Friday, October 18, 2013

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 16

I'm now firmly into the B's!

Cream - Back Bay Theatre, Boston 4/5/68
Paul McCartney - Back in the US: Live 2002
Paul McCartney - Back in the World
Wings - Back to the Egg
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
Jimi Hendrix - The Baggy's Rehearsal Sessions
Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys


The Cream show is an amazing, if not atrocious sounding, bootleg with some really interesting versions of their songs, including the longest version of Sunshine Of Your Love I've ever heard, clocking in at 17 minutes! The two Paul McCartney live albums are the same apart from a handful of tracks being changed to tailor the release to specific territories (ie USA and the rest of the world). It's one of my favorite live albums of his, with some great live versions, and it's just a lot of fun to listen to. Following alphabetically is the final album from Paul's post-Beatles band, Wings. It's a bit uneven although as a whole, I really like the album. Standout tracks are Getting Closer, Spin It On, Old Siam,Sir, Arrow Through Me, To You, and My Baby's Request. It also contains a period B-side that is one of the finest Wings songs of all time, Daytime Nighttime Suffering. Soundgarden's major label debut takes me back to 1991 when I first heard it as an 11-yr old junior high school student. Bludgeoning riffs and Chris Cornell's trademark screaming vocals. The Hendrix rehearsals were from late 1969 in preparation for his Band of Gypsys shows, and have some great cuts although, being rehearsals, there's also a lot of goofing around and some mistakes. Finally, Band of Gypsys is an album that needs no introduction, being one of the best live albums of all time and containing some of Hendrix' most blistering and incendiary playing.

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