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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984)

The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking is a 1984 concept album and the first solo album by English musician Roger Waters. The album was certified gold in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America in April 1995. The concept, as envisioned by Waters in 1977, rotates around a man's thinking during a midlife crisis and how he dreams of committing adultery (among facing other fears and other things), all taking place in real time from the early morning hours of 04:30:18 AM to 05:12 AM. In 1978, Waters played music demos of this album and parts of another album he was preparing titled The Wall to the rest of his bandmates in Pink Floyd, who (after a long debate) decided that they preferred The Wall instead, even though their manager at the time, Steve O'Rourke, thought that Pros and Cons was a better-sounding concept.The Wall became the next Pink Floyd album, and in 1983, following his split from the band, Waters undertook the shelved Pros and Cons project himself. The album was recorded in three different studios between February and December 1983 in London, the Olympic Studios, Eel Pie Studios and in Waters' own Billiard Room, the studio where his demos were constructed. Several people appeared on the album, including musical conductor Michael Kamen, the vocal talents of actor Jack Palance, saxophonist David Sanborn and rock and blues guitarist Eric Clapton. - Wikipedia 

Roger Waters – Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals 
Eric Clapton – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, Roland Guitar Synthesizer 
Ray Cooper – Percussion 
Andy Newmark – Drums, Percussion 
David Sanborn – Saxophone 
Michael Kamen – Piano 
Andy Bown – Hammond Organ, 12-String Guitar 
Madeline Bell, Katie Kissoon, Doreen Chanter – Backing Vocals 

1. 4:30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad) (3:12)
2. 4:33 AM (Running Shoes) (4:08)
3. 4:37 AM (Arabs with Knives and West German Skies) (2:17)
4. 4:39 AM (For the First Time Today, Part 2) (2:02)
5. 4:41 AM (Sexual Revolution) (4:49)
6. 4:47 AM (The Remains of Our Love) (3:09)
7. 4:50 AM (Go Fishing) (6:59)
8. 4:56 AM (For the First Time Today, Part I) (1:38)
9. 4:58 AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin) (3:03)
10. 5:01 AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Part X) (4:36)
11. 5:06 AM (Every Stranger's Eyes) (4:48)
12. 5:11 AM (The Moment of Clarity) (1:28)

The Beatles - White Album (1968)

The Beatles is the ninth official album by the English rock group The Beatles, a double album released in 1968. It is commonly known as the "White Album" as it has no graphics or text other than the band's name (and, on the early LP and CD releases, a serial number) on its plain white sleeve. The album was the first that The Beatles undertook following the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, and the first released by their own record label, Apple. The album's original title, A Doll's House, was changed when the British progressive rock band Family released the similarly titled Music in a Doll's House earlier that year. It has sold over 30 million copies world-wide. The Beatles was written and recorded during a period of turmoil for the group, after visiting the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India and having a particularly productive songwriting session in early 1968. The group returned to the studio for recording from May to October 1968, only to have conflict and dissent drive the group members apart. Drummer Ringo Starr quit the band for a brief time, leaving Paul McCartney to perform drums on some of the album's songs. - Wikipedia

George Harrison – Lead, Harmony and Background Vocals; Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Bass Guitar; Hammond Organ; Drums
John Lennon – Lead, Harmony and Background Vocals; Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Bass Guitar; PianosHammond Organ, Harmonium, Mellotron; Drums, Harmonica, Saxophone 
Paul McCartney – Lead, Harmony and Background Vocals; Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Bass Guitar; Pianos; Hammond Organ; Timpani; Tambourine; Drums 
Ringo Starr – Drums and Percussion; Electric Piano, Backing Vocals

1. Back in the U.S.S.R. (2:43)
2. Dear Prudence (3:56)
3. Glass Onion (2:17)
4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (3:08)
5. Wild Honey Pie (1:01)
6. The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill (3:14)
7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (4:45)
8. Happiness Is a Warm Gun (2:43)
9. Martha My Dear (2:28)
10. I'm So Tired (2:03)
11. Blackbird (2:18)
12. Piggies (2:04)
13. Rocky Raccoon (3:41)
14. Don't Pass Me By (3:42)
15. Why Don't We Do It in the Road? (1:41)
16. I Will (1:46)
17. Julia (2:54)
18. Birthday (2:42)
19. Yer Blues (4:01)
20. Mother Nature's Son (2:48)
21. Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey (2:24)
22. Sexy Sadie    (3:15)
23. Helter Skelter (4:29)
24. Long, Long, Long (3:04)
25. Revolution I    (4:15)
26. Honey Pie (2:41)
27. Savoy Truffle (2:54)
28. Cry Baby Cry (3:11)
29. Revolution IX (8:22)
30. Good Night (3:11)

