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daftbird's Journal
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2006-11-28 11:10:34
and when my mind is wandering there i will go
(yesterdays blog)

Inspired by(blogger) fergal, got Sgt Pepper out this morning for the first time in...couldn't tell you how long...very long time...with the goal of trying to listen with fresh ears . And came to the conclusion that I couldn't do it. Have simply read and heard too much about it over the years to stop the dialogue in the head - yes, there's George in the throes of his Indian stage. Julian's friend Lucy. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite where bits of tape were cut up and spliced randomly. The instrument sounds representing the different family members in She's Leaving Home. A Day in The Life -flogged to death so much that it wouldn't worry me if I never heard that one again. Getting Better - what a pity it was ever used for the theme on that show -has buggered it.

To be honest I get more enjoyment out of listening to the Monkees (shock! horror! ) than Sgt Pepper. And a lot of enjoyment out of what I moved on to after Sgt Pepper this morning: To Our Childrens Childrens Children album by the Moody Blues, side b in particular. Ah, it's lovely, lovely, lovely. A scratchy old perfect record.

Having said that - I really do understand the cultural significance of the Beatles album-what a breakthrough it was at the time - it'll be 40 next year, won't it? And Brian Wilson getting all depressed when it came out (note to self:why can't you ever remember anything useful).

Oh, there still is one song on Sgt Pepper that I can enjoy just as a song -well, bits of it in particular and that is.........Fixing A Hole. Love the hey, hey, hey...hey and guitar bit in the middle. And love the bit:

I'm taking the time for a number of things
That weren't important yesterday
And I still go.

I do love it when Paul sings "and I still go" -actually that is my favourite bit on the whole album. Truly.

I am a very naughty person -have come back to edit because I just swiped this from someone's blog -someone did a review of the Moody Blues album and they made it sound interesting, so here it is - if I had seen a place to leave a comment would have asked them if it was O.K. to nick it...

This is an essential Moodies album for sure. The celestial quality of the mellotron has never been more evident than on this LP, and the songwriting is up there with the best of their career. The theme of space travel is not important and fairly loose, although it does provide the album's one skippable track, Beyond, an experimental instrumental that isn't really much fun to listen to. Other than that, the songs really shine. Hayward's Gypsy and Watching and Waiting are incredibly moving and beautiful compositions, and his guitar playing features melodic, attention-grabbing licks that catch the ear without dominating the dense but clear mix. Mike Pinder gets in a couple of his best songs on Out and In and the sitar-driven Sun is Still Shining, and John Lodge shows his mystical side on Candle of Life. Even Ray Thomas, who sometimes succumbs to schmaltziness, contributes the classy, ultra-melodic Eternity Road. The songs blend into each other with fade ins and outs in a wonderful, flowing manner. The whole affair has a sense of quiet profundity and spirtuality that you won't find in much of the psych music of the period. This album has been with me for half my life, and I never tire of it. If you want to pick up a couple of Moody Blues albums, make this one of them. It's pure class from start to finish.

Mood - tired
Music - two of us - the beatles
Edited - Never

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