1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
It’s been awhile since I posted about the albums from this book (Over a year. Yikes!). I’ve only managed 25 more, but after I post this will put some more on hold at the library.
Two summers ago I started using this book as a guide to explore music with my son. Gage has been a part to some of the journey, but not all. I try to play at least parts from every album for him, except the explicit ones, and some he likes and some he covers his ears. He is probably more discerning than I am. This post is more for me than you because I know that these lists can get boring, but feel free to comment if I’ve listened to a favorite of yours (whether I liked them or not :)). Happy listening.
I’ve decided to list them in the order I liked them best. If you click on my favorite song on each album it will take you to the video.
The Rising by Bruce Springsteen, 2002. Songs about 9/11. Very powerful. Favorite songs – Into the Fire & Countin’ on a Miracle
Elephant by White Stripes, 2003. Favorite song – In the Cold, Cold Night
Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen, 1984. Favorite songs- I’m On Fire & Glory Days
Traffic by Traffic, 1968. Favorite songs – Feelin’ Alright & You Can All Join In
The Slider by T.Rex, 1972. Favorite song – Metal Guru
Electric Warrior by T.Rex, 1971 Favorite song- Banga Gong
Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter, 2010. Favorite song – Earthquake
The Wall by Pink Floyd, 1979. Favorite song – Another Brick on the Wall, part 2
Private Dancer by Tina Turner, 1984. Favorite song- What’s Love Got To Do With It
Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash, 1968. Favorite song – Folsom Prison Blues
Pyromania by Def Leppard, 1983. Favorite song- Foolin’
Hysteria by Def Leopard, 1987. Favorite song – Love Bites
Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen, 1975. Favorite song – Born to Run
461 Ocean Boulevard by Eric Clapton, 1974. Favorite song – I Shot the Sheriff
John Barleycorn Must Die by Traffic, 1970. Favorite song – John Barleycorn Must Die
Nebraska by Bruce Sprinsteen, 1982. Favorite song – Atlantic City
At Budokan by Cheap Trick, 1979. Favorite song – Come On, Come On
Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, 1959. Favorite song – So What
If I Could Only Remember My Name by David Crosby, 1971. Favorite Song- Cowboy Movie
The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest, 1991. Favorite song – Excursion
LA Woman by The Doors, 1971. Favorite song – Love Her Madly
Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1967. Favorite Song – May This Be Love
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West, 2010. No favorite.
Homework by Daft Punk, 1997. No favorite.
Bitches Brew by Miles Davis, 1970. No favorite
List of the albums we listened to from the book(The Visitors by ABBA, Back to Black and Highway to Hell by AC/DC, 21 by Adele, Pump and Toys in the Attic by Aerosmith, School’s Out by Alice Cooper, Dirt by Alice in Chains, Among the Living by Antrax, Tidal by Fiona Apple, Funeral by Arcade Fire, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not by Arctic Monkeys, The B-52’s by the B-52’s, The Atomic Mr. Basie by Count Basie, Abbey Road, The Beatles (white album), A Hard Day’s Night, Revolver, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, With the Beatles by The Beatles, The Band and Music From Big Pink by The Band, Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys, Licensed to Ill and Paul’s Boutique by the Beastie Boys, Parallel Lives by Blondie, Boston by Boston, Station to Station by David Bowie, Safe As Milk and Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Sweetheart of the Rodeo by The Byrds, Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash, Abattoir Bllues/The Lyre of Orpheus, The Boatman’s Call and Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, At Budokan by Cheap Trick, Chicago by Chicago Transit Authority, 461 Ocean Boulevard by Eric Clapton, The Songs of Leonard Cohen and Songs of Love and Hate by Leonard Cohen, A Rush of Blood To the Head and Parachutes by Coldplay, A Love Supreme by John Coltrane, Be by Common, If I Could Only Remember My Name by David Crosby, Crosby Stills & Nash by Crosby Stills & Nash, Homework by Daft Punk, Bitches Brew and Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter, Hysteria and Pyromania by Def Leppard, Are We Not Men?We Are Devo! by Devo, Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits, The Doors , LA Woman, and Morrison Hotel by The Doors, Gris-Gris by Dr. John, The Night Tripper, Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks, Bringing It All Back Home, Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisted, by Bob Dylan, Eagles and Hotel California by The Eagles, Seldom Seen Kid by Elbow, The Marshal Mathers LP andThe Slim Shady LP by Eminem, Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics, The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips, Rumours and Tusks by Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters by Foo Fighters, Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton, Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand, The Score by Fugees, Maggot Brain by Funkadelic, So and Melt by Peter Gabriel, Appetite for Destruction by Guns N’ Roses, Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, In Our Heads by Hot Chip, Dare by The Human League, Make Yourself by Incubus, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly, Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson, Bad, Off the Wall and Thriller by Michael Jackson, The Blueprint by Jay-Z, Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane, Darklandsand Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain, Aqualung by Jethro Tull, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John, Now I Got Worry by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Come Away With Me by Norah Jones, Pearl by Janis Joplin, British Steel by Judas Priest, Cross by Justice, Tapestry by Carole King, Destroyer by KISS, Tragic Songs of Life by the Louvin Brothers, Illmatic by Nas, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York, and Nevermind by Nirvana, Ready to Die by The Notorious B.I.G., Straight Outta Compton by NWA, The Wall and Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, Regatta de Blanc and Synchronicity by The Police, Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley, 2112 by Rush, Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols by Sex Pistols, Bridge Over Troubled Water and Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme by Simon & Garfunkel, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim and In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra, Me Against the World by Tupac Shakur, Born in the USA and Born To Run, Nebraska, The Rising by Bruce Springsteen, System of a Down by System of a Down, Electric Warrior and The Slider by T.Rex, John Barleycorn Must Die and Traffic by Traffic, The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest, Private Dancer by Tina Turner, Dear Science by TV on the Radio, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Joshua Tree, and War by U2, Velvet Underground & Nico by Velvet Underground, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West, Elephant by White Stripes, Red Headed Stranger andStardust by Willie Nelson, Back to Black by Amy Winehouse, XX by The XX, It’s a Blitz! by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Close To the Edge, Fragile and The Yes Album by Yes, After the Gold Rush, Harvest, and Tonight’s the Night by Neil Young, Rust Never Sleeps by Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Hot Rats by Frank Zappa) 140/1001
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