Sunday, October 9, 2011

Planet Rotations #12

In the age of digital music, we tend to skip through albums, listening to one or two tracks - missing some of the deeper cuts that may be brilliant. I am a big fan of the album format, and love to experience the entire album the way the artist intended. Listening to one or two songs is like randomly reading a few chapters of a book and expecting to understand the completed work.

Like any music lover, I love to share what I'm listening to and discover some new things from friends. Here's my playlist for this week. Please put your lists in the comments below, or interact at the Life On This Planet Facebook Page.

I picked this up on Record Store Day. If you've never experienced Syd Barret, who was once the leader of Pink Floyd, start here.
Key Tracks:  See Emily Play, Dark Globe, Bob Dylan Blues
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Floyd's sixth album features the twenty-three and a half minute Echoes on the entire second side of the record.
Key Tracks:  One Of These Days, Fearless, Echoes
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The Killers' frontman's debut solo album. Really, really good.
Key Tracks:  Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas, Crossfire, Only The Young
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Major label debut and also the final album to feature guitarist Bob Stinson. Produced by former Ramone, Tommy Erdelyi.
Key Tracks:  Bastards Of Young, Here Comes A Regular, Little Mascara, Left Of The Dial
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Listen to Unsatisfied - if you've never heard it. It'll blow you away.
Key Tracks:  Unsatisfied, I Will Dare, Answering Machine
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The first album without Bob Stinson, but nonetheless a great record.
Key Tracks:  Alex Chilton, Never Mind, Valentine, Skyway, Can't Hardly Wait
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I listened to this last night with the windows down in the car.
Key Tracks:  Kids Don't Follow, F*ck School, God Damn Job
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Much more polished than all of their previous albums.
Key Tracks:  Achin' To Be, I'll Be You, Back To Back
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After 5 records on the I.R.S. label, R.E.M. makes their major label debut. Highly underrated.
Key Tracks:  You Are The Everything, The Wrong Child, World Leader Pretend
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This baby has sold about 12 million copies - mostly on the strength of Losing My Religion.
Key Tracks:  Near Wild Heaven, Losing My Religion, Belong, Me In Honey
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Their eighth record. Be sure to check out my Best Songs of R.E.M. List.
Key Tracks:  Nightswimming, New Orleans Instrumental No. 1, Sweetness Follows, Everybody Hurts
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The band takes it up a couple of notches after the last two more mellow records.
Key Tracks:  What's The Frequency Kenneth, Strange Currencies
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Listen to Bowie's vocals on the opening track It's No Game (Part 1). Wow.
Key Tracks:  Ashes To Ashes, Teenage Wildlife, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
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Released in 1989, Dusted features early versions of 6 songs that would be re-recorded and spread across their major label debut EP and album, New Miserable Experience.
Key Tracks:  Hey Jealousy, Lost Horizons, Keli Richards, Found Out About You, Angels Tonight
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One of the best DM albums. Do it.
Key Tracks:  Walking In My Shoes, Mercy In You, Judas, In Your Room, Condemnation, Rush
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The fourth DM album. If you get the DM remastered editions, they all come with a bonus DVD containing insightful documentaries.
Key Tracks:  Somebody, Blasphemous Rumours, People Are People
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Goodbye To Romance is such an incredible song. Ozzy's debut solo album.
Key Tracks:  Goodbye To Romance, Dee, Crazy Train
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Key Tracks:  Bad, Elvis Presley And America, A Sort Of Homecoming, Pride
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The brand new Wilco LP.
Key Tracks:  One Sunday Morning, Born Alone, Black Moon
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Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Son Volt's Jay Farrar used to be bandmates in Uncle Tupelo.
Key Tracks:  Windfall, Drown, Ten Second News
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