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Purchase log picks, December 2019

[Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030]

Soundtrack, Les Miserables ( Original French Concept Album)

I was never as much a fan of Les Misérables, compared to its contemporaries by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim. The music wasn’t as tuneful as Lloyd Webber or as complex as Sondheim. I did appreciate the production when I saw it in New York City in 1993.

Fast forward 25+ years later, and I happened across a recording of the original French concept album, stashed with the London cast recording. After hearing it in French, the music makes so much more sense. The melodies are fashioned for French, and while the English translation captures the main plot points, it doesn’t flow the way it does in the original language.

I propose future productions of Les Misérables have supertitles in translation but remains sung in French.

Deltron 3030, Deltron 3030

I’ve picked up Del tha Funkee Homosapien’s two Elektra albums this past year, but neither prepared me for the opera that is Deltron 3030.

Band of Susans, Love Agenda

I’m not sure why a world that could accommodate My Bloody Valentine and Ride could not also fit in Band of Susans. Perhaps it’s because they hewed closer to Sonic Youth than to the shoegazers. Love Agenda has the distinction of having Page Hamilton as a full-time member before he left to form Helmet.

Conlon Nancarrow, Complete Studies for Player Piano

In the past two years, I managed to acquire all four volumes of Nancarrow’s Complete Studies for Player Piano on the 1750 Arch label, half of them in the past month. The sheer impossibility of these pieces makes listening to them a joyous occasion. At least one of these studies sound like 8-bit video game effects.

U2, U2-3

This Record Store Day Black Friday reissue captures U2 at its most youthful. Not a hint of the slickness that would become their hallmark can be found on these three early tracks. The deluxe edition of Boy included U2-3 as bonus material.

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Purchase log, 2019-12-10

[Les Miserablés - Original French Concept Album]

I catalog my music purchases on Collectorz and Discogs, but they don’t give me a sense of change over time. So I’m noting them here weekly as well.

New releases

CD
  • ACO, Sing Sing Sing

Catalog

CD
  • Antonio Salieri, Piano Concerto in B-Flat Major / Concerto in C Major for Flute and Oboe (I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone)
  • Band of Susans, Love Agenda
  • Baths, Cerulean
  • Deltron 3030, Deltron 3030
  • Donkey, Slick Night Out
  • Eagles, Hotel California
  • Fleetwood Mac, Tusk
  • Franz Josef Haydn, String Quartets, Op. 71, Nos. 1-3 (Kodály Quartet)
  • Franz Josef Haydn, String Quartets, Op. 76, Nos. 4-6 (Kodály Quartet)
  • Jamila Woods, HEAVN
  • McCoy Tyner, Sahara
  • The Band, Music from Big Pink
  • The Band, The Band
  • Tsuji Ayano, CALENDAR CALENDAR
  • William Grant Still, Oregon Festival of American Music Presents William Grant Still
  • Soundtrack, Les Miserablés (Original London Cast)
  • Soundtrack, Les Miserablés (Original French Concept Album)
Vinyl
  • Big Country, The Crossing
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven!
  • John Coltrane, Om
  • Midnight Oil, Earth and Sun and Moon
  • Missy Elliott, Supa Dupa Fly
  • S’Express, Original Soundtrack
  • The Zombies, Odessey & Oracle
  • Soundtrack, Love, Simon

Reissues

CD
  • Prince, 1999

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Purchase log picks, August 2019

[Rick Springfield - Tao]

My Bloody Valentine, Isn’t Anything

Loveless casts a big enough shadow over My Bloody Valentine’s work that it made me hesitant to explore the remainder of the band’s catalog, lest it fail to live up. That is not the case with Isn’t Anything, and I regret not ordering the remastered vinyl when I picked up Loveless a year ago.

Rick Springfield, Tao

A five-disc bargain box set of Rick Springfield albums got a discount on Amazon Prime Day, and I fully succumbed to FOMO when I bought it. I’ve always liked “Celebrate the Youth”, but it turns out Tao is Springfield’s most ambitious album of his 80s work. If you must own a second Springfield album — the first being Working Class DogTao would be the one.

NUMBER GIRL, Kanden no Kioku

I hate to admit it, but … I’ve listened to the four studio albums of NUMBER GIRL enough times to want more variety from the live albums. Still, NUMBER GIRL is that rare band where their live albums are hotter than their studio work.

Janet Jackson, Control: The Remixes

I didn’t realize how much I prefer the remixed version of “Let’s Wait a While” till I heard it on this reissued compilation. I’m also reminded of how awesome “The Pleasure Principle” is.

Missy Elliott, Da Real World

I’ve read a number of lukewarm reviews for this album, and compared the work preceding and following it, I could see how it might seem not up-to-snuff. But that’s not saying much. It’s still a solid album and light years ahead of The Cookbook.

Re-Flex, The Politics of Dancing (Revised Expanded Edition)

I’m not sure how this album has been relegated to the vinyl dollar bin. It’s damn awesome and ripe for rediscovery.

Band of Susans, The Word and the Flesh

I remember reading about Band of Susans in Pulse! magazine and wondering if I would ever encounter any of their albums out in the wild. It took 30 years, but it happened.

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Purchase log, 2019-08-13

[Solange - When I Get Home]

I catalog my music purchases on Collectorz and Discogs, but they don’t give me a sense of change over time. So I’m noting them here weekly as well.

New Releases

Vinyl
  • Solange, When I Get Home

Catalog

CD
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats (Original London Cast)
  • Band of Susans, Here Comes Success
  • Band of Susans, The Word and the Flesh
  • Band of Susans, Veil
  • Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy
  • RADWIMPS, RADWIMPS 4 ~Okazu no Gohan~
Vinyl
  • John Cage, Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (Maro Ajemian)
  • John Coltrane, My Favorite Things
  • The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Reissues

CD
  • Sigur Rós, Ágætis byrjun (20th Anniversary Edition)

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