Dream Theater - A Change of Seasons
Paul McCartney - Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard
The Charlatans - The Charlatans
The Who - Charlton Football Ground, London 5/18/74
The Who - Charlton Football Ground, London 5/31/76
Dream Theater's standalone 1995 EP contains the classic epic title track, which is one of their crowning achievements and is essential listening for any prog rock fan. The rest of the EP is taken up with tracks from a covers-night concert they did that are inessential but good fun. Paul's 2005 album is one of his greatest achievements, and is Paul at his most reflective and melancholy. That being said, it's full of his effortless and trademark melodic touch and has an aching yet ultimately uplifting quality to it, both musically and lyrically, that make is one of his finest efforts. The Charlatans' self-titled album, their final complete record with their intact original line-up (the follow-up album, "Tellin' Stories," was marred by tragedy when keyboard player Rob Collins was killed in a car accident midway through recording) is also one of their best and is probably my favorite album of theirs. It perfectly combines their swirling psychedelia with hard driving British rock. Wrapping up my listening heading into the weekend are a pair of Who concerts at Charlton Football Ground, two years apart. The '74 show is the more well-known one (by virtue mainly of the entire show being filmed) although they were a bit worse for wear (ie Pete was drunk) and turn in a sloppy and shambolic, although ultimately excellent show. The '76 show is a better performance and is the world record holder for the loudest rock concert of all time.