Albums and All That, Starting with the letter A as in Alpha, Part 3


March 10th, 2020

1 hr 27 secs

Season 5

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Deerhoof [mm:ss]
"Dummy Discards a Heart"
Apple O'
Menlo Park Recordings mpk7026 2003
The first Bay Area band I got into after moving here in 2001 was a quartet that I saw open for Shonen Knife at Slims in 2003. That band? Deerhoof. I was hooked from there on out.

The Kinks [mm:ss]
"Wicked Annabella"
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
Earmark 42006 2005 (1968)
Every day, someone is born who has never heard "The Village Green Preservation Society". If you are that someone, you should listen to that track, you won't be disappointed. Here, however, we're diving a little deeper.

Gravy Train!!!! [mm:ss]
"I Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Wanna Get Rid of You"
Are You Wigglin?
Kill Rock Stars KRS414

Gravy Train was one of the Aughties finest live acts in the Bay Area.

ABBA [mm:ss]
"Money, Money, Money"
Atlantic SD 19115 1976
Yeah I know I played this same track in Season 3. Yeah, I know that "Dancing Queen" is on here too. You'll just have to wait until we get to G for Greatest Hits.

Marilyn Mason [mm:ss]
"Haydn: The Musical Clocks (Flötenuhr)"
The Art of the Organ Builder
Mirrosonic Records CM 7001
Yes, this is a promotional recording for an organ manufacturer featuring one of the great American scholars of the organ.

Elvis Presley [mm:ss]
"Also Sprach Zarathustra/That's All Right"
As Recorded at Madison Square Garden
RCA Victor LSP-4776 1972
Recorded on June 10, 1972, and released on June 18, 1972. James Burton provides the licks.

Cavernlight [mm:ss]
"Constructing a Spire to Pierce & Poison the Infinite"
As We Cup Our Hands and Drink from the Stream of Our Ache
Gilead Media RELIC91 2017
Some doom-y goodness from Wisconsin

Asia [mm:ss]
"Heat of the Moment"
Geffen GHS 2008 1982
Carl Palmer does his best Hal Blaine impersonation on the verse. And who knew Steve Howe could Pop it up?

Cheap Trick [mm:ss]
"Hello There"
At Budokan
Epic AL 35795 1979
Full disclosure: I have lifted one of the riffs from this for my own musical gain because Cheap Trick was awesome (they could be awesome again if they brought Bun E. Carlos back into the fray).

Harry Belafonte [mm:ss]
"Man Smart (Woman Smarter)"
At Carnegie Hall
RCA Victor LOC-6006 1959
That's right.

Judy Garland [mm:ss]
"San Francisco"
At Carnegie Hall
Capitol Records WBO-1569 1961
Oh that ol' rascal San Francisco. This live album 73 weeks on the charts, 13 of them at the number 1 spot.

Johnny Cash [mm:ss]
"25 Minutes to Go"
At Folsom Prison
Columbia CS 9639 1968
No thanks to Columbia, this classic hit number one on the country charts and number 15 on the pop charts. This unexpected success helped revive Cash's career after several shaky years. This snappy death row ditty comes from the pen of Shel Silverstein.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet [mm:ss]
"Take the A Train"
Dave Brubeck and Jay & Kai at New Port
Columbia CL 932 1956
And now we're at Newport. The Jazz Fest that is, not The Folk Fest. And this will probably be the first of several A trains we'll take throughout the course of this season.

Ray Charles [mm:ss]
"Hot Rod"
At Newport
Atlantic SD 1289 1959
One of the most versatile musicians in the music business keeping things hot on his alto sax.

Music behind the DJ: "Spinning Wheel" by Terry Baxter and his Orchestra.

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