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uReview: Townes Van Zandt

For The Sake Of The Song

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Sometimes when I listen to Townes, it makes me feel like nothing else could ever reach his level.
But does the production on this debut truly take the steam out of the songs?
And if this isn’t his best record, which one is?

:) Vinyl Search | ebay ]
:D CD Reissue | 2007 | Fat Possum | amazon ]
8-) Spotify link | listen ]

uReview: Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols

Nevermind The Bollocks

We’ve been on about some great albums from 1977 and I wanted to hear your thoughts on this big fella. Are Never Mind The Bollocks and the Sex Pistols really worthy of their reputation?

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“Pretty Vacant”

:) Vinyl | 1977 | Virgin | search ebay ]
;) MP3 Album | download at amzn ]

uReview: The White Album

White Album

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Okay, The Beatles are everywhere again and we haven’t got a single post about them anywhere. Here’s why. When I list my top five bands, I usually just ignore these guys. Like an automatic number 1. “Besides the Beatles.” Of course, no contest.

That said. I’ve never had a strong opinion on the White Album. Very curious to hear your thoughts. What’s your take? As Len wondered:

Flawed but indispensible masterpiece, or overlong self-indugent monument to a crumbling institution?

:D CD Reissue | 2009 | EMI | at amazon ]

uReview: Bruce Springsteen “Greetings From Asbury Park”

Asbury Park

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So what of THE BOSS? Is this debut his finest moment? Second to its successor? Was the best of Bruce a ways to come? Is it even worth listening to?

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“Blinded By The Light”

:) Original Vinyl | 1973 | Columbia | ebay ]
;) MP3 Album | download ]
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uReview: Neil Young “Trans”

Trans

I was a late bloomer to Neil Young’s music and still no expert. But I’m curious about this synthesized 1982 departure called Trans. What’s the score on this one?

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“We R In Control”

:D CD Reissue | 1999 | Polydor | buy ]
:) Original Vinyl | 1982 | Geffen | ebay ]

uReview: Bob Dylan “Self Portrait”

Self Portrait

allmusic: 2 stars
Robert Christgau: C+
Rolling Stone’s Greil Marcus: “What is this shit?”
Rolling Stone today: 4 stars

TRS uReview:
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mp3: Wigwam

:D CD Reissue | 1989 | Sony | buy amazon ]
:) Original Vinyl | 1970 | Columbia | search ebay ]

uReview: Dark Side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon

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The Pink Floyd’s best album… or worst album? Cheezy and overplayed… or undeniably genius?
Even after 10+ Wizard of Oz syncs (yes, I have done it that many times) , I still can’t decide on this one.
What’s your call?

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:) Original vinyl search | ebay ]

uReview: The CCR Discography

I gotta be honest. I grew up with a ton of Creedence, but I’m not exactly familiar with their LPs. My experience with the band comes largely thru massive classic rock radio exposure and the Chronicle I and II collections. Late last year Fantasy Records reissued CCR’s first six albums on CD and MP3, but I want to hear from you before I dive in:

Check Your Top 5 Tom Waits Albums

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Q. Give us your low-down on CCR. What was your runner up album?

uReview: Steely Dan “Can’t Buy A Thrill”

Can't Buy A Thrill

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“The perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies.” -Rolling Stone

“Think of the Dan as the first post-boogie band: the beat swings more than it blasts or blisters, the chord changes defy our primitive subconscious expectations, and the lyrics underline their own difficulty…” -Robert Christgau

“Steely Dan gargles my balls.” – Seth Rogen’s character in “Knocked Up

Q: What’s your take on Steely Dan’s 1972 debut?

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uReview: The Kinks in the 60s

Well that about does it for my reviews of 60s Kinks albums. But I’m curious to know what our readers have to say of their 60s output, and which are your favorite albums?

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So, what did you pick, and why?