The Clash: The Clash


 
Listen above to hear why I decided to pick The Clash’s debut album. I am really excited to give this influential album the dedicated listening time it deserves. Though not the inventors of punk The Clash took the FU attitude of the music and escalated it and pushed it into a new era of U.K. punk. Enjoy listening and be sure to come back at the beginning of next month to hear our reviews.
Darren Scott
Resources
The Clash (Album) Wikipedia
The Clash Official Site
A Brief History of Punk

Listen to our review of this pick here!

 
 

Review of The Who: Live at Leeds

Please read Scott Gregory’s pick for The Who: Live at Leeds before reading and listening to our reviews below.

Quick Summary: 

  • Worth the hype?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Would we recommend?
4

The Who: Live at Leeds

To end our round of live albums Scott Gregory picked The Who:Live at Leeds. Though we did indeed rate this album highly we have to say that we had some negative comments. Have a listen to find out what Darren and Alain struggled with some parts and why Scott Gregory loves him some rock opera.


Our Individual Review Scores
Darren Scott:
Overall opinion: 3.5
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 2
Worth the hype? 4
Scott Coates:
Overall opinion: 4
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 4
Worth the hype?: 4
Scott Gregory:
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 4.5
Influenced my tastes: 4
Worth the hype?5
Alain DuPuis:
Overall opinion: 3.5
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 3
Worth the hype? 4

The Who: Live at Leeds


 
Ladies and Gentleman, this month’s pick is Live at Leeds, by the Who.
Recorded in 1970, it’s the band’s first live album, featuring the entire original lineup of Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Arguably one of the best live bands in the world, I know I really love them, I’m comfortable Live at Leeds will hold its own against the already amazing live albums we’ve already covered.
For the review we’ll be using the 2001 deluxe edition, which is the first one that included the entire concert set list. They tweaked the order a bit to put the whole Tommy rock opera together, but on a first listen it doesn’t cause any major problems and it’s well worth it to get the entire concert.
Listen to our review of this album here
Links
Album link on iTunes
Album link on Amazon
Album Wikipedia page
Other Albums Considered This Month
Boogie Down Productions – Live Hardcore Worldwide
U2 – Under a Blood Red Sky

Review of Nirvana: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah

Please read Alain DuPuis’ pick for Nirvana: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah before reading and listening to our reviews below.

Quick Summary: 

Nirvana: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
  • Worth the hype?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Would we recommend?
4

Summary and Overall Score

Alain’s pick this month took us back to the Grunge era. It turns out we were all already fans of Nirvana though none of us had ever really listened to this album. This album was a compilation of live recordings throughout Nirvana’s short lifespan of 1989 – 1994.
Though we all had some praise and did overall like this album there was some things we agreed were not great parts of this album. Listen to our reviews and then listen to the album yourself to see if you agree. As always, we would love to hear your comments.


Our Individual Review Scores
Darren Scott:
Overall opinion: 4.25
Would I recommend?: 4.5
Influenced my tastes: 4
Worth the hype? 4
Scott Coates:
Overall opinion: 3.5
Would I recommend?: 1
Influenced my tastes: 1
Worth the hype?: 1
Scott Gregory:
Overall opinion: 4
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 4
Worth the hype?4
Alain DuPuis:
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 4
Worth the hype? 4.5

