Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 24

Done with Best-Of's and solidly into "B" albums with a nice cross section...

The Beta Band - The Beta Band
The Charlatans - Between 10th and 11th
The Rolling Stones - Between the Buttons
George Harrison - Beware of ABCKO!
Spock's Beard - Beware of Darkness

The Beta Band's self-titled album is probably my least favorite of theirs; it's too chaotic for me, even though it has a few excellent cuts on it. The Charlatans' second album is probably the most overlooked in their entire discography, which is a shame since it's nearly flawless from beginning to end and has sounds on it they'd never explore again. The Stones' album is transitional and around the time when they lost their way a bit before finally breaking through with Beggar's Banquet a year later. It's got two bonafide hits (Let's Spend the Night Together and Ruby Tuesday), a few well-known album cuts (Complicated and Connection) and a bunch of obscure tracks that are no less enjoyable. The Harrison bootleg is exquisite: a collection of his live-in-studio demos for his debut solo album. Just George on guitar (either acoustic or electric) playing and singing songs that were written in the Beatles days (1966-1970) but held back until 1970. Many are in earlier form that what would eventually be released, many wouldn't be released for many more years, and some were never heard again. Essential listening for any Beatles/George fan. Finally, speaking of George, Spock's Beard's excellent second album is titled after a Harrison song and their cover version of the title track is simply fantastic. The entire album is flawless in my opinion and is a perfect example of their blend of 60s pop/rock and 70s prog.

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