The Meandering Hexagon

Listener's Log: Weasels Ripped My Flesh by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention

Album: Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Artist: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Release Date: 29 September 1998
Date Listened: 13 February 2018
Remarks: Zappa shines. This collection is most certainly of a band in their heydey.
Stand Out Tracks: Directly From My Heart To You, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask, Toads of the Short Forest, Get A Little, Dwarf Nebula Processional March & Dwarf Nebula, My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama, Oh No, The Orange County Lumber Truck

Listener's Log: Having a Rave Up with The Yardbirds

Album: Having a Rave Up
Artist: The Yardbirds
Release Date: 15 November 1965
Date Listened: 25 March 2018
Stand Out Tracks: The whole A side is almost a compilation of my favorite Yardbirds songs. Not a bad track there. Really only Respectable isn't amazing, but still quite good!
RS Top 500 #: 355. See the full list here

Listener's Log: For Your Love by The Yardbirds

Album: For Your Love
Artist: The Yardbirds
Release Date: 13 June 1965
Date Listened: 25 March 2018
Remarks: Say what you want about the Stones, the Who, or the Beatles. But it was the Yardbirds that really invented rock n roll. Sure, those other bands are great, but there's an urgency, even on this early attempt, and a raw power to the recordings of the birds that dwarfs the poppier sounds of the Beatles and the primitively recorded Stones. Even the cuts that aren't any good really (A Certain Girl, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl) there is an intensity that = rock n roll. Also! Beck > Clapton. No, I'm not sorry.
Stand Out Tracks: I'm Not Talking, I Ain't Got You, I Ain't Done Wrong

Listener's Log: A Love Supreme by John Coltrane

Album: A Love Supreme
Artist: John Coltrane
Release Date: January 1965
Date Listened: 15 March 2018
Remarks: The truth is, this is not my first spin of this album. I've been carefully absorbing it for maybe 6 months. It's quite beautiful and musically challenging. I love to put it on and get lost in the music.
RS Top 500 #: 47. See the full list here

Listener's Log: Trilogy by ELP

Album: Trilogy
Artist: ELP
Release Date: 6 July 1972
Date Listened: 11 March 2018
Remarks: Definitely not my favorite ELP record, but undeniably a classic with some very strong tunes.
Stand Out Tracks: The Endless Enigma (Part One)/Fugue/The Endless Enigma (Part Two), From the Beginning, Hoedown, Living Sin, Abaddon's Bolero

Listener's Log: Sorcerer by Tangerine Dream

Album: Sorcerer
Artist: Tangerine Dream
Release Date: July 1977
Date Listened: 11 March 2018
Remarks: A bit of an experiment for me; a soundtrack to a movie I haven't seen. Not their best, but quite enjoyable with a few killer tracks.
Stand Out Tracks: Main Title, The Call, Creation, The Journey, Grind, Rain Forest, Abyss, The Mountain Road, Impressions Of Sorcerer, Betrayal (Sorcerer Theme)

Listener's Log: Pictures at an Exhibition by ELP

Album: Pictures at an Exhibition
Artist: Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
Release Date: November 1971
Date Listened: 9 March 2018
Remarks: Wow. An unmatched classic. 

Incidentally, this pairs well with the works of Philippe Druillet.
Stand Out Tracks: Mussorgsky's Promenade. And all the rest of them.

The Smile Sessions by Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys

Album: The Smile Sessions
Artist: Brian Wilson
Release Date: Sometime between 1967 and now
Date Listened: 9 March 2018
Remarks: I'm not quite sure what to say. Whatever my expectations were, this album blew them all away. It seems likely that had it been completed it would've been a much better album than Pet Sounds, at least by my taste. I guess I'll have to listen to it again. 
Stand Out Tracks: Our Prayer, Heroes and Villains, Do You Like Worms, Cabin Essence, Child, The Elements, Love to Say Dada, Good Vibrations
RS Top 500 #: 381. See the full list here

Listener's Log: Wheels of Fire by Cream

Album: Wheels of Fire
Artist: Cream
Release Date: July 1968
Date Listened:  March 2018
Remarks: Wheels of Fire is basically tied with Disraeli as best Cream album, so far. Towards the end of this short journey, I'm more or less of the same opinion about Cream. Their records are generally lacking in energy and the number of banal numbers outweighs the number of masterpieces. But such masterpieces!
Stand Out Tracks: White Room, Passing the Time, As You Said, Pressed Rat and Warthog, Deserted Cities of the Heart, Anyone for Tennis, Crossroads, Spoonful, Traintime, Toad (Drum Solo)
RS Top 500 #: 205. See the full list here

Listener's Log: Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys

Album: Pet Sounds
Artist: The Beach Boys
Release Date: 16 May 1966
Date Listened: 2 March 2018
Remarks: Is it over rated? Of course it is! Is it enjoyable? Absolutely! Should you listen to it? Yes!
Stand Out Tracks: Wouldn't It Be Nice, That's Not Me, Don't Talk, Let's Go Away For Awhile, God Only Knows, I Know There's An Answer, Pet Sounds
RS Top 500 #: 2. See the full list here