Top Ten Albums
What qualifies? It's not easy to pick such a small number of disks
from decades of music—so, I made a couple of rules to narrow things
1) No Greatest Hits albums; that's cheating.
2) This has to be music that, even after years, can be listened to over
and over without hesitation. I love American Pie, but hey...
Nina Simone/Little Girl Blue
tire of this album. I have been listening to it since before I was
old enough to walk. I am not a big jazz fan, but this is the finest
album I have ever heard. Lately, it has gotten commercial play (it
has been background music for several commercials), and mention in
a Bridget Fonda movie (Point of No Return). Lovely piano jazz and
soft husky voice. Home of the definitive Mood Indigo.
Elvis Costello/This Year's Model
those kids with the guns and the bad attitudes would just wallow in
this a couple of times in a row and get it out of their systems, we
would all profit. Elvis was much better when he was angry.
first really big rock concert I ever went to was this tour. Ian Anderson
at his finest.
is hard for me to choose a favorite Nilsson album. I ended up with
this one because it went so unnoticed.
The Who/Sell Out
of fun from The Who in sort of the transition between their early
sound, and what pretty much became the norm-for-rock-and-roll sound.
Lots of added tracks on the CD.
Randy Newman/Good Old Boys
only thing that would have made this better would have been more
of it. This is a short album. Marie is the most beautiful
'I'm drunk and pathetic' love song ever.
Update: It's now available as a 2-disc set, with Johnny Cutler's
Birthday, a complete rough draft made prior to polishing it down
to 'Good Old Boys', so nix that comment about it being too short...
The Beatles/Abbey Road
I could have put just about any Beatles album on the list, but this
one seems to hold up on repeated listening better than the others.
Cat Stevens/Teaser and the Firecat
remember wonderful live concert footage of him on PBS special and
on 'In-Concert'. Where is it now?
Squeeze - East Side Story
Lennon/McCartney of Wry.
Mary Hopkin/Earth Song - Ocean Song
lovely voice, and this time, she got to choose the songs she wanted