Friday, July 4, 2014

My Favourite Albums Of All Time

The album sleeve for House of the Holy collides Arthur C Clake's
best novel, Childhood's End, with the most interesting
place in Ireland, The Giants Causeway, with the greatest
band in the world at the time, Led Zeppelin
Rejigging the list for 2014... 
...
A list which is always changing, always evolving, sometimes devolving. At the moment the present stay of play is below and in a month or two it'll be different again. You'll notice no Beatles (not a big fan) or Springsteen (played him to death unfortunately although Nebraska might squeeze in there) or much rap. This isn't a PC list like Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums or a hipster collection like the NME list. Its merely my favourites. Old fashioned? Out of touch? Sure. I've limited myself to one album per artist and you'll notice that most of the records are in that sweet spot 1965 - 1979 when books, films and records were just better. 


1. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
2. Blood On The Tracks - Bob Dylan
3. Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin
4. Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones
5. OK Computer - Radiohead
6. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
7. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
8. Pink Moon - Nick Drake
9. Liege and Lief - Fairport Convention
10. Franks Wild Years - Tom Waits
11. Parallel Lines - Blondie
12. PJ Harvey - PJ Harvey
13. I'm Your Man - Leonard Cohen
14. The Smiths - The Smiths
15. Dummy - Portishead
16. Horses - Patti Smith
17. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
19. Are You Experienced - Jimi Hendrix
20. The Undertones - The Undertones
21. Automatic For The People - REM
22. The Black Album - Jay Z
23. Never Mind The Bollocks - The Sex Pistols
24. Dusty in Memphis - Dusty Springfield
25. The Ramones - The Ramones

113 comments:

adrian mckinty said...

Also I forget to mention that I limited myself to only one album per artist, otherwise there's be 4 Zep albums, 3 Rolling Stones etc.

Paul said...

Aah.Had an anorak moment in the car this morning talking about this with my partner!
In no particular running order

1.The Bends - Radiohead
2.OK Computer - Radiohead
3.Back In Black - AC/DC
4.Roseland NYC Live - Portishead
5.At Budokan - Cheap Trick
6.Powerage - AC/DC
7.Takk - Sigur Ros
8.Definately Maybe - Oasis
9.Tellin Stories - The Charlatans
10.Curtains - Tindersticks
11.Master Of Puppets - Metallica
12.Achtung Baby - U2
13.Urban Hynms - The Verve
14.The Big 3 -60FT Dolls
15.Trailer Park - Beth Orton
16.Stories from The City - PJ Harvey
17.Sweet Oblivion -The Screaming Trees
18.A Design For Life - The Manics
19.Mechanical Resonance - Tesla
20.A Norther Soul - The Verve

adrian mckinty said...

Paul

Cant argue with any of those. You might be right too that The Bends is the better Radiohead album. I get somewhat disconcerted to think that its David Cameron's favourite record.

I went off Takk when I learned that Gwyneth Paltrow had it playing as she delivered her first child. Eeech.

You'd rate Definitely Maybe over Whats The Story?

Frankie said...

I don't tell people my fav music as I once told someone my favourite song and they laughed at me so hard ill never utter the two chord wonders name again. Funny enough I just heard recently Wish You Were Here song, I didn't know it was an album. Printed the chords out to learn it.

Paul said...

Funny how you be put off things!I'll never listen to Takk again without that in my head.
I think it's all down to good memories.Definately Maybe might have the edge as I spent many nights in bars/parties singing my head off to it with a few mates.
i would have to thank Mark and Lard for a couple on the list,particularly Tindersticks and Beth Orton.Curtains is really a beautiful album.
As you can see I was a metalhead and its kind of hard to leave it behind.I've tried introducing the delights of Motley Crue to my better half,but she's having none of it.
Listening to Achtung Baby to the death at the minute.I love the rhythm between bass and drums.Its very much Larry Mullen's and Adam Claytons album.
Cameron probably thinks he's got something in common with five posh blokes and thats why he likes it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for listing Van Morrison. Never heard the original Astral Weeks, but the live concert cd from a few years back is excellent.He's timeless. Hope to read the biography by Greil Marcus soon. Has anyone else read it?

Is the Causeway really Ireland's most interesting place? Inishmore's over-touristed but Dun Aengus is still stunning.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for listing Van Morrison. Never heard the original Astral Weeks, but the live concert cd from a few years back is excellent. He's timeless. Hope to read the biography by Greil Marcus soon; has anybody else read it?

