Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 15

Finishing with the "A's" and moving on the the "B's!"

Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
Dream Theater - Awake
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love
Frank Zappa - Baby Snakes

"The Avalanche," subtitled "Outtakes and Extras From the Illinoise Album," is a companion to that excellent Sufjan Stevens album, but it worthy in its own right, with some absolutely gorgeous songs, such as Chicago (all 3 versions), the Pick-Up, and Soul Below. Dream Theater's third album is a worthy successor to their breakthrough second album ("Images and Words") and has some of their best songs, including my personal favorite, Scarred. Hendrix' second album is a classic...no words necessary. Zappa's "Baby Snakes" is a live album that has some absolutely blistering guitar solos (Punky's Whips) and a hilarious version of T&B. With that final album, I'm finally into the "B's!"

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