« on: January 21, 2016, 02:07:07 PM »
David Bowie- Lodger. For some reason I never got this, until now. It contains one of my alltime fave DB tracks, "Look Back in Anger." And besides "DJ," I didn't know any of the other songs. My first impression was this is a pretty weak album overall, a sentiment shared by many fans. However, many repeat listens later I'm warming up to some of the other songs. I never knew Bowie was involved on this album.
Rush- R40 Live. 3-disc set recorded a couple years ago on 40th anniversary tour. I would recommend this to fans based on some great versions of songs not played live much recently, or even at all: Jacob's Ladder, Camera Eye, Cygnus X-1, Hemispheres prelude, Xanadu, Losing It (never played live previously). My gripe with this album is the track selection. Disc 1 is made up of almost all recent music, which bores me because I pretty much lost interest after "Power Windows" in 1985. Disc 2 is all prime, classic era. Disc 3 is about half old/half new. This set could have benefited from substituting older songs for new. Some albums were even skipped over, like Power Windows, which is just pretty dumb. The set could have been edited down to 2 CD's. Sound quality is quite good, if maybe bass heavy. Another downside is Geddy Lee's vocals. Range from fair to awful. Mainly awful. He just can't hit the high notes anymore, but he gets an "A" for effort for at least trying (without much success). Interesting to note, the final track on the set is "Losing It." I think in many respects (vocals and songwriting ability) Rush has "lost it," although they can still play as if they're in their prime.
Tangerine Dream- Ricochet. I think this is one of their best. Good mix of sequencing, guitars, ambience and sound fx.