January 12th, 2004
|02:56 pm - [music meme]|
Bearing in mind that what's in iTunes is only a tiny fraction of what's on my shelves...
XTC, "Knuckle Down" (English Settlement)
Big Country, "Lost Patrol (live)" ("Wonderland" B-side)
Killing Joke, "Who Told You How?" (What's THIS For…!)
XTC, "The Somnambulist" ("Generals and Majors" B-side)
David Bowie, "Soul Love" (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars)
The Replacements, "Hold My Life" (Tim)
Big Star, "Thirteen" (#1 Record)
David Bowie, "Waterloo Sunset" (Reality "tour edition" bonus track)
The Beatles, "For You Blue" (Let It Be… Naked)
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, "The Can Opener" ("If You Were a Priest" B-side)
Results skewed somewhat by the fact that I haven't MP3'd much of my CD collection yet (no Wire, no Talking Heads, no Ultravox, no Tears For Fears, no King Crimson, no Eno). Still, startling that not a single random-80s tune (out of 272) made it to the Random 10...
...but very funny that the first two entries should be XTC and Big Country: some folks here may remember my stated intent to buy only CDs by those two artists and to stick with cassettes/LPs for everything else. That resolution didn't last. :-)
What do you think of the new Let It Be?
It's not perfect or anything (I'm holding on to my CD of the original release). I'm not sure why they felt the need to re-order the tracks, nor why they tossed out "Maggie Mae" and "Dig It", nor why they put a different guitar solo on "Let It Be" itself. And I miss some of the muttering and comments interspersed between tracks. Grumph grumble grrrr.
But the new track order isn't bad, just different; and I do like the addition of (what I think is just a different, clearer mix of) "Don't Let Me Down". And in particular, it has to be admitted that "Across The Universe" and "The Long And Winding Road" sound enormously better in their Spector-free versions. As far as I'm concerned, those two tracks justify buying the re-release.
Oh, and: the second disc is pretty much useless, but no-one's buying it for that disc anyway.