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On the CD player this week (yes I am still playing cd's and sometimes vinyl)
Loreena McKennitt - Nights from the Alhambra
Jimmy LaFave - Buffalo return to the plains
Arto Lindsay - Salt
John Coltrane - The Classic quartet cd2
Joy Division - Heart and soul.
yes I am still playing cd's and sometimes vinyl
Me too! Although I've sadly traded my wonderful system in NYC for a turntable contraption that plugs into a computer, and a separate one-disc-only CD player that doesn't even display the track number. At least my speakers are good...
Most recent listens, Emil Gilels playing concertos by Saint-Saëns and Rachmaninov, plus Shostakovich preludes and fugues; and, Les Cris de Paris (chansons de la Renaissance) on Harmonia Mundi by Dominique Visse's ensemble.
>1 baswood: Coltrane is often played here, but we are mired in the latest technology. The best I can do is attach a cheap speaker to my phone. But Coltrane is on there even though I haven't yet been thorough in downloading jazz.
>2 LolaWalser: Arriving today in the mail, if promises are kept: Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and his 15 Quartets. The quartets are all on the phone. His preludes and fugues are one of the great secrets of the 20th Century.
I once wrote up my thoughts on each of the quartets (I know little technically about music) for a friend. One thing I remember was my thought at the time that the 1st was rather ordinary. Pretty enough, but sort of Shostakovich seeing how easy he could manage the form. Suddenly the 2nd is already fully mature Shostakovich (probably because it was written together with his amazing piano trio 2 in 1944). Every quartet is its separate masterpiece.
Others listened to this week:
1. Townes van Zandt (and terrific covers by the Be Good Tanyas)
2. Howe Gelb (I offered my son 20€ to learn the guitar on 4 Door Maverick: he said the picking was years beyond him)
3. Pixies and Pink Floyd (car cds for the long baseball drives with my son)
>6 Crypto-Willobie: I saw the Hollies live on stage at my local cinema in 1965
Wow. I'm jealous.
My Hollies Top 5
- I Can't Let Go
- Look thru any window
- I'm Alive
- Here I Go Again
- Bus Stop
My Cramps Top 5
- Drug Train
- Garbage Man
- Beautiful Gardens
- I Ain't Nothing But A Gorehound
- New Kind of Kick
Favourite 5 Hollies tracks
Just One Look
Here I go Again
'Rockin Robin tweet twidd-le dee' - lyrics don't get much better than that
>8 LolaWalser: Enjoyed listening to some of the tracks on youtube of Teresa Stratas sings Weil
Shostakovich by Lesser, the book on the string quartets has arrived. The battle between me and my son over the noise in the house will begin as soon as he returns home from school.
Glad to hear that. I'm not fond of operatic voices outside their natural habitat and the two Stratas albums of Weill's songs are the only such examples I have--the first album, "The unknown Kurt Weill" from 1981, made a big hit at the time. (It's also mentioned in several novels and memoirs of the period, for example Edmund White's The Farewell Symphony.
The second one is a little too orchestrated for my taste, but it does contain Le Roi d'Aquitaine, one of Weill's loveliest songs but for some reason rarely recorded.
Early this morning I listened to more Weill, "The music for Johnny Johnson", the first work he staged in America. It's filled with motifs from his European works but the Broadway-musical direction he was headed in (because he had no choice) is very clear: the very bright big band sound, hammy Anglo voices, silly names like Minnie Belle... one could write a book about the differences between the European and the American stage based on this one example.
Even brightened and stultified to suit American taste for infantile make-believe, "Johnny Johnson" was still too tart, satirical and depressing for Weill's new audience. The man who escaped the Gestapo by crossing into France on foot had yet to learn to write a happy end, or else.
If you're keen on the Hollies you probably already know this, but just in case, there's some interesting footage of them working on "Carousel" at EMI.
