December 19, 2014

My Five Albums

vinyl-recordDon Mann was laid to rest this week in Ohio. Don was my brother-in-law’s brother-in-law. He fought the cancer than claimed a lung, then his voice, as fiercely and bravely as anyone I have known. While he was not a blood relative, Don was a good friend, one I was privileged to know for nearly three decades.

He and I had a running conversation for most of those three decades that centered around this question: “If you could only have five albums to listen to the rest of your life, what would they be?” Neither of us ever reached a definitive answer. There was always the “Yes but what about” album one of us had forgotten. Yes but what about Leon Live? Yes but what about Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys? Yes but what about … ?

Rule one of our quest was there could be no greatest hits albums included. We both agreed that these were not artistic endeavors, but money-grabs by record labels or lazy artists. Rule two—multi-disc sets counted as one album. Rule three—stop making rules and get to the music already.

In honor of Don’s homegoing, I want to settle my five selections once and for all. I am planting my flag here, and won’t change my tune (pun intended, if only because it would have gotten an eye-roll from Don). These are the five albums I would listen to repeatedly if I could only have five. Mind you, I’m not saying these are the five best albums of all time. But if I am driving cross-country and can only listen to five, load these up and I will be very happy.

Eat A Peach, The Allman Brothers   Duane Allman is the third-greatest guitarist of all time. Don’t waste your time arguing that one. He just is, or was. He died at the age of 24 in a motorcycle accident. Following his death, the Allman Brothers scraped together some live and studio recordings featuring Duane, added three tracks without him, and released my favorite album of all time. It is bright and fun and lively. The song Blue Sky, featuring both Duane Allman and Dickey Betts on guitars, may be the most perfect song ever recorded. By the way, the title of the album does not come from the (mistaken) idea that Duane Allman died when he hit a peach truck (it was a flatbed lumber truck). It comes from something he once said in an interview: “Every time I’m in Georgia, I eat a peach for peace.”

Exile On Main Street, The Rolling Stones  In a period of three years, the Stones released three of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time: Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile. I mean, most rock groups would be enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for recording just one of these albums, and the Stones tossed these three out one after another. I could just as easily have chosen Let It Bleed or Sticky Fingers. I actually like the songs on Sticky Fingers better, but I like the raw energy on Exile. It is sloppy and loose and has an “I don’t give a rip” feel about the whole thing. Don and I both agreed that this was the last true rock and roll album ever released. Everything since seems a bit plastic.

Songs In The Key Of Life, Stevie Wonder  This is one that makes me want to weep every time I hear it, just for the sheer brilliance of every song. The musicianship is exceeded only by the depth of lyrics which is exceeded only by Stevie Wonder’s vocals. When I first bought this as a vinyl set, it came with a bonus 45 RPM record with the songs Saturn and Ebony Eyes on it. These were just thrown in for good measure, yet they are two of my favorite songs by Stevie Wonder.

Troubadour Of The Great King, John Michael Talbot  Once upon a time, there were real instruments called violins, cellos, clarinets, flutes—all part of what was called an orchestra. Then Satan came along and replaced the orchestra with a keyboard that can “replicate” (meaning to almost, but not quite, sound totally unlike real instruments) violins, cellos, clarinets and flutes. Then he made the drum machine which brings weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. And for some reason, Christian musicians heard these and said, “It is good enough.” JMT used a real orchestra in recording Troubadour, an album released in 1981 to celebrate the 800th birthday of St. Francis of Assisi. This was my first exposure to what I call “Catholic cool.” It is as fresh today as it was thirty years ago.

The Misfit, Erick Nelson and Michelle Pillar   If Exile On Main Street is the last true rock album, The Misfit may be the last true contemporary Christian album. Whereas this album flows easily from beginning to end, most other CCM albums since just seem to try too hard. Michelle Pillar sings the Nazareth song Love Hurts in a way that makes you want to hate the very notion of love. And the Martyr Song could make a marble statue cry.

Ok. There are my five albums. I don’t know if Don ever settled on his final five, and I won’t know until he and I meet again. Just think about that: He and I will have all eternity to listen to music. I have my selections picked out. What are yours?

Comments

  1. Richard McNeeley says:

    Very tough to limit it to 5, but here goes
    1. Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
    2. The Beatles White Album
    3. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
    4, Sessions for Robert J by Eric Clapton
    5. King of Blue by Miles Davis

  2. “Mind you, I’m not saying these are the five best albums of all time. But if I am driving cross-country and can only listen to five, load these up and I will be very happy.”

