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hutch0
Date: 2008-05-22 23:36
Subject: music for pleasure
Security: Public
Location:the bedroom in the sky
Mood:calmcalm
Music:men at work
I was, as we say, `up West' this afternoon on a job, and afterward I went home via the Virgin Megastore Which I Refuse To Call `Zaavi,' and I scored an absolute cornucopia of stuff which I either have on cassette or had on cassette and have lost, or heard once many years ago. It seems there are a lot of cheap CD reissues coming out at the moment from my adolescence or early twenties, stuff I haven't listened to for a long time. So I picked up a Thomas Dolby collection - most people remember Dolby for `She Blinded Me With Science,' but he was producing some of the smartest synthesiser pop of the day and `One Of Our Submarines' is a marvellous track; Men At Work's first album, Business As Usual - everyone remembers (usually with affection) `Down Under,' with its lines about vegemite sandwiches and men chundering, but there's some very good stuff on this album and I think it's an underrated masterpiece; a couple of early-ish Tom Waits albums, Closing Time and The Heart Of Saturday Night, from the days when the gravel-voiced fairground barker was still doing melody. There's a song called `Martha' on Closing Time which may be one of the most heartbreaking I've ever heard. I'm still trying to get hold of the album where he covers `Somewhere' from West Side Story, which is enormously touching. And finally I grabbed a Journey collection. You may laugh, but when I was out in Wisconsin in the Summer of '81 Journey were an integral part of my soundtrack (as were the Alan Parsons Project) and I've been looking for a collection with all those songs on it, and it finally found one that more or less fits the bill. I still think `Lights' is a lovely song.
Anyone who's interested, I can heartily recommend all of these, and more.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-05-23 00:08 (UTC)
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Hm. I must try some Tom Waits. I hadn't realized he had an early period when he did melody. All the stuff of his I've heard must obviously come from later than that! (Except for Loreena McKennitt's marvelous "Tom Waits-style Grensleeves" on her The Visit . . .)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-05-23 21:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I like a lot of his stuff up to Swordfishtrombones, and then he and I had to part company, I'm afraid, although I'm told he does a storming version of `The Earth Dies Screaming' on a later album.
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