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The Worst Workout Album Ever

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I made a grave error back in 1996.  I wanted some new music to work out to and there was nothing like what we now call the Internet. You could do some things on the Net, but there were few images and certainly nothing like the music review sites we have now.  So I did the usual old thing, wandered into a “record store” with some knowledge from reading, some from listening, and set about choosing a CD.  In the end, after looking through all the bands I knew, I chose an album by a band I had never heard of; it’s hard to believe that Bringing Down the Horse was released so long ago.

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Live At Budokan–With Mascara!

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This review defends an album for – at least partly – extramusical reasons.  We all have albums that became and remain favourites because they represented our first acquaintance with the band that made them, and their status can’t be shaken even when we recognize and acknowledge that they perhaps don’t stand up as well as other albums by that artist.  For me, Bob Dylan at Budokan is one such album; but because music criticism, like all art criticism, should be at least largely objective, I want to defend the album for as many musical reasons as I can.

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The Allusive Al Stewart

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The first time I heard Year of the Cat, I had just landed back in Canada after a couple of years of tripping around southeast Asia, India, and Africa. Returning home, I felt like a stranger in a strange land where everything was foreign.

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Short Tunes That Last

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The average song length on The Beach Boys’ Wild Honey is 2:02.  That’s short, and brilliant.  In 1967 many bands were recording songs that lasted for whole sides of albums—and longer when jammed in concert.  Those songs have their place, but it’s nice to hear these crisp little tunes get it all out in just a few minutes.  

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