    Well put, Jeff. Here are mine:

    1. The Joshua Tree – U2
    2. Louder Than Bombs – The Smiths
    3. Ghost in the Machine – The Police
    4. Signs of Life – Steven Curtis Chapman
    5. Caedmon’s Call – Caedmon’s Call

  3. MelissatheRagamuffin says:

    Only 5??

    Back In Black – AC/DC
    The Wall – Pink Floyd
    Slow Burn – Kaiser and Mansfield
    Soundtrack for the movie Phantom of the Opera
    Good Times, Bad Times – Godsmack

  4. Darkness on the Edge of Town- Bruce Springsteen
    Out of the Blue-ELO-
    No Man’s Land- Charlie Peacock
    Joshua Tree- U2
    The Best of Earth, Wind, and Fire: Vol, 1- EWF

  5. Call me crazy, but Love Is the Thing by Nat King Cole is at the very tip-top of the mountain of vinyl flotsam and jetsam…….

    Rock? Rock? Puh-leeeez. CCM? CCM? Same response.

    I think this is what is called a generation gap.

  6. Jeff, you’re right that Blue Sky might be the most soaring joyful song ever. I love it.

  7. And here I thought the Allman Brothers were avid fans of T. S. Eliot and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”: “Dare I eat a peach?”

    The Brothers’ answer: yessir, we will eat many of them.

  8. 1. Aja–Steely Dan
    2. Born to Run–Bruce Springsteen
    3. Strange Days–The Doors
    4. Live at Fillmore East–The Allman Brothers
    5. Al Green’s Greatest Hits

  9. brad lockner says:

    1. Rolling Stones Let It Bleed

    2. Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

    3. Bizet’s Carmen

    4. Beethoven’s 7th Symphony

    5. Beatles. Sargent Pepper’s

    Got some classic content for you.

  10. From someone raised on a dirt road…

    I Can’t Be Satisfied, Muddy Waters….Holy smokes, that McKinley Morganfield sounds as good today as he did in 1948! Besides the title track, there’s Screamin’ and Cryin’, Rolling Stone, I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man, Honey Bee, etc. Muddy basically put out a greatest hits album without even trying.

    Eat a Peach, The Allman Brothers Band…You are right, it is one of the best ever! Duane Allman is an under-appreciated music mind. Melissa, Blue Sky, Little Martha, Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More…Beautiful stuff.

    The Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding…Do I really need to explain?

    The Delta meets Detroit: Aretha’s Blues, Aretha Franklin…Can you make a list without the queen of soul? River’s Invitation, You are My Sunshine, The Thrill is Gone, and an amazing version of Going Down Slow.

    The Genius Hits the Road, Ray Charles…Georgia on My Mind. ‘Nuff said. Although I would pick up the 2009 remaster, which had 5-6 extra songs, including Ray’s version of “The Long and Winding Road”.

    • Lee — I saw Ray Charles in concert in the early 80s, and his rendition of “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” was something I’ll never forget. Have you ever heard Joan Osbourne’s song “Spiderweb?” Philosophizing on the blindness of Ray Charles — very good.

      And yes, “Dock of the Bay”– even when I was a little kid, that song stopped me in my tracks.

      • Damaris, Ray Charles was one of my dad’s favorites…and hence, is one of mine. And Otis Redding…There’s nothing like riding Georgia backroads and listening to his music. I particularly love “Dock of the Bay” because it reminds me of so many folks from our region who leave in hope of a better life, and then pine for home.

        I’ll have to check out the Joan Osbourne song! Thanks!

        • And Jeff…Duane Allman was asked what he thought of the war in Vietnam, and he made the now-famous response about “eating peaches for peace”. It was a not-so-subtle baudy reference, and Duane was pretty amused that his statement became so widespread.

          My brother once shared a beer with Duane Allman in a Macon nightclub. I think it’s probably one of the highlights of his life.

