Rabz’ Radio Show January 2023: Albums


You can write off this medium of music storage as an anachronism at your peril, Cats. I noted various recent stories in the meeja stating that sales of vinyl LPs are at their highest since the medium was declared (finally) dead upon the advent of the compact disc format in the eighties. Thirty-three and third, indeed.

I’m not so much interested in the physical storage medium as the “concept” of an album. Sure, vinyl LPs were a more physical phenomenon given their size and the sheer laboriousness involved in playing the bloody things, not to mention their susceptibility to damage and the maintenance of extremely specialised equipment such as the stylus. My friends who still maintain (or are expanding) their vinyl collections seem to revel in these inconveniences rather than bemoan them. Another one of life’s great mysteries, it seems.

Vinyl LPs also resulted in an emphasis on the artwork, which served multiple purposes. A signal to prospective buyers as well as a keepsake reminder if the musical contents proved more than adequate. Many rock music aficionados denounced the transition to CDs solely because of the reduction in size of the artwork.

When I first started splashing out my own money on albums they were not only expensive but a potential source of much regret if most of the contents were, shall we say, less than musically satisfying.

Which brings us to the most important aspect of this post. Albums that contain no filler, the bane of many a vinyl enthusiast until CDs allowed both random access and the programming of the listener’s favourite tracks.

Lou Reed was the first “artist” (I’m aware of) to refer to an album as being ideally listened to in one sitting, as if it were a book or a movie – New York, 1989, an album played extensively on my Walkman (Cats, does anyone seriously miss cassettes?) when in Manhattan in 1993.

Off the top of my head, two of my favourite albums of all time include “Sparkle in the Rain” (1984) by Simple Minds (the second side is truly spellbinding) and Ed Kuepper’s monumental “Honey Steel’s Gold” (1991).

Anyway, here are the two featured albums for this post, both of which have a visual component and both of which feature no filler.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oVami1uT7Q&t=2857s

Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense

Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend

Barely scratching the surface (although thankfully, not of a bloody vinyl LP). Looking forward to seeing the nominations of various Cats – so go for it, you know you want to!


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miltonf
miltonf
January 7, 2023 7:08 pm
miltonf
miltonf
January 7, 2023 7:09 pm

I used to have this on vinyl- Mum bought it for me when I was 10

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 7, 2023 7:10 pm

Wednesday was a bad day.

‘Impossible to continue’: Iconic Australian music retailer Sanity set to close all remaining physical stores (Sky News, 4 Jan)

Iconic Australian music retailer Sanity has announced it will be shutting up shop and closing all remaining physical stores this year.

All 50 of the company’s bricks-and-mortar stores will be closed by April 2023.

Sanity’s owner Ray Itaoui said the business would shift its focus to online trading after the digital revolution forced the company’s hand.

I hope that means they will still be selling physical musical recordings online. I used to love the second-hand record and book stores in Pitt and Castlereagh Sts, spent hours and hours in them. The vinyl resurgence is nice, but it’s sad Sanity is closing their stores.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 7, 2023 7:27 pm

One of the earliest vinyls I picked up second hand was the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road double album. I’m reminded of it as in the news tonight the very same artist is currently setting up for his last ever two shows in Newcastle. First of them is tomorrow, fifty years after that album was released. I’ve liked his stuff, even if his lifestyle has been a soap opera. So here’s the title track on vinyl:

Elton John – “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” vinyl 45 rpm (1973)

Cassie of Sydney
January 7, 2023 7:27 pm

Some seminal albums…..

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

Carole King’s Tapestry

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
January 7, 2023 7:34 pm

(Cats, does anyone seriously miss cassettes?)

I don’t miss the hiss. (of tape and Cats)

The dirty low-down underhanded piracy practice (which everybody did anyway) of recording songs off the radio was a very useful feature of that medium. The practice continues today in modern digital form with tools such as youtube-dl.

