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    Default Re: Celebration of "Building the Perfect Beast"

    Late for this but anyway,

    Happy 34th Anniversary, Building the Perfect Beast!

    It’s not my favorite Henley album but it’s a great one nevertheless. And I just found a good deal on a West German target cd which should arrive next week. Great timing with its Anniversary.

    This is from a 1984 review that was re-published in 2009. It provides an interesting glimpse into Don’s perspective at the time as well as his fairly low profile. Also an insightful comment about “Sunset Grill” -

    “Sunset Grill,” though is the album’s masterpiece. It’s one of those recordings that, like Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” or Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” captures the spirit of the times so perfectly that it resonates with it and becomes one with what it’s trying to describe. Among other things, “Sunset Grill” is about “The worth ethic in America today and how everybody seems to want the most possible money in the quickest amount of time with the least possible effort.” It’s also about the spreading “franchise” mentality, which is creating a non-thinking automaton class of individuals who needn’t create or take responsibility.

    Read more at https://www.analogplanet.com/content...FPxUToeEj7g.99
    https://www.analogplanet.com/content...sunset-grill-0

    Thinking of you and hoping for the best. Stay strong Randy!

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    Default Re: Celebration of "Building the Perfect Beast"

    Quote Originally Posted by shunlvswx View Post
    I still can't believe Lindsey sang and played on this album.
    I wonder how that came about. Obviously Lindsey didn't hold a grudge about the whole Stevie thing anymore lol.


    Quote Originally Posted by Delilah
    “Sunset Grill,” though is the album’s masterpiece. It’s one of those recordings that, like Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” or Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” captures the spirit of the times so perfectly that it resonates with it and becomes one with what it’s trying to describe. Among other things, “Sunset Grill” is about “The worth ethic in America today and how everybody seems to want the most possible money in the quickest amount of time with the least possible effort.” It’s also about the spreading “franchise” mentality, which is creating a non-thinking automaton class of individuals who needn’t create or take responsibility."

    Read more at https://www.analogplanet.com/content...FPxUToeEj7g.99


    I see the "how can I get a passing grade with the least possible effort" mentality in a lot of my students, sadly, as finals week approaches!

    As for the franchise aspect, I can see the sadness about the loss of local stores, but I honestly don't clearly see the connection between franchising, which is more about that loss of individual local identity to a faceless corporate mentality, and the idea of not taking responsibility for one's actions.


    Always in our hearts, Never forgotten

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    Yeah - I can't agree with that analysis of Sunset Grill and while I do think it's a really good song, the album's 'masterpiece' is The Boys of Summer, IMHO.

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