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« Reply #40 on: September 11, 2015, 03:24:14 PM »

I listened Blonde on Blonde on vinyl last night. All four sides. Okay, it's not remotely an obscure album but what gets lost in the tremendous songs, and while it's often noted that Dylan went to Nashville and used their top studio guys, what's not mentioned enough is Dylan's harmonica playing and the stellar musicianship throughout the album. The piano in "Sooner or Later" is amazing. Pig Robbins, I assume. The sweet guitar work on 4th Time Around. Hell, the guitar work all the way through the album. The harmonica on Temporary Like Achilles. The delicacy of the playing is out of this world. Dylan has never played better. For those who tell me it's not Dylan and I've heard that from more than a few people, Charlie McCoy only plays on one song, "Obviously Five Believers", according to the liner notes. Besides no one plays harp like Dylan. He can play very badly at times (sometimes for effect), it's true, but when he wants to be, he's a master.
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« Reply #41 on: October 04, 2015, 01:16:31 PM »

David and David. 1986 one off affair with David Ricketts and David Baerwald. The two Davids play all the instruments, write and sing all the songs. Absolutely terrific. Sounds splendid on vinyl. They were originally part of Sheryl Crow's Tuesday Night Music Club. Baerwald went on to record a few decent albums. Don't know what happened to the other David. Well worth tracking down. 
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« Reply #42 on: October 07, 2015, 03:17:31 AM »

Some of my faves that many probably don't own:

1.  Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois: Apollo Atmospheres and Soundscapes  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a76E5Kc-d_w
2.  Casiopeia: Make Up City:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDlShZxNRS0
3.  Any albums by Ric Hordinski - he was a guitarist with Over the Rhine - he did a trio of albums as 'Monk'
4.  Lanterna:  Lanterna or Elm Street: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQHFtK2sjfQ
5.  Zander Zon:  Sonorous - or just watch any of this guy's videos - he plays what I would call 'fingerstyle' electric bass guitar:  He does covers of songs that I really don't like, and makes them entirely enjoyable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOWScJTb4r8  I've bought his CDs for about the past 10 years.
6.  Dimitar Nalbantov - if you like Joe Satriani or Eric Johnson - this guy is a better composer than both, from Bulgaria - I've bought his self-made CDs for the past 10 years or so as well.  My favorite of his is Mother Earth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZw220v4YQQ  It's a shame but right now Dimitar has had to sell all of his gear to try to move out of Bulgaria.  He is an official endorsee for many different amp and plugin companies.  A couple times when I've received the CDs in the mail they have come from Bulgaria with cool Cyrillic text written in for the return address.
7.  Niacin (Billy Sheehan on Bass, Dennis Chambers on drums, John Novello on B3):  Any of their albums are killer prog rock/funk combinations with 3 of the most talented musicians on the planet.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4WJuLeHCCs

I guess that's enough for now....
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« Reply #43 on: March 20, 2016, 04:19:56 AM »

I just picked up a penny copy of Extreme's III Sides to Every Story.  I hadn't heard in since the early 90s.  It is quite a piece of work, and as a grown man I can see that there is a lot of depth and complexity to the subject matter. This was totally lost on me at 18.  As I listened through it I could not help but feel a bit sad at the conclusion of the record.  They go through and ask all the big questions: Am I really making choices or is it all fate?  Is there any Being that intervenes?  Is there any point to existence? Is there any hope that I can ever change?  And the end of the matter is: WHO CARES?  It was like a punch in the gut, though a very beautiful one.

I was very impressed by the musicianship and arrangements of the songs. Very complex.  Nuno's guitar work is a little over the top for me, but he always played melodically and not always just a lot of notes. And Cherone was and still is a truly great singer.  What trip down memory lane...
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« Reply #44 on: March 20, 2016, 05:53:38 AM »

Steve Hackett, "Momentum" Different genre and this one is kind of obscure even for fans of Mr. Hackett. He produced some wonderfully beautiful, "classical" compositions.

I am a little more than envious of not only his technique and tone, but of his composition talents.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUimyKOffS4&list=PLGbb9KO9XC_OdK1mtVXtgZtx4JW3qxvUY

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