2017 listens

Crosby, Stills & Nash: Debut record from 1969, I only recognised one tune from this, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, the rest is good though. Stills played most of the instruments on this, Crosby and Nash only played guitar on a few tracks. They didn’t even get to play on their own songs apart from the singing, I guess Stills was the better player. The font on the cover reminds me of Twin Peaks. Nice. The above is the Ghostbusters version of the cover. Ha!

Mazzy Star: So Tonight That I Might See – Album number two, the one featuring their big hit Fade Into You. Which is a top tune.

Joe Henderson: Page One – Debut record from Joe, released in 1963, tops of course, and check out that excellent cover.

Donald Byrd: A New Perspective – Another jazz record from 1963, this one is quite famous (and again, has an ace cover) so I was quite looking forward to hearing it. Unfortunately it sounded a bit dated to my uncultured ears, the jazz music is amazing, but there are vocal chants as well. Sounded naff to me but I should revisit this. My first Blue Note record procured on vinyl.

Rocktrip ‘82 – An Aussie compilation I found on vinyl, there were heaps of these types of compilations made back in the day, this one features Adam Ant, Men at Work, Prince, Roxy Music and Simple Minds.

Modular Presents Leave Them All Behind – 2-disc compilation featuring The Rakes, Cut Copy, Fiery Furnaces, The Kills and The Killers. And a bunch more.

Mojo: I Just Can’t Be Happy Today – Yet another punk compilation. The Damned, Alternative TV, The Vibrators and The Adverts among a bunch more rattle off their songs from a long time ago.

Album Count 2017: 182

More 2017 discs

Sam Rivers: Dimensions & Extensions – Recorded in 1967 but not released until 1986 (with original intended artwork and catalogue number) this is tops stuff. Corking good cover.

Blur: Think Tank – Album number seven, I need to give this a decent listen, have thrashed Parklife recently so need to thrash this, as it’s good according to the interwebs. Probably not as good as Parklife but that record is quite exceptional.

Emmylou Harris: Cimarron – Found this on vinyl and kind of like the cover, not a fan really but it’s OK. Not a record proper though, just a bunch of unreleased recordings cobbled together to make a record.

Eagles of Death Metal: Zipper Down – Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme with their (tongue in cheek?) band. Released the month before the Paris attacks, not had a decent listen yet, I thought Jesse acted like a real twat after those Paris attacks so put me off a bit. I’m a fan of of Josh though (who was not at that concert).

Billy Joel: An Innocent Man – Billy’s ninth record, containing those big tunes Uptown Girl and Tell Her About It. Interestingly a concept album paying homage to musical styles of the 50s and 60s. 10 songs on the album, seven were released as singles. Milking it.

Mogwai: Mr. Beast – Album number five from these Scots. Gets good reviews so need to have another listen.

Album Count 2017: 175

2017 Musical Releases

Keith Jarrett: The Koln Concert – Released in 1975 this went onto become the biggest selling solo jazz album in history. Go Keith!

Huey Lewis & the News: Picture This – Album number two from the geeky Huey & the News. Pure naff 80s.

Joni Mitchell: Blue – I got this on vinyl for Ana, Joni is a favourite of hers and this is her most well known record, pretty good too!

Betty Boo: Grrr! It’s Betty Boo – Second and last Betty Boo album, her first is the one everyone remembers but this is fun stuff too.

Flight of the Conchords – Giggles galore.

Blondie: Best of Blondie – Excellent stuff enclosed here of course.

Queens of the Stone Age: Rated R – This is a pretty good rock record, I thought I had it already but turned out I didn’t so score when i found it for a $1!

Dizzy Gillespie: The Very Best – What it says on the box.

Album Count 2017: 169

More 2017 musical discs

$64,000 Jazz: This Jazz compilation is from 1955, might be the oldest LP I have. Benny, Louis, Duke and a bunch of old timey jazz dudes feature.

Bright Eyes: I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning – Not had a decent listen to this, probably OK though.

Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter was a blues guitarist (he died in 2014), known for producing some Muddy Waters records. Funny looking dude. This is his second album from 1969, the vinyl is a bit battered but it’s good stuff.

