What was the last album you listened to?



And now for something completely different…one of the original ‘shock’ rockers…
Still one of my favorite lp’s.

[B]Alice Cooper[/B] - Love It To Death


Yep, back at it after a small detour… This time an album from '76

Pavlov’s Dog - At The Sound Of The Bell (1976)


Quite a unique album at the time of release, arguably more so than the predecessor ‘Pampered Menial’. Nevertheless, two records a tad ahead of their time :slight_smile:


O.k, let us kick off the weekend by diving into EBM :eek:
Do not fear though, this is as aggressive as it gets and should be played at around 120 db :slight_smile:

A release in the Aggrotech style of EBM by a German band which consists of just one man, [B]Marc Horstmeier[/B].

[B]C-Drone-Defect[/B] ‎– [B]Dystopia[/B] (2009)


So far only three releases from this band and this is the latest. This is where BlackMetal and EBM meets, no guitars but dang how utterly aggressive.


and speaking about black metal :bigsmile::bigsmile::bigsmile::bigsmile: one of the very few black metal bands from Norway that I can listen to without asking who and why is torturing the cat.

[B]Anthems to the welkin at dusk[/B] is is simply a masterpiece from a band that i felt was pushing true black metal one step further with each new record.



No doubt about that :disagree: - Not only torturing the cat, the ears needlessly too in the process, a style with only too many pointless participants and unnecessary releases (applies to most styles and genres though)
Emperor were one of the bands not accepting the style’s artificial boundaries trapping the style within itself in a ‘status quo’ hard to escape. The only solution was to broaden the expression which they did.

I’ll choose Black Metal ten times over to escape the claws of late '80s hair ‘poodle’ metal :bigsmile::bigsmile::bigsmile::bigsmile: - '70s Heavy rock until the late '70s and Heavy Metal/NWOBHM up until '86/'87 and then fast forward five years and I am back in rock again. These five years while Europe and you name them held the throne, I was off into Funk, Soul, Blues, Fusion, Jazz, back-tracking '40s/'50s/'60s music and listening to alternative rock.

Now speaking of Black Metal, how about a trip to the fumbling beginnings where we among others have to credit Motorhead, this one I listened to an hour or so ago:

[B]Venom[/B] - [B]Black Metal[/B] (1982)


The three first albums from this group were staples played over and over again in my collection during the '80s and indeed, along with Iron Maiden, Saxon, Manowar and several others provided safe shelter and sanity during the dark years of hair metal.


Well, that have to change, how about a dose of commercialism and an antidote to metal as a whole :wink:

Roll on to Disco, a musical genre that seem to defy gravity and refuse to die like most musical genres for that matter… This time to a totally wild commercial form which must be credited to Frank Farian Crew and their creation, Boney M. It leads up to what the music industry seemingly thinks today, the very problematic ‘appearance vs music’ - In basic, how you look and what you perform. let us face it, it should be the same how you look as long as your performance thrills us, but it is not so according to history.
Frank Farian realized that and created Boney M which was only a ‘puppet on a string’, but where did it end?

My research into this field is not very thorough, but I found several connections through the years and the latest from around the millennium in the form of Vengaboys and so I invite you to:

[B]Vengaboys[/B] - [B]The Platinum Album[/B] (2000)

I did not find a complete album on youtube, so I leave you with a ‘best of’ fwiw :wink:


Pretty worthy for the occasional stint, just do not overdo it :flower:


[B]Madness - House of Fun[/B]

Always been partial to a bit of Madness. :stuck_out_tongue:



[B]Madness - My Girl[/B]



[B]Madness - Lovestruck[/B]

One of their later songs, after they re-formed.



[B]Iron Maiden - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner[/B]

Surely the greatest introduction to a song in concert history: :iagree:

“[I]And the moral of this story is this is what not to do when your bird s**ts on you.[/I]”




[QUOTE=Ibex;2769955][B]Iron Maiden - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner[/B]

Surely the greatest introduction to a song in concert history: :iagree:

“[I]And the moral of this story is this is what not to do when your bird s**ts on you.[/I]”


A great song from a great album… A shame that they shortened the album by removing side D from the double vinyl when first releasing it on CD to make it fit on one disc. In 1998 the full release was finally issued, but they did not sequence it right as side A, B, C still is on CD1 while side D plus multimedia contents is on CD2 instead of doing it properly using the normal A,B/C,D split.


You have to wonder if any record label has any respect for the original pressing, most of them simply butcher everything, but enough nagging.

Something to relax…
[B]Curtis Mayfield[/B] - Superfly



A great pick vroom, as the story goes the entire record was written in just one night, recorded the next day and a classic was born. Don’t know if that is true though.
Since we hit sunday already in my timezone, relaxed music may be just what is needed. Inspired as I became by this pick, maybe another classic, but I moved a little south and swapped Soul for Bossa Nova.

Stan Getz / Joao Gilberto featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim ‎– [B]Getz / Gilberto[/B] (1964)


There are many editions of this 1964 classic, a mandatory record for anyone listening to Bossa Nova/Latin Jazz. The best by far is the alternative 1989 version produced from an alternate mastertape which is very clean compared to other versions. Being that there are two versions released in 1989, the only way to verify that you actually have this version is to check the beginning of track 5 (Corcovado) where Astrud Gilberto’s voice should be soft left, not right.

