Friday, 21 April 2017
Psychedelic Pop/21stCentury Sunshine Pop: Mark Wirtz Ear Theatre - Love Is Eggshaped - The Soundtrack (2005 Rev-Ola) Flac
One of the readers here wrote a few days ago Wirtz have a very british sound. And i think that's right. To me his music have a strong sixties feel under the surface of the songs. Wirtz make music for more than fifty years and had worked with a lot of great musicians. Wirtz have a universal vibe and that makes his music so great for me.
One last word: I would love to see an album of Wirtz and McCartney together!
Frank New Link
Fine melodic guitardriven Power Pop. This is a top notch album without fillers.Great songs and great arrangements make listen to the album to a real joy. Plus a great version of the Bay City Rollers ''I Only Wanna Be With You''.
Sorry, only mp3 :-(. If there is a kind soul with a Flac file please get in contact via email :-) .
Matthew Sweet's third album is a remarkable artistic breakthrough. Grounded in the guitar pop of the Beatles, Big Star, Byrds, R.E.M., and Neil Young, Girlfriend melds all of Sweet's influences into one majestic, wrenching sound that encompasses both the gentle country-rock of "Winona" and the winding guitars of the title track and "Divine Intervention." Sweet's music might have recognizable roots, but Girlfriend never sounds derivative; thanks to his exceptional songwriting, the album is a fresh, original interpretation of a classic sound.
This rare promotional disc features alternate versions of most of the tracks from Girlfriend, plus two cover songs (the exception to the album concept being "Someone to Pull the Trigger," which is from the Altered Beast album). A home-recorded acoustic version of the normally crunch-heavy "Divine Intervention" shows up here as an appealing slab of amphetamine folk. Acoustic renditions of "Looking at the Sun" and "Winona" also work amazingly well. In addition, there are several live tracks, the cream of the crop being an appropriately bruised and searing version of Neil Young's "Cortez Killer" that features guest vocals by the Indigo Girls' Amy Ray. There are only a few minor missteps: for one, it's unnecessary to include two versions of "Girlfriend" (a live BBC radio track and a concert rendition), especially when neither comes close to the blistering guitar work by Robert Quine on the studio original. Also, the live version of the normally jangly "I've Been Waiting" is a bit too shaky to merit inclusion. Overall, however, this album stands on its own as an exceptionally strong work, and shouldn't be seen as strictly for Matthew Sweet fanatics.
This came 2006 by Volcano released as a double disc edition. These both albums got the highest rate at allmusic from staff and readers i think i've ever seen. 5 stars out of five by staff and readers for girlfriend and four and a half stars for Goodfriend by staff and readers, too. WOW!!! My rating is six sweeties out of five and five sweeties + three-fourth sweeties out of six for Goodfriend. :-)
Maybe Sweet's best album he ever delivered.
Frank mp3 & mp3@320 You need both links for mp3 and both for Flac! Flac & Flac 2
Being a power pop group in the 1970s was sort of like being a garage band in the '60s, a grunge group in the '90s, or an emo band in the '00s -- there were a ton of them and they all sounded pretty much alike. It took a band with something special to stand out in the crowd. Often this something was not enough to make the band famous or reach the charts but it was enough to make them influential and fondly remembered. The Rubinoos are one of these special groups. They had a boyish charm, great melodies, and plenty of rock & roll spirit, but it wasn't enough to make them stars. Still, they wrote some very good songs and deserve an anthology, if only for the insanely catchy almost-hit single "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." Other tracks that should have been hits include their peppy cover of Tommy James' "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Hard to Get." Each of the 16 songs compiled on this disc is a great pop song. If you are a fan of any of the modern pop underground bands like Sloan or the Shazam, you really should check out the Rubinoos. This is a great place to start.(allmusc.com)
Very nice collection of the band.
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