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KamerTunesBlog Year In Review 2017

‘Tis the season…for music bloggers to summarize the year that was and share lists of our favorite albums of the past 12 months. For most of my adult life I have averaged between 200 & 300 new musical acquisitions each year but, as I discussed in my Year In Review posts for 2015 & 2016, various life events (both good & bad) have affected not just the way I acquire music but also my blogging habits. Instead of revisiting the complete catalogs of the lesser-played artists in my collection, which was the initial purpose of KamerTunesBlog, I’ve spent the last couple of years writing weekly posts on my favorite releases from 1977 & 1986. These required less time & effort while allowing me to stay in touch with my readers & fellow bloggers.

For the majority of 2017 my wife & I lived through a whole-house renovation, which (thankfully) was recently completed after nearly 8 months. Due to the expense of this project I decided to forego music purchases, which lasted through October, and since then I’ve been a lot more selective about what I’ll spend money on. Thanks to Spotify I was able to stream all but a handful of the albums I wanted to hear, and I also received several box sets as gifts, so I was not at a loss for tunes throughout the year even though I didn’t get much physical product. Below you will find two lists. The first one features the new releases I enjoyed the most on Spotify, and the second highlights the LPs, CDs and DVD/blu-ray audio titles I’ve enjoyed the most.

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by in 2017.  I always appreciate your feedback & support and I wish you & your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy & harmonious New Year.

My Favorite 2017 Releases Streamed On Spotify (in alphabetical order)
The Beach Boys1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow
Big Big Train – Grimspound and The Second Brightest Star
The Cars – Candy-O and Panorama (Expanded Editions)
Cheap Trick – We’re All Alright
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers – Native Heart
Alice CooperParanormal
A.J. Croce – Just Like Medicine
David Crosby – Sky Trails
Justin Currie – This Is My Kingdom Now
Ray Davies – Americana
Elbow – Little Fictions
Fastball – Step Into Light
Neil Finn – Out Of Silence
Foo FightersConcrete And Gold
Gizmodrome – Gizmodrome
Gov’t Mule – Revolution Come…Revolution Go
Steve Hackett – The Night Siren
Nick Heyward – Woodland Echoes
The Isley Brothers & Santana – Power Of Peace
Little Steven – Soulfire
Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer – Not Dark Yet
Laura Marling – Semper Femina
Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand
Van MorrisonThe Authorized Bang Collection
New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
Robert Plant – Carry Fire
Paul SimonThe Concert In Hyde Park
Squeeze – The Knowledge
Styx – The Mission
Matthew Sweet – Tomorrow Forever
Nad Sylvan – The Bride Says No
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Live From The Fox Oakland
The Waterboys – Out Of All This Blue
Lucinda Williams – This Sweet Old World
Steven Wilson – To The Bone
Yusuf (aka Cat Stevens) – The Laughing Apple

My Favorite Newly Acquired Physical Product From 2017 (in alphabetical order)
Anathema – The Optimist (CD + blu-ray)
Blackfield – Blackfield V (CD + blu-ray)
Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie – Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie (vinyl)
Bob Dylan – Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (8 CDs + DVD)
Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up (vinyl)
Fleetwood Mac – Mirage and Tango In The Night (Super Deluxe Editions)
Gentle Giant – Three Piece Suite (CD + blu-ray)
David Gilmour – Live At Pompeii (2 CDs + 2 blu-rays)
Jethro Tull – Songs From The Wood – 40th Anniversary Edition (3 CDs + 2 blu-rays)
Fela Kuti – The Complete Works Of Fela Anikulapo Kuti (29 CDs + DVD)
Marillion – Misplaced Childhood – Deluxe Edition (4 CDs + blu-ray)
Scupper – Some Gauls (vinyl)
Southside Johnny And The Asbury Dukes – The Fever – The Remastered Epic Recordings (2 CDs)
Spock’s Beard – Snow Live (2 CDs + 2 DVDs)
XTCBlack Sea – The Definitive Edition (CD + blu-ray)

 

I will leave you with this rendition of the late-’50s Ersel Hickey rockabilly song “Bluebirds Over The Mountain” by my all-time favorite male & female vocalists…together at last: Robert Plant and Chrissie Hynde.