Crossie
Crossie
January 7, 2023 7:40 pm

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon is my first nomination. I have it on vinyl, pink colour, I expect it was a promotional thing.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 7, 2023 7:45 pm

Naz Nomad and the Nightmares

Damned ( 😀 ) if I have to listen to that one, never have hitherto. Thanks Rabz!

My favourite vinyl cover art is Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. Many fine hours listening to that album.

The Eve of the War (1975)

calli
calli
January 7, 2023 7:45 pm

Focus from upthread. When they came to Oz and played at the Hordern Pavilion, Sebastian Hardie was the “support group”. Some fans (including The Beloved) thought they were better. Here is The Four Moments. The “Rosanna” track is beautiful.

Crossie
Crossie
January 7, 2023 7:45 pm

I have Dwight Yoakam’s ALong Way Home on CD where every track is great.

calli
calli
January 7, 2023 7:47 pm

Silk Degrees – Boz Scaggs

miltonf
miltonf
January 7, 2023 7:50 pm

NOT Hotel California

Crossie
Crossie
January 7, 2023 7:53 pm

Do soundtracks from movies count?

C.L.
C.L.
January 7, 2023 7:56 pm

Elton John – “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” vinyl 45 rpm (1973)

Was played to death by the elder third of my family and I inherited a love of it.
I still listen to it start to finish and know most of the words. Still can’t hit the notes of Roy Rogers.
A masterpiece.

Dire Straits’ Dire Straits is also a start-to-finish listening proposition.
In The Gallery, Down To The Waterline – mostly unknown but astoundingly good.

miltonf
miltonf
January 7, 2023 7:57 pm

In The Gallery, Down To The Waterline

very very good

miltonf
miltonf
January 7, 2023 7:57 pm

A fine coal miner from the NCB that was

miltonf
miltonf
January 7, 2023 7:59 pm

Actually that Dire Straights album from 1978 is good thru out

miltonf
miltonf
January 7, 2023 7:59 pm

snap CL

calli
calli
January 7, 2023 8:01 pm

Graceland – Paul Simon

Crossie
Crossie
January 7, 2023 8:10 pm

All right, I’ll go there, Thriller – Michael Jackson.

Siltstone
Siltstone
January 7, 2023 8:10 pm

Rock N Roll Animal. Lou Reed.

Crossie
Crossie
January 7, 2023 8:11 pm

And of course: Abba – Arrival.

miltonf
miltonf
January 7, 2023 8:17 pm

Waterloo is pretty damn good actually

Louis Litt
January 7, 2023 8:23 pm

Neil Young – rust never sleeps – one side acoustic the other electric
Springsteen – the river – leaving home, marriage, working life, death

Siltstone
Siltstone
January 7, 2023 8:25 pm

BoN. Know what you mean about Yellow Brick Road. It gets under the skin. Never had much time for EJ when younger. But bought a car in the NT back in the day when there was 8 track players (purchase 1980?). YBR was sole cartridge that came with said vehicle. Fond memories.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 7, 2023 8:27 pm

ABBA, much pilloried, but I still hear them in Coles fifty years after Ring Ring. I don’t know whether that is a good or bad thing, but their singles are so much better than anything around nowadays. They still give me earworms even now! I don’t know why the woke era has led to such unlistenable music, but it has.

On the topic of vinyl album covers another one I loved was Oxygène by Jean-Michel Jarre. Loved the music too!

Oxygene Part 4 (1976)

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
January 7, 2023 8:35 pm

The very weird and wonderful (in parts) Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake – Small Faces .

Siltstone
Siltstone
January 7, 2023 8:39 pm

Louis. Rust Never Sleeps. Yep. Agree.

Siltstone
Siltstone
January 7, 2023 8:39 pm

Louis. Rust Never Sleeps. Yep. Agree.

calli
calli
January 7, 2023 8:40 pm

We need more prog rock.

Close to the Edge – Yes

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
January 7, 2023 8:41 pm

Frank Zappa; HOT RATS.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 7, 2023 8:42 pm

I’m taking the liberty to put up the title track from the album Rabz mentioned. I never bought it, partly because JJJ played it often enough to feed my addiction.

