Last Wednesday I heard a Billy Joel song that I’ve never before heard on the radio. Come to find out that it was Album Side Wednesday on 100.3 FM, and they had just played an entire side of Billy Joel’s Glass Houses album. Album sides all day, woo hoo!
In an earlier posting, I bemoaned the decline of the album in favor of ipod playlists. I love my ipod, possibly more than I love my husband, but I do miss listening to whole albums. So I was quite excited by the prospect of Album Side Wednesday. I did have to work, so I couldn’t listen all day, but I got a good dose of albums in. Here are the ones I remember:
Glass Houses, Billy Joel: only heard the last song, but it took me back to high school. I’m sort of embarrassed to admit this, but Billy Joel was the first person I saw in concert.
Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin: I didn’t have a proper appreciation for Led Zeppelin when they were actually recording their music. All the stoners liked Led Zeppelin and I was a nerd. Not to mention the fact that Stairway to Heaven was always the last song played at dances, and oh yes, did I mention that I was a nerd? But years later when I’m not as much as of a nerd, I can say that Physical Graffiti is a great album.
The Cars, The Cars: I had this album and I can still predict what song was going to come next. I was wishing they could play the other side as well, because there are great songs on the other side too. The popular songs are on side 1, but Moving in Stereo is on side 2.
Rebel Yell, Billy Idol: I almost didn’t listen to this one, but I did because it took me back to my college days. This album was so 80’s! But it’s pretty kick-ass for 80’s music.
Achtung Baby, U2: It’s U2. Do you think I wouldn’t listen? I wasn’t as familiar with this album, other than One. It’s a great album. Listening to the songs that weren’t hits reminds me why we need to listen to whole albums.
Tupelo Honey, Van Morrison: We were eating dinner when this came on, and I must say that this was great dinner music. Which isn’t to put it down as background music, because it deserves more that that. It’s a beautiful album.
Beggar’s Banquet, Rolling Stones: I’m not as familiar with this album as with other Rolling Stones’ albums, other than the super-popular songs like Sympathy for the Devil, but it’s classic.
Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan: Need I say anything? It’s Bob Dylan! It’s Blonde on Blonde! Amazing how much great music that man wrote.
After the Gold Rush, Neil Young: I sometimes find Neil Young’s high voice annoying, but I have to admit, this album has some great songs on it. I especially like Only Love Can Break Your Heart.
Axis: Bold as Love, Jimi Hendrix: Starts out weird but is a great album. Has Little Wing on it, which is one of the all-time greatest songs in the world.
Speaking in Tongues, Talking Heads: I remember exactly when this album came out. I was in college and a friend of mine had it. I loved it from the start and still do.