|1||The Velvet Underground|
The Quine Tapes
This 3 cd bootleg collection rocks, except for the piss poor sound quality. There are three different versions of sister ray, ranging between 25 and 38 minutes that have to be heard to be believed. The highlight for me is Follow The Leader off the second disc. Is that song available on any other VU album?
|2|| ||Thelonious Monk|
Monk's solo approach to Body and Soul is fantastic.
|3|| ||Julian Bream|
Popular Classics for Spanish Guitar
This one is also poor sound quality, which is puzzling since it is a professional recording from the early 1960's. The music however is outstanding, your jaw will drop when you hear Bream doing tremolo picking a string with one finger while playing arpeggios at the same time.
A Love Supreme
What is there to say that hasn't already been said? If you guys don't have the deluxe edition I recommend it for the live recording of A Love Supreme in France, it's even more adventurous than the original.
|5||Reverend Gary Davis|
Harlem Street Singer
Here we have a blind Harlem street singer, playing gospel, folk and blues... what more could you possibly want? Samson and Delilah is the highlight off this album. If I had my way, I WOULD TEAR this old building down!
|6|| ||Wes Montgomery|
Smokin' at the Half Note
This is one of Wes's best albums. Everything he plays is just exactly perfect and the rest of the combo is cooking also.
The Blues and the Abstract Truth
You can't go wrong with a combo like Oliver Nelson, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy Bill Evans, Paul Chambers and Roy Haynes. Stolen Moments is one of my favorite songs of all time.
I've worked far back enough into the Tom Waits discography to make it to some of his albums before he started singing through a bag of gravel. I rather like his show tune style songs, as different as they are from his best work.
Another jazz/blues album. Kenny Burrell is a fantastic guitarist, I'm very jealous of his tone.
B-Sides and Rarities
CAKE's first b-sides release is a winner in my book. A little stacked towards country rock, but there's nothing wrong with that, am I right?
|11|| ||The Grateful Dead|
Road Trips Vol. 1 No. 2 (October '77)
Been listening to this to tide me over until my pre-ordered complete winterland '73 10 cd set ships. The Sugaree and Let It Grow are top knotch
Hail to the Thief
Maybe a little too long for what it is, but still a superb album. I don't know how they do it album after album.
This album rocks! It's before George Benson completely switched over to R&B/easy listening, so you get some very tasty spanish flavored jazz out of this record. I've got to pick up beyond the blue horizon next.
I picked this up for two bucks at a used book store. It was so cheap because the second disc had a good sized crack in it, but the cd still ripped perfectly with only one song being slightly corrupted.
If you don't have this album already BUY IT RIGHT NOW!
Circle of Power cracks me up so much, it may be the single greatest song of all time. I've also been listening to screaming life/fopp a lot lately.
|17|| ||Art Blakey|
Like Someone in Love
The title track is the highlight of the album, the rest of it is above average.
Blonde on Blonde
I hadn't pulled this album out for probably a good two years. I'd forgotten how good it is, still sounds fresh even after all these years.
My Favorite Things
I can't get enough of this album! It's unbelievable how many great albums JC put out in his 10 years of recording.
|20||The Velvet Underground|
White Light/White Heat
The first time I listened to this album maybe three years ago I wasn't ready for it. Now I am and I can't get enough of it. Lady Godiva, The Gift and Sister Ray are all masterpieces.