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“Animals” Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd "Animals"

Pink Floyd "Animals"

The concept album. It unfortunately conjures up images of Yes, or Emerson, Lake and Palmer. But a lot of good bands did them (The Kinks, in particular). If you buy the story that the White Album by The Beatles is actually them merely making fun of everyone else currently active in music at the time, that also means that one of their best albums is a concept album, sort of. In any case, it’s an idea that could see some reviving, in competent hands.

Toward the end, Pink Floyd did almost nothing but concept albums. This one I’m reviewing in particular just happens to be the most dark, cynical pondering on the state of humanity that I’ve ever heard.

You know the concept, right? The human race is basically broken down into three subgroups; dogs, pigs and sheep. It begins with this little calm-before-the-storm number called Pigs on the Wing (part 1). Just acoustic guitar and Roger Waters‘ voice. It sort of sets you up with what this album might really be about: what if no one really gave a good grey shit about anyone else?

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Episode 36: Things Going Apeshit

Vinyl record covers discussed. This episode: Things Going Apeshit. Hosted by Rich Bachelor and Mark Mager. StylusCast from Downtown Portland, home of the world’s most mediocre vinyl scene. Each week we discuss 5 albums selected by the merit of their covers (usually).

Atomic Rooster “Made in England” 1972 Elektra Records.
Frank Zappa “Over-Nite Sensation” 1973 DiscReet Records.
Funkadelic “Standing on the Verge of Getting It On” 1974 Westbound Records.
Elton John “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” 1975 MCA Records.
Sly and the Family Stone “Fresh” 1973 Epic Records.

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Episode 35: Misguided Psychedelia

Vinyl record covers discussed. This episode: Misguided Psychedelia. Hosted by  Rich Bachelor and Mark Mager. StylusCast from Downtown Portland, home of the world’s most mediocre vinyl scene. Each week we discuss 5 albums selected by the merit of their covers (usually).

Gabor Szabo “His Greatest Hits” 1971 Impulse Records.
Canned Heat “Boogie with Canned Heat” 1968 Liberty Records.
The Ventures “Super Psychedelics” 1967 Liberty Records.
The Butterfield Blues Band “In My Own Dream” 1968 Elektra Records.
Moody Blues “Days of Future Passed” 1967 Deram Records.

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Episode 34: Women Who Are Supposed to Look Sexy

Vinyl record covers discussed. This episode: Women Are Supposed to Look Sexy. Hosted by Rich Bachelor and Mark Mager. StylusCast from Downtown Portland, home of the world’s most mediocre vinyl scene. Each week we discuss 5 albums selected by the merit of their covers (usually).

Three Suns “Fever & Smoke” 1961 RCA Victor.
Martin Denny “Exotic Love” 1968 Liberty Records.
Morton Gould “Makes The Scene” 1967 RCA Records.
Tanya Tucker “TNT” 1978 MCA Records.
Webly Edwards “Fire Goddess” 1958 Capitol Records.

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Episode 33: Comic Books

Vinyl record covers discussed. This episode: Comic Books. Hosted by Rich Bachelor and Mark Mager. StylusCast from Downtown Portland, home of the world’s most mediocre vinyl scene. Each week we discuss 5 albums selected by the merit of their covers (usually).

The Animals “Ark” 1983 Castle Records.
Thin Lizzy “Jailbreak” 1976 Mercury Records.
Big Brother & the Holding Co “Cheap Thrills” 1968 Columbia Records.
David Bowie “Images 1966–1967” 1973 Deram Records.
Joe Satriani “Surfing with the Alien” 1987 Relativity Records.

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