Wow. Could we be more condescending to a younger generation by shoving a piece of antiquated technology in their faces and being disgusted by their ignorance? While we’re at it, why don’t we just tell them all to get off our lawn?
I think “Moondance” is a fine album, but in my opinion, it’s been lionized to the point where it obscures a large part of his catalog that really deserves better. Personally, at least two of the songs (“These Dreams of You” and “Caravan”) sound positively anemic next to their far-superior live versions on “It’s Too Late to Stop Now.” That kind of kills the buzz of the original album for me. But I still love the album. Just not as much as “Veedon Fleece,” “Astral Weeks” and a few others.
Where is “You Win Again,” his collaboration with Linda Gail Lewis? Not exactly Van’s finest hour, but it’s fun, rollicking album that deserves some love here. You included “Irish Heartbeat,” so I know that collaborations are part of the list.
A lot of bold choices, and as someone who is hopelessly in love with Veedon Fleece, I couldn’t be happier with its place at the top (I would have been perfectly happy with Astral Weeks in that slot – they’re both masterpieces).
Personally, I think It’s Too Late To Stop Now – quite possibly my all-time favorite live album – should at least be in the top ten. It’s Van at the peak of his powers, in my opinion.
I also am a huge fan of The Healing Game. I feel like it’s the last truly amazing album Van made and should be ranked a lot higher. The songs are mostly great and the production is impeccable. But different strokes for different folks.
Morrison was born in 1945. In 1967, he was 22, not 19.
“Southpaw Grammar” is Morrissey’s best album? Huh, what? I agree that it’s underrated, but…no.
I would put “Kill Uncle” last. Two, maybe three good songs (Our Frank, Sing Your Life, King Leer), and a whole bunch of filler. The ultimate sophomore slump.
I would also put “You Are the Quarry” WAY higher, probably at number three. It’s not perfect, but it’s a stunning comeback album. Any album that has Come Back to Camden, I Have Forgiven Jesus and You Know I Couldn’t Last on it deserves more praise.
I was a decent-sized U2 fan from “Unforgettable Fire” through “Achtung Baby” (and yes, I too found most of “Rattle and Hum” obnoxious), but after that I got tired of the fact that they were everywhere, all the time. This list may give me reason to reexamine their catalog. I also think that “Pop” is a pretty amazing album. I remember listening to it a lot when it first came out – part of the attraction, for me, was that it was a solid attempt to try something new and not take themselves too seriously. Their pretentiousness always rubbed me the wrong way, and “Pop” was a fun diversion.
The performance is incredible, and the song itself is really, really good.
Nice. I would have liked to have seen “Mule Variations” and “Alice” in the top five, but overall, I like this. Good to see “Nighthawks at the Diner” get some love.
And while it may be true that Waits has yet to make, in your words, an “irrefutably perfect album,” Rain Dogs comes pretty close. That album is responsible for an enormous shift in my musical tastes when I first heard it back in 1986.
Paul Weller covered “Birds” quite nicely – it’s on his covers album, “Studio 150.”