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Old 01-24-2014, 02:16 PM   #221 (permalink)
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:29 PM   #223 (permalink)
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Um, why would I want to buy the band that wrote "Senses working overtime" and "Making plans for Nigel", and why would it heighten my enjoyment of "Screamadelica"? And what is Screamadelica, anyway?

James, I may look into those albums, though at the moment I have a long long list and much to write.
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:40 AM   #225 (permalink)
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Title: What's going on
Artiste: Marvin Gaye
Year: 1971
Chronological position: Eleventh album
Previous experience of this artiste?: Just his hits and I once saw part of a concert he gave transmitted on TV.
Why is this considered a classic? Probably due to the concept nature of it, its dealing with the return of a Vietnam vet to the “land fit for heroes” and the political message that sent for the times. Although there were of course protest songs, this was in the heyday of Motown records and I would hazard that for a black man to make such a damning, indicting record might have been quite a gamble in those times.

My thoughts
One minute (or thereabouts in) ---- Good, great, bad, meh, still waiting or other? Great
One track in --- Great
Halfway through --- Great
Finished --- Great

Comments: I have never heard a Marvin Gaye album before but this was recommended to me by Surell (so should maybe find its way to the “Recommended by...” thread in due course) and I thought I may as well give it a shot. Interesting to say that it was eleven albums into his chequered career before Marvin Gaye wrote or recorded what is considered a classic album., preceding a strong of albums that all performed very well in the US --- and one or two in the UK --- right up into the early eighties, two years in fact prior to his untimely death. Not only a classic then, but a springboard, it would appear, for a career that really seems to have taken off from here.

Okay well I know the opener and title track and have always loved it. Soft sweet soul with a real late sixties/early seventies vibe to it, maybe a motown peacenik song? Nothing wrong with that, let me tell you. Gotta love those strings; takes me right back. Drug dependence raises its ugly head in “Flyin' high (in the friendly sky)”, sounds a little psychedelic in places. There's a sort of disconnect with the melody that ties in with the idea of being high (I assume) and being somewhat out of control but not really caring.

“Save the children” is an impassioned plea to help the disadvantaged children of the world, a chilling forecast as Gaye sings “There'll come a time when the world won't be singin', flowers won't grow, bells won't be ringin'”. I guess it could also be taken as a warning to save the world itself, though he later tackles this in “Mercy mercy me”. I do find --- and it's not a criticism --- that the same basic melody informs at least the first four tracks, but then this is meant to be a “song cycle” and the tracks to meld one into the other, so I can understand that.

And I now realise I know “Mercy mercy me”, though it's the Robert Palmer cover I've heard. This is of course far superior. One of the first environmental/ecological protest songs? I doubt it: there was much of this going on in the sixties. But this is certainly one of the most influential, and coming aboard a classic album like this --- and released as a single from same --- it obviously got to a lot more listeners than some of the other songs like Barry McGuire's “Eve of destruction” or even Dylan's “A hard rain's a-gonna fall”. The longest track is the first point, oddly, at which I start thinking this album could be less than perfect: just something about “Right on” doesn't speak to me. Maybe it's the flutes, dunno. Just sort of seems to break the mood, to these ears. Nice middle section but other than that it just doesn't do it for me.

The gospel tone of “Wholly Holy” gets everything back on track though, lovely little song, but short, and you can see where the likes of Prince found his inspiration here, and then ending on “Inner city blues” with a nice slow to mid-paced funk vibe, very nice.


Favourite track(s): Pretty much everything apart from Right on
Least favourite track(s): Right on

Final impression --- I think in general this album can be described in three words: smooth as silk. Just rolls along with effortless ease from one song to the other, the themes meshing and reflecting off one another, building up a picture of a man who truly cared about his fellow man, what was happening in the world around him, the injustices and man's inhumanity to man, and who harboured a -– perhaps naive --- hope that things would get better, that we would wake up and realise “what's going on”, and do something about it. Hey, at least he tried, and left us with one amazing album. God bless you Marvin. Rest in peace.

Do I feel, at the end, A) I wish I had listened to this sooner
B) I'm sorry I bothered
C) I might end up liking this
D) Have to wait and see
E) Bit underwhelmed; was ok but a classic?
F) Definitely enjoyed it, but again would I consider it a classic?


Yeah, I'd have to say A certainly.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:38 PM   #226 (permalink)
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Title: Screamadelica
Artiste: Primal Scream
Year: 1991
Chronological position: Third album
Previous experience of this artiste?: Zero
Why is this considered a classic? I have no idea. I'm doing this to get Urban off my back!

My thoughts
One minute (or thereabouts in) ---- Good, great, bad, meh, still waiting or other? Great
One track in --- Great
Halfway through --- Great
Finished --- Great

Comments: I honestly have no idea what to expect. I have never even heard a song by Primal Scream before, so this could be anything from hip-hop to hardcore punk, but given Urban's devilish challenge to me I doubt it'll be soft acoustic rock or prog! Hmm. Oddly enough, the opener does sound acoustic and, er, pretty damn good. Kind of indie rock mixed with gospel chorus? Second track is ok, whistles on the third one bug me a little but not bad. Bit overlong I feel. Higher than the sun is good and Inner flight is just lovely.

Come together is damn long and sort of actually fails to get on my nerves, which I had expected it to, sort of a country style to the ballad Damaged --- you know, there's really nothing here (so far) that I don't like, and it's proving a big surprise to me. I did not expect this.

Favourite track(s): Movin' on up, Higher than the sun, Inner flight, Damaged, I'm coming down
Least favourite track(s): Higher than the sun (A dub symphony) --- yawn. Okay, the harpsichord/piano bit was nice, but the rest was just annoying and boring and dragged out like forever. Shine like stars was dreary too, so bad ending but overall really good album.

Final impression --- Really good album and totally different to what I had expected. Glad I listened to it. Thanks Urban!

Do I feel, at the end, A) I wish I had listened to this sooner
B) I'm sorry I bothered
C) I might end up liking this
D) Have to wait and see
E) Bit underwhelmed; was ok but a classic?
F) Definitely enjoyed it, but again would I consider it a classic?


Think it's a solid F...
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Old 02-14-2014, 07:08 AM   #227 (permalink)
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Why is this considered a classic? Because it's the first time anybody ever really attempted to mix rock music & dance music thus paving the way for most of the 90s.


That's why.

And I thought you'd be surprised, that's another reason why I was pushing you in that direction.
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"Making Trollheart listen to stuff he'll most likely hate" has got to be one of my favourite journal concepts. Keep up the good work.
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"Making Trollheart listen to stuff he'll most likely hate" has got to be one of my favourite journal concepts. Keep up the good work.
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