Ed Kuepper – Honey Steel’s Gold (1991)

Siltstone
Siltstone
January 7, 2023 8:43 pm

Yep. Hzhousewife. Got that great Small Faces LP. Happiness Stan.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
January 7, 2023 8:45 pm

Grateful Dead; American Beauty. Grateful Dead, and Workingman’s Dead.

Roger
Roger
January 7, 2023 8:46 pm

Lou Reed was…

A pretentious tosser.

Sorry, but someone had to say it.

Carry on.

Roger
Roger
January 7, 2023 8:48 pm

Grateful Dead; American Beauty. Grateful Dead, and Workingman’s Dead.

Now we’re talkin’.

Not really a studio band though, which Live Dead tried to rectify.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
January 7, 2023 8:51 pm

Black Oak Arkansas; Uncle Elija.

https://youtu.be/x1FDEUEFkCI

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
January 7, 2023 8:54 pm

This place has turned has turned into a bubble and squeak shit show.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
January 7, 2023 8:54 pm

Roger, one of my all time favorite albums;

Grateful Dead.
Live at the Fillmore East 2-11-69

Arky
January 7, 2023 8:57 pm

Screw the music.
You had to have a gatefold with grouse artwork.
..
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_of_the_World_(album)

Roger
Roger
January 7, 2023 8:59 pm

Roberta Flack, First Take

But for a Clint Eastwood film it would have died in obscurity.

Siltstone
Siltstone
January 7, 2023 9:02 pm

Come on Steve trickler, I recall you posting rip snorter links to artists on the old cat. What can you come up with for us?

Roger
Roger
January 7, 2023 9:03 pm

Grateful Dead.
Live at the Fillmore East 2-11-69

Speaking of that venue…

The Allman Brothers, At Fillmore East (1971).

Splurge on one of the expanded versions released since.

Duane even copies some of Jerry’s licks by way of homage.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 7, 2023 9:04 pm

Screamadelica

Thanks for that Rabz, I’d forgotten how much I loved that single. Gorgeous backing singers and a serious guitar solo! Could never do such today though, it would be racist or something.

Arky
January 7, 2023 9:05 pm

I has an Elton John one that folded out into a picture of him in a Jag.
Awful album.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
January 7, 2023 9:06 pm

Siltstonesays:
January 7, 2023 at 9:02 pm

I’ m shooting my mouth off. My bad.

Roger
Roger
January 7, 2023 9:10 pm

One of my all time favourites…

Love, Forever Changes (1967).

With blended 6 & 12 string acoustics and gorgeous string arrangements it was a quantum leap from their previous garage band effort and stands up to comparisons with Sgt Pepper’s (of the same year). Arthur Lee took a more cynical view of the summer of love though.

Roger
Roger
January 7, 2023 9:15 pm

Roger, one of my all time favorite albums…

As you’ll probably know, Nambas, virtually every live gig of the Dead after 1969 was recorded and bootlegged and they never tried to stop it. There are some real gems out there…At his best, Jerry Garcia on guitar sang like a bird and Phil’s underpinning bass lines are often amazing. A pity about the drugs, but….

Roger
Roger
January 7, 2023 9:17 pm

Bob Dylan’s best: Blood on the Tracks (1975).

Roger
Roger
January 7, 2023 9:19 pm

All Things Must Pass (1970)

Who suspected George would come up with the best Beatles’ solo album?

Roger
Roger
January 7, 2023 9:22 pm

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, East-West (1966)

A blues rock classic that also prefigured psychedelia.

Roger
Roger
January 7, 2023 9:23 pm

And speaking of blues rock & psychedelia…

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced (1967).

Roger
Roger
January 7, 2023 9:24 pm

OK…I’m out of here. Enjoy the music!

C.L.
C.L.
January 7, 2023 9:32 pm

The Church – Starfish (1988)

Destination ripping off the intro to Gimme Shelter much? 🙂

C.L.
C.L.
January 7, 2023 9:36 pm

Whenever Unguarded Moment comes on he radio, I crank up the volume.
They bent those strings so hard they’re out of tune on the last chord.
Love it. That was pub rock in the studio.

