This week, as I look forward to the new Spock's Beard album dropping next month, I wanted to look back on one of their earlier works. Their tenth album, "X," was (in my opinion) their best effort with second lead singer Nick D'Virgilio, and would prove to the last time he ventured into the studio with the band. Featuring a couple of tunes with Neal Morse co-writing credits, a kick-ass instrumental from keyboard virtuoso Ryo, this album was solid from top to bottom.
For the first time in a long time, Tuesday will be just
another day for me.
For a few decades, new records have been released on
It seems like most of my life (Tuesday became the
official release day in April, 1989-prior to that it was Monday) that music came on Tuesday, although it wasn't until entering the work force as a "suit" that I really began to purchase music at a ridiculous rate.
Tuesday (or Monday) since July 1, 1984, I would make the trek from my office
down to 11th Street to Sounds Of Market Street II to get my mitts on
the week’s new titles.
I think I paid for the manager's (Avi) trip home to Israel each summer. It was a great store with great prices and selection, and Avi could order almost anything I wanted, which was critical in the pre-Internet world.
In 1993, I moved to Connecticut, and the store of choice was
Strawberries in Bloomfield.
Less ability to order imports, but by then I had a few mail order outlets that could satisfy that sweet tooth.
In 1995, I ventured out to Phoenix, where my pilgrimage was to Zia
For more than twenty years, every Tuesday it was the same, and at all three
locations the store personnel came to expect me.
Sometime after 2006, my work schedule got more intense and I
found I was buying online more than at local stores, but every Tuesday, there
was that Amazon box waiting on my doorstep.
No one seems to know for sure why, but I have heard the
explanation offered that since Billboard charts are published on Wednesdays,
you get the most chart impact for a new release coming out on Tuesday, a full
week including a weekend.
But as of today (July 14, 2015), Tuesday will sing no more.
Recently, a group of people (mostly outside the US), decided
that physical music releases would start coming on Fridays, globally.
A global street date makes sense.
Prior to the change, the same album
may be released as much as a week apart in different countries, which makes no
sense when consumption is increasingly digital.
Why should people in Japan be forced to wait for the new One Direction CD when the rest of the world has to suffer?
But I am going to miss coming home on Tuesday nights and finding something new to listen to.
This week, the Vault features a joint effort released earlier this year by two guitar greats, Eric Johnson (blues/rock) and Mike Stern (jazz). Eclectic sees the two legends going toe-to-toe on twelve tracks...here are a couple to check out, the rest are you-know-where...
Big Big Train has operated under the mainstream radar for
quite some time, but those of us in the know are lucky enough to have
experienced some excellent music.
Their “English Electric” project was ambitious, two albums
released separately over the last couple of years, now repackaged as a box set.
This set includes the masterpiece "English Electric, Part 1", the
strong but not quite as good "English Electric, Part 2", and four new
songs, "Make Some Noise", "Seen Better Days",
"Edgelands", and "The Lovers".
The new tracks are worth buying (you can also get them on an
EP if you have the two individual titles), but the package is unique enough
that I decided to spring for it.
So without further ado, the Train is in the Vault!