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Tom Tobben

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OK, close your ears everyone! Experimental sounds? Try out this way-out sonic experiment by Lou Reed from 1975. I originally bought the double LP cheap in a cut-out bin, listened once, then got rid of it as fast as I could. 

 I dare you to try to listen for more than a minute or two, much less the entire album. Perhaps the worst "music" album I've ever heard:





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Tom Tobben

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On a more aurally pleasant note, here's perhaps the Beach Boys' first use of external "musique concrete" sounds in a song, from their very first album, Surfin' Safari. Rev up those engines:

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Larry Franz

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Tom -- I played the Lou Reed album while reading about it in Wikipedia. 2 1/2 minutes was my limit. 

The Wikipedia article says it was named #2 on a list of the worst rock albums ever in some book. Obviously, that raised the question: what was #1? 
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The Fifty Worst Rock-And-Roll Albums of All Time

1. Presley, Elvis – Having Fun with Elvis on Stage
This 1974 monstrosity was subtitled “A Talking Album Only”, but it was packaged like a standard live album. There was only one minor problem: this live album had no songs on it, just the rote between-song patter, repetitious nonjokes, and flat-out stupid scarf disbursements that were epidemic at the King’s arena shows in the seventies.

2. Reed, Lou – Metal Machine Music
Capturing a sequence of squawks, screeches, and squeals, Reed uses no instruments, just electronic effects. The same drone vacillates for as long as it takes you to take the disc off the turntable.

It sounds like Having Fun with Elvis wasn't a rock album at all, so maybe Metal Machine Music deserved to be #1.

Further down on this particular list, which can be found here:
http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/steveparker/slipped_discs.htm

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23. Parks, Van Dyke – Song Cycle
Song Cycle’s twelve overorchestrated tracks are rampant with bad rhymes sung in a fey voice designed to make you say, “Oh gosh, what a genius”. Instead, you lost interest after the first two minutes. Just because you’ve been told something is a masterpiece doesn’t mean it is.

28. Beach Boys – Still Cruisin’
For those waiting for the Beach Boys to hit rock bottom, the suspense ended with the release of this record.
 

Van Dyke Parks, "Palm Desert" and "The All Golden", Song Cycle, 1967



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Tom Tobben

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Good finds, Larry. That Lou Reed album IS awful, no doubt! I wonder whether it will have any supporters here. I dare anyone to listen to it in its entirety and still be sane.

Good to see that Still Cruisin' was among the worst as well. I'm surprised that Summer in Paradise wasn't rated even worse.

I've always been baffled by the critical hype that Van Dyke Parks Song Cycle album received. Interesting experiment but certainly not very memorable.
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Peter Simpson

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Gold -Doors
Silver - Pink Floyd
Bronze - BBs
Tin - Macca

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kds

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Commenting on the above.  

Quite frankly, I can't imagine a good Lou Reed album.  The guy's never done anything that caught my hear.  

How can Still Cruisin be the 28th worst album ever?  First off, it's really not an album.  And, it sounds like Pet Sounds compared to Summer in Paradise.

Anyway............

The first heavy metal song from the first heavy metal album in history started with thunder and a tolling bell.  Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath



On a lighter note, The Beatles get nautical on Yellow Submarine.  



Pink Floyd was always well known for interesting sounds on their songs.  As early as their first album, starting with the opening narration and Morse code on Astronomy Domine 



And ending with a sound collage on Bike



All the way to the end of their career with using some Steve Hawking dialog on Keep Talking 



From the 1993 sessions, but not released until 2014, Talkin Hawkin




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bonnie bella

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How did I know Pink Floyd would make an appearance?

Tom, I made it to seventeen seconds.  It shoud have been fifteen, but I fumbled the pause button.


I've posted this before, but it uses a synthesized Japanese flute and something called an E-mu Emulator ll, whatever that is.




Starting with a vacuum cleaner, this song goes on to use a variety of household items to make music.  It's not even too bad, if a little clacky.  Willing to bet the studio was spotless at the end of that session too.


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Larry Franz

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Dick Dale produced some new sounds with his guitar (playing these two simultaneously in different tabs on your browser isn't bad either).

"Shake N Stomp", 1961



"Surf Beat", 1962



bonnie -- 15 to 17 seconds? I thought you were made of sterner stuff. [smile]
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        Season7 Week 10...Fave Waves..