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55 comments on “KamerTunesBlog Year In Review 2017

  1. deKE
    December 21, 2017

    Love year end lists in the Blog World Rich as its music purchased and listened too by us! The real Fans! Not critics!
    All the best to you and your Family and look forward to your writings in 2018!
    Cheers,

    deKe

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  2. mikeladano
    December 21, 2017

    SPOILER: Styx may have made my list 🙂

    I didn’t even buy Foo Fighters. I think I may have finally lost interest.

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    • Not a big surprise about Styx making your list. I know how much you loved it. I wasn’t surprised about how great it is because they’ve been delivering the goods in concert for years, and I knew whenever they went back into the studio they would deliver a classic. As for Foo Fighters, I wasn’t impressed by the previous album and I thought I might be losing interest, but I really enjoyed the new one.

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  3. boppinsblog
    December 21, 2017

    I was on the fence about that new Robert Plant.
    Maybe I should get it.
    Also about the Buckingham Mcvie. How is that one?

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    • Plant has been on a roll for a while, and Carry Fire is another winner. His voice is strong (not Zeppelin-era strong, of course), the songs are great and his band is incredible. The Buckingham McVie album is exactly what you would expect from those two veterans. I always loved hearing the blend of their voices and they’re still in fine shape.

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      • Phillip Helbig
        December 22, 2017

        But Percy still has his hair and young girlfriends. 🙂

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      • I’m sure he’s happy with his hair but I wonder if the music world would have been better with a bald Robert Plant who still had his early-’70s voice. A friend of mine once suggested that Plant made a deal with the devil where he had to choose between his hair & his voice. It’s a good theory but I think cigarettes might have played a larger role than the devil.

        I actually think he’s become a better all-around singer in the last 15-20 years since he no longer tries to be the “golden god” of his youth. He writers songs suited to his current vocal range and his albums have been stronger because of that.

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      • Phillip Helbig
        December 27, 2017

        Somewhere on YouTube there is a video of an interview with Plant where the interviewer asks him what advice he would give to young singers in Zeppelin tribute bands. His answer: dress to the right! 😀

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      • Percy has always been a cheeky bastard.

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  4. stephen1001
    December 21, 2017

    Nice to read Roger Clyne’s still putting out good stuff – and nice to read the reno’s done, congrats!

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    • Thanks, Geoff. Roger Clyne has been pretty consistent through The Refreshments and The Peacemakers. The latest one is very melodic and Beatles-influenced.

      As for the reno, I couldn’t be more relieved. I’ve finally started enjoying my music room. Now I just need to find more free time to spend in there.

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  5. J.
    December 22, 2017

    Few albums in there that I’ve still to check out. Top of the list are New Pornographers and 
Robert Plant (which I understand is pretty brilliant).

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    • I don’t use the words “brilliant” lightly so I’m not sure I would describe Plant’s new album that way, but it is particularly strong and inspired. I love the band he’s been working with for a while. They create a sound that’s distinctly their own. The NP’s album is unsurprisingly great and chock full of great melodies. Hope they live up to the hype.

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  6. Murphy's Law
    December 22, 2017

    Your list reminds of how little of the music I bought this year actually came out this year. From your list, Mastodon and The Cars were the only ones (although I’m pretty sure David Gilmour and R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People are waiting under the tree)

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    • In the past when I was buying hundreds of new CDs & LPs each year, they were typically evenly distributed between new releases, reissues and older artists who were new to me. This year was a little different, as I mostly listened to new releases & reissues on Spotify while the rest of my time was focused on Forty Year Friday albums. I should have included that REM deluxe edition in my Spotify list. It was never a favorite of mine but I played it a couple of times and found myself enjoying it more than ever…even if it will never be in the same league as their first 3-4 albums to me. Hope you love it, as well as the Gilmour.

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  7. zumpoems
    December 22, 2017

    Rich, thanks for sharing! I am a big Gentle Giant fan. This is the first time I have heard about “Three Piece Suite” — so will check it out on. I have everything of theirs and have seen them numerous times live in the 1970s. Also appreciate the other entries in your second list. What is that 29 CD set of Fela Kuti like?

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    • Three Piece Suite features songs from the first three Gentle Giant albums remixed in stereo & surround sound by Steven Wilson. Apparently the original multi-track tapes for the other songs are no longer available so he was only able to work with those, thus this new collection. I haven’t played the blu-ray yet but hope to do so soon. In addition to the surround sound mixes the first three albums are presented in high-resolution stereo. I imagine they will sound better than the original CD pressings that I’ve owned for years.

