Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 20

Through with the BBC sessions (at least the ones titled "BBC Sessions!") and onto more "B" albums:

Oasis - Be Here Now
Sugar - Beaster
The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)

Oasis' third album was their follow-up to the massive "What's the Story (Morning Glory)" from 1995, and while it's not as bad as history has deemed it, it's certainly not great. In a classic case of the massive hype (at the time of its release in 1997) overshadowing the actual contents, it's a bloated, self-important, overindulgent record bereft of quality tunes (with few exceptions), quality lyrics (a knock on pretty much all Oasis albums), and far too much cocaine and too little quality control. Noel Gallagher himself acknowledges this now. That being said, in certain instances, I do enjoy it, and it's a fascinating listen in any event. Sugar's "Beaster" EP is excellent and in many ways better than their debut album (which is a classic). Following that, The Beatles' self-titled album is one of the most legendary albums of all time and is, personally, my favorite album of theirs and one of my favorite albums by anyone, ever. It's a dazzling assortment of music in just about every genre you could name at that time (1968) and has enough hidden curios and mysteries hidden in every nook and cranny that, even 25 years after hearing it for the first time, I still find new things buried in the songs (especially when I listen on headphones). I've got both the mono and stereo mixes of the album, but prefer the mono mix by far (this goes for every Beatles album where a dedicated mono mix is available).

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