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The Maharal
= Cult of Ray =

730 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2018 :  11:43:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What is this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bcdk0t_HCo

I quite like FMRM - the two title tracks are crackers and In The Time of My Ruin a possible TOP TEN BEST EVER FRANK SONGS contender. Then there's the likes of Fitzgerald, My Terrible Ways, Golden Shore, Pittsburgh (my funeral song - well done Mr Paley for crafting some insanely fun and poignant lyrics), Poison and Wanderlust - all top work. I like or love the majority of the songs - only When the Paint Grows Darker Still and End of the Summer leave me empty. It's Charles doing his deep voice thing like he did on Silver Snail or The Water, it doesn't do anything for me. But they're minor complaints. The first section of It's Just Not Your Moment goes on slightly too long but it's catchy as feck and there's the 'Gun to my head - got to keep moving' coda which is all kinds of fantastic and totally quintessential Frank. Whoever is playing guitar on that totally deserved whatever money they got. Bloody hell. Elijah is another one I often roar along to, a nice stomper.

"Living hammered is always hit or miss" - some powerful stuff on this album and that Fitzgerald is possibly the most powerful of them. Up there with Here Comes A Regular by the Replacement for best song about alcoholism or pub-goers.

I would almost give up my right nut to have Black do another album similar to this. Heaven's boys protect those who neglect this album. It is the most rewarding in his back catalogue.

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The Maharal
= Cult of Ray =

730 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2018 :  11:45:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If he ever re-releases all his music at once I really hope he refers to it collectively as his Black Catalogue. I'd chortle.

Edited by - The Maharal on 12/05/2018 11:45:46
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johnnyribcage
= Cult of Ray =

USA
806 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2018 :  04:32:10  Show Profile  Visit johnnyribcage's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Maharal

What is this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bcdk0t_HCo




Looks like someone named Cyril Chmiel records instrumental keyboard versions of songs (mostly Sinatra) and posts them on youtube.


Take me to the vineyards of Lavaux
Want to see the mountains where the waters flow
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danjersey
* Dog in the Sand *

USA
2476 Posts

Posted - 12/09/2018 :  06:04:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by johnnyribcage

quote:
Originally posted by The Maharal

What is this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bcdk0t_HCo




Looks like someone named Cyril Chmiel records instrumental keyboard versions of songs (mostly Sinatra) and posts them on youtube.


Take me to the vineyards of Lavaux
Want to see the mountains where the waters flow




yeah, that seems to be what's happening there
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Bedbug
* Dog in the Sand *

1206 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2018 :  06:04:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Maharal

What is this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bcdk0t_HCo

I quite like FMRM - the two title tracks are crackers and In The Time of My Ruin a possible TOP TEN BEST EVER FRANK SONGS contender. Then there's the likes of Fitzgerald, My Terrible Ways, Golden Shore, Pittsburgh (my funeral song - well done Mr Paley for crafting some insanely fun and poignant lyrics), Poison and Wanderlust - all top work. I like or love the majority of the songs - only When the Paint Grows Darker Still and End of the Summer leave me empty. It's Charles doing his deep voice thing like he did on Silver Snail or The Water, it doesn't do anything for me. But they're minor complaints. The first section of It's Just Not Your Moment goes on slightly too long but it's catchy as feck and there's the 'Gun to my head - got to keep moving' coda which is all kinds of fantastic and totally quintessential Frank. Whoever is playing guitar on that totally deserved whatever money they got. Bloody hell. Elijah is another one I often roar along to, a nice stomper.

"Living hammered is always hit or miss" - some powerful stuff on this album and that Fitzgerald is possibly the most powerful of them. Up there with Here Comes A Regular by the Replacement for best song about alcoholism or pub-goers.

I would almost give up my right nut to have Black do another album similar to this. Heaven's boys protect those who neglect this album. It is the most rewarding in his back catalogue.





Great post. I agree, Fitzgerald is savage, in a Dylan sort of way? And In the Time of My Ruin indeed has proven to be an astonishingly good song that continues to sparkle.
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johnnyribcage
= Cult of Ray =

USA
806 Posts

Posted - 12/21/2018 :  15:28:46  Show Profile  Visit johnnyribcage's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My Terrible Ways > Fitzgerald > Elijah > It's Just Not Your Moment > The Real El Ray is just a killer run of excellence.

I'm on the record somewhere as saying I love the warts and all, White Albumish approach of FMRM and wouldn't have it any other way, but some selective editing would make it even better. There are a couple runs on the album though that are perfect as is, imo. The above is one.

...I might dust off the old cassette deck tonight and make a mix the old-fashioned way.

Say - I think this has probably been done around here before, but if you could make a super mix of Honeycomb and FMRM, how would it flow? You don't have to use all tracks. I'll have to think about how I would arrange it and get back to you. Fun game? Maybe?



I had a bad reaction to your public hobby writings.
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The Maharal
= Cult of Ray =

730 Posts

Posted - 12/23/2018 :  09:32:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That would be a fun game indeed. Can we throw in b-sides? Atlantis could be a contender.
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