10-13-2014, 08:57 PM
Well I celebrated Columbus Day with a package of new vinyl. All three of the new reissues arrived! I already had Sound of Lies and Rainy Day vinyl from way back. I had not listened to Smile on the phonograph player before. No one has. So I put the record on for a spin. Adjusted a few dials and sat back and enjoyed. I started out with Bob Ezrin's liner notes and that was fun. Making that record sounds like a good time to be a Jayhawk. All of the songs just were awesome. I heard sounds that I did not really pick up on before. Much more than a pop record which is what I always considered Smile to be. Like most Jayhawk albums this should have been a smash in sales. I remember when it came out a long time ago many of my Jayhawks fans friends never caught on to Smile. But I always enjoyed it very much. I thought the bonus side was very good too. Was not expecting that. "Who Made You King" is a great song. There were some weak tracks on Smile. This one should have been in there from the start. "Gypsy In The Mood" is so tantalizing. I can't believe it just stopped with a car horn beep. Reminds me of Russian Hill from Jellyfish. The packaging was very good. I always wondered about the album cover? Is there a story behind this? I will spin the other two records tomorrow. But I expect I will be getting back to Smile on a regular basis. This is a sonic masterpiece to me.