Tuesday, March 06, 2012

1969 Albums

The latest poll over at the Expert Witnesses blog is the year 1969. My list:

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy and the Poor Boys
Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline
Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
The Kinks - The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
The Flying Burrito Brothers - The Gilded Palace of Sin
Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis
Fairport Convention - What We Did On Our Holidays
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River
The Band - The Band
Wilson Pickett - Hey Jude
Tracy Nelson - Mother Earth Presents Tracy Nelson Country
The Beatles - Abbey Road
Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking
Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
The Who - Tommy
The Kinks - Arthur
Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker!
Sly and the Family Stone - Stand!
Leonard Cohen - Songs From a Room
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
The Stooges - The Stooges

Notes - I definitely spoke too soon about the Rolling Stones on my 25 favorite albums, although they are a band you admire rather than like.... I talked myself into trading "Blood on the Tracks" for "Nashville Skyline" on that list... I had "Dusty in Memphis" on one of the alternate lists, but I had to listen to it twice to get it up 8th, although 8th on this list is no shame. I making her a project... I was a big Kinks fan for a long time, but I never liked "Village Green Preservation Society" apart from the title song until recently. I thought the songs were too brittle... I hold Robbie Robertson's last twenty five years of producing awful albums (hire a singer!) against "The Band"... I had to assemble Wilson Pickett's "Hey Jude" from his box set and that may have cost it, but 12th on this list is no shame... "Green River" was the first album I ever bought, so forgive me if it's up a few notches... I go way back with Fairport Convention as well... There are a few albums I wish I'd listened to as part of the project, but, seriously, that's a titanic top ten - I don't think another album is cracking it. And none of the above albums is anything less than recommended, although your attention might wander during Sly's "Sex Machine" or the Stooge's "We Will Fall".