The Causeway's really Ireland's most interesting place? Inishmore's over-touristed - understandably so, it's beautiful - but Dun Aengus is stunning.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I printed the same message twice - technical difficulties!

adrian mckinty said...

Frankie

Music is so subjective laughing at someone's choice of listening is absurd. Unless its Ice Ice Baby.

adrian mckinty said...

Paul

I have a pathological hatred of U2. It may be a pathological hatred of Paul Hewson but, regardless, its there.

Yeah Cameron and the Radiohead boys are all posh and they're all from the Oxford area. So there's that.

adrian mckinty said...

Anon

The Causeway and the Causeway Coast. Can't be beat.

Sometimes I think that Astral Weeks may be the greatest album ever made. Get yourself a copy.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone else listened to an album called Marquee Moon by the band Television? That's a good one.

Urban Hymns is a beautiful album, too, and I kind of wonder why the Verve didn't become more popular in the US.

Anonymous said...

Adrian

What ever happened to Feargall Sharkey? What did people in Northern Ireland think of That Petrol Emotion back in the day?

Sean Patrick Reardon said...

100% with you these 3

3. Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin
4. Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones
16. Are You Experienced - Jimi Hendrix

A few on my list would include:

-Appetite For Destruction - Guns-n-Roses

-Alice in Chains- Dirt

-Morrison Hotel- The Doors

-Foreigner 4- Foreigner

-Live Bootleg - Aerosmith

-Frampton Come Alive- Peter Frampton

-Definitley Maybe- Oasis (Supersonic breaks the tie with WTSMG)

- Exile on Main Street - Stones

-Van Halen 1 & 2 (tie)- Van Halen

adrian mckinty said...

Anon


That Petrol Emotion were good. Sharkey became an A&R man after a strangely successful solo career.

adrian mckinty said...

Sean

Morrison Hotel over The Doors? The Doors has The End on it.

Exile on Main Street is pretty good value isnt it?

Sean Patrick Reardon said...

Adrian, yeah, "The End" oh man, what a tune, but "Peacefrog" is on MH, which is prob my fave Doors song. If "Riders on the Storm" was on either one of them, the choice would be easier.

Frankie said...

Status Quo. Just one song. Ill get my coat.

Anonymous said...

Is it foolish to like a song even though you have no clue what it's really about? I don't really know what Morrison's trying to say in The End, and the lyrics to The Black Angel's Death Song sound like Lou's making them up on the spot - and doing a good job - and I could listen to both those songs every day and not get tired of them.

Anonymous said...

Is it foolish to like a song even though you have no clue what it's really about? I don't really know what Morrison's trying to say in The End, and the lyrics to The Black Angel's Death Song sound like Lou's making them up on the spot - and doing a good job - and I could listen to both those songs every day and not get tired of them.

Anonymous said...

Nobody's mentioned country yet, so I'd like to mention Johnny Cash live at Folsom Prison and the albums he made with Rick Rubin.

I used to work at a gourmet health food store where my co-workers tended to say things like, "I love soul, but I hate country" and "I'll listen to anything but rap and country." I think soul and country have plenty in common. Now I work in a chain supermarket where some people listen to nothing but rap and country, and everyone respects Johnny Cash.

Adrian, I was wondering if groups like The Undertones appealed to listeners in Northern Ireland despite social divisions. And I was wondering if people think pop brings people together.

Philip Davies said...

What a great list! I'm listening to Velvet Underground now. What did you think of Lulu?
My first thought - Mothers of Invention, Freak Out.

shullamuth said...

What a fun excuse to go through my iPod. Not so much on the "legacy" stuff and no idea how these will age with time, but I listen to 'em everyday right now. In no real order:

1. 1372 Overton Park-- Lucero
2. Piper at the Gates of Dawn-- Pink Floyd
3. For the Damned, the Dumb and the Delirious
4. Reign in Blood-- Slayer
5. Invitation Songs-- The Cave Singers
6. Wildflowers-- Tom Petty
7. Heart Shaped World-- Chris Isaak
8. Velvet Underground-- Velvet Underground
9. Smell of Female-- The Cramps
10. Astral Weeks-- Van Morrison
11. LA Woman-- The Doors
12. Going Out in Style-- Dropkick Murphys
13. The '59 Sound--Gaslight Anthem
14. The Universe is Laughing-- Guggenheim Grotto
15. Distances-- H.U.V.A. Network
16. Lyre of Orpheus-- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
17. Valley's of Neptune-- Jimi Hendrix
18. Fox Confessor Brings the Flood-- Neko Case
19. Rodeo Songs Old and New-- Chris Ledoux
20. The Dirty South-- Drive By Truckers

shullamuth said...

