Co-worker recently ripped his entire CD collection and then brought it all in to share with anyone who was interested for the same purpose. Unable to resist I dove in and this is what I learned-
Bob Marley & the Wailers – I’ve previously enjoyed hearing their tunes(mainly as part of the atmosphere in Starbucks) but I wasn’t able to make it thru their greatest hits collection.
U2/Boy – Nothing reached out and grabbed me like War, The Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby.
Bob Mould/Workbook & Bob Mould – I sorta liked Husker Du way back when (I have their final two LPs) but while I was impressed with Mould’s guitar playing his lyrics didn’t register and seemed ill-fitted to what he was playing.
The Smashing Pumpkins/Siamese Dream – Yes. Finally found one I liked. However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this one could have been combined with the follow-up ‘Mellon Collie…”(which I own) and it would flow seamlessly as a three CD release. The songs seemed so similar to me. Is Billy Corgan that repetitive?
Wilco/Being There – I really, REALLY liked this. Other than some PBS TV Soundstage(?) appearance years ago Jeff Tweedy and crew have passed under my radar. Thinking about changing that now. (to my ears I could link Wilco at times with Cowboy Junkies, who I’m a fan of)
Nine Inch Nails/Broken – Other than whatever was shown on MTV or printed in Rolling Stone way back when I had access to either, I couldn’t tell you much about Trent. This was my first sit-down focused exposure to NIN and I think I sensed what the attraction is. Don’t know today what mood I’d have to be in to want to listen but in general I thought it was good.
The Smiths/Singles – Playing as I type this. Started off thinking I preferred Fine Young Cannibals but ten songs in and I’m enjoying it. A version of ‘How Soon Is Now?’ by Inner Sanctum appears DJ Subliminal’s Electro-Trance(?) CD I play frequently. Otherwise can’t say I’d ever heard any Smith tune. Not bad.
Frente!/Marvin the Album & Shape – The only two regular releases by this Australian group, I found them enjoyably quirky. They just might be the unexpected “treasures” in all the CDs I went thru.