Discussion in 'Jay's Lounge and Cockpit' started by Angroid, Nov 14, 2015.
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What a strange mix of decent tracks juxtaposed with dogshit. Haven't heard the Giant track in two decades at least - pretty much the only good thing they ever did, but it's killer.
Yes, I realize it's off-putting and geezerish to refer to decades, but you know what's even more off-putting? I remember - with crystal clarity - hsanging out at my friend's house 42 (!) years ago, cranking tunes off of "our" albums, when I came across a second standing stack of vinyl lps - "oh, those are my older sister's" (we were 13-14, she was already a daunting 18-19).
So there we were: it's 1973, and I'm flipping through and playing ancient relics from the Pleistocene Era - meaning 4, 5, even 6 whole entire years previous ("Let it Bleed", "Wheels of Fire", "Strange Days", etc) - listening with the scientific detachment of cultural archaeologists poring over artifacts from a recent dig. Compare that to now, when I actually have either the balls or the early-onset Alzheimer's to refer to a 20-year-old record as "new........okay, okay - newish".
Not being entirely stupid, I of course recognize that when you're 13 or 14, you yourself are too new to be jaded yet, and 'five years ago' really does qualify as Ancient History. But it was and is more than that - just as rock music from 1973 has more inherent value than anything current if for no other reason than it emerged just a few years after the whole thing began, records from '68 and '69 were even closer to the origin point and bubbling with even more innate, unrehearsed power and potency. Whereas - outside of changes to the format and the overall recording technology - there really isn't very much to date (or outdate) a record from 10 or 20 years ago as compared to today. Shit, even the rap albums are more or less interchangeable....those Tipper-triggering pottymouth classics from NWA and the Geto Boys are over 25 years old themselves now....next year the Beastie Boys debut will mark its 30th anniversary. Yet there's no shock and awe to that realization - not in a world where 'rock star' now means a man pushing 60 sitting waist-deep in Grecian Formula. But in '73, when so much of this was still new and uncharted and unscripted, and seemingly each next step taken left a footprint in untrod territory, a gatefold-cover lp from 1969 could sound, and feel, like a window opened on a lost world from the distant past.
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