Saturday, December 3, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #551
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MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #551.183!
Mel Tillis – Me And Pepper;
Your Body Is An Outlaw; Southern Rain (Collectors’ Choice) :: Wherein we have three timely reissues of Mel’s
1979-1980 albums for Elektra. The first is a competent enough but slightly pop-skewed effort that’s for completists
only. The second, recorded with his band the Statesiders, is a much rootsier move in the right direction. It’s the third,
however, that hits all the right classic country notes from the record cover art right on down to the solid song selection.
Now if only Collectors’ Choice would also reprint the full album credits instead of leaving them in illegible miniaturized
form on the original back cover reproductions…
Ben Jelen –
Ex-Sensitive (Custard) :: If this weepy boo-hoo chickfest is what not being sensitive sounds like, then I’d
sure hate to hear how emasculated he gets in sundress sensitive mode. Ben Dover is more like it.
Francis – sv n f ng rs (Cooling Vinyl) :: Are you ready for the crossbreeding of insane
John Cale and droll Kevin Ayers? Or is that wonky Todd Rundgren and rural Neil Young? Either way, I sure am!
Jones – Bluelisted (Northern Blues) :: Three reasons why this pic-a-nic basket fulla
blues is smarter than the average bear: (1) It has a great title; (2) It has liner notes by Big House harpmeister Elwood Blues;
and (3) The music actually lives up to both (1) and (2). In other words, it doesn’t make a single boo-boo.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Mike Garson – Conversations With My Family (Resonance) :: Most everyone’s
introduction to Mike Garson was when they heard his still-stunning schizo-schizero piano solo on Bowie’s “Aladdin
Sane,” not to mention his subsequent noir noodlings on Mick Ronson’s vastly underrated Slaughter On Tenth
Avenue album. And although those heady days are long gone, he’s still busy flexing his ample jazzbo chops on thoughtful
solo excursions like this new one of his which is alternately brassy and orchestral.