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The Hunkered Down "Playlist"

Mother’s Day fell this year on the weekend after I finished my last album entry for this project, and as usual I drove with my family up to my hometown to visit my Mom.  4,541 more words

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The Big Recap

Okay, well, it’s been more than a week since I laid the primary work of this project to rest, and I find I’m dragging my heels on getting through this final round of posts intended to tie it all up and imply that it has all meant something.  4,438 more words

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The Top 100: An Obligatory Recap

Throughout my project, I’ve paused for a moment at the end of each group of 100 to reflect a bit on what came before: to pick out a favorite, a least favorite, to come up with some simple statistics. 908 more words

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#1 - The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

“It was twenty years ago today” are the famous opening words of this album.  They have also, here at the very top of this list, served as something of an organizing principle of my thinking over the past three and a half years working through these five hundred (plus) albums.   4,224 more words

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#2 - The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds - (1966)

I remember as a kid listening to a friend of my father’s rhapsodizing about how much Roy Orbison’s music had meant to him in his youth.  3,420 more words

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#3 - The Beatles - Revolver (1966)

It’s nice, in its way, that all the albums in the top five hover around a specific period of time, and all speak to each other in more or less direct ways.  3,176 more words

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#4 - Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

God, it really is almost absurd how great this record is.  I enjoyed hearing Blonde on Blonde so much a few weeks ago that I briefly entertained the possibility that it might be Dylan’s finest album.  2,823 more words

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