The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 42

The next batch of "D" albums...

R.E.M. - Dead Letter Office
Pixies - Death to the Pixies
The Beatles - Decca Studios 1/1/62
The Rolling Stones - December's Children (And Everybody's)
Gov't Mule - The Deep End Vol. 1
Gov't Mule - The Deep End Vol. 2
Gov't Mule - The Deepest End: Live in Concert

Dead Letter Office is a B-sides compilation released by R.E.M.'s first record label on the cusp of their leaving for Warner Brothers and has some excellent songs on it, such as "Crazy," "Burning Down," "Windout," and "Ages of You." It's essential for any hardcore fan of the band. Death to the Pixies is a greatest hits compilation but is worth it more for the bonus disc, which is a live gig from 1990 that's quite good. The famous Beatles Decca audition, where they were turned down (before eventually being signed by Parlophone in summer '62) is fascinating and enjoyable listening. They rely heavily on covers and some originals that they never ended up recording. You can hear how nervous they were, and after listening to this it's easy to understand why they replaced Pete Best with Ringo! The Stones' album is a hodgepodge of non-album tracks, singles, and covers that is pretty enjoyable as far as early Stones goes. Finally, a trio of albums from Gov't Mule as they paid tribute to their original bassist, Allen Woody, who had passed away in 2000. Bass legends from Jack Bruce, John Entwistle, Bootsy Collines, Les Claypool, Victor Wooten, and others with a two-volume studio album and a mega-live concert. Great stuff.