Off The Beaten Groove: In Heavy Rotation @ ARC Sound Room (January)
Continuing with our monthly installment of what’s in heavy rotation at the Audio Research sound room. Here are more select cuts that are being spun. Curated by the magical ears of Warren Gehl.
Aretha Franklin: Young, Gifted and Black, Atlantic LP/CD reissue, entering her progressive soul phase –standout track: “Day Dreaming”
Arlo Guthrie: Hobo’s Lullaby, Reprise LP/CD reissue, prog folk, standout track: “Lightning Bar Blues” in a jug-band treatment
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity: Streetnoise Reprise LP, ultra-cool and scarce 1969 Brit prog-rock/soul -standout track: “Light My Fire” Doors cover.
Norman Blake: Whiskey Before Breakfast, Rounder LP and Blackberry Blossom, Flying Fish LP, two timeless Americana pickin’ favorites
Van Morrison: Astral Weeks, WEA original LP/Rhino reissue LP, soul rock -considered his finest by many, and in a worthy reissue
Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Dream, Columbia LP (reissued), jazz -essential, accessible Monk straight-up
Julee Cruise: Floating Into The Night, WEA LP/CD, pop as a flotation device crafted by Angelo Badalamenti atmospherics
Echo & The Bunnymen: “The Killing Moon”, Korova import (EU) 12” vinyl single remix, heart-aching Brit alt-rock classic that haunts to this day
Art of Noise: Seduction of Claude Debussy, ZTT CD, classic(al) drum-and-bass work of art
Modern Jazz Quartet: Fontessa, Atlantic LP/CD (mono), jazz – ‘50s MJQ at the top of their highly swinging game
One vinyl thought…The last record in the last bin may be the last record you thought you’d ever find (but it won’t be the last one you’ll ever buy).