Carly Simon – Anticipation

The title track to Carly Simon’s second album, “Anticipation”, was written about her longing for the arrival of Cat Stevens, whom Simon was dating in 1971. It’s a beautiful love song…but it also reminds me of ketchup.

About two years after the release of the single and album of the same name, Heinz chose to use “Anticipation” as the theme for a series of television commercials where it alluded to a longing for the arrival of their thick, slow-moving ketchup. Yeah, not quite as romantic as I’m sure Simon originally intended (at least I hope not) but the ads were so successful and aired so often throughout the 1970s that I bet most who grew up in that era still think more of ketchup than love when they hear Carly Simon sing “Anticipation”. But when you disconnect that memory and listen to the song as if Heinz ketchup never existed, it really is a beautiful testament to love and longing. The rest of the songs on the album were equally introspective musings about love and life. Beautiful songs that almost everyone can relate to; something common to all of Carly Simon’s songs. Fortunately, “Anticipation” is the only one that may be forever remembered as an ode to ketchup.

Neil Diamond – The Jazz Singer (Soundtrack) – Original Master Recording

Terrible movie. Amazing soundtrack.

You can tell I really like an album if I have an original master recording of it. If you have a decent turntable and turntable and sound system, the dynamics of an original master recording are so much better than standard records. They were also much pricier. I only ever bought an original master recording if it was an album that I felt should never be listened to as a backdrop. Whenever it was cued up, it deserved to be appreciated.

“The Jazz Singer” was Neil Diamond at his absolute best. Well, at least the album was. The movie on the other hand… … …Let’s not go there.

Steely Dan – Can’t Buy A Thrill

Contrary to what some may think, Steely Dan is not a person. Steely Dan is a band formed in 1972 by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. They named the band after a steam-powered strap-on dildo mentioned in the William S. Burroughs novel “Naked Lunch”.

Steely Dan is a very deceptive band. Their music is most often classified as soft rock, but when you really listen to it, there is some seriously hard Jam going on. This was due largely to the strong jazz influence Donald Fagen and Walter Becker put into their music. It also didn’t hurt that they would bring in top-notch session musicians to play with them and that they were absolute perfectionists in the recording studio.

“Can’t Buy a Thrill” is Steely Dan’s debut album. It was released in 1972 and sold over a million copies within the first year of its release.