For The General
1.) Van Morrison. This is my "stranded on a deserted island" choice. The dude has a long history of turning out really fantastic work and his lyrics can be remarkably revealing of his unguarded soul. It's clear that he's been searching for a very long time, and maybe he's warming to the idea that the searching is as significant as knowing the answers.
2.) Miles Davis. Kind of Blue. If this doesn't touch some part of your soul, you may not have one. Plus, Modal Jazz? Brilliant. My buddy Eddie name his son after Miles. My long lost buddy Don once said that his life would have been complete if only Miles Davis had told him to "fuck off, white boy".
3.) Yes. No, not the pop iteration of later years. Yes, as in Close to the Edge- back in their progressive rock halcyon days. I've always liked progressive rock, which has limited exposure. Most folks have heard Rush, or Yes, and maybe ELP, but no one has heard of Triumvirat. Pity.
4.) Public Enemy. Seriously. I held such high hopes for rap in those early days, and PE is still the high-water-mark for the form. I still think that the potential is there, and I guess we'll all have to wait for a retro period. In the meantime, this is goddamned hysterical:
5.) Frank Zappa. Wonderful lyrics and interesting arrangements. I wish he was still with us. Sadly, he is remembered for Valley Girl.
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