Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
I have been deeply immersed in a new 12 CD box of genius from one of my favorite bands, King Crimson. For full information and complete track list click here. It also comes with a DVD, DVD-A and 2 Blue Ray discs. An absolute must own for any King Crimson fanatic. Here's a few samples.
We are running out of true musical giants here on planet Earth. It seems we toss out platitudes like "legend" with ease and discuss ad nauseam who belongs in whatever "hall of fame" or "all-time greatest" list that grabs our increasingly short attention span. However, the depth and breadth of longevity, innovation and spirit that left us this week is a hole that may never be filled. Allen Toussaint may not be a household name, but in the world of music he belongs in the same conversation as Louis Armstrong, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Parker, The Beatles, James Brown, Miles Davis and Cole Porter, to name a few. Rarefied air... and a very funky beat.
This isn't the place for a history lesson as his story, stats and accomplishments can be found quite easily on the web, and I would urge you to do just that. I can't think of many artists that touched as many different styles of music, wore as many creative hats or crossed as many boundaries. And certainly none that did it with the impeccable grace, humility and passion of Allen Toussaint.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Toussaint. We will never see your like again.
What follows is a mere drop in the bucket when you look over his discography but are among my favorites.
Here's a few things that you should investigate..
Here's some stuff from the archives that have been pulled out for a spin recently.
They are one of a handful of bands that always manage to transport me to another place. A 7 year wait for their latest sonic opus was worth it after a single listen to this remarkable album. And that's what it is... an album. I recommend listening straight through for the proper effect. Here's a quartet of my instant faves.
Sorry I've been silent on this blog for a few weeks. I'll try to make up for my sloth with a massive post of new tunes that are making my world a better place lately. We'll start with a pair that belong at the top of the list.
I get more obsessed with this band with each passing year, and this new album has literally knocked me on my ass. A brilliant record and one that demands to be listened to uninterrupted. The fact that they are quite simply some of the most down to earth and flat-out nicest humans on the planet only makes me root for their success more. BUY THIS AT ONCE! And if you're as geeky as me, grab the vinyl as they used the old Capitol Records Rainbow label!
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