Albums that changed my life - contd

by Richard on July 27, 2006

Following on from yesterday…

  • Slayed? - Slade
    Has any band ever been more fun than Slade? They were part of the soundtrack of my childhood. Noddy Holder screaming “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” had every kid in my class wanting to be on stage screaming with him. Superb!
  • In the Wind - Peter, Paul and Mary
    There wasn’t a large record collection in the house when I was little, but there were a couple of albums by Peter, Paul and Mary. This one was released in the year of my birth and this was the one I reached for when I was first allowed to use the record player by myself. For me theirs will always be the definitive version of “Blowin’ in the wind”.
  • The River - Bruce Springsteen
    I’m a big fan of ‘the Boss’, but that isn’t why this album is here. The context in which I first heard this is what makes it special. We’ll say “courtship” and leave it at that.
  • Face Value - Phil Collins
    Ditto the comments above.
  • Rubai - Flook
    Folk music, but like you’ve never heard before. The pace and energy of Flook are breathtaking. I can’t imagine anyone not feeling uplifted by the sheer exuberance of this — it brings a smile to my face every time I hear it.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }


Kim 07.27.06 at 5:46 pm

Jeez, Richard, you must have been high on “Puff the Magic Dragon” if you think PP&M sing the “definitive” version of “Blowin’ in the Wind”!


Richard 07.27.06 at 6:40 pm

I like Puff the magic Dragon alot, so maybe you’re right - but I think I’m right in saying that it was PP&M who gave the song its break and — arguably — kickstarted Dylan’s career.


Andrew 07.27.06 at 11:14 pm

Nice work, Richard.



Wood 07.28.06 at 12:28 pm

Phil Collins!!?

That is all.


Richard 07.28.06 at 1:35 pm

As I say, Wood - ths choice has more to do with the context in which I first heard it than any objective claim about the music. But I do think that “in the air tonight’ is a fine song. So sue me. ;)


Rick O'Donnell 07.29.06 at 1:10 am

Alright, in terms of effect on me ‘at the time’ and indeed of musical excellence, herewith (and these selections surely will date me):

The Doors: The Doors
John Hartford: Aereo-plain
The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s
Pink Floyd: Relics
Spirit: The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
Jimi Hendrix: Axis: Bold As Love
Cream: Fresh Cream
Paul Simon: Graceland
The Band: Stage Fright
Roy Orbison recorded live…


Richard 07.29.06 at 9:12 am

Some fine music in there, Rick!


Rick O'Donnell 07.31.06 at 2:45 am

Thanks Richard. I must get you that Spirit album before we get much older…

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