I’ve been thinking about great albums, or albums that I’ve really like (which is not necessarily the same thing). Some titles have come to mind, and then I can’t remember them. I’m starting this thread to keep track of these titles, and also discuss the albums. We can also discuss the qualities that make a great album or one that you really like.
By the way, I realized that for most of my life a great album was one where I liked most, if not all the songs. The flow of the album from song to song and the way each song worked together to create a cohesive whole weren’t criteria I thought much of, at least not consciously. (Well, I doubt that I did.) As an example, I liked Def Lepard’s Pyromania for this reason. Basically, I thought of a good album similar to a “best of” album.
In any event, here are some albums I really like:
- Steely Dan–Aja
- Steely Dan-Gaucho
- Donald Fagen–Nightfly
- Brand New Heavies–Shelter
- Arrested Development–3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of…
- Frank Zappa–Guitar
- Brian Blade Fellowship–Perceptual
- Logan Richardson–Shift
- James Francies–Flight
(* Trying to focus on albums within the past 30 years)