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Purchase log, 2021-09-21

[Dawn Upshaw - Knoxville: Summer of 1915]

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
  • Jeremy Denk, Mozart Concertos
  • MONO, Pilgrimage of the Soul

Catalog

CD
  • Emmylou Harris, Duets
  • Emmylou Harris, Profile
  • Emmylou Harris, Profile II
  • Imagine Dragons, Night Vision
  • Johnny Cash, Unchained
  • Joshua Bell, Romance of the Violin
  • Kesha, Warrior
  • Lady Gaga, Born This Way
  • Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg / Sergio and Odair Assad, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg / Sergio and Odair Assad
  • Ne-Yo, Year of the Gentleman
  • Sam Hunt, Montevallo
  • Suzanne Ciani, The Velocity of Love
Vinyl
  • Dawn Upshaw, Knoxville: Summer of 1915

Reissues

CD
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar (Deluxe Edition)
  • Metallica, Metallica (Deluxe Edition)
Vinyl
  • Guided By Voices, Isolation Drills

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Purchase log, 2021-09-07

[Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers - Ramble in Music City]

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
  • Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers, Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert
Vinyl
  • Deafheaven, Infinite Granite
  • Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers, Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert

Catalog

CD
  • Sister Sledge, We Are Family
  • The Rolling Stones, Some Girls
  • Tim McGraw, Live Like You Were Dying

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Looking ahead, July-September 2021

[Art of Noise - Noise in the City]

The Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin Companion, July 21

The vinyl version of this early promotional compilation was released as part of Record Store Day Drops in June 2021.

Drive-By Truckers, Plan 9 Records, July 13, 2006, Aug. 6

This live set is a scorcher. The full performance was released as part of Record Store Day Black Friday 2020.

Art of Noise, Noise in the City: Live in Tokyo 1986, Aug. 13

When the Art of Noise visited Japan in 2017 for a series of concerts, they discovered a concert from 1986 had been recorded for a radio broadcast. That concert is getting a limited release on vinyl and CD.

Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers, Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert, Sept. 3

Unlike the shows recorded at the Ryman Auditorium, the set list for this lost concert consists mostly of Emmylou Harris’ long time hits.

Metallica, Metallica (Deluxe Edition), Sept. 10

For the longest time, the self-titled Metallica album was the only Metallica album I owned. While I have filled out my collection with the albums leading up to the black album, I have nothing beyond S&M.

Jeremy Denk, Mozart: Piano Concertos, Sept. 17

Sure, I’ll listen to Denk perform the K. 482, i.e. Concerto No. 22 in D Minor.

Sugababes, One Love (Deluxe Edition), Oct. 1

I’m not sure if the album on the whole is really that great, but “Overload” is one of the finest singles to come out of the early 2000s.

Vinyl

Enigma, MCMXC a.D., June 23

If you missed out on the colored vinyl reissues from 2018, Universal Music Germany is repressing this album and 7 others, remastered audio and all.

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Purchase log, 2021-03-16

[Utada Hikaru - One Last Kiss EP]

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
  • Utada Hikaru, One Last Kiss EP
Vinyl
  • Utada Hikaru, One Last Kiss EP

Catalog

CD
  • Bobby Brown, Don’t Be Cruel
  • Natalie Merchant, Ophelia
  • S’Express, Original Soundtrack
  • Talking Heads, Talking Heads ’77
  • The Alarm, Eye of the Hurricane
  • Whitney Houston, Whitney
  • Yes, 90125
  • Zero 7, Simple Things
Vinyl
  • Dionne Warwick, Dionne
  • Emmylou Harris, Profile: Best of Emmylou Harris
  • The Manhattan Transfer, Extensions
  • Soundtrack, The Gospel at Colonus

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Purchase log, 2020-11-24

[PJ Harvey - Dry]

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.

