I have a recurring conversation with my old pal Geoff, a fellow Who fanatic, about two or three times a month. We both enjoy posting the records we are listening to on Instagram and quite often inspire each other, a kind of musical ADD. I could be listening to Tony Bennett, see that he is listening to Gang Of Four and off comes Tony for some "Damaged Goods."
The recurring conversation though, is usually about The Who and "Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy," a record that both he and I agree, is the single greatest singles collection ever put to wax, and a record that we both listen to quite often. (Just typing that made me want to play it today.)
Geoff ranks "Aretha Gold" as the second best, and I am pretty sure "Sly & The Fanily Stone's Greatest Hits" completes his Top Three.
No arguments from me.
I'd like to add "Rapsberries' Best" to the Top Five. I love all of the Raspberries records, but the ten track "Best" is one killer after another.
Which brings me to my idea, the Raspberries' Second Best.
In 2003, the Elvis people released "2nd To None," a sequel of sorts to the highly successful "Elvis' 30 #1 Hits." "2nd To None" contained another round of chart toppers that did not quite hit the #1 slot. I was thinking of the possiblities for great "second bests." I decided to start with the Raspberries' Second Best because it is what I was in the mood for. I'm sure you Rapsberries' fans out there will have your own second ten, but the following is mine.
Hopefully, if I don't get too lazy or too distracted, this will be an ongoing series. Feel free to chime in with your favorite greatest hits records and suggestions for sequels.
If You Change Your Mind
Should I Wait
Come Around & See Me
It Seemed So Easy
I Saw The Light