Give It Another Listen

Sometimes music grows on you. That was never how I operated. If it did not hit me pretty quickly, I moved on.

Over the decades, I have passed on a number of decent, and sometimes very popular albums because something did not click. On occasion, these albums became hugely popular, always on the radio, which was like chalk on the blackboard.

In recent years, I have given some of these albums another listen and sometimes, not always, I have changed my mind and warmed up to it.  The music did grow on me.

Here are a few.

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Some Girls, The Rolling Stones.  When this album appeared in 1978, I was underwhelmed.  After Mick Taylor left in 1974, the Stones began to transition their sound.  Some Girls was the first complete album with guitarist Ron Wood aboard. Certainly, “Miss You” had that distinctive beat, a concession to the influence of disco and dance, but the rest of the album was something else.  Jump ahead 40 years and I have changed my views of this collection.  Although it is not one of my favorites, I have come to understand and affect this sound and shift of attitude.  The remastered two-disc set adds some outtakes and provides a fuller view of the Stones sampling of musical genres during this time.

1. Miss You
2. When the Whip Comes Down
3. Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
4. Some Girls
5. Lies
6. Far Away Eyes
7. Respectable
8. Before They Make Me Run
9. Beast of Burden
10. Shattered

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Animals (1977), Pink Floyd.  This band usually surprises me, and it certainly did here.  These “songs” were dense and conceptual, not the type of rock and roll I expected.  Underneath the social commentary of the lyrics were blues-textured, progressive rock soundscapes.  This album begged to be consumed in its entirety, not in bite-sized songs, and that was my difficulty.  It has taken me a long time to revisit this record with a more open mind, but I have.  I cannot say it is one of my favorite Floyd albums, but there is much to like about Gilmour’s guitars and Wright’s keyboards.

1. Pigs On The Wing (Part One)
2. Dogs
3. Pigs (Three Different Ones)
4. Sheep
5. Pigs On The Wing (Part Two)

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Nilsson Schmilsson (1971), Harry Nilsson.  I enjoyed a few songs by Nilsson, including a few from this album. He sang velvety ballads like the tour de force “Without You” and then the fruity novelty “Coconut” and finish with a raw, rocking “Jump into the Fire”.  Only Nilsson could blend so many different styles and make it work.  It was this collection of odd styles that kept me away from this album for many years.  After I started hearing some of his songs in films, I went back and found this album.  It is crazy good.

1. “Gotta Get Up” 2:24
2. “Driving Along” 2:02
3. “Early in the Morning” Leo Hickman, Louis Jordan, Dallas Bartley 2:48
4. “The Moonbeam Song” 3:18
5. “Down” 3:24
6. “Without You” Pete Ham, Tom Evans 3:17
7. “Coconut” 3:48
8. “Let the Good Times Roll” Shirley Goodman, Leonard Lee 2:42
9. “Jump into the Fire” 6:54
10. “I’ll Never Leave You” 4:11

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Tonight’s the Night (1975), Neil Young.  I remember when I brought this album home, how disappointed I was, and it got shoved to the back of my vinyl collection.  If I was expecting After the Goldrush or Harvest, this was at the opposite end of the scale.  The songs were downbeat, raw and too countryfied for my tastes.  I moved on.  Since then, Neil Young has gone in many different directions, and Tonight’s the Night does not sound all that unusual.  What I have realized with Neil is to not compare his work against any other of his work, it simply is not relevant.  When a remastered copy of this was available, I listened again and I have come to find some very good stuff in this album.  Starting at the beginning through the last song, it is a dark and uneasy trip, but an adventurous one.

“Tonight’s the Night”
“Speakin’ Out”
“World on a String”
“Borrowed Tune”
“Come on Baby Let’s Go Downtown”
“Mellow My Mind”
“Roll Another Number (For the Road)”
“Albuquerque”
“New Mama”
“Lookout Joe”
“Tired Eyes”
“Tonight’s the Night” (Part II)

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Station to Station (1976), David Bowie.  Bowie was quite a chameleon in those days as his persona and musical bend kept listeners off-balance from album to album. This was not his glam period, it was his R&B, retro phase, and he would soon move into his Berlin/industrial/punk years.  I liked “Golden Years” the single from this album, but found the other songs a bit obtuse for my taste.  I say that knowing that Low would come next and that was definitely obtuse.  These are deeper and more complex, and if you listen to the other material that he recorded from this period, but only was released after this death, the songs selected for this album make sense.