      I got the Fela Kuti box set at the end of 2016 but have only played it sporadically this year. I’ve been a fan since the late-’90s and have four or five 2-fer CDs as well as a 2-CD compilation, but I couldn’t pass up getting all of those albums in one place. The 29 CDs feature 50+ albums (most of them 2-fers) and the DVD includes a documentary on Fela that I have not seen yet. The box itself is nothing special and the individual CD sleeves are flimsy, but for the price I paid it was a no-brainer.

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  8. 80smetalman
    December 22, 2017

    It has been a great year reading your posts. I look forward to the same in 2018. After listening to the Robert Plant track, I’m hoping Santa will drop a copy of “Carry Fire” into my stocking Sunday Night.

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    • Thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed this series. I’ll be scaling back my blogging in 2018. Will post something about it in a couple of weeks. I hope Santa treats you kindly this year. Merry Christmas.

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  9. Alyson
    December 23, 2017

    Yes, I think I’ve said it all over on the last FYF but it has been great reading your posts all year.

    I know you have, to quote, “a ridiculously large music collection” but doing the maths, we’re talking about nearly 10,000 albums here! I was a great fan of the TV show Sex And The City and the main character once worked out that had she not bought so many designer shoes (Manolo Blahniks) she would have had enough money to buy her (soon to be ex-) apartment. But, we all have passions and I’m sure she enjoyed the shoes, and you obviously have enjoyed the music. Doing the sums never makes sense so would be foolish to try. All the best for the holiday and for the year ahead.

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    • Your math skills are pretty good, Alyson. I own between 7,000 & 8,000 titles on CD & LP, but if you’re counting the total number of discs with all the multi-disc collections & box sets I have, it probably does total around 10,000. I’m proud to say I’ve listened to every single one of them at least once. Over the last decade or so my self-imposed rule is to listen to each new item at least twice before it goes in the collection.

      As I type this I’m sitting in my media room listening to my stereo and it’s an amazing feeling. A merry Christmas indeed. I hope you & your loved ones have a wonderful holiday.

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      • Alyson
        December 24, 2017

        I wasn’t far out then – Not much wonder you needed a music room. Enjoy the holiday and enjoy listening to whatever takes your fancy from the 10,000. Some more maths for you – That probably equates to around 6000 hours of music but taking into account work and sleep that equates to around 2000 days or 5 and a half years of solid listening. Will catch up with you again in the summer of 2022!

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      • Haha, thanks for the depressing math, Alyson. I suppose I deserve it after sharing those Pink Floyd lyrics recently. I am aware of time limitations which is why I want to spend as much of it as possible doing the things I love doing…and after missing out on a dedicated music space for nearly 2-1/2 years, I’m more aware of that precious time than ever. I hope to chat again prior to 2022. 😀

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      • Alyson
        December 27, 2017

        After working out the math I got the very last bit wrong – I should of course have said mid 2023 but you probably didn’t notice. Yes I’m sure we’ll chat again before then however!

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      • I’m usually very good at math but for some reason my skills in that department seem a bit cloudy right now, so I’ll take your word for it. As Jack Black’s character said in School Of Rock, it’s time to “get off your ath & do some math.”

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      • Phillip Helbig
        December 27, 2017

        The sad thing is, if you listen to one per day, you very probably won’t be able to listen to all of them more than twice in the rest of your life. 😦

        There are many reasons why older music sounds better. The main reason, at least for me, is that I discovered most groups I like when they were past their prime. (And most groups do have a prime phase, and it is usually early on. Iron Maiden is the only group I can think of who haven’t declined in quality. One could even argue that the quality of their stuff has increased over the years.) For others, nostalgia plays a role. But another reason is numbers: back when I had 20 records, I listened to each of them dozens, perhaps hundreds of times. But now with 1500 or so, there isn’t the time—there is no way I could listen to each new record that many times.

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      • Phillip, my goal is to live to 200 just so I can hear all (or at least the majority) of the music I want to hear. Of course, I would need to keep my hearing all those years so I realize it’s not likely to happen. My other goal is to be reincarnated so I can spend my next lifetime immersing myself in classical music. I love it but have only scratched the surface, and there are too many pop/rock/soul/R&B/funk/reggae/celtic/etc albums/artists I need to hear in this lifetime.

