10 (well maybe a few more than 10) Albums You Need To Take A Listen To
Keith Boyd 6.7.7
It just so happens that great stuff can fall through the cracks. You're walking along in life and due to any number of circumstances (work, family obligations, hobbies, etc.) you walk right pat some precious and golden art. It's not your fault; it's just how things go. Were all busy and lazy at the same time. So, it's been awhile since I've taken the time compile a list of good stuff and here goes. This is a list of albums you just might have overlooked and now you need to take a listen to. They might not be everyone's favorite but they are all amazing and important.
1. Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi-Can
Now available in a totally remastered versions. These two are the krautfunk touchstones and blueprints for so much that came after. Both are hypnotic and danceable treats.
2. Beasts of No Nation-Fela
Two LOOOOONNNNGGG tracks of the real Afro-Beat. It's all here in the grooves.
3. Discipline-King Crimson
1980's version of the King. This album is wired and funky. It reels out patterns of pure undeniable power. The group finds grooves in the most unlikely places and invests them with intense focus.
4. Europe '72-The Grateful Dead
Ram packed with great music from a band in top form. The newer versions of this CD come with even more track not released on the original. The Dead range from folksy to spacey and everywhere in-between.
5. Ice Cream for Crow-Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band
This was the last album from the good Captain and it's a doozy.
6. Disciples of California- Skygreen Leopards
Wistful, melancholy yet hopeful, this Byrdsian masterpiece will catch your ear and heart with every listen.
7. Descending Moonshine Dervishes-Terry Riley
This disc has been in almost non-stop rotation in mi casa for the last year. Terry Riley exploits the quirks of early synth gear to create multiple voiced electronic mantras. I guarantee that a long loud listen to this disc will cure either a broken heart or cancer.
8. Sister Double Happiness- Sister Double Happiness
Gary Floyd from Texas punk rock weirdoes The Dicks formed this band in the mid eighties San Francisco . They channeled some HEAVY blues into their punk and kept things just freaky. The title track is a scorcher I first heard with a car load of good friends piled in a car and cruising around The City looking for kicks. Well worth the effort to find. The album and the kicks that is.
9. Up on the Sun, Huevos, Mirage, Monsters-Meat Puppets
Okay, okay that's a crammed full addition but THEY'R ALL GREAT!!! If all you know of the Puppets is their association with Kurt Cobain then shame on you. These 80's album had a real push and punch to them and believe it or not they were mining a deep ZZ Top vein.
10. Moby Grape-Moby Grape
Just a stunner. That's all you really need to know but the quality of musicianship and songwriting drive this psych-pop gem of perfection straight to the center of your mind.
11. The Slider-T-REX
T-REXSTACY LIVES! While not as splashy as the follow up, "Electric Warrior", I find this album to be the superior release. It's so dramatic and lovely and sexy and rocking while remaining elegant and fun.
12. Ogden 's Nut Gone Flake-The Small Faces
Never mind that this is number 12 on a list of ten. Genius will not be rushed! This storybook psych classic is a perfect Sunday record. I LOVE the track "Afterglow". So, so very lovely.
13. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music-Ray Charles
My Mom LOVES Ray Charles and I grew up hearing his gravel/honey voice. This album opened a lot of eyes and his version of "You Don't Know Me" will break your heart.
14. Funkadelic-Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow/One Nation Under A Groove
Deep. Funky. Aware. Fun. Bouncing. Couldn't decide on just one.
15. The Feelies-Higher Ground- I think that The Feelies would have made a bigger splash if They'd come out 5 or so years after they did. Their Velvets inspired hypnosis is a thing to behold. Lovely music with amazing and spare songwriting.
16. Double Nickels On The Dime- The Minutemen
Nothing needs to be said. It's all there. Go buy this.
17. The Slits-Cut
Love it. Love the cover. Love the fun and ferocity all blasting at your ears.
18. Fire of Love-The Gun Club
LA Punk Voodoo. Creepy and inspiring. Better than most Nick Cave stuff and noisier anyway.
19. Art Attack-Marty Wilson Piper
One of the lead guys from The Church. This solo effort is lush, beautiful and lovely. Pretty and uplifting melodies.
20. Guadalcanal Diary-Why do the Heathens Rage?
Another group lost in the post REM Georgia. This debut album is a great piece of intelligent indie-pop from before there was such a phrase.
So there my fellow music geeks. A couple of handfuls of not so much lost as usually overlooked gems. You know you've got your own list just bubbling away in that evil little brain of yours. Do us both a favor and exorcise that demon. Put it down in an email and send it to us here at Blog San Diego. We'll publish it and then you too can say you're a rock journalist. Never mind all the others. They won't print you. We will. We're good and decent, right-living, God fearing, Bible thumping, gun toting, folk. Write to us.Please.