Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters
I like how linear it is, every song starts in a different place than it ends, lots of moments made memorable by her vocal inflections and loads of little details which add to already solid songwriting. Probably her best album, would have to hear the others again to compare.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Chunky Shrapnel [live 2019]
KG rips it up live so this is pretty killer. Not really my ideal tracklist but whatever.
Rina Sawayama - Sawayama
"Paradisin" is gonna become my summer cuisin-down-the-highway-jam I can already tell.
Kayak - See See The Sun
Obscure prog band from the Netherlands. Not quite a lost classic, but a decent record. A good band to check out for those who've already explored the genre pretty thoroughly. I'll probably check some of their other albums out.
Tangerine Dream - Zeit, Stratosfear, Sorcerer, Rubycon, Richochet, Phaedra, Force Majeure
These guys are great background music. Just put a bunch of TD albums on a playlist and you got awesome spooky 70s synth/mellotron vibes all day. They all kinda blur together so maybe once ive heard them enough to distinguish them more my opinion with change but I think at this point I'm going to pick Rubycon as the best one. but they're all pretty much as good as the others.
Klaus Shultze - Timewind
If you wrote Tangerine Dream on the cover I wouldn't have been able to convince you otherwise.
Klaus Shultze - "X"
Sounds like a pretty fully realized experimental cosmic orchestral/ambient/electronic space odyssey, pretty epic actually (literally so, as the album is 2 damn hours long). oddly even though they're completely different in most other ways this tapped into the same kinda spacey late-70s sci-fi vibe that Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds does for me. Keeping this in the rotation for sure. Definitely did not even come close to digesting this.
Andrew Loyd Webber - Jesus Christ Superstar
I got really high on easter and listened to this. It's still the best thing ALW has ever done. (not the best thing Tim Rice has ever done though). Man, they really should remix this thing though. The sound quality is pretty jank in places. A Stephen Wilson remix of JCS would be a worthwhile endeavor.
Peter Gabriel - Passion
Also an Easter spin.
The Strokes - The New Abnormal
It sounds like a Strokes record. Usual mix of some good songs some bad songs and some bizarre choices. Better than their last couple for sure, but I doubt I'll revisit it much. curiously the main single from this album "Bad Decisions" has the same title as the main single from my band's debut album. The Strokes are one of our lead singer's fav bands, so it was surreal for him to see one of his influences come out with a song with the same title as something he wrote. (and while I'm not gonna claim that ours is better, we didn't need to copy a Billy Idol song to write our song is all I'm sayin')
Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom
I've revisited this a few times but have yet to "get" it. I think I'd need to try a different Wyatt album for the sake of comparison at some point before coming back to this one.
Return To Forever - Romantic Warrior
This seems to either be praised as a classic or referred to as extremely overrated. I liked it fine. I can definitely appreciate the musicianship.
Phish - 8/22/15 Magnaball 2, 7/9/19 Mohegan Sun Arena
Their most recent quarantine livestreamed archival shows. 8/22/15 is a career highlight which tends to be the case with their festival shows, and 7/9/19 was one of my favs from last summer. Odd to see something so recent in this context though.
Grateful Dead - Dicks Picks 19 (10/19/73) and also 6/10/76
one of my fav DPs so far. I dont think I've heard a 73 show that I haven't thought was absolutely spectacular yet.
Thoughts on yours:
ELO are kind of their era's "pop crack" poster child.
"Yours Truly 2095" DOES sound like the buggles! Surprised that never occurred to me. "Twilight" would definitely make my top 10 ELO songs tho. I remember the "Hold Me Tight" commercial, that song was the only reason.
Yeah Message is the best Move album by far. the lack of too many serious songs is cus they were recording ELO's debut at the same time so most of the serious stuff went on there. The singles also actually fit nicely with the album for a change too, feels like side 3.
Wizzard's catalog is pretty messy since they put out a lot of non-album singles and unlike the move there wasnt a comprehensive series of reissues. "Singles A's & B's" is the singles comp I've had for a long time (there are separate volumes for Wizzard and for solo Roy) though maybe there have been replacement comps since then that are better.
A few of them I still haven't heard, maybe its time for me to finally listen to Super Active Wizzo and Main Street.