TBT Vinyl: The Concerts for the People of Kampuchea

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The Concerts for the People of Kampuchea
1979 / Released 1981
Atlantic Records

Dragging out one of my personal faves this week: Concerts for the People of Kampuchea. This 1979 four-night event was organized by Paul McCartney and mixed late 70s British rock royalty like The Who, Queen, Wings, and members of Led Zeppelin with new bands like The Clash, Elvis Costello, The Specials, and The Pretenders. It’s the perfect live album and it’s still not available on CD or digital download!

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Social Recommendations Just For You…Not Me

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I am not a fan of the overuse of content choices served up “just for you” based on various algorithms.  Your news and entertainment choices should not always be made by popularity with the masses or what your friends like. I just don’t get that. I love my family and friends dearly but, good God, they have bad taste in music. As do most people except you…right?

And Facebook ads are now based on content that your friends like. While I see the marketing value in the perceived endorsement, I see less relevant ads coming my way.

I don’t even like suggestions based on my own previous selections on iTunes, Amazon or other services. iTunes’ Genius is my nightmare. And while Pandora and others offer a great service and a tremendous amount of music for free, the basic premise makes me want to argue with the algorithm more than enjoy the tunes. No, just because I listen to a lot of Elvis Costello doesn’t mean I want to listen to Culture Club. Ever.  As Johnny Slash would say, “It’s a totally different head. Totally.”

Speaking of great TV characters, television also poses recommendation challenges. There are so many great shows out there that I don’t have time to see. Do you have that colleague or friend who bugs you constantly because you’re not watching his current favorite show? That’s how many apps present themselves to my eyes.       

So instead of socially-smart pages recommending more content, I really could use an app to slow down time!

 

 

“New” Tunes from Zepp, Stones, The Who, AC/DC, Costello

 

It’s a great week and kickoff to the Christmas shopping season for Retro tunes from some of the greats. Any of these would make a great gift or a holiday insanity-defying muscial treat for yourself on Cyber Monday.

Do we really still call it Cyber Monday? Cyber….hmmm. I guess it’s like still saying “dial” a phone though we haven’t had a phone with a dial since around the time Led Zeppelin broke up.

 Led Zeppelin Celebration Day

Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day

Which brings us to this new release from last Tuesday – Led Zeppelin Celebration Day. It’s not really new music; it’s a live album of their greatest hits. It’s not really even a new release as it was recorded at their one-shot reunion 5 years ago! Lastly, the reunion term is used loosely as John Bonham is still quite dead.

These may be valid points for not going all-out crazy about this release. But, c’mon! It’s more Led Zeppelin! We really do not have enough material from these guys who were  officially together for a only decade and released only 10 albums if you include the live Song Remains The Same (which I do) and not include the 1990s Page / Plant reunion album (which I don’t). Celebration Day is actually better than Remains, in my early listening opinion. These guys are now true old bluesmen with about a billion more miles on them. And although we don’t have John Bonham onboard, we have the closest match both musically and genetically with Jason Bonham.

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Zepp Now: Plant, Page, Jones, (Jason) Bonham. Photo from Spin.

 

 

AC/DC on iTunes

I was shocked last Tuesday seeing the big banner on iTunes announcing AC/DC’s catalog finally being released for digital download. They are the only major band that held out even longer than The Beatles, and I’m glad to finally see some of the greatest albums of all time like Dirty Deeds and Back in Black available for future generations who won’t own a CD player!

AC/DC on iTunes

You can buy the entire collection, or of course choose only individual songs to purchase. But there’s still no official AC/DC Greatest Hits album. I think the band’s stance on this is so cool, especially in a world where every lame pop singer, hip hop noise maker, and American Idol contestant who has been around for more then 18 months is putting out a Greatest Hits collection.

 


Rolling Stones – GRRR!

The Stones put out a huge Best Of collection last week. The sheer scope is impressive, with you choice of the 40, 50, or 80 track versions. I recommend downloading the 2 new songs, “Gloom and Doom” and “One More Shot”. Both are rockin’ numbers that are a couple of the best they have created in several years. 

But, seriously, I think The Stones have run out of ideas on album titles and cover photos.

 

Elvis Costello In Motion Pictures
Elvis Costello – In Motion Pictures

This is an interesting collection of old Elvis Costello tunes used in various movies over the past 30 or so years. It’s a cool idea and an even cooler album cover!

  

The Who Music for the Closing Ceremony

 

 

 

The Who – Music For The Closing Ceremony

Pete and Roger’s performance closing the 2012 London Olympics was awesome and the 4 tracks are now for sale for download or on a limited blue vinyl LP!