Friday, October 30, 2020

My Top 50 Albums Of All Time (The Cut List)

When I attempted to make my own Top 50 All-Time favorite albums, in response to Rolling Stone Magazine's 2020 Update of its Top 500 Albums, I left many albums outside the Top 50 that I love.  Making my own Top 50, I decided to give myself some restrictions to follow.  Namely, 2 albums per artist.  This gave me a chance to list more albums by more artists.  For this expanded A-Z list, there were no restrictions. This 51-100 list is unranked and in alphabetical order. 

As it turned out, the cutting room floor of albums that I could have put in my Top 50 was long.  Lists can be quite the headache inducing endeavor.  Even this list is missing many of my favorites.  And I said when I posted my Top 50, these titles could change if I were to compile this again down the road. 

Both my initial Top 50 and this list don't have any Jazz albums, only because I believe that genre deserves its own Top 500 countdown.  Hello, Down Beat Magazine? 

Other Contenders
Al Green - Call Me (73)
Alexander O' Neal - Hearsay (87)
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (06)
Anthology of American Folk Music Vol. 1-3 (Box Set) - Various (97)
Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul (68)
Beatles - Rubber Soul (65)
Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (67)
Billy Joel - Stranger (77)
Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde (66)
Bob Marley - Exodus (77)
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge of Town (78)
Chess Blues (Box Set) - Various (92)
Chuck Berry - Definitive Collection. (04)
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory (70)
Disco Years Vol. 1-2 - Various (Rhino 90)
Eagles - Hotel California (76)
Electric Light Orchestra - New World Record (76)
Elvis Presley - From Elvis In Memphis (69)
Elvis Presley - Top Ten Hits (87)
Gary Stewart - Out of Hand (75)
Indestructible Beat of Soweto - Various (85)
Jackie Wilson - Very Best of (Rhino 64)
James Brown - 20 All-Time Greatest Hits (91)
James Taylor - Sweet Baby James (70)
Jerry Lee Lewis - 18 Original Sun Greatest Hits (84)
John Mellencamp - Scarecrow (85)
Keith Whitley - I Wonder Do You Think Of Me (89)
Lefty Frizzell - Look What Thoughts Will Do (97)
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out (90)
Loretta Lynn - Writes 'Em and Sings 'Em (70)
Louvin Brothers - Tragic Songs of Life (56)
Love - Forever Changes (67)
Love Train: Sound of Philadelphia (Box Set) - Various (Legacy '08)
Lucinda Williams - s/t (88)
Luther Vandross - Night I Fell In Love (85)
Madonna - Like A Prayer (89)
Merle Haggard - Serving 190 Proof (79)
Moby Grape - s/t (67)
Neil Young - Comes A Time (78)
Pretenders - s/t (80)
Prince - Dirty Mind (80)
Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet (68)
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Anthology (02)
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (73)
Supremes - Anthology (01)
Teddy Pendergrass - TP(80)
Temptations - Anthology (95)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Damn The Torpedoes (79)
Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy (78)
Willie Nelson - Stardust (78)

