DAY 49 ALBUMS THAT MATTERED
Peter Hammill - Nadir's Big Chance (Released February 1975)
Hammill was the main songwriter/singer in the band Van Der Graaf Generator (look them up!!!), and this is his 5th solo album. Just prior to recording this, Van Der Graaf reformed, so the backing band is Van Der Graaf Generator (ya really need to listen to the Pawn Hearts Album). In the late 80's someone made me listen to this album, I knew of VDGG, but not his solo stuff. This album was very influential for at least one Early Important Punk Band. The best way to describe this: Pink Floyd Meets Brian Eno meets Sex Pistols...… some songs you can really HEAR the influence on the Sex Pistols (guitar & vocal). The majority of material is very Brian Enoesque at times...… Find the album... buy it... listen to it..... you'll be glad you did.... who knows you might even start a band....
(love to Chuck F for reminding me)
It's a Hot Tub Tunes Machine at our Voorhees location! Grab your padded shoulders and cross earrings cause the 1980s are back. Exclusive colored vinyl reissues and a few classics movies/CDs to boot. John Cusack beckons.
Leapin’ was Sonny’s last record as a leader before his untimely death in 1963. This the only original Sonny album I own. Some of his other Blue Note titles fetch crazy money these days, especially his classic Cool Struttin’
My photos are mostly of the “posed” kind so here’s a candid one from work, just to mix things up. So candid that the record I’m holding is clearly losing it’s plastic sleeve which makes me look like an idiot but I was clearly distracted by something very exciting. And before you point it out, YES my bra is showing. I wear bras. They keep things in place. Anyway, I’m smiling with teeth & all, which feels very fitting since I’m now going to bum you out for a short period of time. Very short though so you should stick around for the question since it’s a big one today. Or if you hate sappy stories, just jump on down to the last part & skip the middle section.👇
• There are a handful of records that I feel changed the course of my life completely. Where I can look back & see that I took a turn I would’ve otherwise never taken, probably never even seen as an option. Today I thought we’d talk about the one I’m holding in this picture, Elliott Smith - Either/Or. 🖤
I don’t really write much about my childhood here but I think I’ll have to give you some context. It wasn’t a happy one. It was lonely & filled with fear. Some of us just don’t win the childhood lottery. Trying to make sense of a complete chaos that you have no control over was both extremely confusing & harrowing. But most of all, it was very isolating. And when you hit those delicate teenage years, things get even more confusing. Entering Elliott Smith. For a lost kid like myself, hearing someone else sing what I was way too young to express, or maybe too afraid to say out loud, was extremely liberating. But most importantly, I felt a little less alone. And that is probably the most important change in my life. The end of loneliness. • Do you have a record (or recordS) that changed your life for the better? Or perhaps for the worse? You don’t have to be as personal (or depressing, maybe it’s a happier story) as I’m being here. Or you can be, if you’re comfortable with that. Either way, let’s talk records that made a huge impact on our life. ❤️
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The Beatles / With the Beatles / LP / 1963 / Parlophone / UK // Despite owning a copy, I had to rescue these two from the bargain bin and will probably look to rehome them, although both are variants on my existing copy, so maybe that justifies keeping them... that might be a slippery slope 🤔 Along with label and tax code variations, the most obvious difference between these two is the spelling of the title of 'You Really Got a/Gotta Hold On Me' on the back cover. Both copies are pretty rough, but play through fine with a lot of snap, crackle and pop that doesn't personally bother me. This is such a gem of an album. My appreciation for the earlier Beatles albums (especially this and 'Please Please Me' has magnified in recent years, and I enjoy the covers more now than I used to, just for the energy and passion poured into the performances. It also starts on such a massive upswing, bursting into your living room with John's 'It Won't Be Long', the first of a few original raw new rock n' rollers, with 'Hold Me Tight It' and 'Little Child' also among my other faves.
Vangelis - Blade Runner (1982) | I haven't done a #soundtracksunday for a long time. This is one of my absolute highlights. An absolutely breathtaking experience. It is mostly a dark, melodic combination of classical composition and synthesizers which mirrors the futuristic film noir envisioned by Scott. Fun fact: The original soundtrack release was delayed for over a decade, until 1994, despite the music being well-received by fans and critically acclaimed. ⭐