Friday, May 15, 2009

Most memorable albums list

Here's a picture of one of my favorite Christian rock albums of all time- Whiteheart's "Freedom" circa 1989.

I recently participated in a survey about contemporary music. I was asked to list my ten favorite albums. I listed them, but I classify them as my most memorable rather than favorite. Memorable here doesn't necessarily mean your most cherished, but rather albums that resonated with you in a particular way at a particular time. I listed the following:

In no particular order-

1. Metallica: The Black Album
2. The Clash: London Calling
3. The Police: Reggatta de Blanc
4. Guns and Roses: Appetite for Destruction
5. Nirvana: Nevermind
6. DC Talk: Jesus Freak
7. Rich Mullins: A Liturgy, a Legacy, & a Ragamuffin Band
8. Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast
9. Whiteheart: Freedom
10. Petra: Not of this World

What are your most memorable albums?


Frontier Forest said...

I would have to say all of the following wonderful Elton John albums. I think he is very cool!
1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
2. Friends
3. Empty Sky
4. Captain Fantasy
5. Blue Moves
6. Madman Across the Water
7. Peachtree Road
8. Captain and the Kid
9 My Fellow Companion
10. My Favorite Friend

Reepicheep said...

oh dude...please tell me you're joking?

Zach said...

Frontier, you crack me up! Tony, I can go along with the Police and GNR . . . good stuff.

Here's mine (also in no particular order):

1. Van Morrison: Moondance
2. Beatles: Rubber Soul
3. Sundays: Static & Silence
4. Innocence Mission: Glow
5. James Taylor: One Man Dog
6. Alison Krauss: Now That I've Found You
7. Frank Sinatra: Close to You
8. Ella Fitzgerald: Complete Song Books
9. Tannahill Weavers: Best Of
10. Lenny Kravitz: Let Love Rule

Rick Calohan said...

Top Ten Influential Albums… hmmmn flashing back to my yoot on the planes of Missourah.

10. John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy
9. Led Zeppelin – Zeppelin IV
8. Van Halen -1984
7. Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA
6. Pink Floyd – The Wall
5. Paul McCartney & Wings – Band On The Run
4. Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison
3. Elvis – Pure Gold
2. Paul McCartney & Wings- Wings Over America
1. The Beatles – Abbey Road

Frontier Forest said...

I gave you 5 minutes to respond and I did indeed laugh out loud! I knew my questionable comments and a poor attempt at humor, showing favoritism towards either Mrs. or Mr. Elton would raise concerns among the covenant brethren! Actually, can’t remember the last time we bought or even played a CD. We only listen to the Oldies 50’s & 60’s music on Serious satellite Radio. You see, we are very old and I lost interest in rock music when the Beetles came out with “Revolution!”

Reepicheep said...

I wanted to put Folsom on there, it's definitely top 20 for me, but I really only came to appreciate John Cash like a person should about 10 years ago. Pathetic, I know. Similar sentiments about James Taylor.

Frontier Forest said...

The only rock star that hits my chimes more than Elton John is the wonderful and extremely talented Barry Manalow. I think he is really a cool dude! Like me, Barry just gets better with age!

Reepicheep said...

Zach, you should come here Nathan Clark George Sun. night. He's got a James Taylor-esque sound and approach. He's doing experimental stuff to boot.

Frontier Forest said...

Tony, my partner Keith wanted to know where Led Zeppelin is on your list?

Todd said...

Here's my mixed up list of memorables:

- Star Wars/Close Encounters - Charles Gerhardt/National Philharmonic Orchestra
- U2: Under a Blood Red Sky
- REM: Life's Rich Pageant
- Gustav Holst: The Planets - Andre Previn/National Philharmonic Orchestra
- The Best of the Doors
- Pink Floyd: The Wall
- Rich Mullins: Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth
- Yes: 90120
- Whiteheart: Freedom
- Michael Card: The Life

And that includes nothing from the last 15 years, when my musical tastes broadened. I also have strong memories of certain Christmas albums, but I ran out of room.


Reepicheep said...


Led Zeppelin's first album (1969) is significant and listed as a top album of all time in numerous lists. Personally though I am not a big Zeppelin fan. Not my style. I acknoweledge their pioneering influence and importance, but I'm pretty partial to my decade- the 80's and beyond.

The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album is usually listed at the top of most album lists but I really don't like the Beatles either.

Music is such a subjective thing.

Hough said...

I can agree with Guns N Roses, Jesus Freak and Nirvana.

Only other three I'd list are

1. Counting Crows - Across a Wire
2. Caedmon's Call - 40 Acres
3. Caedmon's Call - Just Don't Want Coffee

Anonymous said...

As a big fan of Classical and Jazz today would need many more but the most memorable albums would be from my youth, in no paticular order:

Jefferson Airplane-"Surrealistic Pillow"
Cream-"Disrael Gears"
Beach Boys-"Pet Sounds"
The Doors-"The Doors"
Jimi Hendrix-"Are you experienced"
Judy Collins-"In My Life"
Moody Blues-"Days of Future Passed"
Big Brother & The Holding Co.-"Cheap Trills"
The Beatles-"Rubber Soul" & "Abbey Road"

Steve B>

William said...

Memorable albums to me (for reasons listed next to the selections) are as follows . . .

1. Keith Green: The Ministry Years (Volume 1): I know he was Arminian and legalistic (at least early on) but he really did impact me in many positive ways)
2. Keith Green: The Ministry Years (Volume 2): "Grace by Which I Stand" and "How Majestic is Thy Name" are incredible.
3. Michael Card: "Present Reality": Rich Theological truths, beautifully presented lyrically and melodically.
4. Beach Boys" Endless Summer: Wore this album out in my childhood
5. Peter, Paul and Mary: 10 Years Together: First time I heard "Blowing in the Wind," I wept like a baby. The harmonies are tight, rich and beautiful.
6. Traveling Wilburies: THE BEST GROUP OF ALL TIME -- "End of the Line" and "Handle with Care" are songs that I never tire of hearing.
7. ABBA Gold: I am a man and I am straight but I cannot get enough of "Dancing Queen."
8. Carpenter's Gold: Karen had THE greatest singing voice of ANY female EVER (and let me reiterate that I AM A MAN AND AM STRAIGHT)
9. Elton John: Love Songs: In case anyone missed it in the previous two listings -- I AM A MAN AND I AM STRAIGHT!!! LOL!
10. Judy Garland: Live at Carnegie Hall: Let me say one final time without equivocation, secret evasion or mental reservation -- I AM STRAIGHT AND AM A MAN (although I am single and 41! I am OPEN to blind dates with any single women you know! LOL!).

There are many, many others I love. My ZUNE has everyone from John Denver, Fred Aistaire, Paul Robeson, Brittney Spears, Led Zeppelin to the Beatles on it. I like music and once again (for the record) . . . I LIKE WOMEN!!! Feel free to throw harassing banter and witty comments my way. It will take the heat off of Tony for loving such a despised sport as soccer and a despised team such as the yankees (written in lower case out of disrespect to the team). Well this "Macho Man" has got to go. I am heading to the "YMCA."

Zach said...

Thanks Tony, and I'd love to come tonight, but my daughter's birthday party lasts all evening. Maybe next time. Thanks again.

jeff said...

Yes, but do you have the Whiteheart live video? I'll have to dig it out of my parents' attic. I saw them perform live way back when. fun stuff!