1. “Station to Station” 10:15
2. “Golden Years” 3:59
3. “Word on a Wing” 6:04
4. “TVC 15” 5:31
5. “Stay” 6:16
6. “Wild Is the Wind”

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Running On Empty (1977), Jackson Browne.  I never disliked this album, in fact, even though the album got overplayed, I like a couple of songs, but I never embraced the album.  I listened to other Jackson Browne albums.  A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to revisit his early albums and I found much that I liked.  The sense of connectiveness between the songs on this album took me back to a time in younger days.  So much time had passed that it gave me a different view on these songs.  I am glad it did.

“Running on Empty” (Jackson Browne) – 5:20
Recorded live (8/27/77), Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland
“The Road” (Danny O’Keefe) – 4:50
Recorded in room 301 (8/27/77), Cross Keys Inn, Columbia, MD (first — 2:58) and live (9/7/77), Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey
“Rosie” (Browne, Donald Miller) – 3:37
Recorded backstage (9/1/77) “in the big rehearsal room”, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York
Doug Haywood and tour photographer Joel Bernstein sing harmony.
“You Love the Thunder” (Browne) – 3:52
Recorded live (9/6/77), Holmdel, New Jersey
“Cocaine” (Reverend Gary Davis, additional lyrics by Browne and Glenn Frey) – 4:55
Recorded in room 124 (8/17/77), Holiday Inn, Edwardsville, Illinois
“Shaky Town” (Danny Kortchmar) – 3:36
Recorded in room 124 (8/18/77), Holiday Inn, Edwardsville, Illinois
Danny Kortchmar sings harmony.
“Love Needs a Heart” (Browne, Valerie Carter, Lowell George) – 3:28
Recorded live (9/17/77), Universal City, California
“Nothing but Time” (Browne, Howard Burke) – 3:05
Recorded “on a bus (a Continental Silver Eagle) somewhere in New Jersey” (9/8/77)
Russ Kunkel is credited as playing “snare, hi-hat, and cardboard box with foot pedal.” The song was recorded aboard the band’s Continental Silver Eagle tour bus (hence the lyrical reference to “Silver Eagle”) while en route from Portland, Maine to their next gig in New Jersey. The bus’s engine is audible in the background throughout, and its downshift and acceleration can be plainly heard during the bridge.
“The Load-Out” (Browne, Bryan Garofalo) – 5:38
Recorded live (8/27/77), Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland
“Stay” (Maurice Williams) – 3:28
Recorded live (8/27/77), Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland
David Lindley and Rosemary Butler share lead vocals with Browne.

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A New World Record (1976), Electric Light Orchestra. I loved ELO, but this album left me kind of cold.  Each of their albums was bigger than the previous one and this one sent several singles up the chart.  They had found a way to commercialize their Beatlesque sound.  Gone were the long songs and instrumental passages, replaced by shorter, more radio-friendly songs.  Face the Music, their previous album, is still one of my favorites, but this one sounded like they sold-out.  The songs on A New World Record are undeniably catching, with great hooks, and singalong melodies. ELO would change even more before Jeff Lynne parked the group.  I am a fan of the album now.

1. “Tightrope” 5:00
2. “Telephone Line” 4:38
3. “Rockaria!” 3:12
4. “Mission (A World Record)” 4:24
5. “So Fine” 3:55
6. “Livin’ Thing” 3:31
7. “Above the Clouds” 2:16
8. “Do Ya” 3:45
9. “Shangri-La” 5:34

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Hard Rain, Bob Dylan. In 1976, Dylan was still a rocker and he mounted some extravagant tours.  He was not yet “saved” so you were not getting any preaching.  The mid 1970s were a productive period for Dylan.  Blood on the Tracks and Desire were exceptional albums.  When I purchased this album I had high hopes.  Man, was I disappointed.  No, it was not awful, it just seemed unfocused and incomplete.  It was like he had a contractual obligation to deliver an album, and this was it.  Years later, Dylan began releasing music from his vault and delivered a boxed set of live music from this period, the Rolling Thunder Revue, recorded from earlier shows. It’s a great set, so it got me thinking about this album.  It is not a bad album, just an incomplete experience.

