I spend as little time on Facebook as I can these days, going over there maybe once every couple of weeks to see if there’s anything that needs attention. Well, my brother Kip tagged me on a meme that was started by a friend of his and mine, Steve Berlin. Here’s the meme, in his words:
Ten all-time favorite albums, that really made an impact and are still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, no need to explain and then nominate people each day to do the same.
I picked ten all-time favorite albums, but this is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you don’t see one you are certain is one of my all-time favorites, it’s because I’m keeping it to just ten. I’m going to give the name of the album and the band, a picture of the album cover (courtesy of Discogs), and a song from that album that explains why the album is one of my favorites.
Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority Pretty much any of Chicago’s first eleven albums (i.e. the ones with Terry Kath) are good, and I had a hard time choosing between this one and Chicago VII. In the end, this won out, mostly because of some incredible guitar work by Terry Kath. The song I chose from that album is “Poem 58,” which starts with an incredible jam by Terry, Peter Cetera, and Dan Seraphine.
Muddy Waters, McKinley Morganfield a/k/a Muddy Waters Muddy was a big influence during my college years, and this album was on my turntable a lot in those days. Here is “Same Thing.”
Little Walter, Confessin’ The Blues Another one from my blues period, when I was playing as much harmonica as guitar. Here’s the title track.
Dave Brubeck Quartet, Time Out The first time I heard “Take Five,” I was hooked on jazz. This is the album that comes from, but I chose a different song from it to represent the album. Here’s “Blue Rondo A La Turk.”
(Peter Green’s) Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits I got my first stereo in 1970 and discovered FM progressive rock around that time. This song, “Albatross,” was on heavy rotation at that time, and soon after “Oh Well (Parts 1 & 2)” made its way to the FM airwaves. Fleetwood Mac was essentially a blues band at the time, led by the remarkable Peter Green. This album has all the great songs from the Peter Green era.
Blood Sweat & Tears, Child Is Father To The Man I got Blood Sweat & Tears’ Greatest Hits for Christmas one year, and heard “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” and “I Can’t Quit Her,” two songs I hadn’t heard before. That’s when I learned that BS&T’s first album wasn’t the one with the pink and white cover that had “Spinning Wheel” and “And When I Die” on it, that there was an earlier one with Al Kooper. I was browsing at a record store and stumbled across it, and took it home (paid for it first), and played the grooves off of it. “Meagan’s Gypsy Eyes” is a track from it.
Santana, Abraxas I think this is their best album, and still play it frequently. Here’s a medley of “Black Magic Woman” (written by Peter Green) and Gabor Szabo’s “Gypsy Queen.”
The Beatles, Revolver I have all the Beatles’ albums, the British versions which were cut-and-pasted by Capitol for the US versions. Capitol was actually pretty kind to this one, dropping several songs but not adding any. I played the Capitol version all the time until I got the Parlophone original, and both are minor masterpieces. I could have listed all the Fab Four’s albums and been done with it, but thought better of it. Here’s “For No One.”
Vince Guaraldi, Greatest Hits A Charlie Brown Christmas introduced me to the groovy jazz of Vince Guaraldi, and when I got older I found this album with a bunch of songs that soon became my go-to list of songs when I had a lousy day. “Cast Your Fate To The Wind” was Vince’s big single from the early ’60’s, and it opens this album.
Louis Prima, The Wildest! Vince Guaraldi isn’t the only jazzman that can help me shake the blues. David Lee Roth covered Louis’s “Just A Gigolo” in the ’80’s, but no one does it like Louis. (Well, maybe Yoda…) Just a fun album.
So, there’s ten off the top of my head. What are yours?
That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 25, 2018.