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    Rammstein - Deutschland (Epic Russian Cover)
    When I hear John Cage’s 4’33”, I reach for my earplugs.

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    Its been a while since I've been round to this corner of the forum.
    Tonight I listened to a set that was nearly worn out when I had a vinyl set up one of the best live recordings imo, tonight played courtesy of my re-established Qobuz subscription.



    dylan band before the flood.jpg



    Now moved onto:



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    Still on the Chicago bandwagon. And as mentioned in the other thread, I’m behind with posting.

    Chicago VII, (March 1974) A double album and quite jazzy. I liked it.


    Chicago VIII (March 1975)


    Chicago X (June 1976). (Chicago IX is a greatest hits album, I didn’t listen to it)


    Chicago XI (September 1977)


    Chicago Hot Streets (October 1978)


    All from Spotify

    Definitely a gradual decline in the quality of music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    Still on the Chicago bandwagon. And as mentioned in the other thread, I’m behind with posting.

    Chicago VII, (March 1974) A double album and quite jazzy. I liked it.


    Chicago VIII (March 1975)


    Chicago X (June 1976). (Chicago IX is a greatest hits album, I didn’t listen to it)


    Chicago XI (September 1977)


    Chicago Hot Streets (October 1978)


    All from Spotify

    Definitely a gradual decline in the quality of music.
    Cue up Stone of Sisyphus. It was supposed to be Chicago XXII, but got rejected and all but forgotten, becoming their "lost album". All but one track was eventually released as Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus in 2008, 15 years after it was recorded (1993).

    That would place it between Chicago 21 (a singularly weak album) and Night and Day: Big Band (an excellent album) had it actually been released after they recorded it.

    I've been cycling through the Chicago albums as well: I'm up to Chicago XXIII: Heart of Chicago 1967-1997. It's a compilation, but whoever compiled it chose to bridge their two Chicago eras on one CD, shuffling between new and old songs from track to track, and including a couple of new unreleased tracks somehow. Many critics and fans disapproved of the concept, finding the distinct styles of both decades clashing with each other, and with the lack of many significant hits, which prodded Warner Bros./Reprise to issue a followup album the following year.

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    Still playing around on Qobuz I found an album I haven't heard for probably 30 years.
    It won't be another 30 before I revisit it.

    Pink Flag - Wire.



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    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malx View Post
    Its been a while since I've been round to this corner of the forum.
    Tonight I listened to a set that was nearly worn out when I had a vinyl set up one of the best live recordings imo, tonight played courtesy of my re-established Qobuz subscription.



    dylan band before the flood.jpg


    What a freakin' classic....

    I saw this tour twice. Once in NYC and once in Boston
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    Love this one! These cats are my fave new band!



    Guthrie Govan: Guitar, Bryan Beller: Bass, Marco Minnemann: Drums
    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

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    Okay, here is my last part to my listening binge of Chicago. And I can’t say I enjoyed any of it. Don’t feel compelled to “like” my post. I wouldn’t. And for most of this yesterday afternoon I was in the kitchen baking. For a brief moment I had the food processor on, and it sounded better than 1980s Chicago!

    Chicago 13 (August 1979)


    Chicago XIV (July 1980). My mother bought me this album sometime in the early 80s. I was only listening to music from the early 70s then. She said I should try listening to some new music. I listened to it once when she bought it for me. I probably haven’t heard it since. And I never want to hear it again. Probably the worst album of these five, and therefore the worst of all fifteen Chicago albums I’ve listened to.


    Chicago 16 (June 1982) I wanted to hear what David Foster did to their sound. A better album than 14, but not the music I want to hear. I didn’t like it.


    Chicago 17 (May 1984) Somehow this is worse than 16


    Chicago 18 (September 1986). The first album without Peter Cetera. They didn’t get better.


    After Chicago 7 in 1974, it’s all downhill for me. I will definitely listen to the first six studio albums again. I hope never to listen to Chicago 8 and later.

    And now for something completely different.

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    2004 Cuneiform Records SACD

    Also featuring Michael Manring, Steve Smith, Tom Coster, John Tchicai, Greg Osby, Zakir Hussain, Mike Keneally
    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

    - Yip Harburg

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    Okay, here is my last part to my listening binge of Chicago. And I can’t say I enjoyed any of it. Don’t feel compelled to “like” my post. I wouldn’t. And for most of this yesterday afternoon I was in the kitchen baking. For a brief moment I had the food processor on, and it sounded better than 1980s Chicago!


    After Chicago 7 in 1974, it’s all downhill for me. I will definitely listen to the first six studio albums again. I hope never to listen to Chicago 8 and later.
    It's not likes you deserve, but a medal for taking one for the team.
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    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    I've been collecting Wyatt's albums slowly over the past decade or so. Just got this one.
    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

    - Yip Harburg

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    It's not likes you deserve, but a medal for taking one for the team.
    I think it is interesting to listen to a band over time, to listen to their changes. And in the case of Chicago, their devolution. There are many examples of this particular kind of decline. I think Genesis, Yes, Rolling Stones, etc are examples of bands that decline over time, especially into the 1980s. And there are bands that got better over their lifetime, such as the Beatles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    I think it is interesting to listen to a band over time, to listen to their changes. And in the case of Chicago, their devolution. There are many examples of this particular kind of decline. I think Genesis, Yes, Rolling Stones, etc are examples of bands that decline over time, especially into the 1980s. And there are bands that got better over their lifetime, such as the Beatles.
    The Beatles was only 8 years. The other bands would have been dropped from their labels if they didn't adapt and be more commercial. The Stones are a category unto themselves but I've never heard any post 1981 material.
    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

    - Yip Harburg

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