Tuesday, June 19, 2012
|Black Sabbath in their heyday|
Friday, June 15, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I'm always buying music, but this album has been on constant rotation for the past few years. I keep finding nuisances that I enjoy, whether it's Marvin's multi-tracked vocals coming from all angles, or the funkiness and airiness instrumentation, everything about this album continues to astound me. Released in 1978, Here, My Dear is a stone-cold classic. It's Gaye's ultimate bummer trip, and we are brought along for the ride. I don't need to go into detail about the album, as I did more so in a previous post, but the album is a definite answer to finalizing a divorce from Anna Gordy. While I'd probably have to give the edge to What's Going On as my favorite Marvin Gaye album (and probably my favorite album of all-time in any genre), Here, My Dear is definitely my second favorite Marvin Gaye album, and definitely up there in the top 20 of all-time favorite albums. This is Gaye's most underrated album. It's perfect in it's imperfections, the windiness of it can be criticized, and the self-absorption (Gaye could be painfully self-centered) lyrically can be over-the-top but it's what makes it the most interesting album he ever recorded. Here, My Dear is completely Gaye, emotionally exposed for all to see.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Remember when DJ Shadow's Endtroducing came out and everyone flipped over it? Then shortly afterwards the music of composer David Axelrod developed a resurgence due to Shadow's occasional sampling of Axelrod? Axelrod was before my time, so I admit that I was one of the many whom discovered the music of David Axelrod through DJ Shadow. Shadow's Endtroducing, released in 1996, still holds up well to this day. And David Axelrod's music also holds up well. In terms of his self-releases, I consider his Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, and Seriously Deep, as my three favorite Axelrod albums, with the latter being more jazz-fusion while the Songs albums were more cinematic and psychedelic. Most of the music Axelrod was involved with in the 60's and early 70's were great. The two albums he produced for The Electric Prunes, Mass in F Minor, and Release of an Oath are well worth checking out, and the music he produced with jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley--Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, and Soul Zodiac, are good as well. "The Smile", released on the 1968 album Songs of Innocence, is Axelrod to a T (if you're familiar with his productions you know what I mean)--and one of my favorite tracks he released.