  11. petrushka1611 says:

    1. Nanci Griffith: Flyer
    2. Emmylou Harris: Bluebird
    3. Los Lobos: Kiko
    4. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 (Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi)
    5. Angelic Gospel Singers: Touch Me, Lord Jesus

  12. Tough question. There are albums I consider to be the greatest – many of them already listed – but either I don’t own them or would not choose them if only allowed 5 albums. I love Dark Side of the Moon but couldn’t listen to it all the time. There is music I routinely listen to while running, working, resting, or contemplating. Perhaps that sounds a bit utilitarian. It’s a bit like asking what do you grab in an emergency – the bottle of chardonnay or the gallon bottle of water?

    “Counterparts” by RUSH
    “Vapor Trails” by RUSH
    “Disintegration” by The Cure
    “Further Adventures of” by Bruce Cockburn
    “Come to the Quiet” by John Michael Talbot

    • Three Canadian albums on your list… not bad.

      I could have put 5 Cockburn albums on the list, surprisingly “Further Adventures of” would not have been one of them. I think “Humans” is probably my favourite.

      Loved “Come to the Quiet” when it came out. Probably not as much as I liked “The Painter” though.

  13. Kerokline says:

    Must be a generational thing; most of those albums just don’t do it for me. Here’s mine:

    1) Creek Drank the Cradle by Iron and Wine – One of only two albums that make me cry every time. Sam Beam writes like Faulkner and sings like a fallen angel.

    2) Oh, Inverted World by The Shins – Don’t judge me: I’m not a hipster, this music is just perfect.

    3) Murmer by R.E.M – R.E.M. Invented the sound of American Indie Music, and there is not a note that has aged on this entire record.

    4) 30 Degrees Everywhere by The Promise Ring – Once you get past the nasaly vocalist, this is an album of unbridled joy to be making music. I can’t explain it, it’s like a soundtrack to my memories, and every song reminds me of family and friends.

    5) White Light / White Heat by The Velvet Underground – This is the sound of chaos, or of a thing breaking. And I love it. I can’t listen to it in one sitting, but even in pieces I think it’s maybe the greatest thing ever recorded.

    • Radio Free Europe broke me out of my 70’s rut and moved me into the eighties… I have not progressed much from there… Reckoning by REM also good as well. Sarah McLaughlin – Fumbling towards Esctacy, Cranberries first album got me on the fringe of the ninetees… pretty good for this old fart…

      • kerokline says:

        Yeah, Reckoning was awesome. So Central Rain doesn’t hold a candle to Radio Free Europe or Talk About the Passion though.

        And don’t get me started on the Cranberries. I had a roomate in college who named his guitar Dolores, and he played Zombies about once a week :). I never got tired of hearing Linger though.

      • Isaac (or possibly Obed) says:

        I like the Cranberries… in small doses. I loved hearing their stuff on the radio, so I bought an album or two and hated ‘em. Recently put ‘em on my iPod in shuffle and I love them again. One song at a time, though. I haven’t figured out why that is.

  14. Aja — Steely Dan
    The Charity Of Night — Bruce Cockburn
    Living With The Law — Chris Whitley
    Beyond Nature — Phil Keaggy
    Brothers In Arms — Dire Straits

  15. In chronological order:

    Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis – Miles and Monk at Newport
    Genesis – Selling England By The Pound
    Elvis Costello – Armed Forces
    Belle And Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
    Iona – Woven Cord

    • PS –

      You could put the entire CCM catalog, all of it, including Horrendous Disc, Drowning With Land In Sight, all of Daniel Amos, all of DeGarmo and Key, all of Sam Phillips, Tonio K, Randy Stonehill, Rez Band, Keaggy, even Skillet and POD in one pile.

      Put the Iona discography in another pile. Add Larry Norman’s Only Visiting This Planet and Lazarus’ 1971 Bearsville release in the other pile.

      Tell me to choose one pile to listen to for the rest of my life.

      No contest.

      • Damn skippy! I really enjoyed “Journey into the Mourn,” but everything they touch is gold. Dave Bainbridge is my idol.

        • Dana Ames says:

          Miguel,
          now I am convinced that we are friends – see my comment below to Mule :)

          Dave Bainbridge is genius – I have thanked God so often for DB’s artistry. Going to put on some Iona –

          (as soon as I can get my nearly 19-year-old cat to let me put her down.. sometimes she literally gets in my face wanting some kitty-love, but I am am captivated by the purring…)

          Dana

    • Radagast says:

      I love all the old Genesis stuff – Trick of the Tail on back…

    • kerokline says:

      If You’re Feeling Sinister is an amazing album. I would easily put that as my sixth :D

      Boy With The Arab Strap is good too.

