Saturday, March 07, 2009

15 Albums

There has been a Meme going around where Bloggers list the fifteen most influential recordings in their lives. Here are my fifteen.

Philip Glass, Einstein on the Beach
Mothers of Invention, We’re Only in it for the Money
Brian Eno, Here Come the Warm Jets
Crosby, Stills and Nash, 1st
Steve Reich, Music for 18 Musicians
Beethoven’s 6th Symphony
Walter Carlos, Switched on Bach
Jefferson Airplane, Bark
Beatles, White Album
King Crimson, In the Hall of the Crimson King
Fripp & Eno, No Pussyfooting
Terry Riley, Ten Voices of the Two Prophets
Electric Prunes, Mass in F Minor
Johnny Winter, 1st
Beatles Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band


Blogger loopymamain06 said...

king crimson, that album had one song that i played to with the "thick as a brick"
loopysayin thanks for the memories

4:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with ya on the Beatles...maybe Abbey Road too....and in no particular order...

Traffic - John Barleycorn must die
Buffalo Springfield - Retrospective
Blind Faith
Santana - Abraxas
CSN&Y Deja Vu
Eagles - Desperado
Led Zeppelin 2
Paul Simon - Graceland
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
John Mayall - USA Union
Deep Purple - Book of Talysin
Derek and the Dominos - Layla

And I would list another that I have been looking for for what seems forever. An album called Appletree Theater. Maybe I imagined its existence...I wonder if its as good as what I thought it was back then...


6:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can understand people having favorite albums just like having favorite performers. What is a little unclear to me is just how does a record album influence your life?

7:23 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

What? No Snoopp? No Marilyn Manson?

7:36 AM  
Blogger Guy said...

Loop, Though I lived 1000 miles from you, we were together.

Moose, What, only one Canadian?

Anon, considering I grew up in an era of tunes like, "How Much is that Doggie in the Window?" were the rage, there was a lot of mind expansion with the musical concepts offered. See a post later this week for more on the topic.

Auntie, Though I'm really into rap right now, it is, I'm sure a passing fancy. Interesting stuff but only a foot note in the big picture of the music I've experienced and lived through.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

I'm working on my list, trying to think of albums that had songs that actually influenced my life. They'll be vastly different than yours, of course.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got a few titles I'll have to check out. Here's some stuff I never get tired of: Bob Dylan & The Band-The Basement Tapes
Elvis Costello-My Aim is True,
Frank Zappa Chunga's Revenge
Ray Charles-Modern sounds in Country& Western Music
The Harder they Come-Soundtrack
Van Morrison-Moon Dance Lp
Etta James-Tell Mama Lp
Bob Wills& Texas Playboys-Anthology on Rino
Robert Johnson-King of the Delta Blues Vol. 1&2
Heifitz-1961 Recording of Bruch's Scottish Fanasy
Dixie Chicks-Wide open Spaces
John Lee Hooker& Canned Heat-Hooker&Heat
Michael Hurley, The Unholy Modal Rounders and Jeffrey Frederick & The
Clamtones-Have Moicy
Howard Tate-Get it While You Can
The Kentucky Colonels-Livin in The Past
The Tony Rice Unit-Manzanita
and for extra credit....
Deep Purple- When We Rock We Rock and When We Roll We Roll.
I love all these great albums and more but what I'm REALLY into now is here:

11:36 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Mine's up!

11:53 AM  
Blogger g said...

Sex Pistols - Nevermind the bollocks.
Nirvana - Nevermind.
VanHalen - VanHalen 1.

I'll add Pink Floyd for being timeless with Dark Side of the Moon.

to me, these were defining moments in rock history and the bands who started them.

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn...I forgot Jimi Hendrix "are you experienced" (must have been the weed) and g's Pink Floyd (must have been the acid). Maybe I'm glad I didn't have any kids....that I know of.


2:36 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Good list Anon, but you must have intentionally put up that link to piss me off. I laid low on the Fisher Poets this year. I didn't want to boost the anti-depressant sales of the big Pharma Companies. You must be missing my rants,but I'm not going to fall for it.

Donna, a noble list,a nd it suits you.

g, I keep forgetting how young you are. Fine list, though.

Moose,I toyed with adding Electric Lady Land or Are you Experienced, but I think they'd both be there if the list went to 20.

4:27 PM  
Blogger MissKris said...

Brown shoes don't make it!
Quit school!
Why fake it?

Mmmmmm...where does that come from, eh?

15 albums?

Let's see...

1."Disraeli Gears" by Cream
2.Diva" by Annie Lennox
3."The White Album" by The Beatles
4."Tapestry" by Carole King
5."Tea for the Tillerman" by Cat Stevens
6."For the Roses" by Joni Mitchell
7."Queen" by Queen
8."Bare" by Annie Lennox
9."Viva la Vida" by Coldplay - it's new, but I LOVE this CD!
10."The Good the Bad & the Ugly" soundtrack
11."Gaither's Songs for Kids"
12."Play Me" by Neil Diamond
13."Stumble Into Grace" by Emmylou Harris
14.ALL of Enigma...sorry, couldn't differentiate 'coz I love 'em all
15."Crosby Stills & Nash" by CSN

Every single one of them has a deeply personal story behind them as to why they're so special to me.

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guy, yes I did, because thats the way God made me. Electric Lady Land was at the top my toy box as well. Mustn't be too obvious.

5:49 PM  
Blogger loopymamain06 said...

Hey Guy......Wasn't it "in the COURT of the crimson King"?
da loop

5:29 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Kris, that comes from The Mothers of Invention, Freak Out album. Funny how many Lennox fans there are out there.

Anon, and a God believer as well...

Loopy, you are correct. When I realized the error I was too lazy to go back and fix it.

5:57 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I think the only thing I would add to these great lists are:
Pete Seeger: Live at Carnegie Hall
The Kinston Trio: At the Hungry I

(I can't believe I got busy and missed a whole day! Aaaargh!)

6:38 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...


6:42 AM  
Blogger dalia said...

um, i'm a little to young to have had "albums" that have affected my life... i probably only ever owned that many in my existence. all the cassettes that were of any importance to me when i was younger are mixed tapes made by boyfriends.

there are CDs i have now that are from the albums i listened to as a child, though--or at least the CDs that became significant to me for one reason or another:

1. seal I and seal II - self titled
2. sheryl crow - tuesay night music club
3. faith evans - self-titled
4. mariah carey - daydream
5. the harder they come - soundtrack
6. toots & the maytals - greatest hits
7. bob marley & the wailers - greatest hits/legend
8. ipi ntombi - soundtrack
9. the chuck wagon gang

and that's all i can think of. some of these listed were not my favourites, but they shaped my childood/youth and i guess that's what the meme is all about, no?

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guy, I am closer to a Sun worshiper than a Son worshiper.
Dalia, Tuesday night music club helped me through a rough patch and I love Toots and the Maytals. Nice list.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

Rush 2112
Aztec Two Step (1st)'d just laugh at the rest of them, but rest assured, there is no Donny Osmond or David Cassidy on my list, just in case you were wonderin'

3:45 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Dalia, yes.

Anon, When ever I hear the G word I get suspicious that someone is living under a rock.

Lori, are you kidding, I'm laughing at the two you wrote down already. Just joshing ...

5:26 AM  

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