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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…

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…

Dylan, Dylan, 1973 on Columbia

This was the album Columbia famously released without Dylan’s authorization after he signed with Asylum Records. (He would release Planet Waves and Before the Flood on Asylum before…

Willie Nelson & Webb Pierce, In the Jailhouse Now, 1982 on Columbia

i love a good Willie Nelson tribute album or duet album: San Antonio Rose with Ray Price, For the Good Times (a tribute to Price), the tribute album…

Various Artists, Footloose: Original Soundtrack of the Paramount Motion Picture, 1984 on Columbia

So in 1984 I’d have thought myself too cool for the Footloose soundtrack: Kenny Logins and Deniece Williams? But I also would have secretly loved it (as I…

Fugees, The Score, 1996 on Columbia / Ruffhouse

Very hard to find original pressings of this – my copy is a 2021 reissue. This is an absolute must have, alongside The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which…

Willie Nelson, Stardust, 1978 on Columbia

Probably my favorite Willie Nelson album. Produced by Booker T Jones – Nelson using his newly found creative control to follow successful outlaw country records with a bunch…

Willie Nelson, Red Headed Stranger, 1975 on Columbia.

This was the follow up to Shotgun Willie, and was a commercial and critical breakthrough as Nelson moved away from RCA (with two albums on Atlantic in between)…

Willie Nelson, Always On My Mind, 1982 on Columbia.

I had always thought that “Always on My Mind” was a much older song than 1982 – and it turns out it is. It was recorded by Brenda…

Leonard Cohen, Songs of Leonard Cohen, 1968 on Columbia

You don’t often find Leonard Cohen LPs in record stores as people tend to hold on to them to the end. Even if you haven’t had a turntable…

Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Almost Blue, 1981 on Columbia

Recorded in Nashville, this is Costello’s covers album of country greats – including Hank Williams and George Jones. I love Costello in his Americana / roots / country…

Weather Report, I Sing The Body Electric, 1972 on Columbia

Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Miroslav Vitous, Eric Gravatt, and guests, in a foundational fusion album from the early 70s. This was their second album after a self-titled debut….

James Blood Ulmer, Free Lancing, 1981 on Columbia.

A happy and accidental find at Academy Records in New York. Ulmer had played on several Ornette Coleman releases before going out on his own – this was…

Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin’, 1964 on Columbia

My copy (via Beverly Coin & Jewel) is a later reissue – the red and gold Columbia labels from the seventies rather than the “2 eye” version in…

Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, 1963 on Columbia

Makes sense following Llewyn Davis and Billy Bragg to have an early Dylan album – definitely one of my favorites and an iconic cover. This is from the…

David Bromberg, David Bromberg, 1971 on Columbia

To me, David Bromberg is a hidden gem – he’s not exactly unkown, but people don’t realize just how great so much of what he’s recorded is. This…

Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde, 1966 on Columbia

Dylan’s catalog is so extensive and so amazing it’s hard to keep track. Most of it just feels like it’s always just been there – part of the…

Simon & Garfunkel, Bookends, 1968 on Columbia

I’m not sure there are any missteps anywhere in the Simon & Garfunkel songbook (or even across Paul Simon’s solo work), but if there is it isn’t on…

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, and Steve Stills; Super Session, 1968 on Columbia

Really one of the opening salvos in the “supergroup” trend of the late sixties and early seventies, after Al Kooper left Blood, Sweat & Tears and Stills was…

Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, 1965 on Columbia

This was actually one of the first Dylan albums I heard end to end, so I was glad to find a good copy at Looney Tunes II in…