“Maggie’s Farm” – 5:23
“One Too Many Mornings” – 3:47
“Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” – 6:01
“Oh, Sister” (Dylan, Jacques Levy) – 5:08
“Lay Lady Lay” – 4:47
“Shelter from the Storm” – 5:29
“You’re a Big Girl Now” – 7:01
“I Threw It All Away” – 3:18
“Idiot Wind” – 10:21

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Relayer, Yes. The two most difficult Yes albums to enjoy are Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973) and Relayer (1974). The songs are incredibly long and seem inaccessible to my ears.  Long songs is not a bad thing, I enjoy other long form Yes songs.  I still can’t crack the code for Topographic Oceans, but I have come to enjoy Relayer, although I do not love it like most Yes fans.  These years were incredibly fruitful and creative for Yes.  Before Relayer was recorded, keyboard player Rick Wakeman quit, reportedly over the band’s direction and sound.

1. “The Gates of Delirium” 21:46
2. “Sound Chaser” 9:23
3. “To Be Over” 9:00

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Big Bam Boom, Hall and Oates. The first half of the 1980s belonged to Hall and Oates.  By the time this album arrived in 1984, they had burned themselves out.  MTV loved these guys.  I was sorted of burned out on this group too.  I loved them during their lean times in the late 1970s and enjoyed their ride to the top of the charts with several very successful albums.  Their song, “Going Thru the Motions” was quite prophetic, as they jumped off the celebrity merry-go-round.  There are several really good songs on this album, but they had strayed so far from what I found intrinsic in their sound, that I turned away from this album.  Enough time has passed that this album is cool again, a great listen.

1. “Dance on Your Knees” Arthur Baker / Daryl Hall
2. “Out of Touch” Hall / John Oates
3. “Method of Modern Love” Hall/ Janna Allen
4. “Bank on Your Love” Hall/ Oates / Sara Allen
5. “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” Hall 5:27
6. “Going Thru The Motions”  Hall / Oates / S. Allen / J. Allen
7. “Cold Dark and Yesterday” Oates 4:41
8. “All American Girl”  Hall / Oates / S. Allen
9. “Possession Obsession”  Hall / Oates / S. Allen

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Breakfast in America (1979), Supertramp. Their most commercially successful album, multiple hit singles, Grammy Awards and a number one album, so what’s not to like?  Most of the things I loved about the group are absent from this album.  It is a finely polished collection of songs, sugar sweet and perfect for AM radio.  Supertramp was a progressive rock band that never quite fit in a category, until this album.  I found the songs a bit soulless and calculated, less the grand ideas and deep instrumental journeys.  I don’t mind listening to this album, but it makes me think of others I enjoy more.

1. “Gone Hollywood” Davies 5:19
2. “The Logical Song” Hodgson  4:07
3. “Goodbye Stranger” Davies  5:46
4. “Breakfast in America” Hodgson  2:37
5. “Oh Darling” Davies  3:43
6. “Take the Long Way Home” Hodgson  5:08
7. “Lord Is It Mine” Hodgson  4:08
8. “Just Another Nervous Wreck”  Davies 4:22
9. “Casual Conversations” Davies  2:56
10. “Child of Vision” Hodgson

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Hat Trick, America.  This was America’s third album, released in 1973, and it was generally regarded as a poor follow-up to Homecoming which featured “Ventura Highway” and “Don’t Cross the River”.  “Muskrat Love”? It was popular, but in my mind the worst song they ever recorded.  This album was very unfocused and reflects too much time touring and enjoying success and not enough time writing.  At first glance, this collection might seem like rejected song demos from a yet-to-be-released album.  There are a few gems.

1.”Muskrat Love” Willis Alan Ramsey 3:06
2.”Wind Wave” Dewey Bunnell 2:55
3.”She’s Gonna Let You Down” Gerry Beckley 3:41
4.”Rainbow Song” Bunnell 3:53
5.”Submarine Ladies” Beckley 3:13
6.”It’s Life” Dan Peek 4:00
7.”Hat Trick” Beckley, Bunnell, Peek 8:29
8.”Molten Love” Bunnell 3:10
9.”Green Monkey” Bunnell 3:38
10.”Willow Tree Lullaby” Peek 2:34
11.”Goodbye” Beckley 3:10

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Days of Future Past (1967), Moody Blues.  Of course, “Nights in White Satin” is a forever classic, and “Tuesday Afternoon” is a nice, lyrical delight, but taken as a whole, this album is something else. Usually, it sat on the shelf in favor of more inviting Moody Blues choices.  A few years ago, a deluxe set of this album was released, with different versions of these songs and other orchestral tracks.  My problem was that I have never been a classical music fan, and the orchestrated pieces never really grabbed me.  As another conceptual album, it should be listened to from start to finish and experienced as it was intended.  Then, you truly appreciate the scale of this project.  The textures of the orchestral arrangement augment the subtleties of the Moody Blues songs.  It took me a few decades, but I got it.

