The "I bought/got an album!" thread

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Re: The "I bought/got an album!" thread

Post by Alec Taylor » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:25 pm

Artisan wrote:Only one problem with this set - the banana on the cover isn't frowning enough.
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Re: The "I bought/got an album!" thread

Post by Artisan » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:53 pm

Wait, I didn't credit you for that? Shit. Let me go back and edit the post.

I could have sworn I put that in a quote and attributed it to you. I must be losing my mind.

EDIT: I see. I wanted to say there was only one problem with the album but forgot after that. Screw it, I'll edit it here.

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Re: The "I bought/got an album!" thread

Post by The Silver Lining » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:31 am

Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive
Don McLean - American Pie

I have really been collecting classics lately, and I'm enjoying it.
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Re: The "I bought/got an album!" thread

Post by quicksilver » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:40 pm

Frampton kind of gets typecast into this 1970's teen idol musician, but he's really an accomplished guitarist and songwriter. Early Humble Pie is great.
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Re: The "I bought/got an album!" thread

Post by Artisan » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:02 pm

Chuck Berry - The Great 28 is delayed in the mail but I should be receiving that soon. The best compilation of Chuck's stuff around, unfortunately never properly released on CD. Record clubs in the mid 80s were the only distributors who had it, and since Chuck died the prices have been going up. It's missing You Never Can Tell and Promised Land, but it doesn't have My Ding-A-Ling - I'll take two missing classics over having to skip that... thing every time I listen in a heartbeat. His only #1 hit, such a shame. Anyway.

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Re: The "I bought/got an album!" thread

Post by The Silver Lining » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:53 pm

quicksilver wrote:Frampton kind of gets typecast into this 1970's teen idol musician, but he's really an accomplished guitarist and songwriter. Early Humble Pie is great.
I agree so much. I think the typecasting is just because he was probably the most popular rock artist (after the Beatles, at least) among women between ages 16 and 25 ever. This feat is just a bit more eye-catching than the fact that he was a really good musician.

Do You Feel Like We Do has amazing guitar work. That outro is the best outro ever.
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Re: The "I bought/got an album!" thread

Post by Artisan » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:12 pm

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Re: The "I bought/got an album!" thread

Post by Artisan » Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:48 pm

The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

I knew I would like these guys when I started listening to them, but I had no idea how much I would love them. These melodies are on the same plane as Bowie, and I'm having the same "this is what I've been looking for" feeling that I had when I first heard Ziggy Stardust. The melody in Fight Test is unbelievably gorgeous (I've listened to the Cat Stevens song that it apparently rips off, but I don't hear it in that song - maybe the same chord sequence, but I definitely don't hear the melody). In fact, the melody reminds me more of Five Years - another instance where the "plot device opening track" is so good that it ends up being the best song on the album.

The only problem with this band is that their albums are consistently mastered horribly; allegedly, the band loves the hyper-compressed sound with exaggerated EQ. On the other hand, the defining factor of psychedelic music is "something's off"; these are relatively conventional songs, but the sound of them is just slightly off and it gives it a glorious psychedelic vibe.

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Re: The "I bought/got an album!" thread

Post by Artisan » Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:36 am

Bought a bunch of stuff today. Incredibly varied. Try to make any sense out of these picks. Haven't listened to any of them yet (with the exception of the LPs and one CD).

Pink Floyd - Cambridge Station, used CD/DVD. I said I'd never pay more than $25, but it was never going to get cheaper than $28 and it was there so why not. There's a deformity at the top of the cover where it folds out. This is still the worst album cover/title convention ever, but I'm looking forward to diving into the contents.

Flaming Lips - Clouds Taste Metallic, used CD. I always knew I'd like these guys when I finally sat down and listened to them. This one is an orange cover inside a yellow shell; who could resist? For those who haven't listened, give One More Robot a shot - great Floyd vibe off that one. The bass line is an ascending E major scale with a raised IV, starting first on G# for an octave and repeating the same figure starting on E... I'm sure knowing that will make the song sound... better...

Captain Beefheart - Safe As Milk, used CD. Love Willie The Pimp by Zappa and I enjoyed his track from the Nuggets box set. The Black Keys claim this album to be one of the greatest. Time to find out if my already-weird taste in music has room for a vomit-voiced "blues"-ish throater belting out incomprehensible nonsense.

The Cramps - Bad Music For Bad People, new CD. If Captain Beefheart doesn't clear out the party, throw these guys on.

Waterboys - Secret Life, used CD. I actually have a copy of this where the last track skips. I never see any Waterboys in the used bins and at four bucks how could I resist? The CD spine text goes the wrong way though. Will have to buy a good condition copy of the original UK CD to rectify this.

Cream - Royal Albert Hall Reunion, used DVD. Cream are amazing and I will hear no word to the contrary.

