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Salad Days – Adrian Belew

Yow! A buncha changes have flown through the house this week, the biggest of which is the wife’s career switch from plain ‘ole private school teacher to teen shelter teacher/social worker. This is a good thing for a number of reasons. Perhaps the only downside is that she no longer gets the summer off. Vacation has been cancelled!! So we’re packin’ up the Jeep tonight and heading for the hills (ok, of Portland, Maine…which is indeed a little hilly.)

Anyway, this morning’s mood is the best it’s been in at least a month, so I had the urge to listen to some sheer fun. This particular Adrian Belew record is full of acoustic versions of Belew/King Crimson material…and it’s a joy to listen to. Adrian’s Beatles influences are right out in the open on the string quartet version of “Men In Helicopters”. For me, the live acoustic version of Crimson’s “Three Of A Perfect Pair” goes right over the edge. The crowd even fills in some of the vocal refrains. It’s too much fun….and boy, do I need that right now.

P.S. (Remember…my favorite used record shop is in Portland…)

(First posted on Mark Is Cranky)

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