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October 10, 2009

Best Year For Songs?

Neat little question from Waveformless, Have you ever noticed that some years seem to produce an awful lot of really good albums while others produce virtually none? What’s your favorite year for music based on the releases that came out during that time? For pop music, my guess, on this morning, would be 1979. Sure, […]

Neat little question from Waveformless,

Have you ever noticed that some years seem to produce an awful lot of really good albums while others produce virtually none? What’s your favorite year for music based on the releases that came out during that time?

For pop music, my guess, on this morning, would be 1979. Sure, I was a kid then, but there was some great music around and I had just started to develop some sense of “taste.” Everyone one of the tunes on the list below I would happily listen to again, right now.

Beautiful Girls – Van Halen
Boogie Wonderland, Earth, Wind and Fire
Cars – Gary Numan
I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats
I Need A Lover – John Mellencamp
Is She Really Going Out With Him? – Joe Jackson
Life During Wartime – Talking Heads
London Calling – The Clash
Message In A Bottle – The Police
Rock Lobster – The B-52’s
We Are Family – Sister Sledge

It was also a big year for ABBA, Pink Floyd, AC/DC. Led Zeppelin and a breakthrough year for Dire Straits. And, it’s the year Kenny Rogers released The Gambler! Interestingly Ry Cooder released Bop Till You Drop that year, which was not only a great album, but also the first digitally recorded album released by a major label. Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through “The Secret Life of Plants, was also an early digital recording, a seminal work in the history of recorded synthesisers and something of an underrated classic.

OK, so for Jazz, it wasn’t that great a year. The one shining moment though, was Birdland by Weather Report, a huge hit in every way.

Responses
Jason 13 years ago

Off topic I know Fernando, but I’d love to see a critique/review of the following albums if you get a chance:

http://www.myspace.com/bifrostarts

http://www.myspace.com/sojournrecords

fernando 13 years ago

Jason, I’d love to review those two albums. Problem is, I was not even aware of their existence, let alone having listened to them

However, they look like the sort of thing I might find rewarding, so I will check them out.

Jason 13 years ago

I hope you enjoy them. There is also some great music here: http://www.hatfieldmedia.com/audio-content/ , I highly suggest Ben Sollee and Jaime Barnes, you might like the Tiemann trio too, not perfect clarity, but hey it’s live recordings and it’s free. Thanks for your blogging Fernando, it’s an encouragement to me.

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