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Ever Hear about McCartney’s Wild Life?

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Our Then-album to go with McCartney’s Kisses on the Bottom may seem an odd choice given the array of classic and controversial works available, but Wild Life has a lot to recommend it as both controversial and classic.  It’s the first Wings album and thus the second album by a band formed by a former Beatle—the first being John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band with band mates such as Eric Clapton and Klaus Voorman.

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Jeff Lynne's Partial Cover

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Jeff Lynne’s Armchair Theatre, his first of only two solo albums, has three great covers of classic songs. At first it appears to be an odd thing to do on his first solo album—to dedicate about ¼ of the album to covers.  It does prove interesting, however, in conjunction with his more recent solo release, Long Wave—a complete album of covers. Perhaps his most recent album was a long time in the making?

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The Best Album Title Ever?

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The only song I don’t know note-for-note and word-for-word on Uriah Heep’s 1970 debut album Very ‘Eavy . . . Very ‘Umble is “Lucy Blues.”  Why?  Because for its North American release, the album was unaccountably retitled just Uriah Heep, and instead of “Lucy Blues” we were given a song called “Bird of Prey.”  Now, while I wish the record company hadn’t retitled the album, I must admit that “Bird of Prey,” which is still one of my all-time favourite Heep songs, is far better than “Lucy Blues,” so I guess the company batted .500 on that one.

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“A Matter Of Opinion”: Do Blondes Have More Fun?

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I will insist, and mild interrogation won’t get me to admit otherwise, that I first loved and still loved “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” for that synthesizer hook.  It may sound old-fashioned or retro now – I wouldn’t know, because I still feel sixteen when I hear it – but when Blondes Have More Fun came out, I thought it was gnarly.  And you know what?  I still honestly think that the album as a whole deserves a whole lot more respect than it got at the time.

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