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Greatest Halloween Songs

Greatest Halloween Songs

1.  Thriller - Michael Jackson
2.  Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett
3.  I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
4.  Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
5.  (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
6.  Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
7.  Haunted House - Jumpin' Gene Simmons
8.  Time Warp - Rocky Horror Cast
9.  Theme From "Halloween" - John Carpenter
10.  Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
11.   Nightmare On My Street - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
12.  Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
13.  Season of the Witch - Donovan
14.  Spooky, Scary Skeletons - Andrew Gold
15.  Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
16.  Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus
17.  Dinner With Drac - John Zacherle "Cool Ghoul"
18.  Theme from "Twilight Zone" - Jerry Goldsmith
19   Theme From "Psycho" - Bernard Herrmann
20.  Hell's Bells - AC/DC
21.  I Was A Teenage Werewolf - Cramps
22.  What's He Building In There? - Tom Waits
23.  Lucifer - Alan Parsons Project
24.  Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo 
25.  Theme From "Psycho" - Bernard Herrmann
26.  Toccata and Fugue in D Minor -   Bach
27.  Theme From "Addams Family" - Vic Mizzy
28.  In The Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg
29.  I Walked With A Zombie - Roky Erickson
30.  Theme From "Munsters: - Jack Marshall
31.  Nature Trail To Hell - Weird Al Yankovic
32.  Dream Within A Dream/Raven - Alan Parsons Project
33.  Witch Queen of New Orleans - Redbone
34.  (Ghost) Riders In The Sky - Johnny Cash
35.  Spooky - Classics IV
36.  Welcome To My Nightmare - Alice Cooper
37.  Dinner With Drac - John Zacherle "Cool Ghoul"
38.  Fire On High - ELO
39.  Surfin' Dead - Cramps
40.  Halloween - Misfits
41.  In The Hall Of The Mountain King - ELO
42.  Lucifer - Alan Parsons Project
43.  Jack the Ripper - Screaming Lord Sutch
44.  Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
45.  Goo Goo Muck - Ronnie Cook
46.  Knoxville Girl - Louvin Brothers
47.  Witchy Woman - Eagles
48.  Devil Woman - Cliff Richard
49. Halloween - Siouxsie & the Banshees
50. Night of the Vampire - Roky Erickson
51. Unquiet Grave - Gryphon
52. Dragula - Rob Zombie
53. Heartbreak Hotel - Jacksons
54. Spooktacular Finale - Spike Jones
55. Whistlin' Past The Graveyard - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
55. Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
56. Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
57. Spooky - George Barnes
58. Race With The Devil - Gene Vincent
59. Theme From The X-Files - Mark Snow
60. Zombie Zoo - Tom Petty
61. Shadow Knows - Coasters
62. Blob - Five Blobs
62. Creep - Three Suns
63. Supernature - Cerrone
64. Werewolf - Barry Dransfield
65. Downbound Train - Chuck Berry
66. Bo Meets The Monster - Bo Diddley
67. Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
68. Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
69. Everyday Is Halloween - Ministry
70. Boris the Spider - Who

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Playlist for 10/25

Landfill Indie Top 50 (Spotify Playlist)
Yacht Rock That Really Rocks (Sean Ross Spotify Playlist)
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Angel Olsen - Whole New Mess
Microphones - Microphones in 2020
Drive-By Truckers - New OK
Allman Betts Band - Bless Your Heart
Ruston Kelly - Shape & Destroy
Toots & The Maytals - Got To Be Tough
Eddie Chacon - Pleasure, Joy and Happiness
Alicia Keys - Alicia
Song Exploder (Netflix)
2020 CMT Music Awards 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

100 More Albums I Love Not On Rolling Stone's Top 500 List

Here's a sequel to my  that didn't make the Rolling Stone Top 550 Albums List.  
Like I wrote in my first post on the RS 500, I've included Greatest Hits/Compilations, only if I think the artist's catalog is missing an essential album, and because there were no rules set that said not to include them.  Lots of 50's era albums were merely repackaged singles Best of's. This also happened a lot in the pre-70's Country music era, when albums would be packaged around a couple of hits padded out with filler.  Also, R&B acts who first came to prominence before the mid-60's fit that scenario.  Although seeing Madonna's Immaculate Collection, which came out in 1990, and Bob Marley's Legend (1984), definitely makes it tempting to add more Greatest Hits albums. And there's no Jazz albums listed, although I could have easily come up with some.  But Jazz deserves its own Top 500 list. 

