Thursday, March 29, 2018

10 Albums

Recently I was nominated to participate in a FaceBook Game:

"10 all-time favorite albums that really made an impact and are still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover (no need to explain) and nominate a person to do the same."

The Beatles, Stones, Who, Bowie, and the usual suspects didn't make the cut. They haven't been in regular "rotation" in years. I've played them to death.

Of course it's a ridiculous exercise. I chose the following, posted one per day in this order:

Tied for 10th
Runner's Up

I nominate you to list yours in comments.

Have Fun!


JWDen said...

1) Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
2) Phaedra - Tangerine Dream
3) Tapestry - Carole King
4) Never Mind the Bollocks - Sex Pistols
5) Marquee Moon - Television (you have excellent taste, Sal)
6) Sketches of Spain - Miles Davis/Gil Evans
7) Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan
8) The Great Twenty-Eight - Chuck Berry
9) Nature - Nature (the best funk/metal album you never heard)
10) Superfly - Curtis Mayfield

Sal Nunziato said...

As much as I love Marquee Moon this is BBJ’s list.

floppyfarm said...

Dave Edmunds - Repeat When Necessary
Faces - Ooh La La
Modern Lovers - Modern Lovers
Kinks - Muswell Hillbillies
Elton John - 11-17-70
Hindu Rodeo - Hindu Rodeo
Kangaroo - Skyscraper Spaceship
John Baldry - Everything Stops For Tea
Beach Boys - Holland
Flying Burrito Brothers - Guilded Palace of Sin

... and so many more

Barry Eisenberg said...

1) Tommy Keene - In the Late Bright (Never liked it before, now I do. Why?)
2)Pete Townshend - Deep End Live!
3) New Pornographers - Electric Version
3) Al Green: Greatest Hits
4) T. Rex - Electric Warrior
5) Elvis Costello - Kojak Variety (Love him - but always avoided this album)
6) Joe Strummer - Global A Go Go
7)V/A - Studio One Ska Fever!
8)Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else
9) Bob Dylan - Desire
10) Ray Charles - Yes Indeed!

daudder said...

In alphabetical order...and way tougher than I'd thought to narrow down...

-Billy Bragg "Dont try this at home"
-Brian Eno "Another day on earth"
-Dire Straits "Dire Straights"
-The Hothouse Flowers "Songs from the Rain"
-Lightning Seeds "Cloudcuckooland"
-The London Souls "Here come the girls"
-Richard Ashcroft "Alone with everybody"
-Robbie Robertson "Robbie Robertson"
-The The "Soul Mining"
-World Party "Private Revolutions"

RYP said...

in random order:
1. The Saints "Prehistoric Sounds" 1078
2. H.P. Lovecraft "H.P. Lovecraft 1" 1967
3. Jon & The Nightriders "Banished To The Beach" 1994
4. Quicksilver Messenger Service "Solid Silver" 1972
5. The Miracle Workers "Inside Out" 1985
6. Johnny Thunders & Patti Palladin "Copy Cats" 1987
7. Chuck Prophet "Temple Beautiful" 2012
8. The Hellbenders "Today We Kill... Tomorrow We Die" 2004
9. The Association "The Association's Greatest Hits" 1968
10. Jon & The Nightriders "Recorded Live at Hollywood's Famous Whisky a Go-Go" 1981

Anonymous said...

I see a lot of albums above that had an impact but I can't say are still in regular rotation. mine would be:

Brian Auger & Trinity - Streetnoise
Laura Nyro - Gonna Take a Miracle
Drive By Truckers - Creation's Brightest Dark
Dave Alvin - King of California
Flora Purim - Stories to Tell
Everything but the Girl - s/t and their Back to Mine anthology
John Doe Thing - Freedom Is
Prince - Sign O the Times (the flick is streaming on Amazon for free right now)
The Chills - Kaleidoscope World



How about:

Beatles Rubber Soul
Bruce Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Dylan Blood On The Tracks
Elvis Costello My Aim Is True
John Hiatt Bring The Family
Linda Ronstandt Heart Like a Wheel
Los Lobos A Time To Dance
Prince 1999
Soundtrack The Harder They Come
Stones Let It Bleed

Tumblingdice70 said...

1) The Who- Quadrophenia
2) Jeff Buckey- Grace
3) Van Halen- Van Halen
4) Smashing Pumpkins- Siamese Dream
5) Keith Richards- Talk is Cheap
6) John Mellencamp- Whenever We Wanted
7) Violent Femmes- Violent Femmes
8) Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run
9) Mike Farris- Salvation in Lights
10) Josh Ritter- The Animal Years

Thank you BBJ! Hope all is well Sal!

Bill said...

Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane--Rough Mix
Elvis Costello & the Attractions--Get Happy!!!
Lloyd Cole--Love Story
Billy Bragg--Worker's Playtime
Warren Zevon--Warren Zevon
Tom Waits--Raindogs
The Kinks--Face to Face
Nick Lowe--The Rose of England
XTC--Oranges and Lemons
Frank Sinatra--Songs for Swinging' Lovers

Shriner said...

