Archive for August 5th, 2009

100 Favorite Albums of All-Time (50-41)

Part six of my top 100 albums of all time.

Previously:

50. The Trinity Session by The Cowboy Junkies (1988)

I’m sure that there are diehard Cowboy Junkies’ fans who scorn people like me who know the band only for this album, but it is an awesome album.  The slow, moody and bluesy tunes and the ethereal vocals of Margo Timmins carry me away.  Highlights include “Blue Moon Revisited,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” and of course their cover of Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane.”

49. Vs. by  Mission of Burma (1982)

I first heard this album about 20 years after it was released and it really sounded like a brand-new recording.  Either Mission of Burma were 20 years ahead of themselves or bands today are just catching up to their sound.  This is a must-have for any fan of punk rock.  Favorite’s include “Einstein’s Day,” “Progress,”  and “Train.”

48. Trainspotting Motion Picture Soundtrack (1996)

The music from this film about heroin-users in Edinburgh makes for one of the best soundtracks ever with a good mix of electronic, punk, and Britpop.  Highlights include “For What You Dream Of” by Bedrock, “Born Slippy” by Underworld, and the lengthy instrumental “Trainspotting” by Primal Scream.

47. Emperor Tomato Ketchup by Stereolab (1996)

Another great album by the post-rock band from London.  Highlights include “Les Yper Sound,” “Metronomic Underground,” and “The Noise of Carpet.”

46. Songs For a Hurricane by Kris Delmhorst (2003)

Delmhorst is a singer-songwriter big on the Boston folk scene and one of our favorites to see in concert.  This album is her masterpiece (so far).  Highlights include “Juice & June,” “You’re No Train,” and “Hurricane.”

45. Blind Faith (1969)

This blues rock supergroup only released one, brilliant 6-track album and a tour before seperating, an almost Zen-like moment of perfection.  Favorite tracks include “Presence of the Lord,” “Can’t Find My Way Home,” and “Sea of Joy.”

44. And Then Nothing Turned Itself Out by Yo La Tengo (2000)

This band has it all – great tunes, Mets anecdote related name, and a blue-collar New Jersey work ethic.  I probably should’ve have put all of Yo La Tengo’s albums in this list since this band manages to maintain a distinctive sound while reinventing themselves with every album.  This album captures YLT in a slow, sprawling mood with highlights like “Last Days of Disco,” “Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House,” and “You Can Have It All.”

43. OOOH! (Out of Our Heads) by The Mekons (2002)

This album is a tribute to the public library as I discovered this album and band by randomly checking it out one day.  The Mekons also join Mission of Burma as proof that aging is no deterrent to producing brilliant – if bizarre – punk/post-punk.  This is the first album in this list in which every single song is starred in my iTunes library, but highlights include “Bob Hope & Charity,” “Thee Old Trip to Jerusalem,” and “Only You and Your Ghost Will Know.”

42. Let’s Get Out of this Country by Camera Obscura (2006)

I’m a sucker for ethereal vocalists and Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Cambell singing over a jangly wall of sound gets me every time.  Favorites include “Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken,” “Razzle Dazzle Rose,” the title track and “I Need All the Friends I Can Get.”

41. Beggar’s Banquet by  The Rolling Stones (1968)

The Stones kicked off their five-year period of their best best work with a back-to-basics blues and roots music album which I consider their best ever.  Highlights include “No Expectations,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” and “Street Fighting Man.”  While this is the highest ranking Rolling Stones album in my list, these albums are also worth checking out – Aftermath, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main Street.

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