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"What are you listening to right now?" thread
25 May 2020
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I've been making my way through Mad Men for the first time (about a decade late to the party, I know...) and there are some real gems in the soundtrack. Tomorrow Never Knows and also The Beach Boy's I Just Wasn't Made For These Times both feature prominently in episodes. But I'm loving a lot of the smooth, bossa nova-y tracks.

 

I'll link a few in case anyone gets a kick out of them too!

 

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I've been making my way through Mad Men for the first time (about a decade late to the party, I know...) and there are some real gems in the soundtrack. Tomorrow Never Knows and also The Beach Boy's I Just Wasn't Made For These Times both feature prominently in episodes. But I'm loving a lot of the smooth, bossa nova-y tracks.

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Loved "Mad Men"! (I'm currently re-rewatching the entire series with mombontee; she's never seen it in full.) I know I mentioned the show several times on a few different threads here years ago. (There was another forum member viewing too; we were both excited for Sally getting Beatles-at-Shea tickets!)

Prompted by three separate FB friends commemorating this album's 40th anniversary a few days ago, I'm listening to Diana Ross (and Chic)

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New Broadway Cast of Hello, Dolly! - Hello, Dolly! (New Broadway ...Image Enlarger

Like I love Barbara Streisand and Ethel Merman's Dollys a lot but still this cast is pretty stacked ngl-- like David Hyde Pierce as Horace Vandergelder is terrific? Bette Midler as Dolly is terrific? and I really like the 2017 revival's  Barnaby and Cornelius kind of too??? And fecking Beanie Feldstein is in too???!!! Stacked.

We got elegance-- if you ain't got elegance, you can never carry it off! 

But yeah David Hyde Pierce as Mr. Vandergelder is fantastic:

And now I feel a strong need to go back and rewatch the 1968 movie a-hard-days-night-paul-7a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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Beatlebug said about 22 hours ago
Released on this day in 1978:

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David Gilmour - David Gilmour

Quite a nice little excursion, lots of tonally Floydesque fingerprints from the period but much more relaxed structurally à la Obscured By Clouds (apparently one of David's few listened-to Floyd records, I read somewhere that he was known to direct it into the garden of a summer's day) .  

I listened to it three times in all today and am currently replaying some of the highlights because I c a n ' t g e t e n o u g h and I think next I'm gonna listen to Rick Wright's solo album Wet Dream released the same year, what A Nice Pair. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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Currently listening to "Morrison Hotel" by the Doors. Some tracks are brilliant, whilst others are pretty hit-or-miss. Depending on how much you enjoy Morrison's vocals, this album could be a great one or a lousy one, more so than any other album I find. The rest of the band is doing their jobs quite well, and their overall performance and synergy very much a step-up from their previous album, "The Soft Parade". I find some of my favorite organ and piano works by Manzarek on this album, while Krieger pulls off both raw and delicate blues riffs and licks on this album. Densmore, while taking a bit of a back seat on most of the tracks, really shines on certain tracks like "Roadhouse Blues" and "Queen of the Highway". Overall, a 7.5/10 album for me.

Personal favorites include: "Waiting for the Sun", "Land Ho!", "The Spy" and "Queen of the Highway".

Next up: Duke Ellington - "Ellington Uptown".

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Not sure if it's me, but right now I'm 90% sure that this is the most beautiful piece of music ever recorded:

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QuarryMan said
Not sure if it's me, but right now I'm 90% sure that this is the most beautiful piece of music ever recorded:

t=108s

Those are some strong claims right there. Not familiarized at all with Cocteau Twins, but that link is... pretty damn beautiful, I'll say that.

"Most beautiful piece of music ever recorded"? Mmmmm. The key word there is "beautiful" right. Here are my nominees for the "Most beautiful piece of music ever recorded" (considering my very limited musical knowledgea-hard-days-night-ringo-10):

 

https://youtu.be/6NWjRmfnmIk

 

https://youtu.be/-34Z21pozb4

 

https://youtu.be/I4xw_Dx0pIg

 

https://youtu.be/xe3NUKCnZp4

 

 

 

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Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- y'know who

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Jules said

Those are some strong claims right there. Not familiarized at all with Cocteau Twins, but that link is... pretty damn beautiful, I'll say that.