"5" Royales - Anthology (Rhino 94)
50 Number One Country Hits - Various  (MCA 06)
American Graffiti Soundtrack - Various (73)
Aretha Franklin - Young, Gifted & Black (72)
Ashford & Simpson - Is It Still Good To Ya (78)
A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory (91)
Average White Band - AWB (74)
Bangles - All Over The Place (84)
Blasters - s/t (81)
Bill Withers - Live at Carnegie Hall (73)
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Night Moves (76)
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys - Anthology 1935-73 (Rhino 91)
Bobby "Blue" Bland - Two Steps From The Blues (61)
Bonnie Raitt - Luck of the Draw (91)
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey (75)
Cheap Trick - At Budokan (78)
Chills - Submarine Bells (90)
Civil War Soundtrack - Various (90)
Clint Black - Killin' Time (89)
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River (69)
Culture - Two Sevens Clash (77)
Deep Purple - Machine Head (72)
Def Leppard - Hysteria (87)
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - s/t (76)
Donald Fagen - Nightfly (82)
Donny Hathaway - Live (72)
Dwight Yoakam - Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc,.Etc. (86)
Elastica - s/t (95)
Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record (76)
Elton John - Rock of the Westies (75)
Elvis Presley - Elvis (56)
Emmylou Harris - Piece of the Sky (75)
Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief (69)
Fine Young Cannibals - Raw & The Cooked (88)
Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers (03)
Frank Sinatra - Only The Lonely (58)
Garth Brooks - Ropin' The Wind (91)
George Jones - I Am What I Am (80)
Graham Parker & The Rumour - Squeezing Out Sparks (79)
Gram Parsons - GP (73)
Guy - s/t (88)
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - To Be True (75)
Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious (00)
Hip Hop Greats: Classic Raps - Various (Rhino 90)
Huey Lewis & The News - Sports (83)
Iggy & The Stooges - Raw Power (73)
Impressions - Definitive Collection (01)
Jackson Browne - Late For The Sky (74)
Jason Isbell - Nashville Sound (17)
Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall (92)
Joe Jackson - Look Sharp (79)
John Mellencamp - Lonesome Jubilee (87)
Johnny Cash - Sun Years (Rhino 90)
Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer, Different Park (13)
KC & The Sunshine Band - s/t (75)
Lionel Richie - Can't Slow Down (83)
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken (73)
Loretta Lynn - Writes 'Em and Sings 'Em (70)
Louvin Brothers - Satan Is Real (60)
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Street Survivors (77)
Mandy Barnett - I've Got A Right To Cry (99)
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - s/t (71)
Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend (91)
Merle Haggard - Big City (81)
Millennium Funk Party - Various (98)
Million Dollar Quartet - s/t (06)
Mott the Hoople - All The Young Dudes (72)
Motown:Classic Years - Various (00)
Move - Message From The Country (71)
Nick Lowe - Labour of Lust (79)
Pere Ubu - Dub Housing (78)
Pistol Annies - Hell On Heels (11)
Platters - Very Best of (91)
P.M. Dawn - Of The Heart, Of The Soul, and Of The Cross (91)
Prince - Parade (86)
Randy Newman - Good Old Boys (74)
REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity (80)
Rick James - Street Songs (81)
Ricky Nelson - Greatest Hits (02)
Rodney Crowell - Houston Kid (01)
Rosanne Cash - King's Record Shop (87)
Roy Orbison - For The Lonely:18 Greatest Hits (Rhino 88)
Shirelles - Very Best of (Rhino 94)
Smooth Grooves: Essential Collection - Various (00)
Soundgarden - Superunknown (94)
Spinners - Pick of the Litter (75)
Staple Singers - Freedom Highway (91)
Stax: 50th Anniversary Celebration - Various (07)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - In Step (89)
Stylistics - Round 2 (72)
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (15)
Super Hits of the 70's-Have A Nice Day Vol. 1-25 - Various (Rhino 90,93,96)
Tina Turner - Private Dancer (84)
Tony Toni Tone - House of Music (96)
Warren Zevon - s/t (76)
White Stripes - White Blood Cells (01)
Willie Nelson - Phases and Stages (74)
Wilson Pickett - Very Best of (93)
XTC - Skylarking (86)
Yes - Fragile (71)

Monday, October 19, 2020

Playlist for 10/19

Looking Through A Glass Onion : Beatles Psychedelic Songbook - Various
Redman, Mehldau, McBride, Blade - RoundAgain
Bettye LaVette  - Blackbirds
Jimmy Heath - Love Letter
James Brown - Gettin' Down To It
James Brown - Hot Pants
Nat King Cole - After Midnight: Complete Session
Tim McGraw - Here On Earth
Josh Turner - Country State of Mind
2020 Billboard Music Awards 
2020 Grammy Salute to Music Legends 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

100 Albums I Love That Didn't Make The Rolling Stone Top 500

Taking a cue from Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 500 Albums list which was updated for 2020 in late September, I've decided to try and post my own albums list. No, not my all-time favorites.  Most of those are on their 500 list.  Instead, these are 100 albums I love that didn't make the Rolling Stone 500.  