The artist for #3 is Big D and the Kids Table.

Anonymous said...

When the detective in Fifty Grand went into Starbucks for her first immersion into whiteness, I laughed that Paul McCartney was playing on the stereo. Adrian, did you pick him because he was the whitest-sounding artist you could imagine?

Frankie said...

Well go on then....

Kozmic Blues-Janis Joplin
Madonna- Madonna
Live Rust- Neil Young
American Idiot- Greenday
Live at Budokan- Bob Dylan
London Calling- The Clash
Off The Wall- Micheal Jackson
Rehab-Amy Winehouse
Innervisions- Stevie Wonder
Rubber Soul- The Beatles

Album of the week- The Pierces- You & I

Crawdaddy said...

No mention of The Police, eh?
I'd have to have Zenyatta Mondatta

Paul said...

This could go on forever.I could quite happily add Dog Man Star by Suede.
I couldn't stand U2 either,it was only when I started to spread my musical tastes a little in the early 90's that I got Achtung Baby.I really don't like the first couple.As for Bozo,well,where do you start?
Pretty interesting to see Alice In Chains,Neil Youngs Rust and Slayer in here as well.Not quite easy on the ear,but all great.

Anon-I Think at the time it certainly brought people together and still does.Stiff Little Fingers still tour and draw a crowd from all over.
Mind you Dave Mustaine certainly drew the crowd together in hating him applauding the IRA at a concert in Antrim!

Dan said...

haha...always interesting to look at desert island discs..some goodies there...while we have the lists going here is my two cents..mind you it is early here in case del dan so i retain the right to change....these are in no particular order either:
Modern Lovers - Modern Lovers
Rattus Norvegicus - Stranglers
Tago Mago - Can
Keyboard King of Studio One - Jackie Mittoo
In the Dark - Toots and the Maytalls
Feast of Wire - Calexico
Raindogs - Tom Waits
The in sound from way out - Beastie Boys
Highway to Hell - Acca Dacca
Stooges - Stooges
Raw Power - Stooges
At home with you - X
Oh the list goes on....and on hehe

Dan said...

And I fucking hate U2!!! That Hewson character can go suck a fuck. So there!

adrian mckinty said...

Sean

Yeah I like Peacefrog too.

adrian mckinty said...

Frankie

Well all that denim can hurt the eyes...BUT they play the Croperdy Festival (Fairport Convention's fest) and Ridley Scott recently said that he's fan. And if its ok for Sir Ridley...

adrian mckinty said...

Anon

Lots of good country out there. For me I'd go with something by Dolly or Gram Parsons or the first Hank Williams album.

adrian mckinty said...

Phil

Lulu? I dont know, I'm more of a Dusty Springfield guy myself.

adrian mckinty said...

Shulla

Apart from the Chris Isaak I'm with you on all of those.

I think the Cramps may have sold more posters for college dorm rooms than actual records.

adrian mckinty said...

Anon

Well if I had to rate the Beatles solo work I'd go Lennon, Harrison, Starr, McCartney but thats just me. I do like the Guns and Roses version of Live and Let Die.

adrian mckinty said...

Frankie

Not a bad one there, but dont you mean Back To Black for the tragically late Miss Winehouse.

adrian mckinty said...

Crawdaddy

Those albums can be patchy though can't they? I suppose Synchronicity is my favourite. I remember long Sunday afternoons playing Dungeons and Dragons with Synchronicity chugging away in the background.

adrian mckinty said...

Paul

I dont like Stiff Little Fingers as much as the Undertones. I dont think they're quite as deep. Suspect Device is a great song but does it compare to Jimmy Jimmy or Teenage Kicks?

Also I was never a fan of the Nazi imagery.

adrian mckinty said...

Dan

The Stranglers, Beastie Boys and Stooges get heavy rotation on my iPod. Iggy is the man.

And since you're also a Tom Waits fan have you seen this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49tTzEifY6M

Peter Rozovsky said...

Adrian, did you see that Paul Hewson is quoted in the new Desmond Tutu biography? A review I read of the book suggested gently that he and other celebrities quoted in the book seem immune to the editor's pencil.

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Volume II

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adrian mckinty said...

Peter

Hewson sees Africa as his own personal fiefdom. Every issue I get of the New Yorker seems to have a fashion ad of Hewson walking through the African savannah wearing a designer safari jacket or whatever it is. The guy's a world class tool.

