Thursday, November 14, 2013
Top Ten Albums That Everyone Would Agree On.
Ignoring the fact that this list from NPR is all male (we can deal with that later) and is based on polls from their audience (probably a pretty old bunch of voters) what would you add to "albums everyone loves."
I would add Dave Brubeck's, TIME OUT and The Rolling Stones' EXILE ON MAIN STREET.
And I am not sure listeners under 35 would include so many Beatle albums. I think the "ear" has changed.
Top 10 Most-Loved (Ignoring Those Who Haven't Heard)
1. The Beatles: Revolver (92 percent love)
2. The Beatles: Abbey Road (91 percent)
3. Otis Redding: Otis Blue (90 percent)
4. Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue (89 percent)
5. Johnny Cash: Live At Folsom Prison (89 percent)
6. The Beatles: Rubber Soul (89 percent)
7. Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (88 percent)
8. Marvin Gaye: What's Going On (88 percent)
9. Sam Cooke: Portrait Of A Legend (88 percent)
10. The Beatles: The White Album (87 percent)
I can't help but think there won't be lists like this much longer. Not only has the vinyl record disappeared, but the idea of buying an entire CD is going away as we download a favorite tune or two. There was something magical about holding that album in your hand, reading the notes, and playing all of it--the good and the bad. So what if a couple of tunes were lesser works. It was the artist's statement at a particular time. Enough.