i’m glad i bought 2 classic ipods. sorry neil, i won’t be buying your latest batch of bullshit.
i’ll take any of the original run. two against nature is pretty decent but i could never get into everything must go.
now this beef has escalated and “old dudes” are under attack. i’m only 5 years younger than kozelek. 40 somethings unite against this ageist granofsky! war on drugs, you can suck my cock too!
the ramones albums are probably one of the easiest discographies to rank. the distinction between the excellent and everything else is so clearly defined. this list placed the hinge the entire foundation rests upon in the right place. “end of the century” at #5.
the top 4 are as obvious as the heat of the sun. and most albums below 5 can be quibbled over but they are all on the other side of the spectrum. still ramones albums, just not great ramones albums.
after listening to the incredibly heartbreaking “july” by marissa nadler for months on end i’m going to hold off on this one for a while. looking forward to it though.
flipped through the list. every album i love is from atom heart mother and down. no no no no no no no no no no and no.
1. atom heart mother
4. obscured by clouds
8. division bell
9. classic rock staples albums
10. final cut
11. endless river
if live at pompeii were an album (although ummagumma is an approximate) i would put that at 1.
i just looked after the page loaded and saw ummagumma sandwiched between endless river and momentary lapse of reason. fuck this list.
i love the dead. i’m one of the gen x’ers that caught them in that last 5 years of their run. some shows were ok, some good and a couple transcendent. jerry put out a vocal performance at richfield, ohio fin 94 for the ages. if interested in checking it out look for the stella blue>lovelight>stella blue show. i’ve never heard a show quite like it. it’s as if his life force was at a peak while over all it was failing. like how a dying sun burns hotter and brighter while it’s in it’s final stages of life.
this reunion makes me both glad and sad. glad they are doing it but sad at it’s finality and the losses of people known and unknown over the years. soldier field is fitting since it was the scene of the final show. i doubt i’ll go to chicago to see it since my memories of the band are intact. but i’m certain it will be an incredibly emotional experience.
for those you aren’t familiar with the dead i recommend american beauty, workingman’s dead and wake of the flood for studio albums. as for commercially available live albums, europe 72, one from the vault and the dave’s picks with the ’74 missoula show. there is so much more out there though and everyone has their favorites.
you don’t need to know billy joel’s songs to enjoy his show. the guy is amazingly talented and his band is top notch. personally, i’m not a huge fan of his albums. but i had the chance to see him live years ago and was absolutely blown away.
the youngsters at this festival are likely to be very surprised at how f’n good billy joel is live. there are very few performers on the bill that can perform at that level.