There’s evidently a meme going around (or perhaps Terry Teachout is trying to start one) called Seven Albums to Know Me By….
I just picked the first seven that came to mind…but I bet if I thought about it a long-g-g-g-g time, it wouldn’t look much different:
The Impressions The Vintage Years (1958-72, released 1977)
The greatest album ever assembled and the history of Black America from the late 50’s to today…in 28 impeccable sides.
The Go-Go’s Talk Show (1984)
Well, it did save my life. Funny: Beauty and the Beat, which I’ve listened to far more often, wouldn’t tell you a thing about me. Art is funny that way.
Elvis Presley From Elvis in Memphis (1969)
Not even really the cream of the greatest vocal sessions ever recorded. But programmed as its own kind of perfection…and “Long Black Limousine” carries E’s you-lookin’-at-me-lookin’-at-me-lookin’-at-you-lookin’-at-me ethos, evident as far back as the Sun sessions, to its natural conclusion. Living in two minds and observing one’s self from afar–these things I am in touch with.
The Persuasions: Chirpin’ (1977)
The greatest album cover. The music? No words. Nothing defines you quite like that which leaves you speechless.
Al Green The Belle Album (1977)
He brought me safe thus far…through many drunken country bars.
My spiritual autobiography even though I’ve never been near a drunken country bar. Art being funny again.
The Four Seasons Story (1962-70, released 1975)
Absurdist high harmonies and drums loud enough to lock the world out. If you know that much about me, you know me very well. There have been greater collections on CD, but this was there when I was in survival mode.
The Byrds Greatest Hits (1965-66, released 1967)
If not for this…who knows about the rest?
(If seven had been ten: Shangri-Las ’65, War Greatest Hits, Dusty in Memphis).
…and now back to the Democratic Primary Season! bwahahahahahahahahaha!