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"What are you listening to right now?" thread
27 March 2020
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Von Bontee said

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...OK, this is one schizo collection of sounds - Motown wasn't sure yet what to do with this kid's gifts. And so they try him in a variety of formats - jazz instrumentals, Ray Charles covers, straight adult standards, and even a kind of half-assed beach-themed concept. And surprisingly little of the familiar Motown sound that is sweeping the world at the time. (These were recorded between 1962 and '64) Some of this works, some of it doesn't...but all of it is worthwhile, because (no longer little) Stevland Judkins Morris of Saginaw, Michigan was and is a goddamned genius (and I want to wish him a happy 70th birthday right now, a coupla months early because life is uncertain), and he's irrepressable. And he's all over these records, moving from bongos to keyboards back to drum kit - and seemingly always with his radiant-sounding chromatic harmonica in hand. His voice (not yet changed) is ultimately still that of a child's (however staggeringly talented); and anyways, there's something kinda creepy when young adolescents sing of adult romance. For now, at least, that eternally happy-bluesy harmonica feels more like his "real" voice than his actual voice does...
All five of these are mildly-to-very-to-barely enjoyable, and none of them are classic. An interesting start to a career/discography that's about to get a lot better....

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...and we come to the second phase of Stevie's career, his mid-to late teens (1966-1970), when his voice deepens and matures, he begins writing more and participating in the production, adds the Hohner Clavinet to his arsenal and he becomes a consistent smash-hit maker. And Motown consistently churns out IN-consistent albums built on a title smash (occasionally two), assorted covers (including the Doors, Dylan, Sonny & Cher (!), Dylan-via-The Byrds, and many labelmates), passable filler, wonderful filler, and always a bit of sappy balladry that will never vanish entirely from his catalog. (It'll help him win many, many awards in future!)

Basically, all of these albums are in the range of good-to-very good, with some earth-shattering highs ("Up-Tight" is one of the finest singles of ever) along the way. And still not a truly great album in the bunch. "Signed, Sealed" and "For Once..." are possibly the standouts, for now...but the real step forward won't happen until Stevie turns 21, and renegotiates his Motown contract so he can start to make his own records his own way....


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...but first lemme take a step back a year or two or three to deal with these three weirdos. "Someday At Christmas" I only played once (nearly once), and it wasn't bad, but I'm not gonna give a second listen until December. Also pleasant and occasionally mildly exciting is the entirely instrumental Adult Contemporary debut of one "Eivets Rednow", who adds a very familiar-sounding harmonica solo style to the proceedings. Smooth! And the live album is a bit pointless, but does generate some heat when the band extends the grooves a bit. Also: an extended drum solo from the leader, as well as some cool electronic embellishments to his extended clavinet solo on "Shoo Bee Doo Bee..." - a glimpse into the future of his sound, as it approaches its flowering...

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It doesn't take a genius to know the connection between these two albums

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Includes the song that Jimi Hendrix said was the best single of 67 (he really wasn't too far off), a #1 cover of our reason for congregation and best of all, an almost contemporaneous Abbey Road acolyte that never ceases to bring my ears joy.

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Beatlebug said
I have The Inner Light stuck in my head thanks to the Inner Light Challenge ahdn_paul_01

it's very nice a-hard-days-night-george-9

You forgot to add #innerlight2020

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LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver. Still one of the very best rock albums of this millennium; it's like James Murphy managed to perfectly distill his midlife crisis into 56 minutes of glorious indie rock-meets-dance-meets-new wave.

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Dingle Lad said

You forgot to add #innerlight2020

Nah, I already spent like an hour and a half #innerlight2020-ing (between learning and recording), I think that was enough. ahdn_george_06

Currently listening to this masterpeas, released on this day in 1973:

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Beatlebug said
Currently listening to this masterpeas, released on this day in 1973:
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Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy

Gotta love the masterpeas...

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Revving up for the Bowie episode of Extras on BBC1 tonight. Yeah, I've got it on DVD but it's on telly tonight!!!!

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Finally got round to watching theneedledrop (probably my favourite music-related youtuber, through whom I've discovered a great deal of amazing stuff) do his list of the top 200 albums of the 2010s, and since Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly got the number 1 spot (sorry if I just spoiled it for anyone), I've decided to revisit it, and damn, it's just as good as I remembered. The instrumentals are this gorgeous mixture of hip-hop, jazz, funk and soul, and the lyrics, storytelling and overall concept are executed just perfectly. It's quite a bit longer than most of my favourite albums, but it's definitely worth every second.

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I haven't listened to all six discs straight through in nearly a decade but it can be fascinating. I liken it to reading all the footnotes in The Lord of the Rings, just a lot more exciting.

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Sonic Youth covering Within You, Without You... Fantastic version...

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Necko said
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The Sick Humor of Lenny Bruce - Lenny Bruce (1959)

Huh I was just thinking about Lenny Bruce*......That's freaky a-hard-days-night-paul-4ahdn_paul_02

Anyhoo, in order to stay-on-topic, I'm currently taking a break from my Beatlesthon and listening to:

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lovelyritametermaid said

Necko said

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The Sick Humor of Lenny Bruce - Lenny Bruce (1959)

Huh I was just thinking about Lenny Bruce*......That's freaky a-hard-days-night-paul-4ahdn_paul_02


Anyhoo, in order to stay-on-topic, I'm currently taking a break from my Beatlesthon and listening to:

This Drifters cover is fantabulous. Tony Sheridan does a great cover of Dion's version just to tie this into the Beatles

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I haven't listened to all six discs straight through in nearly a decade but it can be fascinating. I liken it to reading all the footnotes in The Lord of the Rings, just a lot more exciting.

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