  16. Jeff, I agree completely with your inclusion of ‘Troubadour of the Great King’. A fellow student lent me his copy in our fundamental baptist college in the early 80’s. Compared to what I was listening to at the time, Talbot felt like a great feast to a starving man.

    I still listen to that album more than any other, I suppose.

    Let me give one shout out to a (relatively) new artist: Josh Garrells. His “Love, War, and the Sea in Between” is an amazing album.

  17. 1. Harrry Nilsson — ‘Nilsson Sings Newman’ (Best. Album. Ever. And I had to fight myself not to choose two more Nilsson albums — figured it might be too much Harry for one little desert island.)

    2. Bryn Terfel — ‘The Vagabond’ (Mainly for ‘Songs of Travel’, but it’s a wonderful disc all around.)

    3. Max Raabe & the Palast Orchestra, ‘Heute Nacht Oder Nie’ (‘Tonight or Never’, live @ Carnegie Hall — If you don’t know this ensemble, you’ve gotta look them up.)

    4. Simon & Garfunkel, ‘The Concert in Central Park’ (Yes, these are the performances I want.)

    5. The King’s Singers, ‘Watching the White Wheat’ (Folk songs of the British Isles, exquisitely rendered.)

    At least, these are the five I’d take if I left today…

    • The King’s Singers are amazing. I have their “Madrigal History Tour” and love it.

      Simon & Garfunkel would be on my list, so I’ll take your Concert in Central Park for the ride. The youtube clips of it are great.

      Bob Dylan: Desire
      Joni Mitchell: anything.
      Joan Baez: anything, but Diamonds & Rust will do
      Tom Waits: Small Change
      Grateful Dead: American Beauty.

      I think that’s more than five. Where to stop?

      • Yes Ted you are the 1960’s peacenik…. but to tell ya the truth I liked all that stuff too… especially Joni (and Bob Dylan ’cause I could play him on my accoustic and be off tune and still get it right)…..

  18. I could do a top 25… top five changes based on what mood I’m in…. funny how I can pretty much judge the age odf the person based on the list…

    Mine at this second in time…

    All Things Must Pass…George Harrison
    White Album – Beatles
    Quadraphenia – The Who
    A Space in Time – Alvin Lee
    Tea for the Tillerman – Cat Stevens

    Now if I’m in a folk rock mood…
    Deja Vu – CSN&Y
    Neil Yong – After the Goldrush
    ANy early Tull album before Aqualung

    And progressive:
    Tresspass or Trick of the Tail – Genesis
    Red – King Crimson
    Yes Album – Yes

    • Whoa, a Ten Years After/Alvin Lee fan? Dude, let’s rock! Play the blues…

    • Also love The Who (pretty much everything), The White Album and The Yes album.

    • I’d like to test your age theory – all in good fun. I’ll throw in a couple of extra to make it easier (or harder):

      Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
      Let It Come Down – Spiritualized
      How About I Be Me (and you be you)? – Florence & the Machine
      The Soft Bulletin – The Flaming Lips
      Some Nights – Fun
      Native – OneRepublic (probably too new for a list list this, but I think it’ll survive)
      #3 – Script
      X & Y – Coldplay

      I agree with your “second in time” comment. But I suspect all of the above will endure on my top 25 list.

  19. This is pretty much an impossible task for me. For one thing, I don’t think the albums I listen to most often are necessarily the ones I’d consider the best. It’s kind of like how restaurants have house wines and then they have the really great stuff. You generally don’t drink the best stuff everyday.

    But if I were to try to narrow it down to what albums I consider most influential to me personally, my list might be something like:

    1. Achtung Baby – U2
    2. Dulcinea – Toad the Wet Sprocket
    3. This Beautiful Mess – Sixpence None the Richer
    4. Speckled Bird – The Choir
    5. Self-title – The Violet Burning

    When I think back, these are albums that I listened to over and over again, and while none of them other than U2 were huge bands, they just were very influential on my life theologically and musically.

    • The Violet Burning album should say “self-titled” there, of course.

    • Dear God, I thought I was the only one who ever bought that Sixpence record. It is to this day their best (although their latest seems to return a bit to this). Slocum’s guitar work on this record is what really got me to start learning.

      • “This Beautiful Mess” was great. By “latest” do you mean “Lost in Transition”? I haven’t bought it yet since I didn’t much care for Divine Discontent. Is it worth picking up?

