My top 10 Favourite albums: Recap and observations I think this is the first time that I've participated in on of these "top 10" lists. I did so that I would 'force' myself to start writing in this blog again regardless if people were to read my blog posts or not. I just wanted to get into the habit of writing again if only in short bursts. Are all of the records that I mentioned on my list necessarily ones that I would take with me on a deserted island? Nah. But they are records that I have been around at some fairly significant periods of my life and when I thought about them brought enough "oh, yeah! That one!" to where I just put them down. I also wanted to follow some self-imposed criteria that went something like this:Read More
Top 10 favorite albums
Sorry (not sorry) to disappoint those who thought that this list was going to be all Prince or all funk or so-called "urban" music. This list, I might add, is also not in any particular order but as I think of them. Another requirement for a record to make my list is that it's gotta be one that I can mostly listen to from top-to-bottom. It's gotta be a story, that's what records were (cough) "back in my day" (insert old-guy voice).Read More
I know that this is a series of "favorite" albums but I think that I should call it my top 10 most influential albums. The albums on this list of mine did not only shape my formative years as a young musician but also influenced the way that I showed up in the world. "1999" comes in third on my list.
Look, Prince was to my 12-year-old self in 1982 what Bruno Mars or Beyonce is to kids of a similar age today. I'm certainly not comparing their talents but the extent of their popularity. And, its really worth mentioning that although "1999" makes the list it's also everything happening in MPLS; The Time, Vanity 6...the first glimpses into the Purple Universe, like the Marvel Universe with a 23-year-old Prince at the helm.
"1999" to Prince from the garage rock of "Dirty Mind" to (then) high-tech electro funk and threw off the shackles of the 3-minute pop song. "1999", an 11 song double album doesn't have a song on it under 4 minutes but rarely was I even close to bored. Songs like "Automatic", "Let's Pretend We're Married" and "International Lover" spoke loudly to my curious adolescent self while "D.M.S.R", "Lady Cab Driver" and "All the Critics Love You in New York" attracted the budding young funkateer.
Since I'm a bass player and you may be reading this directly from my blog I should mention something about the role "bass" plays on this record. It's almost more about the way bass isn't played. The bass is a sound or feeling supplied either by the bass guitar or synth and is never on display. Nothing is ever on display save for vocals. Everything other sound is a support player in a larger story. Take a song like "1999" where you only hear the groove in solid lock with the kick from on beats 1 & 3, the same on "Little Red Corvette". "Lady Cab Driver" is a great example of that MPLS "rumble" where the percussive aspect of the bass, the 'non-notes' are what make it so greasy, so funky. What isn't played is just as, if not more important than what is!
I didn't really understand music aside from that I liked what I heard. I was a pretty serious reader at that time with an imagination active enough to let me create a new set of images every time I heard a song that I liked, like directing music videos.Read More