Frankie said...

Oh yeah.Back2Crack. I'd like to take that out and squeeze a Quo album in there...only kidding I'm cool really.

Peter Rozovsky said...

The review said the celebrity reminiscences tended to take the lame form of "The first time I met him he was ..."

I remember three of the celebrities it named: Hewson, Jackson Browne, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Yep, that's quite a little list of three celebrities.
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"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
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Cary Watson said...

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Great album, the name of which I can't remember. They're like Springsteen but better.

Anonymous said...

Van Morrison - Magic Time; The Philosopher's Stone

Daniel Lanois - Acadie

Sarah Vaughan - The Roulette Years

The Saints - All Fools Day

Anything by Caetano Veloso (a good friend of David Byrne, and the only singer who should be allowed anywhere near a song like "Feelings")

Phil Ochs

The Clash - Sandinista

Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento - Milton and Gil

Television - Marquee Moon (NYC c. 1980)

Radio Tarifa - Temporal

In 1995 in the Irish Republic, I was surprised to note the popularity of Neil Diamond, and a little distressed at the popularity of Garth Brooks. But in the North on the Shankhill Road, a kid was selling Patsy Cline tapes. Do Northerners have better taste in country?

Is it to late to weigh in on the subject of Bono's prose? I still think "The Chairman of the Board" was actually worse than Steven Webber's Huffington Post piece. It was completely pointless, mawkish, self-indulgent, and the worst display of stage-Irishness since Riverdance.

Paul said...

This is great stuff.Lots mentioned which I'm going to have to listen to.
Yep Adrian,Teenage Kicks is without a doubt a better song than anything SLF have ever done.

I seem to have started a thing about Bozo.Sorry!

Anonymous said...

The Minutemen - a Los Angeles trio from the mid-eighties - "Double Nickels on the Dime" is a great album if you can still find a copy.

dpougher said...

Did you go to see Portishead at the Harvest Festival on Saturday? I did notice that they tagged the event as "the festival for civilised people" but I'm sure someone as resourceful as you could have got in nevertheless.

adrian mckinty said...

Frankie

At least tell me that they've lost the pony tails

adrian mckinty said...

Peter

A tax dodger, an (alleged) wife beater and a poor lady under house arrest.

adrian mckinty said...

Cary

hadnt heard of them before but I see they do a lot of work with Springsteen which means that they must be pretty good.

adrian mckinty said...

Anon

Neil Diamond is a God in Ireland. My mum went to see him a couple of months back. He played several of the hits he wrote for the Monkees.

Bono's piece on Sinatra might be the worst thing I've ever read in the New York Times I'll grant you that.

adrian mckinty said...

Paul

Its just their bad luck to be around the same time as a great band like The Undertones.

I'd like to see some competition for Snow Patrol.

adrian mckinty said...

Anon #2

I remember this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDr25zjd4yM&feature=related

adrian mckinty said...

David

I did not go. Still working against a tight deadline.

Also Beth Gibbons's voice live might be more than I could handle.

Peter Rozovsky said...

I saw Southside Johnny years ago, one of the best rock and roll converts I've ever seen.

adrian mckinty said...

Nice look at The Cold Cold Ground from Peter Rozovsky here:

http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/2011/11/adrian-mckinty-belfast-tour-guide.html


And from John McFetridge here:

http://johnmcfetridge.blogspot.com/2011/11/cold-cold-ground.html

Paul said...

Snow Patrol,one of the most boring bands in the world.

adrian mckinty said...

Paul

Yeah they are, bless them...

Philip Davies said...

Lulu, the new album by Lou Reed and Metallica. I wanted to like it, I really did, but it recalls Metal Machine Music. Good luck getting through it.

http://algorhythm1.blogspot.com/

adrian mckinty said...

Phil

Hadnt heard of it. Metal Machine Music is a brilliant album to put on at the end of parties when you want to get rid of people. Trust me it works.

genevieve said...

Houses of the Holy is such a fine album. Aaaah yesterday.
My husband played cricket with someone whose wife went to every Neil Diamond concert in Oz some years back. (It is a while since he played cricket.) Not just in Ireland, I'm afraid...

Peter Rozovsky said...

Barkeeps could play Metal Machine Music instead of saying, "Time, gentlemen. Please!" or "Last call!"

Kate said...

Adrian,
Are the Ramones and Kind of Blue new to the list? Sketches of Spain is another nice one.
Was punk a British invention, or an American one?

adrian mckinty said...

