Such Sweet Thunder – Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington - Such Sweet Thunder

-Album of the Day-

Released: May ?, 1957

“I never heard / so musical a discord, such sweet thunder.” A line from Shakespeare that must have struck a chord for the Duke since he used it as the title this stunning Jazz album that takes influence from a multitude of William Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. Such Sweet Thunder is the type of concept album that music historians, and theorists could spend decades studying, trying to understand why Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn, Ellington’s lesser known musical partner, chose the music they did for the different parts of Shakespeare they were trying to represent. Shakespearian experts will leave Such Sweet Thunder with much to talk about, and for those who are less familiar with the works of the Elizabethan playwright the music is good enough to stand on its own without the references. Continue reading “Such Sweet Thunder – Duke Ellington”

Album of the Day – May 27th, 2017

Book of Dreams - Steve Miller Band

Book of Dreams – The Steve Miller Band

  • May ?, 1977. Any album with the songs Jet Airliner, Swingtown, and Jungle Love on it is already bound to be good, and, while not perfect, Book Of Dreams ends up being better than most people give it credit for being.

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American Stars'n Bars - Neil Young

American Stars ‘n Bars – Neil Young

  • May 27th, 1977. This album comes in at a close second for Album of the Day. American Stars ‘n Bars is a equal parts Country, Folk, and Rock, and while it lacks the power of hit singles, fans of any of those three genres will not be disappointed with the end result.

SYR1 Anagrama - Sonic Youth

SYR1: Anagrama – Sonic Youth

  • May ?, 1997. The never dull Sonic Youth self-published this experimental/post-rock album. If you’re thinking about listening to it I would recommend it. SYR1 is surprisingly accesible for an experimental album, however the final track is full on Noise-Rock, and can be intense.

Up, Up and Away - The 5th Dimension

Up, Up and Away – The 5th Dimension

  • May ?, 1967. I had never heard of The 5th Dimension before I listened to this album, so I had no idea what to expect. It’s a pretty good collection of Pop/R&B songs with a psychedelic tilt. While I would probably describe the album as ultimately forgettable, I did think the music was good while listening to it.

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FreeFall - The Dixie Dregs

Free Fall – Dixie Dregs

  • May 27th, 1977. Shame on me for not knowing that the genre title Jazz-Fusion is really just a cover up that jam bands use. While I’m not anti Jam Band, studio recordings of Jam Bands never live up to the hype, and Free Fall is no different. Not to mention the cover of this album is ridiculous

Book of Dreams – The Steve Miller Band

Book of Dreams - Steve Miller Band

-Album of the Day-

Book of Dreams – The Steve Miller Band

Released: May ?, 1977

                Pop Rock group The Steve Miller Band probably doesn’t get the credit it deserves for creating two of the best Rock albums of the 70’s in back to back years: 1976’s Fly Like an Eagle, and 1977’s Book of Dreams. Whatever reason, Book of Dreams is an album any listener should take a chance on. While it is far from perfect, this album provides a great, spacey, rock sound, some of the best singles of the 70’s, and Steve Miller’s smooth vocals, a combination that is almost guaranteed to please. Continue reading “Book of Dreams – The Steve Miller Band”

Album of the Day – May 26th

Absolutely Free - The Mothers of Invention

Absolutely Free – The Mother’s of Invention

  • May 26th, 1967. Incredibly absurd, incredibly testing, and incredibly interesting. The Mothers of Invention’s second full album is not meant for everybody, but the people who are willing to listen to it to the end will be fascinated.

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Make Way For Willie Nelson - Willie Nelson

Make Way For Willie Nelson – Willie Nelson

  • May ?, 1967. A good old style country music album consisting mostly of covers. Fans of country and Willie Nelson can’t go wrong here.

Tumuli Shroomaroom - Acrimony

Tumuli Shroomaroom – Acrimony

  • May 26th, 1997. Acrimony’s brand of Stoner-Rock/Metal fits right in place with all of the Alternative Rock of the 90’s. While personally I find myself put off by their self-image, and most of the lyrics, there is some genuinely good rock on this album for anybody willing to listen.

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Teenage Emotions - Lil Yachty

Teenage Emotions – Lil Yachty

  •  May 26th, 2017. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t get the appeal of Lil Yachty as a rapper other than he might be a fun guy to hang out with. Perhaps Teenage Emotions will grow on me, but in a year when DAMN. was released I couldn’t imagine leaving that behind to listen to this.

Absolutely Free – The Mothers of Invention

Absolutely Free - The Mothers of Invention

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Absolutely Free – The Mothers of Invention

Released: May 26th, 1967

It must be made absolutely clear at the beginning of this review that Absolutely Free is not for everyone, nor is it even clear that this album is meant to be enjoyed. The Mothers of Invention test the limits of music and their listener’s patience in ways that are frustrating and if that sounds like something that you as a listener are not interested in, it is in your best interest to ignore Absolutely Free and probably The Mothers of Invention/Frank Zappa catalogue as a whole. However, if you are willing, and more importantly patient, you will be rewarded with some original and interesting, albeit absurdist, sounds that might be classifiable as music. Continue reading “Absolutely Free – The Mothers of Invention”

Album of the Day – May 25th

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me - The Cure

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me – The Cure

  •  May 25th, 1987. A great album that showcases the stylistic range of The Cure. Everyone should take a chance on Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me even if you think it goes against your better judgement.

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Scream Bloody Gore - Death

Scream Bloody Gore – Death

  • May 25th, 1987. Debut album from the thrash metal band Death. This album is given a lot of credit for being the first Death Metal album ever created. Brutal riffs, and head-bang worthy choruses, this album is for all the metal heads out there.

Star Wars (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – May 25th, 1977.

  • Star Wars EP. IV: A New Hope was originally released today 40 years ago, and along with it some of the most memorable music ever composed. If you haven’t seen the movie watch it first because it is the best way to experience the music, but if you’re like me and have it memorized scene by scene give the record a listen. You’ll be surprised how powerful it is without the pictures in the screen b

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me – The Cure

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me - The Cure

– Album of The Day –

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me – The Cure

Released: May 25th, 1987

                In an era where bad boys, playing Hard Rock, singing about good times could be found at every turn, The Cure’s brand of emotional Post-Punk can seem like a breath of fresh air and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, The Cure’s seventh studio album, is nothing if not emotional. Continue reading “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me – The Cure”