Tuesday, February 20, 2007

21 to 24

More used-CD scavenging over the weekend unearthed the following gems:

21. Rush -- Exit Stage Left (remastered)
22. Brian Eno -- The Drop
23. Curve -- Pubic Fruit
24. ELO -- Out of the Blue (remastered)

Ok, so the ELO wasn't used, but I've been waiting for years for this album to be remastered. In the new liner notes, Jeff Lynne writes that it took three months to write and record this brilliant double album in 1977, and now it takes modern bands years to do so. Are you listening, Axl Rose? Either you've got it or you don't. Lynne definitely had it: as a record executive on their label said, every song on Out of the Blue was a potential single. Classic.

Side note: the song-suite on side three starts out with an ominous Vocoder-distorted voice that intones "Concerto for a Rainy Day." Growing up, I had a neighborhood friend who originally thought that it said "Oh shit, oh fuck, the rain came today." Glenn, this one is for you.

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