Ten Albums: Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde (1966)

At long last, we have reached the top of my personal Top Ten.  To recap: 10. Too Much Joy, Cereal Killers (1991) 9. R.E.M, Document (1987) 8. They Might Be Giants, Flood (1990) 7. Dire Straits, Making Movies (1980) 6. Simon and Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966) 5. The Who, Meaty Beaty Big … Continue reading Ten Albums: Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde (1966)

Ten Albums: Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run (1975)

(Above: This is not the version of the LP that I own, but I've been looking for one of these for years. It's the promo release.) We're getting to the top of the list of my favorite LPs. The list will become more predictable from this point, but I've got stories for each of them. … Continue reading Ten Albums: Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run (1975)

Rest in peace, Aretha Franklin: “Respect” (1967)

After a variety of media reports of ill health that swirled this week, it can be confirmed that Aretha Franklin, known as "The Queen of Soul," passed away at her Detroit home this morning at the age of 76. There are far better writers than can do a far better job of telling her life … Continue reading Rest in peace, Aretha Franklin: “Respect” (1967)

Ten Albums: The Beatles, Rubber Soul (1965)

Our Ten Albums list continues, and we have our first controversy: #4* - The Beatles, Rubber Soul (1965) So, why the asterisk?  Well... I've limited myself to one album per artist, which is going to necessarily leave out some thing terrific.  I've also spent time on this blog writing about Revolver, an album that I … Continue reading Ten Albums: The Beatles, Rubber Soul (1965)

Ten Albums: The Who, Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy (1971)

Ordinarily. I wouldn't allow a Greatest Hits compilation on a list like this. This isn't an ordinary LP, though, nor is the story of how it got here. #5. The Who - Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy (1971) There were several groups that I'd call myself "late to the party" in discovering. Led Zeppelin was … Continue reading Ten Albums: The Who, Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy (1971)

Ten Albums: Simon and Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966)

(Above: Paul Simon sports the puffy shirt years before Jerry Seinfeld.) Our series of Ten Albums continues today. #6 - Simon and Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966) Right around the time I turned 14 was when I made the second major raid on my parents' abandoned music collection. I've written much about taking … Continue reading Ten Albums: Simon and Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966)

Ten Albums: Dire Straits, Making Movies (1980)

Continuing up the list of the Top Ten Albums, as determined by a very unscientific study (n=1) by yours truly.... #7. Dire Straits, Making Movies (1980) In a post I wrote in the early days of this blog about the song "Skateaway," I indicated that I wasn't sure where to put this album in terms … Continue reading Ten Albums: Dire Straits, Making Movies (1980)