Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Lost Art of Making a Full Album

What ever happened to the days gone by when people made a true "complete" work that REALLY meant something!? What happened to the love of the craft? Have we really become that far removed from making music so full and enlightening as 12 or so consecutive tracks that are true works of art to be proud of? Perhaps artists and producers of today are more focused and interested in the cash. Viable excuse I suppose. It's still no excuse for slacking on full works as opposed the 2 or 3 "hits" per album and forcing your fan base to sift through some of the garbage that has been put out.

"Only sick music makes money today."
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

For those of you out there who are jonesing for refreshment here are some gems. Listed here are a few albums, that in my humble opinion, have magical qualities and leave you weeping for more.

If you like them fantastic! If not, I suppose that's OK too. If you haven't heard them, give them a chance at least. Don't be afraid of the unknown. It's got so much potential, mystery, imagination and most of all intrigue. So dig the tunes and be happy.
Let me know what you think!

- Amon Tobin: Bricolage

- Amon Tobin: Supermodified

- Amy Winehouse: Back To Black

- Beastie Boys: Ill Communication

- Beck: Odelay

- Ben Harper: Fight For Your Mind

- Bloomfield, Kooper & Stills: Super Session

- Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited

- Bob Marley: Live @ The Rainbow Theater

- Bob Marley: Live!

- Booker T. and the Mgs: Green Onions

- CCR: Bayou Country

- Chemical Brothers: Brother's Gonna Work It Out

- Cinematic Orchestra: Man With a Movie Camera

- Citizen Cope: The Clarence Greenwood Recordings

- Connie Price & The Keystones: Wildflowers

- Daft Punk: Homework

- Danny Breaks - Music For Martians & other Extra Terrestrials

- Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out

- De Facto: Megaton Shotblast

- DJ Shadow: In Tune & On Time

- Dr. John: Gris-Gris

- Dr. Octagon: Instrumentalyst Octagon Beats

- Duke Ellington: Money Jungle

- Eric Clapton: Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert

- Fatboy Slim: Better Living Through Chemistry

- G. Love & Special Sauce: G. Love & Special Sauce

- Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich: Krupa & Rich

- Gill Landry: The Ballad of Lawless Soirez

- Gomez: Bring it On

- Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs - Dirt Don't Hurt

- Jerry Garcia & David Grisman - Shady Grove

- Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsy's

- John Hammond: Wicked Grin

- Led Zeppelin: IV

- Lee Perry & Mad Professor: Super Ape Inna Jungle

- Mark Ronson: Version

- Masada String Trio: the Circle Maker (Issachar)

- Medeski, Martin & Wood: End of the World Party

- Morphine: Like Swimming

- Nina Simone: Remixed & Reimagined

- Nirvana: Unplugged In New York

- North Mississippi Allstars: Shake Hands With Shorty

- Old Crow Medicine Show: O.C.M.S.

- Pi: Soundtrack

- Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

- Portishead: Dummy

- Propellerheads: Decksandrumsandrockandroll

- Rage Against the Machine: Rage Against the Machine

- Requiem For a Dream: Soundtrack

- Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raising Sand

- Roots Manuva: Dub Come Save Me

- Rusty P's: Out of Many

- St. Germain: Tourist

- Steven Bernstein: Diaspora Soul

- The Allman Brothers: Eat a Peach

- The Beatles: Abbey Road

- The Beatles: Let it be

- The Beatles: White Album

- The Black Angels: Passover

- The Clash: London Calling

- The Doors: LA Woman

- The Doors: Waiting For the Sun

- The Dust Brothers: Fight Club Soundtrack

- The Grateful Dead: Workingman's Dead

- The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Orange

- The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik

- The Velvet Underground: Loaded

- The Word: The Word

- Tim Armstrong: A Poet's Life

- Tom Waits: Real Gone

- Underworld: Dubnomasswithmyheadman

- Various Artists: I Am Sam Soundtrack

- Various Artists: Kansas City Soundtrack

- Various Artists: Red Hot And Riot (Fela Kuti Tribute)

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