So there was no Sunday Service yesterday. Sorry about that. It was a busy week, though I still managed to get up 6 reviews, and James gave us 1 as well, so I think it came out alright.
And yesterday was Father’s Day (Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads out there, reading this!) so a lot of my time was spent with family, which I love more than anything. But after the kids were in bed last night, my lovely wife had some work to do, so I headed for the Man Cave to continue working on it. And of course I jammed some tunes.
In fact, happily, I dropped the needle and resumed the Hit It Or Quit it series, wherein I listen to records and assess whether they deserve to remain in the collection. It’s been a long time since I did some of these, so it felt good to get back at it! Last night, I did three full LPs. Check it out:
The Best Of Eric Burdon And The Animals Vol. II [1967, MGM Records, SE 4454 (D)]
I didn’t get Vol. I in the boxes of LPs from Brother Craig, but this Vol. II is really quite something. It’s like the Rolling Stones and Jim Morrison had a psychdelic child.
This collection rocks, and it has the blues, and it’s just trippy enough to be interesting without making my attention wander. The songs are all strong, several of them I knew already.
I loved it.
Hit It Or Quit It? This was an easy one. Hit it!
A: When I Was Young / A Girl Named Sandoz / Don’t Bring Me Down / She’ll Return It / See See Rider / The Other Side of This Life
B: Hey Gyp / Help Me Girl / That Ain’t Where It’s At / You’re On My Mind / Inside-Looking Out / Cheating
The Byrds – Byrds [1973, Asylum Records, SD 5058]
I can’t figure out why Brother Craig’s buddy ditched this LP. It’s in fantastic shape, and it’s a stone cold classic. Perhaps he had two copies and didn’t mind ditching one…
Anyway, I don’t even need to tell you about this one, do I? I mean, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and Michael Clarke. Original line-up reunion album. A really beautiful acoustic sound, mandolins and guitars and stellar playing all around. ’Nuff said, right?
Well, the internet seems divided. Lots of folks whined that they missed the Byrds’ signature jangly sound. Many love it. Still others say that all the solo records were just as good as this one, and nobody expected these guys would ever play together again, so are Byrds as good a sum as they are in parts? Good question for people with time on their hands, but me? I say who cares! This is great music, brilliantly played, and I would drop the needle on this one again any time.
Hit It Or Quit It? Another no-brainer. Hit it!
A: Full Circle / Sweet Mary / Changing Heart / For Free / Born To Rock ’N Roll
B: Things Will Be Better / Cowgirl In The Sand / Long Live The King / Borrowing Time / Laughing / (See The Sky) About To Rain
Jim Capaldi – Oh How We Danced (1972, Island Records, SW-9314)
Debut solo record from Traffic drummer Capaldi. From Amazon, to save me typing: “1972 debut solo album from the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the drummer from Traffic. Mainly recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama, the album featured the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Roger Hawkins (Drums), David Hood (Bass) and Barry Beckett (keyboards), along with a host of guests such as Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, Paul Kossoff, Dave Mason, Rick Grech, Jim Gordon, Mike Kellie and Trevor Burton. Featuring tracks such as ‘Eve’, ‘Don’t Be A Hero’ and ‘Open Your Heart’, this was a superb debut from one of Britain’s most talented musicians.”
Hell, this IS a Traffic album, given the guests, and the songs here are really, really good. I liked the blues of Love Is All You Can Try, and How Much Can A Man Really Take is amazing. Hell, the whole thing’s a gem. A fully-realized, and genuine classic album.
Hit It Or Quit It? Sadly, some dumbnuts punched a hole through the cover and inner sleeve, on this copy I have here, but no matter. The LP’s in pristine shape. It’s three in a row today. Hit it!
A: Eve / Big Thirst / Love Is All You Can Try / Last Day Of Dawn
B: Don’t Be A Hero / Open Your Heart / How Much Can A Man Really Take / Anniversary Song
Thanks for tuning in today. I hope to bring you more Hit It Or Quit It sooner rather than later.
Grail List Addition For Aaron
Alright, I need you folks to keep your eyes peeled for another CD for me! Well, OK, it’s a 2CD… Yup, full reimbursement and my undying grattitude to anyone who finds me the 2CD Van Morrison Complete Bang Sessions (the deluxe edition). Pretty pretty please someone find it for cheap somewhere, instead of the $125 some seller on Amazon wants for it! A used copy (in good shape) is fine by me. Someone who doesn’t know what they have might let it go for $20 or so… Thanks folks!
NB: This is not to be confused with the 1CD copy called Bang Masters. That one can be had for $10 brand new. Nope, I want the full 2CD set! The one I’m after should be 18 tracks on CD1, 31 tracks on CD2. Yeah baby!
And don’t forget, if you have your wants on our Grail List (found at the top left of our page) and you have additions, or you found something and need the item removed, let us know! Or if you haven’t submitted your Grail List yet and you want to, feel free to do so at your leisure! Let all of us keep our eyes peeled for your hard-to-get records for you! It’s all about community, baby! KMA Comuunity! Give ‘er!
Ten Great Late Night Albums, Pt.1 (1-10)
When the kids are in bed just down the hall, what music best fills the hours before the grown-up finally crash for the night? Here are 10 records (in no particular order) that I will (and have!) put on later at night…
Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue
Cowboy Junkies – Trinity Sessions
Muddy Waters – Folk Singer
Wynton Marsalis – Standard Time Vol.3
Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around
Supreme Beings Of Leisure – S/T
Harry Connick, Jr. – To See You
R.E.M. – Automatic For The People
J.J. Cale – Troubadour
Diana Krall – The Look Of Love
Kim Stockwood – 12 Years Old
The title track was one I knew (and enjoyed again). She has a very strong voice, which carries the fair-to-middlin’, almost new country pop music here. Yup, it’s her voice that’s the most captivating aspect of this record.
All-American Rejects – Move Along
Another $2 spec buy, this is pop punk that didn’t do too much for me. Good on them for putting this together, but that cookie cutter vocal, sitcom soundtrack sound really ain’t baking my cake. This is an aptly-title record. Move along, rejects, move along.
Sarah Vaughan – Trouble Is A Man
This is fantastic, and better since I found it for $2. The songs have that sound I love, and these are ten old classic tunes. So much to love, here, and Vaughan’s voice is amazing. Get yourself a copy of this one!
Animals – House Of The Rising Sun
A Time Music bargain bin release, this CD didn’t sound right, to me. It was too new… Turns out, it is a total sham. These are all updated versions (one listing said it was late-60s Animals bassist Danny McCulloch, but no other Animals involved – I have no way of proving this) Haha you should read the reviews on Amazon. Whomever thought they could sneak this one past the listeners was dead wrong. Bad bad bad.