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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

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

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
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

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
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

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
35 Simon and Garfunkel
Greatest Hits, Etc.

Do you think Paul even remembers having that damned finial in his hand... I
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
40 Eagles
Their Greatest Hits (1971 ? 1975)
Eagles Greatest Hits Vol. 2
Hotel California
One of These Nights
44 Eagles
45The Band
The Band
46The Band
The Last Waltz
47The Band
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
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
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
Toys in the Attic
Permanent Vacation
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.
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
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.

More vinyl I clearly remember. I loved these covers, I made up whole
stories to them.

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

Greatest Hits Live
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

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.
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