The Easy Star All-Stars’ stunning reinvention of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” spent over three years on the Billboard reggae charts. The recording also features guest vocal appearances by Frankie Paul, The Meditations and sound effects from The Wizard of Oz (of course). Hear the complete recording Tuesday, December 15th during the “Rocking Vibrations” reggae program, 9-noon on KZSC.
It seems the Rolling Stones have chased The Beatles recording legacy forever. The Fab Four started writing songs; Mick and Keith took a shot at it too. The Beatles put out a double album in 1968; the Stones followed with “Exile on Main Street”. So how do the Rolling Stones compete with September’s fanfare over the remastered Beatles catalog since they’ve allowed their albums to be remastered 4-5 times already? They release an “expanded edition” of their live album, “Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!” By expanded, this means a fancy box with 5 Stones songs not on the original release plus an additional disc of music by opening acts from their November 1969 Madison Square Garden concerts. Bear in mind Keith Richards and Mick Jagger picked decent opening acts: Ike & Tina Turner and B. B. King, both in good form here. Recognized as one of the great live albums in rock and roll history, the sound quality is somewhat improved thanks to modern technology but it still leaves room for wonder why this box set didn’t include more music. The Stone are preparing another re-release of “Exile on Main Street” sometime in 2010; let’s see if they can catch up with The Beatles again.
I’ve been holding off from reviewing this album for a couple weeks. It might be that I’m extremely biased going in having read other reviews. Decibel magazine gave it 10/10 and went so far to call it album of the year (they’re right). Metalsucks.net gave it 4 1/2 out of 5 horns. Metal Injection hails it as a return to what “Epic” truly is. And truthfully, I can’t agree more. After using Blue Record as the background music for my late night homework excursions (and thus listening to it between ten and fifteen times in a row), I figure I should toss my hat in the ring and give it my review.
I want to keep this as short as possible as not to sound like I’m masturbating over this whole album.
Blue Record opens with a lulling mellow track “Bullhead’s Psalm” before pushing you off the deep end into the heavy riffage of “The Sweetest Curse.” The album takes off running, taunting you to catch up. I’ll stop myself from writing a song by song review now, thank you.
Blue Record is filled with lows and highs, soft and rough sonic textures, peaks and valleys, heavy riffs and proggy tones all combining to make an EPIC record. Let’s talk about those last two. This album is very heavy. To counter that Baroness has expertly used prog-rock meleodies, and they’ve done it without sounding overly-wanky (my main beef with prog). This is a heavy metal album, but believe me if you like anything that resembles “rock” music, you will like this album. You’ll enjoy the album, but tracks to watch out for are: “The Sweetest Curse”, “Jake Leg”, “A Horse Called Golgotha” and “The Gnashing.”
This is album of the year. I encourage everyone to give it a listen on Baroness’ myspace. The entire Blue Record is streaming there. Listen to it for free, if you like it support this awesome band by buying some merch (they have a t-shirt cd combo for cheap).
For blowing minds, pushing heavy metal forward and expanding metal beyond a niche genre, Baroness’ Blue Record recieves FIVE OUT OF FIVE HAMMERS! (never before seen!)
[Baroness' Blue Record was released on October 13th, 2009 on Relapse Records. Total play time: 44:25]
John Mayall’s got some pretty good ears. For his band The Bluesbreakers, he hand-picked Eric Clapton (before Cream), Peter Green (before Fleetwood Mac) and Mick Taylor (before he joined The Rolling Stones). So when he chose a young Coco Montoya in the early 80′s for his reformed Bluesbreakers, you figured he was destined for greatness. After a decade with Mayall, Coco went solo and has produced some fine modern-day blues records of his own. A quick way to catch up is a newly released CD, “The Essential Coco Montoya” (Blind Pig Records), which digs deep into his past with a nod to his work today. If you like hearing what a Fender guitar can do to the blues, you’ll enjoy this collection.
Now is a good time for Electronic Music at KZSC. We have a bunch of new stuff goin’ on goin’ on, including the New Boys Noize, Metronomy, as well as some home-brewed local electro/experimental/psych from New Bengal Spice…
For decades, The Beatles have been (no pun intended) the meat and potatoes of popular music. As icons, their music has been dissected and studied more than anyone. So when the day finally arrived for the release of the newly remastered BEATLES BOX SET in Stereo and Mono (EMI), everyone wondered if the project (and price asked) was worth the investment.
Point of reference: This is not the first attempt to put out audiophile Fab Four releases. In 1981 Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs released an LP box set of Beatles recordings. This comprised all thirteen original British versions of their albums, mastered from the original Abbey Road Studio tapes using high-density “virgin” vinyl and half-speed mastering,
After hours of comparing both the MFSL and new EMI recordings, let alone the Capitol CD releases, I can assure any Beatle fan that the new recordings are essential. You’ll hear enough changes in the overall sound to rekindle the reason why this band is so damn popular. You may even want to pull out those headphones to sit and listen to music for a while…like the old days when these records came out.