If you were deserted on an island for the rest of eternity....
Have you ever thought about your all-time favorites albums? I know that album releases have changed a lot since the vinyl record came out, but there are still many bands out there releasing full records instead of just singles. Coldplay, Foo Fighters, The Strokes, Adele, etc. These are artists that regularly release full albums. Even the Chili Peppers have a new album that just came out. Took them long enough! The point is: young or old, "the album" still stands as a standard in the music business. Maybe not for all genres today, but for those artists who seek a record contract, or just want themselves on a shelf somewhere, the album persists.
The album has always driven my musical tastes. I'm the guy who buys an album from his favorite band/artist (Bruce) and listens to it all the way through. Then three more times, until I feel it, breath it. Until I could give a lecture on the intracies of its rhythms, emotions and the story it tells. Yes, if you must know, I love concept albums. The story which binds a set of songs together creates synergism more powerful than any one song could affect released alone. Context is key. Timbre, intensity and rhythm come in a close second to emotion, which can make or break an album. If the story told comes from somewhere real, then it's a story worth telling and definitely worth the ten to fifteen dollars for the album. Buy it, listen to it, feel it come alive (Frampton is good at that...) and pass the music along to a friend.
If I had to pick my top ten favorite albums of all-time, the albums below are the ones I'd ask for if deserted on a island in the middle of the Caspian Sea, or stuck on the moon (thank you Andy Kaufman) never to escape. What are yours?
I limited myself to one artist/band per slot and the albums are in no particular order, except for #1 which is my absolute favorite album.
10. The Royal Scam - Steely Dan
9. Seeds - Martin Sexton
8. Sittin' In - Loggins & Messina
7. A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
6. Hejira - Joni Mitchell
5. Graceland - Paul Simon
4. Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
3. Festival - Santana
2. Night Moves - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
1. Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen
Share any favorite albums with DJ Kaminsk? Tune into Monday Night Bromance from 7-11pm on 93.5 FM or WVBR.com, and hear from the albums listed above. Or hear them live!