Post by Bob Reyer on Jan 27, 2014 18:59:58 GMT -5
Gals and guys,
As drocat pointed out when he started the other thread, musical tastes are a fun way to get to know each other a bit. As probably only a few of you know, I spent more than 20 years managing an independent record store, so when I've said in the past that I'm Talking Comics' resident Rob Gordon (John Cusack's character from "High Fidlelity"), I wasn't kidding around!
I'm interested in seeing some of your "All-Time Top Fives"! As in that film, there are rules to compiling these sorts of lists, so in this case: no "Best of...", "Greatest Hits", or "Anthology" compiliations, nor any soundtrack albums, but "Live" or "In Concert" recordings are fine, however. Also, you can only have one album by an artist or group within your Top Five! Of course any of these rules can be broken...if you can give me a good enough reason!
With a glass of Chardonnay in hand, I'll lead this off! These are the albums I go back to over-and-over again:
#5) Pamelia Kurstin "Gymnopedie" (2000) Indie-rock/electronica/funk/jazz? I don't know what else to call this album by Pamelia Kurstin, the modern mistress of the Theremin (the original electronic musical instrument), but that's as near a description as I can come to! Staggering virtuosity by Ms. Kurstin, and yet eminently listenable despite the "degree of difficulty"!
#4) Thelonious Monk Septet "Monk's Music" (1957) An essential release by one of modern jazz's singular figures as a pianist and composer, this album of Monk classics features two generations of tenor saxophone wizardry in the legendary Coleman Hawkins and "young gun" John Coltrane!
#3) Jr. Walker & the All-Stars "Road Runner" (1966) Speaking of giants of the saxophone, this album by Motown's master of the R&B sax featured the hit title track as well as the Top Twenty--and definitive version--of "How Sweet it is (to be Loved by You)". For fans of the Funk Brothers (the Motown session musicians), the LP concludes with the rollicking work-out "Mutiny", that features Junior's wailing sax and some great work by James Jamerson on bass!
#2) Frank Sinatra "...Sings for Only the Lonely" (1958) An album of classic torch songs by the supreme interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Pour yourself a tumbler of whiskey and drink deep of the heartache in "What's New?", "Angel Eyes", and the ultimate "saloon song", "One for my Baby".
#1) The Four Tops "Still Waters Run Deep" (1970) This LP-length suite of originals and masterfully-chosen covers on the subject of love both emotional and spiritual was Motown's first concept album, pre-dating Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?", whose title tune was co-written by the Top's bass singer, Renaldo Benson! Producer Frank Wilson (with help from Smokey Robinson who pitched in by co-writing three songs) wove a beautiful aural landscape for the majestic vocals of Levi Stubbs, Lawrence Payton, Abdul Fakir, and "Obie" Benson to soar above. (Click the video for the title track!)
Because it's me (and looking to save some time in case anyone asks!), here are the next twenty on my list:
#6) Stevie Wonder "Innervisions" (1973)
#7) Billie Holiday "Lady in Satin" (1958)
#8) Joan Jett "Up Your Alley" (1988)
#9) John Coltrane "Giant Steps" (1960)
#10) Nellie McKay "Get Away From Me" (2004)
#11) Diana Krall "Love Scenes" (1997)
#12) Bob Dylan "Bringing It All Back Home" (1965)
#13) Aretha Franklin "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You" (1967)
#14) Sonny Rollins "Saxophone Colossus" (1956)
#15) Minnie Riperton "Perfect Angel" (1974)
#16) Pat Benatar "True Love" (1991)
#17) Nat 'King' Cole Trio "After Midnight" (1957)
#18) Dixie Chicks "Taking the Long Way" (2006)
#19) Isley Brothers "3 + 3" (1973)
#20) Van Halen "Van Halen" (1978)
#21) Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" (1960)
#22) Marvin Gaye "What's Going On?" (1971)
#23) Dusty Springfield "Dusty in Memphis" (1969)
#24) Vixen "Rev It Up" (1990)
#25) Bruce Springsteen "The Ghost of Tom Joad" (1995)