1. “The Day Begins”
“The Day Begins”
“Morning Glory” (unlisted)
2. “Dawn: Dawn Is a Feeling”
3. “The Morning: Another Morning”
4. “Lunch Break: Peak Hour”
Total length: 19:08
5. “The Afternoon”
“Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)”
“(Evening) Time to Get Away” (originally unlisted but listed on many later reissues)
6. “Evening”
“The Sunset”
“Twilight Time”
7. “The Night”
“Nights in White Satin”
“Late Lament / Resolvement” (unlisted)

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Wired, Jeff Beck. Jeff Beck made jazz-fusion cool. He was not the only artist doing it, but his name and popularity opened the door to a wider rock audience.  Wired (1976) was the follow up to Blow By Blow, his critically acclaimed album produced by George Martin (the Beatles) that sold a million copies and reached number four on the charts.  Wired had less involvement by Martin and less focus.  I found the influence of Jan Hammer to be less to my liking, so I stuck with Blow By Blow.  I believe Beck has done better work, but this album, while uneven, has some really nice moments.

1. “Led Boots” Max Middleton 4:03
2. “Come Dancing” Narada Michael Walden 5:55
3. “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” Charles Mingus 5:31
4. “Head for Backstage Pass” Wilbur Bascomb, Andy Clark 2:43
5. “Blue Wind” Jan Hammer 5:54
6. “Sophie” Narada Michael Walden 6:31
7. “Play with Me” Narada Michael Walden 4:10
8. “Love Is Green” Narada Michael Walden 2:30

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Tarkus, Emerson Lake and Palmer. This was the second ELP effort, released in 1971.  Progressive rock? Yes, but even more complex than that.  There are a couple of airplay quality songs, “Bitches Crystal” and “Are You Ready, Eddy?” but no hit-friendly singles like “Lucky Man”.  Side one is a 20 minute collection of interrelated pieces.  Side two are shorter songs to give the listener a chance to come up for air.  At the time, I preferred other ELP albums like Trilogy or Brain Salad Surgery.  I only came back to this album recently, and it was a pleasant surprise.  ELP were criticized as excessive and pompous, and on one level they were, but nobody did it better.

1. “Tarkus”
“Eruption” (Emerson) – 2:43
“Stones of Years” (Emerson, Lake) – 3:43
“Iconoclast” (Emerson) – 1:16
“Mass” (Emerson, Lake) – 3:09
“Manticore” (Emerson) – 1:49
“Battlefield” (Lake) – 3:57
“Aquatarkus” (Emerson) – 3:54″
2. “Jeremy Bender” Emerson, Lake 1:41
3. “Bitches Crystal” Emerson, Lake 3:54
4. “The Only Way (Hymn)” Emerson, Lake 3:50
5. “Infinite Space (Conclusion)” Emerson, Carl Palmer 3:18
6. “A Time and a Place” Emerson, Lake, Palmer 3:00
7. “Are You Ready, Eddy?” Emerson, Lake, Palmer 2:09

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What Do You Want From Live (1978), The Tubes. The Tubes are definitely an acquired taste, and this album is even more unusual.  This is a party album, a live double-album of craziness like Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention or Cheech and Chong. Campy and outrageous, it plays like radio theater.  It was amusing when it was first released, but not something you couldn’t wait to get home and relax with.  In the years since, I have come to appreciate what they were doing and this is sort of stream-of-consciousness, manic-punk on dope silliness.  It’s fun to revisit this album.

