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  4. Worked from home today for parts of the day (had to take part off to take mom to a dr.'s appointment) so that gave me another chance to pull out more vinyl while I worked. First album out: Historical Anthology of Music - Processional & Ceremonial Music A collection of works by Giovanni Gabrielle (1557 - 1612). Enjoyable classical music. Next out of the box: Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture One of my very favorite works of classical music. We got this when I was a young child and I listened to it a ton. Still is excellent. Next out of the box: Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Suite Very enjoyable. Next out of the box: Reds - The Soundtrack to the movie Saw this movie in the theater when it came out in 1981. I recall it being a long movie - so long it had a break during it. I was not crazy about it but my parents liked it and may dad loved the music so my mom bought him the soundtrack. Many years latter they gave it to me. Its ok. Nothing I am crazy about though. Kind of filler for me. Next out of the box: Franz Lehr - The Merry Widow An operetta written in 1905. This recording was done in 1978. My parents saw it live when they lived in England in 1958 & 1959. They both liked it, esp. my dad. For me though its mostly filler. Nothing that thrills me. Next out of the box: Rodgers & Hammerstein - The Sound of Music The soundtrack to the movie starring Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer. I enjoy the movie and we bought the soundtrack when I was a kid and we listened to it a ton back then. Still very good. Next out of the box: Hymns Triumphant Volume I A collection of traditional hymns by the London Philharmonic Choir. Good stuff - I can recall mom singing some of them to me when I was a very little kid and she was putting me to bed- esp. "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow". Clearly it was classical music day. Best work? 1812 Overture.
  5. What is the ideal sequence of tracks on an album. How many, what kinds, where do they go? Maybe it’s best to use examples. I think my platonic ideal of album design right now is this:
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  7. I don't actively hate any of the big hits, but... I'm with Geddy on Fly By Night....never have understood the appeal of that one as a perennial radio fave. It's fine as a "it's our 2nd album and we're 21 years old" or whatever...but I find it kind of cloying - especially the chorus. I feel similar about In The Mood - it is what it is, and I'm fine with it...but I never need to hear it again. I feel like they played a shortened, piss take version through much of the 80s because they felt they had to play something off the 1st record...but I could have done without it. Closer To The Heart I enjoy as a song...but Geddys's vocal on the AFTK version kinda bugs me. It has an affected quality I don't enjoy. The version on ESL is glorious, and is my go-to. I don't hate Tom Sawyer...but I'll never go out of my way to listen to it. Mostly that's because it's grossly overplayed...but also, "mean mean stride" and "mean mean pride" right off the top irks me. I just don't think it's a good lyric...and the repeat of "mean" really rubs me the wrong way. I will never ever switch a radio station if Limelight or TSOR are playing...but I actually have flipped by Tom Sawyer more than once.
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