The Meandering Hexagon

Listener's Log: The Magician's Birthday

Album: The Magician's Birthday
Artist: Uriah Heep
Release Date: 1 November 1972
Date Listened: 23 February 2018
Remarks: For background, Uriah Heep is something I should love. Heavy prog is a pretty fair description and they precede most of the other bands in the same genre. This record is my only real foray into their oeuvre and unfortunately, I'm not a big fan. The vocals and songwriting (or lack thereof) are not so great, for all the aesthetics. However, on the last and titular track, they show that they have true instrumental skill– kazoo solo and all.
Stand Out Tracks: Blind Eye, Rain, Sweet Lorraine, The Magician's Birthday

Listener's Log: A Space in Time by Ten Years After

Album: A Space in Time
Artist: Ten Years After
Release Date: August 1971
Date Listened: 22 February 2018
Remarks: Ten Years After is a formidable blues outfit, with one of the greatest guitarists of the era, Alvin Lee. This record reminds me of Leslie West and Mountain, a contemporary of theirs and is most memorable for it's infectious hit single, I'd Love To Change the World
Stand Out Tracks: One of these Days, I'd Love to Change the World, Over the Hill, Baby Won't You Let Me Rock N Roll You, Once There Was A Time, Let the Sky Fall

Listener's Log: Eurus by the Oh Hellos

Album: Eurus
Artist: The Oh Hellos
Release Date: 9 February 2018
Date Listened: 15 February 2018
Remarks: On the first listen, it's not as strong an EP as Notos in December. It's very much in the same vein and I'm excited about the project and to continue listening to their work. I look forward to listening to it over and over again.
Stand Out Tracks: O Sleeper, Dry Branches, Grow, A Convocation of Fauns (a Faunvocation, If You Will), Passerine

Footnote: I thought I logged Notos on here but it appears that I did not. I'll give it another whirl and post it up.

Listener's Log: Aquemini by OutKast

Album: Aquemini
Artist: OutKast
Release Date: 29 September 1998
Date Listened: 13 February 2018
Remarks: As I begin a journey to listen to the Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums, I'm a little uncertain. After all, there's quite a few albums on this list that I would never listen to. It seems certain that Aquemini is one of them. The cover looks like a high school artist's weak sauce attempt at a blaxploitation movie poster. Despite this, Aquemini is a beautiful, textured, thought provoking record. Full of stories, beauty and heartache. Even if I don't enjoy all 500 albums, for this one, I'm grateful. 
Stand Out Tracks: Return of the G, Rosa Parks, Slump, Da Art of Storytelling, SpottieOttieDopaliscious
RS Top 500 #: 500. See the full list here

Listener's Log: Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirrors by Brain Eno & Harold Budd

Album: Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirrors
Artist: Brian Eno & Harold Budd
Release Date: April 1980
Date Listened: 4 February 2018
Remarks: Warrants patience and careful listening.
Stand Out Tracks:First Light, The Plateaux of Mirror, An Arc of Doves, Not Yet Remembered, The Chill Air, Among Fields of Crystal, Wind in Lonely Fences, Failing Light

Listener's Log: The Pavilion of Dreams by Harold Budd

Album: The Pavilion of Dreams
Artist: Harold Budd
Release Date: 1978
Date Listened: 4 February 2018
Remarks: Like most of the ambient music I've been listening to over the past year, this record is extremely pleasant to listen to but never quite reaches the level of intrigue that I find in an average Tangerine Dream album from the early 70s. It's beautifully composed and arranged, but background music based on first impression. 
Stand Out Tracks: Bismillahi 'Rrahman' Rrahim, Juno