August 1, 2019
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No Deck equals mo sess, but that doesn’t mean this week’s incoming is a cavalcade of sadness. Leading the pack is the entirety of the initial lineup of Big Star’s complete studio run spread out over the “#1 Record/Radio City” two-fer and “Third.” We see plenty of Stones roll through, but it’s all high points this week: “Sticky Fingers,” “Exile,” “Ya-Ya’s” and “Some Girls.” There’s also a ton of Faces in this week, including the rarities-packed “Five Guys” 4-cd set. Once upon a time, Rod Stewart was not a cornball, kids. Chris and Rich Robinson owe their careers to them TRUESTORY. In synthy goodness, there’s two cheaply-priced multi-disc sets from Tangerine Dream covering the years 1974-1982. Take a journey through your mind and bypass the pill lady. Lastly, check out loose joints from Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorious, Aretha, Otis and Todd Rundgren.
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Pere Ubu - “The Long Goodbye” It is not written in that many music history books, but Pere Ubu helped kick-start punk rock and electronica in the mid-seventies. Now in their forty-fourth year as a band, this album is a return to Ubu’s mid-seventies sound. This album was recorded following David Thomas’, the singer and co-writer of most Ubu material throughout the decades, health scare. Mr. Thomas is now the only remaining member of the original band. Mr. Thomas was quite sick for a while and this album was fleshed out soon after his health improved. “The Long Goodbye” is nominally a concept album, but the concept is rather murky. But what isn’t murky is the music. This is the first album to prominently feature such a large amount of synthesizer since their seventies glory days. And the electronics really leads the music into new and novel directions. Quite simply, “The Long Goodbye” is a return to their avant garde sound from all those years ago. And that avant sound is what first attracted discerning music fans in the first place. Ultimately, however, “The Long Goodbye” rewards those who take the time to listen. Plus early versions of the album come with a second disc showcasing an entire concert recorded in Paris in December 2018. That live show features many songs from the album, along with a few Ubu favorites. - Ted
Ron, Ryan, Angie, Marty, Evan, Matt, Ben, Will, Ed, Isaac, Larry, Andy, Mark, Jack, Sam, Eric & Mike