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.
The brand new Jane's album. It's starting to grow on me.
Key Tracks: Irresistible Force, Twisted Tales, Words Right Out Of My Mouth
One of my favorite albums of all time.
Key Tracks: Three Days, Then She Did, Classic Girl, etc.
The first Jane's album was a live record. It's brilliant.
Key Tracks: My Time, Trip Away, 1%
A box set of Jane's rarities. 3 CDs and 1 DVD in a beautiful wooden cabinet. Includes the fan video, Soul Kiss, and all of the band's music videos.
Key Tracks: City, Ripple, L.A. Medley, etc.
Another new release from this week. Really, really digging this one.
Key Tracks: Midnight City, Wait, Reunion
The very first Hendrix album. Classic.
Key Tracks: Purple Haze, Manic Depression, The Wind Cries Mary, etc.
Released in 2010, this beast compiled some unrelease recordings from Hendrix and The Experience.
Key Tracks: Valleys Of Neptune, Sunshine Of Your Love, Bleeding Heart
My Dad is a HUGE Sinatra fan, so I also have lots of Ol' Blue Eyes in my collection on vinyl. Just watched a live Hendrix video last week where he played some of the melody to Strangers In The Night in a guitar solo.
Key Tracks: Strangers In The Night, Summer Wind, All Or Nothing At All
Found this baby for 50 cents at Goodwill the other day. I always see it in my Dad's record collection and remember hearing it all the time as a kid.
Seriously, buy these two songs right now.
Key Tracks: Blue Jeans, Video Games
A brand new 6-song EP that collects some leftover tracks from 2011's Ninth sessions.
Key Tracks: Gaslit, Rosehunter
Another of my favorite records of all time.
Key Tracks: Red Hill Mining Town, With Or Without You, Where The Streets Have No Name
Had to pull this out after hearing that a couple of brand new Mazzy Star tracks are being released on Halloween. 1996's Among My Swan was their last album, so it's been a long, fifteen-year wait!
Key Tracks: Flowers In December, Take Everything, Disappear
The very first album from The Mats.
Key Tracks: Careless, Johnny's Gonna Die, Customer
Campbell's farewell album. One of my favorites of the year.
Key Tracks: Any Trouble, Ghost On The Canvas, A Better Place
The Australian band's fifth album.
Key Tracks: Already Yesterday, Myrrh, Happy Hunting Ground
Aw man, another classic.
Key Tracks: God Only Knows, Sloop John B, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Caroline No, etc.
Bowie's puts Ziggy Stardust in the grave with the final show of that tour back in 1973.
Key Tracks: Wild Eyed Boy / Young Dudes / Pretty Things (medley), Time, My Death
The debut album from the former singer of Oasis, Liam Gallagher.
Key Tracks: The Beat Goes On, Wind Up Dream, The Morning Son
Three-quarters of Bauhaus. The 1985 debut.