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What Are You Listening To?
^Yes I do CH. To my ears, it's more accessible and cohesive. Could just be my short attention span  Tongue . But seriously - he'd come some way since TB. I quite like III as well - just this is the one, y'know?

Another one - pretty pics too ... 



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^^Tubular Bells - the original. Realised I hadn't actually listened to it for more years than I care to remember. It was so different in its time and the appeal is still there, but it's definitely TB II for me.
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Decided to listen to what YouTube's algorithm chose to send my way which was ... 

Gerry Rafferty – "Baker Street" (can't remember what led to this to begin with ... )
Gerry Rafferty – "Right Down the Line" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSfOB8ANdWU
Al Stewart – "Time Passages" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm6TsYypBpY
Al Stewart – "Year of the Cat" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqZc7ZQURMs
Steely Dan – "Deacon Blues" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jamkS4qoXK8
CSN – "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMJug2iz3NA
Bread – "Guitar Man" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1twSgleGhY
America – "Sister Golden Hair" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIycEe59Auc
Gordon Lightfoot – "Sundown" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8rR7E6NfY4, etc., etc. 

Had to stop there but went back to Bread, which led to a thought ...
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^^

my algorithm must be so confused

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Lol!! Absolutely!!
Your list would be wild.
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IAN HUNTER "ian hunter" cd, 1975:

got this one delivered in the mail yesterday...
already own a couple of Mott The Hoople albums and a compilation
of theirs also, love them so I knew what to expect here....
first up listen...
his debut solo set...
some raunchy rock and roll...
a couple of ballads...
and something,which at times has Bowie written all over it in "boy"....
Mick Ronson plays lead guitar here...
he has such a distinctive style that its just so obvious when he is involved in a project...
album peaked at #21 UK, #36 AU and #50 US...
"once bitten twice shy" made it to #14 UK and #29 AU...
"who do you love" #83 AU...
when an album rates this high I try to look for faults that bring the score down...
on most occasions I can find reasons but with this album, no such luck...
one of the greatest albums of the rock era IMO

I LOVE THIS ALBUM


sorry, no best track here, love 'em just all about equally but i'll go with "boy" on this occasion





tracks:

1....once bitten, twice shy ***
2....who do you love **
3....lounge lizard ***
4....boy ***
5....3000 miles from here ***
6....the truth, the whole truth,nuthin' but the truth ***
7....it aint easy when you fall/shades off ***
8....I get so excited **

3s - 6
2s - 2
1s - 0

rating: 2.8
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^^
so glad you like that one mate
Boy is my favorite

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SLADE "you boyz make big noise" cd, 1987

UK Glam-Rocker''s fourteenth and final album....
a good solid album, lots of fist pumping chorus' that youd expect...
lots of catchy tunes all round...
Noddy Holder's voice is still in fine form (the second greatest UK rock vocalist IMO)...
the US music press loved this one, as they did all their albums in the 1980s...
I find that strange because during their hey-day of the 1970s they failed to achieve chart success
in the US...WTF, stupid Americans!...
despite the praise, the album failed to chart in the US, I guess they were infatuated with their "hair bands"
back then....
album peaked at a lowly #98 in their homeland and they released five singles from it, but I guess their race
was run as a charting rock band...
even though the quality material was still there the UKer's were into the likes of Mel And Kim, Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue and Bros etc,
they didn't have time for rock and roll anymore!....

I LOVE THIS ALBUM

worst track:  we wont give in
best track:  fools go crazy





tracks:

1....love is like a rock ***
2....that's what friends are for ***
3....still the same ***
4....fools go crazy ***
5....shes heavy **
6....we wont give in *
7....wont you rock with me **
8....ooh la la in L.A **
9....me & the boyz ***
10..sing, shout, knock yourself out **
11..the roaring silence ***
12..its hard having fun nowadays **

3s - 6
2s - 5
1s - 1

rating: 2.4
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KAYAK – Royal Bed Bouncer

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Personnel:

Max Werner                  leadvocal – mellotron
Ton Scherpenzeel          keyboards – vocals
Pim Koopman                drums – vocals
Bert Veldkamp               bass – vocals
Johan Slager                  gitars – vocals

(^as per liner notes)

Just acquired the record – Dutch pressing – from a fellow vinyl dabbler who happens to be from Holland and had a spare copy. Whoop! I like it very much – bit confused by the cover artwork but it’s striking, if not easily interpretable - perhaps it's not meant to be - an antelope in full flight - hmmm. A gatefold with lyrics written in the style of a paragraph under various seemingly random black and white photographs which somehow represent the song below. The title refers to someone who would (back in the days of yore) test the wine for royalty in order to pre-empt any possible poisoning, and also ‘jump’ on the beds to make sure there were no sharp objects or other deadly implements hidden beneath the sheets – unusual subject matter! Homage to those myriad unknown and unheralded who held/hold jobs that might lead to ‘occupational mortality’. Made in 1975, it's not heavily progressive - no epics, although there are some lovely proggy moments reminiscent of Genesis and the like - vocals coloured by a Dutch accent which is rather appealing, IMHO. Great songs, instruments and production – generally regarded as one of their better offerings. Love Ton Scherpenzeel’s keys – he wrote nine of the ten tracks. Some snippets …
 
“Bury the World” … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMMgh7BdRU0
 
“If This Is Your Welcome” … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW9mpZ8wgD4
 
“Chance for a Lifetime” – released as a single … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T81YEb54WeE
 
“Life of Gold” ….



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STEVIE NICKS  "bella donna"  cd, vinyl  1981

Stevie's debut solo set....
I own this one and her 2011 album "in your dreams" which I love....
album opens up with a country tune (the title track).....
shortly after comes the rock ballad with Tom Petty and the album just goes
from strength to strength after that...
its haunting in places, its ethereal, its rock and roll, its Stevie Nicks, and lets be honest....
they don't make 'em like her anymore..
a rock classic...

I LOVE THIS ALBUM

least liked track:  think about it
favourite track: edge of seventeen





tracks:

1....bella donna ***
2....kind of woman ***
3....stop draggin' my heart around (with Tom Petty) ***
4....think about it **
5....after the glitter fades **
6....edge of seventeen ***
7....how still my love **
8....leather and lace (with Don Henley) ***
9....outside the rain **
10..the highwayman ***

3s - 6
2s - 4
1s - 0

rating: 2.6
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