Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The platters that matter (2)

The good people at Yarraville records were having a sale the other day, on account of their closing down and moving to Smith Street, Collingwood. Everything was $2. I bought as much as I could carry.

As a consequence I am now very well sorted for 1970's yacht rock, thank you very much.

Here's the list for you mockery and consideration. Tasting notes included.

Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy (Werewolves of London. Hot. But you also get Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner which sounds to me, like the best song Nick Cave never wrote).
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - Stranger in town (lush beard on cover, Hollywood Nights etc)
Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees (Lido, wo, oh, oh, oh.)
Ian Dury and the Blockheads - New Boots and Panties (borowed this once from a prominent member of Ships and Thieves and liked it).
America - History (cos there aint no-one for to give you no pain.)
The Doobie Brithers - Best of the Doobies (Tedium has already made his feelings more than clear about these guys).
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - Against the Wind (wild silver horses on cover. Contender for if I ever wish a mural for my favourite new panel van.)
Bachman Turner Overdrive - Head On (more lush beards from Canada's finest.)
Commodores - Natural High - (for those soft and sexy times when you want to get soft and sexy for 20 mins and then stop to turn the record over).
The Cars - Greatest Hits (have this on CD but, shit, man! $2? Why not?)
Eurhythmics - Be Yourself Tonight (for Missus Silky)
Eurhythmics - Revenge (study aid for Crafty's next cover)
Hoodoo Gurus - Blow Your Cool (happy to snap this up for less than the price of a cappucino)
Al Stewart - Year of the Cat (predilection previously noted).
J Geils Band - Freeze Frame (what was I on about before? I don't even drink cappucinos).
The Faces - A nod is as good as a wink (see comment re. The Cars)
Allman Brothers Band - Reach for the sky (picked this up at the end when I was starting to get flagrant. Should have looked closer to see this was late-period material and recorded after the death of one of the said brothers.)
Willie Nelson - Always (Willie sings the classics. Note, not the Bon Jovi "Always".).
Jackson Browne - Running on Empty (because I am turning into my dad).
Kris Kristofferson - Songs of Kris Kristofferson (my favourite so far. This is just awesome More beardiness again but more rugged than lush this time).
The Beatles - Abbey Road (have it on CD etc.)
Wings - Band on the Run - (Surely the most frequently onsold album in the history of second hand record stores)
Neil Diamond - Hot August Night - (see above.)
John Cougar - The Kid Inside (early material. Bought this cos it looked nice, actually a Jem records reissue).
Hall and Oates - H20 (watch out boys, she'll chew you up!)
ELO - A New World Record (I love ELO. Nobody else seems to).
Supertramp - Breakfast in America (see above).
Roxy Music - Stranded (hot chick posed provocatively on cover. Who woulda thunk it?)
Paul Simon - One Trick Pony (because of the red baseball cap and because Late in the Evening is probably my favourite uncool song of all time).
Huey Lewis and the News - Sports (mostly becasue of American Psycho)
Traffic - The Low Spark of High-heeled Boys - (starting to wonder if the plural of Cappucino is not cappucini?)
Elton John - Greatest Hits (bit lame but it has Rocket Man on it and also Goodbye Yellow Brick Road)
It seems like I bought a lot, you say? Where did I draw the liine? The line was drawn with Roger Daltrey's oft-discussed Ride A Rock Horse which, for the second time in the history of this blog, I held long in my hands but could not bring myself to actually purchase.

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Blogger Unrelenting Tedium said...

First, that is quite a haul. Second, where was the "Yo Squid Ink" to let the dudes know there was an opportunity to fills their boots?

My thoughts are:

1) As I have couselled Paddy in the past, do not under-estimate Dickie Betts.

2) I have been trying to convice Paddy for years that the first 4 songs on Blow Your Cool form the greatest programmatic song cycle in the history of western music.

3) I too Like ELO. Not sure how Paddy feels.

4) Sports is a fine fine purchase.

5) Daltrey!

24/2/09 13:38  
Blogger silky-D said...

Well, to make matters worse (for you), I did pass this info on to Crafty, who I saw out in the hood later that afternoon. Not sure if he picked over my leavings or not and am guessing you will not ever find the answer to that question here on this blog.

re. Betts, I feel you, but Duane died in 1971 and we are talking 80s Allmans here.

Listening to Sports now. Closed front door out of slight embarrassment upon witnessing neighbour in front garden.

On another matter, I am no expert on J. Geils but who did this man have to sleep with to get the band named after himself?

I am looking at the album cover for their big hit record (the one that has Freeze Frame and Centrefold on it). There are nine songs and every one of them is co-written by the singer (Peter Wolf) and the keyboard guy (Seth Justman). Seth also gets the main producer's credit and is credited as "arranger".

J. Geils.... plays guitar.

Even if you were going to just randomly select somebody's name to stick on the band I still wouldn't go for J. Not when there is a sax player in the combo who goes by the name of Magic Dick.

I am starting to suspect these may not even be their real names.

Do any of the countless millions who read this blog remember the classic Lester Bangs piece: My Night of ecstasy with the J. Geils Band? (or something similar).

Pure gold.

24/2/09 14:11  
Blogger Kiwi Pie said...

Interesting fact - The chemicals involved in producing those records made up 97% of Columbia's GNP from '71 - '86.

28/4/09 08:27  

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