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Disappointed in Jack K for missing that, and Ryan69 for not calling it out as a conspiracy.

I decided smart arse music cognoscenti should keep away from this thread for fear of spoiling it for others.
I have glanced but have resisted making any comment most of the time.

Must go, have a deluxe reissue of Bowies "Hunky Dory" to listen to
It collects unreleased home demos, live recordings, radio sessions, and more.

Divine Symmetry (An Alternate Journey Through Hunky Dory), arriving Nov. 25 as a 4CD/1Blu-ray set, features 48 unreleased tracks in total, including Bowie’s own home and hotel recordings for tracks that wound up on Hunky Dory, as well as unreleased songs like “King of the City,” “Tired of My Life” (later partially revisited for Scary Monsters’ “It’s No Game”), “Right On Mother,” “How Lucky You Are (Miss Peculiar)” and more.

The additional discs are filled out with Bowie’s entire John Peel session from June 1971 — only a handful of the recordings previously appeared on the Bowie at the Beeb comp — plus additional never-officially-released BBC recordings, the unearthed BOWPROMO EP, single mixes, b-sides, and alternate versions of the Hunky Dory tracks.
 
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Think it can be spelt with an i or an e at the end

Divine Symmetry
-E is the singular and -i the plural. So J was right more by luck than good judgment!

I like Bowie fine too but all that stuff... tastes do differ.
 

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-E is the singular and -i the plural. So J was right more by luck than good judgment!

I like Bowie fine too but all that stuff... tastes do differ.
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I'm ploughing through the demo's on Disc 1.
Some of the less familiar songs are substantially more interesting for what they became than what they are.
"Tired of my Life" is a mopey acoustic strum, nothing special until halfway through when it unexpectedly turns into It’s No Game, the opening track from 1980’s Scary Monsters and Super Creeps.
"King of the City" initially sounds naggingly, maddeningly familiar. Thirty seconds in, when Bowie’s voice takes on a more anguished tone, it suddenly becomes clear: it’s "Ashes to Ashes", almost a decade too early
 

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Faith Healer has the best intro to a song that I have ever heard. Fab.
Blew me away when I first saw them 50 years ago and still does.




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Always loved SAHB. Saw them Jan '75 at the Caley in Lothian road. The security were getting a bit heavy handed at the front so Alex stopped the show and told them all to fuck off and he would take responsibility. At the end of the show as the crowd left you could see the front few rows of seats destroyed. The backs ripped off and placed on the arms so folk had mini platforms to stand on. Long time ago but that would have cost him plenty for replacements.
 

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I decided smart arse music cognoscenti should keep away from this thread for fear of spoiling it for others.
It's a shame you feel that way.

If you were to enthuse in detail about an album you liked when it appeared I can't see how you'd spoil anything. Might even encourage the uninitiated people to share your passion.
 

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It's a shame you feel that way.

If you were to enthuse in detail about an album you liked when it appeared I can't see how you'd spoil anything. Might even encourage the uninitiated people to share your passion.
I can see everybody is enjoying the thread.
It's perfect as it is.
You have done a great job.

Enthusing in detail about an album takes time and effort.
However, if anybody wants to know which album(s) or compilations are best by a band or artist I will happily give my tuppence worth.
Big G is another music obsessive and has seen almost every artist performing since 1970. From his music posts I can see he listens to and has vast knowledge about all sorts of music.
Caveat - I have not listened to metal bands in the last 40 years.

P.S. I shit you not, yesterday I was sent a 5 CD reissue of the third George Michael album "Older" to review. WTF!
The E.P. and B sides are good extras but it is rammed full of dreadful remixes. I can't face it.
 
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I can see everybody is enjoying the thread.
It's perfect as it is.
You have done a great job.

Enthusing in detail about an album takes time and effort.
However, if anybody wants to know which album(s) or compilations are best by a band or artist I will happily give my tuppence worth.
Big G is another music obsessive and has seen almost every artist performing since 1970. From his music posts I can see he listens to and has vast knowledge about all sorts of music.
Caveat - I have not listened to metal bands in the last 40 years.

P.S. I shit you not, yesterday I was sent a 5 CD reissue of the third George Michael album "Older" to review. WTF!
The E.P. and B sides are good extras but it is rammed full of dreadful remixes. I can't face it.
Nothing personal Jack I assure you but critics, whether music, film or art have never had any bearing on what I watch or listen to. To me they're a bunch of pretentious twats.
 