Kate

They are back in, yes.

Good question about punk. I reckon it was invented in CBGB's around 73-74: NY Dolls, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Blondie...and then it migrated to the UK where it took off. Middle America didnt really get punk until about 1992.

Ken said...

Adrian-

What, No Horslips? Can't have a list like that without "The Tain".

But I guess you really don't care for the band...none of the characters in your books ever listened to them, and you mention music quite often.

adrian mckinty said...

Ken

Yeah I remember they were on Downtown Radio a lot in the 70s and 80s. Not really my cup of tea. If I was going to take one celtic fusion folk rock band I'd probably up for Thin Lizzy.

Neil-Cardiff said...

1.Patti Smith - Horses
2.The Modern Lovers - Self Titled
3.Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance
4.Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
5.Television- Marquee Moon
6.Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
7.Radiohead - In Rainbows
8.Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express
9. Talking Heads - 1977
10.The Radio Dept - Clinging To. A Scheme ( Swedish pop genius)
11.The Ramones - Leave Home
12.Ween - The Mollusk
13.Dexys -Don't Stand Me Down
14.Can - Monster Movies
15.Neu -Neu 2

adrian mckinty said...

Neil,

I'm with you on almost all of those except maybe the Radiohead. I think that album wont wear well.

Nick LB said...

where is The Clash?

adrian mckinty said...

Nick

London Calling is at about 33 I reckon. Big case of overplaying there unfortunately.

Deb Klemperer said...

Are you folks all picking up your old age pensions?? Seriously - I love much of what ye olde fogeys have listed here (I am a mere 54..), and Patti Smith was excellent at her gig in Wolverhampton this week - old and new material equally good..
I was a punk back in the 70s, so saw some amazing gigs - Ramones supported by Talking Heads was spot on; The Clash headlining at an Anti-Nazi League rally in London,blah,blah, blah but it is also good to catch new-ish stuff..

Try some of these (in no particular order):
Pulled Apart By Horses (great live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlGYwXdgpY8

Black Keys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5gwYhUHmLc

Trembling Bells
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A204YG53ZRg&feature=fvwrel

Black Mountain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hgFJH0Auak

Laura Marling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBpbjko9D5A

The Yucks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an8VkmnEzVU

Hayes Carll:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyxEO9dqi44

Deb Klemperer said...

http://www.greenman.net/lineup - look at this line up...It may even be worth risking mud on my pyjamas for this festie!!
I've worked at the last Four Glastonbury festivals, (not happening this year), and am feeling the lack..

Frederic Wright said...

Though I'm a good twenty years your senior I read your album list(Dylan,Fairport,Cohen,Van,Patti Smith,etc.)and realised why the sensibility expressed in your novels so appeals to me...can't wait for "The Sun is God" to come out in the States..."Old Fashioned",My Foot!...

adrian mckinty said...

Fred

Yeah I think its safe to say that you'll never see Coldplay on my list.

I think you need at least 10 years in the public sphere to judge whether an album is good or not and can stand the test of time.

Brendan O'Leary said...

Can't remember the last time I listened to a whole (non-compilation) album of songs in original sequence. It would definitely have been Randy Newman's "Good Old Boys" which is stuck in my car CD player.

Another one I never get sick of is Richard Thompson's "Strict Tempo". No singing.

Then there's Mariza ..

The iPod was made for people like me

Brendan O'Leary said...

And the last three Dylan albums. I listened to them in sequence at first.

adrian mckinty said...

Brendan

On I agree its always nice to re-record an album leaving out your least favourite tracks on the ipod - I've always hated Fitter Happier from OK Computer for example. But its still nice to sit down and listen to a record, a beverage in hand, the whole way through, esp on vinyl...

Brendan O'Leary said...

Adrian, it may be because I'm seldom alone in the house and my wife and kids (when they're about) don't always share my tastes. And I like a reasonable volume.

However you triggered something so now I have a dram in hand and listening to the sweet sounds of ... Question Time on the BBC.

Current song to listen to with drink in hand is Corpus Christi Bay by R.E. Keen, best song about working on oil rigs, though it's not really about that of course.

adrian mckinty said...

Brendan

Of course Robert Earl Keen wrote my 3rd favourite Christmas song of all time "Christmas Party".

What are my top 2 I hear you ask?

FairyTale of NY - of course
So Much Wine by the Handsome Family

Am I bummed that the Handsome Family are now hip because of True Detective? Of course!


so much wine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNz-EiO3BRY

Mike R said...

