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Your pal,-Ryan A.
Saturday July 25, 2020
July 13 - Queen - A Night At The Opera (1975) - I chose Queen's fourth album for today's pick because on this date in 1985 they blew Wembley Stadium in London to pieces at Live AID. Live AID remains an unmatched live music undertaking. It was actually two simultaneous concerts - one at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and the other at Wembley Stadium in London. It was televised to a global audience of nearly 2 billion people in 140 countries. To hear Bob Geldof tell the story, the wheels started rolling when he called Elton John to say "Queen's gonna do it!" and the called Queen to say "Elton's gonna do it!" before either had actually committed! Very very sneaky.
“For those new to the Record Club, it is an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. An album is chosen to be reinterpreted and used as a framework. Nothing rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. As you will hear, some of the songs are rough renditions, often first takes documenting what happened over the course of a day. There is no intention to ‘add to’ the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens. And those who aren’t familiar with the albums in question will hopefully look for the songs in their definitive versions. ‘Songs Of Leonard Cohen’ by Leonard Cohen was chosen by Andrew from MGMT. For those interested, our close second choice was Ace Of Base, which we’ll keep on the list for next time." I wish I could link to it but I can't find a single copy on Amazon, MusicStack, or eBay. Maybe poke around YouTube? ***UPDATE: Thanks to Facebook Memories I remember where I found the record - on a trip to London a few years back!
July 22 - Fleetwood Mac - Mystery To Me (1973) - This is my favorite Fleetwood Mac album. It features guitarist and singer Bob Welch and the final to feature Bob Westen on guitar. They were a formidble "one-two" punch on guitars. The sound is closer to the original Fleetwood Macgroove - blues, melodic, guitar-driven - than when Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined a few years later. "Hypnotized" is a fave on the album.