Monday, December 07, 2020

Everyone loves a list, part 678...

Bob Marley & the Wailers - Natty Dread
Depeche Mode - Ultra
Dar Williams - he Green World
Bruford - One Of A Kind
Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde
Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos
Chicago - Chicago
The Cure - Pornography
Dream Theater - Octavarium
Bruford - Gradually Going Tornado
Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
The Blue Nile - Peace At Last
Fiona Apple - Fetch the Boltcutters
Free - Highway
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Allan Holdsworth - Metal Fatigue
Frank Zappa - Waka/Jawaka
Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist
Dar Williams - End Of The Summer
The Church - Seance
Fehlfarben - Xenophonie
Grand Funk Railroad - Shinin' On
Brian Eno - Music For Films
The Durutti Column - Another Setting
Deep Purple - Fireball
Grandaddy - Last Place
Bidiniband - The Land Is Wild
Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft - Gold Und Liebe
The Blue Nile - High
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus (Deluxe Edition)
Girls Aloud - Out of Control
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Rastaman Vibration (Deluxe Edition)
David Sylvian - Gone To Earth (Remaster)
The Doors - The Doors
Golden Earring - Switch
Cluster - Zuckerzeit
Chicago - Chicago Transit Authority
Bruford - Feels Good To Me
GoGo Penguin - V 2.0
Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft - Alles Ist Gut
Faust - The Faust Tapes
Focus - Focus III
The Moody Blues - Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
Girls Aloud - Chemistry
Grandaddy - Sumday
John Lennon - Mind Games
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Soft CellvNon-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Matthew Florianz - Wasteland Signals
Kansas - Point of Know Return
Sumner McKane - Night Blooming Cereus
The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack
Jeff Beck - Wired
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Framed
Marillion - Happiness Is The Road
The Doors - Waiting for the Sun
Yello - Touch Yello
2raumwohnung - 36 Grad
Faust - Faust So Far
Lou Reed - Sally Can't Dance (RM)
Barclay James Harvest - Baby James Harvest
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - In My Own Dreams
Justin Rutledge - The Early Widows
Great Lake Swimmers - New Wild Everywhere
Loscil - Equivalents
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Love's A Prima Donna
Laurie Anderson - Big Science
Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Dio - Sacred Heart
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Talking Heads - Fear Of Music
Radiohead - The Bends
Elvis Costello - This Year's Model
Scott Walker - Scott 3
Rammstein - Liebe ist für alle da
Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends
Jane Siberry - When I Was A Boy
Skids - The Absolute Game
Kansas - Leftoverture
Bill Frisell - Music IS
The Who - Quadrophenia
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
Moby - 18
Marillion - F. E. A. R. (Fuck Everyone and Run) 

OK, it's Monday morning but I'm writing this next Sunday and so will struggle to recall what happened...

Assistance will usually come from the playlist, the photos and looking back through my Twitter timeline...

Up late...

...having been listening to an old podcast through the night...

The weather looks to have been good...

..and Soft Machine had been playing last night at Ronnie Scott's in London, of which the then broadcast live stream has now been made available on Youtube...

So, I watched that and it was good...

..and downloaded it and turned it into an LP on my iTunes...

I note too from Twitter that I said "Morning everybody. Another week begins, as we move inexorably towards 2021, which will mark 25 years of Cloudland Blue Quartet releases. So the next one may well be backwards looking, in some way, towards all of these and more..."

I had updated the collage that sits at the foot of the page on here showing the CBQ (solo) discography from 1996 onwards...

So, that's a new project which, almost a week later, I'd forgotten I was even talking about...

Maybe I should jot down my ideas...

Except I do on here but they come so fast, I whizz on into the future and leave the ideas behind - and I often take a week to write this up - but even by then end of a day, ideas will have been forgotten about...

Anyway, I was on holiday today, the last of five and a half days, counting the weekend...

Despite monitoring the workload and seeing loadsa stuff coming in and piling up, I resisted the temptation to log in and do stuff, having had to do so for a goodly part of Thursday if I recall correctly...

Today's main project was this...

"Triumvirates Of Excellence"...

Sparked by a conversation yesterday about the "Triumvirate of Excellence" re Tangerine Dream's three consecutive LPs from 1975/6, "Phaedra", "Rubycon" and "Ricochet", I decided to look at artists/groups who have released 3 consecutive excellent (IMHO) LPs over the years... 

My initial run through my collection produced just over 200 artists...

 So here are 600 LPs which form those artists' "Triumvirates of Excellence"...

LPs are shown by year of release rather than being grouped by artist...

I asked "Who is missing?" to my Twitterfeed and got some responses back about which I could do nothing as I either (a) did not rate the artist concerned or (b) did not have the necessary elements of their discography and was unwilling to spend time downloading more LPs because, well, see (a)...

Of course, there ought to have been more jazz but I advised that, maybe some day, I'd get to that...

All in all, I got 24 suggestions for additions. As noted above, some I needed to reject out of hand as I didn't have 3 consecutive LPs, others had been close misses, which I subsequently added - the rest, well as also alluded to above, a list like this is necessarily subjective... 

And so, I added Bobby Hutcherson, Andrew Hill, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Captain Beefheart, Fountains of Wayne, XTC, Jean-Luc Ponty and, despite previous reservations, The Who (and was surprised when looking closely, about just how few LPs the Who actually made before turning to utter shit)....

And so, this was how I spent time while on holiday and Anne was out and about..

That plus, I seem to recall, the two of us, at lunchtime, starting to watch season two of "Star Trek : Discovery"... 

A delicious, healthy tea from the EP followed all this nonsense...

Late on, post coming second as usual on "University Challenge" some looking at my head re a worrying thing that's been there for a while now, and I don't mean my bald patch...

...which reminded I needed a haircut...

That'll do...

Highlight of the Day : Compiling and listing...

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