        Not sure I subscribe to your “older music sounds better” suggestion since it really only sounds better to us & our generation. I do, however, believe that the music created during a certain era (perhaps mid-’60s through mid-’80s) will stand the test of time over anything else from the 20th century. It has something to do with the convergence of talented artists, record labels willing to give them a chance to develop, improvements in recording technologies and basically “cream rising to the top” more than at any other time. I could probably elaborate on this theory but I have other things I need to do with my time right now. 😛

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      • Phillip Helbig
        December 28, 2017

        “My other goal is to be reincarnated so I can spend my next lifetime immersing myself in classical music.”

        Don’t waste time on that; go for Baroque. Start with Bach’s orchestral music, then branch out to chamber music and keyboard music and/or to other composers of the period. In particular, start with his violin concertos (there are only three, in contrast to a couple of hundred by Vivaldi) and Brandenburg concertos (including the versions on Moog by Walter/Wendy Carlos). Good stuff!

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      • I like your punny “go for Baroque” comment, Phillip. Of course, baroque music falls under the general “classical music” heading so I want to hear it all. I studied music in college (it was my minor) and I’m familiar with a wide variety of genres & subgenres. I just want to get past the point of scratching the surface, and I feel like I need a separate lifetime to do that.

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      • Phillip Helbig
        January 2, 2018

        “I like your punny “go for Baroque” comment, Phillip.”

        Most of my puns are intentional, but I didn’t notice this one until after having written it.

        “Of course, baroque music falls under the general “classical music” heading so I want to hear it all.”

        The perfect is the enemy of the good. 😐

        “I studied music in college (it was my minor)”

        Would that be d minor?

        “I just want to get past the point of scratching the surface, and I feel like I need a separate lifetime to do that.”

        We all have to make choices. Life is short. Still, whenever hearing some music, one can always ask “is there something which I would rather hear” and if so, hear it. I listen to a wide variety of stuff, and saying “rock yes, Baroque no” is just as arbitrary as saying that one listens only to artists whose names have between 5 and 10 letters or whatever. 🙂

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      • Nice punny follow-up comments, Phillip. You’re always (as Judas Priest said) delivering the goods. But I especially love the part where you wrote, “if so, hear it.” That’s essentially my musical motto. The struggle to find enough time to listen to everything I want to hear continues, but I appreciate every minute I get to do so.

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      • Phillip Helbig
        January 9, 2018

        I’m not actually looking forward to time in hospital, but I can use it to catch up on reading, hearing music, and watching (mostly music) DVDs. I spent a couple of hours yesterday testing new headphones, and went with the Meze 99 Classics. In terms of sound, quality, looks, comfort, features they are better than any other I have seen, even better than some which cost three times as much (such as the Beyerdynamic DT 1770, which was the only one which was really comparable in sound, but not near as comfortable (and, while not so important, doesn’t look as good either). They cost about only $300. Due to the low impedance, they are loud enough on mobile devices as well. Check them out. You will be amazed.

        I read about a “CanJam” test (never heard of that before) where they came in third. Doesn’t sound like much, but at the top of the line differences are small. (The Beyerdynamic TK 1770—didn’t test the T5, but the 1770 is better than the 770—was really as good as the Meze in terms of sound, but more expensive and less comfortable and, while looking cool, even here the Meze is better.) However, when you factor in that second place cost $3000 and first place cost $50,000, the Meze 99 Classics really are a good deal.

        I brought my own CDs, three different ones (rock, Baroque, and folk: Nightwish’s first album, Bach’s violin concertos, and Dave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol In the Club, and compared about 7 different models (which I had shortlisted due to good reviews etc). Only the much more expensive DT 1770 was comparable in sound, but the Meze was better in all other criteria.

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      • Sorry to hear you’re heading back to the hospital. I hope it’s a quick stay and nothing too serious. Glad that you’ll have access to music while you’re there. It sounds like you’re much more of an audiophile than I am. I’ve always been happy with components that are “good enough.” I recently bought a pair of Klipsch floor speakers which are far from audiophile, at least based on the price, and they sound incredible with my system. I’ve been getting a great “phantom center channel” with anything in stereo, so much so that I find myself checking the center speaker to see if any sound is coming out…which it’s not. I started playing my Chicago Quadio box last week. It’s a set of 10 blu-rays with the original quad mixes, and because of that phantom center it sounds like 5.1 surround sound.

