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Archive for August, 2009

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA “Loser Gone Wild” (1983)


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80s ELO is the shit. Jeff Lynne was pretty much on fire (“Free Fallin’, “Runnin’ Down a Dream, and “I Won’t Back Down”?!?!) for the entire decade.

Secret Messages is no classic end to end but “Loser Gone Wild” has one of the catchiest chorus ever.

UPDATE: Re-upped to Divshare.

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NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE “Dirty Business” (1971)


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Another classic cut from 1971, although there’s a bit more fiber here than in either of yesterday’s selections.

This is a fucking masterpiece.

BERT JANSCH “Baby Blue” (1975)


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Really delighted to see that Drag City has reissued Jansch’s mid-’70s California records (LA Turnaround, Santa Barbara Honeymoon, and A Rare Conundrum).

Jansch didn’t go quite as native as some other British folk guys who went to California in the ’70s but the results are more than satisfying. “Baby Blue” is such a charmer; I love the steel drums especially. Reminds me that certain Drag City classics feature steel drums, of course…

GREGORY ISAACS “Hot Stepper” (1982)


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I picked up Night Nurse on vinyl today. Basically a perfect record. Isaacs’ delivery sooo smooth.

ALIOTTA HAYNES JEREMIAH “Lake Shore Drive” (1971) and WILLIAM TRUCKAWAY “Bluegreens” (1971)


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Two incredible AM Gold winners from 1971.

“Bluegreens” is a charmer, all harmonizing and hand claps, from the guy who was the lead singer of San Francisco footnoters the Sopwith Camel. If he cut any solo records other than this one, the Internet doesn’t know about it.

“Lake Shore Drive” is a total gem. Love that piano immensely. On repeat for months…

AMON DUUL II “Spaniards & Spacemen” (1978)


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Wow, Düül fans might hate this song even more than Can fans hate “Like Inobe God” but I’m definitely interested in Krauty-disco-flamenco excursions so this sits pretty well with me.

JOAO DONATO “Xangô é de Baê” (1975)


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Sensational, breezy ’70s samba. Perfect late summer jam.