       1)   I am giving Gold to The Doors And Pink Floyd..These are two of my alltime fave tracks


       2)Bronze..The BeachBoys(Brian Wilson)..A staple from Pet Sounds


       3)Tin.........Paul McCartney.....I like this one as well but it can't compete with the rest


                         Very enjoyable week Deb
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Deb#1

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t, I hadn’t seen the Martian Hop for a real long time.  What a blast from the past! 

There’s this one from the X files. It always gives me a shiver.

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I have flown on Wings of Tin...a Ford Trimotor.
  The “Tin Lizzy” was a reference to Ford’s Model T, not really tin but close enough.  I read the Wings of the Tin Lizzy were Aluminum.

[Ford_Trimotor_EAA] 

Of course, bonnie’s Wings of Iron is an even better feat.  Ah, and Lisa suggests the Spruce Goose, which was not made of spruce, but almost entirely of birch. 

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I think one unique, inventive sound was the set of car keys tossed from hand to hand to create the percussive background pace on "Surf's Up"

I never knew that, Lisa, add it to the celery crunching on Vega-Tables.

kds, I’ve come to agree with you, Time is better than Money, and here I mean the songs, not the relative value of time versus money. I picked the right one this week.  A lot of Pink Floyd songs use sound effects.  Great song by Meatloaf. I always liked it.

There are some lengthy videos this week.  It helps to point out a time mark for any particular effects so we can edit the listening.  Tom Tobben, did you make it through the whole hour of Lou Reed’s?  I lasted about 3 minutes. 409 was ear candy after that.

Thanks, Popeye, and here is a train liaison from the same album.  Train #58 Meets Second #57.  Cool stuff. I lived 3 blocks from the tracks growing up.  They could get loud, but they could be strangely comforting, too.

Thanks, Darren, I seem to remember that Pet Sounds isn’t necessarily your cup of tea.  I hoped I’d hit your palate with at least one entry…looks like it’s Wings of Gold, finally.  That birch just didn’t look sturdy to me.

Thanks for the votes, Pete and Verden. I have your Gold/Silver tie for the Doors and PF.

Thanks to bonnie, I’m learning about the E-mu Emulator II.  The Emulator is the name given to a series of digital sampling keyboards using floppy disk storage, manufactured by E-mu Systems from 1981 until 2000s. Though not the first commercial sampler, the Emulator was among the first to find wide use among ordinary musicians, due to its relatively low price and its size, which allowed for its use in live performance. It was also innovative in its integration of computer technology with electronic keyboards. (from Wikipedia).

[525px-E-mu_Emulator_II_on_the_floor] 

Larry, I think Dick Dale should be in the R&R HOF.

Now, one more from the singing dogs, just for all you great folks:


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bonnie bella

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Deb, the E-mu Emulator II looks suspiciously like a portable organ.  [smile]


One of the few Elton John songs I like, starting with a spooky wind sequence.  



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Bonnie,

That's my all time favorite Elton John song.  

Elton has toured with Billy Joel a few times.  Billy uses some ambient steel factory sounds for Allentown.



Last Pink Floyd song I swear.  They were well known for keyboard and guitar solos, but how about this kazoo on Corporal Clegg?




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Larry Franz

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Did someone say more Lou Reed?

From The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967), "one of the most influential and critically acclaimed albums of all time", #13 on Rolling Stone's list of greatest albums, placed on the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, but which was generally ignored when it was released (although "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band"). John Cale and Lou Reed did a number of things to create the record's distinctive, irritating sound.

"I'm Waiting for the Man" (featuring ostrich guitar)



"Run, Run, Run"



"European Son" (warning: feedback ahead)



Personally, I never listened to the whole thing before yesterday and never started a band.
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At the end of the Judas Priest track Metal Gods, you can hear the sound of robots marching.  The effect was done by shaking drawers full of cutlery from Ringo Starr's house (formerly John's the big white house from Imagine), where Priest was recording.

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Larry Franz

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Guess what? I got a fever! And the only prescription is ... more cowbell!

In a manner of speaking...

Kraftwerk, pioneering popularizers of electronic music. The final two tracks from Autobahn (1974):

"Mitternacht" (Midnight)



"Morgenspaziergang" (Morning Walk) -- it's better after the electronic birds get quiet




Don't think anyone has mentioned "Tomorrow Never Knows" from Revolver:

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