WolfmanOz
January 7, 2023 9:53 pm

Great post Rabz.

Not including soundtracks, some of my favourite LPs that I used to have and nearly wore out (during my teenage years in the 70s):

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Bat Out Of Hell
The Doors
The Wall
Bridge Over Troubled Water

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 7, 2023 9:54 pm

The Church

Can’t go past Under The Milkly Way.

The Church and Icehouse go together. We can do good stuff in this country sometimes.

Icehouse – Icehouse (1981)

jupes
jupes
January 7, 2023 9:57 pm

Let It Bleed – Greatest album ever. Well, my favourite anyway.

TNT – Greatest Australian album ever. Well …

Get Yer Ya Yas Out and Rock and Roll Animal. Greatest live albums ever.

C.L.
C.L.
January 7, 2023 9:59 pm

Ya Yas is another start-to-finish listen.
Some Girls too.

WolfmanOz
January 7, 2023 10:10 pm

Oh and my favourite classical music LPs:

Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony “Eroica” – Otto Klemperer conducting the Berlin Philharmonic (1959)
Beethoven’s 5th Symphony – Carlos Kleiber conducting the Vienna Philharmoic (1974)
Mozart’s 27 Piano Concertos – Daniel Barenboim piano and conducting the English Chamber Orchestra (1967-1974)

Of course now I have the same recordings as CDs and now digital but there was something magical about the feel and sound of the LP.

C.L.
C.L.
January 7, 2023 10:16 pm

Nat King Cole – Love Is The Thing.
Still have my Mum’s original of this – on display now, much beloved.
NKC’s voice is sublime.
Died at 46 (IIRC). Smoked three packs a day – thought it gave his voice that velvety timbre.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 7, 2023 10:20 pm

A bit of Ferry.

Love Me Madly Again (1977)

It’s a fine example of a song which you can’t do an end for, so you fade it out…

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
January 7, 2023 10:34 pm

Let It Bleed – Greatest album ever.

Sent me off to listen to Gimme Shelter and You Can’t Always Get What You Want.
Amazing that the album is from 1969. We have fallen so far.

P
P
January 7, 2023 10:52 pm
Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
January 7, 2023 10:54 pm

I’m in a bit of a Dead Kennedys mood tonight after being recently in Thailand and on the border:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KTsXHXMkJA

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
January 7, 2023 10:55 pm
vr
vr
January 7, 2023 11:10 pm

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

I second Roberta Flack’s album mentioned earlier

P
P
January 7, 2023 11:47 pm

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

00:00 – They Say It’s Wonderful
05:17 – Dedicated to You
10:48 – My One and Only Love
15:42 – Lush Life

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
January 8, 2023 12:30 am

Hounds of love.
No duds on it and side 2 as a concept album half was great.

Laurie Anderson, Big Science.
https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNDXDJtQAOan29T32ZIcV-Fq8JAECulrQ

Cowboy Junkies- Trinity sessions.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=apXNxd1ZgC0&list=PLQsh-YrP3560sTl-qyJp6Yrs4xBfUggBj

John H.
John H.
January 8, 2023 1:16 am

Rabz thanks for the Wolf Alice Link. Great band!

Anchor What
Anchor What
January 8, 2023 6:42 am

Since nobody else has nominated it:
Romantic Warrior by Return To Forever – Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Al Di Meola, Lenny White.
My LP collection topped out at about 1500 but has been trimmed to 500 or so.
The religious zeal surrounding LP has been amazing. CD is better.

sfw
sfw
January 8, 2023 6:58 am

I’m cleaning up the house and getting rid of stuff. Found the big box of CD’s and DVD’s about 100 of each. I asked my wife if she wanted them as neither of us has played any of them for several years. She didn’t so put the lot on fb for free, only one person wanted them so off they went to him, otherwise it was the tip.

Mantaray
Mantaray
January 8, 2023 8:00 am

Love Talking Heads. In the early ’80s I was “living in another country under another name”. This wasn’t long after the dictatorship had ended and youth culture was rapidly jumping onto the punk / funk scene….

