Jethro Tull - Too Old To Rock ‘N’ Roll: Too Young To Die!
Motorola Stereophonic High Fidelity - Progress In Sound - Magic Moments In Music, 10” promotional disc. From the liner notes: On Side #1, narrator Norman Ross, in a fascinating saga of “Progress in Sound”, guides you through a review of the inventions of the ages to which man has lent his ear. You go from the savage’s primitive tom-tom through early forms of the telegraph and telephone…past the first phonograph and its limited, unnatural tones…until you reach your destination: Sound’s most amazing expression, Stereo High Fidelity, as it has been perfected by Motorola. You’ll chuckle as Ross interviews such sound “experts” as Sir Trafalgar Whitley, Miss Maude Frickert, and B.B. (“Big Biz”) Bindlestiff - all the creations of the famous satirist and zany vocal-effect virtuoso, Jonathan Winters.
The Stooges - Fun House.
Fun House is still my favorite but the new Stooges album, Ready To Die, is pretty great, especially from guys in their mid-sixties.
The Who - Hooligans. In the 1980s MCA Records put out some of the worst quality vinyl ever made by a major label. If you’re looking for old Who records anything with the MCA blue sky rainbow label should be play-tested before purchasing. Despite printing errors on the sleeve and rough edges and intrusive surface noise on the discs, I’ve always been rather fond of this compilation from 1981. That’s why I’ve chosen it to represent The Who today, the 19th of May.
Happy Birthday Pete Townshend!
Styx - Pieces Of Eight.
This is the first rock record I ever bought. ELO, Kansas, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Who, Yes, and The Rolling Stones followed soon after. I can’t really remember how I got from there to Frank Zappa, Soft Machine, Camper Van Beethoven, The Sex Pistols, The Replacements, Lightning Bolt and all bands challenging and alternative in general. But it all started with Styx.
The Replacements - Songs For Slim.
Though I missed out on the super-limited 10” edition, this 12” version is still a lot of fun.