Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs & Barrett, Elvis Presley - Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite, The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn!
The first record that I'm going to talk about was the true find of the day, which is a reissue of Syd Barrett's first two albums. I can't tell you how long I've been searching for the first Pink Floyd album on vinyl for a reasonable price, so finding the first two solo albums by Barrett combined into one awesome vinyl package surely makes up for it.
These Syd Barrett albums are a necessity for any fan of early Pink Floyd. Syd Barrett is famous for starting the band and then shortly after losing his mind due to his LSD addiction. Syd Barrett could be considered one of the first true classic rock tragedies, as he slipped further and further into madness. Eventually the poor guy wound up diabetic and legally blind. He died in 2006, but his music will live on forever.
Everyone needs some Fat Elvis in their record collection, and what better album to add to the collection than his "Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite" live album. The album artwork for this is great, as it not only shows Elvis in a disgusting pose with an even grosser look upon his face, but it really plays up the "futuristic" satellite aspect of the recording. Recorded live in 1973, this album is a good representation of Elvis towards the end of his life and career, and features a lot of his classic songs, such as Hound Dog, Burning Love, Blue Suede Shoes and Can't Help Falling In Love. This isn't a necessary Elvis album by any means, but it's a double-album so if you ever find it cheap, I recommend snagging it. It's got some classic jams for sure.
Last on the stack for today is The Byrds Turn! Turn! Turn!.
A definite classic rock staple if there ever was one, and I'm glad to have it in my collection. The Byrds have a lot of great songs other than "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "Mr. Tambourine Man," and this album certainly has its tunes. I'm quite partial to the track "Lay Down Your Weary Tune," as you can hear below.
So there you have it folks. I hope you enjoyed some good tunes this Friday with me. Join me next week!