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****************************************************************** GROANIN MITCHELL'S ROCK AND ROLL BBS NEWSLETTER ***************************************************************** Volume 2, Issue 8 September 17, 1990 ------------------------- ALBUM REVIEWS ================= ****************************************************************** Welcome back to the Rock and Roll Newsletter Album Reviews. If you'd care to look over the reviews for August, I've zipped 'em up and put them in the IBM Textfiles directory. The name of the file is ALBUM_2.ZIP. As well you'll find ALBUM_1.ZIP, which contains the reviews from April to mid July. Anyway, on with the stuff for this week... ***************************************************************** CURRENT ALBUM ================= This week I'm going to try something different. In the past two weeks, quite a few new albums have been released. Instead of a review on just one album, I'm going to summarize five or six of new ones. Just a couple of lines each..Why not, eh!! Anyway..hope you like it.. Bob Dylan Under The Red Sky Great new stuff from Bob. This material is tougher and more electric than anything he's done in a long time. One song, "Unbelievable" is a chunky shuffle that Dylan sings with a gritty rasp. He even keeps his harp solo down to eight bars!! Bye the way, word has it that he has a clause in his live contract that prohibits anyone from looking him in the eye. Really.... Joe Walsh The former Eagle guitarist has a new album coming out. No word on the tunes yet, but check out his bands line-up. John Entwhistle form The Who, Skunk Baxter from Steely Dan and Keith Emerson from E.L.P. Unbelievable!!! Joe never ceases to amaze me..There goes the neighbourhood.. Ginger Baker Middle passage Yes, Ginger Baker is still alive. The former drummer with "Cream" has been living in Nigeria for the last few years. He's got a sixteen track studio where he's been experimenting with jazz and African rythyms. The tunes are all very deep in meaning, and the style varies from instrumental to reggae to jazz. Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughan Family Style This is the last major session work Stevie Ray did before his death. In tandem with his brother Jimmy, he put together a soulful, bluesish album. Well, it's a good legacy. The song "Tick Tock" is almost a hippie tune. It reeks of The Temptations and early 70's soul music. It sounds like Van Morrison would've felt comfortable with it.. Neil Young Neil has a another new piece of work for our benefit. As usual he keeps us wondering what style he'll be playing on the next record. On this release, he shows us his raunchy side. It's a rock album, no question!! "Mansion On The Hill" is typical Neil Young. Strong, chunky rythym guitar and a floating melody. Ian Thomas New Age Once again the Prince of Pop has forced us to listen to his voice once more!! How can a guy with such a bizarre sense of humour write such great songs. His tunes have been recorded by Santana and Chicago. This latest release is more of the same brilliant songwriting. I heard that if you play it backwards, you can hear old jokes in an annoying voice!! ****************************************************************** CLASSIC ALBUM ================= KATE BUSH +++++++++++++ HOUNDS OF LOVE ++++++++++++++++++ The spirit of the Classic album review has been, up till now to pick an album from the late sixties or anywhere in the seventies. I'm going to make an exception because I believe "Hounds of Love" truly deserves to be considered a classic. It was written and produced entirely by Kate Bush in 1985. It's a beautiful, haunting L.P. that seems almost mystical and medieval. I was never a big fan of Kate's, but this album changed me over totally. She makes use of unique instruments such as balalaika, cello, dijeridu, bouzouki, double bass and various wind pipes and whistles. She combines these with such modern devices as fairlight computer and Linn electronic drums. Her songs range from soft comforting ballads to eerie fairy tale scenes. Lyrically she is as strong on this album as any artist I've ever heard. One song called "Under Ice" is the tale of a little girl skating on a frozen river imagining that something's is trapped below, only to find her imagination has placed her beneath the ice. It is one of the spookiest songs I have ever heard. The single "Running Up That Hill" tells of Kate's attempt to make a pact with God to change places. "Mother Stands For Comfort" is a unforgettable tribute to the comfort that ever Mother gives to her children. "And Dream of Sheep" is one of the prettiest, most soulful ballads around. The whistles at the end will give you goosebumps!! "Cloudbusting" is the true classic on the album. It's beautifully portrayed with airy bells and powerful strings, real and synthesized. It's a fantasy about a land named "Organon" where a young girl's father makes a machine that will mystically induce the clouds to rain. The video that features Donald Sutherland was more a mini play than a music video. Kate Bush takes us back to her childhood in this album. It's a place of dreams, fantastic characters and beautiful imagery. Even looking at a picture of Kate, you can imagine a little girl hiding inside the guise of a faery princess. This L.P. is an absolute must for everyone to at least listen through once. It's captivating and capturing, real and yet unreal. It's fantasy but also recognizes the reality of imagination in all of us... Not a word of a lie... Note: I looked up Dijeridu in my dictionary and couldn't find it, maybe someone could find out what the heck it is for me. More Notes: Try whistling some of the eerier melodies to a cat. They go positively snaky!! : Try listening with headphones!! ****************************************************************** See ya for now. I hope you dug the reviews. These two albums are both excellent. See if you can grab hold of a copy of either. Remember, call back each week and see what the heck is new here.. See ya next week... Rock Star... X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X Another file downloaded from: The NIRVANAnet(tm) Seven & the Temple of the Screaming Electron Taipan Enigma 510/935-5845 Burn This Flag Zardoz 408/363-9766 realitycheck Poindexter Fortran 510/527-1662 Lies Unlimited Mick Freen 801/278-2699 The New Dork Sublime Biffnix 415/864-DORK The Shrine Rif Raf 206/794-6674 Planet Mirth Simon Jester 510/786-6560 "Raw Data for Raw Nerves" X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X


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