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Def Leppard, Pyromania, 1983 on Mercury

For me this is one of those albums I loved as a 13 year old, then outgrew for many years (aka thought I was too cool for something…

Pink Floyd, Animals, 1977 on Columbia

What a fantastic album – from the opening note to the closing. I came to Pink Floyd later – not discovering their albums in the sequence they came…

Ray Barretto, Acid, 1968 on Fania

Barretto played with Charlie Parker, José Curbelo and (for four years) Tito Puente. His debut on Fania records, it’s a great boogaloo recording bringing latin jazz to rhythm…

Sunny War, Anarchist Gospel, 2023 on New West

Sunny War, for me, came out of nowhere – I was not familiar with her earlier work though she’s put out 6 previous full length albums (one with…

Peter Buck, I Am Back to Blow Your Mind Once Again, 2014 on Mississippi/Change Records

The follow up to Buck’s self-titled debut release, also on Mississippi Records out of Portland OR. Buck works again here with Scott McCaughey, William Rieflin, Corin Tucker, and…

U2, Lemon (Remixes), 1993 on Island

Lemon was one of the singles from Zooropa – in the era while I was just entering grad school and thus not really following bands or collecting vinyl…

13th Floor Elevators, Flivver, 1988 on World Productions of Compact Music

I first heard Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators on fourth or fifth generation tape copies from friends in the 80s, but didn’t really come to appreciate…

David Bowie, Aladdin Sane, 1973 on RCA Victor

Bowie’s sixth studio album, this was the followup to Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. It features Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, and Woody Woodmansey (aka the Spiders…

Koerner Ray & Glover, The Return of Koerner Ray & Glover, 1965 on Elektra

“Spider” John Koerner, Dave “Snaker” Ray, and Tony “Little Sun” Glover were a Minneapolis blues/folk trio who met at the University of Minnesota and played frequently in Dinkytown…

Nikki Lane, Denim & Diamonds, 2022 on New West Records

Nikki Lane’s fourth full length – her third on New West – produced by Josh Homme. My copy is the purple vinyl edition purportedly limited to 300 units…

Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel . . . , 2012 on Clean Slate / Epic

The full title is The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do but…

Aqualung, Aqualung, 2002 on B-Unique Records

The first decade of the 2000 is not well represented in my vinyl collection. I was fresh out of grad school and not buying much vinyl, nor even…

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Sky is Crying, 1991 on Epic

This was the fifth and final studio album from Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, compiling tracks cut earlier and released more than a year after Vaughan’s death…

Daryl Hall and John Oates, Private Eyes, 1981 on RCA

I thought of this as an early Hall & Oates record, until I checked out their discography, which goes back to 1972’s Whole Oats. Turns out it is…

Bob Dylan / The Band, Before the Flood, 1974 on Asylum

This was the first released live album by Dylan, though of course since then many earlier live recordings have been released. After this came out Dylan went back…

The Mar-Keys / Booker T. and the MGs, Back to Back, 1967 on Stax

The Mar-Keys were the backing band on lots of early Stax records, and had personnel overlap with what became the MGs & The Memphis Horns. Deanie Parker’s liner…

Steve Earle & The Dukes, Jerry Jeff, 2022 on New West Records

Earle’s made a number of “tribute” records: Guy (for Guy Clark), J.T. (for his son Justin Towns Earle), Townes (for Townes Van Zandt), and this one, for Jerry…

Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour, 2018 on MCA Nashville

Musgrave’s fourth album on MCA Nashville, produced by Musgraves with Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, with songs co-written by Musgraves with folks like Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby, Luke…

Various Artists, Big Hits of Mid-America Volume Three, 1980 on Twin/Tone

Technically the first version of this 2xLP set came out in 1979, but my pressing is from 1980. Twin/Tone was concerned about the Yipes’ track “The Ballad Of…

Bob Dylan, Self Portrait, 1970 on Columbia

Another of the “difficult” Dylan albums, which he later himself said was something of a joke, designed to relieve some of the pressure he felt from the sixties…