Chronicle of the "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die"
Submitted by openstacks on Sun, 06/28/2009 - 19:55
- This is just a way of chronicling my half-assed journey through albums from the book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die" by Robert Dimery that my wife gave me for Father's Day 2009. It'll include albums I own and know, but I'll be more interested in tracking down new-to-me material. Brackets indicate repeat listening. You can see the list itself here: http://listology.com/list/albums-i-own-1001-albums-you-must-hear-you-die
- 1. "The Wildest" - Louis Prima (1956) -  Love it.
- 2. "Tragic Songs of Life" - The Louvin Brothers (1956) -  Not sure about this one. Kind of a downer.  It's growing on me.  Hmmm, liking this quite a bit.
- 3. "Vespertine" - Björk (2001) -  CD started skipping at track 10. It was only a slight downturn in the listening experience. Don't get it.
- 4. "Everything Must Go" - Manic Street Preachers (1996) -  Nice.
- 5. "Spy vs. Spy - The Music of Ornette Coleman" - John Zorn (1989) -  Like Ornette on speed. Kinda loud for the office.
- 6. "Head Hunters" - Herbie Hancock (1973) -  I've owned this forever. It's incredible.
- 7. "Kenya" - Machito (1957) -  Fantastic. Afro-cuban jazz from the 1950s for the win.
- 8. "Murmur" - R.E.M. (1983) -  I've had this CD for over 20 years now. Wow. Love it still.
- 2016-01 (In August of 2009, a flood wiped out the office where I'd just started listening to albums. For some reason, I'm back.)
- 9. "Toys in the Attic" - Aerosmith (1975) -  First two-thirds is mostly familiar and top-notch. Kinda dies for me at the end.
- 10. "Black Monk Time" - The Monks (1966) -  Wasn't feeling this at first, but its eclectic variety grew on me.
- 11. "Superfuzz Bigmuff" - Mudhoney (1988) -  Started listening to the Deluxe Edition, not realizing that it starts with songs not on the original six song EP. Too bad, as I kinda liked those songs better than some of the songs that comprise the "must-hear" recording.
- 12. "Cosmo's Factory" - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970) -  Difficult to deny to density of great songs on this album.
- 13. "Licensed to Ill" - Beastie Boys (1986) -  A bona fide classic. Even my 8YO knows Brass Monkey as soon as it begins.
- 14. "Tapestry" - Carole King (1971) -  Not too many albums that I would immediately say, "This is better than Licensed to Ill." But this is.
- 15. "Ágætis byrjun" - Sigur Rós (1999) -  Not a bad background for 75 minutes of Minecraft.
- 16. "Moving Pictures" - Rush (1981) -  There are some great songs here, with half the album being already familiar to most rock fans. But there's a reason you don't know the rest.
- 17. "One World" - John Martyn (1977) -  Great, at times. Funkier than expected. I lost focus toward the end, so probably bears a second listen.
- 18. "At Mister Kelly's" - Sarah Vaughan (1958) -  She sounds great, but the looseness was almost too much for me.
- 19. "New Wave" - Autuers (1993) -  A real surprise.  Good enough to listen to twice in the same day.
- 20. "In the Wee Small Hours" - Frank Sinatra (1955) -  I love Frank, but this set of tunes was too melancholic for my taste.
- 21. "The Gilded Palace of Sin" The Flying Burrito Brothers (1969) -  Thought I might get into this, but I wore out on the country rock flavor by the end.
- 22. "Electric Warrior" - T. Rex (1971) -  Awesome. A genuine and positive surprise. The kind of thing that validates this project. Just the thing for transitioning from your Bowie mourning period. Like same-period Bowie without the existential angst and gravitas.
- 23. "Apocalypse Dudes" - Turbonegro (1998) -  Most likely the best album by a Norwegian rock band that I've ever heard.
- 24. "Rock Bottom" - Robert Wyatt (1974) -  Not entirely sure what I think of this. Bears a second listen mayhaps.