Tuesday, November 14, 2006

All-TIME - (Hah!)

Time magazine has followed up its previous lists of the 100 best novels and 100 best movies of all time with its hot-off-the-presses 100 best albums of all time list (which does not rank the 100 but simply lists them by decade). Overall the list doesn't make me particularly angry or overjoyed - for the artists where I know enough of their albums to have an opinion I was non-plussed a few times (Love & Theft is a better album than Time Out of Mind). I am somewhat amused by the token efforts to be inclusive - the odd country album, rap album, jazz album - without really trying (I'd love for one of these lists to someday recognize the genius that is the original score album of West Side Story, or that classical music is put on albums), but that's par for the course.

For posterity's sake, let's see which of the 100 best albums ever I own:

Albums I Have:

Kid A - Radiohead
OK Computer - Radiohead
Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan
Achtung Baby - U2
Nevermind - Nirvana
Out of Time - REM
Document - REM
The Joshua Tree - U2
Graceland - Paul Simon
London Calling - The Clash
Who's Next - The Who
After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Abbey Road - The Beatles
At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan
Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
A Love Supreme - John Coltrane
Kind of Blue - Miles Davis

Albums I Want to Have
Most of these are albums I want to get, either because of stuff I've read about them or because of what I have heard off of them:

Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea - PJ Harvey
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road - Lucinda Williams
Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Horses - Patti Smith
Red Headed Stranger - Willie Nelson
Blue - Joni Mitchell
Moondance - Van Morrison
Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music - Ray Charles
King of the Delta Blues Singers - Robert Johnson
In the Wee Small Hours - Frank Sinatra

Until Whenever


Roger Owen Green said...

I don't know if you'd like Car wheels or not. I do, a lot.

I was playing Blue just yesterday.

EM said...

I was thinking the same thing, Roger. I think it's an amazing album by an amazing artist, but I'm not really sure that it would be Tosy's thing.

Tosy And Cosh said...

EM & Roger - Might not be. But a second listen to your "Americana" discs, Eddie, has been very illuminating. I'm liking some of the stuff quite a bit, and suspect the Williams disc might be in a similar vein. Either way, I'll probbaly get it out of the library before I commmit to purchasing.

And Roger - haven't had the time to post about it yet, but I've been loving your two discs. Lots of great stuff there.

Overworm said...

Tosy, you must get "Songs in the Key of Life", "Born To Run", and both the Sinatra albums. They are all fantastic! And while you're at it, get "Coltrane's Sound" because it's a better album than the great "A Love Supreme".

Thanks for the idea. I just copied your entry on my blog.

Roger Owen Green said...

Overworm - I'm always stealing from Tosy. My post on this topic will be in my blog tomorrow. I don't even bother telling Tosy any more, so let it be our little secret, OK?

Tosy And Cosh said...

Pshaw. Calling this "stealing" is tike calling seeing someone eating a hamburger and deciding to get one yourself "stealing."