Using yet another Facebook meme as a blog topic. When you blog just about every day you need some help here and there!
My 15 Albums
1. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours Hands down this is my favourite album of all time. As a teenager this album helped me to keep sane. I have loved this album so much I have purchased it on vinyl, 8-track, cassette tape and CD. To this day I generally have a song off of this album on every play list I create.
2. Supertramp – Crime of the Century Similar to #1 this album helped me through my teen years. Many of the songs resonated so much for me plus the musicianship of this band is amazing.
3. Elton John – Live in Australia I love Elton John and this album really spoke to me. I generally love the energy of a live album and he did not disappoint!
4. Indigo Girls – 12:00 Curfew This is an incredibly strong live album by the IGs. Highlights for me are ‘Tangled up in Blue’ and ‘Chicken Man.’
5. Richard Shindell – The Courier If you like folk music and you have never heard Richard Shindell I highly recommend you check him out. This is another live album and he is at his best. Songs like ‘Arrowhead,’ ‘Are you happy now?’ and ‘Fishing’ are all amazing original songs. He is quite political and it comes through loud and clear in his lyrics.
6. R.E.M. – Automatic for the People I can remember listening to this album over and over and over again. I didn’t like all of the songs at first but they all grew on me over time. My favourite remains ‘Ignoreland.’
7. Paul Simon – Graceland I got this album right after I purchased my ‘grown-up’ stereo – it was a Pioneer with big speakers. I can remember how amazing the drums sounded especially on ‘Obvious Child.’
8. Lucinda Williams – Car wheels on a gravel road Lucinda Williams is an amazing folk singer. I particularly love this album. She is a bit of an acquired taste though.
9. Jethro Tull – Songs from the Wood It was hard to pick a single Jethro Tull album. At one point, I think I owned almost all of Jethro Tull’s albums. Led by Ian Anderson, this band moves quite fluidly between folk and rock.
10. Emmy Lou Harris – Red Dirt Girl This is an outstanding album and includes a duet she sings with Dave Matthews.
11. Joan Osborne – Relish This was a very powerful debut album. I never heard much from her after this album. This album features her hit ‘If god were one of us’ however I don’t think that is the stand out on the album. Songs like ‘Ladder’, ‘Spider’s Web’ and ‘Crazy Baby.’
12. Liz Phair – Whitechocolatespaceegg I love this album. Every song is different. For some reason, this is the only Liz Phair album I have liked.
13. Lorrena McKennit – The Visit This is a phenomenal album. I like others by this artist but this is the one that is the stand out for me.
14. Peter Gabriel – US It was hard to pick a PG album. It was a toss-up between this and So.
15. R.E.M. – Up I love this album. There are so many great songs on it. It is one of those albums where one song flows into the next. Love it!