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June 11, 2015 in Endless Juke Joints
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Today I'm listening to the greatest album ever made..
CD-R of original UK vinyl rip
Mark Prindle's review:
* Fair Warning - Warner Brothers 1981. *
On this one, I proudly stand alone. Many a critic and fan have called this album a "misstep" or "goose egg" or "not a very good record," but it is easily my favorite of this band's many fine records. Every record they made with David Lee Roth should be considered a guitar rock classic, and I love them all, but I cannot deny that I find this underappreciated gem to be the tiniest bit more interesting than the others. And why? 'CAUSE IT'S SO FRIGGIN' DARK!!!!
Party hearty band? Why the hell would a party hearty band cover an album sleeve in grotesque drawings of child murders, street fights, and disturbing sculptures? Furthermore, why the corinthians would same such party hearty band envelop all of its formerly light-hearted sex and booze interests in song themes so ugly and distressing that the average listener can't help but feel...well, bad about life when the album's over! How adorable is it when mommy's little girl winds up starring in "Dirty Movies"? How can we whistle and leer along with the fellas in the song when that darned Dave keeps shouting, "GO SEE BABY NOW!!!!!!" And why are all of our good-time vices now being referred to as the "Sinner's Swing?" And what about all the angry fighting imagery of "Mean Street," "Push Comes To Shove," "Unchained," and "One Foot Out The Door?" I mean, for the sake of criminy, the first spoken words on the album are "At night I walk these stinkin' streets past the crazies on my block." Yeesh! Fair Warning indeed!
But see, it's not just the lyrics that are aggressive; the music paints a pretty darn dismal picture of the world, too. Aside from the questionable "Sinner's Swing!" and the straightforward (and godlike) pop anthem "So This Is Love?," not a one of these melodies is filled with glee. The opening guitar solo is an insanely speedy hammer-on that soon fades away into the funky Aerosmith-esque bitter pill to swallow that is "Mean Streets" and the mood don't much pick up from there. "Hear About It Later" may give you goosebumps, but they're gonna be melancholy goosebumps, not that sissy happy brand of goosebumps you've come to associate with Beatles VI. And "Push Comes To Shove" may be disco, but it's about the least uplifting disco this side of paradise, F. What else? Oh! The classic "Unchained" has the toughest opening riff of probably any Halen tune of all, thanks to some stutter chops and a sick phaser pedal, and finally, the two teensy closing tracks, "Sunday Afternoon In The Park" and "One Foot Out The Door" represent Eddie's growing fascination with keyboards, sure, but if you can find me an angrier pre-'82 keyboard song than these two fuzzy growlers, please inform me. I'd like to ask its hand in marriage.
Actually, now that I think about it, Throbbing Gristle might have had a couple of songs this disturbed - but probably none that kicked this much ass!!!! So go ahead, write off this album just like everybody else if you want to, but if you give it a chance, you might discover that it's one of the most totally Fuqdup hard rock albums youse'r gonna hear, rear.
This is the only regular studio album by Opal, a band from the Paisley Underground. Founding members were the late David Roback (Rain Parade), bass player Kendra Smith (The Dream Syndicate) and drummer Keith Mitchell. After the leaving of Kendra Smith, they continued with Hope Sandoval which led to a new band, the more famous Mazzy Star.
The album sounds like you might expect from a Paisey Underground album with former and future band members of Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate and Mazzy Star. Good, maybe very good album. If you can stand Kendra Smith's vocals (I do), who sings in a sort of uninterested manner (like Lou Reed, if that makes sense). Not Paisley Underground for beginners, though. And Mazzy Star's classic album So Tonight That I Might See is probably a better album than this one; that also.
Classic punk rock, though the remixes here are not nearly as great as the original versions on the Something Better Change and Hardcore '81 albums (which are the real classics, actually).
Also contains Fuck You but oddly leaves off the A-side Burn It Down, which I can't remember if I have the proper version of that on CD or not.
Anyway, an essential band if one loves punk rock. Canada's finest - for their first couple albums.
An album by Roy Orbison!
....Chris Isaak's very good, maybe not great but very good, debut album from 1985.
The last time I heard it was many years ago but it felt immediately....like 1985?
But so long ago I forgot what the title of song nr. 12 is.
I love this album
Loved Simon and Garfunkel since I was a kid, a little kid
this makes me think of my late mom and of being back home, not feeling displaced
moved me to tears on a couple of songs - the title track and El Condor Pasa.
A masterwork of an album, I think.
A Japanese CD of this, in the reprocessed stereo version that I love so much, cannot find it on Discogs,
so an LP image like the copy I grew up listening to when a kid.
Elvis' Golden Records.
Only thing I'll be listening to today!
I forgot how incredible this sounds. Been ages since I listened to this version. Simon and Garfunkel hit HOME these days.
(The only other MasterSound CD I have is Born To Run, and it's one of the first [bad] pressing copies. I used to have both - and a Meat Loaf one. Oh well)
happy birthday, American Beauty! 50 YO today
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