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Postby BloodshotBaby » Sat Mar 17, 2007 1:03 am

judy, you actually dated a bob dylan lookalike during your obsession? you're my new hero.

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Postby Dreamin » Sat Mar 17, 2007 1:26 am

Unfortunately, he didn't like Bob Dylan.

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Postby BloodshotBaby » Sat Mar 17, 2007 2:05 am

Dreamin wrote:Unfortunately, he didn't like Bob Dylan.

ah, so that's why it didn't work out, huh?

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Postby Dawg » Sat Mar 17, 2007 10:42 am

Most recently, it was Twin Cinema by The New Pornographers.

This was one of those CDs of a band I've never listened to, but read so many glowing reviews I decided to give it a shot.

I was in love :23 seconds into the damn thing when the chorus kicks in on "Twin Cinema", the first song.

When I got to "Bones of an Idol" and first heard the force of nature that is Neko Case's voice, I knew I had found something special.

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Postby Katherineanne98 » Sat Mar 17, 2007 7:14 pm

I've been happily reading this site for a long, long time and finally found something that moved me enough to post. I'm excited about checking out the albums that show up multiple times, and some of the others. So, thanks for starting this topic whoever did it, and thanks for the passionate posting to everyone else...

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Postby miss carol » Sat Mar 17, 2007 9:41 pm

Mass Romantic, New Pornogrpahers. I loved it so much, I emailed my ex (note to everyone: don't do this. Dumb move.) Fortunately, his non-plussedness had no effect. I did, however, see him and his "new" girlfriend/fiance at the NP show right after seeing my boss at the same gig. It was a wierd night and I was typically uncool. New Pornographers put on a great show, which made up for everything.

End of merlot-infused story.

Oh, and welcome Katherineanne98. Hope to hear more from you.

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Postby Katherineanne98 » Wed Mar 21, 2007 3:15 pm

Sam Cooke, Live at the Harlem Square Club

I fell in love with the Von Bondies cover of Bring It On Home To Me, the bonus on Lack of Communication, but never knew that it was even a cover because it wasn't listed in the notes. I'd kinda forgotten about that album for a year or more, and then one day a friend handed me the Sam Cooke cd to listen to becuase it kinda fit with something else I'd been listening to, and I was floored. I got to listen to it beginning to end, alone in the car. So that song came on, and I almost stopped the car to listen. I was so happy to FINALLY know somethign about that song. And his voice, the crowd, the band. All great.

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Postby Lep » Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:55 am

More or less reverse chronological order of hearing:
"Decoration Day" - DBT
"Black Music" - Chocolate Genius
"Greatest Hits" - Z.Z. Hill
"Homemade Blood" - Chuck Prophet
"I Feel Alright," "El Corazon," "Train A'Comin'" - Steve Earle
"Now I Got Worry," "Orange" - JSBX, "Sugarshit Sharp" - Pussy Galore
"Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz" - DB
"The Best of Slim Harpo" - SH
"Can You Hear Me?" (compilation) - Lee Dorsey
"Rootless Cosmopolitans," "Yo! I Killed Your God" (later) - Marc Ribot
"Done By the Forces of Nature" - Jungle Brothers
"Black, Brown and Beige" - Duke Ellington
"Sketches of Spain" - Miles Davis
"Raw" - Big Daddy Kane
"By All Means Necessary" - BDP
"It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" - PE
"The Complete Stax/Volt Singles, 1959-1968"
"Rain Dogs" - Tom Waits
"Blonde on Blonde" - Dylan
"#1 Record," "Radio City" - Big Star
"High Priest" - Alex Chilton
"Gilded Palace of Sin" - Flying Burrito Brothers
"GP" - Gram Parsons
"Bad Music for Bad People" - Cramps
"The Idiot," "Lust for Life" - Iggy, "Raw Power" - Stooges
"From The One That Cut You" - Fred Lane & Ron 'Pate's Debonairs
"Blue Mask" - Lou Reed, "1969," "White Light, White Heat," "The Velvet Underground" - VU
"Uncle Jam Wants You" - Funkadelic
"Ice Cream for Crow," "Doc at the Radar Station" - Captain Beefheart
"Best of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles," Motown Anthology series
"Motion," "Life, Love and Faith" - Allen Toussaint
"Flyin' Shoes," "At My Window" (later), "Live at the Old Quarter" (much later) - Townes Van Zandt
"Down on the Drag," "Honky Tonk Masquerade," "Joe Ely" - JE
"Last Cheater's Waltz" - Sonny Throckmorton
"Some Girls," "Exile on Main Street" (much later) - Rolling Stones
"Heart of Stone," "I Don't Wanna Go Home," "This Time It's for Real" - Southside Johnny
"The Clash," "London Calling" - Clash
"My Aim Is True," "This Year's Model," "Get Happy" - Elvis Costello
"Darkness on the Edge of Town," "Born to Run," "The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle" - Bruce
"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" - Al Green
"The New Breed" - James Brown
"Decade," "Comes a Time," "Rust Never Sleeps" - Neil
"Luxury Liner" - Emmylou
"The Sound in Your Mind," "The Troublemaker," "To Lefty From Willie" - Willie Nelson
"Turn, Turn, Turn," "Mr. Tambourine Man" - Byrds
"Beatles for Sale," "Beatles '65," "Rubber Soul," "Revolver," "The Beatles" (White Album)

sorry so long....

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Postby MF » Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:26 am

It’s been so long since I’ve experienced a head over heels love at first listen disc that I sometimes wonder if these experiences have more to do with my age and less to do with the music.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not yelling at the neighbourhood kids to get off my lawn and expressing my concern about the youth of today with their piercings, tattoos and loud music (yet).

There have been many songs that I’ve instantly fallen for. Songs played so many times that I’ve nearly worn out the zeroes and ones (most recently Donovan Woods’ My Cousin Has a Grey Cup Ring). But it’s been a very long time since an entire album grabbed me by the ears and made me feel the way I used to when I was a teenager, routinely blowing my measly grocery store paycheque on stacks of vinyl.

I also think I’m guilty of confusing first-listen/ first love albums with the music that’s the cornerstone of memories. The Beatles Blue and Red Albums – seemed like every kid in my neighbourhood had copies of these. Took me years to figure out why you’d need any other Beatles albums. The Replacements’ Pleased to Meet Me lived in my bright yellow sony walkman sport through my first bad teenage job. Doolittle by the Pixies was transformative...Rattlesnakes is the sound of grade 10. But did I love any of these on first listen? I honestly couldn’t say.

The last one that did get me from the first spin was Jim Bryson’s the Occasionals. It was a Christmas present that I put off listening to. I put it on one January night whilst doing the dishes and I ended up with a sink full of cold water and diminishing suds, sitting alone in the dining room enthralled.

It’s a feeling I wished happened far more often.

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