As I've indicated, I have participated in these music exchanges with fellow bloggers, in part to hear music that I wouldn't have heard before, maybe hit onto some new, cutting edge artists. And I like quite a bit of what I've heard. (Sidebar: here's what Lefty thought of my last disc.)
So what did I just add to my Amazon list?
Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris - All the Roadrunning Released April 25, 2006. My first albums by these artists: Communique, Dire Straits, 1979 Elite Hotel, Emmylou Harris, 1976 (Picture from Knopfler's website.)
Paul Simon- Surprise Released May 9, 2006. My first album by this artist: Wednesday Morning, Three A.M., Simon & Garfunkel, 1966.
Bruce Springsteen- We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions Released April 25, 2006. My first album by this artist: Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., 1973 My first album by the subject of this album: We Shall Overcome, Pete Seeger (live at Carnegie Hall), 1963
Neil Young, Living with War Released May 8, 2006. My first album by this artist: Retrospective: Best of Buffalo Springfield, 1969 or Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, Neil Young, 1969
The Beatles- The Capitol Albums Vol. 2 Released April 11, 2006. The very first LP I ever bought, Beatles VI from 1965, is in this collection.
And I hear the late Johnny Cash will have a new album out this summer, and I'll want that too.
So, I find myself still leaning on the reliable "brands", in spite of myself. Well, there it is.
Paul Simon, who will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this week, was interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning in a piece that aired a couple days ago. Harry Smith asked him if he felt 64, and he noted that Paul McCartney called him up on his birthday last October and sang to him "When I'm 64," so he knows it at some level. *** Friday's Wall Street Journal had an article by John Lippman about why some TV shows haven't put out a box set: music rights. WKRP in Cincinnati, The Wonder Years, and Beverly Hills 90210 are some of the shows cited. Ally McBeal has some "best of" programs, but the Vonda Shepherd covers would cost "multiple millions" of dollars. When the sixth season of Dawson's Creek was recently released on DVD, 49 of 204 songs in the 22 episodes were replaced. *** I put Music Shack out of business. OK, it wasn't just me, but the local record store is closing next month, after 36 years in business, and as a former regular, I feel partially responsible. I haven't been there in over two years. Coincidentally, I have a daughter who's two. But it was also two years ago when they moved from the WAY-too-convenient-for-me location on the second block of Central Avenue in Albany, to the 'burb of Colonie. The article is here, as of this writing, but will undoubtedly be in the back issues section come Thursday.