The Soft Machine - The Soft Machine (1968)

The Soft Machine, as reissue also titled "Volume One", is the debut album by the British psychedelic rock band Soft Machine, one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene. The band, founded in 1966, recorded and released this studio album during their 1968 tour of the USA. Wikipedia
  
Robert Wyatt – Drums, Lead Vocals 
Mike Ratledge – Organ, Piano 
Kevin Ayers – Bass, Lead Vocals, Piano
Hugh Hopper – Bass
The Cake – Backing Vocals

1. Hope for Happiness (4:21)
2. Joy of a Toy (2:49)
3. Hope for Happiness (1:38)
4. Why Am I So Short? (1:39)
5. So Boot If at All (7:25)
6. A Certain Kind (4:11)
7. Save Yourself (2:26)
8. Priscilla (1:03)
9. Lullabye Letter (4:32)
10. We Did It Again (3:46)
11. Plus Belle qu'une Poubelle (1:03)
12. Why Are We Sleeping? (5:30)
13. Box 25/4 Lid (0:49)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

David Gilmour - On an Island (2006)

On an Island is the third solo album by David Gilmour, best known as a lead vocalist and guitarist for Pink Floyd. Notable appearances include Robert Wyatt, Jools Holland, Georgie Fame, David Crosby and Graham Nash, as well as Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright and a member of an early incarnation of Pink Floyd, Bob Klose. Guy Pratt, who has done studio work and toured with Pink Floyd, also appears. Chris Thomas and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera assisted with production. Much of the album was recorded in Gilmour's private studio aboard his houseboat Astoria. - Wikipedia

David Gilmour - Guitars, Vocals, Cümbüş, Alto Saxophone on "Red Sky at Night" 
Richard Wright - Piano, Organ, Vocals 
Phil Manzanera - Guitars, Vocals
Guy Pratt - Bass Guitar, Vocals 
Jon Carin - Keyboards, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar 
Dick Parry - Tenor and Baritone Saxophones, Keyboards 
Steve DiStanislao - Drums, Percussion, Vocals

1. Castellorizon (3:54)
2. On an Island (6:47)
3. The Blue (5:26)
4. Take a Breath (5:46)
5. Red Sky at Night (2:51)
6. This Heaven (4:24)
7. Then I Close My Eyes (5:26)
8. Smile (4:03)
9. A Pocketful of Stones ( 6:17)
10. Where We Start (6:45)

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (1975)

Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released in September 1975. Inspired by material they composed while performing across Europe, it was recorded over numerous sessions at London's Abbey Road Studios. The album explores themes of absence, the music business, and former band-mate Syd Barrett's mental decline. Early sessions were a difficult and arduous process but it was Roger Waters' idea to split the centrepiece track "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" in two, and join each half with three new compositions. "Shine On" was a tribute to Barrett, who, coincidentally, made an impromptu visit to the studio while it was being recorded. The band failed initially to recognise Barrett, who had gained weight and changed in appearance. Wish You Were Here is the second Pink Floyd album to use a conceptual theme written entirely by Waters, and echoes his feeling at the time that the camaraderie that had served the band previously, was largely absent. The album begins with an eight minute thirty seconds instrumental preamble, before segueing into the lyrics for "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". "Shine On" is a tribute to former band member Syd Barrett, whose drug-induced breakdown had forced him to leave the band several years before. Barrett is fondly recalled with lines such as "Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun" and "You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon".The album is also a critique of the music business; "Shine On" fades seamlessly into "Welcome to the Machine", which begins with the opening of a door—described by Waters as a symbol of musical discovery and progress betrayed by a music industry more interested in greed and success. The song ends with sounds from a party, epitomising "the lack of contact and real feelings between people". Similarly, "Have a Cigar" scorns record industry "fatcats", its lyrics containing well-used clichés such as "can hardly count", "they call it riding the gravy train", and "by the way, which one's Pink?"—a question actually asked of the band on at least one occasion. "Wish You Were Here" contains lyrics which relate not only to Barrett's condition, but also to the dichotomy of Waters' character, as an idealist, and a domineering personality. The album closes with a reprise of "Shine On", and further instrumental excursions. - Wikipedia
  
David Gilmour – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, 
Roger Waters – Vocals, Bass Guitar, Guitar,  
Richard Wright – Keyboards, Background Vocals 
Nick Mason – Drums, Percussion

