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You don't have to call it rock if the term offends you.

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These are pretty much my favorite tracks as well. Kind of uncanny really. Yoo Doo Right is incredible. If you get a chance, check out my new mix of 60s psych. I think you will really like it.

Nice to see we both think way too much about music. From your blog and your art I got that, too. The Battiato track is sort of misplaced, really, but I chose the songs here as ones I always have in my head. If not the lyrics, the hook, and this Battiato hook is deep even if it is from one of his more commercial albums. I love most everything he has done, from the wildest experimental collages to the near silent Sufi-inspired classical operas. His voice just does it for me but he backs it up with a seemingly unlimited choice of musical direction. You seem to have nailed how I feel about everything else. Steve used to borrow my Krautrock records, to see what all the fuss was about. His taste is, as they would have said behind the boiler room at MIHS, way vast. Faust are beyond music to me at times, with nothing that even comes close to what they produced in their first four albums. I, too, didn't listen to Pink Floyd when I should have and avoided them like the plague once The Wall came out, actually, and then when people found out I liked experimental music they always said I would like Pink Floyd. And for years if I ever heard Dark Side of the Moon! Geez, enough already. Well, I love this song and the over-the-top Ron Geesin-esque production. I remember that the Class of 1980 had Shine On You Crazy Diamond as their graduation slogan. Completely over-my-head at the time. I love every song by The Beatles so this seemed the logical choice if only because I love a novelty. Popol Vuh is my all-time favorite band. Werner Herzog changed my life by working with Florian Fricke (Popol Vuh) for the soundtracks of his films. Can, well, we both know Can. Malcolm Mooney's vocals are pure poetry. And the Holy Modal Rounders - why doesn't the whole world just love these guys?!?!? Their first two albums still blow my mind. And then some. And their work with The Fugs?! Genius. Poetry. Punk.

Never heard of Popol Vuh but was intrigued. It was interesting because it was clearly something I had never heard, and yet it was seductive not scary. Euphoria was something I THOUGHT I had heard and suspected that I had heard cover of this. Or it was brilliant because it tapped into something so familiar that I thought I had heard it before. Lola, was a moment that I thought I was going to roll my eyes at. Nope. Great song that means so much more when you aren't hearing it on a Tavern's jukebox. T. Rex, always good, but a great transition into CAN. Hell yeah. I love this CAN era. That vocalist is so great at these journeys. Super cool for me because I thought I had heard most of CAN's albums. We have over half a dozen, but it seems "Monster Movie" isn't there. I'd click "download" if I wasn't going to look for the vinyl first. (I wonder if there is a limit to how much I can type here?) The slow fade in to Space Oddity made me run over to the computer and wonder if something had stopped. I was anxious to hear more. Feelin' super powered '60's. And then Bowie lifted me. He doesn't sound cheesy even though it is sooo produced. Still the high water mark though, isn't it? The Beatles. Yeah sure, whatever. "Aaaaagh, what was that?" Again my prejudice is based on what I know, which was fed to me by someone else. I have a mini flashback to the CAN track and appreciate their effortlessness. Even this fantastic, brilliant, and produced ditty by the Beatles has a touch of the rehersed theater. Pirate Love. I first thought it was "Power It Up" This song transcends time. I double dared myself to guess when this song was recorded. Boy was I cynical, or stupid to think you would take it out of the 60-70's. I guessed that this was some new band. Muddy Frankenstein or the Datsuns. Change of pace with Battiato, and appreciated. It is like the French have a different word for everything. Not my most favorite song on this mix. Not sure why. It doesn't seem exotic. But cheesy. Like a lame attempt at intimacy. (as an aside, it was cool enough that I didn't hit the advance button). Faust was advertised and I was waiting for the song to come up because I know so little about them. Except Steve Turner used to joke about them in way that revealed he secretly admired them. My first sense is that I always assumed that they would by more Rock or something. More like Blue Cheer. (My bad for thinking that Steve T. was one dimensional). Fantastic ending with another Faust. This next song "Giggy Smile" recorded a year later from the last song I heard, is way more punky, but in cycles. Jazz. Miles "Around the Corner". Is it orchestrated improv? That seems to be the big question posed with this set. No lie, I just scrolled up to see what it is called. "You don't have to call it rock if the term offends you." Poignant. Like the next track by Pink Floyd. Because I never listened to them when I should have been. This is new to me. I'm sure I'll get stoned for this. But Pink Floyd scared me. Not that I was all Herman's Hermits and all, but stoners listened to this. It is fascinating that something that was so tabu to me in Junior High has become sound-track music. (Another bench mark I suppose).

 
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