Play Through

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