I've included some Greatest Hits albums since there were no rules set that said not to include them. Some 50's/60's era albums were merely repackaged singles Best of's. This also happened a lot in the pre-70's Country music era, when albums would be packaged around a couple of hits padded out with filler.  Also, R&B acts who first came to prominence before the mid-60's fit that scenario.  Although seeing Madonna's Immaculate Collection, which came out in 1990, and Bob Marley's Legend (1984), on the RS list,  definitely makes it tempting to add more Greatest Hits albums.

My picks don't include Jazz, although I could have come up with many. Jazz deserves its own RS 500 Albums list. 

ABC - Lexicon Of Love (82)
Alexander O'Neal - Hearsay (87)
Anthology of American Folk Music - Various (Smithsonian Folkways 97)
Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue (98)
Billy Joel - 52nd Street (78)
Boston - s/t (76)
Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees (76)
Bruce Springsteen - River (80)
Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love (87)
Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield Again (67)
Charlie Rich - Fabulous Charlie Rich (70)
Coasters -  50 Coastin' Classics (Rhino 92)
Daryl Hall & John Oates - Abandoned Luncheonette (73) 
Dazed and Confused - Soundtrack (93)
DeBarge - In A Special Way (83)
Disco Years Vol. 1 & 2 - Various (Rhino 90)
Dionne Warwick - Very Best of (Rhino '00)
Dolly Parton - Best of (75)
Doo Wop Box - Various (Rhino 94)
Drifters - Very Best Of (Rhino 95)
Drive-By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera (01)
Earth, Wind & Fire - All 'n All (77)
Electric Light Orchestra - Face The Music (75)
Elmore James - Sky Is Crying:History of (Rhino 93)
Elvis Costello - Armed Forces (79)
Elvis Presley - Elvis Is Back (60)
Elvis Presley - Elvis (1968 TV Special) (68)
Elvis Presley - Top Ten Hits (87)
Everly Brothers - All-Time Original Hits (99)
Fats Domino - Greatest Hits:Walking To New Orleans (07)
Flatlanders - More A Legend Than A Band (90)
Fleetwood Mac - s/t (75)
Fountains of Wayne - s/t (96)
Frank Sinatra - Songs For Swingin' Lovers (56)
Gary Stewart - Out Of Hand (75)
George Jones - Anniversary: Ten Years of Hits (82)
George Jones - Best of 55-67 (Rhino 91)
Girl Group Greats - Various (Rhino 01)
Gram Parsons - Grievous Angel (74)
Guy Clark - Old No. 1 (75)
Holy Modal Rounders - Have Moicy! (76)
Iris DeMent - My Life (94)
Jackie Wilson - Very Best Of (Rhino 94)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Live At The Star-Club, Hamburg (64)
Jimmie Rodgers - Essential (97)
Joe Ely - Honky Tonk Masquerade (78)
Joe Tex - Very Best of (Rhino 96)
John Mellencamp - Scarecrow (85)
John Prine - Missing Years (91)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle - s/t (76)
Keith Whitley - I Wonder Do You Think Of Me (89)
King Crimson - In The Court of the Crimson King (69)
Lefty Frizzell - Look What Thoughts Will Do (97)
Loretta Lynn - Country Music Hall of Fame Series (91)
Louvin Brothers - Tragic Songs of Life (56)
Love Train: Sound of Philadelphia (Box Set) - Various (Hip-O '00)
Lucinda Williams - s/t (88)
Luther Vandross - Night I Fell In Love (85)
Marshall Crenshaw - s/t (82)
Mavericks - What A Crying Shame (94)
Maxwell - Urban Hang Suite (96)
Merle Haggard - Serving 190 Proof (79)
Miranda Lambert - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (07)
Moby - Play (99)
Moby Grape - s/t (67)
Mothers of Invention - We're Only In It For The Money (68)
Mott the Hoople - Mott (73)
Neil Young - Comes A Time (78)
Nick Lowe - Pure Pop For Now People (78)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Will The Circle Be Unbroken (72)
O'Jays - Back Stabbers (72)
Paul McCartney & Wings - Band On The Run (74)
Phil Collins - No Jacket Required (85)
Randy Newman - 12 Songs (70)
Randy Travis - Storms of Life (86)
Raspberries - Starting Over (74)
Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights (82)
Rolling Stones - Now (65)
Rosanne Cash - Seven Year Ache (81)
Roxy Music - Siren (75)
Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (77)
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Anthology (02)
Spinners - s/t (73)
Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic (74)
Steve Earle - Guitar Man (86)
Stevie Wonder - Fulfillingness' First Finale (74)
Stylistics - s/t (71)
Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music (14)
Tammy Wynette - Greatest Hits (69)
Teddy Pendergrass - TP (80)
Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque (91)
Terence Trent D'Arby - Introducing the Hardline According to (87)
Tom T. Hall - In Search Of A Song (71)
Tougher Than Tough: Story of Jamaican Music (Mango 93)
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 - Traveling Wilburys (88)
Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy (78)
Waylon Jennings - Honky Tonk Heroes (73)
Wild Tchoupitoulas - s/t (76)
Willie Nelson - Stardust (78)









Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Playlist for 10/13

Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio Hour: Whiskey Theme (SiriusXM)
That'll Flat Git It Vol. 34 - Various
Boss Black Rockers Vol. 5 & 6 - Various
Jon Pardi - Rancho Fiesta Sessions
Orville Peck - Show Pony
Chuck Prophet - Land That Time Forgot
Ashley Ray - Pauline
Emma Swift - Blonde On The Tracks
Fantastic Negrito - Have You Lost Your Mind Yet
Kem - Love Always Wins
Musik Music Musique-1980: Dawn of Synth Pop  - Various
Bill Frisell - Valentine
Wilder Blue - s/t (Group's name was formerly Hill Country. Changed name 10/20)

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Playlist for 10/10 (Music Documentaries)

T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
Let The Good Times Roll (1973)
This Is Elvis (1981)
Elvis: That's The Way It Is (1970)
Shake: Otis Redding at Monterey (1987 Short)
Woodstock Director's Cut (1970)
Monterey Pop (1968)
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2020)
Unsung: Tammi Terrell (2010 Episode)
Toots and the Maytals: Reggae Got Soul (2011)
Every Night’s A Saturday Night: Bobby Keys Story (2018)
 

Friday, October 09, 2020

Tom's Top 50 Albums Of All Time*

As someone who was born in 1964, I am on the border of being labeled a Baby Boomer and Gen X'er.  Which makes me unique in my musical tastes.  I grew up in the heyday of Top 40 AM radio and defend a lot the music that is often considered unhip to today's generation.  Top 40 then collided with the rise of FM AOR.  And I was listening to all of that before I turned 16.  

Rolling Stone's update of their Top 500 Albums of All Time set off the usual amount of discussion.  It was an eclectic list.  Stronger now then when it was last tweaked in 2012.  In the end, most of the albums that entered the musical canon when they first did a Top 500 in 2003 were still there.  Some of the rankings changed, but the classics remained.  And my list includes a fair amount of Boomer classics.  

Narrowing a lifetime of music listening to 50 albums was an impossible task, and provided me with more headaches than I needed. And I can fairly say that if I did this same Top 50 a month from now, it would look different.   

For my own list, I followed the RS rules of listing 50 albums (ranked for me). Greatest Hits albums showed up on the RS list, but for my list I kept those to acts from the 50's/early 60's.  I've included 3 Various Artist compilations, which were also allowed on the RS list.  I also limited myself to 2 albums per artist. With the thought of giving other albums by artists not named the Beatles or Elvis Presley a chance to place in my Top 50.  I also have no Box Sets on my list.  Only because, while I have many, I rarely ever go back and listen to them.  

So, why the asterisk on my title header?  With all the restrictions I've placed on myself for this list, it can't be considered a truly represented Top 50.  It's missing Jazz artists like Miles, Coltrane, Ella and Sinatra. Honestly, Jazz deserves its own Top 500. Hello, Down Beat Magazine?And a list with no rules would have more than one or two albums by Elvis Presley, Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Aretha.  At the end of my list, called Other Contenders, I have a bunch of albums that on any given day could place in my Top 50. But as it is, this is a good overview of my listening tastes over the years. 

