254: Vince Guaraldi/We Five, ‘Cast Your Fate to the Wind’

Life can be quirky.
So just cast your fate to the wind.
And don’t sit under ledges where pigeons are roosting.

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085: Randy Newman: ‘I Think It’s Going to Rain Today’ (First Album)

Randy Newman’s first album, “Something New Under the Sun”, was originally released in 1968 with a blue cover and sold numerous dozens of copies. It was such a flop that Warner Brothers announced that anyone who bought it could trade it in for a different album from their catalog. A couple of years later, after he developed a small following, they rereleased it with a brown cover. This time it actually sold several hundred copies. The album was out of print for 15 years, when it was rereleased as a CD in 1985 and remains almost unheard of even today.
I’ll tell you what I think of the album. I think it ranks with “John Wesley Harding”, “Rubber Soul”, “Pet Sounds”, “Eli & the 13th Confession”, “The Band” and “Astral Weeks” as one of the greatest works of art to arise from the ‘rock’ idiom.

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253: Edgar Winter, ‘Rise to Fall’ (Indefensible Mixes)

In which Jeff reveals his deepest guilty-pleasure listening habits.

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079: Miles Davis, ‘So What’ (“Kind of Blue”)

THE masterpiece, universally acknowledged . By rockers, by rappers, by jazzists, by aficionados and cognoscenti, by layfolk and by elevator riders. A monolith of lyric beauty and depth.
It is perfect.

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078: Paul Simon, ‘The Late, Great Johnny Ace’

John Lennon was murdered 36 years ago this week. Paul Simon wrote a song around that event. Even today, my mind gets teary when it lights on John Lennon’s death. He appears in Paul Simon’s song only obliquely, because the song isn’t about John Lennon, and it’s not about Johnny Ace. It’s about Paul Simon, and about you, and about me.

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252: The Beatles, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’

‘Strawberry Fields’ was born of Lennon’s genius. But it was engendered by the miraculous, unique, liberating status of The Beatles.

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251: The Maysles Brothers, “The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit”

“We got a call one day from Granada television in England. They said The Beatles were arriving in two hours in New York at Idlewild Airport. Would we like to make a film of them? I put my hand over the phone and asked my brother ‘Who are The Beatles? Are they any good?'”

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250: Mose Allison, ‘Young Man’s Blues’

They’re dropping like flies — Mose Allison, Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen, Paul Kantner, teenagers dying of old age.
Talkin’ ‘bout my g-g-g-generation.
Carpe diem?
After my nap.

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