Mittwoch, April 13, 2005

my personal best music lps (part 1)

BEATLES - PLEASE PLEASE ME (1963)
BEATLES - WITH THE BEATLES (1963)
BEATLES - BEATLES FOR SALE (1964)
BEATLES - A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964)
all in all, the beatles at their best. the freshest, the most twinkle-toed two third of a sixpack by them.

PINK FLOYD - A PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN (1967)
the melodic lines of syd barrett are really ghastly and seductive here. they remind me of a similar feeling while listening to the lonely guitar riff in the middle of tool's 'schism' song. it's a pity syd is not mentally with us these days. it's more or less the only remaining sign of his genius.

PINK FLOYD - A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS (1968)
syd's spirit's still in this one. he contributed to some tracks, too. delightfully psychedelic, this oeuvre is.

KING CRIMSON - ISLANDS (1971)
this is a strange story: i listened to this lp for the first time and i got disappointed. after the second time i got interested, after the third one really curious. after i heard this work for the fifth time i was already fascinated, after the seventh time i was enthusiastic. never before and never after any similar experience happened to me... every one here is great and the minimalistic 'island' evolves like ravel's 'bolero' or, better still, like some dervish dance to a great finale.

MIKE OLDFIELD - HERGEST RIDGE (1974)
emotionally, my personal number one. accompanied my most precious feelings ever. the melodic harmonies and the depth are heartbreaking here.

ERIC CLAPTON - 461 OCEAN BLVD (1974)
a very diverse piece by eric. reggae mixes with rock and with ballads. charles boyer's 'please be with me' sways gently around.

CITY BOY - DINNER AT THE RITZ (1976)
lol mason's vocals is one of the most passionate in the whole rock history. it can be only compared with those of robert plant, meat loaf, tom verlaine and fish. melodically, 'the violin' song is a stroke of genius. noone else coupled the violin and the rock drums so convincingly.

AL STEWART - YEAR OF THE CAT (1976)
this guy is my favourite singer. you can formally see a golden girl in her middle 20s spending the late holidays with him, or a lonely ghost ship, sailing away from her own british fleet and from the mighty spanish main. al's telling his stories with music and images. and his acoustic guitar playing is masterly. a real aristocrate of pop.

TELEVISION - MARQUEE MOON (1977)
well, well, well... tom verlaine at his best. 'venus', 'marquee moon' and 'elevation' songs are the way punk could gladly evolve into.

KATE BUSH - THE KICK INSIDE (1978)
my female singer number one (well, recently challenged by anneke van giersbergen). 'wuthering heights' haunts not only charlotte bronte's heathcliff, but me too, for decades already. not a single weak spot on the whole debut lp, composed, arranged, piano played and sung by the then 20 year-old london dancer beauty (actually born in kentshire).

CLASH - LONDON CALLING (1979)
doesn't need any explanation. the freshest, the cutiest, the most powerful and the best london music ever.

SKIDS - JOY (1981)
an lp pulled to pieces by the critics. i don't give a damn, though. mesmerising, it is. 'blood and soil' and 'men of the fall', let alone the great 'waltzing mathilda' sung a capella by richie jobson are real masterpieces. if there has to be a soul out there, you can feel it here.

THIS MORTAL COIL - IT'LL END IN TEARS (1984)
you could lie down and weep constantly, listening to this one. a great work. liz fraser's vocals on roy harper's 'another day' is unmatchable in the whole rock history.

PETE TOWNSHEND - WHITE CITY (1986)
pete, old pal, what have you drunk or inhaled here? anyway, keep it like this. a mighty piece of rock. a great melodic work, too, particularly 'white city fighting'.

LOU REED & JOHN CALE - SONGS FOR DRELLA (1990)
a very personal tribute to a close friend by those two velvet underground vets. but go for the video of this work. you will see how two virtuosos build a sensitive space, filled with sounds and visuals.

NIRVANA - NEVERMIND (1991)
such clean, minimalistic and pure melodic lines, nonchalantly sung and played on a cheap guitar with a mighty rhythm section - a true classic already.

1 Comments:

Anonymous hastang said...

you've got good taste in music :)..

25. April 2005 um 05:21  

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