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      • Phillip Helbig
        January 10, 2018

        “Sorry to hear you’re heading back to the hospital. I hope it’s a quick stay and nothing too serious.”

        As my HIFU treatment last march was successful, this time it is surgery for prostate cancer. It is very serious and it will be a long stay. 😦

        Take it from me: it is worth it to measure your PSA. The measurement won’t prevent anything, of course, but it will allow you to act in time if necessary.

        “It sounds like you’re much more of an audiophile than I am.”

        I’m sure you’ve spent more on your setup than I have. Let’s see, CD player and amplifier I bought in 1986. “Reasonably good consumer grade”, I would say. Cost maybe a few hundred for both, though the CD player would be much cheaper today. Speakers I bought for DM 30, though from the former boyfriend of the sister of my then girlfriend. They were probably worth a few hundred. They sound really good, certainly “good enough”. One does notice a big difference in quality between cheap and somewhat more expensive headphones (and very small differences between somewhat more expensive and outrageously expensive).

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      • Sending good wishes your way for a quick & full recovery. So sorry you have to go through this but hopefully you’ll be surrounded by loved ones…and some great music.

        My A/V system consists of a Panasonic 5.1 receiver I bought about 14-15 years ago, a Panasonic DVD player that’s around the same age (which I use for CDs via analog RCA jacks), a Panasonic blu-ray player that’s about 4 years old (with HDMI and optical audio outputs), a 4 year-old Audio Technica turntable (which I only bought because my 30-year-old Onkyo finally crapped out on me), as well as a very old JVC VCR (yep, I still use it occasionally) and a malfunctioning Sony dual cassette deck which I need to replace with a basic single-deck model. For more than a decade I used a Sony 5.1 speaker set-up which produced decent sound for the space I was in, but I’m really enjoying my recent upgrades with those Klipsch front speakers, two old Polk Audio rear speakers (which had been gathering dust in a closet for 15+ years) and a wonderful 65″ LG ultra-HD TV. If all goes well, I hope to continue using this set up for many years or decades. I only replace components when they stop working, as opposed to some friends who always look for the “next big thing.” I’ve never enjoyed listening to music as much as I do in my new “media room.” Now I just need to find more free time to spend there.

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      • Phillip Helbig
        January 22, 2018

        My amplifier is Panasonic and the turntable (rarely used today) Onkyo.

        65″ television? That’s more than 5 feet! Until about a year ago I had a rare beast: a 16:9 television, but with conventional picture tube. (When I bought it—I needed a bigger one to go with the bigger living room after moving house—conventional televisions were still better and cheaper (but larger) than LCD. Plasma was also still a thing.) This was 2003 I believe, so it lasted about 14 years. Around the time it died (I unplugged it when smoke started coming out), someone at work offered a practically new LCD (about 40″, I guess—which is big enough since the living room we’ve had since 2009 is smaller than the old one, at least in the television–sofa direction) for EUR 50. I’m guessing the new price was about 10 times that. Like the previous one, from Philips.

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      • Wow, until my old & long-used turntable died, we had a similar set-up with the Panasonic receiver and Onkyo turntable.

        I had considered going with a 55″ TV but the space in my new “media room” was big enough for 65″ so I took the plunge and I’m glad I did. The ultra-HD picture is beautiful, and that’s without any real 4K content. My previous TV purchases were a 40″ HDTV in 2006 and a 32″ HDTV for our old living room cabinet a few years later. Before that it was various large tube TVs. Funny how some of those seemed state-of-the-art (which I guess they were) but now you can’t even give them away. I tend to be loyal to my audio/video components, so as long as my new 65″ TV works I will be happy with it, no matter how the technology advances.

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      • Phillip Helbig
        January 23, 2018

        “Wow, until my old & long-used turntable died, we had a similar set-up”

        That proves it! We are twins, accidentally separated at birth! 🙂

        “I tend to be loyal to my audio/video components, so as long as my new 65″ TV works I will be happy with it, no matter how the technology advances.”

