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After A Night In The Man Cave

Preamble:

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!

Tracks:
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

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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!

Tracks:
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

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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!

Tracks:
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

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Thanks for tuning in today. I hope to bring you more Hit It Or Quit It sooner rather than later.

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