What are the best album values out there? If you are going to spend money for full albums, which ones present the best value for your buck? What are the best albums of all time?
I know fully that this is a completely subjective exercise. Nonetheless, I do have a few favourite albums that are worth the cost in my view.
I am also aware that each album could also be downloaded for free using P2P software and an internet connection. It is my firm belief, however, that that proliferation of illegal downloads has exacerbated the problem of many crummy songs being produced (pretty much for the past fifteen years or so). Many modern songs are simply samples of older songs that already became successful. It is far cheaper to reproduce an good old sing than to produce a new good one.
Don’t get me wrong, there are many talented artists out there today. The problem is that songs are being sold by entities like ITunes that profit off the artist development costs of record companies that develop this talent in the first place, and, in turn, do not pay for any of these costs themselves. Pete Townsend, of The Who, calls them “digital vampires“.
Clearly, with no development monies, the crop of new and up-and-coming artists could suffer. In the same article, Pete Townsend suggests free downloads, computers, software, and bandwidth to new and upcoming artists to be provided for by Apple.
This whole scene is really complicated to me, and I think that is best left to the record companies and Pete Townsend to resolve. What I do love is good music.
I have to state, emphatically, that any vinyl record is better than any CD release (as long as it is in pristine condition and that you have a decent turntable and amplifier). If you are lucky enough to find any of these releases in pristine condition on vinyl – buy them! You will not be disappointed.
Here are a couple of albums in my opinion that represent Best Buys (on vinyl firstly, on CD secondly, or as an MP3 download thirdly). I present them in no particular order as I love them all:
The Beatles – Revolver
Maybe the best rock album of all time. Not too much Paul, not too much John, with some George and some Ringo. They moved, with this album, beyond the traditional pop happy rock of their earlier years and into a more mature, confident realm. The melodies are wonderful, imaginative and fun. I especially love “Here, There and Everywhere”, “She Said She Said”, “Good Day Sunshine”, “And Your Bird Can Sing”, and “Got To Get You Into My Life”. With that being said, there are NO weak tracks on this album. It is an absolute gem of an album, and a musical monument to change from rock pop to rock maturity.
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
This is an album about loss. The thing with Pink Floyd is that you either love them or you don’t. I am not trying to convince you to love Pink Floyd, I only ask that you give it a listen. Everyone has lost something dear to them. I think that this album will connect with anyone who has faced loss. It is not the type of album that you listen to one track of and then move on. It is meant to be heard in its entirety. Give yourself 45 minutes or so to listen to it and don’t move. This will be 45 minutes well spent, and perhaps the best time you have ever spent contemplating loss. A beautiful album worth buying.
Led Zeppelin 4 – AKA Zoso
This is an awesome album. It totally rocks all the way through. You can’t go wrong buying this classic. It will keep you playing air guitar all the way through. Who can forget the last song of the night at school dances – “Stairway to Heaven”? This is such a classic album.
New Order – Low Life
This is a truly remarkable album. It is part Joy Division and Part New Order – melancholic and fun-melancholic at the same time. The lyrics are incredible and the sound will keep you entranced throughout. Peter Hook outdoes himself here, with bass lines that will blow your mind. Arguably, New Order’s best album of all time. I own it on vinyl.
The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
Perhaps the best album ever by The Smiths. Morrissey and Marr at their finest. All songs are unforgettable. I especially love “The boy with the thorn in his side”, “The Queen is Dead”, “Cemetary Gates”, and “Bigmouth Strikes Again”. In any case, this is a terrific album worth owning.
In short, I feel that it is important to support the bands that you love and the companies that helped develop them. With no development, there is little talent being brought to the forefront for all of us to enjoy. Buy the albums that you love because they deserve it.
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Author: Jason Milburn Google