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Sunday, October 09, 2005

#362 - Metallica, Metallica

"This 1991 release signalled Metallica's entry into the mainstream with the explosive success of its singles and videos, widening the band's fanbase to unheard of (in Metal) parameters of acceptance. While the songs are simpler and more direct than their earlier material, none of the power is lost. Not their best album, but the definitive starting point for beginners." (real music guide)

#361 - Mermaid Avenue, Billy Bragg & Wilco

"Mermaid Avenue is the album that completed Alt Country, answering the age old question "will the circle be unbroken" with a resounding "Yes!" The concept was brilliant -- to take bare bones Woody Guthrie lyrics and write catchy melodies for them. Wilco and Billy Bragg did just this, recording with some old-timey backline and warm, modern production." (real music guide)

#360 - Breakfast In America, Supertramp

"Supertramp's biggest record came out in that period in-between the excesses of the 1970s and the Reagan era, when all music started to sound like it was actually made out of cocaine. "The Logical Song" and "Take the Long Way Home" ensured perpetual classic rock rotation, but everybody knows Supertramp's real contribution was the beautiful "Goodbye Stranger."" (real music guide)

#359 - Concert In The Park, Paul Simon

"Ten years after playing a free concert in New York's Central Park with Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon returned, backed by the New York session musicians and the native musicians from South Africa and Brazil who had enlivened his solo work. The show was filmed and recorded, and the audio release was a 23-track double-disc set running nearly two hours." (allmusic guide)


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