A life in albums

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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