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Friday, August 8, 2008

Great Albums

Todd and I had a discussion about great albums.  He gave me his ideas, but I was trying to figure out what were the really great albums I knew of.  I focused on the time that I worked at Sam Goody (when I knew music best and wasn't retreated into my little country hole where I am now).  This was long enough ago that we can start to judge.  I worked at Sam Goody from 1994 to 1997, so it was prime music loving age.  UMBC folks, this would be our junior year of high school through our freshman year of college. 

Here are thoughts, although I am not saying these are the great albums of that period, these are the ones that come to mind right off the bat.  Remember, I'm talking full albums, not individual songs, and I'm looking for those that have real staying power....

  • Green Day, "Dookie"
  • Dave Matthews Band, "Under the Table and Dreaming"
  • Alanis Morrisette, "Jagged Little Pill"
  • Oasis, whatever it was called (I hated that album)
  • Hootie and the Blowfish, "Cracked Rear View"

Other ideas?  I also considered No Doubt and a couple others.

As a side note, if you looked at that period in country, it would be Shania Twain, "The Woman in Me," and I can't think of any others that really had a lot of impact.  In fact, that Shania Twain CD was the first country album where I was capable of convincing the manager of Sam Goody to play in the store.

I know there were some big rap/R&B albums out at the time, but for the life of me I can't remember.  Jesse, StephanieA?  You guys worked there then, what do you think?


foxdeath said...

Uh, those are okay and all... but I think it started because I said that I thought U2 Joshua Tree was the best album ever. You listed a couple of good ones, but nothing will ever touch U2 Joshua Tree.

Kim said...

Sorry, not from my era, old man.

Nick said...

The Rat Pack Live at the Sands.

A very well produced (by Quincy Jones) album with Dean, Frank and Sammy.

Kim said...

Also not from my era, old man.

Jaime said...

The Oasis CD was "(What's the Story) Morning Glory". I liked it.

I would definitely add No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom". That was a terrific album.

Nick said...

You kids with your loud music and crazy hair.

Kim said...

I know that lots of folks like the Oasis album. I might have liked it too had I not worked in a record store. It was overplayed. WAY overplayed. It was overplayed on the radio and in our store. I would go into the store and that CD never left the 5-disc changer that we had to play in the store. I begged people to take it out so that I didn't have to listen to Wonderwall one more time. And then I would leave and get in the car and it would be on again. It was like a nightmare.

And then, someone (NOT ME), hid or stole the Oasis CD that we had open in the store. I was blamed because I hated it so much. Who set me up? Probably the girl who was seeing my boyfriend behind my back while I was away at UMBC, but I have no proof of that.

Anyway, if I hear some of those songs, Champagne Supernova, for example, I am taken right back there to that store. That's mostly a good thing these days, I don't give a crap about that chick stealing my ex anymore, and I look back fondly on most of those people (including the ex). So, I guess I like Oasis more now than ever.

But they were certainly overrated and overplayed back then.

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