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Before Its Time
Some records sound terrible when converted to MP3s and listened to on inexpensive computer speakers. Some sound wonderful.

Fleetwood Mask's Tusk falls into the latter category. There are moments when the rhythm section sounds like something taken out of a Timbaland track. More than a few, actually. "Tamped" would be a good word.

I'm only just now getting into Tusk. I didn't discover Fleetwood Mac as music until 1997 or so. Learned to love Fleetwood Mac and Rumors while Kim was pregnant. Had heard Tusk a few times when Kim played her Value Center LP on the turntable, but it didn't make much of an impression.

It was the Camper Van Beethoven "cover" of the album I picked up last year that really piqued my interest in Tusk. The Camper version is interesting on its own terms, a strange musical and temporal experience -- begun around 1987 and finished in 2002 after years of being forgotten. It's worth checking out.

But I think I like the Fleetwood Mac version better, at least when I'm sitting at the computer working.

It helps, of course, that I'm nostalgic for a 1970s I only experienced through sit-coms and magazine ads, the one in which Boulder or Marin County shimmered with the promise of a future that would never arrive.

By the time Tusk came on the scene -- and, yes, I do remember the singles "Tusk" and "Sara" and their time in America's Top 40 -- that promise was fading rapidly. The Village People's "Ready for the 80s" now sounds tragic, not silly. Chic's "Good Times" reverberates with the disasters to come. And the taut angularity of Tusk considers the prospect of a promise indefinitely deferred, with all the pressing down -- conscious or not -- that accompanied its deferral.

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Mode: recovering?
Muse: Not That Funny - Fleetwood Mac - Tusk

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masoo From: masoo Date: February 10th, 2004 10:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Encouraged by your post, I stuck both versions of Tusk into Rhapsody and am now listening to them, song-by-song, like this:

FMac's "Over and Over"
CvB's "Over and Over"
FMac's "The Ledge"
CvB's "The Ledge"

About halfway through ... funny how each sounds like the band that produced it (duh), so that if I don't pay attention, it's never clear that the Camper songs are covers of the song I just heard. I prefer FMac, for the vocals if nothing else. I could make a continuum or something: I prefer Fleetwood Mac to Camper Van Beethoven, prefer several other FMac albums to Tusk, therefore I'm not overly impressed with CvB's Tusk. But I'm not a Camper Van expert ... "Skinheads" was a fave, of course, and I bought Sweetheart and Key Lime Pie, but over the years I've listened to Kerosene Hat more than all my Camper albums combined.

Fleetwood Mac, on the other hand ... saw them three times, the first at the old Fillmore West ... they opened for Paul Butterfield and Ten Years After, it was summer of '68, I think, the Peter Green era of "Shake Your Moneymaker," a lot different than "Go Your Own Way."
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: February 11th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

meditation: mood: recovering

Ah yes it was the line "One never recovers. One is always recovering." I was meaning to respond to that. A post from days, a week ago.

I liked the double irony--recover as to find and claim again and recover as to grow more well (both being problematic, both acknowledged so).

I wonder now about re-cover, if that's always part of an endless process too. To expose a core of self, to cloak a self again, again. A dance of veils, unveiling.

I wonder what would happen in the morning if I placed this meditation up against the one for Kim on skin.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 11th, 2004 03:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: meditation: mood: recovering

Interesting. Recovering the rift or chasm. Recovering the unsightly mess beneath. Recovering because blankets have a way of falling off you in the night. Recovering because concealment is warmer than exposure.
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