Forty-seven years ago, The Beatles authored the album that Rolling Stone dubbed 5/500 in the greatest albums of all time. What beat it out for the top four spots? Well. The album Bob Dylan put out that same year (Highway 61 Revisited), the album Brian Wilson wrote in response to this album (Pet Sounds), aaaand […]

No review today, as I’m preparing to travel, but I don’t want to mess up my awesome-looking posting habits. So here’s a concept for your consideration. It’s called the “listener’s bias,” and it a-goes somethin’ like this: SOMEtimes it’s not that we CAN’T understand – it’s that we’re not TRYING to understand. As an example…I […]

Things I’ve found enhance the enjoyment of my album-listening experiences: forget the last thing on the table was a 45; wonder when the band got a female lead and jazzed up that soul cut; don’t have a clue about the band’s preceding album. Admittedly, I have a pretty marked-up record, and when it comes to […]

Rule of Thumb: You’re welcome to complete more than you set out to do, but don’t let that “extra” get you feeling it’s acceptable to complete less than you set out to do. Case in point, a special Sunday edition doesn’t get me off the hook on Monday! Let’s throw a 45 into the mix. […]

I have a confession to make…I bought a CD – no…no, wait; it gets worse – new. Yep. Not vinyl. Not digital download. A compact disssssc. Save my soul. Listen. It comes down to this: I might’ve preferred the record, but I don’t have that kind of change at the moment; I want the artwork; […]

Every post from here on out won’t have a special dedication, BUT…I *did* pick a record I thought Bill Murray might appreciate, as it’s his birthday tomorrow. It was very nearly The California Raisins Sing the Hits, but, then I did enough celebrity-stalking to find out Bill has a soft spot for indie rockers – […]

Well, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Band, you’re going to have to wait. I’ve remembered a special birthday dedication that needs to go out. Happy Birthday, Dad! Today, I learn a little more about Bread. Like, for instance, one could store Bread in cellophane for nearly 40 years….and it’ll keep! AMAZING! It’s so fresh […]

This is going to keep me busy all weekend, man. You see all those people? They’re all with the band. I’m digging, though. This album was released amidst the greatest heights of popularity reached by the band, while also serving as a time capsule, bursting with pain and integrity to carry on through deep loss. […]

Surprise! I own records pressed in the last quarter-century! This is one of the few first-hand albums in my collection. I bought it circa 2008, six years post release. Reading through the credits, I learned of an affiliation with John Vanderslice, whom my brother and wife took me to hear at Des Moines’ Vaudeville Mews. […]

The most interesting detail about my copy is a sticky label of scrolling parchment with the words “Ex Recordus Libris” printed above my mom’s signature, maiden surname. If she got it when it was released, she was around 16 – at most, 23. I’ve heard criticism that records don’t make for the best investment, because…how […]

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