This Was

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I was watching the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus recently and three quarters of the way through it I came to the conclusion that the best performances on this 1968 BBC television broadcast were from the first two acts. The Who did their mini opera, A Quick One (the footage later showed up on the documentary The Kids Are Alright), but the band that really blew me away was Jethro Tull with their version of A Song for Jeffrey from their first album This Was. I recently picked up the remastered version of this album which is absolutely fantastic, with its wide, rich acoustic sound. The brass (Rock & Roll flute) guitar, and big fat bass are I’m sure why there are still those out there that insist that analog is far superior to digital on these old classics. Your really feel like you are right there in the room with these guys while they are playing. You can almost feel the spit coming out of Ian Anderson’s mouth as he plays and sings. And this album is great from start to finish.

I’m in LA this week and going to visit my most excellent friend Jeff. Today’s runner is for him. A Song for Jeffrey – Enjoy!

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Alone Together

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Dave Mason departs Traffic in 1970 with his solo debut Alone Together a beautifully poignant editorial, which is just as accurate today as it was 40 years ago.

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Birth Of The Cool

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In Today’s Runner Miles leaves Bird behind in 1949 to launch a new sound marring Bop with a relaxed feel to create West Coast or “Cool” Jazz. Gil Evans arranges heavy-hitters such as Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Max Roach and Miles to create the influential Birth of the Cool.

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The Game

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This one had more hits than a bong party in Tom’s basement.

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Point of Know Return

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When I leave the house to go for a run, there are several different routes I can take, and each one has a turn off, so depending on how far I feel like going, I can do three, five, eight miles or more. When I get to each of these turns, I have a decision to make. How far…?

In high school, I once got into a heated discussion with my friend Jeff about which Kansas album is better. He insisted Leftoverture was superior to the new Kansas album Point of Know Return. I argued that the new album was much more listenable, and besides, it had the smash hit Dust in the Wind on it.

This Saturday Kansas comes to our little town. Maybe at the show I’ll figure out this 36 year old paradox. Which Kansas album is better?

Today’s runner clocks in at about 45 minutes. Enjoy

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