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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Why Five: Favorite Albums

Top Five Albums.
Wow. This is much harder for me than I thought it would be:

1) Beatles – Abbey Road. Some people swear by Sgt. Pepper’s, other people like the early pop albums, but me, this is the culmination of all of the work they did their entire career, the relentless pop work of the early stuff, the experimentation of everything from Revolver onwards. I love every song on this album.

2) Killing Joke - Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions. No other song has hit me in the gut quite as hard as “Money Is Not Our God”, and they follow it up with “Age of Greed” and “The Beautiful Dead rapid fire afterwards. I like their early work, but this album made me a lfietime fan on the band and Jaz’s unique view of the world.

3) The Ramones - Hey Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology – Yeah, it’s a greatest hits collection, but the Ramones were a singles based band, not an album band, and this is a huge collection of their stuff showing that they were the band we needed. I have all of their albums, but when I want to listen to them, I pull this out and it works just as well as Rocket To Russia.

4) U2 – The Joshua Tree – Yeah, it was their big commercial hit, but it stands up to repeated listenings better than their other work, and each song still has impact. It took their punk roots and fused it with blues, country and gospel in a way that just makes the sound explode out fo the speakers.

5) Reverend Horton Heat - The Full Custom Gospel Sounds of the Reverend Horton Heat – Like most people sick to death of hair metal and pop, I was a customer of Sub Pop records in the early 90’s. I heard this band on a sampler, and it awakened my inner rockabilly fan. I quickly devoured all of their work, and I am still a huge fan, all because of this album. I can not listen to this album without getting a huge smile on my face.

Oddly enough, my favorite band, Rush, isn’t on the list. I was introduced to them through watching their concerts and mix tapes made by my college g/f, so I can’t really point to any album and say “That’s it. That’s my favorite.” I don’t think I can put a mix tape on as a favorite album, can I?


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