Chaos of Memories – Unpacking 60 essential LPs

Chaos of Memories has been on hiatus since our first post…so in order to get the juices flowing, and to finish unfinished posts on Leonard Cohen and Little Feat, plus a planned post on Frank Sinatra and Mob-baiting as Red-baiting….I present to you, in no particular order and selected randomly by scanning my shelves and crates (so usually one or two per crate then back ot the beginning til I get to 60 – thus not repeating artists except for one occurrence) – these are the 60 records that are on the heaviest rotation in the Chaos of Memories household – hopefully each of these will become a post as I have time to update the blog now and again. – Note, this blogger’s taste is not completely covered by this list – for example there may be an album here that is not my favorite by a given artist, but the pressing I own is the best, or I don’t own the album on vinyl – often CD or what not..Also, for some I posted the whole album because individual songs weren’t available… Note: I will be adding to this as I go through my collection…this post can be revisited. I have noticed that there is all of one album from the last 10 years.

1) Willie Nelson “Stardust”

2) Taj Mahal “Natch’l Blues”

3) The Band “Rock of Ages” (live)

4) Bob Dylan “Blood on the Tracks” (Dylan has been wiped from Youtube, sorry comrades)

5) Grateful Dead “Live Dead”

6) Jennifer Warnes “Famous Blue Raincoat: Songs of Leonard Cohen”

7) David Bowie “Hunky Dory”

8) Bruce Springsteen “The Wild, The Innocent and the  E-Street Shuffle”

9) Brian Eno (Eno) “Here Come the Warm Jets”

10) Patti Smith “Horses”

11) Beach Boys “Smile/the Smile Sessions”

12) Genesis “Foxtrot”

13) Led Zeppelin “Presence”

14) Television “Marquee Moon”

15) Dire Straits “Brothers in Arms” (yup)

16) Simon and Garfunkel “Greatest Hits” (Japanese Pressing with different tracklisting)

17) The Replacements “Let it Be”

18) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “Southern Accents”

19) Chet Baker “My Funny Valentine” 

20) Cannonball Adderley/Miles Davis “Something Else”

21) John Coltrane “Blue Train”

22) Ornette Coleman “Shapes of Jazz to Come”

23) Curtis Fuller “The Opener”

24) De La Soul “De La Soul is Dead”

25) Talking Heads “Talking Heads 77”

26) Queen “Sheer Heart Attack”

27) Magnolia Soundtrack (Aimee Mann/Supertramp)

28) Natural Born Killers Soundtrack (compiled by Trent Reznor, best soundtrack/mix ever – and first vinyl record I bought which went unplayed for years – I just loved the movie and album cover) –

29) The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street” (since we’ve already covered Beggar’s Banquet)

30) The Kinks “Muswell Hillbillies”

31) The Beatles “Revolver” (Not the shitty digitally mastered re-issue, original pressing, scratchy and lovely)

32) Gang of Four “Entertainment”

33) Rod Stewart (Yeah, that guy, his first few albums are brilliant) “Every Picture Tells a Story” (for real this is a masterpiece)

34) Guns ‘n Roses “Appetite for Destruction”

35) Flaming Lips “Soft Bulletin”

36) MGMT “Oracular Spectacular” (only good pop music of the last 5 years that I own on vinyl)

37) Mercury Rev “Deserter’s Songs”

38) Neil Young “On the Beach”

39) The Pixies “Doolittle” (Mobile Fidelity)

40) Ween “White Pepper” (Check this classic Trey Parker/Matt Stone directed video)

41) Pavement “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain”

42) Beck “Odelay”

43) Little Feat “Dixie Chicken”

44) Leonard Cohen “The Future”

45) Jimi Hendrix “Axis: Bold as Love” (MONO)

46) Elvis Costello “Armed Forces”

47) The Who “Direct Hits” (B-sides/Rarities Compilation)

48) Kate Bush “Hounds of Love” (out of left field?)

49) Van Morrison “Astral Weeks”

50) Sly and the Family Stone “There’s A Riot Goin’ On”

51) Funkadelic “Maggot Brain”

52) Bert Jansch “L.A. Turnaround”

53) Velvet Underground “Loaded”

54) Lou Reed “New York”

55) Wu Tang Clan “Wu Tang Forever” (Chaos of Memories prefers this to 36 chambers for its elegance and pretension, remembers buying it and thinking to myself – the Pink Floyd of Hip Hop)

56) Frank Sinatra “The Concert Sinatra”

57) Nina Simone “Nina Simone in Concert”

58) Roy Orbison “The All Time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison”

59) Joni Mitchell “Court and Spark”

60) Creedence Clearwater Revival “Willie & the Poor Boys”


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