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Old 02-17-2015, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Albums from Antiquity

I thought about the idea for this journal for some time now. I am calling it Albums from Antiquity but it not exclusively about albums. And I am using "antiquity" from the idea that cars are "antiques" after 25 years. So this journal is basically about music released over 25 years ago. My listening habits usually change between genres, and eras. After listening to one type of music I have to switch. My love for older music has always been an interest of mine, and it's always something I go back to, it's my comfort zone. I understand maybe it's not for every one, and it's possible that appreciation for it is an acquired taste. So I start this journal with no expectations. I have a feeling it be totally irrelevant to the general Music Banter audience. I have some apprehension because that, yet something is compelling me to go ahead make this journal.
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"If you tried to give Rock and Roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'." John Lennon
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Nice one, Mr N. If nothing else, it will certainly be different and remember, there was a thread called "Old timey music", so I bet at least Janszoon, Engine and others will be interested. So will I. Also looking forward to this.

PS Pet_Sounds, do you realise that the post above is number 1,234 of yours?
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Apple

band: Apple
album title: an Apple a day ...
band members:
  • Jeff Harrod – Bass
  • Dave Brassington – Drums
  • Robbo Ingram – Guitar
  • Charlie Barber – Piano
  • Dennis Regan – Vocals

personel:
Producer – Caleb Quaye
tracklist:
1. Let's Take a Trip Down the Rhine
2. Doctor Rock
3. The Otherside
4. Mr. Jones
5. The Mayville Line
6. Queen of the Hearts Blues
7. Rock Me Baby
8. Buffalo Billycan
9. Photograph
10. Psycho Daisies
11. Sporting Life
12. Pretty Girl Love You
bonus tracks:
13. Let's Take a Trip Down the Rhine (single mix)
14. Buffalo Billycan (single mix)
15. Doctor Rock (single mix)
16. The Otherside (single mix)

Apple only released on album. They sound somewhere between The Beatles and Tomorrow. Every song has a style of its own. They can play the Blues as good as Savoy Brown as on "Rock Me Baby". They do Sgt Pepper type Psychedelia just throw in some blistering lead guitar somewhere that lies on a line between Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton and triangulate it with Steve Howe. And back it with a tight Rhythm section.

The most interesting song to me is "The Otherside" which seems like an anachronism. If I didn't know better I would guess the song was from the late 70s — if I heard the song not know when it was released. Being that it's a introspective and melancholy tune that would fit well along side songs released by bands e.g. The Motors or The Boomtown Rats during the late 70s.

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"If you tried to give Rock and Roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'." John Lennon
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Fushia


band: Fushia
album: Fushia
rating: epic ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ (5/5 stars)

tracklist:
  1. Gone With The Mouse 4:01
  2. A Tiny Book 8:03
  3. Another Nail 6:57
  4. Shoes And Ships 6:14
  5. The Nothing Song 8:23
  6. Me And My Kite 2:34
  7. Just Anyone 3:33
band members:
  • Tony Durant - acoustic & electric guitars, vocals
  • Michael Day - bass
  • Michael Gregory - drums, percussion
    • string section:
  • Janet Rogers - violin, backing vocals
  • Vanessa Hall-Smith - violin, backing vocals
  • Madeleine Bland - cello, piano, harmonium, backing vocals

I love this album. Usually I get bored with albums and stop half way through, (I can even get bored with a three minute song) but with this album is so different. It's such easy listen. I feel compelled to listen to from beginning to end. Very much like how people say they so intrigued with a book they can't put it down. From beginning to end there is something going on, some build up, some change that keeps it interesting.
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Twin Engine


band name: Twin Engine
members:
Constantine Gusias - guitar, vocals
Randy Naylor - acoustic guitar, organ, vocals
album title: Twin Engine
  1. Give My Love A Chance
  2. My Life Gets Better Every Day
  3. Secrets
  4. Mistress Of The Morning
  5. No Time Is Better Than Now
  6. Darlin'
  7. Flowered Wall
  8. Can't Keep My Mind Off Of You
  9. Gold Mine
  10. When Will I Be Loved
  11. The Time Is Now
  12. Same Train

This is an album I found by chance on YouTube. It is one of those albums that was recorded and canned for whatever reason. It was recorded in 1971 and then released thirty-something years later in 2004.

Twin Engine are are singer/song writers Constantine Gusias and Randy Naylor. Looking up information on it I was surprise to find to see who's on the album. For studio musicians they have Clarence White, Chris Hillman and Sneaky Pete Kleinow. Sneaky Pete was a sessions musician for The Byrds and the recording artist he record with reads like a Who's Who. The Everly Brothers, Jackson Brown, Linda Ronstadt, Eagles, The Ventures et al. I really enjoyed the album before I knew all of that. But after learning that I felt I stumbled into a really great find. The guitar playing can be intricate and layered. The harmony style is very good, and lie somewhere between The Everly Brothers and The Byrds. In fact they do a cover of the EB, When Will I Be Loved.