        • I think “Lost in Transition” is a very good album, but I also like “Divine Discontent”. I actually think their cover of Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” surpassed the original.

        • Yes, it would be “lost in translation.” Go here http://www.youtube.com/artist/sixpence-none-the-richer and you can click to listen before you buy. Personally, I loved Divine Discontent, I thought it was the best thing they since Beautiful Mess, but Lost is even better. They have returned to minor key, musings on the darker side of life, and recovered a bit of their early grunge. I happened to catch them in Brooklyn a few months back, and that was the first I heard their new stuff. They sounded like “this Beautiful mess” live, really heavy and guitar driven, but the record does tone this back a bit. But the songwriting is classic Slocum. Look for the song “Give it Back.”

          • Thank you. Clicked. Listened. Now downloading…
            Hopefully they will make it out to the SF area sometime soon. I saw them back in ’99 and it was a great show.

          • I’ve seen them twice: recently and back in like ’96 in San Diego, prior to “Kiss Me,” playing for an evangelical crusade. It struck me how old I am when Leigh mentioned they had been playing for over 20 years and I thought, “man, I was following them at the beginning of that.” Yikes!

    • Isaac (or possibly Obed) says:

      Speckled bird was a great album. All of the Choir was great. They were too deep and melancholy to be on a Christian label.

      • They’re Anglicans. Go figure. Their side project with “The Lost Dogs” was pretty interesting, too.

      • “Was”? They still are great, and they’re still putting out new material and touring. Their newest album is called “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard”, and it’s still fantastic. Steve Hindalong is one of the greatest songwriters around, Christian or otherwise.

        http://www.thechoir.net/

  20. 1) Black Album – Metallica
    2) Back in Black – AC/DC
    3) Destroyer – Kiss
    4) My Own Prison – Creed
    5) Appetite for Destruction – Guns n Roses

  21. I could only think of one: Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel of Love

    At night I get down on my knees and pray
    Our love will make that other man go away
    But he’ll never say goodbye
    Two faces have I

    Two Faces

  22. I’m glad you included “The Misfit.” I thought I was the only person who remembered that album. I was so glad when I finally tracked it down on CD, seeing as how my turntable broke.

    I don’t think anyone has mentioned some of my “perfect” albums (full list here: aldenswan.com/2013/03/my-top-12-classic-albums/), including “The Stranger” – Billy Joel, “Silk Degrees” – Boz Scaggs, “Poetic Champions Compose” – Van Morrison, and “Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws” – Bruce Cockburn.

  23. Been swimming in the Christian acoustic/folk/singer-songwriter stream since 1974. It’s not mainstream, but it’s my stream.

    1) The Misfit – Erik Nelson, Michelle Pillar (1978)
    2) The Painter – John Michael & Terry Talbot (1980)
    3) A Liturgy, Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band – Rich Mullins (1993)
    4) The Shadow of Your Wings – Fernando Ortega (2006)
    5) Light for the Lost Boy – Andrew Peterson (2012)

  24. 1 – U2’s Achtung Baby
    2 – Muse’s Absolution
    3 – Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs
    4 – Queen of the Stone Age’s Songs for the Deaf
    5 – Thrice’s The Alchemy Index

    • kerokline says:

      Ziggities, huuuuuhhh? You like The Suburbs more than Funeral? That’s a really bold claim :D

      And why The Alchemy Index over Artist in the Ambulance? I guess I would call it a more consistent record, but I don’t think anything they’ve done matches Artist in the Ambulance the single.

      “Rhetoric can’t raise the dead / I’m sick of empty words”

      So overblown, but everything feels overblown when you’re only 22 :)

  25. 1) Boston – Boston
    2) Ton Koopman – JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations (on harpsichord)
    3) Led Zeppelin III
    4) Led Zeppelin (IV) (full disclosure, I burned out on “Stairway” in the 80’s)
    5) George Strait – Blue Clear Sky

    Now, if I’m with my wife…

    1) The Beatles – Red Album
    2) Peter Gabriel – So
    3) Rodrigo y Gabriela (self titled)
    4) Van Morrison – Moondance
    5) Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas

    • Zeppelin III is one of the most overlooked albums of the period. I loved it.

      And what a magnificent cover!

