MY FAVE LP’s!


Cool Old Cheeser tag’d me a couple of months ago to list my fave albums. It seemed easier to me when I first thought of the task, but I tend to think in terms of song vs. the whole concept of an album. So after some thought the following are my fave LP’s! (sorry for delay Mr. Cool Old Cheeser!) — oh, and I’ve sort of clump’d them together in little groups…

Babs!
Of course you know that Ms. Streisand would make some of my all time fave LP’s! So, I shall call this the Simply Barbra Section! Her voice got me through a very difficult childhood. My Grandmother used to tell me that she could feel the presence of a God when she looked up at trees. For me, it is when I hear this voice sing.
My Barbra faves are:

A STAR IS BORN (…wow)
MY NAME IS BARBRA (the first record I ever bought!)
LAZY AFTERNOON
SIMPLY STREISAND
BARBRA JOAN STREISAND
now, we move to some other LP’s that get me through life…

classic rock section:

TUSK by Fleetwood Mac — sort of like 3 solo projects strung together to form this mess of a beautiful experimental music. I think it is perfect. “…but never have I been a blue calm sea. I have always been a storm…” Amen. Sisters of the moon unite!

LED ZEPPELIN IV — backwards, forwards and all around, this one rocks to the core of it all.

TOMMY by The Who. Nothing need be written. Either one gets Townsend’s concept or one doesn’t. I do so wish I could sing like Roger Daltrey — and look like him circa 1975 in the Ken Russell vision of this album! Alas, I don’t.

SOME GIRLS by Rolling Stones — I find individuals suspect when they claim to not like this LP. I can’t help. I find these people most worrying. I mean, come on. It’s the Stones when they were so fucking cool!!!!

dance, dance, dance section!

SUPERNATURE by Goldfrapp — the absolute best glitter disco music this side of the universe!…now, where is that white horse? i wanna ride!

OVERPOWERED by Roisin Murphy — Oh, just surrender and dance! Work it, baby! Work it!

KOO-KOO by Debbie Harry — I just love this record! Highly under-rated at the time of its release, it holds up! Chic plus Ms. Harry equals Ultimate Cool!…and, a really cool record cover!!!!

BAD GIRLS/LOVE TRILOGY by Donna Summer — The Queen of Disco at her very best!(pssst. I think love trilogy is her best! Just ask Ing!)

THE BOSS by Diana Ross — It was 1979 and Miss. Ross was feeling the heat of Donna Summer on her skinny ass — so she shook it up good on this record! I play it constantly. And, yes, I AM in this world, too!!! …I ain’t been licked yet! Now, dance!

Absolute Cool section:

LADY IN SATIN by Billie Holiday — with every exceptional bit of phrasing and with each note, she seems to rip into the psyche. Romantic and so very sad. …and beautiful. There will never be another LP quite so stunning. …this might be my favorite LP of all time, but it must be taken as a whole and not in fragments. If you’ve not heard it, be sure to do so!!!

SEVENTH TREE by Goldfrapp —
The latest from my fave band! It hasn’t sold well because we all really wanted more glitter disco, but what a great CD to play as you lay under a tree or on the beach. It soars and heals.

WHO’S THAT BITCH, ANYWAY? by Marlena Shaw — A singer who has never gotten her due. A voice with attitude. And, the cover of this LP is one of the best I’ve ever seen! Fierce!

HOUNDS OF LOVE by Kate Bush — I love all of Kate’s records, but this one just seems to play out the best. Completely unique and crazy original! I wonder if she made a deal with God?

BOYS FOR PELE
and
THE BEEKEEPER by Tori Amos — I can feel Dessie’s blood burn as I list this two albums by Tori Amos. We both love Tori, but I think he really dislikes THE BEEKEEPER. Anyway, these are my two fave Tori’s. Pele was a Goddess who required the sacrifice of virgin men. …That sort of sets the pace for one of the angriest records I’ve ever heard. At times so quiet you can barely hear it and then so loud you want to hide. Don’t put Tori in a corner, man! I love this record! Beekeeper is an opposite sort of record. …a quasi feminist collection of songs meditating on everything from love to magik.

THE LETTING GO by Bonnie Prince Billy — somehow filled with both hope and dread, this is a great rainy day record.
“Love Comes to Me” always manages to make me feel warm and happy to be alive.

PEARL by Janis Joplin — I always have to fight myself from thinking too much about how sad it is that she gave it all up before this rock masterpiece was released. What would this talented artist have gone on to do had she lived? But, I simply stop myself and get lost in this blues-infused rock that blisters and funks it up! There will never be another Janis Joplin. RIP. (if you don’t have this record, you should do yourself a favor and get it!) “…freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.” Kris Kristofferson might have written the music and the words, but Joplin made them her own.

kisses,
matty

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August 11, 2008. Uncategorized.