Have you ever thought of basing your list not on how you feel about the album now but based on how much pleasure it gave you at the time you first purchased it? My list would be much different and would include quite a few cringe-worthy entries (e.g. Chris de Burgh!). But hey, they gave me a lot of pleasure at the time.

Brendan O'Leary said...

Adrian, I used to play in a Pogues tribute band and never got tired of listening to the lyrics of FTONY. Broad Majestic Shannon was another favourite. Not a tribute band person normally but these songs need to be heard more.

Not FTONY of course but it wears very well.

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adrian mckinty said...

Mike

That could make for a pretty funny list. Born in the USA wd probably be top - I loved that album when it came out. Or possibly Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gold & Platinum or Back in Black or Dark Side of the Moon which I played to death...

adrian mckinty said...

Brendan

Its a good video too.

trevor said...

Van Morrison's "Veedon Fleece"

Joe Velisek said...

Keeping to the theme of "A list always changing, always evolving, sometimes devolving. At the moment the present stay of play" .....

Jimi Hendrix- Winterland
Peter Gabriel - Security
Rolling Stones - Brussels Affair 1973
Dire Straits - Making Movies
Son House - 1965 Sessions
Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
Muddy Waters - Hard Again
Counting Crows - August & Everything After
Ricky Lee Jones - Magazine
Graham Parker & The Rumour - Squeezing Out Sparks
Diz N Bird - Live at Carnegie Hall
BB King - Live at the Regal
Haydn - London Symphonies Eugen Jochum
Art Blakey - Moanin
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition Georg Solti
Bob Dylan – Infidels
CCR – Cosmo’s Factory

And to jump on the True Detective bandwagon –
Meet Me in the Alleyway – Steve Earle

Off to a July 4th Celebration on the South Side with the McGuire/Griffin side of the family – hopefully there will be no arrests this year.

Steve Cavanagh said...

Adrian,

An excellent list. I might've gone with Led Zep III instead of Houses of the Holy , and Pearl Jam's TEN has to be in there, somewhere - preferably instead of The Smiths ;)

I'm currently enjoying the Black Keys. I have "Stack Shot Billy" pretty much on repeat in the car, the whole damn time.

adrian mckinty said...

Trev

Yeah I dig that one too.

adrian mckinty said...

Joe

I like those live albums and yup Steve Earle is always a gimme.

adrian mckinty said...

Steve

TEN is great, Nirvana unplugged from that era is pretty great too.

Tom McGraw said...

Ah jeez, an old goat I am, but growing up in San Francisco in the 60's really spoiled me, free concerts in Golden Gate Park pretty much everyday, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and $3 Bucks got you into The Fillmore, my first visit, '67, no idea who was playing, but liquored up and ready to rock, what in the #^+* is that sound.....it was Hendrix, and life suddenly changed. Saw him six times, broke my heart when he died. Today, it's Brazilian Jazz, thanks for the stroll down memory lane!

adrian mckinty said...

Tom

You saw Hendrix in his prime, live?

Wow - seething with jealous/respect....

Joe Velisek said...

Tom -

Per Adrian's comment - DITTO!

Per chance did you attend one of the Winterland shows?

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Tom McGraw said...

Yeah, lads, as I posted, first saw Jimi at The Fillmore, in 67, not knowing who he was, 3rd billing behind Big Brother with Janis and headlining was john Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, but Jimi tore the night up, then Shows in San Jose, Berkeley, Joe can't recall Winterland, but if he was nearby I was there, up till his untimely death, great recollection hiking in the Swiss Alps in '73 and made it to a hut and blasting out of this small hut was Vodoo Child, ah the man was the best. Adrian picked up a book on tape at the library, impulse choice, vampire/werewolf murder mystery in Australia, and reference was made in passing to the prostitutes in St. Kilda. Mate, what are ya not tellin us about your bucolic village?

adrian mckinty said...

Tom

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No Clash?

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Chap

London Calling is probably just outside the top.

Chap Taylor said...

Soundtrack to my adolescent angst. Always sang along in a really convincing Joe Strummer cockney accent.

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Chap

I'm reluctant to tell you that Strummer's cockney accent was fake. He was actually a rather posh boy...

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Dammit, McKinty, why must you reveal my idol's feet of clay?

It does remind me of what someone said about the Beatles and the Stones. He said the Stones were posh boys done up like villains, while the Beatles were real thugs who were made over to be gentlemen.

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