Tuesday, November 4, 2014
If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Street Date: 11/4/14
BOB DYLAN & THE BAND- THE BASEMENT TAPES COMPLETE
For some, this is the greatest thing since string cheese. Bob Dylan & The Band's Basement Tapes, as commercially complete as ever, makes up Volume 11 of the ongoing Dylan "Bootleg Series." 140 songs, in excellent quality over six CDs, with, it's been said, 30 songs never seeing the light of day not even on the countless previously released bootlegs, until now.
While I never loved string cheese, I do like The Basement Tapes, just as not as much as so many and though I am still working my way through this set, I can say, as overblown, expensive sets go, this is pretty damn good. If there are any Dylan experts reading, would you do the work for us and tell us which of the 140 tracks make their debut here?
Thanks in advance.
Two McCartney and Wings records get the deluxe treatment this week, the bad "Venus & Mars" and the badder "Wings At The Speed Of Sound," with remastering and bonus tracks. "Venus & Mars" was a huge disappointment following "Band On The Run," but I remember picking up "Speed Of Sound" at Crazy Eddie's on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn the day it came out, and after the first run through, thinking "Venus & Mars" was "Revolver" compared to this crap. But that was then...
Uncut Magazine had an interesting take on "Speed Of Sound":
"At The Speed Of Sound" has dated well...gentle AOR with a blue-eyed soul tinge and a sonic palette not unlike that of Rumours. (Speed Of Sound) is a record that defines late 70's soft-rock as well as any."
I never thought of this record quite that way and I still feel if Paulie loved Linda so much, he would have insisted her painful contribution "Cook Of The House" NOT be included, thus NOT subjecting her to the critical abuse. But the Denny Laine tracks work, as do most of Paul's, including the oft-maligned "Silly Love Songs," which most are satisfied by remembering the relentless chorus of "I love yous," and not the beautifully layered production or killer horn arrangement.
One real treat is the early version of "Beware My Love" featuring John Bonham on drums. Listen to that baby, below. Holy 28" Bass Drum, Batman!
KING CRIMSON- STARLESS (DELUXE BOX)
Someone mentioned how absurd it was that Suzi Quatro has a 4 CD boxed set. (I don't remember who, sorry.) Well compared to "Starless," the 27 disc set focusing on just one King Crimson record, "Starless & Bible Black," that Quatro set seems to skimp. Thing is, this is not the first KC box of its kind. Robert Fripp has done this with almost all the KC releases prior. Good stuff if you've got the time and the money...and a clear head.
XTC-DRUMS AND WIRES 5.1
Drums And Wires is the second in a series of expanded XTC album reissues, including 5.1 Surround mixes, new stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes by Steven Wilson, along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material. Steven Wilson's work on the first in this series, "Nonsuch," was breathtaking and "Drums & Wires" is no different. I highly recommend both of these sets for both sound and content. Talk about bangs for your bucks.
Neil Young's "Storytone" was also released today. Enjoy that.
If anyone wants to read my review of last night's Todd Rundgren performance, it is HERE.