Pink Floyd – The piper of the gates of dawn (1967)

The crazy diamond shone

I find it funny that there seems to be so much prestige in which incarnation of Floyd we fans love the most. Many pretentious fans love Syd’s Floyd but that is not me. Of course, I came in late, in the early eighties, and I have always enjoyed David’s singing and his heavenly guitar playing. I guess if you were there at the time, in the middle of the sixties, and followed the band when it started it would have been something else. Syd was the musical and artistic leader of the band back then. Already during the development of the second album they transformed into a five-piece and then to a quartet again, now with less Syd but a Dave added. Syd burnt out like in the song by Neil Young.

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David Bowie – The ‘Mercury’ demos (2019)

Dear Record Company man

How many releases from the “Space oddity” demos era can there be? This is getting absurd!

The Bowie estate has run amok with this. During 2019, celebrating 50 years since these recordings, they have released three super expensive vinyl things and one slightly less expensive 5-CD box. There has been a 4-vinyl singles box, a 3-vinyl singles box and one vinyl LP box with fancy packaging. I don’t care for singles, it is only a mess to change the speed on the turntable, and I thought the “The ‘Mercury’ demos” box was way too expensive. But I also have this OCD, I am a compulsive collector, and in the end, I needed to have it.

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Neil Young – Colorado (2019)

Waiting for Ragged Glory

This is a way too early album review of Neil’s new album “Colorado”.

Earlier this year news came from Neil Young’s excellent web site that he was going to re-release and expand the 1990 album “Ragged glory” including 40 minutes of unreleased material. A double LP of studio material from the session that brought us one of Neil’s very best albums. I was ecstatic. But we seasoned fans of Neil Young are used to waiting and thus, we are still waiting.

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Opeth – In Cauda Venenum (2019)

Poison in the tail

Opeth continue to surprise and amaze me. The new album is yet another step in their evolution. It is not the first step, but it is a step. This album brings some new stuff to the table. It is like a rock opera from the deep dark wilderness in Sweden. It’s progressive rock with influences of folk, classical, jazz, Gregorian chants and even a fragment of country music like an audio mosaic. When you immerse yourself in the music without listening to the lyrics you get a feeling of a story about children in a dark world with trolls and evil, and an absent god.

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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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