Allgemein

Bob Dylan – Blonde on blonde (1966)

„Blonde on Blonde is the 7th studio album of Dylan, released in 1966 via Columbia. It reached top spots in the UK(3) and US(9) album charts and also get the double platinum status. 

The album is not a typical Dylan folk album it´s a rock album, but also not a typical. What differs this album from the typical rock album is the intensive use of the harp.  

„Can I crawl out your window“ is very innovative and „I wanna be your lover“ is one of the most famous songs ever. „She´s your lover now“ stands out as worst song on the album.

 

Some songs of the album really get me, some not. Also I can say, this album is not made to lift some weights to it. 

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1990s, Allgemein, Britpop

Britpop: Supergrass – I should coco (1995)

„I should coco“ is the debut album from britpop band Supergrass and was released in 1995 by Polophone. It reached the top spot of the UK album charts and platinum.

 

I anticipated some very annoying shit but the first few songs called me a liar with some pretty tight riffs and the yelling „1,2,1,2,3,4“ and the drum intro at the beginning of „I´d like to know“ sounding all in all very similiar to Dead Kennedys (just not so aggressive and pissed).

On „Mansized rooster“ the trouble begins. Some riffs are still pretty cool but the sound start to get worse.

„Alright“ is a classic and I thought at first that it was a cover. 

 

The rest of the album is horrible at best. The guitar tone get´s more and more strange and the riffs annoying, more like some pseudopunk like Blink 182.

 

Overall would it be good if the first 4 tracks were released as an EP. The rest is just pure bullshit.

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1990s, Allgemein

Eastern import: Khaled – Kenza (1999)

Released in 1999 „Kenza“ is the 4th album of algerian rai musician Khaled, 6 years after he gained some international succes with his single „Didi“. The lyrics are in algerian or french ( C´est la nui) so I can´t even try to say something about them. Only „Imagine“ have some english lyrics but you should allready know them.

 

The album mixes traditional eastern music with western influences like the allready mentioned „C´est la nui“ which sounds like a western pop song or the song „E´dir E´sseba“ which got an 90s popbeat and uses accordeon in the strophe. 

On two songs he featuered female guest singers. Amar on singing a duet with him on „El harba wine“ and Noa on the cover version of John Lennons „Imagine“: It´s abaric first but then switched to english with the phrase „You may say I´m a dreamer […]“ sung by the two together. It got some tears in my eyes, just like the original song sometimes does.

Some of the song remind me very strong on bollywood movies.

All in all I think the album have some moments but I also think that the tracks standing more in an arabian tradition with less western influences are pretty monotonous. I didn´t really like them but anyway I think that it´s ok that this album is inclueded in the 1001 list as a representant for some international known eastern music.

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1970s, Allgemein, Proto Punk

Proto-Punk at it´s finest: The Stooges – Fun House (1970)

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Fun House was released in 1970 via Elektra Records by The Stooges.

 

This is a proto punk album. The guitars are heavy distorted, the riffs are pretty straight, raw and heavy. A special trademark used throughout the album ist the extensive use of expillers.

 

Examples:

– „Yes! Wuhuhu!“ in „Down on the streets“

– „Uh!“ And spoken „Look out!“ At the start of „loose“

– „Uh! Huh!“ in the title track

– The whole song „L.A. Blues“ which makes me think of an early version of Hellhammers „Triump of death“

 

Songs that fall out of the Proto Punk/Garage rock sheme are „Dirt“ which is a stoner song reminding me on Hendrix and the title track „Fun House“.

 

Easy that I have to say that this album rules supreme.

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1970s, Allgemein, Art Rock, Glam Rock

David Bowie – The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from mars (1972)

The next 5 (or maybe 10) albums will be picked by random number generator.

Ziggy Stardust was an alter ego of David Bowie, his stage persona. His fifth album released in 1972 named „The rise and fall of ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars, telling Ziggy Stardust story. It was recorded from 7th september 1971 to 4th february 1972 in the Trident studios in London.