Great record, rock solid more than 50 years after its release :flower:


[QUOTE=vroom;2769991]You have to wonder if any record label has any respect for the original pressing, most of them simply butcher everything, but enough nagging.
The music industry has so many faults, just ask Freddie… :iagree::bigsmile:

[B]Queen - Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to…)[/B]

One of my favourite Queen songs, from probably the finest album ever released.

It was described by Freddie as being “so vindictive that Brian felt bad singing it.” In recent years Brian has said that what Freddie had in mind was much stronger than the final version.

The ‘[B]…[/B]’ in question isn’t mentioned by name, but was former manager Brian Sheffield who after hearing it sued for defamation. His 2013 autobiography was titled [I]Life on Two Legs: Set The Record Straight[/I].


See also [B]Soul Music by Terry Pratchett[/B]. Apart from being a great fantasy book, it is also a superb satire on the music industry. :cool:


True, true, their 1975 release ‘A Night at the Opera’, even if their output is full of gems, is my #1 favorite in the Queen catalog as well.

I just heard one of my finds from the '80s once more, a little gem in the Jazz/Funk/Soul/Fusion genre/style.

[B]Al Jarreau[/B] - [B]Breakin’ Away[/B] (1981)


Much can be said to describe Alwin Lopez Jarreau and it has… Everything from ‘human synthesizer’ to ‘mr. music’. Truth to be told, a Jazz singer from the late sixties, releasing his first album ‘We got by’ in 1975. Since then released records in a variety of genre-crossing styles, but always been confined within Jazz, Funk, Soul and Fusion with a nod towards Rythm & Blues.


O.k, on to something quite different again:

Various Artists - Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s (2013)


Kenya Special is a collection of 32 recordings (most of which were only ever released on small-run 45rpm 7" singles) that stand out as being different or unique as well as some classic genre standards. From Kikuyu language ‘liquid soul’, Luo benga and Swahili afrobeat to genre-bending Congolese and Tanzanian tracks recorded in Nairobi, Kenya Special sees Soundway yet again taking the less trodden path. Many of the tracks featured here are peppered with innovation and experimentation highlighting how diverse the music scene in Kenya was at the time.

Only one song available at youtube, but as a whole an interesting listen :flower:


O.k, back to a Norwegian group I have mentioned before in this thread. Now however, I have managed to piece together the entire album on YouTube, so I choose to re-present it. The style is Jazz-Rock on Discogs, but you will have to expand that to embrace it all.
This recording is high on my list of best albums, and likely to be unheard of for most out there as it was only released in Norway (to my knowledge).

[B]Jon Eberson Group[/B] - [B]Jive Talking[/B] (1981)

Since they are not all from the same source, the sound may be uneven and, ‘Border Lines And Tight Ropes’ is even named ‘Late Night Blues’ on YouTube…

  1. [B]Jive Talking[/B]
  2. [B]David[/B]
  3. [B]It Was[/B]
  4. [B]Freedom[/B]
  5. [B]Fantasy[/B]
  6. [B]Border Lines And Tight Ropes[/B]
  7. [B]Tell Me A Story[/B]
  8. [B]Relative View[/B]

Sidsel Endresen was a member and the vocalist in this group back in the '80s, and way before she and Jon Eberson went separate ways and ventured deep into less accessible Jazz.
The recording was finally reissued in a small batch on CD back in 2008.
One of the finest ‘laid back’ Jazz-rock records ever created imo, and one of the last things I did before they stopped producing vinyl records back in the early '90s was to buy two additional copies for my collection - ‘nuff’ said. :iagree:


Let’s face it, any record after a commercial staple like ‘The Joshua Tree’ has a 99% chance of failing, and according to the reviews of the day it was received only so-so.
The thing is that it does not mean that the record is bad (even if it fails when compared to ‘The Joshua Tree’) and personally, I find it both interesting and even though ‘all over the place’ a great record.

[B]U2[/B] - [B]Rattle and Hum[/B] (1988)

I am, I guess, more a fan of earlier U2 than later output, but still think this record has to get a special mention. No YouTube-link necessary :wink:


Not much to say about [B]the police[/B] and [B]ghost in the machine[/B], but i will say that I can clearly remember that I was ten, or close to that age when i first had the pleasure of listening to it[B]*[/B], always brings back good memories from the late 80’s and up to this day I still love it.

[B]*[/B]and making a copy on a TDK D cassette a few days after the first listen:bigsmile:
now i have it on vinyl but i also have that cassette :bigsmile:.



^Kicked off this morning listening to it again. Bought it when it first came out after hearing only the two first tracks before making the hasty decision, never regretted it.

Going back to what I listened to yesterday, The Clash. No it was not ‘London Calling’, but its lesser known successor.

[B]The Clash[/B] - [B]Sandinista![/B] (1980) {Yep, I do suffer from chronologic heart disease} :bigsmile:

The most experimental record in their catalog and one of only a few triple vinyl albums in my collection. Then I bought the double CD when it was finally released in 1989… and of course, nutcase as I am… I also bought the first ‘true to the original’ 3CD edition MHCP 526~8 when it was released in Japan back in late 2004 :smiley: