>> Tuesday, December 16, 2008
*Original Posting Date - Sunday, July 13, 2008
I am feeling ambitious. I will, for the entertainment of…. well mostly myself, post my top 50 albums of all time, in order. Wish me luck. Judge me if you feel the need. I am avoiding compilations and greatest hits. I will often include anecdotes about why certain albums merit ranking. Enjoy.
You will notice that I seem to lack some of the classics, Eagles, Beatles, Stones, and so on. However, while reflecting on this list, I decided not to do a categorically best ever list, but a best to me and my life list. If I was having a bad day, I would not turn to The Beatles, or The Rolling Stones, but to Damien Rice and David Gray. If I really wanted to celebrate, I would not necessarily put on the Eagles or CSN, but the New Radials and The Refreshments. So this list, is my personal life music list.
My favorite memory of all time is sitting on the deck, avoiding the heat of the sunlight with my DiscMan, up at Roche Lake, singing along to this CD under my breath. Seriously, it could be no other.
What do I say about this CD. It may just be the best CD you have never listened too. It is complete and perfect.
This CD got me through.
This is maybe the newest CD on this list. It is hard to explain, I just feel connected to it, and it was instant. Others who I have forced this on, have also fallen in love with it.
Do I really need to elaborate?
Seriously, if you have not listened to "Morning After" on this disc, you are missing out on a feeling that would make your emotional pie chart whole.
I was always a fan of John Mayer, liked all his work, but this Album made me a believer.
We all have that album that you always forget how good it is, then you toss it in, perhaps feeling a little nostalgic, and it just blows you away. To me, it is "Gold"
Ok, this is one of a few no name bands that will be on my list, this album is amazing, this band was amazing, but short lived, if you can find this one, pick it up, cherish it.
Toad The Wet Sprocket's front man's first solo release. Saw him open for The Counting Crows down in Portland, man, he stole the show.
Want to drowned in self pity with layers of acoustic guitar and a heartbreaking voice?
On no other album, do you anticipate the beginning of the next song when the previous song ends, as you do with Sublime.
Another new band, and I realize I said I would avoid compilations, however, these are all different versions of previous released songs, and half the cd is stuff the only played live. And, its amazing.
Picking which Buffett album to put on here, was the biggest challenge. I could do a whole top twenty of just Buffett.
If I were actually a gay man, like many of you have accused, this would have been number one on my list. It is a story of a man coming to grips with who he is. It is beautiful.
This is another one of those unknowns, just think, soft lyrics, piano, and an angelic voice. I made my one and only music video to her cover of "Tracks of My Tears." Stevie (Listology Contributor) and Kyle starred in it. It is a great memory. Thanks you two.
Ok, so, out of all the Live albums, this is their least well known, but, I think their best. They are still a small, just out of highschool, band with big eyes and a sharp tongue. The pull no punches on this album.
Listen to the song "Slow Motion" and tell me it does not make your stomach turn.
I thought Tori Amos was crazy, not the good crazy either. But a beautiful woman once played me this cd, gave me a glass of red wine, and talked to me about secrets. Changed my perceptions.
Half this CD is instrumental, and I would not have it any other way.
Another Compilation CD. But, it is mostly the Tim Reynolds Show.
Ok, so I am a huge Hip- Hop fan, however, almost all Hip-Hop CDs have the same problem, they are only ever half complete. There are always too many throw away songs. This is not only the exception to the rule, but the standard.
What was said above about Hip-Hop can also be applied to R&B, and this CD.
I had no clue who these guys were, there were just "And Guest" on the ticket stub to the Train concert at the Gorge. You will notice that they are listed higher than Train. Happy accidents.
Ok, so, this cd is another unknown band, but this is one that I believe will be huge in 2 more years, than you will all understand why I have them on here….
….twice. This, band, while between labels, but together an EP every month for a year. This is months Aug -Dec.
People forget how good this album is. I did, until putting together this list.
For the song Satellite alone this cd would make my list. However, it is amazing.
If you know the Eels, than you are familiar with E. This is a little more stripped down, but just as experimental.
Another new CD. Very, very good. But out of all of the CD's on this list, this have the most potential to fall off.
Even though this album has a couple throw away tracks, the brutal fire of the others makes up for it.
…. and three times. The months Jan. – July. Not as good as Vol. II, but still worthy of this list. And the only artist on here three times, I guess that says something. Hmm.
I got both these albums at once, have listened to them together on shuffle, so I really can not separate them anymore. Give me a break. So there are 51.