Waterboys - self titled mini LP (promo) and Pagan Place, used LPs. There's very little musical overlap between Scottish-Irish I-will-do-what-I-want stadium folk and Pink Floyd so I rarely mention the Waterboys, but I am unhealthily obsessed with this band. (By my count, they have 521 officially released tracks, including B-sides, single/radio edits, live versions, alternate mixes, promo CD single exclusive tracks, etc., of which I have at least 430). Pretty sure both of these are original pressings, but I'm not positive yet.

Elvis Costello - Get Happy and Trust, used LPs. Again no musical overlap between Floyd and vocally deficient and mildly unintelligible English professor pub punk/pop/R&B/every other genre on the planet. These two records are among the best ever made though. Fairly certain both are original pressings as well.

Badfinger - Straight Up, used LP. The quintessential pop album. Firmly in my all-time top 3. This is one of like 12 albums on the planet to have never been reissued on vinyl. Don't know if this is an original pressing but it's definitely an early one. Only paid $35, the condition somewhat reflects that, but most copies that sound this good would be in the $65 to $80 range. They'll reissue the Beatles until the cows come home and get abducted by aliens, while this masterpiece languishes in the vaults (for LP enthusiasts, anyway). This was one of the six LPs I wanted back when I didn't even want a turntable, but now I have both. Both the record and the turntable, I mean. Not both of the six records. Although I do have three of those.

Also bought a set of Sanyo speakers which sound much better than the utterly trashed '80s outdoor bookshelf-sized speakers which distort at any volume above 4 dB. Going to wake the neighborhood with some Waterboys tomorrow. :twisted:

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Re: The "I bought/got an album!" thread

Post by Artisan » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:16 pm

Picked up an original (or at least early - 73-76) pressing of Quadrophenia at the flea market yesterday. The jacket is beat up but the book is in great shape and only side four had significant scratches, which I cleaned up nicely - now there's only a little recurring pop at the beginning of The Rock. Great use of two bucks!

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Re: The "I bought/got an album!" thread

Post by Artisan » Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:38 pm

Came back from the flea market (last one of the season, sadly) with a handful of nice records: great condition original (or at least early) pressings of CCR's Green River, Cream's Disraeli Gears, Stones' Hot Rocks, and three (mostly unplayable) Hank Williams LPs that the seller insisted I take. But, for three dollars, I got a trashed jacket containing a decent condition disc of Ummagumma - no studio album, just the live one. Fine by me - I'd been tempted by the new reissue, but I didn't want to spend $38 on an album I'd only listen to half of. The one I got has seen better days. Very crackly, but hey, if I want to hear it without the crackle, I've got the CD.

Vinyl is just a fad and a marketing ploy, nobody can really like an outdated inconvenient medium like that - it's based on nostalgia and style alone... :roll:

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Re: The "I bought/got an album!" thread

Post by Alec Taylor » Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:55 pm

I recently got a vinyl copy of Wet Dream at a local record store (living in an old major city has its perks sometimes). It's a radio promo disc straight from CBS Records that wasn't played a single time. Who would have thought that a mint condition record by Rick Wright that probably sold like 13 copies would end up in Midwestern America some forty years later?
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Re: The "I bought/got an album!" thread

Post by The Silver Lining » Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:13 pm

Radiohead - The Bends

Fantastic album. This album is often overlooked because OK Computer is arguably even better and a lot more iconic. But if it weren't for OK Computer, The Bends would be much more recognized as a groundbreaking album where every single song is an absolute masterpiece.

Angèle - Brol

Also fucking fantastic. This is normally not my type; the first time you listen to it you get a lot of the "run-off-the-mill electropop artist with a pretty face" vibes from it. When you take a closer look at it, you notice she's actually only mocking that type of commercial music, and her lyrics are absolutely fantastic with a lot of criticism about how men and women (mis)treat each other.

For instance:

Les gens me disent à demi-mot
Pour une fille belle t'es pas si bête
Pour une fille drôle t'es pas si laide
Tes parents et ton frère ça aide
Oh, tu parles de moi
C'est quoi ton problème?
J'ai écrit rien qu'pour toi le plus beau des poèmes
Laisse-moi te chanter
D'aller te faire en, hmm-
Ouais j's'rai polie pour la télé
Mais va te faire en, hmm-
Balance ton quoi
Balance ton quoi
Balance ton quoi


Translated (sadly with a lot of puns and hidden meanings lost in translation):

People who say to me implicitly
You're not so stupid for a pretty girl
You're not so ugly for a funny girl
Your parents and your brother, it helps
Oh, you're talking about me?
What's your problem?
I've written only for you
The most beautiful poem

Let me sing to you
to go fu...
Yeah, I'll be polite for the TV
But go fu...
Expose your what
Expose your what
Expose your what
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