I.   Elvis Presley - Sun Sessions (76)
2.  Beatles - Revolver (66)
3.  Prince - Purple Rain (84)
4.  Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark (74)
5.  Michael Jackson - Thriller (82)
6.  Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA (84)
7.  Clash - London Calling (80)
8.  Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited (65)
9.  Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (77)
10.  Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack) - Various (77)
11.  Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key of Life (76)
12.  Carole King - Tapestry (71)
13.  Hank Williams - 40 Greatest Hits (78)
14.  Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (66)
15.  Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story (71)
16.  Van Morrison - Moondance (70)
17.  Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man the Way I Loved You (67)
18.  James Brown - Live at the Apollo (62)
19.  Sam Cooke - Portrait of a Legend (1951-64) (03)
20.  Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed (69)
21.  Beatles - Abbey Road (69)
22.  Led Zeppelin - IV (71)
23.  Joni Mitchell - Blue (71)
24.  Paul Simon - Graceland (86)
25.  Janet Jackson - Control (86)
26.  Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (71)
27.  Derek & The Dominos - Layla (70)
28.  Ray Charles - Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music (62)
29.  Spinners - s/t (73)
30.  Motown: Classic Years - Various (UTV '00)
31.  Nirvana - Nevermind (91)
32.  Steely Dan - Aja (77)
33.  Adele - 21 (11)
34.  Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis (69)
35.  Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees (76)
36.  Who - Who's Next (71)
37.  Dolly Parton - Coat Of Many Colors (71)
38.  Michael Jackson - Off The Wall (79)
39.  Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights (82)
40.  Elvis Presley - Elvis (TV Special) (68)
41.  Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like A Wheel (74)
42.  Flying Burrito Brothers - Gilded Palace of Sin (69)
43.  Harder They Come (Soundtrack) - Various (72)
44.  Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (73)
45.  Earth, Wind & Fire - Gratitude (75)
46.  Girl Group Greats - Various (Rhino '01)
47.  Donna Summer - Bad Girls (79)
48.  Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era - Various (Rhino 72)
49.  O'Jays - Back Stabbers (72)
50.  Miranda Lambert - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (07)

Other Contenders
Alexander O' Neal - Hearsay (87)
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (06)
Anthology of American Folk Music Vol. 1-3 (Box Set) - Various (97)
Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul (68)
Beatles - A Hard Day's Night (64)
Beatles - Rubber Soul (65)
Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (67)
Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde (66)
Bob Marley - Exodus (77)
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge of Town (78)
Chess Blues (Box Set) - Various (92)
Chuck Berry - Definitive Collection (04)
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory (70)
Disco Years Vol. 1-2 - Various (Rhino 90)
Eagles - Hotel California (76)
Electric Light Orchestra - New World Record (76)
Elvis Presley - From Elvis In Memphis (69)
Elvis Presley - Top Ten Hits (87)
Frank Sinatra - Songs For Swingin' Lovers (56)
Gary Stewart - Out of Hand (75)
Indestructible Beat of Soweto - Various (85)
James Taylor - Sweet Baby James (70)
Jerry Lee Lewis - 18 Original Sun Greatest Hits (84)
John Mellencamp - Scarecrow (85)
Lefty Frizzell - Look What Thoughts Will Do (97)
Little Richard - Georgia Peach (91)
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out (90)
Loretta Lynn - Writes ‘Em and Sings ‘Em (70)
Louvin Brothers - Tragic Songs of Life (56)
Love - Forever Changes (67)
Love Train: Sound of Philadelphia (Box Set) - Various (Legacy '08)
Luther Vandross - Night I Fell In Love (85)
Madonna - Like A Prayer (89)
Merle Haggard - Serving 190 Proof (79)
Moby Grape - s/t (67)
Pretenders - s/t (80)
Prince - Dirty Mind (80)
Randy Travis - Storms of Life (86)
Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet (68)
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (73)
Teddy Pendergrass - TP (80)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Damn The Torpedoes (79)
Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy (78)
Willie Nelson - Stardust (78)

Below are links to 200 albums I love that didn't make the RS500.  Could've listed 200 more.