(Shriner digs out his "other 100" list and focuses it for "impact" and in no random order except the first album listed and leaving out The Beatles...)

1) The Knack -- "Get The Knack" (Is Sal surprised? No!)
2) Alice Cooper -- "Goes To Hell"
3) KISS -- "Destroyer"
4) Kate Bush -- "The Dreaming"
5) Fountains of Wayne -- "Utopia Parkway"
6) The Pipettes -- "We Are The Pipettes"
7) Sufjan Stevens -- "Come on Feel The Illinoise"
8) The Monkees -- Headquarters
9) Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack (the original one)
10) Devo -- "Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo"

Most of these "impact" albums came between 76-82 (the "hey, what is this thing called "music" and why do I love it so much?" years) with the exception of the FOW album (which made me realize excellent Power Pop still existed in the 90s and beyond until I stumbled across a copy of the "Shake Some Action" book), The Pipettes album which I think is the most fun album of the last 20 years and I try to turn people on to it every chance I get and Sufjan Stevens which is the last album I can remember bringing actual tears to my eyes the first time I played it. Many of these influenced my guitar playing and, of course, The Monkees album made me want to be in a band -- any band!

These are not necessarily my *favorite* albums (though many are), but probably the ones that made the most *impact* on me for a variety of reasons and the ones I still spin at least once a year if not more. Didn't make the cut: "A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson", "Electric Version" (mentioned above) and "Live Rust" -- all three of those made an impact, but I have to cut to 10, so...

Gram Lynch said...

These are 10 that I can play again and again and never tire of...

1. Once In A Blue Moon - Frankie Miller
2. Aja - Steely Dan
3. Hats - The Blue Nile
4. Here Come The Snakes - Green On Red
5. The Best of Van Morrison - Van Morrison
6. Innervisions - Stevie Wonder
7. Lost In The Ozone - Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
8. Live: P-Funk Earth Tour - Parliament
9. War ina Babylon - Max Romeo
10. Striking It Rich - Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks

Rugby Lad said...

Not in any order
1) The Who- Who's Next
2) Elvis Costello- This Year's Model
3) Bruce Springsteen- Darkness on the Edge of Town
4) Grateful Dead- American Beauty
5) Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
6) The Clash - London Calling
7) Warren Zevon- Excitable Boy
8) Graham Parker- Heat Treatment
9) The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall
10)Neil Young- After the Goldrush

mauijim said...

thanks to Spotify i can see what i go to and have to admit to it

Blood on the Tracks
rough Mix
Brothers and Sisters
R&R Animal
Dire Straits
Court and Spark
Katy lied

Honest Ed said...

No great order. I have to have had these for at least a decade to qualify,

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

REM - Reckoning

Elvis Costello - Imperial Bedroom

Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon

Matthew Sweet - Kimi Ga Suki

Billy Bragg - Brewing Up With Billy Bragg

The Pogues - Rum, Sodomy & The Lash

Sugar - Copper Blue

Lucinda Williams - Essence

kevin m said...

In no particular order and like BBJ, avoiding Stones, Zep, etc.

Psychedelic Furs - Talk Talk Talk
Wonder Stuff - Never Loved Elvis
Yes - The Yes Album
Big Audio Dynamite - This Is (did not want to include the Clash as they are part of the obvious stalwarts that we're trying to avoid here)
The Church - Starfish
Joe Jackson- Night & Day
The Replacements - Tim
Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - Rattlesnakes
Jellyfish- Bellybutton
Primal Scream- Screamadelica

Dr Wu said...

I felt chest pains during the narrowing.

Elton John 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy' (1975)
Lloyd Cole 'Don't Get Weird On Me Babe' (1991)
Talk Talk 'The Colour of Spring' (1986)
The Stone Roses 's/t' (1989)
Aerosmith 'Rocks' (1976)
Radiohead 'The Bends' (1995)
Roxy Music 'Country Life' (1974)
Gerry Rafferty 'City to City' (1978)
Talking Heads 'More Songs About Buildings and Food' (1978)
Rockpile 'Seconds of Pleasure' (1980)

Chris Collins said...

I'm just avoiding Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Ramones, Replacements, and Springsteen because I play them ALL the time. And everybody knows those albums. So THOSE ALBUMS ASIDE:

1. The New York Dolls
2. Prince- Sign O The Times
3. Amy Winehouse- Back To Black
4. Otis Redding- Otis Blue
5. Howling Wolf- Change My Way
6. R.E.M- Automatic for the People (possibly my favorite album ever)
7. Frank Sinatra- Live At The Sands
8. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes- Hearts of Stone
9. Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul- Men Without Women (another contender for all time favorite album)
10. Johnny Cash- American Recordings

kevin m said...

Interesting; so far Lloyd Cole has shown up 3x on this list (so far). To my recollection, he is someone who's never been really discussed on this board. Time for an evaluation?

A guy called Tak said...

