What are Saturdays for? Going to the record store, obviously. They sent me a message today to tell me that my copy of that weird idea, Roger Water’s Dark Side of the Moon Redux (2023), has arrived. It might be worth it for the cover alone, but I’m sure old Roger will be doing his best to replace as many of Dave’s guitar ideas as possible. Is the project designed to irritate Dave? Or is it a sincere reinterpretation? Whatever it is, after hearing Money and Comfortably Numb (1979) from The Lockdown Sessions (2022), I’m looking forward to listening to this odd musical decision.
It was also the arrival of Jonathan Wilson’s album Eat the Worm (2023). Having said that, I liked his first two albums so much and his last two albums not so much. It seems that he is following a similar path to Steven Wilson, you like them for the kind of music they play, they get popular because of it and then they feel like they want to do something else, not everyone can be Bowie – and yes, the other album that arrived today was Steven Wilson’s new album, The Harmony Codex (2023), I can only hope that I like it as much as the albums I like – if you follow.
Steven Wilson day didn’t stop there, Rui at Tubitek convinced me to buy Rick Wright’s Steven Wilson remix of Wet Dream (1978). I bought it when it came out, and it now has a different cover, which always tempts me, but I wasn’t going to get it, I never really felt it was essential despite liking Rick Wright’s playing a lot and I suppose it’s him and Gilmour on the Floyd classic Echoes. Whilst on Wilson-watch, I also bought a reasonably priced remix of Thick as a Brick (1972), one of the great JT albums.
I found a copy of a 10-inch Psalms (2022) by Nick Cave, Rui told me that I had to have this because it will also be impossible to find in the future. I also added some ridiculously priced CDs to add to The Archive collection by bands that weren’t in it, often with little cred, but someone out there loves them. For example, Bush – The Kingdom (2020) and Bullet for My Valentine – Gravity (2018) and ABBA’s first music in forty years with Voyage (2021), some will say thankfully their last (I suppose it is horrendously middle of the road), others will be very happy – like Elvis Costello and Steven Wilson. I also found Ben Harper’s Call It What It Is (2016) and Buffalo Tom’s Smitten (1998).