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2006 Music Postacular #1: Best Old Albums

December 8th, 2006 Posted in Music

Hey all! I’ve decided to do something a bit different this year. I’ve scribbled down a few (well, five) categories and made lists for each one.

Then, over the next week or so, I’m gonna write a post for each category with my list. Here are the categories:

  • The Best Old Albums I Discovered This Year – stuff I am embarrased to admit I didn’t own before
  • Dirty Pleasure Albums of the Year – stuff I am embarrassed to admit I liked
  • My Favorite Songs of the Year – tunes I couldn’t get out of my head.
  • My Favorite Albums of the Year, Runners-Up (25-11, but in no particular order)
  • and finally, My Favorite Ten Albums of the Year

So, after the jump: the best old albums I discovered this year. Click to see the list.

The Best Old Albums I Discovered This Year

This is a category for old albums that I found this year. Hey, if you haven’t heard it before, it’s new to you! Anyways, most of these albums

are famous enough that anything I could say about them would be redundant, so instead of talking about the records, I’ll explain how I came to

listen to them. One thing I should point out in advance… I download the entire set of Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums of the 70′s from a certain awesome (pink) download site that will remain unnamed, so many of the albums below can be found on that list.

  • Credit: Cody

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    John Cale
    Paris 1919

    After numerous conversations about records in which I realized my knowledge of 70′s pop was severely lacking, I asked Cody to send me an email

    with few albums that he thought I’d like. There was a lot of good stuff on the resulting list; Sparks, Todd Rundgren, Eno, but my far-and-away

    favorite was John Cale’s Paris 1919.

  • Credit: Pitchfork

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    Ege Bamyasi

    A number of discussions of 70′s krautrock in reviews of the Fujiya & Miyagi record inspired me to go back to the Pitchork list and try out the genre. I couldn’t get in to Neu!, but these guys really do it for me. Check out the track “Vitamin C”. Sounds good, sounds perfect.

  • Credit: Fresh Air

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    Bob Dylan
    Blood on the Tracks

    Found this one after a Fresh Air reviewer of Dylan’s new record talked about hearing the song “Idiot Wind” for the first time as a child: “One

    day you’ll be in the ditch / flies buzzin’ around your eyes /
    Blood on your saddle”. That line alone was so gripping I went and listened to this gem; turns out “Idiot Wind” is the standout track, but the

    whole album is great.

  • Credit: Pitchfork

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    David Bowie
    Ziggy Stardust

    I’ve been putting off getting into Bowie for years; his catalogue is so huge and intimidating; not to mention, the

    “Bowie-is-the-greatest-thing-ever” coalition of Annie and Haw in high school kept me away from it for years (kind of like how I refused to see Good

    Will Hunting for years because everyone hyped it up so much, although I’m still glad i did that… OVER-RATED). Anyways, after I got the aforementioned P-Fork Top 100 of the 70s list, I finally decided to give in.

    Ziggy served as a perfect Bowie introductory album; very user-friendly. Top notch glam and great karaoke fodder.

  • Credit: Jesse

    ELO - Afterglow


    Sorry Wu, I credit Jesse as the source of my new E.L.O obsession. Admittedly, “A New World Record” is my favorite E.L.O. album, but Afterglow was a great introduction to the band and a sneaky way to say that I discovered E.L.O.’s entire catalogue this year. Afterglow is a 3-disc box set that nicely chronicles the entire progression of Jeff Lynne and company. Pop masterpieces, one right after the other.

  • Credit: Mom

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    Laura Nyro
    Eli and the 13th Confession

    My mom always talked about how much she loved going to see Laura Nyro in the late 60s, and when I saw Nyro listed among Todd Rundgren’s big influences I decided I should take a listen. This album, which is the first (and most accessible) in her trilogy of records that are considered classics, totes blew my mind. I’m really looking forward to disecting the next two, which I understand are far darker. Thanks Mom!

  • Credit: Heather / SXSW

    One Beat

    One Beat

    I’m at the first show of SXSW ’06, listening to Sleater-Kinney bang out a few tunes from their newest album, “The Woods”. Things are sounding good, and the week is already looking like a success. Suddenly, Carrie kicks her right leg four feet in the air and the girls roll into the song “O2″. Corin howls “I wanna run away / I wanna get away / But I will never get up … I didn’t know / I could feel this low”. The sound seems to explode off the concrete walls of the crappy little warehouse in which we’re standing; I turn to Heather, my eyes wide, and I yell as loud as I can: “What fucking album is this on?!?!”. She just smiles and says, “One Beat.”

  • Credit: Pitchfork


    Pink Flag/Chairs Missing/154

    I’ve been meaning to listen to Wire for a while now; I think the final straw that made me finally delve into their legendary late 70′s trilogy was when I read that Field Music described themselves as “Wire meets the Beach Boys”. I went back to my Pitchfork Top 100, and lo and behold, all three albums are on that list. I didn’t really understand that Field Music comparison after listening to Pink Flag, but it started to make more sense as I moved on to Chairs Missing and 154. That’s one of the things I love about these records; how different they are from one another. I’m lucky that these three records are available in one box set; this way I can cheat, and put all three on the list. Picking just one would be way too hard.

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