1. Vol.2/Soft Machine
2. Loaded/The Velvet Underground
3. First/Procol Harum
4. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere/Neil Young & Crazy Horse
5. Hot Rats/Frank Zappa
6. A Girl Called Eddy/A Girl Called Eddy
7. Hats/The Blue Nile
8. Steve McQueen/Prefab Sprout
9. More Than A New Discovery/Laura Nyro
10. Pet Sounds/The Beach Boys (sorry I have to...)

Nancy McClelland said...

1. Cream - Disraeli Gears
2. White Noise - An Electric Storm
3. Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
4. Joni Mitchell - Blue
5. Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed
6. David Bowie - Station To Station
7. Louis Jordan - I can't decide which one....
8. Leo Kottke - Mudlark
9. Supremes - Greatest Hits
10.Jethro Tull - Aqualung

Mr. Baez said...

Cream - Disraeli Gears
Kinks - Lola Vs PowerMan And The Money-go-round (part one)
Beatles - White Album
Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind
Bobby Blue Bland - Two Steps From The Blues
James Brown - Sex machine
Talking Heads - Remain In Light
Fletwood Mac - Kiln House
Joni Mitchell - The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
Bert Jansch - Rosmary Lane

This is in no particular order and of course this selection would no doubt be completely different tomorrow.

Troy said...

Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Into the Music - Van Morrison
Michael McDermott (S/T) - Michael McDermott
Wildflowers - Tom Petty
Yellow Moon - Neville Brothers
Graceland -Paul Simon
Making Movies - Dire Straits
Life's Rich Pageant- REM
Captain Fantastic - Elton John
So - Peter Gabriel

Top four are set in stone and really don't change. Ever.

David Federman said...

Rock/Soft Rock (in no particular order, except for "Parachute"), excluding the Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan & Jimi Hendrix. These are records that remind me of the best of the 1960s/70s and reinvent themselves every time I listen. I could not confine myself to ten choices. Sorry for the surplus of excellence.

Parachute - Pretty Things
Kenshyam - Bonzo Dog Band
Pandemonium Shadow Show - Nilsson
If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears - The Mamas and the Papas
Something Else - The Kinks
Little Games - The Yardbirds
Surrealistic Pillow - Jefferson Airplane
Eric Is Here - Eric Burdon
The Velvet Underground & Nico - Velvet Underground & Nico
Good Old Boys - Randy Newman
Mr. Fantasy - Traffic
Here Comes Rhymin' Simon- Paul Simon
Songs of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen
Tim Hardin 1 - Tim Hardin
Insight Out - The Association
Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful - Lovin' Spoonful

Anonymous said...

My “Top Ten high rotation albums” would more likely be more like one hundred albums so to spare you the boredom and me the bleeding fingers I decided to list my current top ten albums as played recently on my internet radio show. By next month this list will be significantly different.

1- Radio Sweetheart - Sarah Borges.
2- Sells Out - The Who.
3- The White Album- The Beatles.
4.- Real - Lydia Loveless
5- Wild, Innocent & E Street Shuffle - Bruce Springsteen.
6- 13 Ghosts - The Broadcasters.
7- Live at the Whisky A-Go-Go - Otis Redding.
8- Something Else - The Kinks.
9- Procol Harum - Procol Harum (first album, Duram version 1967).
10 - After Bathing at Baxter’s - Jefferson Airplane.

Captain Al

kevin m said...

If BBJ will indulge me, I'd like to add 10 more (again, avoiding the stalwarts)

-Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
-Hold Steady- Boys & Girls in America
-Holmes Brothers - State of Grace
-House of Love- The Fontana Years
-James Brown - In the Jungle Groove
-Jeff Buckley- Grace
-Julian Cope -Peggy Suicide
-PM Dawn- Jesus Wept
-Redd Kross - 3rd Eye
-The Verve - Urban Hymns

softshoebanana said...

Of course it's a ridiculous exercise.
This was exactly my thoughts when my brother nominated my wife. I'm not on it myself but with the backing of the missus we decided to try and sound as pompous as possible, just for a laugh, I'm sure you'll understand. Though I do love all the albums we posted.
We started with :
The World Of Twist: Quality Street.
Ulrich Schnauss: Far Away Trains Passing By.
Dr Phibes & The House Of Wax Equations: Whirlpool.
Undisputed Truth: Cosmic Truth (best cover of a Neil Young song, apologies to St Etienne).
Stephane Grapelli: Young Django.
Spiritualized: Laser Guided Melodies.
Cradle: Baba Yaga.
Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water (wife chose this, totally agreed with her).
Kraftwerk: Man Machine.
Antartica: 81:03.

acupraet said...

Time & Tide - Split Enz
Angst In My Pants - Sparks
Gold Afternoon Fix - The Church
Parallel Lines - Blondie
Turbulent Indigo - Joni Mitchell
Across The Universe - Trip Shakespeare
Chips From The Chocolate Fireball - The Dukes Of Stratosphere (aka XTC)
Time (The Revelator) - Gillian Welch
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! - Devo