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Pink Floyd's The Wall

Jim and Greg conduct a Classic Album Dissection of Pink Floyd's landmark concept album The Wall.

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Legendary singer and preacher Solomon Burke died last week at age 70. While Burke didn't have as many hits as some of his Atlantic Records peers, many, including producer Jerry Wexler, considered him to be the greatest soul singer of all time. And, two of his tracks gained exposure through the movies: "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" in the Blues Brothers and "Cry to Me" in Dirty Dancing. But, one of Greg's favorite Burke recordings was actually released in 2002. Don't Give Up on Me featured songs written for him by Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson and more. So to pay tribute to Solomon Burke, he plays a song from that record featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama called "None of Us Are Free."

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Pink Floyd The Wall

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters has been busy touring the country performing the band's epic double concept album The Wall, 30 years after the first tour. Jim and Greg both saw this show, and it got them thinking about The Wall's status as a definitive classic album. Listeners know what that means…time for a Classic Album Dissection. Jim and Greg compare this record to Pink Floyd's others and discuss the personal nature of Waters' lyrics. They also pick their favorite tracks. Greg goes with "Mother," while Jim chooses "Run Like Hell."

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Ben Folds Lonely Avenue

Fans of Nick Hornby's books and criticism or Ben Folds' songwriting will be disappointed to hear that their new collaboration Lonely Avenue is not a“classic album.”Jim is not a fan of Folds, but admits he's got serious chops. But the compositions are all over the place. And worse are Hornby's lyrical contributions. He panders to the worse clich'es, especially on tracks like "Levi Johnston's Blues," which, yes, is about that Levi Johnston. Greg was“appalled”by this project, and got the sense that the sometimes condescending lyrics were just crowbarred in. Both Jim and Greg give it a Trash It.

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“Ah Pook the Destroyer/Brion Gysin's All Purpose Bedtime Story”John Cale

Jim needs a palette cleanser after that last review, so he plays an example of a case where someone from the literary world went over to the rock world, and it worked. William S. Burroughs collaborated with a number of musicians toward the end of his life. And on Dead City Radio, the beat writer read his work while accompanied by music from the likes of Sonic Youth, Donald Fagan, Chris Stein, and best of all according to Jim, John Cale. On "Ah Pook the Destroyer/Brion Gysin's All Purpose Bedtime Story," Burroughs read while Cale played, and the two were a perfect match. Jim takes that track with him this week to the desert island. For more, check out the Sound Opinions interview with John Cale.

Featured Songs

  1. Solomon Burke, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Home In Your Heart, Rhino/Atlantic, 1992
  2. Solomon Burke, None of Us Are Free, Don't Give Up On Me, Anti-, 2002
  3. Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  4. Pink Floyd, Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  5. Roger Waters, 4:41 AM (Sexual Revolution), The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Columbia, 1984
  6. Pink Floyd, Goodbye Blue Sky, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  7. Pink Floyd, Hey You, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  8. Pink Floyd, The Thin Ice, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  9. Pink Floyd, Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  10. Pink Floyd, One of My Turns, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  11. Pink Floyd, Bring the Boys Back Home, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  12. Pink Floyd, In The Flesh?, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  13. Pink Floyd, Mother, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  14. Pink Floyd, Run Like Hell, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  15. Pink Floyd, Waiting for the Worms, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  16. Ben Folds and Nick Hornby, A Working Day, Lonely Avenue, Nonesuch, 2010
  17. Ben Folds and Nick Hornby, Levi Johnston's Blues, Lonely Avenue, Nonesuch, 2010
  18. Ben Folds and Nick Hornby, Picture Window, Lonely Avenue, Nonesuch, 2010
  19. William S. Burroughs, Ah Pook the Destroyer, Dead City Radio, Island, 1990
  20. Flying Lotus, MmmHmm (feat. Thundercat), Cosmogramma, Warp, 2010
  21. Kevin Lyttle, If You Want Me (Call Me), Kevin Lyttle, Atlantic, 2004
  22. Black Mountain, Buried By The Blues, Wilderness Heart, Jagjaguwar, 2010
  23. Typhoon, Body of Love, Hunger and Thirst, Tender Loving Empire, 2010
  24. Neu!, Hallogallo, Neu!, Polygram, 1972

Footnotes

thekingsolomonburke.com Solomon Burke's website chicagotribune.com Greg's obituary of Soloman Burke pinkfloyd.com Pink Floyd's bandpage penguin.co.uk Nick Hornby's author page benfolds.com Ben Folds kirjasto.sci.fi William S. Burroughs fanpage