Opeth – Heritage (2011)

Ghost of the Magician

Heritage is Opeth’s tenth studio album and ny now they have transformed into a progressive rock band. No more death growls. The band under Mikael Åkerfeldt’s direction had made a left turn and tried new things. Åkerfeldt has said that he had other musical influences and that he felt that the old stuff was no longer interesting. Let us listen to what instead may be interesting.

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Opeth – Ghost Reveries (2005)

A gift was given

Apparently, I am a fan of death metal now. Who would have known? Not me.

One sunny day my dear friend Johan came to me bringing a gift. It was the Opeth album “Ghost Reveries” on a glorious but ominous black vinyl. I was delighted by the gift, but also somewhat bewildered by the choice of music. Death metal? With all the death growls and the insane drums bpm? Clearly this was not my forte.

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David Bowie – Live Santa Monica ’72 (2008)

Let yourself go

Bowies “Ziggy Stardust”-tour started in Aylesbury in January 1972 and ended in London in July 1973. At the end of the tour the shows included several songs from the recently released “Aladdin Sane” but during 1972 the shows showcased many older songs, including several from the 1971 album “Hunky Dory”. “Live Santa Monica ‘72” is recorded in October ’72 and part of the “early phase”. So how does this album do?

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David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture (1983)

So, where were the Spiders?

“Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” is a documentary and concert film by D. A. Pennebaker that covers the last concert of the Ziggy era. It was the show where Bowie famously “retired”…

“Of all the shows on this tour, this particular show will remain with us the longest, because not only is it the last show of the tour, but it’s the last show that we’ll ever do. Thank you.”

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David Bowie – Pin ups (1973)

Don’t bring me down

I really dislike this album. Bowie at the height of his powers and he wastes it on a useless covers-album? It is so boring. Bowie wanted to celebrate the bands he listened to in the sixties. Maybe if you were around at the time you could appreciate it more, or if you like the music from the era very much. I am not one of those.

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Kate Bush – In others’ words (2018)

“…a voice on the traveling wind”

Covers can obviously be great, but quite often I am a bit disappointed. The artists want to celebrate their musical heroes themselves, sure, but is it as emotional for me? Not so often. The last album in the “Remastered in vinyl IV” box is Kate’s collection of songs not written by herself. Kate Bush being an artist that is defined by her writing skills, I find this at best a curiosity. All cats stay safe!

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