In the age of digital music, we tend to skip through albums, listening to one or two tracks - missing some of the deeper cuts that may be brilliant. I am a big fan of the album format, and love to experience the entire album the way the artist intended. Listening to one or two songs is like randomly reading a few chapters of a book and expecting to understand the completed work.
Like any music lover, I love to share what I'm listening to and discover some new things from friends. Here's my playlist for this week. Please put your lists in the comments below, or interact at the Life On This Planet Facebook Page.
My favorite Bowie album.
Key Tracks: Sweet Thing, We Are The Dead, 1984, Big Brother, etc.
Gram's first solo album.
Key Tracks: Still Feeling Blue, A Song For You, How Much I've Lied
Recorded shortly before his death. Amazing album.
Key Tracks: Return Of The Grievous Angel, In My Hour Of Darkness, Love Hurts
The debut from Pearl Jam. I remember buying this the day it came out at Zia Records in Tempe, AZ. Haven't listened to it in a long time.
Key Tracks: Black, Alive, Release
This album sold almost a million copies in its first week. A pretty diverse sophomore record.
Key Tracks: Elderly Woman Behind The Counter, Daughter, Rearviewmirror
The brand new Wilco LP. Don't have a fully-realized opinion yet.
Released in 2011, this will apparently be the final R.E.M. studio album. A fantastic farewell.
Key Tracks: Uberlin, Oh My Heart, Mine Smell Like Honey
Their final album on the I.R.S. label. Some really amazing stuff on here.
Key Tracks: Finest Worksong, It's The End Of The World, The One I Love
A collection of b-sides, covers and rarities.
Key Tracks: There She Goes Again, Toys In The Attic
The new Death Cab album. Didn't like it so much the first times, but it's starting to grow on me.
Key Tracks: You Are A Tourist, Home Is A Fire
Peter Gabriel-era Genesis. Worth getting just for the phenomenal cut - Time Table.
Key Tracks: Time Table
Picked this one up on vinyl the other day.
Key Tracks: The Musical Box
His third solo album.
Key Tracks: Games Without Frontiers, Biko
I remember buying this when it came out - I still have the original CD long box sitting here somewhere! Recorded as a tribute to the late Mother Love Bone singer, Andrew Wood.
Key Tracks: Hunger Strike, Say Hello 2 Heaven
Reed's eighth album. Springsteen makes a guest appearance.
Key Tracks: Street Hassle
I've been digging this band and their debut album released this year.
Key Tracks: Shook Down, Get Away, The Wall
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