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07.13.12 My Top Ten Favorite Albums

My Top Ten Favorite Albums

in no particular order
1pink floyd

Some of the best musicianship and writing from one of the greatest bands ever.
While it's scope isn't as far ranging as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish you were here, or
The Wall the technicality of the music and its imagery are able to stand on their own.
Perhaps it is because it is rarely head on the radio or at gatherings and isn't as
popular as many of the other Floyd pieces but this one does it for me. Favorite
2The Allman Brothers
Live at the Fillmore East

I have a deep love for the blues. I grew up in the same areas of Florida that the
names sakes for the band did. I listened to this album as a young toddler barefoot
with cut off jeans around clear water swimming holes trying to beat the heat. It is
like an old security blanket. Perfect, soaring, great vocals, a good recording?
something new to hear in there each time you listen. A phenomenal band at the
height of it's creative powers.
3Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Couldn't Stand the Weather

Tough to choose just one SRV album but if I have to?.this is it. A follow up to 1983's
Texas Flood, this one allowed Stevie to show his immense skills covering Hendix's
Voodoo Child, perhaps even surpassing the original version with not only great
playing but also an excellent vocal performance. I still remember the first time I
heard SRV play "Pride and Joy" off his first solo album on the radio. I had to pull
over while driving. It was a welcome sound after years of "New Wave". SRV kept the
blues alive and relevant, along with Robert Cray. I consider myself blessed to have
seen them both live at different venues.

A great album by accomplished musicians. It just works for me?.the concepts, the
amazing playing, the howling vocals, the imagery?it just rocks. I have followed this
band since their beginnings and can say that this is their best work thus far. Hoping
for more albums from them. They are my favorite "current" band.Love putting on
Parabola when I am strapping on my helmet to race?.gets you in the mood to go
5 Keb Mo'
Keb Mo'

Great kick back and chill album. Loaded with great tunes start to finish. Great
renditions of old blues standards done with great polish. Haven't encountered anyone
who doesn't enjoy this album. Favorite track?.Victims of Comfort. A thought
provoking downtempo gem.
6Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

Classic. Definitive. Perfect. Polish. Cool Jazz. Perfect album to wake up slow on a
Sunday with a hangover as you make your way to the coffee pot.
7 The God Machine
Scenes from the 2nd Story

A riveting listen. This album is a damn near masterpiece and we were all robbed of
this practically unknown band when bassist Fernandez passed away. The brilliance of
this album must be experienced. If at first listen you don't get it?.listen again. Very
hard to pick a single track?.the album must be heard in its entirety to get the full
effect. Far beyond grunge, far beyond alternative, far beyond art rock, deep,
profound and it fucking rocks??these guys were special. From the opening
message?"Are you lost?" So glad I was one of the fortunate few who found this when
it was freshly released?it has been a part of me since I heard it upon it's release in
8Van Morrison
Astral Weeks

Another of those perfect albums you just let run and seamlessly move from one
track to the other... endlessly. VAN at the height of his powers. This isn't the pop of
"Brown eyed girl", this is another thing all together, stream of consciousness
ramblings, poetry, genre defying. Master Jazz musicians gathered around a fully
budded young genius.
9Talking Heads
Speaking in Tongues

Big sounds. Even now, listening to these 30 year old songs?my foot starts tapping,
my head starts moving, my hips?OW!. A great album that still stands as a
masterpiece. Strange synth sounds, eclectic rhythms, quirky vocals, wonderful choral
harmonies and stunning percussions and yet it all works wonderfully. "Slippery
People" is one of the many notables after the still stunning "Burning down the
House." Give it a listen again, let it knock your socks off again.
10Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind

A stunning debut album. I was then and still am, blown away by the great
songwriting, playing and musicianship, the hooks, the story telling and tenderness of
this album. So many great themes in it, like moving through chapters in your life,
high school/college, lovers, facing adulthood, changing values, growing up?.all
necessary stuff. This album came along at a time in my life where there was a whole
lot of movement going on and it kept me company through those moves? raising a
family, building a life and a career along with all that goes with it?.it allows me to go
back in time and visit that old self?.and pat him on the back?.telling him?.good job
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