List #1: Top 20 Studio Recordings

I prepared a precurser list two years ago…My top Twenty. Then and now are pretty  consistant when you factor in the new categories and how musical tastes can develope over time.. I also didn’t realize how long it would take to produce this. . . close to six hours!.  I hope someone listens.

List #1:   My current, favorite twenty studio  albums. (random order, with “tasting notes”)

Captured Angel                 Dan Fogelberg    Simply, Dan at his best. Two songs, not to miss: “Old Tennesee” and “The Last Nail”.

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Making Movies                  Dire Straits   I believe this was their best record. Not a weak song to be found.  Don’t miss: “Romeo & Juliet”

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Two Lane Highway            Pure Prairie League   Just listen to the entire record and start tappin’ your feet.

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Rocking Horse Head          Steve Forbert  I am a long-time Steve Forbert fan and have seen him play dozens of times, so it’s dificult to pick a favorite record, but this is it. Don’t miss : “If I Want you Now” and “Open House”.

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The Hoople                          Mott The Hoople  Ian Hunter’s best, creative effort. MTH may have been the first punk band, before anyone knew what a punk band was. Don’t miss: “Alice”, “The Golden Age of Rock n’ Roll” and  “Pearl “N” Roy”.  (Note: album cover is wrong in beginning of video)

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Hurry Sundown                   The Outlaws   Picking a favorite Outlaws record  is a crap shoot, but I do think this was when they were the tightest. RIP Hughie. Don’t miss: “Hurry Sundown” and “So Afraid”.

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Ghost of a Rose                   Blackmores Night  Ritchie Blackmore made his name as the guitar/bad boy of Deep Purple. Here is a different genre. While the entire album s great, the two “Don’t miss” songs are covers. “Diamonds and Rust”, by  Joan Baez and Jethro Tull’s “Rainbow Blues”. Both are better that the originals! If you don’t listen to any other songs from this blog, listen to those two.

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2112                                        Rush  The record that put and kept the boys on the map for forty+ years. Don’t miss “Passage to Bangkok” and the title track.

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Joe’s Garage                        Frank Zappa  One of the first records to get a  “Tipper Gore thinks this record is bad for your children” stickers. Crude, rude and musically brilliant.  I was mesmerized the first time I heard it in college.  Listen to them all…”And here comes the icepick in the forehead”

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Rockin’ Into The Night             .38 Special  Whenever I hear a song off this record, I remember listening to it on 8-track as I drove back at forth from The Mount to work at Gettysburg Hospital.  Don’t miss: “The Love That I’ve Lost” and “You’re The Captain”.

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So What?                                Joe Walsh  My first JW record and I now have them all.  It’s classic Joe.  Don’t miss:  “Time Out”  and “Falling Down”

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Absolutely                             Sister Hazel  Like Forbert, almost any SH record can be my favorite.  Seen them many times and never disapointed.  Don’t miss “Meet Me In The Memory” and “Hello It’s Me”

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Christmas Album                       Jethro Tull    Forget the title.  Listen to the record, even in July. Don’t miss “Weathercock” and  “We Five Kings”.

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Birth Comes To Us All                       The Good Rats   They were “the band” of my adolescence and my all time favorite band. Picking a “Best record” is meaningless. RIP Peppi and don’t miss “City Liners” and “Gino”. Also note that names on “Spirit of The Times” and “Better Man”  are switched, just like on the original record.

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Keys Disease                          John Bartus  I like John and his style of telling stories. All the songs are out there, but not compiled. Don’t miss: “Carolina” and “Dawn’s Early Light”.

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Dirt, Silver & Gold                Nitty Gritty Dirt Band  Some old and some new, but it is not a “best of” collection.. It is great, American music.  Don’t miss “Jamaica Lady” and “Cosmic Cowboy, Pt. 1”

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Marauder                                Blackfoot  The last album with the original lineup. I recall seeing them at the famous, Stone Pony. Don’t miss “Diary of a Workingman” and “Fire of The Dragon”.

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No Stanger to Shame                  Uncle Kracker  A fun record with lot’s of lyric hooks and  a variety of musical styles. Don’t miss “Memphis Soul Song” and  “Thunderhead Hawkins”

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Ca C’est Bon!                               L’Angelus  (pronounced Lawn -J-Loose) Watch a video of these brothers and sisters, they are having so much fun that  even their sad songs are happy. Don’t miss the title track and “Angelle’s Tippy Teaux Two-Step”

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Physical Graffiti                          Led Zeppelin  Recorded at the height of their reign as #1 band in the USA.  Don’t miss “Rover”, “Night Flight” and “Houses of the Holy”

 

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About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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3 Responses to List #1: Top 20 Studio Recordings

  1. Jetboy says:

    SC Ray, Brilliant indeed, look forward to your list of top live albums? Best, Jb

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  2. Pingback: Make Good Money, Five Dollars A Day | A Simple, Village Undertaker

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