Paul McCartney Vs Thelonius Monk – $5.98 Cagematch!

The collection at The Frugal Muse always seems about the same size, but there does seem to be a bit of turnover, so even though I was here a few weeks ago, I had to check.

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Right on the end is “Styx – The Grand Illusion” which wasn’t there last time, that seemed promising. This is where I got my Zeppelin. I crouched down and started flipping through.

OMG! There was a huge stash of Paul McCartney in there.

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“Ram”, “London Town”, Red Rose Speedway” and a few others. I never had any Wings except for the triplelive “Wings Over America” and the “Wings Greatest” and I have at times really had a hankering for some McCartney (my favorite Beatle) in any form, with Wings or without. I hadn’t come with the intention of buying anything… sigh. I have almost all of these in MP3 and none of them were connected to any bronze memory moment in my past, but this was a huge collection of McCartney! Ugh. The price tag eventually turned me away. I couldn’t even pick one.

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I mean… “Venus And Mars” or “McCartney”… how would I choose?!

I flipped past the McCartney to make sure I wasn’t overlooking some other new stuff when I saw, pulled, and bought this. It was an obvious choice.

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This was my first jazz vinyl.

Jeff had introduced me to this when he visited me when I lived in Sun Prairie. We had gone downtown and he had picked up a Stan Getz, Thelonius, and Tom Waits. He left them behind when he flew out. The Stan Getz was not my style. I real got into the Tom Waits. Every now and then I would cautiously put on the Monk. It was what I thought jazz sounded like. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but eventually, this led me to Miles Davis and Charles Mingus and Coltrane. My gateway drug into jazz if you will.

This one I HAD to get. Sorry Paul.

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve never taken the leap into Jazz and maybe I should borrow this record and see what I think. I have tons of jazz from you and it’s sad I haven’t delved into it at all. Jazz isn’t the only thing. It’s not just the jazz but I have tons of music I’ve never listened to. To bad there isn’t enough time in life.

    1. You said it man. I have about 30 albums stacked up that I haven’t listened to yet. That is the downside to vinyl, I can’t listen to it at work. I consume a lot of music there. Vinyl is usually for weekends and mornings when I’m getting ready for work. Makes picking the morning selection a serious matter.

      In terms of Jazz, I’d start with Coltrane or Miles Davis. No question. Coltrane is a little more accesible at first, but Miles will blow your mind. You have to pick the right era for your taste though. He has been through a lot of phases. Some better suited to me that others. I have plenty if you’d like to take the plunge some day.

  2. I’d love to swing by with my external drive and get some good Jazz like buddy miles, Coltrane, …;. etc. Let me know when you can hook me up.

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