Catalog

CD
  • Dirty Vegas, Dirty Vegas
  • Dixie Chicks, Wide Open Spaces
  • Hilary Hahn, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich: Violin Concertos
  • Hiroshima, Providence
  • PJ Harvey, Dry
  • The Sugarcubes, It’s-It

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Emmylou Harris, Wrecking Ball (clear vinyl)

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Purchase log, 2020-10-27

[Skid Row - Slave to the Grind]

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.

Catalog

CD
  • Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville
  • Ned Doheny, Hard Candy
  • Outkast, Idlewild
  • The Beta Band, The Three E.P.’s
  • The Dead Betties, Summer of ’93
Vinyl
  • Elliott Sharp, Carbon

Reissues

Vinyl
  • Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um (Record Store Day)
  • Emmylou Harris, Wrecking Ball
  • Faith No More, The Real Thing
  • Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi (Record Store Day)
  • Skid Row, Slave to the Grind (Record Store Day)

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Looking ahead, Sept.-Oct. 2020

[Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball]

Mikami Chisako, Emergence, Oct. 7

Mikami reset her post-fra-foa solo career in 2018 with a second debut album, confidently titled I AM Ready! This album looks like a continuation of its predecessor’s brighter sound.

Kronos Quartet, Long Time Passing, Oct. 9

Subtitled “Kronos Quartet and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger”, this album looks like a follow-up to 2017’s Folk Songs, with fewer Nonesuch label mates collaborating.

Tears for Fears, The Seeds of Love (Deluxe Edition), Oct. 9

This album didn’t take off in the same manner as Songs from the Big Chair, but I liked it nonetheless. The 4-disc super deluxe edition is tempting, but I’m fine with the 2-disc version. I don’t need the vinyl reissue because I bought it the first time around.

Sam Amidon, Sam Amidon, Oct. 23

Amidon returns to mostly traditional material on this self-titled album, described as “the fullest realization to date of his artistic vision.”

Mr. Bungle, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo, Oct. 30

Mr. Bungle goes back in time to re-record their first demo tape.

U2, All That You Can’t Leave Behind (Deluxe Edition), Oct, 30

I really liked this album when it came out, mostly because Pop was insufferable. I revisited it with the vinyl reissue and found it doesn’t age well. I will probably still get some version of this deluxe edition.

Duran Duran featuring Andy Wicket, Dreaming of Your Cars: 1979 Demos Pt. 2, Oct. 30

The first set of demos with Andy Wickett on vocals featured embryonic versions of what would become Duran Duran canon. On this follow-up, “Tel Aviv” is the only recognizable title, which doesn’t mean it sounds remotely familiar. Colored vinyl is already available for order, but a CD release is slated for October.

Vinyl

Emmylou Harris, Wrecking Ball, Oct. 16

The deluxe edition of Wrecking Ball was released during Record Store Day. This reissue serves up just the album and is available as part of Rhino’s Rocktober series.

Peter Gabriel, Secret World Live, Nov. 6

I couldn’t make the leap of following Paula Cole’s solo career, but her backing vocals on this live album is the real highlight

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Purchase log, 2019-10-29

[Betty Davis - They Say I'm Different]

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.

Catalog

CD
  • Bad Brains, Bad Brains
  • Betty Davis, They Say I’m Different
  • Boris, Sound Track from Film Mabuta no Ura
  • Dreams Come True, Love Unlimited
  • Foreigner, 4
  • God Is My Co-Pilot, I Am Not This Body
  • God Is My Co-Pilot, Straight Not
  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Hits
  • Howard Jones, Dream Into Action
  • Leila Josefowicz, Solo
  • Pavement, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  • Swing Out Sister, Get in Touch with Yourself
  • The Jets, The Jets
Vinyl
  • Boston, Boston
  • Doctors’ Mob, Headache Machine
  • Emmylou Harris, The Angel Band Interview
  • Gabby Pahinui, Gabby
  • Kalapana, Kalapana III
  • Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV
  • Miles Davis, Bitches Brew
  • Peter Moon, Cane Fire!
  • Soundgarden, Superunknown
  • T. Rex, Electric Warrior
  • The B-52’s, Whammy
  • The Ordinaires, One
  • Yvonne Elliman, Rising Sun
  • We Are Going to Eat You, Everywhen

