Saturday, March 03, 2007

More music appreciation

I've been greatly enjoying selected tracks from Andy Partridge's Fuzzy Warbles, volumes 7-8, available on ITunes so one can select judiciously. Partridge, the main figure in the apparently now-defunct XTC, has issued eight volumes of outtakes and home recordings (9 if you buy the entire package & get a bonus CD), many of which are either casual maunderings or demos of songs that sound better in the XTC released catalog. But if you use the 30-second sample feature on ITunes plus the customer reviews on ITunes and Amazon, you can figure out which ones are worth having.

One way of describing the good songs (and I gleaned 90-100 very good minutes out of the 8 Fuzzy Warbles volumes) is that it sounds like what Paul McCartney might have been doing over the last decade if he had kept his talent and not become so self-conscious and pompously silly.

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