22 Comments

  1. hot lunch replied:

    great list!! i am still searching high and low for that Marlena Shaw album as i’ve been wanting to hear it ever since i heard about it on ur blog. i long for the day when i walk into a thrift shop and there it is in a bin for $1.00. i can dream…

  2. joe replied:

    where are the boys? well, other than Led Zeppelin and The Who and Rolling Stones.

    I think you should have some wood panelling and a basement with fuzzy carpets too. I’ll come on right over!

  3. Daniel replied:

    Can you believe that Donna Summer is coming to Spokane soon? And the word is that she’s actually planning on singing!

    I’m not sure I believe it…

    I remember one night back in the early ’70’s, when I was a junior Jesus Freak. I was talking to some guy at the mall one night. He told me that he was cool with the whole getting saved bit, but Janis didn’t have to pray. She was going to heaven because she was so cool.
    I kind of like the idea of Janis getting into heaven on a “coolness pass”.
    I always thought the girl deserved a break.

  4. The Sagittarian replied:

    Oh yes, Billy Holiday rocks and agree with you about Tusk. What an eclectic collection!

  5. Dessie replied:

    Whereas I will never be able to go back to The Beekeper, I am content to keep it locked in the attic and pretend it’s not there banging on the walls and moaning. I think American Doll Posse made up for it.

    Hoping to finally listen to the new Ladytron tonight, will let you know if it is worth it.

  6. Old Cheeser replied:

    Hey Matty!

    Well done! So glad you posted up your choices – better late than never and I know you were busy before, babe…

    Interesting choices!

    I KNEW Babs would be in there. It would be a crime if she weren’t wouldn’t it? Dare I say she had a big nose for a child (re: that album cover). Oh yes, I know there are nasty queens who go on about Babs’ conk (slang for nose)…

    “Tusk” – Now there’s an interesting album. Soft rock at its best. After “Rumours” there was a lot to live up to I guess but there’s lots of good tracks on there. Some of my own personal faves are “Sara”, “That’s All For Everyone”, “Walk A Thin Line”…

    Now Led Zeppelin, The Who and The Rolling Stones are not groups I have ever been into but I can see their merits. I’m actually a little surprised that you’re into them, but good for you Matty for breaking the stereotypical gay man mould! I have never seen the film of Tommy but it looks suitably weird and psychedelic. And my father saw the Stones perform in Amsterdam and said they were pretty amazing (and this was only a couple of years ago).

    Goldfrapp! Yay! And 2 albums no less. Whilst “Supernature” is good, I think it is just SLGHTLY overated – quite “obvious” tunes, but “Seventh Heaven” is rather wonderful and I love the folksy elements to it.

    Roisin M – oddly enough I was playing “Overpowered” today. The woman is a genius. I just love the videos for “Overpowered” and “Let Me Know” (have you seen them?) in which we walks down the street/gets on the bus/buys a bag of chips/goes into a greasy spoon cafe etc in the most outlandish of outfits. And why ever not?

    Debbie H – I must try and download “Koo Koo” somewhere cos I love Chic’s production. They worked wonders with Carly Simon. I do remember “Backfired” – quite a funky number.

    Donna Summer – Yaaaay! Well done Matty. “Bad Girls” made my top ten too”. “Love trilogy” is pretty fab as well. I love the lush disco production, the strings, the funky bass lines etc. Have you also heard “Four Seasons of Love”? Just as good! Donna’s Giorgio Moroder period is when she’s at her peak, in my view (although some of “The Wanderer” is a bit naff…)

    Ms Ross! Now I hate to differ but wasn’t “The Boss” out in 1979? Some great tracks on there (“It’s My House”, “No-one Gets The Prize”, “I Ain’t Licked”) though if pushed I would see here “Diana” (Chic) album was of slightly higher calibre. Good choice though.

    Billie Holiday – another singer I haven’t really investigated but I’m intrigued by what you said about her. That’s what I like when reading other people’s posts, gets me interested and makes me wanna go and check out other kinds of music!

    Marlena Shaw? Who she?

    Kate Bush – “Hounds” – Yaaaaaaaaay!! Another excellent choice and one from my own Top Ten too. I think “Hounds” is KB at her pinnacle really.

    Tori Amos – I had a copy on “Little Earthquakes” on cassette which I haven’t listened to for ages. A friend of mine used to have “Boys For Pele” and I found it rather…strange. In fact people have compared Ms Amos to Ms K Bush and I can see some comparisons i.e. they are both very imaginative ladies who are on a planet of their own! Anyway again you’ve got me interested and I might have to check out some of Tori’s stuff. There was an album of cover versions she did I fancied checking out. And at the risk of sounding like a dancefloor diva, I did love the dance version they did of “Professional Widow” all those years back…”Honey bring it close to my lips…it’s gotta be big…” Say no more!

    Bonnie Prince Billy? Never heard of him! Oh the sacrilege!

    And Janis J – a diva in her own right but again I confess I am a Joplin virgin!

    Well, once again, thanks for that Matty…some great choices and a cool post.

    From your Cool Old Cheeser in the Cool(ish) UK xx

  7. Dawn Davenport replied:

    Oh, I love Hounds of Love for the Ninth Wave collection on side two. It’s just amazing.

    Totally with you on Boys for Pele too. Tori, a friend to piglets everywhere. Totally not with you on The Beekeeper though, it’s dire.

    Nice selections though, take care.

    PS I’m a thief and a shitkicker.

  8. ginab replied:

    I am all for the COOL SECTION except for AMOS. Sorry. No Tamos. No. Sorry.

    I would not want to sit on her piano bench once she’s hopped or melted off of it, okay? Okay.

    TUSK grabbed hold of my vulnerable 12-13 year old self substantially. You see that phone number written on the inside right, I think, jacket? I called that number! This is when telephones hung on walls and had a long curly cord, like what Ing and her flatmates have as a decoration in their kitchen. THAT was our–mother, sister, me–telephone.

    I dialed that number and asked the first voice for Mick. I wanted to speak to Mick. I was 12-13 years old. Okay, let’s not go there; let’s address the receptionist at the front desk at the hotel that telephone number connects to: she was an angel. She put up with me calling just to talk I don’t know how many times. Once I didn’t call back. I still love that woman. I have no idea what we talked about, but I certainly fessed up to the obvious: I didn’t know Mick from Lindsay from a junked up, abandoned clown.

    I knew wantingness and she knew I was well underage. She was an ANGEL to speak to me, to listen, to cut the vines, to uncork laughter, to warn me a little bit about the bill (the BILL!) that would certainly come, to listen. She was tres chic and tres cool.

    I think this is why I didn’t phone back. So many calls though, for an hour at times. What an ANGEL!

    She’s one person I would love to find.

    Oh, I love Barbara’s child pic! What a tender heart.

    -ginab

  9. ginab replied:

    I want to edit!

  10. ginab replied:

    A LITTLE REVISED/EDITED VERSION:

    I am all for the COOL SECTION except for AMOS. Sorry. No Tamos. No. Sorry.

    I would not want to sit on her piano bench once she’s hopped or melted off of it, okay? Okay.

    TUSK grabbed hold of my vulnerable 12-13 year old self substantially. You notice the phone number written on the inside right, I think, jacket? I dialed that number! This is when telephones hung on walls and had long curly cords, like what Ing and her flatmates have as a decoration in their kitchen. THAT was our–mother, sister, me–telephone.

    I dialed the number and asked the first voice for Mick. I wanted to speak to Mick. I was 12-13 years old. Okay, let’s not go there; let’s address the receptionist at the front desk at the hotel that telephone number connects to: she was an angel. She put up with me calling just to talk I don’t know how many times. Once I didn’t call back. I still love that woman. I have no idea what we talked about, but I certainly fessed up to the obvious: I didn’t know Mick from Lindsay from a junked up, abandoned clown.

    I knew wantingness and she knew I was well underage. She was SMART. She CARED about me, to be such an ANGEL,
    to speak to me, to listen, to not take advantage, to cut the vines, to uncork laughter, to warn me a little bit about the bill (the BILL!) that would certainly come, to listen. She was tres chic and tres cool.

    I think the bill is why I didn’t phone back. (I remember the confrontation with my mother; ANYONE would have traded for my mom no matter how impermanent she actually was.) So many calls to California though, for an hour at times. What an ANGEL!

    She’s one person I would love to find.

    Oh, I love Barbara’s child pic! What a tender heart.

    -ginab

  11. Walter Briski, Jr. replied:

    lovely selection, as usual.
    we can definately use albums as our friends and to tell where we were at, when they came out.
    can’t we?
    x

  12. Walter Briski, Jr. replied:

    p.s. still waiting on the vinyl to send you.
    oy vey!

  13. matty03 replied:

    Hot Lunch! Thanks! Re-send me your addy and I will send you a copy!!! Kisses, matty

    Joe! Oh, I so want a shag carpet and swag lamps, but B said no! Oh, well. A boy can dream. I should think that The Stones, Led Zep and The Who are more than enough boys for anyone! lol!

