Everyone quibbles with the selections on Greatest Hits albums and I’m no different. This is a decent collection, gathering most of Crowded House’s good stuff, but it should have been done chronologically and it should have dumped some of those terrible Together Alone tracks (their weakest album) for lost gems on Temple of Low Men, like “Into Temptation.” Also, the omission of “World Where You Live” from the debut album is a sin. Nonetheless, the Woodface album—virtually a greatest hits album all on its own—is well represented and most of the other crowd-pleasing singles are here, too.
The cool, sparse but vibe-y as hell original version of Joe “King” Carrasco and the Crowns’ classic, “Party Weekend.” I had no idea that this song started out as an indie release back in the day; then again, I was 11 whenI it came out. It really has a Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs feel; so good!
Marillion – Misplaced Childhood 1985, fifteen years old. This album was sheer obsession. I had only about 50 records so they’d get spun a whole lot, time enough to sit with the liner notes and sing along with Fish. It’s almost freaky, how I still remember all the lyrics. Maybe it’s just me, but music just seems to be moving a whole lot faster now. Streaming wasn’t a thing, attention spans were likely longer and gratification wasn’t as instant, but it was better. In a drive-thru world, vinyl is a sit down meal.
Paying tribute to Rutger Hauer, one of my favorite movie bad guys. Might watch the movie later, but the soundtrack comes first. The Blade Runner soundtrack is one of my “reference” records, that small pile that I use whenever I test out a new cartridge or other new gear. Great sounding, very dynamic recording.
Duran Duran “Duran Duran Video Album” aka “Duran Duran: The First 11 Videos” 1983. VHS. I’m treating myself to a vintage tape of Duran videos ‘cos it’s my birthday! Released in March 1983 to promote the single “Is There Something I Should Know?” and the US reissue of their debut LP Duran Duran, the video comp was a huge success and earned them a Grammy. I remember watching it on Betamax at my friend Allyson’s house, along with a small gaggle of other teenage Duranies.
Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine (1989) Naushad – Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
Coffee, Smoke, Bollywood Industrial One of my favorite parts about having a record collection is the morning spins. Playing NIN back to back with some classic Lata Mangeshkar Bollywood love songs. The nearly 60 year old record plays and looks/sounds better than the one I bought new, just a few weeks ago. Dimples look cute on smiles, not vinyl.