 24-minute "Dark Star" from the Fillmore East 1970-02-14... much better sound than what was previously available... In the meanwhile, getting my prog rocks off with Steve Hackett... Phil Collins' drumming is always a pleasure... at least up to 1981, after which I just couldn't take his music any more... I'd stopped listening to Genesis long before... In my further explorations of Keiji Haino, I've delved into Fushitsusha, and this is some wild stuff... sonically dense noise guitar trio work... not crazy about his vocalizing, but it does work in context... Area is by far the greatest Italian prog group: a unique mixture of hard rock, fusion synth lines, free out jazz, and the insane vocals of leader Demetrio Stratos... Also enjoying revisiting the early folk psychedelia of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd...  Piper at the Gates of Dawn is closer to the Canterbury scene than any of their later albums, which is why I prefer it... by the time of Meddle, I get pretty bored... the Beatles Sgt. Pepper box continues to blow me away... The other big 1967 release, of course, is the Beach Boys Wild Honey collection... more on that next week!

Playlist 2017-07-03:

*John Barry: Thunderball (original soundtrack)
*Muhal Richard Abrams Experimental Band: 2012-08-25 Saalfelden, Austria (CDR)
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: 1995-01-12 Santa Cruz, CA (CDR)
*Arthur Blythe: Illusions
*Arthur Blythe: Blythe Spirit
*Nels Cline/Henry Kaiser/Jim Thomas/Weasel Walter/Allen Whitman: Jazz Free: A Connective Improvisation
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2016-12-26 Nashville (wav) (selections)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2016-12-28 Nashville (wav) (selections)
*Duke Ellington: Live Th. Champs Elysées 29/30 Janvier 1965, Part. 2
*Fushitsusha: II (disc 2)
*Barry Guy & London Jazz Composers Orchestra: 1975-03-10 London (CDR)
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Amphi • Radio Rondo
*Bill Laswell: Baselines
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: 2017-01-04 NYC (CDR)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-06-12: "Spread the Eggs" (wav)
*Tony Oxley Sextet: 1998-09-10 Cologne, Germany (CDR)
*Eddie Prévost-John Stevens Double Trio: 1978-08-02 London (CDR)
*Ben Redwine/Daniel Barbiero/Jonathan Matis: Microeconomics
*Devadip Carlos Santana & Turiya Alice Coltrane: Illuminations
*Area: Crac!
*Jose "Chepito" Areas: Jose "Chepito" Areas
*Syd Barrett: The Madcap Laughs
*Beach Boys: 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow
*Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band (Super Deluxe Ed.) (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Buffalo Springfield: Buffalo Springfield Again
*Faust: Rien
*Grateful Dead: Long Strange Trip: Motion Picture Soundtrack
*Grateful Dead: Cornell 5.8.77 (disc 2)
*Steve Hackett: Voyage of the Acolyte
*Pink Floyd: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
*Prince: Crystal Ball (discs 2, 3)
*Stereolab: Chemical Chords
*Brian Wilson: Live at the Roxy Theatre (disc 1)
*WMWS: One Night Stand

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