"Most beautiful piece of music ever recorded"? Mmmmm. The key word there is "beautiful" right. Here are my nominees for the "Most beautiful piece of music ever recorded" (considering my very limited musical knowledgea-hard-days-night-ringo-10):

Some nice choices there, especially dig the Bowie and Spiritualized picks. You should really look into CTs some more, they were one of the foundational dream pop acts and their music was a direct influence on the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Beach House, and indeed Spiritualized. I'd recommend their 1990 album Heaven or Las Vegas in particular, it fuses pop elements with the more ethereal side of their music quite wonderfully, with highlights being the title track, 'Iceblink Luck', and 'Cherry-Coloured Funk'. Don't be bothered if you can't understand a word she's saying, either - that's part of the charm.

In the spirit of the comment I've just written, I'm now listening to

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Von Bontee said

Captain Beefheart

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I always associate Captain Beefheart with Marc Maron but I forget why

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Who Came First

A collection of unreleased tracks from the ‘Lighthouse Project’ Many of the songs for this project ended up on Whos Next, ex: Baba O’Reilly and Behind Blue Eyes, however many of the more compositional tunes were cast aside and Whos Next was released. An incredible album, but not quite the product that they were hoping to create. Quite similar to SMiLE, except the album that actually got released Who’s Next actually kicks ass as opposed to Smiley Smile

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TEN YEARS GONE, OH YES. OH HELL YES.

I'll have to think for a bit what my most beautiful pieces would be... ahdn_george_01

Anyway, I'm listening to the Beatles for once, I really should do this more often a-hard-days-night-paul-10 it's Beatles For Sale right now.

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In honor of Mick Ronson's birthday:
David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972)

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I enjoyed it before, particularly 'Miles Runs The Voodoo Down' and 'Sanctuary', but Bitches Brew has just clicked with me big time, particularly 'Spanish Key', which is just the funkiest, grooviest, hardest thing. 

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Today's listen: "Ellington Uptown" - Duke Ellington

This was quite a surprise to listen to, given the period it's on. For those who didn't know, the late 40's and 50's were the time when smaller, bop-emphasized bands were the ongoing trend (and will be for quite a while) whilst big bands the likes of Ellington were phasing out. As such, when I first listened to this album, I expected a half-decent albums with some good tracks and some filler material. I was very wrong.

I find almost all the tracks to be a neat treat, with different styles and moods to fit each occasion. The album features two of some of Ellington's most iconic tracks, "Take The A' Train" and "Perdido",  with other three less well known tracks: "Skin-Deep", "The Mooche" and "A Tone Parallel to Harlem (The Harlem Suite)". Both "A' Train" and "Perdido" are perhaps one of the best versions of the tracks I've ever heard anyone play, not just Ellington. Ellington's piano playing on both tracks are so delightfully melodic and upbeat that you can't help but snap your fingers at once you hear the first opening notes. 

The other three tracks are no slouches either."Skin-Deep" features heavy emphasis on it's percussion section, using it to drive the song's tempo and rhythm forward and cue-ing the brass section to follow it's lead. The track features several drum solos, not something you'd likely expect out of a big band the likes of Ellington, and it's a rare but nice treat. "Skin-Deep" also takes a lead from it's swing roots, with it's brass section doing a lot of call-and-responses. Unlike "Skin-Deep" however, "The Mooche" instead decides to let it's percussion take a back seat and allow it's woodwind section to sing freely, with the clarinet section taking the spotlight. Sporting a sombre-tone, the song features several top-notch clarinet solos. However, arguably the star track of the album goes to "Harlem", an original Ellington track at a whopping 14 minutes, and showcasing much of Ellington's classical influences. The has several mini-sections, with varying tempos, melodic keys and tones. Ellington and his band really showcased their teamwork and synergy on this track, with every section of the band doing exceptionally well.

Whilst these five-tracks are part of the original release, the spotify version I listened to was a 'Deluxe Edition', featuring other tracks to listen to. Whilst some were a bit forgettable, I find "Dance No. 1-5"to be an exceptionally delightful treat, sporting varying tones and moods akin to "Harlem". Pretty good, I must say.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Personal Highlights, includes: "Take the A' Train", "Harlem", "Perdido" and "Dance No.3"

Next up: "Low" - David Bowie

Side note: I'm really writing quite the novel.

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The Slider -- T. Rex (1972)

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@CakeMaestor I love that album too! Very early good stuff.

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Released on this day in 1975:

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Wings - Venus And Mars

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