TEN OF MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS

For those not decrepit enough to know…I mean vinyl records.

Not sure who started this;Scarlet, perhaps? Whatever…here we go.e

I don’t have release dates for all, but you can probably find them on Youtube.

Back in the 50s I was keen on rock n roll  and short on pocket money…many of my favourites were 78 rpm singles. Like Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lot o’ Shakin’ ”

And we had a cabinet stuffed with my parents’ show tunes and classics. Yes, I played them, too, but here, for your delectation, are MY TEN. In no special order.

Dave Brubeck’s “Time Out” was released in 1959, I think, and I might have got that as a present.I wanted it because “Take Five” was on it.

Frank Sinatra put out  “This is Sinatra” in the mid 50s and I bought it about 1960.

Scott Engel, still known as Walker in the mid 60s, released “Scott Walker” his classic(I think) solo album, featuring Jaq Brel  songs, among others. Over the years he has   changed his style, but still has the voice.

The soundtrack of “Pal Joey” was something I taped (Frank Sinatra, see!) on reel-to-reel and then, one day about 30 years ago, I was mooching in a junk shop and saw the record. For about the price of  2 cups of coffee it came home with me.

Like Sinatra, Cole Porter was a big part of my younger years and Porter albums and those of Noel Coward shuffled back and forth between my parents’ collection and mine.

I’ll move closer to “modern” music now. Anyone else like The Eagles? Today, we have CDs, but I did have one vinyl disc – the “Witchy Woman” LP.

Bob Dylan. Oh yeah. The Man still has “Blood on the Tracks”  and I think we doubled-up on the 1967 “Greatest Hits.”

I’ll leave you with one more…”American Flyer.” Only around for a couple of years, but I have a nostalgic attachment to it.

So…you might be wondering why there is no Presley in my list? I couldn’t stand him! If he’d stayed Down South and stuck to blues  I might have.

I had a few Buddy Holly singles; good dance tunes in the days when shoulder throws were “a thing.” Never bought an album though.

I should have mentioned “Carmen” as it was my favourite opera. No idea whose recording we had at home!

OK, kiddies, you can wake up now. The rest of you,totter off to your armchairs for a nap…I’m going to!

 

23 thoughts on “TEN OF MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS

  1. I’m not fond of Elvis either, and Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis is also one of my favourites! AND I do have a Buddy Holly Album, which maybe should have made it to my top ten.
    The credit for this meme must go to Razzle Dazzle Jon!
    Sx

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    • Yes. And I wish I’d kept all those 78s which are now playable again on some modern machines. A friend in London had a set of Beniamino Gigli 78s. He offered them to me and I ,silly girl, suggested the B BC might like them. Two weeks later, he collapsed and died and his son threw all those records into the dustbin!

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  2. Vinyl seems to be on the way back to judge by the number of mentions of shops specialising in it in articles puffing off places to live or to visit.

    My father had a huge and varied collection but my contributions were Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Paul Simon and the Rolling Stones….plus Samantha by Kenny Ball and his jazzmen. Needless to say mother cleared out the whole shebang when he died.

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    • Oh! I ought to have put S and G in my list. I still have some and play them
      It’s sad when someone’s collection is ” cleared out” I feel the same way about books.I want them to go to loving homes!

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      • She did the same with books, though I managed to salvage some of them….when I asked her why she didn’t tell me she said she thought I would not have room for them all….at that stage we had a four storey house in France….and there is always room for bookshelves!

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  3. I’m with you on most of these (and have exactly the same feeling about Elvis), but I am no fan of Mr Dylan (nor the Eagles, truth be told). Give me Cole Porter, Noel Coward and Rodgers and Hart any day! Jx

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  4. Great list! I actually know most of them from my parents collection. I love the Eagles. Years ago, on a road trip through the Southwest, I played my Eagles Hell Freezes Over almost everytime that I drove. My friends started complaining.

    Then we drove into Winslow, Arizona, blasted on Take It Easy, and sang out:

    Well, I’m a standing on a corner
    in Winslow, Arizona
    and such a fine sight to see
    It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed
    Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me
    Come on, baby, don’t say maybe
    I gotta know if your sweet love is
    gonna save me
    We may lose and we may win though
    we will never be here again
    so open up, I’m climbin’ in,
    so take it easy…

    Happy Halloween!

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  5. Up until this most recent move, I have carried around a huge box of vinyl. It’s been years upon years since I’ve had an implement on w which to play that lovely vinyl, however. When we had our estate sale before moving here, I finally let the vinyl go. Reading this, I feel nostalgic but I just know that box would still be unopened and in the crawl space doing no one any good. I hope whoever bought the vinyl is actually listening to it from time to time.

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    • Oh! I well understand that! When we were packing to move to Australia I went through the vinyls…and then went through again and kept quite a few! I do have a record player, but it’s a bit of a hassle to get it out, plug it in…But now that the “office” is not home to Mustang parts I might set it up in there next time I have to use the printer…

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