Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 3

Today's albums:

Aerosmith - Aerosmith
Neil Young - After the Goldrush
The Rolling Stones -Aftermath (both UK and US versions)
Rory Gallagher - Against the Grain
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz


Aerosmith are a band who are legendary, especially here where I live since they're local (New Hampshire and Boston), but I'm not a big fan apart from their early albums. Their self-titled first album is great, however, and has 3 staples of classic rock radio (Mama Kin, Dream On, One Way Street). The Neil Young album is a classic and has some of his best songs (Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Southern Man, When You Dance You Can Really Love, Don't Let it Bring You Down) and some of his longest song titles! Aftermath was the first Stones album that was a legitimate classic and the first to consist solely of Jagger/Richards songs. I listened to both the UK and US versions, which have different track listings and cover art. It's full of classics, though: Paint It Black, Mother's Little Helper, Lady Jane, Out of Time, and Under My Thumb.  Against the Grain is an often overlooked Rory album, but it has some of his best songs, including Souped Up Ford and I Take What I Want, with his trademark blistering guitar playing. Finally, the Sufjan Stevens album (his most recent as of this writing) is excellent, and includes the epic 26-minute closing track, Impossible Soul.

2 comments:

  1. 'Aftermath' is probably my favourite Stones album. Jagger and Richard wrote some great songs and, perhaps more importantly, Brian was at the top of his game as a musician. Even if you hate the lyrics, the tunes and arrangements for 'Under My Thumb' and 'Stupid Girl' (let alone 'Paint It Black') are a real high water mark for the band.

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    1. I totally agree! It's the first legitimately *GREAT* Stones album, and as you said, probably the high water mark with Brian. With each subsequent album, his contributions and state of health declined (with some exceptions, of course) until by the superb "Beggar's Banquet," he was basically invisible.

      Funny note on this album is that, when coming up with a title for what eventually became the "Revolver" album, the Beatles toyed with calling it "After Geography" as a pun on "Aftermath," haha!

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