Friday, 8 December 2017

193. The Who - Live at Leeds


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Decca

Usually I'm not really a fan of live albums, prefering the polished studio version of a song over the slightly out-of-tune, chaotic live version. They often fail to replicate the 'magic' of being at said performance too. Live at Leeds is arguably one of the best (if not the most famous) live album of all time though and is included here as a representation of The Who's style/ability.

In previous times I've been slightly underwhelmed by The Who suggestions in this book. 'Sells Out' was fine but ran out of steam, and 'Tommy' was disappointing. This is probably the best of the three, although I could've done without the humour and the long version of My Generation.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Summertime Blues

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

192. Ananda Shankar - Andanda Shankar


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Reprise

I will confess that I sometimes have a habit of skipping the 'world albums' in this book - often with the intent on going back to them, but sometimes because I can't find the album on Spotify. I was intrigued to learn this record contain a couple of covers in the form of 'Jumpin Jack Flash' and 'Light My Fire' so I thought I'd give this a spin and I can honestly say I was fairly impressed by it. It was short enough to keep my attention, none of the songs outstayed their welcome and the album was actualyl very good.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Light My Fire

191. Nick Drake - Bryter Layter


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Island

Unlike the debut Nick Drake album - which I thought was brilliant - I've owned this one for around ten years or more, and so I won't bother listening to it again. Having said that, I think this one is stunning too.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Northern Sky

190. The Grateful Dead- American Beauty


A woodgrain panel with a circle in the middle—inscribed is a rose surrounded by the words "American Beauty".

Release Date: 1970
Label: Warner Bros

Another unexpected suprise! One which wouldn't have been so shocking if I'd been more aware of the (she's) Dead of course (apparently their previous album - this is their fifth release - was in the same vein). Anyway, I digress. I have descrived the band's previous album as something I 'wouldn't choose to listen to again.' and I was expecting more of the same. I was wrong. I really enjoyed this album, and the only song I couldn't get into was the final track. A vast improvement on their previous recommendation.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Ripple

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

189. Van Morrison - Moondance


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Warner Bros.

Now this is a strange thing indeed. Before listening to this, my only real knowledge of Vanguard Morrison was the 'Brown Eyed Girl' song - which I tolerate - and 'Astral Weeks' - which I own and think is crap - , but I actual rather enjoyed this. It was more upbeat and aurally pleasing than the aforementioned Astral, and I could easily see myself enjoying this again. Vanilla Morrison has definitely improved since his last album but I will have to deduct a point because it's Vangelis Morrison and he's a bore.

Rating: 7/10
Favourite Track: Caravan

188. Deep Purple - In Rock


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Harvest

We've had a number of rock albums recently - Led Zeppelin, Sabbath - and this is another. Technically the musicianship on this album is streets ahead of anything Ozzy Osbourne and his mates have achieved thus far, but unfortunately this doesn't make the listening more enjoyable. 

Rating: 4/10
Favourite Track: Child In Time

187. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III


A collage of butterflies, teeth, zeppelins and assorted imagery on a white background, with the artist name and "III" subtitle at center.

Release Date: 1970
Label: Atlantic

The third (obviously) album from Les Zeppelin is perhaps the worst of the band's quartet of classic albums. It is still very good, however. Having owned this for a few years I feel there is no need for me to listen to this again.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Immigrant Song
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