Thursday, October 08, 2020

Playlist for 10/8

Mandy Barnett - Nashville Songbook
Caylee Hammack - If It Wasn't For You
Zephaniah Ohora - Listening to the Music
Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty - Lead Me On
John Craigie - Asterisk the Universe
Paul Pena - s/t
Charles Bevel - Meet "Mississippi" Charles Bevel
Modern Lovers - Original Modern Lovers
Surrender to the Rhythm: London Pub Rock Scene of the Seventies - Various
South Got Something To Say (Southern Rap)  (NPR Spotify Playlist)

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

RIP Eddie Van Halen

Rock and Roll Guitar Heroes.  We used to have too many.  They still live on whatever you listen to for your Classic Rock fix.  But they have disappeared today.  Great guitar players will always come along. But they heyday of Rock and Roll near the top of the mainstream music scene has been over for some time.  

Eddie Van Halen was one of the last of the Guitar Gods.  He came just as the influence of the 70's guitar heroes were was still reaching a new generation of players.  But in 1978, Eddie Van Halen was different than all the other younger guitarists of his generation.  This was a new sound.  Heavy Metal meets LA Punk meets good old fashioned 70's Classic Rock. It's not hyperbole to say, Eddie was the most influential guitarist of his generation.  Go back and look at the Rock landscape after Van Halen released their debut in 1978.

I was a Van Halen fan.  Not much of a Van Hagar one.  There is a difference.  With David Lee Roth, Eddie was breaking barriers.  By the time the Hagar years came, Eddie continued his love of synths, but they became a conventional Rock band.  And Roth, despite not having Hagar's pipes, wrote better songs, and the band's good times persona was a direct result of his charisma.  

So, go back to those first 6 Van Halen albums.  Skim the first 2 they did with Hagar.  Download 1991's "Right Now".  Eddie's legacy is on those sessions.  Ironically, his most heard solo occurred on Michael Jackson's "Beat It".  Eddie's one take solo is a masterpiece.  If you were to put together a greatest hits of Eddie Van Halen's guitar works it would rank with "Eruption", "Runnin' With The Devil", "Jump", "I'm The One", near the top. 

Saturday, October 03, 2020

My Favorite Albums of 2000

My last album anniversary piece for 2020 follows the same path that I did for 1970, '80, '90, and 2000.  An A-Z ranking of my favorite albums of the year.  No Greatest Hits albums listed.  I'm sure I've missed some good ones that were released.  But this is a good representation of that year.

At The Drive-In - Relationship of Command
Avalanches - Since I Left You
Badly Drawn Boy - Hour of Bewilderbeast
Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue Vol. 2
Britney Spears - Oops...I Did It Again
Coldplay - Parachutes
Common - Like Water For Chocolate
Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia
D'Angelo - Voodoo
Elastica - Menace
Elliott Smith - Figure 8
Emmylou Harris - Red Dirt Girl
Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun
Grandaddy - Sophtware Slump
Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious
Johnny Cash - American III:Solitary Man
Kasey Chambers - Captain
Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance
Madonna - Music
Mark Knopfler - Sailing to Philadelphia
Merle Haggard - If I Could Only Fly
Modest Mouse - Moon and Antarctica
Neko Case - Furnace Room Lullaby
New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
Nsync - No Strings Attached
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Soundtrack
Outkast - Stankonia
PJ Harvey - Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea
Robbie Williams - Sing When You're Winning
Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
Shelby Lynne - I Am Shelby Lynne
Steely Dan - Two Against Nature
Steve Earle - Transcendental Blues
U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
White Stripes - De Stijl
Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Playlist for 10/1

Old 97's - Twelfth
Killers - Imploding the Mirage
Sufjan Stevens - Ascension
Bright Eyes - Down In The Weeds
Angel Olsen - Whole New Mess
Molly Tuttle - But I'd Rather Be You
Seals & Crofts - Get Closer
Dr. Hook - Pleasure & Pain
Dr. Hook - Sometimes You Win
American Clave Megamix - Wayne & Max 
Howard (Howard Ashman Documentary)
Marianne and Leonard (Leonard Cohen Documentary)
Farm Aid 2020 (AXS TV)
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