OK, it can't be all tech speak on here! Bret and I discovered our mutual love of Yes this morning (he Yessongs, me Close To The Edge) and it got me thinking, I wonder what everyone on this site is listening to, and what are the records you can't do without. I'm going through a bit of a "falling in love with music all over again" phase of my life at the moment and I figured, with the resource of people here, we outta be able to recommend some great stuff to each other as well as talk about some albums we mutually regard as classic! I'll start, and I'm hoping you'll put your two cents worth in and talk about what does the trick for You.
My list is gonna be ten (for me) stone cold classics that I can't live without followed by ten fairly recent (last couple of years) records I think a lot of you would dig. Understand that these are not based, neccesarily, on technical proficiency or unanimous recognition, nor are they definitive or complete, they simply represent pieces of work that have moved my soul! I'd love to hear about yours! Also, I won't be mentioning Abbey Road/Dark Side Of The Moon/Aja, etc., 'cause, as a musician, it's your understood responsibilty to pledge allegiance to those that fit in the "not-up-for-debate' category! Here goes!
1-Hunky Dory -David Bowie
2-What's Going On -Marvin Gaye
3-Exodus -Bob Marley & The Wailers
4-The Lexicon Of Love-ABC
7-Fumbling Towards Ecstacy-Sarah McLaughlin
(Honourable Mention goes to Nonsuch-XTC & Seal-Seal) Man, this is hard to condense already!!! OK, recent stuff:
4-The Warning-Hot Chip
5-Set Yourself On Fire-Stars
6-The Trials Of Van Occupanther-Midlake
7-The Sound Inside-Breaks Co-op
8-Open Season-Bristh Sea Power
OK, your turn!!!
1- Yes: Yessongs (you knew that)
2 - Genesis: ABACAB
3 - James Taylor: Sweet Baby James
4 - James Taylor: Never Die Young
5 - Beatles: Rubber Soul (I like it better than Abby Road)
6 - Quincy Jones: The Dude
7- The Who: Quadraphenia
8 - Michael Jackson: Off The Wall (and not because I like MJ, best grooves in the world on that one)
9 - Rufus: Rufusized
10 - ELP: Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends
11 - Seawind: Light The Light
Those are not in order of most liked. Just a list of some of my top favorite of all time. There are many many more.
These are the records that made me know, deep down inside, that I wanted to do nothing more than be involved in music.
I find it interesting that there are two "live" recordings from 70's progressive rock bands in that list. Now I've blown my cover!
Yeah Man...here we go! It's funny, but my wife who loves soul/r&b had never heard The Dude before, so I threw it on for her friday night -our kitchen became a dance floor for 45mins. "Ai No Corrida" indeed!!! That Off The Wall/Dude period was immense...the Chic/EWF thing was happening as well, take these things away (for me), and you & I wouldn't be having this conversation right now -massive influence! Love that You mentioned The Who...I'm a Who's Next fan myself! And that era of Genesis is heavy...love the self titled album as well. "Follow You, Follow Me" is one of my favourite songs, period!!!
This is great...keep it coming! J
Well, I better put some current (or relatively current) stuff up least I be labeled "out of touch!"
1- Toto: Falling In Between (these guys can still put it out) http://toto99.com
2 - Dreamgirls Sountrack - sorry but even the non-recording artists kill on this one
3 - Wicked Original Broadway Cast Recording - magical musical moments and cleaver lyrics
4 - Dave Barnes - local indie artist that absolutely kills
5 - Brad Paisley - Mud On the Tires ( a few cheesy songs but great musicianship and production)
Way to many to list, but outside of my "All Time Favorite" #1 here we go,
1. Toto - IV (Al Schmitt)
2. Jude Cole - View From 3rd Street (CLA)
3. Aerosmith - Pump (Mike Fraser)
4. Los Lobos - Los Collossial Head (Tchad Blake)
5. Kim Mitchell - Akimbo Alogo
6. Kiss - Alive! (Eddie Krammer)
7. Dan Baird - Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired (Brendan O'Brien)
8. Jellyfish - Spilt Milk (JJ Puig)
9. AC/DC (tie) Back In Black / For Those About To Rock (MUTT)
10.Larry Carlton - Friends
11. Beatles - Abby Road
12. Willie Nelson - Stardust
13. Weather Report - Heavy Weather
14. John Mellencamp - The Lonesome Jubilie
15. Jeff Lynne - Armchair Theater (Richard Dodd)
16. Motley Crue - ST w/ John Corabi (Bob Rock)
17. Bryan Adams - Into The Fire (Just for the song Victim Of Love - perhaps the most perfect mix ever) Clearmountain
TOTO IV is timeless. It stands up against anything out there today. I've gone through at least 5 or 6 copies on evry format, LP to CD. One of our friends, Terry Christain (and why isn't he on this site) was an assistant at Sunset Sound when they did this. Let him tell the stories, but it's really cool to get the scoop on one of my all time faves............
It's not loud, so it's pleasent to listen to, turned up.... As for Terry I haven't worked with him in a few years, he is/was Michael Omartian's engineer. I would assume he still works out of the Kitchen some, maybe a question for Sharon House..........
Cool Mark...loving that you mentioned Lonesome Jubilee. Ohh man, I just looked again and saw Stardust!!! Definitely, very underated. "KIm Mitchell"...are you Canadian? Did he happen in the states and I'm just unaware? I met Kim Mitchell...he was great! "All We Are" is another song I can't do without! Loving the Jellyfish & Los Lobos as well. Fantastic picks!