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#86 - Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. (1984)

As I was growing up, we had a kind of high concept novelty record in our house by a group called Big Daddy.  The premise was that they were a prototypical 50s vocal group who had been stranded in the jungle for three decades, and who reemerged in the 80s singing contemporary hits of the day in a 50s style.  1,291 more words

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#87 - Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979)

There’s a kind of coldness to this album–an obdurate sheen of perfectionism born, I suppose, of fulfilling both the technical rigors of progressive rock and the sense of unapproachable vastness surrounding arena-appropriate mega-pop.  1,032 more words

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#88 - Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison (1968)

This is an album I’ve always thought of as being of more theoretical–or at least extra-musical–interest than one that’s actually all that enjoyable to listen to.  1,268 more words

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#89 - Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis (1969)

In my most recent entry, I permitted myself the indulgence of situating the album in question (Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book) in the context of a lengthy anecdote about the music that was played at my wedding.  1,185 more words

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#90 - Stevie Wonder - Talking Book (1972)

When you’re as music-focused as I am, the music that will be played on your wedding day takes on a great deal of importance–even above and beyond things like food and clothes and the guest list. 1,427 more words

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#91 - Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

Well, there’s been an awful lot of Elton John albums on this list, and this was the last of them. It’s been more edifying than I expected (rewarding being too strong a word), but I can’t say I’m all that sorry to be done.  1,074 more words

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#92 - Buddy Holly & The Crickets - 20 Golden Greats (1978)

For most of my life, I’ve been too much of a musical control freak to be much of a radio guy, particularly since my tastes rarely correspond with most radio station formats (the crap shot diversity of college radio being the rare exception).  1,384 more words

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