This is an album to hear if you like The Byrds are into The Flying Burrito Brothers. The album is a missing puzzle piece to what else was done by the members of those bands.

The Time Is Now
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“If one listens to the wrong kind of music, he will become the wrong kind of person.” Aristotle.
"If you tried to give Rock and Roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'." John Lennon
"I look for ambiguity when I'm writing because life is ambiguous." Keith Richards

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Fushia


band: Fushia
album: Fushia
rating: epic ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ (5/5 stars)

tracklist:
  1. Gone With The Mouse 4:01
  2. A Tiny Book 8:03
  3. Another Nail 6:57
  4. Shoes And Ships 6:14
  5. The Nothing Song 8:23
  6. Me And My Kite 2:34
  7. Just Anyone 3:33
band members:
  • Tony Durant - acoustic & electric guitars, vocals
  • Michael Day - bass
  • Michael Gregory - drums, percussion
    • string section:
  • Janet Rogers - violin, backing vocals
  • Vanessa Hall-Smith - violin, backing vocals
  • Madeleine Bland - cello, piano, harmonium, backing vocals

I love this album. Usually I get bored with albums and stop half way through, (I can even get bored with a three minute song) but with this album is so different. It's such easy listen. I feel compelled to listen to from beginning to end. Very much like how people say they so intrigued with a book they can't put it down. From beginning to end there is something going on, some build up, some change that keeps it interesting.
Gonna try this out. 1971 is one of my favorite years in music, anyway.
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band: Garth Watt-Roy - clarinet, lead vocals
album title: Speech
year: 1972
members:
Mick Bradley - drums
Louis Cennamo - bass, vocals
Martin Pugh - guitar, vocals
Garth Watt-Roy - session vocalist, clarinet
  1. Penumbra: (22:42)
    1. Entrance
    2. Battlements
    3. Passage To Remorse
    4. Sightless Substance
    5. Mortal Thought
  2. Telegram (Nature's Mischief) (12:00)
  3. For Against (10:58)

The album starts off slow, with what sounds like a cello and a human voice sonically intertwining with each other. After the last harsh draw of the bow the guitar starts. It sounds somewhat similar to Steve Howe's riff on To Be Over from about 3:48 to 3:52 off the Relayer album by Yes. But this riff repeats over throughout the jam and is accompanied by a very frantic drumming, and it continues until the bass come comes in. The singing doesn't start until around five minutes and thirty seconds into the album, this if anything proves it has Prog Rock ambition in form. Around 7:50 the guitar enters, this time along with Alex Lifeson-like riff. And around eleven minutes they start jamming with an ABB feel. I am not saying the guitar player is influence by them, just what to expect. Over all it goes through various style and moods throughout the album. The last song ends with a drum solo somewhere between Soul Sacrifice and Moby Dick. If you like to indulge in an album by a jam band whether by Prog or Blues Rock, band or some Stoner Rock band than this is worth investigating.
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The Millennium


band:
album title: Begin
tracklist:
  1. Prelude
  2. To Claudia On Thursday
  3. I Just Want To Be Your Friend
  4. 5 A.M.
  5. I'm With You
  6. The Island
  7. Sing To Me
  8. It's You
  9. Some Sunny Day
  10. It Won't Always Be The Same
  11. The Know It All
  12. Karmic Dream Sequence #1
  13. There Is Nothing More To Say
  14. Anthem (Begin)
    bonus:
  15. Just About The Same
  16. Blight

The album opens with a prelude, simply called "Prelude." The first thirty seconds can only be described as "Baroque Trip Hop," if there was ever such a thing. Then the album settles into lazy Sunday afternoon of dreamy Sunshine Pop. The harmonies are some of the best I've heard. When it comes to vocals, I think are good as The 5th Dimension, The Associations and The Hollies. The male singer has a familiar voice. At times he sounds somewhere between Gene Pitney and Graham Nash, favoring the latter. As the album progresses so does the music, it leans more towards Psychedelia. When finally get to Anthem it becomes full-blown psychedelic trip, more experimental than the previous tracks. I can imagine Kevin Barnes finding Anthem an inspiration and road map for songwriting. If he never heard of that song before, and he wasn't influenced it certainly makes for a strange synchronicity.

My favorite moment on the album besides the first thirty second Baroque Trip Hop bliss, is To Claudia On Thursday. In the song (I'm only guessing) they use a cuíca or kweeca which kind sounds like rubbing a wet finger on glass. Just think of Tropicalia by Beck on his album Mutations. When the song is nearly over they play it very unconventionally making it sound just like a dog whimpering for affection. Well at least that's the sound that my Dachshund would make if it wanted to be petted. Another favorite is The Island the guitar strumming reminds me of Julia from the album "The Beatles" aka the White Album." It has fake animal noises and a lovely lap steel guitar. The album is filled with fun. It captures the the 60s "Sunshine" Zeitgeist.
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