Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 41

Embarking upon my journey through the "D" albums...

Eels - Daisies of the Galaxy
George Harrison - Dark Horse
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Dream Theater - Dark Side of the Moon (official bootleg)
David Bowie - David Bowie
David Bowie - David Live
Spock's Beard - Day For Night

Eels' album is a welcome, upbeat affair after the bleak beauty of their previous album (Electro-Shock Blues) with some truly beautiful songs, and is one of my favorite albums of theirs. George's third solo album was his first real stumble as a solo artist and the critical drubbing he took for it led to him scaling his career back and never touring again (apart from his Japanese jaunt in the early 1990s). It's not that bad and is actually quite insightful into his mindset in the midst of the insanity going on in his life with setting up a record label and splitting from his first wife. Following this, we've got a pair of Dark Side of the Moon albums...the original, legendary album that is a flawless piece of work, and a live cover version Dream Theater performed in concert and released as an official bootleg. DT's version is stunning...I won't say it's better than the original but it's nearly as good. A pair of Bowie albums follow: his first album which shows him in his 1960s mod-pop incarnation and is a bit bizarre but charming, and then David Live, which is a live album recorded during the end of his glam Ziggy phase and the beginning of his Thin White Duke/Plastic Soul phase on the Diamond Dogs tour in 1974. It's a bit clinical sounding, perhaps, but there are some great cuts and as always, because it's Bowie, it's endlessly fascinating. Finally, perhaps the most overlooked of the Neal Morse-era Spock's Beard albums, Day For Night. While the first half of the album is solid if not a touch uneven, the long suite that closes the album, titled "The Healing Colors of Sound," is spectacular.

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