If you get a chance, please read my initial post (“Start Here“) for a glimpse into why I decided to write an album review blog in the first place and maybe begin to understand the diversity in my choices for review. I would love to foster and encourage a deep love of music in my grandchildren and hope that these entries will survive me to guide them towards developing a sense for what I believe to be excellent, worthwhile and enduring. Again, your preferences may be entirely at odds with mine but, you know what? – that is just fine. In fact, it’s wonderful, because then I may have an opportunity to introduce you to a band, and album or a song that cracks open that door a little and expands your ability to appreciate the wide , infinite universe that is music.
Here are 25 albums that I will not review on this blog site because they are so intrinsically important to me that I don’t want to even start trying to analyze or squeeze them to reveal their secret hold over me – I will just continue to play them over and over until the day I shuffle off this old earth to my heavenly reward where, I am totally convinced, music will continue to play a huge role in my enjoyment of God, family and life.
- Artist: Various
- Title: Rick’s Recommended 25
- Released: 2020
- Format: Cassette, Vinyl, CD, FLAC, Streaming
- Genre: Various
- Beverage of Choice: Whatever brings a smile to your dial and a skip to your step
In no particular order and no rating/ranking implied (I love them all):
|Physical Graffiti||Led Zeppelin||1975|
|A Night at the Opera||Queen||1975|
|The Wall||Pink Floyd||1979|
|Van Halen||Van Halen||1978|
|The Joshua Tree||U2||1987|
|Live and Dangerous||Thin Lizzy||1978|
|Stop Making Sense||Talking Heads||1984|
|Dire Straits||Dire Straits||1978|
|News of the World||Queen||1977|
|Couldn’t Stand the Weather||Stevie Ray Vaughn||1984|
|Stephen Stills||Stephen Stills||1970|
|Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band||The Beatles||1967|
|Sound of Silver||LCD Soundsystem||2007|
|In Through the Out Door||Led Zeppelin||1979|
|Heaven and Hell||Black Sabbath||1980|
|Use Your Illusion II||Guns N’ Roses||1991|
|Mixed Up||The Cure||1990|
|Wish You Were Here||Pink Floyd||1975|
Wow, that was tough! There are at least another 25 albums that could make this list on any given day. I love listening to albums from start to finish but, with the amazing capabilities of Plex, I also love ‘on-the-fly’ playlists, jumping from artist to artist and genre to genre as mood dictates.
This is a hobby/passion that is endlessly fascinating and infinitely rewarding; there is always some new artist, new album/old-album-that-I-never-heard-before to discover and enjoy. Join me on the journey and let music take you to unexpected and exciting places.. whenever you like and wherever you are!
6 thoughts on “25 Reasons to Love Music”
Good call to not review ‘A Night At the Opera,’ that album has been talked about way too many times!
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Nice to see LCD Soundsystem show up! Such an under-appreciated band…deeply layered and complex music. Great list!
Thanks Jonathan! Yeah, I think James Murphy is a genius, been listening to his stuff for a long time.
Excellent choices – and yes there could be another 25 (or 250). Also no accident that Physical Graffiti, Night at the Opera, and Wish You Were Here are all 1975…a special year :-p
Thanks Max, so much great music we’ve shared over the years! ’75 was a good one, admittedly, you picked a good time to join us 🙂