Albums and All That, Starting with the letter R as in Romeo, Part 2


April 26th, 2023

59 mins 20 secs

Season 5

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Usnea [00:37]
"Lying in Ruin"
Random Cosmic Violence
Relapse Records RR7280 2014
Sophomore outing from this Portland-based death/doom metal band, on lovely bone white & blue splatter vinyl. Disc one, side one, track one. Named after everyone's favorite fruticose lichen.

Stray Cats [13:32]
"Something's Wrong with My Radio"
Rant n' Rave with the Stray Cats
EMI America SO-17102 1983
Whole lotta pickin goin on. The waning days of that particular rockabilly revival.

Ray Charles [16:07]
"I Got a Woman"
The Ray Charles Story Volume One
Atlantic 8063 1962
An early 60s Ray Charles comp. "I've Got a Woman" lays the groundwork for "What I'd Say".

Ray Charles [19:01]
The Ray Charles Story Volume Two
Atlantic 8064 1962
A fine instrumental demonstrating some excellent r&b chops.

Mariyu Takeuchi [23:00]
RCA RHL-8816 1984
If Google Translate isn't steering me wrong, this track translates to "Dream of You - Lemon Lime Blue Wind". Seems like 7-Up might want to look into a new flavor.

Boris Karloff [27:55]
"The Princess and the Pea"
Reads The Ugly Duckling and other Tales by Hans Christian Andersen.
Caedmon Records TC 1109 1959
Delightfully read by Mr. Karloff of course. First published in May of 1835.

John Lee Hooker [30:16]
"Boom Boom"
The Real Blues
Tradition Everest TR 2089 1970
Arguably the canonical John Lee Hooker song.

Taj Mahal [32:50]
"Going Up To The Country And Paint My Mailbox Blue"
The Real Thing
Columbia G 30619 1971
Recorded live in New York at the Fillmore East on February 13, 1971. Featuring not one not two not three but four... four tubas!

Igor Stravinsky [36:07]
"Fanfare for Two Trumpets/The Owl and the Pussy-Cat"
Recent Stravinsky Conducted by the Composer
Columbia Masterworks ML 6454 1967
Featuring a cover illustation of the maestro by one of my favorite artists, Alberto Giacometti.

R.E.M. [41:12]
I.R.S. Records SP70044 1984
Please. Find my harborcoat. I can't go outside without it. The bands second full length album and their last with the excellent producer Mitch Easter.

The Records [45:06]
"Starry Eyes"
The Records
Virgin VA 13130 1979
_Power pop doesn't get much better than this. Skinny ties and all. Originally released in the UK as Shades in Bed, but retitled and reordered as The Records for North America. _

Willie Nelson [49:27]
"Time of the Preacher"
Red Headed Stranger
Columbia KC 33482 1975 (1979 Terre Haute repress)
Side one track ones don't get much better than this.

New York Dolls [51:54]
"Ain't Got No Home/Dizzy Miss Lizzy"
Red Patent Leather
Earmark 40018 2003 (originally released in 1984 on Fan Club.)
The beautiful chaos of the live Dolls. Recorded live at the Little Hippodrome Club in NYC on March 2, 1975. Not only is there a wonderful documentary on bassist Arthur Kane, Martin Scorcese has just released a documentary on David Johansen which I can't wait to watch.

Music behind the DJ: "Hang 'Em High" by Booker T and the MGs

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