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I–V) (13:38)
2. Welcome to the Machine (7:30)
3. Have a Cigar (5:24)
4. Wish You Were Here (5:17)
5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI–IX) (12:29)

God Is an Astronaut - The End of the Beginning (2002)

The End of the Beginning is the first studio album by Irish post-rock band God Is an Astronaut.
Its name is most likely from a famous quote by British war-leader and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in a speech about the Second Battle of El Alamein: "Now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." - Wikipedia

Torsten Kinsella - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Niels Kinsella - Bass, Guitars, Visuals
Lloyd Hanney - Drums, Synthesiser
Jamie Dean - keyboards, Synthesiser

1. The End of the Beginning (4:15)
2. From Dust to the Beyond (5:17)
3. Ascend to Oblivion (5:00)
4. Coda (5:04)
5. Remembrance (4:20)
6. Point Pleasant (5:03)
7. Fall from the Stars (4:27)
8. Twilight (5:03)
9. Coma (1:16)
10. Route 666 (4:34)
11. Lost Symphony (5:16)

ISIS - Panopticon (2004)

Panopticon is the third full-length album by Los Angeles, California, USA-based post-metal band Isis, released on October 19, 2004 by Ipecac Recordings. The album's title derives from philosopher Jeremy Bentham'spanopticon prison ideal and philosopher/historian Michel Foucault's later allegorical appropriation of the concept. The liner notes also include quotes from technology writer Howard Rheingold and futurist Alex Steffen. The album artwork shows an almost isometric aerial photograph of South San Francisco and San Bruno, California (to the north and west of San Francisco International Airport), reinforcing the notion of "being watched", or omniscience. This reintroduces the tower theme of past releases through convention; the center of the circular panopticon was designed either for a lone guard or a central tower, with which the surrounding cells/rooms/etc. are governed. The tower links to a major theme of Celestial, which also links to a female character (as featured in the story of Oceanic). Note, however, that the themes and their connections are merely conjecture, and are open to interpretation. - Wikipedia

Jeff Caxide – Bass Guitar
Aaron Harris – Drums
Michael Gallagher – Guitar
Bryant Clifford Meyer – Electronics and Guitar
Aaron Turner – Vocals, Guitar

1. So Did We (7:31)
2. Backlit (7:43)
3. In Fiction (8:58)
4. Wills Dissolve (6:47)
5. Syndic Calls (9:39)
6. Altered Course (9:58)
7. Grinning Mouths (8:27)

The Sound of Animals Fighting - The Ocean and the Sun (2008)

The Ocean and the Sun is the third and final album by experimental rock band, The Sound of Animals Fighting. The album features only the four core members that had appeared on both the first and second albums: the Nightingale, the Walrus, the Lynx, and The Skunk. The first song, Intro, is the Persian translation of the English poem "In The Desert" by Stephen Crane. The original (English) version of this poem is printed on the inside jacket of the album. It is also read in English on the eleventh track. The title of the final track, On the Occasion of Wet Snow, is the title of the second section of Fyodor Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground. The title of the seventh track, The Heraldic Beak of the Manufacturer's Medallion, is taken from J. G. Ballard's Crash. Vocal credits include Embree making his first vocal appearance on Blessings Be Yours Mister V and Green returning for the title track, Another Leather Lung, and The Heraldic Beak of the Manufacturer's Medallion, and Balling returning on I, the Swan, Cellophane, and On the Occasion of Wet Snow; The Wolf aka Matthew Kelly, rounds out the credits with an appearance on On the Occasion of Wet Snow. Other vocalists include Jessica McWhirter on On the Occasion of Wet Snow, and Lauren Coleman on Uzbekistan and spoken word on the title track. Charlene Rogers (also on spoken word duty on Lover) appears on spoken word duty on Ahab. - Wikipedia

Rich Balling - Vocals,
Matthew Embree - Guitar, Bass, Vocals, 
Christopher Tsagakis - Drums 
Anthony Green - Vocals

1. Intro (0:31)
2. The Ocean and the Sun (5:38)
3. I, the Swan (4:13)
 4. Another Leather Lung (5:14)
5. Lude (1:59)
6. Cellophane (4:58)
7. The Heraldic Beak of the Manufacturer's Medallion (5:39)
8. Chinese New Year (1:06)
9. Uzbekistan (7:27)
10. Blessings Be Yours Mister V (6:37)
11. Ahab (1:00)
12. On the Occasion of Wet Snow (7:18)

The Dead Weather - Horehound (2009)

Horehound is the debut studio album by American rock band The Dead Weather. The third single from the album was set to be "I Cut Like A Buffalo" and includes a cover of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band's "A Child of a Few Hours is Burning to Death" as a B-side. - Wikipedia

