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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.
1Bob Dylan
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 every lyric.
2Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited
3Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde
4Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline
5Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks
6Bob Dylan
Desire


This is probably my favorite Bob Dylan album. It simply holds the most memories for me and I love every track completely.
7Bob Dylan
Knocked Out Loaded
8Bob Dylan
At Budokan
9Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
10Bob Dylan
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
11Bob Dylan
Biograph


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.
12Van Morrison
Astral Weeks


I'd say Van Morrison was a distant second place to old Bob.
13Van Morrison
Moondance
14Van Morrison
His Band and the Street Choir
15Van Morrison
Tupelo Honey
16Van Morrison
Saint Dominic's Preview
17Van Morrison
Hard Nose The Highway


Such a vivid album cover for the time. It really pops out when you go through a stack of albums.
18Jethro Tull
Aqualung


Yazz Flute
19Jethro Tull
Thick as a Brick
20Jethro Tull
A Passion Play
21Jethro Tull
Songs From The Wood
22Jethro Tull
Original Masters
23Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman


Vocally one of the most aggressive folk musicians to date.
24Cat Stevens
Teaser and the Firecat
25Cat Stevens
Catch Bull at Four
26The Beatles
Please Please Me
27The Beatles
Help!
28The Beatles
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.
29The Beatles
Abbey Road
30Paul Simon
Graceland


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.
31Paul Simon
The Rhythm of the Saints
32Paul Simon
Greatest Hits, Etc.
33Simon and Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water
34Simon and Garfunkel
Bookends
35 Simon and Garfunkel
Greatest Hits, Etc.


Do you think Paul even remembers having that damned finial in his hand... I do.
36The 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.
37The Moody Blues
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
38Electric Light Orchestra
A New World Record
39Electric Light Orchestra
ELO 2
40 Eagles
Their Greatest Hits (1971 ? 1975)
41Eagles
Eagles Greatest Hits Vol. 2
42Eagles
Hotel California
43Eagles
One of These Nights
44 Eagles
45The Band
The Band
46The Band
The Last Waltz
47The Band
The best of the Band
48Nazareth
Hair of the Dog


I loved the T/T and "My White Bicycle" when I was a kid.
49Traffic
John Barleycorn Must Die
50 Traffic
Shootout at the Fantasy Factory


Always been one of my favorite album covers.
51The Byrds
Sweetheart of the Rodeo


Great album cover, when I think of my fathers vinyl collection this is one that always comes to mind.
52Eric Clapton
461 Ocean Boulevard


I'm a big Clapton fan but as you can see I come by it honestly.
53Eric Clapton
Backless
54Eric Clapton
Money and Cigarettes
55Eric Clapton
Time Pieces: Best of Eric Clapton
56Linda Ronstadt
Heart Like a Wheel
57Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Déjà vu
58Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
So Far


Another great album cover, completely memorable.
59Blind Faith
Blind Faith


^ same description as 58
60Aerosmith
Toys in the Attic
61Aerosmith
Rocks
62Aerosmith
Permanent Vacation
63Aerosmith
Pump
64The Cars
The Cars
65The Cars
Greatest Hits
66Paul Mccartney
Red Rose Speedway


Wait... he's a Beatle? Then why does this say McCartney and Wings on it? You fuckin with me dad?
67Paul Mccartney
Band on The Run
68The Rolling Stones
Hot Rocks


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).
69The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet
70The Rolling Stones
Sticky Fingers
71The Rolling Stones
Some Girls
72The Rolling Stones
Tattoo You
73The Rolling Stones
Dirty Work
74The Rolling Stones
Steel Wheels
75Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin II
76Led Zeppelin
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.
77Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy
78Emerson, 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.
79Soundtrack
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.
80Patsy cline
Patsy Cline Showcase


"Patsy Cline has the greatest enunciation of almost any singer to date" I tend to agree pops.
81Hank Williams
40 Greatest Hits


I guess not all country sucks.
82Leonard Cohen
The Best of Leonard Cohen


really memorable album cover... Ween agrees.
83Leonard Cohen
Songs of Leonard Cohen
84Janis Joplin
Pearl
85Janis Joplin
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.
87Journey
Escape


More vinyl I clearly remember. I loved these covers, I made up whole stories to them.
88Journey
Frontiers
89Boston
Boston


Same as with the Journey albums.
90 Boston
Don?t Look Back
91REO Speedwagon
The Hits
92Bad Company
Bad Company


TILL THE DAY I DIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEE.
93Heart
Greatest Hits Live
94Heart
Little Queen
95Steve Winwood
Arc Of A Diver
96Steve Winwood
Back in the High Life
97Steve Winwood
Roll with It
98Joe Walsh
The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get


Another great graphic I've never forgotten.
99The Police
Synchronicity


He didn't like much of the music from the 80's but he made a good call here.
100Kansas
The Best of Kansas


Thank you for your time... I hope all the art makes it. Here goes nuthin.
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