Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Monday, 22 May 2017

A week of lists: 30+ albums to love

"The Sunday Times" had another of their fascinating lists yesterday: 100 albums to love,. I suppose I could run to 100, but here’s the top of my list ….
  • Marvin Gaye  - LETS GET IT ON (for "Distant Lover")
  • Stevie Wonder – INNERVISIONS
  • Aretha Franklin – LADY SOUL (for "Good To Me As I Am To You" with Eric Clapton)
  • Dusty SpringfieldDUSTY IN MEMPHIS
  • Joni Mitchell – BLUE / COURT AND SPARK / WILD THINGS RUN FAST
  • Carole King – TAPESTRY
  • Joan Armatrading – BACK TO THE NIGHT
  • The Beatles – ABBEY ROAD
  • The Rolling Stones – LET IT BLEED
  • The Band – MUSIC FROM BIG PINK (this one takes me back to my hippie years in the late Sixties)
  • Talking Heads – STOP MAKING SENSE
  • Roxy Music – FLESH & BLOOD
  • Nina Simone – NINA AT TOWN HALL
  • Miles Davis - IN A SILENT WAY (I can get lost in this)
  • Pet Shop Boys – ACTUALLY
  • Billie Ray Martin – DEADLINE FOR MY MEMORIES ("Running Around Town")
  • Fleetwood Mac – RUMOURS
  • Supertramp – BREAKFAST IN AMERICA
  • Pink Floyd – WISH YOU WERE HERE
  • Massive Attack – BLUE LINES
  • Frank Ocean CHANNEL ORANGE
  • Bob Dylan – BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
  • Tim Buckley – GREETINGS FROM L.A.
  • The Doors – STRANGE DAYS
  • Grace Jones – NIGHTCLUBBING / LIVING MY LIFE
  • Roberta Flack – FIRST TAKE
  • Donny Hathaway – DONNY HATHAWAY (for that killer version of "A Song For You")
  • Blondie – PARALLEL LINES
  • Neil Young – HARVEST (for "Old Man")
  • George Michael – OLDER (THE essential gay album)
  • Paul Simon - STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS 
  • Stevie Winwood - ARC OF A DIVER
  • Elton John - TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION
  • Tom Rush - THE CIRCLE GAME (so very 1968, with those early Joni & James Taylor songs)
  • The Moody Blues - DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED (another dippy hippie daydream)
  • Nat King Cole - NAT KING COLE SINGS/GEORGE SHEARING PLAYS
  • Frank Sinatra - SONGS FOR SWINGING LOVERS
  • Barbra Streisand – THE SECOND BARBRA STREISAND ALBUM
No room for my essential dance music: A Man Called Adam, Groove Armada, Global Underground, Murk, Danny Tenaglia, Space Ibiza etc. 

1 comment:

  1. Naturally our tastes overlap a fair bit but at the same time .... I think I would veer more to Judy, Edith and a few Country artists as well as the obvious ones. I have been planning to do something like this for a VERY long time; it's just trying to find the time between MUBI and everything else..... :)

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