      • Isaac (or possibly Obed) says:

        Zeppelin III has my favorite Zeppelin song, “Since I been Lovin’ You,” though it apparently was originally meant for Zep II, but they had no room. I dig all of the first four Zep albums, but III is the least of the four to me, other than my favorite song!

      • Mike, the Zep III original reviews were very critical. I think the reason is that it wasn’t hard rockin’. I love the folk influence. My faves (of all Zep songs) are “Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You” and “Hats Off To Roy Harper.” I had an original album cover with the spinning wheel and grommet. The CD cover was a photo of the wheel stuck in one position, which is kinda like Sticky Fingers without the zipper.

  26. Dana Ames says:

    Oh Mr Mule – Iona is on your list!!! You are my friend!!!

    1) Journey Into Morn – Iona. I want the track “Heaven’s Bright Sun” playing when I am dying.
    2) Beyond These Shores – Iona. I love the work of their “early middle years” the most.
    3) Symphony #2 – Jean Sibelius.
    4) Piano Concerto #2 – Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff.
    5) The Magic of the Harp – Lily Lapin (various composers, mostly Belle Epoque and Impressionist).

    Like Jeff, I like lots of different things. If I could expand the list to 10, I’d include artists from the ’30s to the ’80s.

    Dana

    • Rachmaninoff 2 is a killer, but I like 3 just a bit more. It sounds less like some of his preludes. But Rach were on my list, it would be for his vocal music.

  27. It’s hard to pick 5, but for this particular day here’s the list….

    Songs from the Big Chair – Tears for Fears
    A Liturgy, A Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band – Rich Mullins
    Long Surrender – Over The Rhine
    Nickel Creek – Nickel Creek
    Bach Cello Suites – Yo Yo Ma

  28. My but the omissions are painful!

    (1) Kid A, Radiohead*
    (2) Black Holes and Revelations, Muse**
    (3) Wish you were Here, Pink Floyd***
    (4) Songs from the Wood, Jethro Tull****
    (5) Days of Future Past, The Moody Blues

    *In close competition with In Rainbows,The King of Limbs, and Hail to the Thief.
    **In close competition with The Second Law and Absolution.
    ***In close competition with The Dark Side of the Moon and Echoes.
    ****In close competition with Heavy Horses.

  29. After squeezing my soul through a straw, I guess I’ll pick these five ? though I would probably pick another five tomorrow or the next day.
    ? Leftoverture by Kansas.
    ? Seeds of Change by Kerry Livgren.
    ? Grace Under Pressure by Rush.
    ? Dregs of the Earth by the Dixie Dregs.
    ? Green Room Serenade by the Lost Dogs.

  30. “If I should die in a car wreck
    May I have Van Morrison on my tape deck”
    – Poi Dog Pondering, 1990

    1. Saint. Dominic’s Preview, Van Morrison
    2. I’m Your Man, Leonard Cohen
    3. Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton
    4. Waltz for Debby, Bill Evans
    5. Milestones, Miles Davis

  31. Wow, must be a generational thing, I’d say 60% of albums here I’ve never heard of, and plenty more I’ve never listened to.

    I was really ‘into’ music as a teen, but I think I over-listened. I’m beginning to question the value of ‘background’ music, and in fact recorded music at all. I think we too easily bought into the lie that recorded music and live music are equivalent.

    That said, you can’t really go to see dead people live in concert :)

    My tastes change with time, but here are a few that have stood the test of time.

    – Baltimore, Nina Simone (as this guy said “Nina Simone could sing a cereal box to me and I would be in heaven”)
    – Oh Happy Day – Edwin Hawkins Singers (I really love I Heard the Voice of Jesus, the words move me to tears)
    – Koop Islands, Koop (I dunno, it’s just ‘happy, carefree summertime’ music)
    – The Kennedy Experience, Nigel Kennedy (cheating slightly, two styles/musicians in one)
    – Open Heart Symphony, Spirit of the West (I discovered these guys live, by accident. The other albums are excellent too)

    Oh, and somebody just lent me the complete organ works of JS Bach, where I discovered this gem:
    – In dir ist Freude, BWV 615 – Bach.

    I have no words… just wish I could play it

  32. 1. Blood Sweat & Tears – Blood Sweat & Tears
    2. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
    3. Doobie Brothers – Stampede
    4. Bach – Brandenburg Concertos
    5. Beatles – Abby Road

    DSY