Post Tagged with: "1980s"

One Track Mind: Christian McBride with Sting, "Consider Me Gone" (2011)

Christian McBride’s new duet with Sting, a smart and groove-filled take on 1985’s “Consider Me Gone,” shows again why the former Police frontman’s original synthesis of new wave and jazz seemed so interesting in the first place.

Pat Metheny – One Quiet Night (2003)

One night back in the late 1970s, me and my cousin Andy were playing a game of backgammon (cripes, that really was a long time ago … I remember there was a Styx Grand Illusion poster on the wall

Phil Collins – Hello, I Must Be Going! (1982; 2011 Audio Fidelity Remaster)

Oddly enough, on an album of such dizzying extremes, the biggest improvement on this new remaster of Phil Collins’ Hello, I Must be Going! is in its mid range.

Gimme Five: Ambient records from Brian Eno, Mickey Hart, Robert Fripp, others

Music serves all sorts of different functions for people, so it’s not surprising that for every Einstein On The Beach enthusiast — count me as one — there are 10 who will just have to leave the room

Halloween Special: Frank Zappa – The Torture Never Stops DVD (2008)

What better way to spend Halloween than with (as it’s lovingly referred to in the liner notes) this thing?

On Second Thought: U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)

Back then, all I wanted was for people to just stop talking about U2. Oh my God, they were everywhere.

Peter Gabriel – New Blood: Live in London DVD (2011)

I was fine, mostly, with Peter Gabriel dumping the guitars and drums for his interpretations of other people’s work on Scratch My Back. There was considerably less excitement, though, for these looming orchestral interpretations of his own solo works

One Track Mind: Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays, "As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls" (1980)

I’ve listened to the side-long title track of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, oh, maybe just a couple of times in the last twenty years.

One Track Mind: Paul Simon, "Another Galaxy" (2006; 2011 reissue)

You could be forgiven if you thought a collaboration between folk-rocker Paul Simon and arty outsider Brian Eno would never work.

The Friday Morning Listen: The Sugarcubes – Life's Too Good (1988)

“Mark, it’s only a number.” That was the advice my mom had for me when it seemed like I wasn’t so happy to be turning 40.