Archive | February, 2015

Weekly Vinyl – Journey to the Centre of the Earth

6 Feb

Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Rick Wakeman
(1974)
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This is the album that started punk rock.
What?
Let me explain … This album is so overblown and pompous that it staggers the mind. You have Rick Wakeman with multiple keyboards – playing excellently by the way – although you don’t really hear enough of him at times. The London Symphony Orchestra along with The English Chamber Choir are quite prominent here in the music.
This is Rick Wakeman’s musical adaptation of Jules Verne’s novel by the same name. I should point out that no adaptation of this book has ever ended well. The movies were a pale reflection of the book’s subject matter and plot.
Anyway – there is nothing really subtle here in this album. It is quite melodramatic. It is big. It is large. Where it does shine is when Rick Wakeman gets to play his keyboards out front of the rest of the music. Otherwise it is an example of progressive rock’s overreach.
I can see why a bunch of alienated youth in the UK headed to abandoned flats with guitars and simple tunes to start rocking out in a punk way.

Weekly Wine – Oggi Red

4 Feb

SONY DSCDoppio Passo Botter Primitivo Salento IGT
2013
Italy
750ml
13% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

I have to admit that the first swig of this wine did not sit too well on the palate. It was a bit strange. I had a hit of sulphites and something else that I could not identiy. The full bouquet of flavours in this wine, cherries and raspberries in the forefront, did its best to mast the first taste.
Was it me or the wine?
I was thinking of grabbing something to eat to clear my palate but it was late and I decided to just take another swing.
This time it was much better. I guess the first taste was me. Perhaps I got confused by the fruitiness of the wine. It is quite pronounced even though the wine is quite dry.
I reviewed the white wine from this winery, and it was OK. This wine is also that, OK. The label is nice and the wine is rather pleasant on subsequent sampling. There is a bit of unpleasant aftertaste that lingers on the tongue, but that would disappear if I had some nice dark German bread and some stinky cheese.
But it’s too late for that.
I’ll just brush my teeth very well before I turn in for the night.

Icy Stuff

1 Feb

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It is cold outside now, but not as cold as last year when we decided to walk to some ice fishing huts on Lake Simcoe. We had snowshoes and that helped a bit. But it was cold. And bleak. You can make out the huts in the distance.