Music picks when you’re not likely going anywhere
Two of my good friends from KAFM 88.1 Community Radio, Jimmy the Kid and Toddler Woods, are asking listeners for their marooned-on-an-island top 10 recordings for their show during next week’s fund drive.
Several years ago, I wrote about a desert island top 5 and had a tough time making up my mind. I seriously doubt it will be any easier this time. For the sake of this column, I am not going to look at my old list until I finish this one. These are in alphabetical order.
Allman Brothers. “Live at the Fillmore East” — Quite possibly the finest live recording ever made. Everyone in this band was under the age of 25 at the time of these shows and their performances were spot on. Just listen to the interplay between bassist Berry Oakley and drummer Butch Truck on “Done Somebody Wrong.” Their seamlessly played rhythm is the perfect backdrop for Duane Allman’s incredible slide guitar. In my opinion, this was the crowning achievement for this band.
Beatles, “White Album” — Ringo recently said that the Beatles were finally playing like a band again when they recorded this record. The album’s 30 tracks are all over the map, but to me that is the beauty of the recording. I think it is a true snapshot of the entire Beatles repertoire on two LPs.
Dire Straits, “Dire Straits” — This is the album that started it all for me as far as Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler are concerned. When this LP was released, I was working at Smokestack Records and Frank Elenz, one of the storeowners, said at the time that the band was a cross between JJ Cale and Bob Dylan. That was a good comparison to start with, but Dire Straits was and are so much more than that.
Bob Dylan, “Blood on the Tracks” — This was billed as Bob Dylan’s “comeback” album by the critics when it was released in 1974. Now it is considered to be one of his very best as each of the 10 songs is a classic.
Eagles, “On the Border” — This was my least favorite Eagles album when I first heard it. Coming on the heels of the band’s classic “Desperado,” I was at first very disappointed. It is now hands down the most listened to Eagles CD I own.
Led Zeppelin, “Led Zeppelin” — This is one of the very first LPs I owned and made an impression on everyone in my family in 1970. That included my mother, father, two younger brothers and baby sister. My parents hated it. I loved it and my siblings didn’t understand it. That’s rock ‘n’ roll.
Van Morrison, “Moondance” — This incredibly beautiful and soulful record is just one of many all-time classic recordings from a man who has the largest and highest quality resume in the history of rock music. “Caravan,” “Into the Mystic,” “And It Stoned Me,” “Crazy Love” and the title track make up just half of my favorite Van Morrison record.
Neil Young, “On the Beach” — I could make a top list of just Neil Young records for this list. As of right now, though, this is my favorite. Following “Tonight’s the Night,” one of his most depressing recordings, “On the Beach” was his redemption record and contains three of my favorite Young songs of any era.
Santana, “Santana” (third album) — This band set rock music on its collective ear when it debuted in 1969. Its first three albums are spotless, but the third album is my very favorite and one I am always listening to.
Who, “Who’s Next” — Pete Townshend’s synthesizer dominated homage to the 1960s is quite possibly my very favorite rock ‘n’ roll recording. It just depends on the day. “Who’s Next” has a bit of everything, from “Behind Blue Eyes” to “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”