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I'm an "album" guy. I'm always seeking good albums. Songs that work together as a collective whole, rather than standalone hits.
Some of my all-time favorites are:
Beatles - "Abbey Road" (especially side 2)
Yes - "Going For The One"
Rush - "Permanent Waves"
King's X - "Gretchen Goes To Nebraska"
Sarah McLachlan - "Fumbling Towards Ecstacy"
Pink Floyd - "Animals"
Klaatu - "Hope"
I was wondering if any of you certified Inmates are also "album" oriented and see what some of your favorite albums are.
One of my all-time favorite albums is Sunfighter with Paul Kantner and Grace Slick. No great hits(two best known are Silver Spoon and China)but the album as a whole meshes really well. This is one of those albums I will pull out when I'm not sure what I really am in the mood to listen to.
If anyone is interested, this LP pops-up on Ebay on a regular basis. No CD version I'm aware of.
It is available.
I bought it about 9 months ago, along with Paul Kantner, Grace Slick and David Freiberg "Baron Von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun" and (my favourite) "Dragonfly". I had heard that these were remastered - from an inmate here - so I picked them up because I don't have access to my vinyl copies. They sound pretty good. The CD format is too small to do justice to the fabulous "Baron Von" cover art though.
Yes, I enjoy when the songs on an album seem to flow from one to the other and make an integrated whole. Two of my favorites are the Gravitational Forces CD by Robert Earl Keene. It's a bit more acoustic and bluegrass than normal for him, but the flow between some old bluegrass standards and "bluegrass style" songs he's written is quite good and very enjoyable. I also like the "Cover Girl" CD by Shawn Colvin. As the title implies, all songs are "covers" and not written by Shawn. All are truly excellent and show her talents well.
I've got to give honorable mention to the new Norah Jones CD. I can't rememer the title, but the songs work well together and her voice is nicely sultry.
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and Trick of the Tail
The Who - Tommy (O.K., obvious, but no one has mentioned it yet).
I gave at the office!
Ralph MacDonald: The Path
Fleetwood Mac Rumors
Bob Marley legend
Eric Clapton Time Pieces
Any led Zepp or Pink Floyd album
two guilty pleasures:
These few just came to mind, there are many others!
Several Cuban cd's and Cumbia compilations I fancy as well.
Joe Cocker's Sheffield Steel, Dan Fogelberg High Country Snows, Grover Washington Strawberry Moon (with BB King & Marcus Miller & others)......John Renbourn the Enchanted Garden and A Maid in Bedlam....
Some of my favorite non-jazz albums:
Marvin Gaye, What's Going On
Radiohead, OK Computer
Carol King, Tapestry
Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon & The Wall
Dr. Dre, The Chronic
Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
There are several good concept albums that I think fit the bill here:
Jethro Tull: Passion Play, Thick as a Brick, Aqualung, Stand Up...and most anything before Heavy Horses
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
The Who: Quadrophenia
Sting: Dream of the Blue Turtles
Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes
Mazzy Star: Among My Swan
My 2 cents:
The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Abbey Road
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories: Tails
The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over
Prokofiev "Romeo and Juliet" 3 -LPs.
There are others, like Operas, but I'd be lying if I said that I enjoyed them "organically" the whole way through on a regular basis.
COOL! My brother had "Hope" when I was 11. I played it over and over again. That album will always be a big part of my life. It's the album the got me INTO music.
Been waiting all week to hear about your cable unmentionables...you didn't post somewhere else, did you? (I'm afraid, I'm VERY afraid...)
I am getting old as stopped mentioning unmentionables since I started buying them at the grocery stores....
Marillion- Clutching at Straws
Marillion- Misplaced Childhood
Pink Floyd- The Wall
Rush- 2112/Moving Pictures
Tragically Hip- Up to Here
Greg Brown- Slant Six Mind
April Wine- Stand Back
Plus many many more.
> > Marillion- Misplaced Childhood < <
Oh, YEAH! Forgot about that one! Might have to pull that one out again.
I agree... The great ones always take a little time to absorb and somehow even after listening to them a 1000 times, you "get" it a little better each time.
One of the reasons I still listen to LPs is that I really enjoy sides of records - it's about as much time as I usually want to spend with one record in a sitting. I've got over 1000 records and I think a couple of them might be hanging around because of good song - but in general I've traded just about everything off that doesn't have a least a good side of music.
Great sides are on Steppenwolf live, J. Geils - Blow Your Face Out, Beatles - White Album, Butthole Surfers - Hairway to Steven, Rush - 2112 for starters off the top of my head.
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