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Jeff Beck – Truth (1968)

[Album 639/1001]

“So Jeff Beck pops his head ’round the door and mentions there’s a little Sweet shop on the edge of town.”
– Del Preston in Wayne’s World 2

Truth: The above quote was my intro to Jeff Beck (and perhaps also where, as a youth, I first deduced that ‘Beck’ and ‘Jeff Beck’ were different artists)220px-Jeff_Beck-Truth

Truth: I have difficulty listening to Jeff Beck without thinking of that quote.

Truth: Apart from that trivial inextricable-linkage-to-Wayne’s-World-2 issue, I have no difficulty listening to Mr. Beck. Whether acoustic (Greensleeves) or electric (just about everywhere else), he is a fine guitarist.

Truth: As my copy of this album is an 8-track cartridge with no liner notes, I wasn’t sure who did what on the album before I listened. So I was surprised to hear the unmistakable voice of Rod Stewart as the 8-track clunked to life!

Truth: The reason I have this on 8-track? The unmistakable Aaron from the KMA, whose generosity never ceases to amaze!

Truth: Although I was bound to like this blues-y/rock-y set regardless of the listening medium, considering it arrived as a surprise gift of obsolete technology, a negative review quickly became inconceivable!

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Artist of the Week III – Quiz #11

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Exceptional Artist of the Week III Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2019 Artists of the Week (so far): George Harrison, Notorious B.I.G., Amy Winehouse, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Gorillaz, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Aretha Franklin last week.

The results after 10 weeks (as of Friday evening – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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Ready for Quiz #11?

It’s go time!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #11
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Although this American band is originally from Rockford, Illinois, their late-70s live album was recorded about as far away as possible from The Prairie State (at a venue named Budokan in Tokyo, Japan)

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400 points………………..In their song, I Want You to Want Me, drummer Bun E. Carlos plays a relatively long kick+snare drum intro for a pop tune…before the rest of the band kicked in, perhaps he was Feelin’ all alone without a friend, You know (he felt) like dyin’ dyin’, dyin’?

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300 points……………….In The Fellowship of The Ring, this band is (unintentionally?) name-checked by Gandalf the Gray…

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200 points……………….. Two-word band name, the first is a synonym for inexpensive; the second is what Arrested Development’s G.O.B. insists should be called an ‘illusion’

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100 points………………..The artist is C______ T_______

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Answer:  خدعة رخيصة

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Cheers to 2loud2oldmusic’s recent memes post & Deke’s recent Heaven Tonight post that reminded me to include this group in the quizzes!

Paul Simon – Hearts & Bones (1983)

[Album 638/1001]

If someone suggested that you were “unintrusive” – would you take it as a compliment?

I’d like to think that I would.

I’m the opposite of annoying or bothersome?

What’s not to like!

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Perhaps not all musicians dream of such high praise, preferring adjectives like “awe-inspiring.”Hearts_and_Bones

But as a listener, sometimes I don’t want the music to inspire so much awe that I’m incapable of accomplishing anything else while listening.

Apart from Allergies (as someone with allergies, I was pleased to see such subject matter addressed through song!), despite buying this LP & hearing both of its sides many times, I’m not sure if I could name any of the other agreeably unintrusive tracks.

And I can’t say I’ve felt any annoying/bothersome buyers’ remorse following this purchase either!

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A friend saw him in concert last year & said he was terrific!

Chicago Transit Authority – Chicago Transit Authority (1969)

[Album 637/1001]

“Another one rides the bus”
– Weird Al Yankovic

When you were younger, did you enjoy riding the city bus?220px-CTA_album

Fortunately for us, the novelty hasn’t worn off for the kids yet & they get a kick out of going downtown on the bus.

We’ve even accumulated a couple of free bus toys over the years (as shown below)!

Though I suppose public transit in general isn’t for everyone.

But how about the Chicago Transit Authority?

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Tip of the hat to Kingston Transit – the free bus service on special event days is much appreciated!

 

Dire Straits – Dire Straits (1978)

[Album 636/1001]

Did you ever write a test/quiz and your mark wasn’t exactly, shall we say, fridge material?

