Last Sunday I posted photos of my day’s listening on social media. It was an odd experience; noticing how my choices were influenced by an awareness of that sharing. The variety of delivery methods was pure theatre (and fun).
Here are the pictures.
Terje Rypdal & The Chasers — Blue [ECM 1987]
Excellent album from the delicately piercing Norwegian jazz guitarist.
Steve Hackett — Voyage of the Acolyte [Charisma 1975]
First solo outing for the Genesis guitarist. Lovely progressive rock LP.
Brand X — Is there anything about? [Vertigo, 1982]
Funky fusion from Britain’s Brand X (with Phil Collins on drums). This later LP isn’t as exciting as the early material, but still most enjoyable.
Passport — Second Passport [Atlantic 1972, Japanese 'facsimile' CD re-issue 2006]
Brief outing to get essential oils (petrol, milk and black PVC, if you must know), accompanied by Klaus Doldinger’s progressive jazz-rock group. ‘Up’ music.
Marvin Gaye — What's Going On? [Tamla 1971, re-issue 2007]
I know there is no question mark on the cover, but I can’t help myself. And it remains a damn relevant question.
Eberhard Schoener — Meditation [Ariola 1974]
Minimal ambient music from the German composer/arranger/musician. I meditated to it. Not snoozing, meditating, OK?
Kraftwerk — The Mix [EMI cassette, 1991]
Revitalised after an effective meditation session, I dusted off the cassette deck. Some unexpected wowing leads me to suspect it needs new belts. Fascinating remix of Kraftwerk by Kraftwerk that fortunately resides in the CD shelves as well.
Mahavishnu Orchestra — Between Nothingness & Eternity [CBS 1973]
What a great album. What an incredible group: John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman and Rick Laird.
Tool — Fear Inoculum [RCA 2019, CD has a built-in video screen for the visual content]
Quick (as in brief rather than rapid) exercise walk between rain showers. I’ve struggled with Tool’s earlier releases, but this one is exceptional. Dense, complex, engrossing and a phenomenal CD package. (For those interested, I wrote about it for Discrepancy Records here
VARIOUS — Forbidden Planets: Music from the Pioneers of Electronic Sound [Chrome Dreams, 2009]
Fascinating and educational 2-CD collection of early/innovative electronic music. Has both kinds: weird and wonderful.
If you are listening as you read this, share what is in your ears…