Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 40

Wrapping up the "C's" and moving on to the "D's!"

Blur - Cowboy Song
Blur - Crazy Beat
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills & Nash
Graham Coxon - Crow Sit On Blood Tree
The Black Crowes - Croweology
Caravan - Cunning Stunts

First up are two Blur singles: Cowboy Song is a bizarre but excellent track they recorded for the soundtrack of "Dead Man On Campus" in 1998, while the much-maligned Crazy Beat isn't really that bad and has some pretty good B-sides. CCR's debut album has their first hit, Suzie Q, as well as their trademark roots rock sound and is a fantastic first album from any band. CSN's debut album is a classic and is just pure perfection with those vocal harmonies and the exquisite songwriting. Graham's third solo album is a much more low-key, acoustic, and dark affair than his previous two, and while it gets a bit monotonous in the middle, the beginning and end are great. Croweology is the Black Crowes putting new acoustic-based (but not fully acoustic) arrangements to many of their greatest songs and is an imaginative and fantastic addition to their discography, released prior to their hiatus several years back. Wrapping up the "C" albums is the cleverly titled album from Caravan that is right around the end of their really good period in the late 1970s. The epic 18-minute "Dabsong Concerto" is a highlight of the album. 

Now, onward to the "D's!"

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