Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 11

I finished all of the Beatles' Anthology and Anthology Outtakes albums, so now it's on to:

Interpol - Antics
Frank Zappa - Apostrophe (')
The Beatles - Apple Rooftop, London 1/30/69
XTC - Apple Venus, Vol. 1
Jethro Tull - Aqualung

Interpol's second album is an excellent follow-up to their stellar debut, expanding on their trademark sound and avoiding the sophomore slump with ease. Zappa's 1974 album is one of his best, with not a duff track on it. Particular favorites are the entire "Nanook/Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" suite, Stink-Foot, Cozmik Debris and Uncle Remus. The rooftop concert is, of course, so famous it needs no introduction. It was the final live concert given by the Beatles and is just awesome. The XTC album is part 1 of their final album; this one is acoustic/orchestral (vol 2 is the electric/rock album) but it's one of their best, and has some exquisitely beautiful and classic XTC songs like the McCartney-esque "I'd Like That," "Greenman," and the Beatle-ish "Knights in Shining Karma." Finally, Jethro Tull's classic 1973 album that is just chock full of songs you still hear on the radio today: the title track, Cross-Eyed Mary, Locomotive Breath, Hymn 43...I've always felt that Tull gets left out of the history of great British rock bands of the late 60s/early 70s. I'm a big fan of their stuff up to and including 1974's "Thick As a Brick," but nothing after that. However, in that short time period, they were a great band with exceptional musicians and interesting and excellent songwriting from Ian Anderson.

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