Monday, March 3, 2014

The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 48

Just about halfway through the "E" albums...

The Beatles - Ed Sullivan Show 2/9/64
The Beatles - Ed Sullivan Show 2/16/64
The Beatles - Ed Sullivan Show 2/23/64 (recorded 2/9/64)
The Beatles - Ed Sullivan Show 8/15/65
Bob Mould - Egoverride EP
Mansun - Eight EP (Legacy)
Husker Du - Eight Miles High/Makes No Sense At All EP
Derek and the Dominos - Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA 10/16/70
Rush - Electric Lady Studios, NYC 12/5/74
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland 

In perfect timing with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' appearance in America on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, all four of their live appearances on the show are up first. They're all high energy and excellent live performances in front of fanatical crowds that make you almost feel what it must have been like back then when it was all brand new. An EP from Bob Mould's self-titled third album is next with the title track as the single, while three very good non-album B-sides follow (my favorite being Doubleface). Mansun's "Eight EP" (which was the single for "Legacy" off of their Six album) continues the Mansun tradition of having excellent B-sides, with the clear winner here being "Check Under the Bed." An EP containing two Husker Du singles is next: their incredible non-album single featuring their cover of the Byrds' "Eight Miles High" (and its B-side) is followed by a slightly different version of "Makes No Sense At All" than the version on Flip Your Wig; either way, it's one of the finest examples of power-pop you'll ever hear. A great live show from Derek and the Dominos' only US tour is followed by a blistering live-for-radio set from Rush early in their career recorded at Jimi Hendrix' legendary Electric Lady Studios. In a fitting wrap-up to this batch, Hendrix' masterpiece, Electric Ladyland, closes this group of albums: not just one of the finest albums of 1968 and of all-time, but one of my favorite albums by anyone, period.



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