Nirvana: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah


 
The album we’re going to be reviewing this month is both live, and a compilation of sorts – a clear violation of the mandate The Sonic Collective set for ourselves when we formed our noble group a couple of years ago. I guess I am just feeling rebellious, and so too were the millions of people who fell in love with Nirvana’s infectious brand of alternative music.  Our pick for the month: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah.
About Nirvana:
When Nirvana arrived on the Seattle grunge scene in the late 1980s, the airwaves were filled with hair metal and new wave music. This formulaic, radio-friendly music didn’t appeal to a new generation of disenfranchised or just plain bored youth, who started leaning more towards the underground for their music. Nirvana was just one of many unknown indy-bands who were playing small gigs at the time. But the world would forever change after they signed on with a major label (DGC Records) and released their breakout album, Nevermind. It achieved an unexpected and unprecedented amount of success, suddenly vaulting the entire Seattle grunge scene onto the world’s radar. The direct result was the rise of alternative rock to become the new mainstream, and hold steadfast for the better part of a decade.
The band met a tragic end after frontman Kurt Cobain’s untimely death in 1994, but the legacy Nirvana left behind cannot be understated. Hailed as “The voice of a generation” by numerous publications, Nirvana’s breakthrough helped popularize Generation-X, slacker culture, and alternative music, forever changing the musical landscape.
About our pick:
In 1996, the surviving members of Nirvana released From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, a compilation of recordings taken from shows they played across the globe between the years 1989 to 1994.   It received positive critical reception, and is often considered the angsty and energetic antithesis to their most popular live album, MTV Unplugged in New York. The album’s title refers to the Wishkah River in Aberdeen, Washington, where Cobain spent time in his youth.
I’ve long been a fan of Nirvana, and I’m excited to delve into this album. Many of the songs will be familiar to me, but I’m eager to hear the difference a live recording makes. Cobain himself was very critical of how polished and cleaned up their studio albums sounded, so being able to hear the songs as he intended them to be heard is gonna be a real trip.
Enjoy From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah!
Listen to our review of this album here.

Review of Frank Sinatra: Sinatra at the Sands

Please read Scott Coates’ pick for Frank Sinatra: Sinatra at the Sands before reading and listening to our reviews below.

Quick Summary: 

Frank Sinatra: Sinatra at the Sands
  • Worth the hype?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Would we recommend?
4.5

Summary and Overall Score

Well, when I, Darren Scott, picked Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison last month as our first round at selecting influential live albums, I thought nobody would come close to matching such an epic album. I was wrong. Though our group rated this awesome album a little lower than Folsom, this was a very fun ride.
Frank Sinatra is at his best in this Quincey Jones arranged live album with Count Basie and his orchestra backing him up. It’s funny, well sung and sounds awesome. Give a listen to our reviews and interesting factoids about this American classic.

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Our Individual Review Scores
Darren Scott:
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: 5
Influenced my tastes: 4.5
Worth the hype? 5
Scott Coates:
Overall opinion: 4.5
Would I recommend?: –
Influenced my tastes: –
Worth the hype?: –
Scott Gregory:
Overall opinion: 4
Would I recommend?: –
Influenced my tastes: –
Worth the hype? –
Alain DuPuis:
Overall opinion: 4
Would I recommend?: 4
Influenced my tastes: 3
Worth the hype? 4.5

Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair Review

Please read Scott Gregory’s pick for Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair before reading and listening to our reviews below.

Quick Summary: 

Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair Review
  • Worth the hype?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Would we recommend?
2.4

Summary

The songs we remembered from Tears for Fears, Songs from the Big Chair were great. Unfortunately, most of us felt that the other tracks on the album didn’t meet the same standard. This album was from 1985 and was very successful for Rowland Orazabal and Curt Smith who hailed from Bath, England.
You definitely have to keep in mind that this album is over 30 years old and skirts the line of 80s pop and new wave music, which was very popular at that time. We invite you to listen to all our praises and rantings.
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Our Individual Review Scores
Scott Coates:
Overall opinion: 2 (two hit singles)
Would I recommend?: 1
Influenced my tastes: 0
Worth the hype?: 1
Darren Scott:
Overall opinion: 2.5
Would I recommend?: 2.5
Influenced our tastes: 2
Worth the hype? 2.5
Scott Gregory:
Overall opinion: 4
Would I recommend?: 5
Influenced our tastes: 4
Worth the hype? 4
Alain DuPuis:
Overall opinion: 3.5
Would I recommend?: 3.5
Influenced our tastes: 2
Worth the hype? 3.5
Greg Jorgensen:
Overall opinion: 2
Would I recommend?: 2
Influenced our tastes: 1
Worth the hype? 2