        I still use a NOKIA 3330 mobile phone. 🙂

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  10. keepsmealive
    December 28, 2017

    Excellent year-end round-up, Rich! I totally understand things changed this year with the renos and all. Do you think you’ll keep this method going forward into 2018, playing things on Spotify and limiting the number actually purchased? Or was this year an anomaly?

    Also, thanks for reminding me that I meant to buy that David Gilmour and totally didn’t. I’m on it!

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    • Thanks, Aaron. I will definitely be keeping up the Spotify thing for the foreseeable future. Physical purchases will be limited to titles with DVDs or blu-rays (especially when they include surround sound mixes), certain essential box sets, releases by my top-tier artists and the occasional vinyl release if it’s a great title and an unbeatable price. I have close to 100 musical items I’ve acquired in the last couple of years that I’ve never gotten to play, so the majority of my time will be spent with those. It’s like the greatest shopping trip ever. Hope you get the Gilmour soon. Enjoy it. The blu-ray portion is still on my to-be-played pile.

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  11. Phillip Helbig
    January 2, 2018

    “Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie”

    Should I buy it?

    I was always more concerned with the music than with the tabloid stories, but with all the rumours about this band, the question arises whether these two ever did more than just write and play together. 🙂

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    • The Buckingham McVie album won’t change your life but if you enjoy their voices &/or songwriting you’ll probably enjoy it. I played it a couple of times on Spotify & liked it enough to get a vinyl copy. I hope to play that record soon.

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      • Phillip Helbig
        January 9, 2018

        Why vinyl? It takes up more room and doesn’t sound better. Just for the gatefold cover? Without Stevie Nicks? 🙂

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      • The only reason I chose the vinyl version of Buckingham McVie is that a friend at Warner Music Group got me a copy at their ridiculously low employee price and I couldn’t resist. I’m mostly avoiding CD releases these days unless they come with bonus DVDs or blu-rays since I can hear the albums on Spotify, although there are some exceptions where I must have the CD. Having been without my stereo for nearly 2-1/2 years I’m really enjoying just sitting in my music room and playing records again. I’m not a vinyl snob but it’s an experience I grew up with and it’s still my favorite way to enjoy my favorite tunes.

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  12. Yeah, Another Blogger
    January 8, 2018

    Hello Rich.

    I was pretty amazed when I read last year that Lucinda had re-recorded her Sweet Old World album.
    Has anyone else ever done anything like that? I can’t think of anyone.

    Neil S.

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    • Phillip Helbig
      January 9, 2018

      Def Leppard recorded many old albums due to a feud with the record company. Ozzy re-recorded parts of some albums due to some legal battle. Several bands have re-recorded a classic album, sometimes live, sometimes in the studio.

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      • Phillip, did Def Leppard re-record full albums or did they create new versions of many of their hits so they could license them and get more money than they would from the originals? A lot of artists have been doing that in recent years (Jeff Lynne/ELO and Squeeze come to mind).

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      • Phillip Helbig
        January 10, 2018

        I’m not sure (not a Leppard fan), but I think it was full albums.

        Again, many groups have re-recorded famous albums, often but not always in live versions.

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      • I had forgotten about all those “classic albums re-recorded live” releases. Good call, Phillip.

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    • Hi Neil. Brian Wilson recording The Beach Boys’ Smile (a few years before an official version surfaced) is one example that comes to mind. Back in the ’40s & ’50s, as artists changed record labels, their new labels would often have them re-record their hits. I own a Nat King Cole 2-disc set that is mostly re-recordings of songs that come pretty close to the originals. And Gordon Lightfoot put out two volumes of hits called Gord’s Gold where he recorded new versions of old songs as faithful to the originals as possible. But the Lucinda Williams release is still an anomaly…and also really enjoyable.

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      • Yeah, Another Blogger
        January 9, 2018

        Thanks, Rich.
        That’s very interesting about Gordon Lightfoot.
        I’m racking my brains trying to think of another example, because I think that there might be one. But I’m coming up empty!
        Seems to me that someone did an acoustic version of one of their own albums.
        Take care —

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      • I know Alanis Morissette released an acoustic version of her breakthrough album on its 10th anniversary. Is that what you’re thinking of?

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      • Yeah, Another Blogger
        January 9, 2018

        Not sure. But thanks for the info!

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