Art Farmer & Benny Golson - Blues March: I need to hear this some more before I can say much of anything about it. "Killer Joe" is on here with a spoken introduction, in 1960; I thought it was a Quincy Jones original. Jones' version is better tho. This is the same album as one released by "the Jazztet" with another title. I'm not sure why they did it this way.
Steely Dan - Katy Lied: I'm inclined to really like this but I need a few more spins.
The Who - A Quick One: I like it. The deluxe set comes with singles up the wazoo: most of them are great but I don't see what makes "Substitute" much good, let alone great. This may sound weird, but instead of a proto-rock-opera I'm feeling more of a proto-Abbey-Road vibe from a title track which, in any event, is a cool song. Dig "Cobwebs and Strange". "There's a stone in my shoe so I can't catch you up" is a special kind of awful line, up there with "now I know you're not the only starfish in the sea" as just a phenomenally stupid line that's too stupid even to be cringy/embarrassing. I like the other songs, though (even that song). Maybe more fun an album than My Generation . I certainly enjoyed listening to it more.
Ultima III: Exodus: The first really good one in the series. The CGA graphics are ass; there's a patch that can upgrade then to (legit from the period) EGA or even (fan-done) VGA, as well as fixing all the bugs, but I left it CGA from the PC version. This is the first Ultima with a multi-character party, though they're all nameless and faceless (it's basically create-a-character times four). Also the first with the "tactical RPG" tile-based combat. This is a fun game, but really easy, just long. The dungeons are necessary again, and they're horribly diabolical: I beat the game in like 10 hours, and if I had to map out the dungeons it would be twice that. Or I'd just use a bunch of gems (even then there's a lot that's not marked on a map).
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar: The big one. This was my -- and probably most people's -- introduction to the series, when Origin released it as a free download, though I never came close to beating it back in the day. (It's still a free download on GOG, probably many other platforms.) Anyway, you had to kill some NPCs in the first three games but in this one you have to be a virtuous good guy. You have to find a bunch of items and attain enlightenment in the right virtues, and that's your game. Like Ultima III there's no final boss, but a puzzle. I've sort of screwed the pooch here in following a walkthrough; it'd be a lot more fun if I had found the secrets and shit on my own, in the enormous open world. I never came close to beating this game back in the day. It's really easy to exploit the game to build the virtues (for example, you can max out your humility by repeating an action over and over and over). The magic system is funny: you have to mix reagents to make spells, and the game doesn't tell you what reagents to use and how many; this is probably in tge manual and likely a form of copy protection. Anyway, this writeup is shit because it's almost one in the morning here. Long story short this is a all-time classic of CRPGs and, as it's free, you should download it.