That's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Deaths of Children" from last night taking on the Drone War. Last night, my "Kat's Korner: Stones release a tooth grinder" also went up. I'm glad so many of you enjoyed it. The person to think is C.I. I had worked on the piece off and on for about two weeks on scraps. We were working on Third and it was after 5:00 pm. C.I. was ready to bail. I mentioned I had a piece I hoped to piece together from scraps and have up next Sunday. C.I. said, "Where are the scraps?" She then helped me assemble it and all it needed was one paragraph and the whole thing was written. So thank C.I. because I really hadn't planned on having one for Sunday.
I did believe what I said, that the latest collection weakens the Stones' image by refusing to acknowledge the strong work done since 1983. I'm glad so many of you agree. It's just such a cheap ploy for money. And Susan pointed out that it should have gone the other way. That they should have put the hits everyone naturally wanted on the bigger collections to make people buy those.
A few were surprised by how strongly I feel about A Bigger Bang. I loved that album when it came out. But it has become even more appreciated by me with each passing year.
I would put it on a list of the 20 albums of its decade, easily.
They really did something wonderful with A Bigger Bang. Not only did it prove that the Stones could still rock, it also proved that they could make a great album. Not just a solid one, but a great one. The slow numbers especially are something to note. There's been a temptation to go sappy when it came to the ballads. On A Bigger Bang, they managed to keep the tension and not go soft.
Kyle e-mailed wanting to know if I realized we may not get another studio album from the group?
I hadn't thought about it but after Kyle pointed it out, yeah, I can see that.
A studio album requires them to write and record. And face each other in the studio.
It's much easier to tour -- they only have to face each other onstage -- so I think Kyle could very easily be right.
I also loved a comment by Brady, of how it was like Frank Sinatra was doing a best of and forgetting about everything but the Decca years, no Capitol, no Reprise, just Decca.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"