The Magical Mystery Listening Tour: Day 47

Leading off with four out-of-order additions to the iPod that I circled back to for inclusion...

Graham Coxon - A+E
Beady Eye - BE
Suede - Coming Up (Deluxe Edition)
Suede - Dog Man Star (Deluxe Edition)
Led Zeppelin - Earl's Court Arena, London 5/18/75
Led Zeppelin - Earl's Court Arena, London 5/23/75
Led Zeppelin - Earl's Court Arena, London 5/24/75
Led Zeppelin - Earl's Court Arena, London 5/25/75
Genesis - Earl's Court Arena, London 6/24/77
Steppenwolf - Early Steppenwolf
The Allman Brothers Band - Eat a Peach
Grant Hart - Ecce Homo

The most recent album from Graham is a noisy, power pop-fest that is in direct contrast to his prior album (The Spinning Top) which was mostly folk/acoustic songs. There are some great cuts on here and while there are only 10 songs, most are in the 4-6 minute range and are some of the longest of his career. Beady Eye's new album from 2013 is a much stronger and more consistent record than their debut. While it does veer into standard pub-rock fare and they'll never be considered great songwriters, it's still enjoyable. The new Suede remasters from the past couple of years resulted in reissues of their albums with vastly improved sound/mixes (FINALLY you can hear the bass and drums!) as well as several rarities and B-sides on the bonus discs. Of particular note are the unedited, extended versions of "The Wild Ones" and "The Asphalt World" from their masterpiece, Dog Man Star. Continuing on from Day 46, the subsequent four shows from Zeppelin's five-night stand at Earl's Court in 1975 are next. The sound quality and performance improves with each successive night, and the final two nights are captured in glorious soundboard tapes. The fourth night is typically considered to be the best of the entire run and my opinion hasn't changed in the past 20 years to disagree. The final Earl's Court show from this batch is from Genesis in 1977, which is the final year in their career where have any serious interest in them. It's a great mix of cuts from their two post-Gabriel albums and older cuts in really nice sound quality. The Steppenwolf album is alive album from 1967 before they became famous and is very good; there's is a great early version of the Pusher that clocks in at twenty-two minutes! The Allman Brothers album is a classic, sadly released after the sudden and tragic death of founding brother Duane Allman. Finally, a solo acoustic live album from ex-Husker Du Grant Hart has him playing Du songs as well as his solo stuff and is a pretty nice album.