Franz Ferdinand: Tonight – Album number three from these Scottish lads. Not as memorable as their first two but pretty good. I saw these chaps live back in the day, they were tops.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Moanin’ – Top stuff from the Messengers, from 1958.

Carly Simon: Playing Possum – I’ve not even listened to this, got it for the cover really, which Rolling Stone ranked as number 20 in their top 100 record covers list. Sgt. Peppers was at number one obviously. Some of the other choices are dodgy.

Al Stewart: Orange – I got this in Wellington at Slow Boat records down Cuba Street. I think I’ll be visiting this record shop a lot in the future. It’s tops. As is this LP.

Album Count 2017: 161

Catching up on my 2017 listens

MOJO: Beyond Saturn – This is a tops compilation of ‘mind-blowing cosmic tracks’ compiled by Paul Weller. Neu!, Panda Bear and Charles Mingus blow my mind among others.

Alan Fears/Husband – I first came across Mr Fears through a design and illustration website I follow (Its Nice That) where some of his illustrations were featured. He also makes music, so I checked him out on Bandcamp and eventually got his entire discography of his solo stuff and a band he was in called Husband. Funny and catchy it all is. Tops.

Aldous Harding: Party – Excellent second LP from Kiwi Aldous. Produced by PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish.

Interpol: El Pintor – Album number five from these New Yorkers. Good stuff.

Fleet Foxes: Crack Up – Just look at that cover artwork by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Hamaya. It’s ace, as is the music. Maybe not as good as their other stuff but tops all the same.

Singing Detective OST – I think I already have this but its a fave so got it to make sure I had it in the collection. Might have to watch the show again, I remember it being amazing.

Janis Joplin: The Essential – Thought I’d give Janis a good go, not actually had a proper listen as yet.

Kasabian: For Crying Out Loud – Album number six from these English chaps. The cover star is their roadie. Pretty good cover artwork, not really listened properly yet.

Neil Finn: Dizzy Heights – This is Neil’s third solo record, I thought he had more solo records than just three. Anyway, this is OK.

Grease OST – Found this on LP, gatefold cover. Novelty factor, will never listen to it.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind OST – Found this on vinyl somewhere, worth a listen, not as good as I remember but a cool cover nonetheless.

London Grammar: Truth Is A Beautiful Thing – Hey guys, how about a smile for the cover next album?

The Highwaymen: Very Best Of – Willie, Johhny, Kris and Waylon. Excellent.

Herbie Mann: Live at the Whiskey A-gogo – This features excellent guitar player Warren Harding “Sonny” Sharrock who was about to sign his first major record deal when he died of a heart attack. Bummer.

St. Vincent: Strange Mercy & Masseduction – St. Vincent is one of my new faves, I first heard her on the album she did with David Bryne a while back. Strange Mercy is her third record and Masseduction was just released last year (her fifth), top stuff all around.

Album Count 2017: 154

Music recordings

Modern Jazz Quartet: Blues to Bach – I got this slab of wax ages ago, bit of a weird one, jazz dudes playing Bach.

REM: Automatic for the People – op shop score, and has just been re release with all the normal extras, this is just the original version, and is ace, probably my fav later R.E.M.


Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left – I treated myself to a new vinyl, well, a reissue from 1969, actual new release vinyls are too expensive. So got this great record from nick, his debut, he only released two more records before taking his own life at 26. This was so good I went back and got his second, Bryter Layter, which is ace as well. During his lifetime his records hardly sold, it was not until a few years after his death he became popular.

Big Star – No. 1 Record – I had to get this on vinyl as it was reasonably priced, and is a tops record with a tops cover. They were a top band though.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Polygondwanaland  – This Melbourne band released this record for free, they had MP3, WAV, CD burn versions for download, and even one for vinyl, if you could be bothered pressing a vinyl. Anyway, it’s good stuff! They have released 12 albums since 2012 so are a busy band. This one is the 4th record released this year!

Album Count 2017: 126

Not from Polygondwanaland this, but ace all the same: