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Friday Night Rocks

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There’s a new place in town and it’s called the New Central Harbourfront, a huge outdoor area right along the harbor next to the Central Ferry piers.  This week, with the Hong Kong Rugby 7′s in town, they’re holding daily events here as part of what they’re calling HK Fanzone. The opening night featured local star Khalil Fong while Saturday night brought De La Soul back to Hong Kong.

Friday night brought Friday Night Rocks, the first in a series of events celebrating the 10th anniversary of Underground. So for the crazy low price of just HK$150 for advance tickets, you got a festival celebrating the amazing diversity of Hong Kong’s independent music scene (plus a guest band from Korea). The bands that played were:

It was a great night, to put it mildly. Stand-outs for me were Shotgun Politics, Galaxy Express and Dr. Eggs.

Here are a few quick photos. There’s a lot more over at the Friday Night Rocks Gallery Page at Spike’s Photos.

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Friday Night Rocks!

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Yes, every Friday night rocks but Friday March 28th is going to rock even harder.

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After staging at least 150 shows in Hong Kong clubs over the past ten years, my good friends at Underground are doing their first music festival – and it’s long overdue in my opinion!

The Hong Kong Rugby 7′s are coming up in two weeks and some organizers have put together a multi-day event called HK Fan Zone. Khalil Fong is scheduled for the opening night, Tuesday March 25th, and De La Soul will be headlining on Saturday March 29th. All of this will be taking place at the “New Central Harbourfront.” This is really nice – a second waterfront venue for events and concerts. Is Hong Kong finally dipping some toes into 21st century water?

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Friday March 28th belongs to Underground and they’ll be bringing along SEVEN bands for the event. This includes local indie favorites like Noughts and Exes, Dr. Eggs and Bamboo Star, as well as Galaxy Express, a hard rocking trio from Korea.

There are a limited number of advance tickets for sale at only $150 – admission will cost $200 at the door. I think that’s an incredibly reasonable price for an event like this.  You can buy advance tickets online here.

Read more about the event and the participating bands here.

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Finance Live! – Charity Benefit

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I’m sure that a lot of people in town know Steve Bernstein. By day he works in the financial field and somehow most nights he finds the energy to be playing mandolin in a variety of bands all over town, frequently The Wanch, where I’ve seen him perform many times as a member of the Joven Goce Band.

As if all of this wasn’t already enough, he also puts together charity shows and the latest one is coming up on March 20th at Grappa’s Cellar. Titled Finance Live!, it will feature five bands, all of which include musicians who work in Hong Kong’s financial industry.

The proceeds from this show will be going to Hong Kong charity Foodlink, This is the charity that is working to end hunger in Hong Kong primarily by collecting all of the food that hotels and restaurants used to throw out at the end of the day and distributing this food to those in need.  

So in essence, you’re going to have a great night out, hear some great live music, drink a bit (or a lot, if you’re so inclined) and know that you’re helping people in Hong Kong who really need your help.

Finance Live! is almost sold out, but not quite. I’m asking you, my readers, to help make this event a sell out, and to keep an eye out for their future events as well.

If you’re looking to buy tickets, or if you just want further details on this event, drop an email to steve (dot) bernstein (at) sinopac (dot) com.

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Neil Young’s Pono – Oh No!

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Neil Young is a famous audiophile. Cranky ole Neil has raged for years about audio fidelity. First we got to hear about how much he hated compact discs. Now seemingly every chance he gets he’ll go off on how much he hates MP3s.

To some extent, he’s right. Digital music doesn’t sound as good as analog. And compressed files don’t sound as good as uncompressed. The thing is, 99.9% of the world doesn’t care.  The average person can’t afford the kind of equipment that brings out this rich sound and the average person probably couldn’t tell the difference – especially because most of the music today is heavily processed stuff that is mastered for MP3 in the first place. Most people are probably listening to 128 KB MP3 files through the cheap earbuds that came packaged with their phones and they think it sounds great.

At any rate, for years Neil has been threatening something revolutionary in the audio world and he finally announced it, via a Kickstarter campaign – Pono Music, Where Your Soul Rediscovers Music. And it’s not really revolutionary after all.

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After all these years of sound and fury from Mr. Young, I for one feel let down.

Pono is a portable music player and a music store. The files are in FLAC format, although the player will also handle MP3 and other formats.  So it’s not a new audio format, which is what I was kind of expecting. FLAC has been around for a long time and there is already a huge library of software for encoding in FLAC and for playing back FLAC music files.

So first, the store. They claim that all the major record labels are behind this. Albums are expected to cost between $15 and $25. They’re reasoning that people will pay more to buy digital music in a lossless format. It’s expensive but I can see some people going for this.

There is no word on whether or not the music files they sell you will contain Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection. I think the answer to this is no because they say that you can play the files you buy “on your PonoPlayer or other compatible devices.”

So I think that’s all pretty good.

Now, the player.  This is where I have a problem.

It will sell for US$399. It will serve one function and one function only – playing music. I am already walking around every day with two mobile phones and a tablet that are capable of playing music and are also capable of about a million other functions. Do I really need to carry another device just for playing music?

Well, they claim that music will sound great on this.  They say that this will be “the best playback device ever for listening to high quality digital music.” The best Digital Audio Converter (DAC).  The triangular shape is said to allow them to use larger components inside, properly spaced, as well as a round battery instead of a flat one, which they say will all result in less interference.

The device itself has just three buttons – on/off and two buttons for volume. Everything else is controlled through a touchscreen interface. In terms of storage, it comes with 64 gig of internal memory and with a 64 gig MicroSD card. They’re claiming 8 hours of battery life for the player. The player will be assembled in Shenzhen.

The Kickstarter campaign has already raised over $2.4 million dollars. There are different rewards at different pledge levels, starting from $5 (you get a thank you on their web site). You can get a Pono player for $300, $100 off list price, in black or yellow.

$400 gets you something a bit more collectible.

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It’s a chrome Pono player, numbered limited edition (500 of each), laser inscribed with the signature of the artist of your choice, pre-loaded with 2 albums chosen by that artist. The signature editions that are sold out are from Pearl Jam, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and Neil Young. Still available are ones from Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, My Morning Jacket, Patti Smith, Arcade Fire, Beck, Crosby Stills & Nash, Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Lenny Kravitz.  I guess Patti Smith and Arcade Fire would be my first and second choices – if I was interested in getting one.

The Pono player is expected to ship in October.

$5,000 gets you an invite to a launch party in California hosted by Neil. This one is sold out already.

So why am I not interested in getting one? These days most of my music listening is done in noisy environments – on the bus, in the office, walking down the street. And I recognize that at my age, a lot of my ability to hear high frequencies is gone. I think that sitting at home in my home office I might hear and appreciate the difference, but the rest of the time I won’t. And I simply don’t want to carry around another device every day when the ones I’ve already got already do the job for me quite well.

What about you? Does the Pono player interest you? Are you thinking about getting one?

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Stones Pics – Sour Grapes

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A bit of bitching and moaning for a moment.

The SCMP web site has 3 photos from the Stones concert to go with their review. The photos are credited just to SCMP. Here’s the lead photo:

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Seriously, that’s the best photo their guy got? Is there anyone out there who follows my concert photos over at Spike’s Photos who doesn’t think that if I was in the pit with my “real” gear that I wouldn’t have given them shots 10 times better?

But the sad truth is, it probably doesn’t matter. The shots are probably deemed good enough for a web page that few will look at and even fewer will spend more than 5 seconds on.

Still ….

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The Rolling Stones in Macau

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The Rolling Stones came to Macau on March 9th, playing at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Hotel. Why Macau instead of Hong Kong, when HK’s Asiaworld Arena is a bit larger? One can only assume that the Venetian is being more aggressive in going after major acts and probably offering them a larger financial incentive.

I tried to get a photo pass for the show, something that I knew was futile since all I can claim is a couple of web sites. But my mom knows Keith’s manager and met Keith a couple of times My mom doesn’t like any rock & roll at all, including the Beatles.  She’s probably met more superstar rockers than I ever will though, and Keith is probably the only one she ever liked. Go figure that! So I tried to work the connections but the wires got crossed and somehow the Stones’ crew thought I was asking for a pass for Abu Dhabi. Once that finally got cleared up, they told me they were already OD’ing on bona fide media requests for Macau and with limited space, the answer was sadly no.  Fortunately I had already bought tickets for me and my wife.

Top tickets were going for HK$15,000 – a “VVIP” package with all sorts of perks (meeting the Stones was not one of them though). I got something at the lower end of the scale, around $1,100 or so including ferry tickets, and that got us seats midway up the first of two risers in the back. But since it’s a relatively small hall, it didn’t feel like I was sitting in “heaven,” as it did when I saw the Stones for the first time at Madison Square Garden in 1969 (yes, it was before my wife was even born) – our seats were in the 2nd to last row in the top level opposite the stage – and there were no video screens in those days.

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So how was the show? Let’s keep in mind that Mick and Keith are each 70 years old. Charlie is 72 and Ronnie is a relative spring chicken at 66. They’re aided and abetted by pretty much the same musicians for the past couple of decades – Darryl Jones on bass, Chuck Leavell (from the Allman Bros) on keyboards, Tim Ries and the great Bobby Keys on horns, Bernard Fowler and the amazing Lisa Fischer (watch 20 Years of Stardom 20 Feet From Stardom to learn more about her) on back-up vocals. And carrying on from the 2013 tour, Mick Taylor is brought out at some intervals as a “special guest.”  The show lasts almost exactly two hours and is mostly high energy. I remain astonished at how Jagger at 70 can be singing, running and dancing for two hours like that.

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I didn’t write down a set list or anything so working from memory here. In past tours the Stones have included some special mini-sets halfway through – acoustic stuff or blues covers – and there was none of that last night.  The set was pretty similar to the ones you’ll find in 2013 videos from Glastonbury and Hyde Park.

On the down side, I was disappointed that the only song they played from Exile was Tumbling Dice. Keith’s 2 song mini-set did not include Happy and I wasn’t happy about that.  Also, given their huge back catalog and the limited amount of time on stage, I wasn’t thrilled that they feel they needed to include relative clunkers like Doom and Gloom.

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And Lisa Fischer on Gimmer Shelter? Oh my golly gosh. She’s one of the few singers around who could top Merry Clayton’s performance on the original track.

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So, all in all, despite my unhappiness with the lack of Happy, in 2014 the Stones are far better in concert than they have a right to be. I enjoyed pretty much every moment of the show and never felt an urge to say, “hey, let’s head for the exit now and beat the crowds.”

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Now, some disasters, as such.

How is it that you have a concert with somewhere around 8,000 people attending and there are just two tables selling merchandise? Of course this is the kind of crowd that doesn’t mind spending HK$300 and up for a t-shirt and people were buying merch by the armload. Except that the lines were so ridiculously long and moved so slowly that I just gave up. I figure if I really want a shirt, probably there’s a way to get it online.

The other problem is that you come out of the Cotai Arena and you’re thirsty and want a drink and the first place you hit is the McSorley’s bar and there’s already 1,000 people standing outside waiting for a beer. Then there’s the Cafe Deco and a few fancy schmancy restaurants surrounding the casino floor. The food court in the mall is of course closing down by now, nothing else is within easy walking distance, and the queues for busses and taxis are thousands of people long. There’s not even a coke machine anywhere in sight, let alone something like a 7-11. All you can reasonably do is head out to the casino floor where there are carts with small plastic bottles of water to grab. We gave up, got on the shuttle bus to the Cotai ferry terminal, which is completely unlike the Macau terminal. There’s no shops or restaurants or services there at all. After you’ve lined up for an hour to get in to immigration and get your seat assignment, finally there’s a tiny drinks machine in the waiting room.

Last but not least, some photography notes. I knew there was no way I could get my Nikon D800 and 70-200mm lens past the bag check.  So I went with my Sony RX10 and its wonderful 24-200mm F2.8 lens.  All of the photos above came from that.  Given our distance from the stage, the figures were not much more than mere points – so the spot metering wasn’t effective here. I was trying not to use the rear LCD screen, just in case (this has been a problem at previous concerts) so I wasn’t checking results very often. It did eventually dawn on me that underexposing by 2 stops would give me the exposure I wanted.

I was working at manual, with shutter at 1/200th of a second and aperture at F2.8. The rear projection screen was so bright that the last shot is at ISO 400, and other shots were at similar relatively low ISO’s. Had I been checking that rear screen more frequently, I might have moved the aperture to F5.6 or F8 and gone with a slightly faster shutter speed.

Also note that when I was trying to focus on small stuff – the performers running around the outer ring rather than that rear screen, a lot of times the camera took a long time hunting for focus (and frequently didn’t find it till the 2nd or 3rd attempt).

On the other hand, I also tried shooting a video of one complete song – the last one, Satisfaction. Handheld and shakey, I’m still impressed with both the video and audio quality of the result, which I’ve uploaded to Youtube for people to check out. Go to around the 2:50 mark when I’m zooming in on Keith on the runway – I’m presuming there’s digital zoom involved there and the quality is still quite reasonable. If I’d snuck in a monopod, I could have really had something nice.

 

 

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My All Time Favorite Albums (U through Z)

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I guess I’ll try to finish this up while I’m figuring out what to do about dinner. Previous posts here, here, here, here.

U2 – Boy, War, Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree

UB40 – Geffrey Morgan, Rat in the Kitchen

Ultravox – Ultravox!, Ha! Ha! Ha!, Systems of Romance

Underworld – 1992-2012

Van Der Graaf Generator – The Least We Can Do Is wave to Each Other, H to He Who Am the Only One, Pawn Hearts

Van Dyke Parks – Song Cycle, Discover America, Jump!

Van Morrison – Astral Weeks, Moondance, His Band and the Street Choir, Tupelo Honey, Saint Dominic’s Preview, It’s Too Late to Stop Now, Veedon Fleece, A Night in San Francisco

Various – Radio Radio (20 disc bootleg of the music played by Bob Dylan on his Sirius radio series)

Various – Complete Introduction to Chess

Various – The Cosimo Matassa Story volumes 1 & 2

Various – Freedom Sounds (A Celebration of Jamaican Music)

Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground and Nico, White Light/White Heat, Velvet Underground, Loaded

Verve – Urban Hymns

War – Anthology

Warren Zevon – Warren Zevon, Excitable Boy, Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School, Stand in the Fire

Was (Not Was) – Pick of the Litter

Waterboys – This is the Sea

Weather Report – Sweetnighter, Mysterious Traveller, Tale Spinnin’, Black Market, Heavy Weather

Webb Wilder – Hybrid Vigor

Whiskeytown – Strangers Almanac

The Who – Live at Leeds, Who’s Next, Quadrophenia

Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, The Whole Love

Willie Dixon – Blues a Dixon

Willie Nelson – Stardust, Red Headed Stranger, Phases and Stages

Willie Nile – Willie Nile

Willy DeVille – Backstreets of Desire, Big Easy Fantasy, Pistola

Woody Guthrie – Woody at 100

World Party – History of the World

X – Make the Music Go Bang

XTC – English Settlement, Skylarking

Yes – Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans

Zombies – Odessey and Oracle

ZZ Top – Eliminator

10cc – Sheet Music, The Original Soundtrack

801 – 801 Live

Yeah, I know, there’s no classical here. Which doesn’t mean I’m not into classical. Should have included Beethoven, Bach, Holst, Wagner, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Debussy, and more, maybe another time.

So 75 more albums, topping out at 677 …  which doesn’t even begin to cover all the bands I love that made great singles or a few great tracks but not great albums.

I’m sure some of you are wondering about the bands that got omitted. Where are Rush, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Journey, or One Direction? The answer is that their stuff never meant as much to me, I forgot, or I just don’t like them.

(And I still haven’t figured out what I’m gonna do about dinner.)

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My All Time Favorite Albums (R through T)

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Previous posts in this thread here, here and here.

R.E.M. – Murmur, Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction, Life’s Rich Pageant, Document, Green, Out of Time, Automatic for the People

Radiohead – The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A

Randy Newman – Sail Away, Little Criminals, Born Again

Ray Charles – Singular Genius

Replacements – All For Nothing

Richard & Linda Thompson – I Want to See the Bright Lights Today, Shoot Out the Lights, Pour Down Like Silver

Richard Thompson – Walking on a Wire

Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones

Robbie Williams – I’ve Been Expecting You

Robert Fripp and Brian Eno – No Pussyfooting

Robert Palmer – Sneaking Sally Through the Alley

Robert Plant – Principle of Moments, Now and Zen, Fate of Nations

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand

Robin Trower – Bridge of Sighs, Twice Removed From Yesterday

Robyn Hitchcock – I Often Dream of Trains, Element of Light

Rockpile – Seconds of Pleasure

Rod Stewart – An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down, Gasoline Alley

Roger Ruskin Spear – Electric Shocks, Unusual

Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request, Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street

Ron Nagle – Bad Rice

Ronee Blakely – Welcome

Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour ’74

Roxy Music – Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure, Stranded, Country Life, Avalon

Roy Harper – Flashes from the Archives of Oblivion, Bullinamingvase

Roy Orbison – Black and White Night

Ry Cooder – Paradise and Lunch

Sade – Best of Sade

Saint Etienne – Casino Classics, Words and Music By

Sandy Denny – North Star Grassman and the Raven

Santana – III, Welcome, Lotus

Scott Walker – Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4

Seven Worlds Collide – The Sun Came Out

Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks

Shamen – Boss Drum

Shel Silverstein – Freakin’ at the Freaker’s Ball

Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends, Bridge Over Troubled Water

Sir Douglas Quintet – The Mono Singles

Sly & the Family Stone – Dance to the Music, Stand, There’s a Riot Going On

Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake, Autumn Stone

Smithereens – From Jersey It Came

Soft Cell – Non Stop Erotic Cabaret

Soft Machine – Third

Soundtrack – The Harder They Come, O Brother Where Are Thou

Southside Johnny – I Don’t Want to Go Home, This Time It’s For Real, Hearts of Stone

Spider John Koerner & WIllie Murphy – The Running Jumping Standing Still Album

Spirit – 12 Dreams of Dr Sardonicus

Squeeze – Cool for Cats, Argybargy

Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic, Katy Lied, The Royal Scam, Aja, Gaucho

Stephen Stills – Stephen Stills, Manassas

Steve Forbert – Alive on Arrival, Jackrabbit Slim

Steve Goodman – Steve Goodman

Steve Miller – Children of the Future, Sailor, Brave New World, Your Saving Grace

Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians

Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Couldn’t Stand the Weather, Texas Flood

Stone Roses – Stone Roses

Stooges – Stooges, Fun House, Raw Power

Style Council – Collection

Sugar – Copper Blue

Supertramp – Crime of the Century, Breakfast in America

T. Rex – Electric Warrior

Taj Mahal – The Real Thing

Talk Talk – It’s My Life, Colour of Spring, Spirit of Eden

Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Speaking in Tongues

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Everybody’s Talking (maybe too recent to put on here)

Television – Marquee Moon

Terence Trent D’Arby – Introducing the Hardline, Symphony or Damn

Thin Lizzy – Dedication, Live and Dangerous

Thomas Dolby – Aliens Ate My Buick, Golden Age of Wireless

Thompson Twins – Into the Gap, Quick Step and Side Kick

Thunderclap Newman – Hollywood Dream

Tim Buckley – Happy Sad, Blue Afternoon, Starsailor, Greetings from L.A., Sefronia

Tindersticks – Working for the Man

Todd Rundgren – Runt, Ballad of Todd Rundgren, Something/Anything, A Wizard a True Star

Tom Petty – Damn the Torpedoes

Tom Waits – Nighthawks at the Diner, Small Change, Foreign Affair, Heartattack and Vine, Big Time, Orphans: Brawlers Bawlers and Bastards

Tracy Nelson/Mother Earth – Bring Me Home

Traffic – Mr Fantasy, Traffic, Last Exit, John Barleycorn Must Die

Tricky – Maxinquaye

Tubes – Tubes, Young and Rich, Now, Remote Control

Turtles – Battle of the Bands

This adds another 162 albums, total now stands at 602. One more ought to do it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My All Time Favorite Albums (M through Q)

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And the madness continues. Previous posts here and here.

Madness – One Step Beyond

Mahavishnu Orchestra – Inner Mounting Flame

Manic Street Preachers – This is My Truth Tell Me Yours

Mansun – Attack of the Grey Lantern

Marianne Faithfull – Broken English

Marshall Tucker Band – Where We All Belong

Martin Mull – And His Fabulous Furniture

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

Massive Attack – Blue Lines, Protection, Mezzanine

Matthew Sweet – Altered Beast, Girlfriend

McAlmont & Butler – The Sound Of

Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell

Michael Chapman – Fully Qualified Survivor

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, In a Silent Way,  Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, On the Corner

Mink DeVille – Spanish Stroll

Moodswings – Live at Leeds

Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord, On the Threshold of a Dream

The Motors – 1, Approved By

Motown – Complete Motown Singles (yeah, kind of a lazy cheat, but 1848 songs, pretty much all one would want)

Mott the Hoople – Mott the Hoople, Mad Shadows, Brain Capers

The Move – Something Else, Shazam, Looking On, Message from the Country

Muddy Waters – Fathers and Sons (in lieu of any one of hundreds of compilations, cause this is the first Muddy album I ever bought)

Nazz – Nazz, Nazz Nazz

Neil Young – Neil Young, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, After the Goldrush, Harvest, On the Beach, Tonight’s the Night, Zuma, American Stars ‘n Bars, Rust Never Sleeps, Ragged Glory, Harvest Moon

New Order – Singles

Nick Drake – Bryter Lyter, Five Leaves Left, Pink Moon

Nick Gravenites – My Labors

Nick Lowe – At My Age, Jesus of Cool, Labour of Lust

Nils Lofgren – Nils Lofgren

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Nuggets – Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era

Oasis – Definitely Maybe, What’s the Story Morning Glory

The Orb – Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, U.F. Orb

Orquestra Was – Tomorrow’s a Long Time

Otis Redding – Otis Blue

Parliament – Tear the Roof Off

Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays – As Falls Wichita So Falls Wichita Falls

Patrick Sky – Songs That Made America Famous

Patrick Williams – Threshold

Patti Smith – Horses, Easter, Radio Ethiopia, Wave

Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship – Blows Against the Empire

Paul Simon – There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years, Graceland

Pearl Jam – Ten

Pet Shop Boys – Pop Art

Pete Townshend – Who Came First

Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane – Rough Mix

Peter Frampton – Wind of Change, Somethin’s Happening

Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel 1977, Peter Gabriel 1978, Peter Gabriel 1980, Security, So

