NWR The "What are we listening to?" Thread

Likewise. Was hoping for a drop today, also to include the Zappa 88 last US show, but no luck. Maybe tomorrow. Could do with cheering up...got literally soaked, trapped nerve really bad and pulled my calf muscle...and the guy who's supposed to be calling me at 3pm has been silent.
A good result in tonight's match might be suitable recompense.
 
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Wire PF456 Deluxe arrived today and it is an excellent quality presentation. Still to listen to the vinyl but very impressed with the book and is well worth the money. I'm slightly tempted to get another and keep it sealed to sell in 5/10 years time.
Only managed to listen to record 1 before the children and grandchildren arrived for Father's Day. And a very fine recording it is too. "Comet" is probably my favourite track this week. It starts at a blistering pace (I suppose no-one has seen a comet taking off anyway ;) ) with Grey/Gotobed on top drumming form, minmal lyrics, and then ends with a sudden stop. I've always loved "Comet" but this version takes it to another level. Can't wait to hear the rest.
 
Zappa 88 is a delight. If you like Zappa. Very well recorded (2x synchronised 24 tracks) and the playing is so well rehearsed and executed, very tight. Total mastery of the songs, usual cynicism and sarcasm. I've played nothing else (bar iPod in the car) since it arrived. Lots of interesting stuff here...Beatles medleys, Stairway to Heaven, Bolero etc and some very cool Zappa solos.
 
Still listening to plenty of contemporary and 20th century British composers. Today, the 1st symphony by Cyril Rootham, the cello concerto by E J Moeran and the 5th symphony by William Alwyn. All quite splendid. I wish our orchestras would play this music more often.

Earlier in the week, I listened to two giants of the keyboard. First a disc of a live performance by John Ogdon, recorded live in Ludwigsburg in 1967. Ogdon plays Bach's Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor; Beethoven's 29th sonata; and Chopin's 12 Études. Quite wonderful. The disc took some tracking down. It's only available from the record label - melo - and they sent it from Thailand!
I'm also listening to Daniel Barenboim's first recordings of Beethoven's complete cycle of piano sonatas. A wonderful experience.
 
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I have been listening to a lot of Jethro Tull recently. I think it might have something to do with the Summer Solstice or the inner Druid in me. I think they are under-rated. This is their magnum opus, Aqualung:

 
I have been listening to a lot of Jethro Tull recently. I think it might have something to do with the Summer Solstice or the inner Druid in me. I think they are under-rated. This is their magnum opus, Aqualung:

Druids are under rated but Tull were massive in their day, especially in America. A good smattering turns up on my iPod in the car and unlike some stuff, it never gets skipped. Aqualung is a great album, though I rate Minstrel it’s equal.
 
Listening to Johnnie Walker's SOTS on catchup whilst bike riding this morning and he was playing songs to get everyone in the mood for the Euro finals that were at that stage still to come.
I must confess Canned Heat's Let's work together never fails to work wonders for my mood.
This link is the only one I could find of the original single with decent audio.....honest!
 
Earlier in the week, I listened to two giants of the keyboard. First a disc of a live performance by John Ogdon, recorded live in Ludwigsburg in 1967. Ogdon plays Bach's Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor; Beethoven's 29th sonata; and Chopin's 12 Études. Quite wonderful. The disc took some tracking down. It's only available from the record label - melo - and they sent it from Thailand!
What an extraordinary programme, and from when his playing was at its very best. Harrison Birtwistle (apologies for name dropping) told me 'Ogdon was the only genius I ever met'....
 
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