Aside from completely botching “The Long and Winding Road,” Spector’s “reproduction” is not that bad. His version of “Across the Universe” is undoubtedly better than Martin’s which is on Past Masters though I also think the single versions of “Let It Be” and “Get Back” are better than the album versions. And then there’s a little known fact that “I Me Mine” wasn’t much of a song until Spector got involved and George reworked it. Overall, I prefer the Naked version but Spector certainly didn’t do a bad job.
How sad that Not-Henry Rollins has been replaced by Not-Henry Rollins.
I can’t be the only one who thought this was awesome. Come on, Yoko is a legend! I’m not big on her contemporary dance records but this Flaming Lips collaboration is reminiscent of her early Plastic Ono Band albums with John Lennon. Just real nasty rock and roll, nothing held back. I love it!
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” I know it was originally a Simon & Garfunkel song but I’m sure there’s a solo version on this box set on at least one of those live albums. Just one of the most amazing songs ever written.
Do VU songs count? If so, I’m going with “Sweet Jane.” But if we’re sticking to Lou solo, “Satellite of Love.”
I’m a huge Arcade Fire fan, I saw them at Madison Square Garden in 2010 and I still look back on it as one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. But for some reason, I cannot get into their new songs at all. I don’t know, maybe I just have to wait to hear the actual album, maybe I have to let the songs grow on me but I remember when The Suburbs came out and I just instantly connected with it. This is something much different and it’s good that they’re doing something different but it’s just not doing it for me at the moment.
He’s not the only artist to not play Israel and he has his own reasons, all of which have nothing to do with religion. I mean it’s fine to criticize him for his opinions on Israel but calling him an anti-semite because of it is ridiculous. Especially when he’s married to Diana Krall who is indeed a Jewish woman.
Oh come on, Living with War is great! Though I do prefer the CSNY versions of the songs on the Deja Vu Live album.
It was great for so many reasons, that Springsteen took risks and chances and they all totally worked. I remember I was not crazy about seeing him on a tour where he played mostly covers and without the bulk of the E Street Band but my dad had tickets and I went with him and I was blown away (MY OKLAHOMA HOME WAS BLOWN AWAY, okay sorry). However, I think that the songs did work better in a live context and for that reason, I prefer the Dublin album to the actual studio sessions. But the bottom line is that the project in general got me listening to these legendary songs that I probably never would have cared to otherwise and made me a great admirer of Pete Seeger as well.
Oops, I replied to the wrong post. I’m basically saying that I agree with Simon that Port of Morrow is really underrated.
I agree. It’s Only Life, Bait and Switch, September, Rifle’s Spiral… these are damn good songs.
Honestly, I’m not surprised that Radiohead didn’t want to “scratch” one. As much as I love Peter Gabriel, his version of “Street Spirit” is one of the worst things he ever recorded. I don’t know what he was thinking with that one.
I like Kanye West but saying that his album is better than Pet Sounds? You’re really willing to go there, Entertainment Weekly?
I’ve never been a Mumford & Sons fan, but always loved Costello and Springsteen and I’ve got to say that this is fantastic.
I tried posting a Twin Peaks related gif. I fail at HTML. :(
What, is she funny or something?
Am I the only one who thinks Little Creatures is a great album?
I think it’s safe to say that it would easily be #1.
Blur and Oasis attending the same show? Was this an attempt at world peace?
I pretty much agree with this list except I might put Transference one step higher. It’s a decent pop record, anything would have suffered in comparison to Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (of which I totally agree with putting at #1). “Trouble Comes Running” and “Got Nuffin” are also two of my favorite Spoon songs.
Maybe it’s just because I’ve been listening to it so much lately but I would put The Next Day higher than where it is. And Station to Station is easily #1 for me.
Synth-pop seems to be making a big splash this year between this, Bowie, Tegan and Sara, and the upcoming Phoenix album. And I have no problem with that at all.
I really want to go this year. Such an amazing lineup. But especially so I can throw things at Daniel Tosh.