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Sound Opinions, being the scholarly work it is, has provided footnotes to help you navigate through the show's vast maze of musical knowledge.

Because, let's face it—sometimes even we have no idea what the heck Jim and Greg are talking about.
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11-25-06 Footnotes
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1 First up in the news is a discussion of the legacy of R&B singer Ruth Brown. She passed away earlier this week at the age of 78. One of the original divas, Brown helped establish Atlantic Records and the R&B sound as we know it today. In fact, Greg explains that Brown predates the great Ray Charles. She also won a Tony Award for her part in Black and Blue, and starred as “Motormouth Maybelle” in Hairspray. The singer was also an activist in the music industry and pushed Atlantic to start the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, which worked toward royalty reform and distributed millions of dollars directly to musicians in need.

2 After a much-hyped “retirement,” Jay-Z returns with a new album, Kingdom Come. While many folks take up pottery or flock to Florida during their retirement, the hip hop star became a CEO, bought a basketball team, and made a number of cameos. Perhaps this life didn’t satisfy J-Hova, because he was compelled to return to rapping after only 3 years. But, neither Jim nor Greg can understand the urgency. To them, he just sounds bored. This is not a new issue for Jay-Z, however. He’s often been plagued with a great voice and very little to say. But Greg thinks Kingdom Come is his worst effort ever. The album gets two Trash Its.

3 Next up is a review of the new album by Tom Waits. Longtime listeners know that Waits is often a bone of contention between our two hosts, and this time is no different. The new record, Orphans, is a 3-disc set that began as a trip through the Waits archive. But Waits also added 30 new recordings to the mix. Jim thinks this is a perfect example of the songwriter’s consistent inability to self-edit. He used to love Waits, but now just plain hates him. For Jim, Waits is an art-rock caricature, and this album is a Trash It. Greg is a tried and true Waits fan, and thinks that his storytelling is in top form. He is also interested in the sonics on Orphans and thinks it’s one of Waits’ best albums. He recommends listeners Buy It.

4 Every Thanksgiving, Jim and Greg like to get out and shoot some turkeys. Don’t worry, these turkeys deserve to die. This year’s nominees for most disappointing album are:

Pharrell, In My Mind
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Pink, I’m Not Dead

Tool, 10,000 Days
Original Review: listen

Audioslave, Revelations
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David Gilmour, On an Island
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The Killers, Sam’s Town
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And the king turkey is…

Outkast, Idlewild
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5 This episode of Sound Opinions isn’t all negative. Jim and Greg also provide you with some holiday gift suggestions for the music lover in your life. They recommend wrapping up the following box sets:

The ClashThe Singles Box Set
What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977) Box Set
Rockin' Bones: '50s Punk & Rockabilly
Jerry Lee Lewis - A Half Century of Hits
Tommy Boy Presents Hip Hop Essentials

Here are some other box sets to check out:

Steve Reich, Phases: A Nonesuch Retrospective
Gram Parsons, The Complete Reprise Sessions
Buddy Guy, Can't Quit the Blues
Waylon Jennings, Nashville Rebel
The Byrds, There is a Season
Various Artists, A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box
The Pretenders, Pirate Radio

Tori Amos, A Piano: The Collection
The Bee Gees, The Studio Albums, 1967-1968
Robert Plant, Nine Lives
David Crosby, Voyage

And for DVD fans:

Michael Franti, I Know I'm Not Alone
Nirvana, Live! Tonight! Sold Out!
Jeff Tweedy, Sunken Treasure: Live in the Pacific Northwest


Songs Featured in Show #52

Ruth Brown, “Teardrops from My Eyes,” Rockin’ With Ruth, 1984
Jay-Z, “Oh My God,” Kingdom Come, 2006
Jay-Z, “30 Something,” Kingdom Come, 2006
Tom Waits, “Sea of Love,” Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, 2006
Tom Waits, “World Keeps Turning,” Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, 2006
Tom Waits, “Fish in the Jailhouse” Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, 2006
The Johnny Otis Rhythm & Blues Caravan, “Turkey Hop,” The Original Johnny Otis Show, 1994 Ohio Players, “Jive Turkey” Skin Tight, 1974
Pharrell, “Number One,” In My Mind, 2006
Pink, “Conversations with My 13 Year Old Self,” I’m Not Dead, 2006
Pink, “Dear Mr. President,” I’m Not Dead, 2006
Tool, “Wings for Marie Pt. 1” 10,000 Days, 2006
Tool, “10,000 Days (Wings for Marie, Pt. 2),” 10,000 Days, 2006
Audioslave, “Broken City,” Revelations, 2006
Audioslave, “Original Fire,” Revelations, 2006
David Gilmour, “The Blue,” On and Island, 2006
The Killers, “The River is Wild,” Sam’s Town, 2006
Outkast, “The Mighty O,” Idlewild, 2006
Diplo, “Florida,” Florida, 2004
The Clash, “White Riot,” The Singles [Box Set] 2006
Cyril Neville, “Gossip,” What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves, 2006
Ronnie D, “Action Packed” Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk and Rockabilly 2006
Jerry Lee Lewis, “Hi Heel Sneakers,” Many Sides of Jerry Lee Lewis, 2006
Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick, “La Di Da Di,” Art of Storytelling. 1999
(Credits) The Clipse, “Wamp Wamp,” Hell Hath No Fury, 2006




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