Playing To An Audience Of One (Album). Before, Was I Ever So Young? (Single).
It contains 35 of Young's songs recorded between 1966 and 1976, among them five tracks that had been unreleased up to that point. It peaked at No. 43 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, and was certified platinum by the RIAA in 1986.
Jimi Hendrix: Have You Ever Been (to Electric Ladyland), 1968. Chosen by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics). I was 16 in 1968 when Jimi Hendrix came out with Electric Ladyland. The opening of that record – the way And the Gods Made Love goes into this song – blew my mind. It was just the weirdest sound of guitar, almost like a sonic experiment, but very beautiful. Megan Thee Stallion is a female rapper from Texas and this is my favourite track from the album she dropped a few months ago. It’s a strip-club song: my friends and I twerk to it. Every single party, it’s guaranteed to get the girls moving. I first heard it in the summer, when I was 17 or 18, and I’d never heard music like it before – it was just so pretty. When the sun’s out, problems don’t seem as bad. You wake up and you feel I can tackle this.
The album was also about an artist taking control over her own narrative, after releasing records that asked the audience – and the press – to like her. RO. 8/40 Led Zeppelin IV (1971), Led Zeppelin. Millennials coming at this album can end up feeling like the guy who saw Hamlet and complained it was all quotations. Jimmy Page’s juggernaut riffs and Robert Plant’s hedonistic wails set the bench mark for all subsequent heavy, hedonistic rock. But it’s worth playing the whole thing to experience the full mystic, monolithic ritual of the thing.
Before "I'm Eighteen," Cooper was just another hairy rock oddball. But this proto-punk smash defined the age when, in Cooper's words, you're "old enough to be drafted but not old enough to vote. A few years later, Johnny Rotten sang this at his audition for the Sex Pistols; by then, Cooper was a guest on The Muppet Show. I went to see Foo Fighters when I was off in Texas," Clarkson said, "and the first thing Dave Grohl said to me was, 'I love that song!'
Album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Perhaps one of the best album openers of all time, Five Years crescendos beautifully. A sparse fade in introduces a few verses set to piano, chronicling the panic that accompanies news of Earth’s imminent demise. Bowie crams in details, mostly focusing on the people. The time is five years to go before the end of the earth. It has been announced that the world will end because of lack of natural resources.
This 1973 album was influenced by Curtis Mayfield and Sly Stone. Even if you don’t like jazz but you love funk and soul, you’ll likely enjoy this one. At one point, Head Hunters was the best selling jazz album of all time. Be warned though, there is experimentation happening here. Still, the funky drums should keep you driving forward. I was 17, and I was driving my Subaru Legacy Wagon in the rain. I drove the car to my grandparent’s house, and put it on. It was only about a five-minute drive, but I ended parked outside of their house, the windshield wipers swatting away rain - the album blaring. I sat in the driveway until the album ended, and, well, music was never the same for me. It’s a composition, released in 1959, that is often considered the definitive jazz album. Honestly, there are some jazz purists who probably would die if they found out our generation was unfamiliar with it.
That sweet soul music? If so, here are 10 classic soul records you absolutely need to hear. Ain’t That Good News (1964) was the last studio album released before he died. Having recently negotiated a new contract with RCA, Cooke had more control in choosing the music he recorded and which backing musicians to use; this control results in one of his most critically acclaimed albums and signaling a more mature direction. Brace yourselves for one of the greatest live shows ever recorded, performed by the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. As Brown was mainly focused on recording singles in the ‘60s, most of the albums from this period are hodge-podges of previously recorded material wrapped around whatever single was a hit at the time making Live at the Apollo (1963) his first significant album. Recorded in 1962 at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater, it stayed on the album charts for 66 weeks!
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