    Daniel! I hear that the new Donna Summer CD is quite good, but have not heard it yet. You MUST see her live and report all about it! I love what you wrote about Janis!

    Sagittarian! Ah, yes. Lady Day was the best! Such an incredible, powerful and odd voice! Gorgeous! TUSK!!!!

  14. matty03 replied:

    Dessie! Do let me know of the new Ladytron!!! lol! I knew you would cringe when I listed The Beekeeper as one of my fave LP’s — but you knew it was coming! kisses, matty

    Cool Old Cheeser! I finally got my listed posted! Are ya proud of me?!?! Where’s my cookie!?!?! TUSK is The Mac’s best LP in my book! I think some tracks are soft wrong, some are borderline new wave-ish, others are Beach Boy pop and some are just out and out odd. Love it!

    Oh, my! Yes, you ARE Correct! The Boss was 1979! How sloppy of me! Thanks for pointing it out and I have corrected it in my post! I do so love the Diana LP to which you refer, but it just isn’t as “pure” as The Boss — old school disco is more my thing! …and, I really much prefer the newly re-issued version of Diana as the Chic boys intended it — the one that came out in 1980 was all “redone” by Miss Ross and her boys at Motown and they took out all the edge and “live” vibe that Chic created for her. …but, I do so love that Scavullo photo on the cover of Diana and her fake autographed photo inside the gatefold! lol!

    Um, please discover Marlena Shaw! She is the ultimate in jazz delights!!! And, check out Bonnie Prince Billy! kisses and a hug, matty

    Gina! Oh, I love what you wrote — that is a great story! And, yes, I do know of the number you reference! I never thought to try and call it! So cool! Oh, you should embrace the crazy that is Tori! Ing tells me that Tori is too “twee” for her tastes. Oh well. Yeah, I think the cover to that Babs LP really drew it to me when i was a little kid!

  15. matty03 replied:

    Dawn Davenport!!! Just make sure you are wearing your cha-cha heels when you got out shit kicking! And, remember, they are all just jealous because you’re prety!!! …You know, I really think The Beekeeper is really under-rated, but that is just me. …sleeping with butterflys and such.

  16. matty03 replied:

    Walter! I quite agree! Music always takes me back to some time or experience. And, don’t you miss holding and studying LP jackets!?!? And, thank you!

    love and kisses,
    matty

  17. ing replied:

    Oh, Matty, I just knew that Bonnie Prince Billy way your favorite musician, I just knew it! But I don’t think Barbra will be happy to share the spotlight. . .

    I wonder why you didn’t include anything from your extensive collection of Liza Minnelli albums. Hmmmmmmm?

  18. matty03 replied:

    Ing! No, Babs shares the spotlight with no one – this is why she got her own section in my faves! I do love Bonnie Prince – particularly that LP!

    And, I know! I so wanted to include a selection of great Liza LP’s but I really didn’t know where to start. I wanted to review my vast Liza record collection — but, as you know, YOU HAVE HAD THEM ALL WITH YOU FOR WELL OVER TWO YEARS! I KNOW YOU LOVE LIZA, BUT YOU MUST EVENTUALLY RETURN MY LIZA RECORD COLLECTION! …besides, we all know you have all of her CD’s — why o why do you hang on to my Liza LP’s!?!?!?

    (i just don’t know!)

    love, kisses and big Liza w/a Z kiss!
    matty

  19. ing replied:

    Actually, I thought it would be best if I left your Liza lps locked in a chest that has been shoved off into the center of the Indian Ocean. Which is where they are now. On the ocean floor, locked away. No, you may not buy a rowboat! No, Matty, give it up!

  20. ginab replied:

    LiZa and ZIng kissing in a tree.

    thank you matty for the lovely poem, for nailing it on the head with garbo, and I know the poem and me and the everything BUT Portis Head and the acoustic of Goldfrapp really it and the oldies; it was only Amy Winehouse goes on too long. Lady get off’dem droogs. Eat a pie.

    love you Matty. Hi Byron. Hi Ing, give’m what he wants (Liza back). Hi Bagel. Hi J. and Minx.

  21. Steve Rebooted replied:

    That’s quite an eclectic mix, and I like all that you’ve chosen. But, I was mainly dropping by to make sure you’re doing fine. 🙂

  22. Steven replied:

    An interesting post. I recognize some of those albums well. However, I’ll never forgive my mother when she threw away my LP’s when they moved. The woman on the album cover of Goldfrapp looks like an Olsen twin.

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