Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 27

The theme for today seemed to be "Blue-"

Suede - Bloodsports
Jimi Hendrix - Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight
Rory Gallagher - Blueprint
Jimi Hendrix - Blues
John Mayall - Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
The Bluetones - The Bluetones

Suede's newest album is an excellent blend of their sound circa 1996's Coming Up and the best bits of 1999's Head Music and 2002's A New Morning, yet infinitely more enjoyable and haunting than either of those previous albums. Rory's album is a much more restrained album than was typical of him, although it contains his usual brilliant electric and acoustic playing. A few of the songs get a bit repetitive when they cross the 6-minute mark (Daughter of the Everglades and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son in particular), but it's still an enjoyable record. The two Hendrix albums are a stark contrast: his 1970 IOW show was only a few weeks before his death and it sloppy, mixing moments of brilliance with moments of uninspired and tired playing. Meanwhile, the Blues album has unreleased blues-based tunes he recorded and has some truly jaw-dropping performances. The Mayall/Clapton album is a classic and it's not hard to imagine why this was such a mind-blowing album when it came out in 1966: NO ONE was playing guitar like that, let alone a 21 yr old British kid! Finally, the Bluetones' self-titled album was their second-to-last album and continued their run of excellent, quality albums. It's perhaps a bit more subdued that previous albums but makes up for it in the quality of the tunes.

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