"Unhealthy as the Sheen" b/w "All the Teenage Stations": sentimental favorites 1970-75 [2-CD set]

Side A
Artist Song Buy
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1. Big Star  Morpha Too (1974)  buy on itunes
2. Steely Dan  Charlie Freak (1974)  buy on itunes
3. Patti Smith  Hey Joe (Version) (1974, No Thanks! 2003)  buy on itunes
4. Nico  Afraid (1970)  buy on itunes
5. John Cale  Engine (1975)  buy on itunes
6. Lou Reed  Oh Jim (1973)  buy on itunes
7. The Modern Lovers  Hospital (recorded 1973, The Modern Lovers 1976)  buy on itunes
8. Yoko Ono  Mind Holes (1971)  buy on itunes
9. David Bowie  Win (1975)  buy on itunes
10. Parliament  I Just Got Back From The Fantasy, Ahead Of Our Time In The Four Lands Of Ellet (1974)  buy on itunes
11. Can  Oh Yeah (1971)  buy on itunes
12. Roxy Music  The Bob (Medley) (1972)  buy on itunes
13. Sparks  Saccharine And The War (1972)  buy on itunes
14. Brian Eno  Third Uncle (1974)  buy on itunes
15. Sadistic Mika Band  Picnic Boogie (1973, Golden Best 2002)  buy on itunes
16. Iggy & the Stooges  Penetration (1973)  buy on itunes
17. Ike & Tina Turner  Bolic (1972, Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter 2002)  buy on itunes
18. Funkadelic  I Call My Baby Pussycat (1972)  buy on itunes
19. David Bowie  Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family (1974)  buy on itunes
20. Marc Bolan & T. Rex  Over The Flats (acoustic demo 1972, Work In Progress 2003)  buy on itunes
Side B
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1. The J.B.'s  Future Shock (Dance Your Pants Off) (1975, Funky Good Time 1995)  buy on itunes
2. Parliament  There Is Nothing Before Me But Thang (1970)  buy on itunes
3. Funkadelic  Alice In My Fantasies (1974)  buy on itunes
4. Ike & Tina Turner  Contact High (1970, Scorched Earth 2004)  buy on itunes
5. Lou Reed  N.Y. Stars (1975)  buy on itunes
6. John Cale  Barracuda (1974)  buy on itunes
7. Brian Eno  Cindy Tells Me (1973)  buy on itunes
8. Bryan Ferry  Fingerpoppin' (1974)  buy on itunes
9. New York Dolls  Stranded In The Jungle (1974)  buy on itunes
10. Flamin Groovies  Doctor Boogie (1971)  buy on itunes
11. John Lennon  Goodnight Vienna (demo 1974, Anthology 1998)  buy on itunes
12. Gary Glitter  Baby Please Don't Go (1972, Rock and Roll 1991)  buy on itunes
13. T. Rex  New York City (1975; The T. Rex Wax Co. Singles A's and B's 1972-77, 2002)  buy on itunes
14. Suzi Quatro  Brain Confusion (For All The Lonely People) (1972, A's, B's & Rarities 2004)  buy on itunes
15. David Bowie  I Can't Explain (1973)  buy on itunes
16. NEU!  After Eight (1975)  buy on itunes
17. Television  Little Johnny Jewel, Parts 1 & 2 (1975, No Thanks! 2003)  buy on itunes
18. Lee Perry & the Upsetters  Kojack (1975, Dub-Triptych 2004)  buy on itunes
19. William S. Burroughs  Virus B-23 (1975, The Best Of William S. Burroughs 1998)  buy on itunes
20. Roxy Music  End Of The Line (1975)  buy on itunes
21. Brian Eno  In Dark Trees (1975)  buy on itunes
22. Yoko Ono  Dogtown (acoustic demo circa 1973, Rykodisc "Approximately Infinite Universe" bonus track 1997)  buy on itunes
23. The Velvet Underground  I'll Be Your Mirror (live 1970, Peel Slowly and See 1995)  buy on itunes


A 2-CD sampler of what to my mind made 1970-1975 such great years: proto-punk, acid-funk, art-pop, junk-boogie, art-glam, glam-glam, dub, krautrock, Yoko; the weird, the wunnerful, the dirty, funky, confused, arty, druggy, junky, trashy, seedy, brilliant, f*cked-up, gorgeous, prescient, disposable, raw, primordial, unsettling, unclean. I first grew obsessed with this stuff back in the mid-80's when much of the best was out of print: circa 1987 I saw (but didn't buy) Parliament's "Osmium" for $100 or so, now it's on Amazon for $6.98. But still when I hear "Little Johnny Jewel" on CD, I flash back to mixing the 2-part Ork single onto cassette and experience PPBS (Phantom Pause Button Syndrome) precisely at 3:11. It will always be so. Of the (for me) new discoveries here I'll especially recommend "Contact High" (from the excellent "Scorched Earth" anthology), which may cause cannabis-infused negative energy to hover before the listener as a sculptural object. If that sounds like a good thing, check it out. ***** NOTES ABOUT SOURCES/YEARS: The years cited are year of commercial release or (for demos etc.) year recorded. I cite the source CD only when my source is a later anthology/hits package or the like. ***** SOURCES OF TITLES: "unhealthy as the sheen on a piece of rotten meat" is quoted from Robert Christgau's 1972 Consumer Guide review of Roxy Music's first album; "all the teenage stations are broadcasting through the bathroom pipes" is from "Egyptology (My Head Was a Sledgehammer)" by Richard Foreman.
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Little Spencer Boys
Date: 3/25/2007
Excellent Notes, Excellent Comments, Excellent Misic, Fine, Fine Superfine compilations. I'd trade for these!!
Date: 3/25/2007
Fantastic stuff. Both discs are solid gold.
Pop Kulcher
Date: 3/25/2007
Very cool mix. I'm with you all the way on this, and particularly like how you generally opted for some of the lesser-known/lesser-used tunes by these particular artists.
Date: 3/25/2007
Great stuff!
DJ Karen Adams
Date: 3/26/2007
I'm a sucker for concept mixes and this is, well, what Barrydali said.
Date: 4/24/2007
Excellent glimpse at an era. Not a bad track here and great notes too. Welcome (belatedly) to AotM :)

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