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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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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093: Leon Russell, ‘A Song for You’

RIP, Leon. A song for you up there.
Leon Russell’s first album is one of the most evocative of the late 60s, rock’s Medici Florence. I recently discovered an eye-, ear- and mind-boggling trio of 1971 videos – ‘Delta Lady’, a ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ that pales the original, and The Perfect Love Song, ‘A Song For You’.

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