3 songs of the album were released as single: Starman, Rock n Roll suicide, Suffragette city. It is the first Bowie album with an appealing cover. Because it´s a concept album I will go through every song. 

5 years is a very depressed song going atmospheric with the strings and the piano. It´s about the end of the world in 5 years.

Soul love is about different kinds of love and the people ignore what will happen. Its very nice when the e-guitar inserts and intensify the music. In one part you have a pretty cool jazzsax.

Moonage daydream introduces Ziggy to the story and his destiny to become a rock n roll star. The solo in this song just sounds like crazy alarmsirens.

Starman is about Ziggys dream of an alien lifeform that will come and rescue the earth, but only if the people are cautious. The refrain of this is so fucking catchy, the end riff at the end is pure rock n roll.

It ain´t easy is a cover of a Ron Davies song about the problems to get a rock n roll star.

Lady stardust is the perfect transition from the a to b side and it´s about a fan who see Ziggy and his band playing but also be laughed at for wearing makeup.

Star starts with an adapted form of the intro of Pinball Wizard by „The Who“, it´s about Ziggys dream of becoming a rock star and the love and peace he will bring to the humanity.

Hang on to yourself describes how the band looses the groundedness,

Ziggy stardust is from the perspective of one of the band members and narrated how the sucess changes Ziggy who also dissolves the band without warning.

Suffragette city is an hommage to the beach boys and also to velvet underground, telling how Ziggy ignores the advices of his friends.

Rock n roll suicide embrace the whole musical mood of the album. It´s about Ziggys end as a broken star. And it ends much to abrupt, I was so shooked I had to listen to the album again.

The riffs, the cachyness of the album, the spacy sound and the diversity in the mood of the songs makes this album just perfect. Did I mention that I listen to it twice?

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1950, Allgemein

A short retrospect of the 50´s albums listen to

Wow, I am done with the 50´s albums!
Time for a little retrospect!

I learned that Jazz, what I have never heard before, can be pretty cool, as long it isn´t vocal jazz.

Rock n Roll isn´t enough on this list. It was the music of people stand up against racial segregation and said: „Doesn´t matter what your skin color is, as long as your music is cool!“ and came together. I think thats a big achievement.

Albums I owned: 1 Little Richard – Here´s Little Richard

Artis on this list from which I owned other albums: 2 Buddy Holy – The Collection

Ray Charles – The Collection

Albums I think shouldn´t be on this list: 11 (47,83%)

In The Wee Small Hours – Frank Sinatra

Songs For Swingin‘ Lovers – Frank Sinatra

Tragic Songs Of Life – The Louvin Brothers

Palo Congo – Sabu 

This is Fats Domino – Fats Domino

Dance Mania – Tito Puente

Lady in Satin – Billie Holiday

Live at Mister Kelly’s – Sarah Vaughan

George Gershwin Songbook – Ella Fitzgerald

Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs – Marty Robbins

The Genius of Ray Charles – Ray Charles 

Albums I think that should be included:
Chuck Berry – Chuck Berry is on top 

Eddie Cochran – Singing to my baby

Bo Diddley – Self titled debut

Bill Haley – Rock with Bill Haley and the Comets

Bill Haley – Shake, Rattle and Roll

Bill Halley – Rock around the Clock

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1950, Allgemein, Jazz

Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time out (1959)

Recorded in the Columbia’s 30th Street Studio Time out“ fuses the elements of cool jazz with west coast jazz. It´s mostly known for using jazz unusual time patterns like 9/8 and 5/4 and for being the first jazz album ever to recieve a platinum status.

On the album are 7 tracks in total, 3 on the A side (in the range from 5,24 – 7,22 minutes) and 4 on the B side (in the range from 4,16 – 5,24 minutes)

 

Wow. This album creates a high contrast to begin as it opens with the energetic „Blue rondo a la turk“, which also got a funny video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9GgmGLPbWU) and follow this up with the very calm „Strange meadow lake“. „Take five“ then is a very multifaceted song, „Three to get ready“ is pretty piano heavy.  

One sentence to describe this album: It´s so fucking strong

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