Tuesday, September 9, 2014
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 9/9/14
The big expensive box you see above is now available to purchase. That's right! The Beatles, in mono, on vinyl. And though it is almost $400, it is the first time the tapes from the thing with the original mixing board with the knob in the original building with the guy are being used. So, if you think you know what "Rubber Soul" sounds like, EMI guarantees you don't.
TIP O' THE DAY:
If you buy each album individually, the total cost is about $100 less than buying the box. I guess the big hardcover book with never before seen pictures of George Harrison's sister Ruth and essays about how good The Beatles are is what sets you back the extra c-note.
Finally, if you think I can just ignore this whole set, you don't know me at all. I purchased a couple of them. I'll get back to you regarding the sound in a day or two.
I thought about not discussing the new Robert Plant record, daunted by the inevitable anti-Zep comments that would most likely follow. But it is a fantastic release so I'll take my chances that for just a few hours, the Jimmy Plagiarist taunts can rest.
Robert Plant has been very vocal about not wanting a Led Zeppelin reunion. I understand completely. As long as Plant continues to create fresh new music as satisfying as "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar," the rigors of the road and having to slog through the same old material becomes less and less appealing.
On this record, Plant and his band, the Sensational Space Shifters, offer a collection of music that covers British folk and blues, with heavy Celtic overtones, and yet still feels very riff-heavy, as to not let you forget that the singer was once in a very popular hard rocking band. Plant's vocals rarely rise above a whisper or croon and that's not a negative. The man is singing and is singing beautifully.
There is a lot going on here, but it remains incredibly musical. Yet another strong release from Robert Plant, starting with 2005's "Mighty Rearranger." Jimmy Page should listen to Robert's advice and put away any thoughts of a reunion tour, pick up the acoustic, and write some new tunes the way he did at Headley Grange in 1970. Plant has already said he'd be happy to sing them.
There is also a new record from Ryan Adams, live archive releases from both the Grateful Dead (Nassau Coliseum, 3/29/90) and Queen (Live At The Rainbow, 1974), as well as a rather odd tribute to the great Laura Nyro. (see below)