Alison Mosshart – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Percussion
Jack White – Drums, Vocals, Guitar
Dean Fertita – Lead Guitar, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, Bass
Jack Lawrence – Bass, Guitar, Drums, Backing Vocals

1. 60 Feet Tall (5:33)
2. Hang You from the Heavens (3:39)
3. I Cut Like a Buffalo (3:28)
4. So Far from Your Weapon (3:40)
5. Treat Me Like Your Mother (4:10)
6. Rocking Horse (2:59)
7. New Pony (3:58)
8. Bone House (3:27)
9. 3 Birds (3:45)
10. No Hassle Night (2:56)
11. Will There Be Enough Water? (6:20)

Ayreon - The Human Equation (2004)

The Human Equation is the sixth album by Arjen Anthony Lucassen, released under the name Ayreon. It was released on May 25, 2004. As with other Ayreon albums, it features guest appearances from several musicians previously unrelated to the project, including James LaBrie of Dream Theater, Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, Eric Clayton of Saviour Machine, and Devin Townsend, performing music arranged and written by Lucassen. The album explores the idea of psychological rebirth, and follows the story of a man who, after falling into a coma following a car accident, is confronted with his past, his emotions, and his current situation as he lays trapped inside his own mind. The circumstances surrounding the accident are mysterious, as the man ("Me", portrayed by James LaBrie) ploughed into a tree on a deserted road in broad daylight. Following this, he slips into a twenty-day coma, with each day represented by a single song. Each song follows a slightly different format, though there are major common themes, such as the presence of Me's manifest emotions in his dream world (including Fear portrayed by Mikael Akerfeldt, Reason portrayed by Eric Clayton, and Pride portrayed by Magnus Ekwall); the presence of Me's Wife (Marcela Bovio) and Best Friend (Arjen Anthony Lucassen) at his bedside; and the past events that Me is forced to reflect on. - Wikipedia

James LaBrie as Me 
Mikael Akerfeldt as Fear 
Eric Clayton as Reason 
Heather Findlay as Love 
Irene Jansen as Passion 
Magnus Ekwall as Pride 
Devon Graves as Agony 
Marcela Bovio  as Wife 
Mike Baker as Father 
Arjen Lucassen as Best Friend 
Devin Townsend as Rage 
Peter Daltrey as Forever  

Arjen Lucassen - Guitars, Bass Guitars, Mandolin, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Hammond 
Ed Warby - Drums and Percussion 
Robert Baba - Violins 
Marieke van den Broek - Cellos
John McManus - Flute 
Jeroen Goossens - Flute 
Joost van den Broek - Synthesizer 
Martin Orford - Synthesize 
Ken Hensley - Hammon 
Oliver Wakeman - Synthesizer

1. Day One: Vigil (1:33)
2. Day Two: Isolation (8:42)
3. Day Three: Pain (4:58)
4. Day Four: Mystery (5:37)
5. Day Five: Voices (7:09)
6. Day Six: Childhood (5:05)
7. Day Seven: Hope (2:47)
8. Day Eight: School (4:22)
9. Day Nine: Playground (2:15)
10. Day Ten: Memories (3:57)
11. Day Eleven: Love (4:18)
12. Day Twelve: Trauma (9:00)
13. Day Thirteen: Sign (4:47)
14. Day Fourteen: Pride (4:42)
15. Day Fifteen: Betrayal (5:24)
16. Day Sixteen: Loser (4:46)
17. Day Seventeen: Accident? (5:42)
18. Day Eighteen: Realization (4:31)
19. Day Nineteen: Disclosure (4:42)
20. Day Twenty: Confrontation (7:03)

El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Cryptomnesia (2009)

Cryptomnesia is the debut studio album by El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez, released on May 5, 2009. The album is the first of three albums recorded by the band, and is Rodriguez-Lopez' eleventh solo record overall. - Wikipedia

Omar Rodriguez Lopez – Guitars, Keys 
Zach Hill – Drums 
Cedric Bixler Zavala – Vocals 
Juan Alderete – Bass 
Jonathan Hischke – Synth Bass

1. Tuberculoids (4:27)
2. Half Kleptos (3:09)
3. Cryptomnesia (6:02)
4. They're Coming to Get You, Barbara (4:08)
5. Puny Humans (2:31)
6. Shake Is for 8th Graders (2:12)
7. Noir (3:44)
8. Paper Cunts (2:51)
9. Elderly Pair Beaten with Hammer (2:03)
10. Warren Oates (4:55)
11. Fuck Your Mouth (0:23)