Albums and All That, Starting with the letter S as in Sierra, Part 4


March 3rd, 2024

58 mins 18 secs

Season 5

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The Beatles [00:29]
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Apple Records SMAS-2563 1967 (1971 Los Angeles gatefold pressing)
Enjoy the stereo separation!

Billy Preston [03:58]
"Get Back"
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
RSO RS-2-4100 1978
So yeah. A soundtrack to a movie that is very much of it's time. Not only tdo we have The Bee Gees and Peter Framption as the titular band, we have Earth Wind & Fire doing "Got to Get You into My Life", George Burns doing "Fixing a Hole", Alice Cooper doing "Because", Aerosmith handling "Come Together", and my second favorite track: Steve Martin doing a wild and crazy version of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". This version of Get Back by the one and only Billy Preston still seals the deal for me. If you are inclined to check out this film, I can only say that it is very much of its time. Lord only knows how much white powder was used in the production.

Love and Rockets [07:01]
"Haunted when the Minutes Drag"
Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven
Beggars Banquet BEGA66 1985
The debut outing from 3/4 of Bauhaus. Daniel Ash, David J, and Kevin Haskins do an excellent job of building an atmospheric experience to transition away from the darkness of their previous efforts.

The Moody Blues [16:29]
"You and Me"
Seventh Soujourn
Threshold THS 7 1972
Maybe it's me, but it seems like the intro could have been 8 bars or so shorter. True story: the first pair of concert tickets that I ever won from listening to the radio was for The Moody Blues on their Long Distance Voyager tour. For some reason my parents didn't think it would be appropriate for a 13 year old to go, so I got to keep the record (long since lost) and gave my tickets to the high school kids across the street.

The Cars [20:46]
"Since You're Gone"
Shake It Up
Elektra 5E-567 1981
Classic side one, track one. Dig the Frippian guitar solo.

Ornette Coleman [24:18]
"Focus on Sanity"
The Shape of Jazz to Come
Atlantic SD 1317 1959 (2010 Rhino reissue)
You and me both, Ornette. The classic quartet rounded out by legends Charlie Haden on bass, Don Cherry on cornet, and Billy Higgins on drums.

Hypnodrone Ensemble [32:36]
The Shape of Space
Calostro Records CR01 2015
Hypnotic? Check. Drone? Check? Motorik? Check? Spaceous? Check? Nailed it.

Shaun Cassidy [45:33]
"That's Rock 'n' Roll"
Shaun Cassidy
Warner Bros Records/Curb Records BS 3067 1977
Originally a minor hit for Eric Carmen in Europe, teen idol and Hardy Boy Shaun Cassidy took this dopey number to the top of the US charts.

Beastie Boys [48:19]
"Slow and Low"
She's on It
Def Jam/Columbia 44-05292 1985
Flip side to the not-quite ready for primetime "She's on It". Fun fact: I lived in the New York Metropolitan area for twenty years and never understood the appeal of White Castle.

Chelsea Wolfe [52:02]
"Unseen World"
She Reaches Out to She Reaches Out to She
Loma Vista LVR03941 2024
It's not often that I get to play a new release on Vinyl-O-Matic, but Chelsea Wolfe's excellent new album arrived at a synchronous moment.

Music behind the DJ: "Professor Fate" by Henry Mancini

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