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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -”Ghosteen”  This album is a tribute to Conway Savage, the keyboard player in the Bad Seeds, who died in 2018 of a brain tumor  “Ghosteen” is a double album, the first that the band has released since 2003. Given the subject matter, the album is a song cycle about loss and remembrance.  Consequently, it is a quiet and sparse album, but with touches of electronics. Many of the songs are augmented by a string section, And those strings really set the mood for most of the album.  “Ghosteen” also features probably the best singing from Mr. Cave in quite a few years. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have never released a bad album in their almost four decade long career. In fact, the band has released more than a few classics.   “Ghosteen” definitely fits into the classic category. - Ted

Various Artists - “Jon Savage’s 1969-1971 - Rock Dreams on 45”  Music Journalist Jon Savage has released a series of albums focusing on specific years in the mid to late sixties.  In the series, Mr Savage tries to find the overarching mood of the time, via the music released during each year. For the first time, the series leaves the sixties, and moves into the early seventies.  The mood for that period is that music moved into a “Heavy” music phase. That definition features lots of loud electric guitars and “subversive” counterculture subject matter. It features cuts from such well known bands like Mountain, Alice Cooper, the Byrds, the James Gang, Faces, The Youngbloods,  KIng Crimson, Free, the Kinks, the Guess Who and Procol Harum. But it also features tracks from the Stooges, MC5, Velvet Underground, Amon Duul ll, Flamin’ Groovies and Tangerine Dream - bands that would influence the late seventies but were considered anomalies back in the early seventies. All in all, Mr.Savage has curated an album that superbly gives us a taste of that specific time frame. - Ted

Gene Clark - “No Other”  When “No Other” was released in the fall of 1974, it was universally panned by critics and ignored by the public.  Mr. Clark had put his heart and soul into the album, and the rejection deeply wounded him. Some say that he never recovered from the failure of the album.  It was only when the album was reissued in the nineties that a reevaluation of the album began, Many now felt it was a lost classic and perhaps the best thing that Mr. Clark ever released.  Nominally a singer-songwriters and country rock album, it is much more than those descriptions, Mr. Clark goes beyond the simple genres. It really is in a league of its own. The songs are some of the most emotive  and lyrically complex songs that Mr. Clark had written up to that point - perhaps even better than the songs he wrote for the Byrds. And the intricate playing and production help the album rise to the masterpiece stage.  The two disc version adds an album of outtakes. Some of those outtakes are a bit different than the released versions. There is also a single disc and a super deluxe edition. And in all versions the original album is lovingly remastered to bring out the best possible sound possible. - Ted

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