A Life in Albums

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Forgotten moments of a memorable life

My memory is shot. There are gaps every where I look, and I can’t fully understand how I got here. I run into people that I believe I’ve met before – but I have no accessible memory.

To help me rebuild my memory, my idea is to write album reviews that will relate to a year of my life, 1958 until today.

The reviews may be more about me than the music. It’s mostly to help me keep track of a life that has taken turns I did not expect.

I think that every year had great albums, and I will try and highlight them, but the greatness of the album won’t be what drives my choice. (see Green Onions for example) Sometimes the albums will be stunning, sometimes shocking, there are the albums I heard, or didn’t hear until recently, but they will be a soundtrack for me to rebuild a memory.

1958: – Billie Holiday | Lady in Satin

1959:- Ray Charles  | The Genius of Ray Charles

1960:- Elvis Presley | Elvis is back – 1960

1961

1962:- Booker T. & the M.G.s   | Green Onions   –  1962

1963

1964

1965

1966:- The Beatles | Revolver

1967:- The Monkees | Headquarters

1968

1969

1970:- Moody Blues | A Question of Balance

1971:- Janis Joplin | Pearl

1972:- Yes | Close to the Edge

1973:- The Wailers | Catch a Fire

Pink Floyd  | Dark Side of the Moon

1974

1975:- John Martyn | Sunday’s Child

1976:- Stevie Wonder   | Songs in the Key of Life

1977

1978

1979:- Talking Heads | Fear of Music

1980:- Dead Kennedys | Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

1981:- Gil Scott-Heron | Reflections

1982:- Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five | The Message

1983

1984

1985:- The Pogues  | Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash   – 1985

1986

1987

1988:- The Sugarcubes | Life’s Too Good – 1988

1989

1990:- Sinead O’Connor  | I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got   – 1990

1991

1992

1993:- Bjork | Debut

1994

1995

1996

1997:- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | The Boatman’s Call

1998

1999

2000:- The Avalanches | Since I Left You – 2000

2001

2002:- The Flaming Lips   | Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots   –  2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008:- Vampire Weekend | Vampire Weekend

2009

2010:- Sufjan Stevens | The Age of Adz

2011:- Julianna Barwick   | The Magic Place   –  2011

Iron and Wine   | Kiss Each Other Clean   –  2011

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