Golden Discs

This week was Golden Week in Japan, a week that has three public holidays (The previous Emperor’s birthday, Constitution Memorial Day, and Greenery Day) with many people taking the in-between days off. I worked on Tuesday and Wednesday however, and kids still have to go to school on those days. Anyway, it was my intention this week to buy one CD per day and while it did not work out I almost got there. My previous post documented three CDs I got in Toyama, and I have three more to natter about.

U2 – War
I like early U2, and this album which is their third is one of the best in my opinion. I remember “Two Hearts Beat As One” being a fave song of mine back when I was 10 or so, and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year’s Day” are other memorable songs. The rest of the songs are quite forgettable, but not terrible or anything.

The boy who was on the cover (and the cover of “Boy”) is a photographer now and still close to the band. His website is pretty good.

Annie Lennox – Diva
I was in Mandai, a fave place to get used CDs, and was having trouble finding something. I was about to give up when I spotted this and thought “What the heck, it is only 108 yen, and Annie has a damn good singing voice, plus this has the songs “Why” and “Walking On Broken Glass” which I heard so much on the radio while I was working back in the day (1992) that they are permanently imprinted on my brain, which is not a bad thing as they are good songs. Besides, nostalgia is a good thing.”

Well, the deal was sweetened even more as I got a discount, probably because it was Golden Week, and it ended up costing only 80 yen. I walked out of Mandai with a big smile on my face.

And indeed, this is a good album, hearing those familiar old tunes again is good tonic. The filler songs are nothing stand-out, but don’t ruin the album at all. I shall be returning to this again some day.

Graham Coxon – Happiness In Magazines
Yesterday, I picked James up from tennis practice, and his request on the way home was to go to Book Off because there was 20 percent off all books (not CDs which miffed me a bit). The selection of used CDs was a bit on the anemic side, but I struck gold when I found this for 500 yen (a bit more than what I am used to paying, but I knew it would be worth it). I have not listened to this yet, but I am quite certain it is most excellent, my mind is not blurred on that at all.

Click on the following album covers to download from FMA…

Broke For Free – Gold Can Stay
This is a free download from the excellent Free Music Archive website. I already have several of this guy’s other releases, so I went back for more. Splendid.

Dask – Abiogenesis and Liquid Decimation
Whilst on FMA I came across this ambient/downtempo band and liked what I heard, so I downloaded both of this chap’s albums. I have not had a good listen, but one night I will load this up on my smartphone, get a bevvie, put on my bluetooth headphones, turn the lights off, and have a good listen.

I was thinking yesterday that it would be darn good to go and blow ten grand (yen that is, but jeez, imagine spending $10,000 on music…that would be pure bliss, and I would do it here) on vinyl at a used record shop in the central city. There is some pretty decent stuff there, and priced very reasonably, so I may do that after saving up for it. I plan to get a few old blues albums.

Music count 2018: 50

One of my fave YouTube channels at the moment…

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