Where you thought you knew your stuff, yet the result was an unmitigated disaster?

Well, not meaning to brag…but evidently, my knowledge of Dire Straits lyrics is severely lacking.

On one of Aphoristical’s wonderful weekly quizzes, the challenge was to fill in the missing lyrics to Sultans of Swing.

Thinking to myself, I’ve got this LP, I’ve heard the tune countless times, easy peasy.

To put a positive spin on my score, I hit double digits?

Alas, although I knew that Guitar George knew all the chords, it appears I knew next to none of the lyrics, racking up a measly 11/70!

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This week, despite actively trying to listen to the words on the Dire Straits debut, I don’t think my lyric quiz scores would improve all that much.

It’s not that the vocal delivery is a deterrent; it’s actually quite a conversational style, I just don’t seem to retain any of the words.220px-DS_Dire_Straits

It’s not that he’s not enunciating, or that the vocals are buried in the mix either.

My issue seems to be that I can’t help but follow Mark Knopfler’s guitar.

His clean & clear tones never scream, “Look at me!,” yet the rest of the band drifts somewhat into the background nonetheless.

He makes the most intricate patterns sound effortless & I struggle to pay much attention to anything else.

In fact, I can’t recall a time when I’ve paid less attention to lyrics or more attention to a single instrument.

And I can’t think of too many guitarists that I’ve been more impressed with either.

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I learned early in my career that my students will inevitably be smarter/more clever/talented/etc. than I am.

One such former student, Brandon, had a duplicate of this LP & kindly sold it to me at a bargain price.

Better yet, years prior, when he was in my accounting class, an answer to a question was 15 (also the name of a Taylor Swift song at the time). I said to the class, “and if you got a Taylor Swift song as your answer, you’re right.”

And with impeccable comic timing, he name-checked another of Ms. Swift’s hit tunes in volunteering an answer: Blank Space!

Artist of the Week III – Quiz #10

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Exceptional Artist of the Week III Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2019 Artists of the Week (so far): George Harrison, Notorious B.I.G., Amy Winehouse, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Gorillaz, Led Zeppelin

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Led Zeppelin last week.

The results after 9 weeks (as of Friday evening – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 9

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Ready for Quiz #10?

Super!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #10
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American Artist, born in March 1942, she has a pair of albums on the 1001 list: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)

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200 points……………….. Based on the tributes following her death in 2018, she was among the most R.E.S.P.E.C.T.ed performers of the 20th Century

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Answer:  أريثا فرانكلين

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

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Both of the aforementioned albums are right where they belong, on the 1001 list!

Goldie – Timeless (1995)

[Album 635/1001]

“Inner City Life, Inner City Pressure”
– Flight of the Conchords, Inner City Pressure

As I have for the past decade or more, I love Flight of the Conchords.

I anticipate that I will continue to adore them for decades to come.

Given that my interest in them does not fluctuate over time, at least for me as a fan, that would make them timeless.

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“Inner City Life, Inner City Pressure”
– Goldie, Timeless: Inner City Life/Pressure/Jah

If you dug Goldie’s debut in the mid-90s, I imagine your enjoyment hasn’t wavered in the slightest, and is destined to continue indefinitely.220px-Goldie_Timeless

Which, for early adopters/longtime Goldie fans, sounds like good news.

But what about those that were uninterested in 75+ minutes of drum ‘n’ bass at the time?

Can one arrive late to this particular party?

I’m not certain such a fashionable appearance is possible.

This wouldn’t have been my cuppa in the mid-90s & I’m not sure if it ever will be.

If listener enjoyment doesn’t vary with time, that would seem to be an unintended consequence of ‘timeless’ music.

And I’m not sure if that’s discouraging (I won’t ever ‘grow into it’ à la Steely Dan) or if that’s somewhat reassuring/humbling (I’ll save on future record purchases as my tastes aren’t as well-rounded as I’d like to think).

In any event, as my Goldie enjoyment level seems to have a consistently equal floor & ceiling, I believe the album name is apt.

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It was delightful seeing FOTC make an appearance on Colbert in the fall!