A great list but …

We did get away for a long full day of travel and friend meetup yesterday. Pro tip – every road that you want to go on in Huron County is under constructions. Particularly north of Bayfield, I was on concession roads that I didn’t know existed! It was a great day highlighted by lunch with some dear friends in Blyth at the Cowbell and getting a chance to see Artist’s Alley in Clinton. Of course, visiting the beaches in Grand Bend, Bayfield, and Goderich was on the itinerary.

Since the dog didn’t come with us, we took the car and listened to XMRadio the whole way. I had had this article in my mind and so the radio was stuck on Classic Rock the entire way. It was amazing to notice so many of the songs in the article being on played.

I also had Marc Hodgkinson on the mind too. Regular readers of this blog will note that I’m following his blog as he counts down the greatest 500 albums on all time, inspired by a podcast.

I couldn’t help but remark on the scope of the two posts – 50 versus 500. So, I focused on the 50 because it was easier. Whenever someone gives you their “top” list, things are always open to scrutiny. In this case, the #1 album in my opinion came in as #2. I couldn’t believe that anyone would put any band above Led Zepplin’s IV but Pink Floyd did. Not a bad choice but not the way that I would have ranked them. The standings are crowd voted so there’s still hope. I know that I checked in.

I came to album collecting late – at university. All the money that I made at high school doing jobs went to a college education. But once I got there, I was inspired by my roommate to get moving. So, we did – he had an awesome stereo in our room and we collected albums in milk crates for vertical storage and protected them with Angel Sleeves. We didn’t also want to collect pops and clicks. Who would have predicted the perfect digital world that we moved to. I still have that collection and pull albums from their to enjoy.

In addition to the album name and descriptor, the author selects a “Key Track”. That’s also up for debate in my mind.

His choices:

  1. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon – Us And Them
  2. Led Zeppelin – IV – Stairway to Heaven
  3. The Beatles – Abbey Road – Come Together
  4. Led Zeppelin – II – Whole Lotta Love
  5. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here – Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Good choices but how about?

  1. Pink Floyd – Money
  2. Led Zeppelin – Rock and Roll
  3. The Beatles – Octopus’s Garden
  4. Led Zeppelin – Ramble On
  5. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

With a list of 50, obviously there would be some cuts. Let me add a quick six to the list.

Strawbs – Hero and Heroine = “Hero and Heroine”

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising – “Lodi”

Guess Who – American Woman – “No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature”

Supertramp – Even in the Quietest Moments – “Give a Little Bit”

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band – Beautiful Loser – “Katmandu”

Oh man, I could keep going.

I thought that it would have been a challenge coming up with the 500 list. But the 50 list just left out some great stuff.

How about you. What would you add to a great 50 list?


OTR Links 07/21/2021

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