I haven’t done this for a while, so I figure it’s about time. The following is my opinion which should count more than all others (just kidding… sort of… but not really). These are the records that I just can’t get away from, I find myself always returning to them. There’s some new stuff that may eventually jocky for position but for now they’re just too new. These are the ones that have stood the test of time (for me). So here we go…
1) Achtung Baby U2- My favorite band of all time and I believe the BEST band of all time. This spot used to be held by The Joshua Tree but over the last couple of years, this record has moved into first. A great album that took U2 and redefined them all over again and proved that they were a band to be reckoned with. Also, this just happens to be produced by my favorite producer of all time, Daniel Lanois. Andrew Osenga told me that this is the one that made him want to write songs and make albums… so we can thank it for that as well!!!
2) Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles- What an amazing record, the production on this is phenomonal… and while I’m a big fan of all the Beatle records (especially Revolver, Rubber Soul and Abbey Road), this is the one that just seems to hit on all cylinders. They were so far ahead of their time it’s actually scary. Paul McCartney has said this record was made in response to the next one on this list….
3) Pet Sounds The Beach Boys- Brian Wilson was inspired by The Beatles Rubber Soul (and ended up inspiring Sgt Pepper’s with this record) and it really showed how brilliant Brian Wilson was/still is. I can listen to over and over forever… a brilliant cd. If they could’ve finished Smiley Smile (although Wilson did recently and it’s awesome), I think the Beach boys would’ve been remembered as much more than just a “beach tunes band”. For me, this record proved they were far more than that anyway, but man… what if????
4) Time out of Mind Bob Dylan- This was a tough choice, I wanted to go with Blonde on Blonde or John Wesley Harding or any other great Dylan record. However, this is the one I keep coming back to and it doesn’t hurt that Lanois produced this as well. This record re-established Dylan for my generation (following some questionable 80’s records) and proved that he’s still at the top of his game.
5) Born to Run Bruce Springsteen- This was another tough choice for me, Nebraska could easily be here as well as The Ghost of Tom Joad. Springsteen is never better than when he goes into storyteller mode. But this is the record that defined him for me and I think it’s one of the best all around rock albums. This is the one spot that could possibly change more often though… Nebraska is right there for me and could easily slip in. For right now though, this is the one.
That’s it for now, as usual…. if you don’t own them, buy them!