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Desert Island Albums

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Astral Weeks – Van Morrison

Van Morrison was borderline starving and homeless when he pulled together this album. This album is its own genre of music.  One of the most beautiful albums ever constructed. The poetry is ethereal. His childhood flows out of his subconscious like a winter flurry. The first and best of many stellar productions by Van the man!


Cheap Thrills – Big Brother and the Holding Company

This is arguably one of the best live recordings of all time. BBHC in their absolute prime. Janis Joplin lays down some positively breathtaking vocals. Slathering a blues drenched soul ripping blues cry. The lead guitar tears a lot of the songs to shreds. Complete chaos knife mind distortion. Nothing complicated, just hard grunge psychedelic blues.


Best of Buddy Miles – Buddy Miles

Where should I start? I almost didn’t put this one up, because it’s a treasure to me. I’ll make this a simple explanation. Buddy Miles was one of the funkiest drummers in the 70’s. Now match that with him having a voice that has the soul of an angel and the anger of the sun. Some of the most amazing blues session guitarists laying down world bending licks (Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix), that maintain that old black blues feel even with their speed and intensity. This is my favorite funk album of all time.


Legends of Acid Jazz: Boogaloo Joe Jones – Boogaloo Joe Jones

Boogaloo is one of the most interesting jazz guitarists. He lays down continuous licks. The whole album is filled with spontaneous guitar melodies that he masterfully shifts and invents. This is really clean jazz. But anyone listening can instantly tell it’s a masterful creation. The drumming is phenomenally funky throughout, really subtle and groovy. The sax has a way of tricking your ear, syncopating in a way you don’t expect. Boogaloo Joe steals the show though. He is a phenomenal guitarist. On a completely different level then most guitarists.


Apostrophe – Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa is weird. I don’t expect anyone to like him immediately. A lot of really good music needs to be listened to more than once to understand the craft. This is one of those albums. Instrumentally his band is very sharp and compositions are complicated and interesting. Frank Zappa is a really excellent guitarist, and maybe an even better composer. One would think he doesn’t take the music seriously with songs about stink foot, Eskimos shoving yellow snow in people’s eyes, and saint alfonso’s pancake breakfast. But the contrary is true, the music is great, once the listener gets past reveling at the oddities. When ever I’m sick of what I’m currently listening too, I always throw in Zappa. He never gets boring.

For those searching for groovy music.

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Amazing Albums:

Terry Reid – Riverriver

Terry Reid got offered the position of lead singer for Led Zeppelin, but turned down the offer and recommended Robert Plant for the job. It’s a good thing, because Terry although not going platinum like Led  Zep, was able to squeeze out some really  groovy music tailored, composed perfectly for his own rustic taste and amazing voice.

Derek and the Dominos – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs


I know most of you  have heard the song Layla. I skip over that song when listening to this album. This is Clapton at his very best. Groove city. With  Duane Allman on slide guitar. There was a lot of heroin and heartache going on during the creation of this puppy. You can here the pain in the music. Clean groove, heroin blues. Great album.

Herbie Hancock – Inventions and Dimensions


This is my favorite jazz recording.  Turn it up loud and listen hard and it  can be like sniffing a line of coke, zone out and chill with some wine or a joint and it can be like snow flowing on a lazy day . Herbie is masterful. A+ album, no doubt, if you don’t like jazz you should still give it a listen.

The Congos – Heart of the Congos


Wow, WOW, how do you describe such a tribal masterpiece, really a sonic groove time machine to an island dimension. Its  a dub dream. This is the best reggae album of all time, hands down. Granted it might not be as easy listening as Bob Marley, it is just groovier on sooo many levels. Oh and how about that for an album cover, one of the best.

Can – Ege Bamyasi


This is indie-psychedelia from the 70’s. Really creative and trippy.  Some songs are combilations of  8 hour long jams recorded during acid trips.  But everything is solid and has a really nice groove. They got a nice fringe-punk sound going. Check it out if your into experimental music, or good music in general.