Happy New Year. Due to Factors Beyond My Control, I couldn't get out of bed early enough to do any music-without-coffee sessions this weekend. However, over the last few weeks (thanks to a Christmas bonus, etc.) I've been piling up lots of Strange Music for listening in the near future, almost all of which is brand new to me. And there will likely be more in the future. These intended targets for further investigation include:
King Crimson: LIZARD.
Genesis: LIVE, NURSERY CRYME, THE LAMB.
Be-Bop Deluxe: FUTURAMA, MODERN MUSIC, LIVE IN THE AIR AGE, DRASTIC PLASTIC.
The Move: SHAZAM!
Zombies: ODYSSEY AND ORACLE.
Kate Bush: THE DREAMING, AERIAL, THE RED SHOES, HOUNDS OF LOVE, THE SENSUAL WORLD.
Mahavishnu Orchestra: THE INNER MOUNTING FLAME, BIRDS OF FIRE. (yes, again....)
Incredible String Band: WEE TAM, EARTHSPAN, NO RUINOUS FEUD.
Jethro Tull: BENEFIT, STAND UP, THICK AS A BRICK, A PASSION PLAY, TOO OLD TO ROCK AND ROLL....
Solution: CORDON BLEU.
Stackridge: PINAFORE DAYS, EXTRAVAGANZA.
Audience: THE HOUSE ON THE HILL, LUNCH.
Peter Gabriel: 1 through 4.
Nektar: RECYCLED, DOWN TO EARTH.
Gentle Giant: MISSING PIECE, PLAYING THE FOOL/LIVE.
Argent: IN DEEP.
Procol Harum: GRAND HOTEL, NINTH, EXOTIC BIRDS AND FRUIT, BEST OF 2-CD set.
Strawbs: NOMADNESS, BURNING FOR YOU.
Dixie Dregs: DREGS OF THE EARTH, WHAT IF?, UNSUNG HEROES.
Utopia: ANOTHER LIVE.
Todd Rundgren: HERMIT OF MINK HOLLOW.
Jane Siberry: NO BORDERS HERE.
The Nice: WINTER TO SPRING.
ELP: TRILOGY, 1ST.
ELO: 2, ELDORADO, A NEW WORLD RECORD.
Passport: SKY BLUE.
Billy Cobham: TOTAL ECLIPSE.
Starcastle: FOUNTAINS OF LIGHT, CITADEL.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band: WATCH, NIGHTINGALES AND BOMBERS.
Dory Previn: MYTHICAL KINGS AND IGUANAS.
Wishbone Ash: ARGUS.
Fripp and Summers: I ADVANCE MASKED, BEWITCHED.
Renaissance: TURN OF THE CARDS, SCHEHERAZADE, NOVELLA.
Flairck: VARIATIONS ON A LADY.
Automatic Man: VISITORS.
Alan Parsons Project: EYE IN THE SKY, AMMONIA AVENUE.
Jean-Michel Jarre: OXYGENE, EQUINOXE.
Journey: IN THE BEGINNING, LOOK INTO THE FUTURE.
Horslips: THE BOOK OF INVASIONS.
Return to Forever: HYMN OF THE SEVENTH GALAXY.
Focus: MOVING WAVES.
Steve Hillage: L.
Rick Wakeman: KING ARTHUR, HENRY VIII, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, CRIMINAL RECORD.
...and there's more. All this listening-work is intended to help me finish that "Strange Music" book I've been working on for 20 years. We'll see how far I get....
I couldn't have piled up this stuff without the help of Tacoma's HALF-PRICE BOOKS' $1-or-less vinyl clearance bin, or the clearance section and other occasionally-cheap vinyl prices at Tacoma's HI-VOLTAGE record store. I recommend both of them, and also Port Orchard's NEW 2 YOU ANTIQUE MALL, Tacoma's GOLDEN OLDIES and the GOODWILL stores in Port Orchard and Silverdale. Also Port Townshend's QUIMPER SOUND. If you're in the Tacoma-Gig Harbor-Bremerton area, those stops will keep you busy for awhile. They still have stuff I wish I'd grabbed that I now want to go back and pick up.