Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kim Mitchell: I Am A Wild Party (Live) (1990)

There are only two pressings of this LP, and both are from Canada. One is the club edition, from Columbia House. I heard that the Columbia House Record club was coming back, but maybe that was fake news. I have the original non-club pressing in superb condition. This might be the most expensive KM record, but, even then, you could probably find it for $20 or less.
I Am a Wild Party (Live) is a live album from Canadian singer and guitarist Kim Mitchell. The album was released in 1990 and is certified platinum in Canada. It contains six live tracks; five of which were performed at The Oshawa Civic Auditorium in Oshawa, Ontario, and "Go For Soda" performed at The Kee, in Bala, Ontario. The album also contains two new studio tracks titled "I Am A Wild Party" and "Deep Dive". [source]
The record offers live version of Kim's better-known songs, but he also drops in Battlescar, from his Max Webster days. The title track, in my ever so humble opinion, is a bit weak.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Kim Mitchell: Rockland (1989)

Pye Dubois, once again, wrote the lyrics for this record. I think the most popular tune is probably Rocklandwonderland or maybe it's Rock 'n' Roll Duty.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kim Mitchell: Shakin' Like A Human Being (1986)

Shakin' Like A Human Being contains Mitchell's other huge hit, Patio Lanterns. I'll say it: I do not like that song. I also do not like Alana Loves Me. It seemed that Mitchell went farther down the commercial rabbit hole. I appreciate that he was probably making more money and I assume that he liked the increased fame. I was not really into it. In fact, I think I picked up most of these Mitchell records after the fact and for very little money.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Kim Mitchell: Akimbo Alogo (1984)

Akimbo Alogo was released with a couple of different covers. The original image shows Kim smoking a cigarette, and that had to be censored in some regions. I'm a passionate anti-smoker, but I cannot abide censorship. In that image, Kim is also wearing an OPP hat. I wonder if that was a reference to the Beatles.

Pye Dubois wrote the lyrics to all but one song on this record. This LP has one of Mitchell's biggest hits, Go For a Soda. That tune was used in a Miami Vice episode and it also showed up in an episode of The Trailer Park Boys.

I'd say that this is a pretty good pop record. When I heard it, though, I was reminded of how much I missed Max Webster. My copy has an unsightly gash on the cover :(

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Kim Mitchell: Kim Mitchell (1982)

With the demise of Max Webster, one of the most under-appreciated Canadian bands, Kim Mitchell forged ahead with a rather successful solo career. I'll be honest: I much prefer the Max Machine to solo Kim, but he did come up with some good music. His first effort was a very solid mini album with five tracks, released on Anthem Records not long after Max Webster folded. The only connection to Max, as far as I can see, is that Mitchell continued to work with Pye Dubois.

I saw Max Webster in concert once (at my High School) and Kim Mitchell twice, and the latter concert was free. He played some old Max tunes, which I liked.

If you live in Toronto and area, you will probably know that Kim hosted the afternoon show on Q-107 from 2004-2015. I knew that he had a heart attack in 2016, but I have no idea what he has been up to recently.

This record contains five fairly good tracks, though the whole thing seems like a more polished pop outing. The wackiness of Max is gone, and that's a sad thing. 

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Joni Mitchell: Hejira (1976)

"Critically, the album was generally well received, and in the years since its release, Hejira has been recognized as one of the high-water marks in Mitchell's career." [source]

However, it did not sell well -- or so I think I have read -- which is odd. Personally, I think this is a very good record.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Joni Mitchell: Miles of Aisles (1974)

This is a live record, with the backing band LA Express. This is a record Joni fans will want, and probably have. That's all I have to say.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark (1974)

As a Canadian, I should be a big fan of Joni Mitchell. In truth, I like what I have heard, but I have never felt the need to investigate further. I paid a buck, or so, for this record. I played it not too long ago, probably on a Sunday morning. It's likely her best record and it contains some of her best-known work. Oddly, I have the first US pressing rather than a Canadian pressing.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

The Mission: Gods Own Medicine (1986)

The Mission was known as The Mission (UK) in the USA. In Canada, we knew them as The Mission. The band included Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams, who were both once members of The Sisters of Mercy. Now, how hard is it to use an apostrophe? The lack of an apostrophe ruins the album title. Anyway, The Mission were a goth band, but not my favourite goth band. I liked them, but I preferred other goth bands much more. Still, I listened to this record recently, and I still like it.

I have the non-gate-fold UK pressing from 1986. Oddly, this is not a valuable record. Even the first UK pressing is only worth a few bucks. Real goth records, from Bauhaus and Siouxsie have maintained their value.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Ministry: Burning Inside (1989)

As far as I can tell, only one version of this maxi-single was ever released, and it's from the USA, which makes sense. I would argue that this is my favourite later Ministry track. It might be number 2 overall, after Over the Shoulder. Of course, now that I just listened to the track, I may have to put it in the number one slot :)


Burning Inside (12" Remix)
Thieves (12" Remix)
Smothered Hope 

From Discogs:
"Smothered Hope" is a rendition of the Skinny Puppy song, recorded live in Chicago, 1988.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Ministry: The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste (1989)

As with most of Ministry's work, the album's lyrics deal mainly with political corruption ("Thieves"), cultural violence ("So What"), environmental degradation, nuclear war ("Breathe"), drug addiction ("Burning Inside") and insanity ("Cannibal Song"). [source]
I really really love this record. To me, this is the best thing Ministry did, and it might be the best industrial album ever recorded.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Ministry: The Land of Rape and Honey (1988)

From 1958 to October 2015, Tisdale, Saskatchewan's slogan was "The Land of Rape and Honey," a reference to the area's canola crops. Canola oil is derived from rapeseed. I guess years and years of complaints finally convinced the town to dump that slogan. Anyway, Ministry adopted that slogan for this album's name. And what an album this is. They moved headfirst into what I guess could be described as Industrial Metal.

The Wikipedia entry suggests that Al Jourgensen viewed this record as the "first true" Ministry album, though the author provides no citation. The same entry adds this, about the disturbing cover image:
The album cover is an electronically processed image of a burned corpse in the Leipzig-Thekla subcamp of Buchenwald. Jourgensen took a picture of the holocaust from a documentary on television and distorted the image himself. According to Jourgensen, it was originally rejected by the record label but they later changed their mind after Jourgensen presented a head of a roadkilled deer he had found on the road; he cut off the head, put it in his truck, drove from Austin to Los Angeles, went into the Sire Records building, threw the deer on the desk of the head of the art department and said, "here's your new fucking [album] cover. [source]
I absolutely love this record. I can see that it would not be for everyone. I recall putting a track from this record on a mixed tape that I gave to a friend. I think the other tracks were also heavy. He asked me why I had become an angry young man. I just liked the sound and fell of it all. I am, by no means, interested in metal.