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Bob Dylan - Infidels - a masterclass in creating intelligent lyrics.
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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his best album IMO Jerome....
superb lyrical content, brilliant melodies, great production and overall sound...

i read somewhere recently that after the album was finished Bob Dylan refused to talk to Knopfler
for years because MK put too much of himself into the album and he(Dylan) didnt consider it a Dylan album.
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Didn't know that one but it does not surprise me. Dylan does not come across as the easiest of persons to get along with. While Knopfler's influence can clearly be heard on the album the bassist and drummer also left their mark on the project. Regardless, it's still my favourite Dylan album.
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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PAUL McCARTNEY  "new"  cd, 2013

revisiting this one once again....
i dont know what it is, but i cannot get into this one...
it could be the way he is trying to reinvent himself to appear
'new' and relevant to a younger audience...
it could be his voice, which has seen better days, not that its that bad,
its lost its spark...
the songs are, for the most part, autobiographical, but i think they are
poorly written and sung...

after four years, i still dislike this album with a passion!

from the album, one of only two or three i actually think are okay:



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Probably Elton's best live album ever. Live in Australia - a magnificent production - the strings on these tracks give me goosebumps.

https://youtu.be/NhlgsgTrLfM

https://youtu.be/RA4L-EhDCXY

https://youtu.be/4nX5NvlK1rE

On something of an Elton revival here today - another fascinating piece of his - https://youtu.be/CFSlSCjzV_U

His response to John Lennon's murder - https://youtu.be/RDRmDlJtIdU

One of my real faves of his - https://youtu.be/nZdDxR_IDgk

Another favourite - https://youtu.be/9tRgYfQ48A0

Oh well let's go out with a bang - https://youtu.be/26wEWSUUsUc
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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DREAM THEATER  "the astonishing"  cd,  2016:

the bands thirteenth studio album, my first, have bought another six I think since this one...
two discs, two and a half hours of a concept about robots taking over everything including music..
love the music, love the vocals, and love the album cover...
superb recording from some of the best musicians on the planet...
as with most conceptual albums, the songs have little meaning outside of the album as a whole...
the music experts have compared this one to two other classic concept albums...Tommy/The Wall..
I don't know, but it is brilliant:

from the album:



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(06-10-2017, 12:33)Frands Wrote:
(06-10-2017, 09:05)Jerome Wrote: Queen - A Night at the Opera - stunning!!!

Yes, it's a great album. It was my first album with Queen and my favorite song is '39

I just went back and revisited this one on the cd player because both of you love it and I cannot
remember ever liking the album...
I was right, I do not like it, it sounds like a disjointed mess to me...
only tracks I like are "good company", "youre my best friend", "bohemian rhapsody" and  " '39"

and like you Frands, my favourite is '39
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KISS  -  "kiss"  cd,  1974.

their debut set...
contains seven tracks that are still live staples to this day...
one cover on here, Bobby Rydell's "kissin' time", the least likable one on the album IMO...
this album is in their top three along with "revenge" and "destroyer"...
a classic rock album that holds its own against any rock/hard rock album ever recorded!



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Magna Carta – Prisoners on the Line and The Fields of Eden. Lost track of them after Lord of the Ages and was surprised to find that these releases date to 2009 and 2015 respectively. I think there’s only one original member remaining, but the essence remains, thanks to him – Chris Simpson. I’ve listened to both albums online – these later albums are less progressive and more folk oriented, and they are a strange mixture of a bit staid and preachy, and on the other hand lyrical and magical. Hmmm – will have to listen again methinks – might have always been that way. Not a lot of clips available in my country for the later albums, and of course, they named themselves well before the advent of the www when it wouldn’t have been a problem, but try searching Magna Carta and see what comes up, lol!
 
Here’s one from Prisoners on the Line - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oZGMZEqXak, and because Lord of the Ages still speaks to me more than any others I’ve heard … “Wish it Was” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isGK7ODtKAM, and the title track … 



"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
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So many people over the years have told me to listen to this album (post above) and for some inexplicable reason I never have. Need to take some time out today to listen to this once and for all.
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