Lane’s Musical Wish List

Lane asks Rory to buy some vinyl records for her while she’s in Hartford. No money seems to exchange hands, but perhaps there is an unspoken understanding that Lane will pay her back when she knows the exact cost.

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

A 1963 album by American jazz legend Charles Mingus. It is a single continuous composition (partly written as a ballet), divided into four tracks and six movements. It is one of the most acclaimed jazz records of the 1960s, considered one of Mingus’ masterworks, and is consistently ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time.

!!!!Here Are The Sonics!!!!

The 1965 debut album of American garage band The Sonics. Highly influential on the development of punk music, it is considered an essential piece of Seattle rock and roll history. Rory is impressed enough to ask Lane to burn her a copy.

Kick Out the Jams

The 1969 debut album of American proto-punk band MC5. It was recorded live at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom over two nights at the end of October. It was controversial at the time for the line, “Kick out the jams, motherfuckers!”, and some stores refused to carry it. Nonetheless, it managed to reach #30 on the Billboard charts. Considered rather overbearing and pretentious by critics at the time, it is now held in very regard for its high energy live performance, and influence on rock music.

Liege & Lief

A 1969 album by British folk-rock band Fairport Convention. It was the first album they brought out where all the songs were freely adapted from traditional British and Celtic folk music, or original compositions done in a similar style. The title is two words from Middle English, meaning “loyal”, and “willing”. It reached #17 on the UK album charts, and is regarded as a major influence on the development of British folk-rock.

Odessa

A 1969 album by the Bee Gees. It was an ambitious project, intended as a concept album about the loss of a fictional ship in 1899. It created a lot of tension in the band about their musical direction, so that Robin Gibb temporarily left the band. It reached #10 in the UK album charts and #20 in the Billboard album chart, but was poorly-received by both the critics and the public, leading to a decline in the band’s fortunes, until they reinvented themselves as a disco band in the 1970s. (This may be why Rory is dubious about the album). Odessa has since been re-evaluated, and gained increasing critical acclaim.

The Unwritten Works of Geoffrey, Etc

The only album released by Whistler, Chaucer, Detroit, and Greenhill, in 1968. It was a psychedelic folk-rock album which defied categorisation, and the four names on the album were pseudonyms for David Bullock, Scott Fraser, Eddie Lively, Phil White, and John Carrick; it was produced by a young T-Bone Burnett. Recorded in the basement of a Fort Worth radio station, the record was released to widespread indifference. It wasn’t reissued until 2006 (complete with historical liner notes), so it’s little wonder Lane has not been able to locate a copy of this rare album.

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