Friday, August 7, 2009

Ok, So Whole Albums? There's a Concept For Ya!

So, I have been all caught up on my podcasts of late, given that two of them (ahem!) have decided to go the way of the Dodo, so I thought what better time than to catch up on some of the whole albums of music I have bought over the years. I am a collector, and as such, sometimes I don't quite get to listen to all the things I have. Plus, like most of us, I have had my attention span shrunk to the size of a gnat, and am usually satiated with just a track or two. But, given all this stuff is taking up space on my hard drive, and I only really listen to 50 songs or so with any great regularity, I thought I would check out some of the other stuff in the dark recesses of my Mac.

The first album I listened to is Songs of Mass Destruction by Annie Lennox. Now, as you all know from the CD show we did a while back, I love Diva, and have found a lot of her other stuff since very hit and miss. For every "Waiting in Vain," there is...well, I can't think of a song, but stuff I don't care for. Anyway, I got Songs of Mass Destruction, and other than Sing, never really listened to it. Until now.

I have to say I very much enjoyed it. My favorite song is probably Fingernail Moon, the final track on the album. My least favorite is Sing, the song she recorded with many other artists, including Madonna. It sounds a little too mid 90s for my taste, and other artists singing are indistinguishable and as a result, distracting.

The next album I listened to was Heigh-Ho Mozart! Favorite Disney Tunes In
The Styles Of Great Classical Composers. An amazing album - fun music to fold laundry to, actually. The music ranges from the old classics (Snow
White, The Jungle Book) to the latest films (Pocahontas)My favorite is The Second Star To The Right (in the style of Tallis), but all the songs on this one were quite enjoyable.

Now, before I am mocked, let me say that I am not a "fanilow." But, Ultimate Manilow takes me back to being a little kid, listening to my mom's 8-tracks and AM Radio. I forgot how many songs he had, and while I didn't know all of the words to all of them, I knew the melodies, and well, I did scream all the words to "Copacabana" in my car the other day.

Because I am not quite gay (and nerdy) enough, I decied to move from Barry to Bette. Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook is a GREAT CD! I have the Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook, but never got around to listening to the next set of songs. I think Lee's works are better tuned to Midler's personality. Ballsy, and sexy with just enough comedy for my taste. I definitely enjoyed this one, and am looking forward to learning all the words to Is That All There Is? to lip sync in my car like a big girl.

This was kinda fun - if you guys like this, let me know and I'll let you know what I think of the other stuff on my hard drive!

(No, that doesn't mean porn. Unless.....hmmm......)


brothercasey said...

I love Songs of Mass Destruction! Ms. Lennox made on hell of a record. I actually listened to the entire disc without skipping a song, which is rare. I know, maybe 3 Manilow songs, and Copacabana is the one I know the best. That song is almost always on my iPod, and I don't know how many times I have embarrassed myself by singing that song out loud as I walk the campus of Boise State University. (I am a student there, I am not there for bad reasons) What else have you listened to, Sir Latte?

Pat Gaik said...

I didn't realize that Bette had done those "songbook" albums...but as a stickler for detail, I can't imagine that "songbook" can be applied to Peggy Lee or Rosemary Clooney. "Songbook" usually means the work of one composer or lyricist or songwriting team (i.e., the "Rogers and Hart Songbook"). Then again, Bette couldn't very well call it, "Bette Midler Sings a Bunch of Songs that Peggy Lee Also Sang." I'll take my tweed jacket and go now...

Walt said...

Songs of Mass Destruction didn't live up to the title for me. Her previous album, Bare, blew me away. It was amazing.

Do more of these. Me likey!