11. Roxy Music- Siren
There doesn't seem to be a lot of love among the cognoscenti for "Siren," Roxy Music's "disco" album. Was it because it was popular, with a genuine hit in "Love Is The Drug?" This record runs neck and neck with "For Your Pleasure" as my favorite Roxy Music record, but this is the one comes with me, because it has the very best drum sound I have ever heard on record. But also, it seems to perfectly mix the best of early Roxy with what later Roxy became. "Siren" nails it with accessible melodies and occasionally off-center arrangements. And again, it's drummer Paul Thompson's shining hour. Not a bad song in the bunch.
12. Bobby "Blue" Bland- Two Steps From The Blues
I know this record is on Elvis Costello's Top 100, but I think it's reasonable to say, his list is not a "usual" list, so it goes on mine. If you think you've never heard this record, chances are you still know every song. The record is an R&B classic, and the songs have been covered by many. Hell, I think British singer James Hunter based his whole career on this album.
13. Rolling Stones- Through The Past Darkly U.K. MONO Vinyl
This is the most questionable entry on this list, but it must be here for the reasons I stated in the first post. I play this baby once a week. It has a better track list than its U.S. counterpart and the rare-ish MONO mixes from singles jump right out of the speakers. Essential!
14. Daryl Hall-Sacred Songs
"Sacred Songs" is part of an unofficial Robert Fripp-produced trilogy that also includes Fripp's own "Exposure," which Daryl Hall appears on, and Peter Gabriel's sophomore solo release. "Sacred Songs" is not only the best of the three, it might be Daryl Hall's finest hour. As a fan of both King Crimson and Hall & Oates, it certainly has elements of both, but it is incredibly unique in that nothing, not even the most commercial tunes, such as the title track and first single, or the gorgeous Philly-soul of "Why Was It So Easy" simply flow from beginning to end. Robert Fripp's use of his then "new" invention Frippertronics works in ways no Hall & Oates fan could have ever imagined for the pop duos own material.
15. Electric Light Orchestra- Zoom
Time certainly heals all wounds. When "Zoom" was released in 2001, no one gave a crap about Jeff Lynne. He canceled a tour due to lack of ticket sales and "Zoom" was forgotten, even by the man who created it. Now, Jeff Lynne is selling out concert halls all over the world, as he should be, and still, "Zoom" is forgotten. But not by me. I will go on record saying, there isn't one other ELO record with as many perfect pop songs as "Zoom." I loved it then. It's a favorite still.