Anyhow over at the Mad Club one night they had a special act which was called The Tom Tom Club. Went there in a flash, and my little clique got a lot of attention since we were mostly English speakers…and everything American / British (and similar) was BIG.

OK, so TT Club were doing their numbers, and then Tina Weymouth said “we have a friend here tonight” and there was David Byrne on stage with them. The Mad Club only held about 200-300 people, so you could say it was an intimate atmosphere: a very special night. Once in a Lifetime indeed!

johanna
johanna
January 8, 2023 8:53 am

Several albums sans filler come to mind

Pink Floyd – as well as Dark Side, Wish You Were Here and Animals are play straight through choices for me.

A few others:

Broken English – Marianne Faithfull
The first four Led Zeppelin albums.
Some excellent ‘Best of’ style compilations including those of Gene Pitney, Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick, Al Green and The Bee Gees.
Spirit of the Age – Hawkwind.

There are many more, but I tried to mention stuff that others haven’t. Agree with a lot of the selections above.

Thankfully, there is a heck of a lot of great music in the world!

Louis Litt
January 8, 2023 10:02 am

Wolfie
In the mid to layer 80s there was a box set of the 9 Beethoven Sympanies – great playing.
Thank you for bringing the classics in.
Mantaray – interred to know where you came from – if I may be so forward.

Louis Litt
January 8, 2023 10:07 am

Siltstone – as cornel Kurtz as said “the genius is in its simplicity”.

Louis Litt
January 8, 2023 10:23 am

Roger
Love forever – glad to see this mentioned. Lush sound, so easy to listen to.

Louis Litt
January 8, 2023 10:27 am

Born Sandy Devotional by the Triffids – the atmosphere.
It’s like English Archecture – it’s so incongruous to our environment but it’s just so good. Transporting another rea of the world to another environment.
The triffids recorded this Albumn about Australia in London.
Beautiful.

Louis Litt
January 8, 2023 10:34 am

Roger
Allman Bros at Fillmore east – great rod music for the drive to
The surf beach on the flurueau

duncanm
duncanm
January 8, 2023 11:07 am

I love the concept of an album — forces you to listen to a band’s other tracks and actually widen your outlook.

Anchor What
Anchor What
January 8, 2023 12:43 pm

forces you to listen to a band’s other tracks
This was not a problem for The Beatles. Most of their tracks got airplay from the getgo.
Even George’s lesser ones (his better ones got plenty), although I’m happy that Bluejay Way was ignored.

Riversutra
Riversutra
January 8, 2023 12:43 pm

Calli, I remember that Focus concert at the Hordren, good show from both acts.
C.L. : like the Roy Rogers song from GYBR? try Kacey Musgraves version from the Restoration album, it’ll melt your heart.
Yes, Lou Redd was sometimes pretentious but the Intro on Rock and Roll Animal…..OK , it was all Steve Hunter but still the greatest start to an album.

JC
JC
January 8, 2023 12:53 pm

Whoops rong Fred.

vr
vr
January 8, 2023 5:31 pm

15:42 – Lush Life

My favourite track from that wonderful album.

It is a tune I love. Here is Eddie Higgins version. An artist deserving of wider acclaim.

Kneel
Kneel
January 9, 2023 12:36 pm

“…being ideally listened to in one sitting…”

War of the Worlds album.
To some extent, Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

“…favourite classical music…”

Mozart Symphony No 25

If you don’t particularly want to listen to lyrics nor classical music, my three favourite non-classical instrumentals (in no particular order) are:

Joe Satriani – Always with Me, Always with You
Midnight Oil – Wedding Cake Island
The Living End – Closing in

Damon
Damon
January 9, 2023 2:41 pm

“Oh and my favourite classical music LPs”
Glen Gould, Beethoven’s 5th piano concerto.

Damon
Damon
January 9, 2023 2:47 pm

..and for the cognoscenti-Chick Corea, Return to Forever.

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