“Overture” – 6:39
“Up from the Deep” – 2:00
“Young and Rich” – 1:27
“Madam I’m Adam” – 0:49
“Mondo Bondage” – 0:12
“Up from the Deep” – 1:00
“White Punks on Dope” – 0:20
“Got Yourself a Deal” – 4:30
“Show Me a Reason” – 3:28
“What Do You Want from Life” – 5:12
“God-Bird-Change” – 4:48
“Special Ballet” – 1:01
“Don’t Touch Me There” – 3:48
“Mondo Bondage” – 3:25
“Smoke (La vie en Fumér)” – 8:20
“Crime Medley” – 3:05
“Sound Effect-Siren” – 0:08
Theme from “Dragnet” – 0:07
Theme from “Peter Gunn” – 0:34
Theme from “Perry Mason” – 1:13
Theme from “Untouchables” – 1:03
“I Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk” – 4:02
“I Saw Her Standing There” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:57
“Drum Solo” – 4:20
“Boy Crazy” – 2:40
“You’re No Fun” – 3:15
“Stand Up and Shout” – 3:30
“White Punks on Dope” – 8:33

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Love Over Gold, Dire Straits.  The previous album, Making Movies, showed they had mastered the short pop song.  Love Over Gold (1982) took another leap as Mark Knopfler further developed his songwriting into longer pieces, without losing the melody.  Because of the length of the songs, there was not a commercial single to drive sales.  I can’t say that I have played this album much, so I went back to give it another go.  This is pretty heady stuff.

1. “Telegraph Road” 14:18
2. “Private Investigations” 6:46
3. “Industrial Disease” 5:50
4. “Love over Gold” 6:17
5. “It Never Rains” 7:59

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Wildflowers, Tom Petty.  For some reason, I did not listen to Tom Petty much in the 1990s.  Wildflowers (1994) was not Full Moon Fever.  I expected the songs to immediately grab me, and most of them did not.  It was a pleasant album, but nothing earthshaking. Petty had planned to revisit this album and release it with songs that did not make the original release.  His estate released it.  I took my first listen to this album when the multi-disc set came out recently.  Maybe it was because I have been writing about Petty recently that my head was more open to material in the back of my collection.  I was astounded by what I heard.

1. “Wildflowers” 3:11
2. “You Don’t Know How It Feels” 4:49
3. “Time to Move On” 3:15
4. “You Wreck Me” Petty, Mike Campbell 3:22
5. “It’s Good to Be King” 5:10
6. “Only a Broken Heart” 4:30
7. “Honey Bee” 4:58
8. “Don’t Fade on Me” Petty, Campbell 3:32
9. “Hard on Me” 3:48
10. “Cabin Down Below” 2:51
11. “To Find a Friend” 3:23
12. “A Higher Place” 3:56
13. “House in the Woods” 5:32
14. “Crawling Back to You” 5:05
15. “Wake Up Time” 5:19

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U2, War. (1983) The third U2 album and their first complete album.  It took them awhile to grow their songwriting for a full album.  I have not listened to early U2 in many years, but for a project last year I delved into all of their albums.  There is a mature sound and voice on these songs.  It was fun to revisit.

1. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” 4:38
2. “Seconds” 3:09
3. “New Year’s Day” 5:38
4. “Like a Song…” 4:48
5. “Drowning Man” 4:12
6. “The Refugee” (produced by Bill Whelan) 3:40
7. “Two Hearts Beat as One” 4:00
8. “Red Light” 3:46
9. “Surrender” 5:34
10. “40” 2:36

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Thick As a Brick, Jethro Tull. This was one of the first albums I ever owned, it was a present.  Why couldn’t I received Aqualung or Benefit instead.  Thick As a Brick (1972) is a dense, complex work, conceptual and something that takes a lot of patience to appreciate.  Teenagers are not usually known for patience and that included me.  I have this CD as part of a set and I still find it challenging as a listen.  If I am reading for working on something, I am able to fully digest it, but it a still a grand work.

1. “Thick as a Brick, Part I”
2. “Thick as a Brick, Part II”

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Gaucho, Steely Dan. After Aja, Becker and Fagan had a lot to live up to.  Gaucho (1980) is good, but it did not impress me as much as Aja did, musically or originality wise.  Becker and Fagan were in search of perfection and in the process drained the soul from their music.  These songs are almost mechanical in their preciseness. I like several of these songs, but not all of them.  For me, this is Aja-lite.

1. “Babylon Sisters” 5:49
2. “Hey Nineteen” 5:06
3. “Glamour Profession” 7:29
4. “Gaucho” Becker, Fagen, Keith Jarrett 5:32
5. “Time Out of Mind” 4:13
6. “My Rival” 4:34
7. “Third World Man”

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Minute By Minute (1978), Doobie Brothers. By this time, I was becoming very disinterested in the Doobies.  Gone were the chunk-chunk guitar riffs and instead was blue-eyed soulful R&B flavored pop.  Whatever they were doing sold millions of records, won awards and climbed the charts, but was not very inspiring music.  Give this version of the band credit for being very successful and if you imagine this is not the Doobie Brothers, these are mostly fine songs.

1. “Here to Love You” Michael McDonald
2. “What a Fool Believes” McDonald/Kenny Loggins
3. “Minute by Minute” McDonald
4. “Dependin’ on You” McDonald/Patrick Simmons
5. “Don’t Stop to Watch the Wheels”  Simmons/Jeff Baxter/Michael Ebert
6. “Open Your Eyes”  McDonald/Abrams/Patrick Henderson
7. “Sweet Feelin'” Simmons/Ted Templeman
8. “Steamer Lane Breakdown” Simmons instrumental 3:24
9. “You Never Change” Simmons
10. “How Do the Fools Survive?”  McDonald/Carole Bayer Sager

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Hejira (1976), Joni Mitchell.  Joni Mitchell never liked getting comfortable with her music and it showed from album to album. She did not want to do Court and Spark Part II, so she kept on moving forward.  Always interested in unusual guitar tunings and trippy jazz chords, Hejira is all of that and more.  I really wanted to like this album.  The jazzy guitar riffs were cool, at first.  I tried, but I really wanted this to be like Court and Spark, which it obviously was not. That period of her career is very different from her early 1970s singer-songwriter, folkish years.  Hejira was part of jazz-fusion work with Pat Metheny and the L.A. Express.  There are some great moments on this album, one just has to be patient.

“Coyote” – 5:01
“Amelia” – 6:01
“Furry Sings the Blues” – 5:07
“A Strange Boy” – 4:15
“Hejira” – 6:42
“Song for Sharon” – 8:40
“Black Crow” – 4:22
“Blue Motel Room” – 5:04
“Refuge of the Roads” – 6:42

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Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1970), Joe Cocker.  I was never a big fan in the early years.  That blue-eyed English soul was not my thing, but I admired his interpretation of other songwriters.  His vocal style grew a bit tiring for me.  In later years, Cocker went middle of the road on some popular ballads, that made me shake my head.  What had happened to Joe Cocker?  After his passing, I got interested in his journey and read a book about his life.  Something inside told me to revisit his early success and that brought me to this live album.  I had heard it many years ago, but never gained much traction with me.  This concert tour was quite the rock and roll circus.  Sex, drugs and rock and roll.  You can hear it in the music, the excess and spirit of that time.

1. “Introduction (uncredited: “Turn on Your Love Light”)” 0:44
2. “Honky Tonk Women” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 3:47
3. “Introduction” 0:17
4. “Sticks and Stones” Titus Turner, Henry Glover 2:37
5. “Cry Me a River” Arthur Hamilton 4:00
6. “Bird on the Wire” Leonard Cohen 6:37
7. “Feelin’ Alright” Dave Mason 5:47
8. “Superstar” (lead vocal by Rita Coolidge) Leon Russell, Bonnie Bramlett 5:02
9. “Introduction” 0:16
10. “Let’s Go Get Stoned” Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Josephine Armstead 7:30
11. “Blue Medley”
a. “I’ll Drown in My Own Tears”
b. “When Something Is Wrong with My Baby” (co-lead vocal by Bobby Jones)
c. “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”
12. “Introduction” 0:21
13. “Girl from the North Country” (lead vocals by Cocker and Russell) Bob Dylan 2:32
14. “Give Peace a Chance” Russell, Bramlett 4:14
15. “Introduction” 0:41
16. “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” John Lennon, Paul McCartney 3:01
17. “Space Captain” Matthew Moore 5:15
18. “The Letter” Wayne Carson Thompson 4:46
19. “Delta Lady” Russell 5:40


2 thoughts on “Give It Another Listen

  1. While I can’t claim I know all of these albums you listed, I also like some of them, such as “Animals”, “Tonight’s the Night”, “Running On Empty” , “Breakfast in America” and “Love Over Gold”, to name a few.

    I also agree with your premise that music can grow on you. Perhaps the best example in my case is Led Zeppelin. It took me quite some time to warm to them. Now they are one of my favorite rock bands.

    Or, to pick a specific example from your list, while Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and “The Dark Side of the Moon” were love at first sight, some of their other albums took me a bit longer to embrace, “Animals” being one of them. Initially, I also didn’t love “Meddle.” Now I think it’s one of their best albums.

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