Week 2: RYM 1001 Albums Update

I listened to quite a few this week, and have little to say about most so I will just do a brief, batch-review. As usual, I was pretty unmoved by most of these.

#853. Dillard & Clark | The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark (1968)
#989. Big Brother & The Holding Company | Cheap Thrills (1968)
#260. Ennio Morricone | C’era una volta il West (1968)
#634. The Pretty Things | S.F. Sorrow (1968)
#129. The Rolling Stones | Beggars Banquet (1968)
#39. Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin (1969)
#605. Dusty Springfield | Dusty in Memphis (1969)
#986. The Flying Burrito Bros | The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969)
#51. The Velvet Underground | The Velvet Underground (1969)
#471. Townes Van Zandt | Our Mother the Mountain (1969)
#216. Pharoah Sanders | Karma (1969)
#424. Isaac Hayes | Hot Buttered Soul (1969)
#321. Sly and the Family Stone | Stand! (1969)
#441. The Who | Tommy (1969)
#625. Crosby, Stills & Nash | Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)

My favourite out of this lot was the Once Upon a Time in the West OST and Karma. I haven’t seen Once Upon a Time in the West in a long time and I thought the soundtrack stood on its own pretty well. I find some soundtracks sound weird without the imagery, but it was a nice listen. I probably wouldn’t ever choose to listen to it again, but that’s not to say it’s not good, just not the kind of thing I listen to. Farewell to Cheyenne was my favourite track on there. I hate jazz, so I was surprised that I liked Karma. I found it quite interesting and aside from the awful typical screechy jazzy parts, was really nice to listen to as well. I think it’s more just nice background music than anything I’d really sit down and listen to though. A couple of the others were ok, but mostly this was a pretty meh batch.

I ended up in an argument after I called Led Zeppelin unmemorable crap, and I still stand by that opinion. I don’t understand why they’re so popular and acclaimed. I honestly don’t. There’s nothing special about any of their music I’ve heard so far. The people I was arguing with tried to make me agree that there was something special about it, but if I don’t hear it, I don’t hear it. I don’t really know what people want from me. I went out for dinner the other night and I had a chicken stirfry. One person I dined with had a seafood platter and another had a salad. No-one got into an argument about whose food choice was better and who was more informed about food or trying to convince another that they should like the food they chose. I don’t know why it has to be an issue with music. My dissing a piece of ‘art’, is not me dissing the fans, nor dissing that piece of art’s place in history. Nobody would blink an eye if I criticised something unpopular or acceptable to dislike, but as soon as it’s something that music circles consider highly regarded it becomes a problem with people. And look, if something sounds like crap to me then I will say it like it is. I don’t care if it’s Led Zeppelin or Britney Spears. If I like it, I will say I like it and if I don’t then I will say I don’t.

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