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Amph What Album Did You Just Hear?

Discussion in 'Community' started by Rogue1-and-a-half, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. wall of sick

    wall of sick Jedi Padawan star 3

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    i've always enjoyed the stuff just prior to head hunters a little more. the weird, noisy, dense stuff.
     
  2. CloneUncleOwen

    CloneUncleOwen Jedi Master star 4

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    No arch-heresy here...Thrust is a far more polished album than Head Hunters, and for all the reasons you mentioned, at least in my opinion.

    Have you listened to Bennie Maupin's work on Man-Child; thoughts?
     
  3. Ramza

    Ramza Administrator Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA VIP

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    I enjoy Crossings so you'd think I'd look further into the other Mwandishi band albums, but no. One of these days, surely.

    I have not, but since I'm trying to listen to more Hancock albums that'll definitely fit well in the proverbial docket.
     
  4. Frank T.

    Frank T. Force Ghost star 6

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    But Head Hunters is so much fun! And for me, it's one of the greatest party albums.
     
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  5. wall of sick

    wall of sick Jedi Padawan star 3

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    i just downloaded his complete columbia albums set. i can't wait to listen to the disco-funk stuff complete with vocoder-y goodness! gonna be awesome.
     
  6. Rogue1-and-a-half

    Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Permanent Waves (1980) - Rush

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    So, this was really interesting. This album very obviously starts a new phase in Rush’s career, ie. a phase more focused on, not to be insulting, a poppier sound. Now, it’s no sin to go pop. In fact, with these guys, it’s the best thing that ever happened to them, at least in terms of the three albums I’ve heard at the point of this review. This album starts with The Spirit of Radio and it just bursts out of the gate with this beautiful guitar riff and then the song proper starts and it’s got this great, really catchy melody. And it’s like a drink of cold water after the brutal desert of Hemispheres. Freewill is also a really good, rocking song and Different Strings is just a lovely tune with a great piano solo in it. Different Strings is, I think, the best song of theirs that I’ve heard so far. Now there are a couple of the longer epic tracks here as well, Jacob’s Ladder and Natural Science and both of those are, once again, totally forgettable. But, on the whole, this represents a massive step up for the group in terms of quality. They’ve still got more or less the same sound, as in production sound, and the technique on display is still wonderful. It’s just that now they have actually good pieces of music to apply those things to. This is a solid album. I’m going to give it a conditional recommendation. Good record. 3 stars.

    tl;dr – Rush integrates pop into their prog sound and takes a huge step up with wonderful songs; the epics still fail to engage, but on the whole, a solid album. 3 stars.
     
  7. wall of sick

    wall of sick Jedi Padawan star 3

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    Foetus - Deaf
     
  8. Frank T.

    Frank T. Force Ghost star 6

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    Warpaint
    (self-titled album)

     
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  9. wall of sick

    wall of sick Jedi Padawan star 3

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  10. tom

    tom Chosen One star 7

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    i have the great gatsby soundtrack in my car for some reason so i've been listening to it. i actually find it kind of meh. it's all a little too theatrical and overwrought for my taste. maybe it works in the film, i don't know.
     
  11. Leoluca Randisi

    Leoluca Randisi Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack Disc 1 and 2 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. Frank T.

    Frank T. Force Ghost star 6

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    Flying Lotus
    You're Dead!
     
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  13. Only-One Cannoli

    Only-One Cannoli Ex-Mod star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Lana Del Rey
    Ultraviolence



    On repeat because I'm missing her concert down the street, sold out :(
     
  14. Healer_Leona

    Healer_Leona Squirrel Rangler of Fun & Games star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    Hungry Ghosts by OkGo.
     
  15. tom

    tom Chosen One star 7

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  16. Leoluca Randisi

    Leoluca Randisi Jedi Grand Master star 6

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  17. tom

    tom Chosen One star 7

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    i also listened to yusuf's new album "tell 'em i'm gone". a lot of religious overtones as you might expect, but it still sounds like cat stevens albeit an older version. it's actually not bad.
     
  18. Leoluca Randisi

    Leoluca Randisi Jedi Grand Master star 6

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  19. Rogue1-and-a-half

    Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Moving Pictures (1981) - Rush

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    This is, I think, usually seen as a step above Permanent Waves, but I actually think it’s a bit of a step down. The poppier sensibility is still the same, which is good, but I just didn’t find the songs here to be as strong. No, not even Tom Sawyer, surely the one song everyone knows is a Rush song. It’s fine, but not particularly great. Which is true of most of the tracks here actually. Red Barchetta is probably the best, and at over six minutes, it’s actually one of the longest tracks, so bit of a change up there. Though The Camera’s Eye, the requisite ten minute track, is pretty awful. The rest of the songs here are just okay, if not ever memorable. I mean, whatever, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Distinctly average album. Recommended against. 2 stars.

    tl;dr – poppier sound persists but songs aren’t particularly good; even the iconic Tom Sawyer is a disappointment. 2 stars.

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  20. wall of sick

    wall of sick Jedi Padawan star 3

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    i listened to the first song and it was kind of a gotdamned mess. does it get better?

    i most recently listened to half of this:

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    and half of this:

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    oh, and most of this:

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  21. Rogue1-and-a-half

    Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Exit...Stage Left (1981) - Rush

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    So, it’s the last album in this box set of Rush albums and it’s a live album. It was a double album when it came out; the whole thing clocks in at seventy-three minutes, so it can all fit on one CD now. Anyway, it’s . . . you know, live versions of a lot of the songs from the last four albums. There are a couple of tracks that are new or, actually, old, I guess. They come from albums released prior to the albums in this box set. Anyway, the technique really makes these songs almost indistinguishable from the studio versions; the band is tight, I give them that. But it also means my opinions here are basically the same as my opinions elsewhere. Peart does do a great drum solo in the middle of YYZ that I really liked. Otherwise, if I liked the song before, as in Spirit of Radio or Closer to the Heart, then I liked it here; if I didn’t, as in 90% of the songs in this set, then I didn’t here. The main difference is that this album is twice as long as their studio albums; you probably already know whether I consider that a positive or not. Anyway, strongly recommended against. 1 ½ stars.

    tl;dr – live album features flawless copies of the studio versions of Rush’s songs; your opinion on this album will be the same as your opinion of their studio albums. 1 ½ stars.

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  22. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Chosen One star 10

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  23. squir1y

    squir1y Jedi Master star 3

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    Black Love by The Afghan Whigs. Fantastic. Actually anything with Greg Dulli is grade A.

    One of the best songs ever in this reporter's opinion:

     
  24. Frank T.

    Frank T. Force Ghost star 6

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    The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

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  25. B3

    B3 Force Ghost star 6

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    Gong Live Etc.
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