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I'm ploughing through the demo's on Disc 1.
Some of the less familiar songs are substantially more interesting for what they became than what they are.
"Tired of my Life" is a mopey acoustic strum, nothing special until halfway through when it unexpectedly turns into It’s No Game, the opening track from 1980’s Scary Monsters and Super Creeps.
"King of the City" initially sounds naggingly, maddeningly familiar. Thirty seconds in, when Bowie’s voice takes on a more anguished tone, it suddenly becomes clear: it’s "Ashes to Ashes", almost a decade too early
So we're talking about the albums in question or having a private chat?
 

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Nothing personal Jack I assure you but critics, whether music, film or art have never had any bearing on what I watch or listen to. To me they're a bunch of pretentious twats.
"Nothing personal"........








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#160 - The Very Best of Al Green – Al Green

Al Green, is an American singer, songwriter, pastor and record producer best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including "Take Me to the River", "Tired of Being Alone", "I'm Still in Love with You", "Love and Happiness", and his signature song, "Let's Stay Together".

The Very Best of Al Green is a tight collection of Al Green songs, including all the hits listed above, among other classic soul staples.

Critic Reviews:

"What makes Green so enticing as an R&B singer is his style. It's pure, gritty, southern soul."

"Any fan of Green who needs to collect these songs could do a lot worse than starting here; this is a solid collection of his music."

Note: As is the case with a lot of nominated compilations, this one isn't on Spotify. Here is a link to very expansive 42 track Best Of instead:

 

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#159 - The ‘59 Sound - The Gaslight Anthem

The '59 Sound is the second studio album by American rock band the Gaslight Anthem.

A critical sucess upon release, sales of The '59 Sound doubled following Bruce Springsteen's guest appearances with the band at Glastonbury and Hyde Park. "The Boss" being an obvious influence on the band's sound.

Critic Reviews:

"Packed full of vivid imagery and storytelling that resembles Born to Run/Darkness on the Edge of Town-era Springsteen, The '59 Sound is an impeccable work of punk-rock art where each listen offers something new, never taking any hint of imagination or personal effect away from the listener; this is the album The Killers wanted to make with Sam's Town but were unsuccessful at."

"If Fallon often comes off as a youthful Springsteen wannabe on The '59 Sound, he also happens to be pretty good at it.

 

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#158 - Another Kind Of Blues - UK Subs

Another Kind of Blues is the first studio album released by English punk band, the U.K. Subs.

The style of music borrows heavily from blues and rock'n'roll but infused much of the energy and social commentary that was shaping the wider punk rock scene.

Critics were divided on the album's merits at the time as many of the original punk bands were starting to experiment with different looks and sounds by 1979. The Subs were clearly a punk band in every sense of the word though, and that struck a chord with hardcore punks who felt they were being abandoned.

Critic Reviews:

"It's melodic, punchy, and fast, delivering the necessary bite without ever becoming too abrasive or sugary. Another Kind of Blues is an impressive debut."

"Charlie Harper’s raspy, shouted vocals became the blueprint for lots of punk bands that followed. There was nothin pretty about it but it simply works."

 

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#157 - Bat out of Hell - Meatloaf with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Bat out of Hell: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is a live album released by singer Meat Loaf in 2004.

The album was recorded on February 20-February 22, 2004 during Meat Loaf's Australian tour and, as the name suggests, Meat Loaf is backed for the concerts by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

You might see another album with a similar title and tracklist later in the countdown.

Critic Reviews:

"Since there's no point in doing this live unless it's done perfectly, it shouldn't come as a surprise that this is more a re-creation than a reinterpretation, with very little to differentiate it sonically from the original studio album; even Ellen Foley's substitute Patti Russo sounds shockingly similar to her recorded counterpart."

"It's monumentally kitsch, of course, but no-shit classic tunes like “Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad” can stand any amount of high-camp vandalism."

 

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#156 - Let Love In - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Let Love In is the eighth studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

A transitional album for the band, Let Love In was recorded two years after the flawed (according to the band) Henry’s Dream and it is something of a more produced effort with subtle arrangements and carefully constructed performances pointing towards The Bad Seeds’ future direction.

Critic Reviews:

"Amid Let Love In's ballast, you can hear Cave's increased adeptness at exploring his fascinations using sly, pitch-black humor instead of transgressive shock tactics."

"Keeping the same line-up from Henry's Dream, Nick Cave and company turn in yet another winner with Let Love In."

 

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