This is an ode to the shuffle. How better to get a good insight in your digitized album collection than by a classic shuffle? Finally discover the albums you never got into, finally throw the ones away you will never get into and worship those classics that never grow old again. The Shuffle of this week:

1.    Morrisey – At Least I am Born (Ringleader of the Tormentors, 2006)


The shuffle is majestically opened by the closing track (nice title to conclude an album with) of Moz’ eighth solo album. Last time I spoke about Morrisey I wondered if I would ever get into his solo works. Well, that question is meanwhile answered, since You Are The Quarry stayed on my mp3 for a couple of months. Beautiful album full of fantastic lyrics from the ever cheerful Briton.

2.    Simon and Garfunkel – El Condor Pasa (Bridge over Troubled Water, 1970)


The delightful intro transports me into this song from the last S&G album. From the fantastic album year 1970, although we lost both The Beatles and those guys in that same year. Luckily for us, the music was saved and the solo albums that followed were sweet.

3.    Franz Ferdinand – 40’ (Franz Ferdinand, 2004)


Quite a brutal transition to the guitar driven song from this debut album. I actually kind of forgot how mature this band already sounded at that point. Pity that they didn’t go through with it on their later work.

 

4.    The Who – Cut My Hair (Quadrophenia, 1973)


Track from an album I discovered only a couple of months ago. It didn’t convince me immediately, time to further unravel this riddle.

 

5.    Quicksilver Messenger Service – Where Do You Love (Happy Trails, 1969)


Psychedelic rock with  a piece from the ‘Who Do You Love’ suite. Lot of picking and improvising. Definitely an album that also gets its second chance.

6.    Quicksilver Messenger Service – Light Your Windows (Quicksilver Messenger Service, 1968)


That’s at least what I had in mind, because the shuffle does something extraordinary this time: it switches right away to the previous album of this band, the other one in my collection. Since this one pleased me the most till this moment, it’s this one that gets its second chance first.

 

7.    Genesis – I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (Selling England by the Pound, 1973)


When the first sounds of this masterpiece blow through the speakers subsequently,  a spontaneous smile appears on my face. It were without any doubt the best four minutes of the day. Me, I’m just a lawnmower, you can tell me by the way I walk. From the best album of all time.

 

8.    Steely Dan – Reelin’ In the Years (Can’t Buy A Thrill, 1972)


The atmosphere of the seventies stays a little longer with this delicious guitar riff, combined with Donald Fagen’s great vocals.

 

9.    Leonard Cohen – Sing Another Song, Boys (Songs of Love and Hate, 1971)


And we’re moving one year back in time again with Leonard Cohen. He’s gonna sing another song and makes it a long one with a sing along outro. So everybody join in before we close this week’s party with…

 

10. Sonic Youth – Master-Dik (Sister, 1987)


… some screaming guitars from the late eighties. This is from the album that precedes the famous Daydream Nation. Apparently it happens to be a CD bonus track that didn’t appear on the original album. This is the last one I’m gonna relisten the next couple of weeks.

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