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    Converege together with Chelsea Wolfe gives that Gothic Doom Grindcore!? This is music for these times.
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    I've often described some albums as 'growers' - those which take a number of plays before you really take to them. I guess a classic example would be Trout Mask Replica.

    I bought Radiohead's OK Computer on release back in 1997, and didn't really care for it. But finally it has grown on me, after a particularly long incubation period!

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    Once you have absorbed Beefhearts weird notes it is hard not to make your brain repeat them for weeks
    Sadly over the years i am certain i missed to many great records only because it didn't hit me with the first listen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy Bob View Post
    I've often described some albums as 'growers' - those which take a number of plays before you really take to them. I guess a classic example would be Trout Mask Replica.

    I bought Radiohead's OK Computer on release back in 1997, and didn't really care for it. But finally it has grown on me, after a particularly long incubation period!

    Robert

    an example of a "grower" for me. When a friend lead me to Van Morrison in the late 70's, I fell in love with, and played Tupelo Honey, Moondance, and the live "It's too late..". I then excitedly bought Astral Weeks. I thought it was ok, but was disappointed. I didn't play it much, but it grew, very slowly over time...decades actually, to be one of my favorites. Now, if I want to play Van, I'll usually pull up Astral Weeks, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (another "grower" for me), or Into The Music.

    maybe "growers" deserves it's own thread?

    Jim

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    Mystique by Special EFX. Found it in a charity shop in the UK for 20p. It's sort of got an easy listening / jazz / electronic vibe going on. Imagine if Siegfried and Roy had decided to form an ambient jazz duo. And yes they pose with a leopard on the front cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonM View Post
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    Everly Brothers, Roots

    Amidst all this rock and roll mayhem, I'll post this one listening to it now. Later on in their career the Everly Brothers ventured into what became known as country rock territory. They influenced a host of other musicians with this album, covers of a variety of country-ish songs.

    Very enjoyable. They were still in good form as classic Everly duet singers, and you can hear the influence on the Birds and others.

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    This is one of my favorite albums. I often listen to it while driving to work every day.

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    A friend recently lent me this Rumor and Sigh by Richard Thompson which I quite liked
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    Did a little research on the artist and found he was a founding member of Fairport Convention so I found a deal for a 5 album box set on Amazon. Way different than the Rumor and Sigh album, they're all pretty good but I especially like this folksie "What we did on our Holidays"
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    Quote Originally Posted by w3wilkes View Post
    A friend recently lent me this Rumor and Sigh by Richard Thompson which I quite liked
    Love Richard Thompson. Still touring, if you get a chance to see him live, don't hesitate. Phenomenal guitarist and overall performer.

    My personal favorite is "You? Me? Us? but I own and listen to allot of the others. "Watching the dark" is a good 3cd retrospective including some fairport convention.

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    I was just listening today to a Richard Thompson album, I think maybe his most recent from 2018, "13 Rivers". Testing the sound system in a new car, sounded excellent. In fine form as always, as a guitarist and as a vocalist.

    I've been a fan forever, since Fairport and then during his pairing with (now ex) wife Linda as Richard and Linda Thompson. Some of the finest folk-ish recordings of the 1970s. I saw them perform in Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern in 1982 during their last tour. They had separated but still went through with the tour, and the fractured relationship was very much in evidence, high drama onstage. I had thought this was their last concert, but apparently there were one or two more dates afterward.

    Richard has two quite different performance sides (not often combined in a single concert). On the one hand there is the acoustic singer-songwriter side, hard-edged songs delivered acoustically with sensitivity and power. And then there is the rocker side, hard-edged songs delivered with all-out pyrotechnics, generally with a small hard-rocking rhythm section.

    While he has continued to perform and record admirably, these sides are well-illustrated in two older performances, definitely worth checking out.

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    Pour Down Like Silver is one of my favorite all-time albums, a beautiful set of songs with a wonderful version of Richard's Sufi-influenced "Dimming of the Day", a vocal triumph for Linda. Mostly acoustic, with some significant wit - see "Hard Luck Stories".

    On the rocker side, a recently released recording (2019) from not long after the split with Linda, Across A Crowded Room, recorded live in an Ottawa club. You want shredding, you'll get shredding. Very powerful and wonderful. Play it loud.

    Last time I saw him it was in a solo acoustic performance in Koerner Hall in Toronto, a few years ago. Complete sell-out in a very classy hall most often used for chamber music and vocal recitals. Wonderful. I think I like the rocking Richard best, though.

    R.
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    I should add that Richard Thompson is not a performer that should be sought out by those looking for cheery optimism. Far from it.

    The 3-CD collection Watching the Dark was not named accidentally. Take, for instance, the lines from "End of the Rainbow" (an out of order sample):

    Your mother works so hard to make you happy
    But take a look outside the nursery door
    There's nothing at the end of the rainbow.
    There's nothing to grow up for anymore

    And all the sad and empty faces
    That pass you on the street
    All running in their sleep, all in a dream
    Every loving handshake

    Is just another man to beat
    How your heart aches just to cut him to the core
    Life seems so rosy in the cradle,
    But I'll be a friend I'll tell you what's in store

    There's nothing at the end of the rainbow.
    There's nothing to grow up for anymore

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