Albums of middle and later life

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  1. Mickey

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    Probably my favorite is the live Jerry Lee Lewis CD compilation "At the Palomino." It's not available on Spotify or elsewhere but here's a YouTube clip. I actually don't know the whole Jerry Lee midlife catalogue but I bet there are some really amazing records in there.




    I had a friend who passed on too soon a few years ago, his widow just got his middle age album up streaming on all the platforms, here's the best cut off of it, "Song of the Open Road," lyrics compliments of Walt Whitman. It's self produced but as a young man he had a Columbia contract (they dropped him, hence the middle age record).



    I really like this period from an artists recording life, middle life or mature. Please recommend some others.
     
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    Literally anything by Alex Skolnick Trio. Alex was the guitarist for the thrash band Testament. Now he's an incredible jazz player. I'm pretty sure he has originals too, but this is a nice 'cover'.

    I think he worked with Trans-Siberian Orchestra too. I could be wrong.
     
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    I'm mellowing down myself. Try this track off Bashed out by This is the Kit:
     
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    I think this guy tracked on the album. I watched the video a while ago, maybe I'm misremembering.

     
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    it's probably bad form to post my own reply, but I forgot Dion's album with Phil Spector.

     
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    Is that you?

    Wow. that's what I'm talking about.
     
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    it's been a while, but I still love this

     
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    Is that the Dion and the Belmont’s Dion?
     
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    My friend, if you don't know that album from 1975 (Born to Be With You), you have a very special evening ahead of you. Yes. it's that Dion. The whole album will knock you out.

    at the time it didn't sell, and Dion claimed Phil Spector produced it at the BPM of a dirge, he was unhappy. But it holds up and became a cult classic. And the voice ... my god.
     
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    There are a couple that come to mind:



    And this:

     
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    Francis Dunnery: as young hotshot guitarist for It Bites back in the 1980s he did the whole rock’n’roll lifestyle thing and was looking fair set to join the “gone before his time” club. He pulled himself together, cleaned up, and amongst other things made the magnificent album The Gulley Flats Boys — just himself singing and playing acoustic guitar, David Sancious on keys, and Dorie Jackson on backing vocals. The whole album paints a picture of looking back from the middle of life and finding hope and joy to go forward with. It’s a treat.
     
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    Robert Plant's more recent albums - since, say, Dreamland.

    D.H.
     
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    These have been really really great and have made for a few great days of listening. Sometimes the middle period isn't that terrific, but a few gems make up for a lot.


    The "Break Up" record can be sort of a midlife record. Here's two:


    Sinatra's divorce and falling career. Album: In the Wee Small Hours.





    And Beck, I don't know the backstory but something must have happened cause you don't do this on a lark. "All the battlements are empty ..." Album: Sea Change.

     
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    Indeed, he did. I saw him twice with TSO. I love the Trio stuff, too. He's also still working with Testament, so he hasn't totally mellowed with age. :lol:
     
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    I personally think the stuff Springsteen is putting out is still really strong.
    I also like Peter Gabriel's all too infrequent releases in the past 20 years, albeit not as much as albums 3 & 4.
     
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    I have been a huge fan of The National, for this exact reason. They’ve done albums I‘be liked more than others, but just a general sense of looking around at life and wondering “I REALLY hope I’m doing this right....” runs through all their music.
     
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    I never thought Tom Petty could top "Damn the Torpedos" and then 15 years later he puts out "Wildflowers". That is an album I can listen to at anytime, in any mood, and it takes me to a happy place. Always entertaining and truly inspiring.
     
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