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Favorite Edition Rewind: 1978

[Blondie - Parallel Lines]

A decade ago, I wrote a series of entries ranking my favorite albums from 1985 to 2004. My collection has expanded greatly since then, particularly in the last five years. So I wanted to see what has changed in 10 years.

Our retrospective ends at 1978 because my collection starts thinning out at this point. I was 6 years old at the time and just starting to become aware of songs on the radio. Of course, nothing on this list would have appealed to 6-year-old me.

  1. Steve Reich, Music for 18 Musicians
  2. Brian Eno, Ambient 1: Music for Airports
  3. Kate Bush, The Kick Inside
  4. Emmylou Harris, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town
  5. Blondie, Parallel Lines
  6. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Variations
  7. Andy Gibb, Shadow Dancing
  8. Willie Nelson, Stardust
  9. Kate Bush, Lionheart
  10. The Police, Outlandos d’Amour

Other favorites from the year:

  • Clannad, In Concert
  • Rap Reiplinger, Poi Dog

I loved Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”, but when my dad saw her perform on Solid Gold, he hated her on sight. “She looks drugged,” he would complain, so I wasn’t allowed to listen to Blondie. That didn’t stop my brother from picking up the 7-inch singles for “The Tide Is High” and “Rapture.”

I can only imagine what dad would have said if he saw Kate Bush dancing in “Wuthering Heights.”

If any album on this list would have appealed to 6-year-old me, it would be Rap Reiplinger’s Poi Dog. Local radio played Reiplinger’s skits regularly, and I enjoyed hearing “Room Service” over and over again.

I didn’t realize those skits were available on an album. I thought only radio could broadcast them, so it wasn’t until Poi Dog was reissued on CD in 1992 that I could relive that thrill.

Reiplinger forged the Honolulu stand-up comic scene, and it died when he did in 1984. Or maybe it was the humorlessness of the 1980s.

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Favorite Edition Rewind: 1979

[The Manhattan Transfer - Extensions]

A decade ago, I wrote a series of entries ranking my favorite albums from 1985 to 2004. My collection has expanded greatly since then, particularly in the last five years. So I wanted to see what has changed in 10 years.

1979 is officially the year I started collecting music. And it’s all because of a post-disco hit about the Twilight Zone theme song. This list, though, couldn’t have been compiled till 2006.

  1. Gang of Four, Entertainment!
  2. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Evita
  3. Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd
  4. Philip Glass, Einstein on the Beach
  5. Midnight Oil, Head Injuries
  6. Talking Heads, Fear of Music
  7. The Clash, London Calling
  8. Michael Jackson, Off the Wall
  9. The Police, Reggatta de Blanc
  10. Emmylou Harris, Blue Kentucky Girl

Other favorites from the year:

  • The Manhattan Transfer, Extensions
  • The B-52’s, The B-52’s

The hit in question is “Twilight Tone” by the Manhattan Transfer.

Though more renowned as a jazz vocal quartet, the group wouldn’t get on my radar till “Twilight Tone” invaded the airwaves. Search YouTube for a performance of the song on a variety show — it’s amazing what people will endure for art. Or gimmickry.

My parents relented and bought the Extensions album for me. Of course, I played “Twilight Tone” to death, but I also dug the other songs on the album. Unlike “Twilight Tone”, they ranged from doo-wop to a capella. One song was a bizarre novelty with the singers voices rendered at chipmunk speed. You could say this was Manhattan Transfer’s disco album.

I’ve included it in the extended list. As fond as I am of the album, I have a better sense of what 1979 really offered as a year in music.

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