Album Challenge Day 10: Hard Times in Babylon by Eliza Gilkyson

Let’s start be acknowledging the misogyny in my previous 9 picks. Not a single woman in the bunch. During my formative years I did not listen to many (really any?) female musicians. Part of that is due to the era. There weren’t a lot of opportunities for women in the music business, and especially beyondContinue reading “Album Challenge Day 10: Hard Times in Babylon by Eliza Gilkyson”

Album Challenge Day 9: How Did You Find Me Here by David Wilcox

Year’s ago, a good friend took me to see David Wilcox on tour. I think it was for my birthday. He was playing at the old Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. I hadn’t heard of him, but she siad she knew I would like him. I absolutely love this album. It’s a “no skipper” for me.Continue reading “Album Challenge Day 9: How Did You Find Me Here by David Wilcox”

Album Challenge Day 8: The Grand Illusion by Styx

In the early and mid-1980s, my two best friends and I were kind of stuck in the 70s with our much of our music taste. There wasn’t much of the current pop music that we were listening to, and we were definitely not into the very popular heavy metal, big hair bands of the time.Continue reading “Album Challenge Day 8: The Grand Illusion by Styx”

Album Challenge Day 7: Slant Six Mind by Greg Brown

Greg Brown has this deep baritone voice, which upon first listen, one might think is pretty rough. But, the more you listen, you realize that though deep, his voice is quite expressive and delicate with a melody. He writes songs in a wide array of styles from straight up blues to sweet ballads. The songsContinue reading “Album Challenge Day 7: Slant Six Mind by Greg Brown”

Album Challenge Day 6: Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty

Did anybody write better pop/rock hooks than Tom Petty? He just made it look so easy. Full moon fever was Petty’s first album without the Heartbreakers as his band, though Heartbreaker guitarist, Mike Campbell played on the album. Also on the album was Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and George Harrison. That’ll do. This album isContinue reading “Album Challenge Day 6: Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty”

Album Challenge Day 5: Inside by Bill Morrissey

I had a difficult time choosing between two different Bill Morrissey albums. I ended up choosing “Inside” over the other consideration, “Standing Eight.” I think overall, “Standing Eight” is a better album, certainly the one I listen to more. However, Inside has a cover of Dave Van Ronk’s “Hang Me Oh Hang Me,” on whichContinue reading “Album Challenge Day 5: Inside by Bill Morrissey”

Album Challenge Day 4: Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen

This album. This fucking album. When I was a junior in high school, one of my history teachers and wrestling coaches loaned me a copy of this album. He warned me that this is not the Bruce Springsteen you know from “Born in the USA” which came out after Nebraska and still getting significant radioContinue reading “Album Challenge Day 4: Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen”

Album Challenge Day 3: Graceland by Paul Simon

Graceland was kind of a comeback album for Paul Simon. Though, such an iconic songwriter maybe didn’t need a comeback. His previous album, Hearts and Bones, had not done well. Graceland was released the fall of 1986. It won the 1987 Grammy for album of the year. The South African vocal group Ladysmith Black MambazoContinue reading “Album Challenge Day 3: Graceland by Paul Simon”

Album Challenge Day 2: The Nylon Curtain by Billy Joel

I think this was the last album I owned on vinyl in the BCDE (Before CD Era). It came out in 1982. My two best friends gave it to me for my 16th birthday (in 1984). For 20+ years I had a box of vinyl (years after I had a working turntable) in the basement.Continue reading “Album Challenge Day 2: The Nylon Curtain by Billy Joel”

Album Challenge – Day 1 U2 Joshua Tree

You know the album cover challenge that has infected Facebook like a virus? Well, I’ve been infected. Thanks Jeff. I do enjoy seeing friends’ 10 essential albums in the development of their musical taste. It’s like a poorly developed pop culture personality test. However, find it frustrating that part of the challenge is to notContinue reading “Album Challenge – Day 1 U2 Joshua Tree”