K and I were driving to and from Chicago a couple of days ago, listening to music, and singing and dancing in the car. Yes, we do this, and often. It makes us laugh. We have a lot of fun together. While all of that was going on I noticed certain songs, which made me think of certain albums, that always seem to be my go-tos. I make a lot of playlists, always have. Before digital I was burning CDs, before CDs I was making cassette tapes. Music is a passion of mine and so when I find a great album, one that provides more than just one or two songs I enjoy, I tend to go back to it over and over, mining the good stuff for whatever new playlist I’m working on.
During the drive I started making a list in my head of albums that, in my mind, are complete. Meaning an album that’s worth a listen from beginning to end, the majority of the songs enjoyable. To me this is actually a rare thing. One of the reasons I make playlists is because it’s rare to find an album I want to listen to from beginning to end. Those albums have to have a variety of sound, the songs have to blend well together, and most of the songs on the album have to be good.
So I started listing some albums in my head and thought it would make an interesting experiment, here on the blog, to see how many I could come up with, and what those would be. I would imagine the list will change, as I remember more and add them, but for now, today, these are the albums I’ve come up with. Albums that are worth a listen. And yes, of course, this is subjective. And yes, of course, there are a few duds on some of these albums. But, overall, I like them very much. Feel free to list any others you enjoy in the comments section, and don’t judge my list. It’s mine.
Here we go….
Crosby, Stills, and Nash – Daylight Again
Dishwalla – Opaline
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
Michael Tolcher – I Am
Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane
Indigo Girls – Swamp Ophelia
Karla Bonoff – Restless Nights
Melissa Etheridge – Lucky
Eagles – Hotel California
James Taylor – Greatest Hits 1976
Steve Miller Band -Greatest Hits 1974-1978
REO Speedwagon – hi Infidelity
Boston – Don’t Look Back
Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Toward Ecstacy
Dan Fogelberg – Age of Innocence
Billy Joel – Songs in the Attic
Jon McLaughlin – Indiana
Adele – 21
Jim Croce – You Don’t Mess Around With Jim
Van Morrison – Moondance
James Morrison – Songs for You, Truths for Me
Bob Seger – Nine Tonight
Three Dog Night – The Best of Three Dog Night
Survivor – Vital Signs
Rob Thomas – …Something to Be
Andrea Bocelli – Romanza
Moulin Rouge – Soundtrack
Eurythmics – Touch
Genesis – Genesis