Right now some Stevie Ray Vaughan
Earlier CDs this afternoon
Tedeschi Trucks Band
In the car this am (iPod)
>1 baswood: Jimmy LaFave 1955-2017 - Buffalo Returns to the Plains 1995
LaFave was an American folk singer songwriter who leaned towards the country scene. Like most of his albums I have listened to Buffalo contains enough good songs to make it worthwhile. He had a distinctive vocal that just about copes with the songs he wrote. Good production and excellent guitar, mostly electric on this CD
Arto Lindsay - Salt
Lindsay is an American guitarist singer record producer and this 2004 album is full of well produced songs. Keyboards and some electronic effects give this an experimental feel. However this is at the expense of his guitar work, he only really cuts loose on one track. His soft vocals have Latin American influences. A very good listen.
Loreena McKennitt - Nights from the Alhambra
Canadian: she has a powerful folksingers voice something of a cross between Sandy Denny and Enya. This is a live album of Celtic influenced songs. I rarely like live albums it has to be an exceptional performance to win me over and this one does not. After about five songs her vocal mannerisms really started to get on my nerves. A double CD I did not get through the first one.
John Coltrane - The complete studio tracks from the classic quartet. Coltrane: tenor and soprano sax, McCoy Tyner piano, Jimmy Garrison Bass, Elvin Jones drums. I listened to cD2 of this eight CD collection. Tracks are from 1963 just before the group entered into free jazz territory. The music is sublime, Coltranes astounding technique and the interplay between group members is wonderful and there are plenty of ballads on this disc. This collection comes in a stiff cardboard type holder encased in a metal sleeve. It is very substantial and looks like it will last.
Joy Division - Heart and Soul.
This is a 4 cd collection of much of Joy Divisions material unlike the music the flimsy packaging is not going to last. This is music of despair. The group were active from 1976 until 1980 when the lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide. It is sparse original rock music with distinctive bass and guitar lines. It still gives me the shivers - absolutely wonderful
>21 Bookmarque: Gonna have a listen to some Byther Smith: he is a blues artist that I have not heard of before. I do enjoy some Stevie Ray vaughn especially when he does his Hendrix impersonations.
New week new playlist
Lennon - John Lennon
Justin Clark and the Transient ensemble
Burning Blue Soul - The The
Penitentiary Blues - David Allan Coe
Giovani Gabrieli Canzoni & Sonate - The London Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
New week, more Shostakovich quartets. The Lesser book on Shosty and his life viewed in step with the quartets is excellent.
I have not been listening to a lot lately. Joy Division though was always a favorite and The Cramps were another old favorite. Human and their version of the torch song Fever. Lux Interior with that hiccup-py voice.
Yesterday morning I put on a disc of Vivaldi's cello concertos, on Naxos. Once upon a time there were radio stations playing lots of classical music (without ads!) and, typically, in the early mornings you could count on getting earfuls of jaunty Baroque any time you tuned in.
The stations are gone, I never listen to the radio anymore, so sometimes I go Baroque by my own self. (The downside is that I have a tic where I must listen to the whole disc from start to finish, and that's a lot of jaunt.)
Later I listened to Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas", Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment led by René Jacobs on Harmonia Mundi.
This morning I went for Charlemagne Palestine's "Four manifestations on six elements" on Alga Marghen. A sonic disinfection of the mind.
Really like the idea of this thread - has had some stuff I like a lot - Coltrane and McKennit. And Rick’s choice of Townes.
If you haven’t yet seen the documentary Echoes in the Canyon, highly recommended for the music lover.
#22--I have a lot of Joy Division in vinyl--I also have the first couple of New Order LP's in vinyl and for people who don't know after Curtis's suicide the rest of the band became New Order. I lost interest when they turned more into a synth band. I'm a bit of a guitar nut though so.......to each their own. I also have Peter Hook's bio on the band Unknown Pleasures which is about his Joy Division days. They were pretty much all kids who didn't know how to deal with Curtis's grand mal seizures and the more gigs they did the more seizures
#23--Vaughan actually out-Hendrix's Hendrix. They were both amazing guitar players but Vaughan would shred leads for minutes behind his back and his strings were so thick that for any other guitar player they would have been like playing barb wire and he was bending the crap out of them to boot.
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