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Top Five Albums of the Week — Week 4: August 31st
August 31, 2008, 4:49 pm
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Week Four: August 31st

1. Station to Station by David Bowie
I found this LP a couple of days ago at the used record store. I’ve listened to the album before getting this record, but now I’ve had the chance to reevaluate it. The title track is excellent, one of Bowie’s finest, and “Wild is the Wind” is stunningly beautiful. The rest of the tracks are good, though not too worthy of mention. The strength of this album is within those two tracks and overall concept of the Thin White Duke. While the Duke is no Ziggy, he is up there with Bowie’s best characters.

2. Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan
More preparation for the Dylan concert in San Diego on the 6th. One of the more sophisticated examples of songwriting in the history of popular music. It doesn’t get much better than “Tangled Up in Blue,” even though the one song with the Jack of Hearts gets old rather quickly.

3. Jack O’ Diamonds: 1949 Recordings by John Lee Hooker
I bought this along with the Bowie album and the following two CDs. I’ve been wanting to hear this for a long time and I was rewarded for my patience. Excellent early Hooker, and his guitar is top-notch. A pleasant surprise on this CD is the large number of standards John Lee sings, i.e. “Trouble in Mind,” “Moses Smote the Water,” etc. As the liner notes say, these are songs John Lee would never record again, so to have these home recordings is a real treasure.

4. Second Edition by Public Image Ltd.
While not made of metal nor in a box, the music is still excellent. Some consider P.I.L. to be the first post-rock band, and this record is a prime example of that. No particular tracks stand out since they all sort of blend together. Good job Lydon, Wobble, and Levine.

5. Simple Man by Klaus Nomi
I must admit, I was introduced to Nomi by the Venture Brothers. He looked strange enough to warrant my interest (and he was one of Bowie’s henchmen), so I found “Nomi Song” on youtube. Nomi’s voice is absolutely astounding. If he was born in any other decade he would have been a shining opera star. But his light shone but dimly in the 80s, and before he could rise he was cut down by AIDS. Who knows what he would have done had he lived, but we can appreciate the small amount of work he has left us. Synthesizers and all. R.I.P. Nomi.

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You can read my story about Klaus Nomi here…

http://www.geocities.com/kahniverous/klausnomi.html

All the best,

Madeline

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