Thursday, May 21, 2015

Roger Daltrey: One of the Boys (1977)

If I had to choose the better Who side projects and solo albums, I would stick with Pete Townshend's solo records. Part of this feeling might come from the fact that Daltrey is a vocalist and Townshend is a singer/songwriter. One of the Boys is an adequate rock album, but it is nowhere as good as Townshend or The Who.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dalis Car: The Judgement is the Mirror b/w High Places (1984)

This 12" single for The Judgement is the Mirror comes with a 23" x 23" poster. I used to hang some posters on the walls of my old bedroom, but I was always very protective of the posters that came with records. I stored all of the posters in the record sleeves. I never even unfolded the poster that came with Dark Side of the Moon. The stickers are still in the sleeve too.

Side B contains a curious piece of music--High Places--that I like very much.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dalis Car: The Waking Hour (1984)

I lament the passing of the apostrophe. Is it so hard to write Dali's Car? They took the band's name from a song on a Captain Beefheart record--entitled Dali's Car--and failed to copy the apostrophe. For some reason, I find this really irritating.

For those of you who don't know, Dali's car is half Peter Murphy, from Bauhaus, and half Mick Karn, from Japan (more on that band later). The group only recorded one record, and it's not bad. In 2011, before Mick Karn passed away (at the young age of 52), a new EP was released, but I have never heard it.

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Cure: 4:13 Dream (2008)

I have CD copies of the next few Cure releases, like Wish, Paris, Show, Galore, Wild Mood Swings, etc., some of which were released on vinyl, and are now priced well out-of-range for me. But, I do have the thirteenth album, 4:13 Dream, on vinyl. Generally speaking, I think this is a good record, and any Cure fan would want a copy. I am not sure that the band will ever release anything as good as Disintegration, ever again, but that's OK. Here's a live version of Underneath the Stars.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Cure: Mixed Up (1990)

Mixed Up is a piece of vinyl you don't see very often. In fact, since the time I bought my copy, I have never seen another one. This is a double LP of remixed tunes from previous 12" singles, some newly remixed stuff, some with new vocals, and one new tune, Never Enough. I have always been a little apprehensive about remixes, because most times, they suck, though I still buy 12" singles which often feature remixes. Some longtime Cure fans might have been dismayed by the dance-like approach to most tracks, but if you are a hardcore Cure fan, you will want this anyway.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Cure: Disintegration (1989)

Some people would argue that Disintegration is the Cure's best album. Even though I prefer the first four albums, it's difficult to disagree. The Cure's eighth studio album is an amazing record. My copy is a West German import.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Cure: Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987)

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me is one of those records that reminds me of a very specific time and place. Although I think that there are far better Cure records, I am very fond of this one because of that reason. The fact that this record came out in 1987 makes me feel very old. My copy is a West German import.

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Cure: Standing on a Beach - The Singles (1986)

I also own the CD counterpart of this release, renamed Staring at the Sea, which contains a few extra tracks. It's a really good intro to The Cure. It covers the early darker tracks, up to The Hanging Garden, on side A, while side two commences with Let's Go to Bed, and runs though the Cure's later semi-commercial hits. I used to like side two better, but these days, I prefer side one.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The Cure: In Between Days b/w The Exploding Boy (1985)

If I see any reasonably-priced 12" singles from The Cure, I pick them up, though I haven't seen any reasonably-priced Cure 12" singles for years. For some reason, Cure vinyl is very pricey. But, here is one from my collection. The flip side is quite good too.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Cure: Head on the Door (1985)

Sadly, I have a gold stamp promo of this record. I lament the passing of the days of the white label promo for this lazy practice and simply placing a stamp on the record cover or punching a hole in the jacket. They couldn't even be bothered making a different promotional pressing. But, beyond that, Head on the Door is a great record, even if it veered into commercial territory. The two big tracks are Close to Me and In Between Days. I listened to this record over and over again all those years ago. It brings back memories.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Cure: The Top (1984)

Many people dismiss this record as weak or perhaps lesser Cure. But, after the band flirted with self-destruction, this foray into more pop-oriented songs probably saved the band, so I am happy that it was recorded and released. In places, it continues what they started on The Walk, with tracks like The Caterpillar. It is definitely marginally more commercial than previous records, but I think that's OK and definitely part of the transition.

Here's a live version of Give Me It from years and years later: