Archive for December, 2008

Who By Numbers

December 18, 2008

Informal PE musings on the album which had the unenviable task of following up the mighty ‘Quadrophenia’.

Along with It’s Hard, this has got to be my least played post-‘60s Who album. Nevertheless, three songs were queued into the ten hour m3u list for 1975* which I assembled last week, and they are:

1) “Imagine a Man” – A beautiful acoustic ballad, very much in the vein of Pete’s 1972 solo debut Who Came First, but sung by Roger. This was the only song I liked from this album during its initial shelf life with me, some twenty years ago.
2) “How Many Friends” – With its grand, swelling chorus, this might be the only cut on par with The Who‘s other mighty ’70s albums, Quadrophenia and Who Are You.
3) “Dreaming from the Waist” – Another diamond in the rough, this emerged as a new highlight last week when I auditioned the album (barring the two limp singles) for cuts to include in that m3u list (also referenced in the Maxophone thread.)



December 13, 2008

Musings from a progressiveears thread on Italian Prog, in which someone found a kindredness between Maxophone and Citta Frontale:

The eponymous Maxophone album has long been one of my top five Italian titles, but Citta Frontale I only started warming up to last year, when mention of that disc in another thread prompted me to blow the dust off. I wasn’t struck by any particular bond between these two albums, for the Maxophone disc always impressed me as a standalone in its tapestry of sweeping dynamics and melodic beauty.

MaxophoneMaxophone (1975)

Now just last week I spun my three favorite tracks from the Maxophone disc – “Al Mancato Compleanno Di Una Farfalla”, “Il Fischio Del Vapore” and “Cono Di Gelato” – as part of a ten hour V.A. m3u list* dedicated to 1975. I’ll revisit the Citta Frontale disc soon and take note to the aforementioned comparisons.

*I just pulled up the list as I was typing so I could hear “Cono Di Gelato”, a beautifully hypnotic track immersed in a cozy, after hours, drift away feel. It segued perfectly into the next, equally wonderful cut on the list, “Oh, Thank You Great Spirit” by Chicago.