|Papa Was A Rollin' Stone|
These are album covers I grew up with (hence so many albums
from some artists). I tend to have a very visual memory and album
covers really stick with me.It is important to note that in the mid-
80's when CD's first became common in public knowledge they
were still $15 which according to an inflation calculator is equal to
$32.15. Dad was the first person I ever knew who had a CD
player and CD collection. My father had an extensive collection of
vinyl and Reel-to-Reels as well. For this reason you will see a lot
of "Best of" albums and that is the reason why. at approx. $30
per album why re-buy albums you already have when you just hit
the highlights. Due to their initial poor quality (not to mention diminished quality due to usage and sitting in a hot car) he
despised cassette tapes. Not once did I ever see him purchase a
commercially released album on cassette. What he would do
instead was he would sit down with a track list, rearrange it in the
order that he liked it, wrote the order down on a cassette label
and stick it in the cd cover so he would never have to do it again.
then he would play the songs on reel-to-reel or vinyl in the order
he liked and would record them to blank tapes in that order
stopping and starting the tape recording each time. This was
horribly time consuming, remember.... you couldn't select tracks or
skip songs on a cassette at this time. In 1989 he got a Toyota
Celica All-Track Turbo and the cassette player had a skip feature
but it was unusual to see outside of a car. Also it meant the
expensive CD's would never need to be repurchased due to
misuse while driving. To this day I rerecord all my CDs to chap
blank disks for this reason. When CD players became more prevalent in cars he was in heaven but until then he wasn't going
to let some piece of vinyl, or magnetic tape tell him what he would
order he would listen to an album in. Of course when "best of"
Cd's came along they were a huge time saver to say the least. He
would do the same thing but the sound quality would be better
and he could skip directly to each track instead of moving a needle
or advancing/rewinding the reel-to-reel tape.
The Times They Are A-Changin'
Hands down my fathers favorite artist. He used to torture us with these
albums on long trips. For this reason I would not appreciate Dylan until
much later in my mid-twenties even tough I intuitively know every note and
Highway 61 Revisited
Blonde On Blonde
Blood on the Tracks
This is probably my favorite Bob Dylan album. It simply holds the most
memories for me and I love every track completely.
Knocked Out Loaded
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
I remember when this came out. My mother got it for my father on CD for
his birthday a few months after it came out. My dad went out and got it on
vinyl a few months later which he would take out and listen to only when
he was feeling especially nostalgic.
I'd say Van Morrison was a distant second place to old Bob.
His Band and the Street Choir
Saint Dominic's Preview
Hard Nose The Highway
Such a vivid album cover for the time. It really pops out when you go
through a stack of albums.
|18||Jethro Tull |
|19||Jethro Tull |
Thick as a Brick
|20||Jethro Tull |
A Passion Play
|21||Jethro Tull |
Songs From The Wood
|22||Jethro Tull |
Tea for the Tillerman
Vocally one of the most aggressive folk musicians to date.
Teaser and the Firecat
Catch Bull at Four
Please Please Me
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
I was mystified by this album cover... and the crowd cheering on the first
and next to last track if it wasn't a live album. My father tried to explain
concept albums to me but settled for letting me know that they wanted
"us" to feel like we were hearing them in concert.
In 1986 my parents came home from a cruise and brought home this album
they had been playing throughout the voyage. I was 9 and It was the first
grown up album I remember loving. It was also the first grown up album I memorized from beginning to end and my first fanboyism was born.
The Rhythm of the Saints
Greatest Hits, Etc.
|33||Simon and Garfunkel|
Bridge Over Troubled Water
|34||Simon and Garfunkel|
|35|| ||Simon and Garfunkel|
Greatest Hits, Etc.
Do you think Paul even remembers having that damned finial in his hand... I
|36||The Moody Blues|
On the Threshold of a Dream
This is another album that left a lasting impression on me. The cover is
beautiful and it was the first album I could recognize on my own as a
concept album. It is what I would consider to be a concept album done
right... along with about five others of theirs.
|37||The Moody Blues|
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
|38||Electric Light Orchestra|
A New World Record
|39||Electric Light Orchestra|
|40|| ||Eagles |
Their Greatest Hits (1971 ? 1975)
Eagles Greatest Hits Vol. 2
One of These Nights
|44|| ||Eagles |
|45||The Band |
|46||The Band |
The Last Waltz
The best of the Band
Hair of the Dog
I loved the T/T and "My White Bicycle" when I was a kid.
John Barleycorn Must Die
Shootout at the Fantasy Factory
Always been one of my favorite album covers.
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Great album cover, when I think of my fathers vinyl collection this is one
that always comes to mind.
461 Ocean Boulevard
I'm a big Clapton fan but as you can see I come by it honestly.
Money and Cigarettes
Time Pieces: Best of Eric Clapton
Heart Like a Wheel
|57||Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young|
|58||Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young|
Another great album cover, completely memorable.
^ same description as 58
Toys in the Attic
|64||The Cars |
|65||The Cars |
Red Rose Speedway
Wait... he's a Beatle? Then why does this say McCartney and Wings on it?
You fuckin with me dad?
Band on The Run
|68||The Rolling Stones|
I remember him getting these, he must have been on a kick because these
guys always played second fiddle to just about everyone above this
position. When he got them home he gave me a little lesson about them
and I tore into the albums and found a lot to love. My father taught me the
correct way to handle CDs at a very young age and one I proved myself I
was given carte blanche of the collection (alwayse a major point of pride).
|69||The Rolling Stones|
|70||The Rolling Stones|
|71||The Rolling Stones|
|72||The Rolling Stones|
|73||The Rolling Stones|
|74||The Rolling Stones|
Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin IV
"Every time I hear When the Levee Breaks it makes me wish I had a joint."
I think I was 18 when my dad said this to me... it was the first verification of
drug use although I had already known.
Houses of the Holy
|78||Emerson, Lake and Palmer|
Brain Salad Surgery
Fuck I love this album! from the cover to the contents I've always just
totally fucking loved it. It was the only ELP my dad had but I would dig into
the rest of their catalog on my own soon enough.
Back to the Future
I think my he got this for me more than for himself but it has a lot of great
tracks on it.
Patsy Cline Showcase
"Patsy Cline has the greatest enunciation of almost any singer to date" I
tend to agree pops.
40 Greatest Hits
I guess not all country sucks.
The Best of Leonard Cohen
really memorable album cover... Ween agrees.
Songs of Leonard Cohen
Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits
|86|| ||Jim Croce|
Photographs & Memories - His Greatest Hits
You don't tug on Superman's cape,
You don't spit into the wind,
You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger,
And you don't mess around with Jim.
More vinyl I clearly remember. I loved these covers, I made up whole
stories to them.
Same as with the Journey albums.
Don?t Look Back
TILL THE DAY I DIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEE.
Greatest Hits Live
Arc Of A Diver
Back in the High Life
Roll with It
The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get
Another great graphic I've never forgotten.
He didn't like much of the music from the 80's but he made a good call here.
The Best of Kansas
Thank you for your time... I hope all the art makes it.
Here goes nuthin.