Carl Simpkins is a middle-aged physician who owns a gorgeous piece of Melbourne / Space Coast real estate. Living in the 4-bedroom home for many years, that’s where he got to teach his two teenage kids all about classic rock. Every Sunday night after dinner, Carl gathers the family around and play them some of the greatest pieces of vinyl ever made. Perhaps his favorite record to share is part of the Fab Four catalog.
The father told his children how the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP established new standards for studio recording and created the notion of the musician as a true artist. Released 1967, the record immediately electrified the world, redefining the outer limits the recording popular music. Rock’s first concept album is filled with psychedelic implications about love, mortality, and acid, foreshadowing the “flower children” of the next few years. A number of its songs’ multi-tracking, such as “A Day in the Life,” transformed the music industry’s recording techniques.
Carl also appreciates the Rolling Stones, especially their late drummer. That is why he listens to Keith Moon’s only solo project, Two Sides of the Moon. Carl explains that Moon sings on all the songs, but he only drums on “Crazy Like A Fox,” “The Kids Are Alright,” and “Move Over Ms. L.” Fab artist Ringo Starr even contributes a bit of talent to the 1975 record.
When he first bought the home for sale in Melbourne / Space Coast, the place was owned by younger folks who were into 1980s music. In fact, he will never forget when Blue Oyster Cult’s Tales of the Psychic Wars was playing while he saw the property for the first time. The album stands out, as it contains two concerts, one from 1981 in New York City and one from Pasadena in 1983. “Burnin’ for You” is a soulful highlight, while “Joan Crawford” is at its theatrical best. Classic covers on the record entail Steppenwolf‘s “Born to Be Wild” and the Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues.” Very cool.
Debbie is Carl’s wife. The woman prefers the sounds of the late 60s. For instance, her favorite cut is Big Brother & the Holding Company’s Cheap Thrills from 1968. The band’s first record from 1968 is also the studio debut of Janis Joplin. The work consists of concerts and live-in-the-studio performances, turning Janis into one of the leading musical stars of the era. Featuring the breakthrough single, “Piece of My Heart,” Cheap Thrills sold over one million copies in its first month of release.
Finally, Debbie has always had a strong appreciation of the late great David Bowie. She will always hold a place in her Melbourne / Space Coast luxury home, as well as her heart for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, the concept album from 1972 that is recognized as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. Featuring singles “Starman” and “Five Years,” the album presents the story of a Martian, Ziggy Stardust, who comes to earth to liberate humanity from banality.
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