Found another use for the Gary Oldman mustache I acquired some time ago for another post. And if you don’t know why I’m wearing a mustache, if that seems to be something completely unrelated to Simon & Garfunkel please take a closer look at the cover I’m holding or my story for the next 24h. So I felt a little bad after excluding all the S&G albums in my “Favorites from the 60’s” posts, especially since I do really love them all. A lot. And I probably won’t include “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in my 70’s post either (which will be up soon, it’s just taking me so long to choose favorites… it truly was a remarkable era in music). Why, you ask (or not, but either way I’m going to answer it)? Well, it’s because I find it impossible to pick a favorite from their discography. One day I’m certain “Bookends” is one of the finest pieces of music ever written, then I hear their take on “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” & well… then “Parsley […]” is their best. One thing that I am certain about is my favorite song of theirs; “Kathy’s Song”. Goddammit that track gives me goosebumps every time. And that same Kathy makes an appearance in my second favorite Simon & Garfunkel song, “America”, in one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking & relatable lines: “‘Kathy, I'm lost,' I said, though I knew she was sleeping. ‘I’m empty and aching and I don't know why.’” So what’s your favorite Simon & Garfunkel song(s)? #simonandgarfunkel
Continuing with more of my fave releases this year. I love me a good compilation. When done right, they are brilliant. So here are three different types of compilations, each for a different purpose but each equally outstanding. Best soundtrack without a doubt has to be Baby Driver. I've raved enough about it to all who would listen, so I'm not going to add more other than that it's a great selection of songs that works fantastically in the context of the movie but equally enjoyable just as a selection of songs to throw on and relax to. Then there's the stunning Even A Tree Can Shed Tears from @lightintheatticrecords which is a stunning collection of Japanese Folk and psych tunes. A carefully curated piece to help anyone to better appreciate the genius of these artists many of us would never have a chance to experience if not for this collection. Finally, BadBadNotGood delivers a top notch selection for the eternally excellent @latenighttalesofficial series. A fine addition to the long running series that has been a regular presence on my turntable. If you're looking for compilations you can throw on and enjoy, these are highly recommended.
What are your fave compilations for 2017? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #babydriver#badbadnotgood#ihaveathingforvinyl