Wednesday, August 26, 2009

...and now, this week, at number 199...

Soon to be upon us - the anniversary of the beginning of the recording of one of the defining albums of the late 1960's. Although much of the gentility and beauty present on the first album is missing here - John Cale famously referred to it as 'consciously anti-beauty,' the album itself remains without peer - especially in its use of negative imagery and in its sheer artistic bloody mindedness. The album was produced by Tom Wilson - whose anniversary is also very soon - the often neglected producer of; as well as The Velvets, Bob Dylan, The Mothers of Invention and Simon and Garfunkel.

'The Gift'

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