Peter Hammill – Chameleon in the Shadow of Night, Fool’s Mate, The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage, Nadir’s Big Chance

Phil Spector – Wall of Sound/Very Best Of

Pink Floyd – Ummagumma, Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

P.J. Harvey – To Bring You My Love

Portishead – Dummy, Roseland, Third

Prefab Sprout – Steve McQueen

Pretenders – The Singles

Pretty Things – Freeway Madness

Primal Scream – Screamadelica

Prince – 1999, Purple Rain, Sign O’ the Times

Procol Harum – Shine On Brightly, Salty Dog, Home

Propaganda – A Secret Wish

Pulp – Different Class

Queen – Sheer Heart Attack

Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails, Shady Grove

And I’ll stop there.  119 more. 439 total so far.

 

 

 

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My All Time Favorite Albums (J through L)

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Continuing onwards from this post.

J. Geils Band – J. Geils Band, The Morning After, Bloodshot

Jackson Browne – Saturate Before Using, For Everyman, Late for the Sky

The Jam – Sound Affects

James Brown – Live at the Apollo Vols 1 & 2

Janis Joplin – Pearl

Jeff Beck – Truth, Beck-ola, Blow by Blow, Wired

Jeff Wayne – War of the Worlds

Jefferson Airplane – Crown of Creation, Bless Its Pointed Little Head, Volunteers

Jennifer Warnes – Famous Blue Raincoat

Jerry Garcia – Garcia

Jerry Jeff Walker – Viva Terlingua

Jethro Tull – Aqualung

Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland

Jimmy Webb – El Mirage

Joe Cocker – Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Joe Ely – Live Shots

Joe Jackson – Look Sharp, Night and Day

Long John Baldry – It Ain’t Easy

John Cale – Paris 1919, Fear

John Coltrane – A Love Supreme

John Hiatt – Bring the Family, Perfectly Good Guitar

John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Mind Games, Walls and Bridges

John Mellencamp – American Fool, Uh Huh

John Prine – John Prine, The Missing Years

John Simon – John Simon’s Album, Journey

Joni MItchell – Blue, Court and Spark, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Shadows and Light

Julee Cruise – Floating into the Night

Julian Cope – Saint Julian, Jehovahkill, Peggy Suicide

Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & the Trinity – Streetnoise

Kasabian – Kasabian

Kate Bush – Hounds of Love

Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Eno & Nico – June 1 1974

King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King, Larks Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black, Red

Kinks – Something Else, Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur, Lola vs. The Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Muswell Hillbillies, Everybody’s in Show-biz

Kinky Friedman – Kinky Friedman, Sold American

Kirsty MacColl – Electric Landlady

KLF – The White Room

Kraftwerk – Minimum Maximum

Kris Kristofferson – Kristofferson, The Silver Tongued Devil and I

Kula Shaker – K

The La’s – The La’s

Laura Nyro – Eli & the 13th Confession, New York Tendaberry, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, Gonna Take a Miracle

Lauryn Hill – Miseducation

Led Zeppelin – IV, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti

Leftfield – Leftism

Lenny & Squiggy – Lenny & the Squigtones

Leon Russell – Leon Russell, Leon Russell & the Shelter People, Carney

Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room, Songs of Love and Hate, New Skin for the Old Ceremony, I’m Your Man, The Future, Live in London

Linda Ronstadt – Heart Like a Wheel, Hasten Down the Wind, Get Closer

Little Feat – Sailin’ Shoes, Dixie Chicken, Feats Don’t Fail Me Now, The Last Record Album, Time Loves a Hero, Waiting for Columbus

Lloyd Cole – Rattlesnakes

Lou Reed – Lou Reed, Transformer, Berlin, Rock & Roll Animal, Sally Can’t Dance, Live Take No Prisoners, Street Hassle, New York

Love – Forever Changes

114 albums – total so far 320 – to be continued

 

 

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