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Okay, here it is! My number one most influential album!  It took the whole rest of the list, but Elton has appeared yet again! I have listened to this album easily more than any other I have ever owned. In fact when it first was released I played it so much I put skips in the LP! Luckily for me I graduated high school that year and a friend got me a copy for a graduation gift. So I had a new skip free LP to start wearing out! I also have the album on CD and on my iPod. I never tire of listening to it.  Here is some background on this wonderful album;

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is the ninth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1975. It debuted at number 1 on the U.S. Pop Albums chart, the first album ever to do so, and stayed there for seven weeks. It was certified Gold on 5/21/1975 and was certified Platinum and 3x Platinum on 3/23/1993 by the RIAA.
Written, according to lyricist Bernie Taupin, in chronological order, Captain Fantastic is a concept album that gives an autobiographical glimpse at the struggles John (Captain Fantastic) and Taupin (the Brown Dirt Cowboy) had in the early years of their musical careers in London (from 1967 to 1969). The lyrics and accompanying photo booklet are infused with a specific sense of place and time that would otherwise be rare in John’s music. John composed the music on a cruise ship voyage to the U.S.
In a 2006 interview with Cameron Crowe, Elton said, “I’ve always thought that Captain Fantastic was probably my finest album because it wasn’t commercial in any way. We did have songs such as ‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight,’ which is one of the best songs that Bernie and I have ever written together, but whether a song like that could be a single these days, since it’s [more than] six minutes long, is questionable. Captain Fantastic was written from start to finish in running order, as a kind of story about coming to terms with failure—or trying desperately not to be one. We lived that story.”
While John was known for his rather elaborate or lavish packaging of his albums, Captain Fantastic may well have topped all previous releases. The original LP included a “Lyrics” booklet, curiously beginning with a lyric for “Dogs In The Kitchen” that was never completed and not on the album’s lineup, and another booklet called “Scraps,” which collected snippets of reviews, diary entries and other personal memorabilia of John and Taupin during the years chronicled on the album. It also contained a poster of the album’s cover. (credit:Wikipedia)

Again with this album, so hard go pick a few favorite tracks, but these stand out; Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Better Off Dead, and Curtains. All I can say about this album is go and experience it! Listen and enjoy! It is definitely worth your time!  :D

Okay, here it is! My number one most influential album!  It took the whole rest of the list, but Elton has appeared yet again! I have listened to this album easily more than any other I have ever owned. In fact when it first was released I played it so much I put skips in the LP! Luckily for me I graduated high school that year and a friend got me a copy for a graduation gift. So I had a new skip free LP to start wearing out! I also have the album on CD and on my iPod. I never tire of listening to it.  Here is some background on this wonderful album;

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is the ninth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1975. It debuted at number 1 on the U.S. Pop Albums chart, the first album ever to do so, and stayed there for seven weeks. It was certified Gold on 5/21/1975 and was certified Platinum and 3x Platinum on 3/23/1993 by the RIAA.

Written, according to lyricist Bernie Taupin, in chronological order, Captain Fantastic is a concept album that gives an autobiographical glimpse at the struggles John (Captain Fantastic) and Taupin (the Brown Dirt Cowboy) had in the early years of their musical careers in London (from 1967 to 1969). The lyrics and accompanying photo booklet are infused with a specific sense of place and time that would otherwise be rare in John’s music. John composed the music on a cruise ship voyage to the U.S.

In a 2006 interview with Cameron Crowe, Elton said, “I’ve always thought that Captain Fantastic was probably my finest album because it wasn’t commercial in any way. We did have songs such as ‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight,’ which is one of the best songs that Bernie and I have ever written together, but whether a song like that could be a single these days, since it’s [more than] six minutes long, is questionable. Captain Fantastic was written from start to finish in running order, as a kind of story about coming to terms with failure—or trying desperately not to be one. We lived that story.”

While John was known for his rather elaborate or lavish packaging of his albums, Captain Fantastic may well have topped all previous releases. The original LP included a “Lyrics” booklet, curiously beginning with a lyric for “Dogs In The Kitchen” that was never completed and not on the album’s lineup, and another booklet called “Scraps,” which collected snippets of reviews, diary entries and other personal memorabilia of John and Taupin during the years chronicled on the album. It also contained a poster of the album’s cover. (credit:Wikipedia)

Again with this album, so hard go pick a few favorite tracks, but these stand out; Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Better Off Dead, and Curtains. All I can say about this album is go and experience it! Listen and enjoy! It is definitely worth your time!  :D

Here is my number 2 most influential album. I played this album a lot!  Every song on it is wonderful. It still is an album I listen to frequently. Background time;
Hotel California was the Eagles’ fifth album of original material and became a critical success and a major commercial hit; since its release in late 1976, it has sold over 16 million copies in the U.S. alone. The album was at #1 for eight weeks in early 1977 (non-consecutively), and included two tracks which became #1 hits as singles on the Billboard Hot 100: “New Kid in Town”, on February 26, 1977, and “Hotel California” on May 7, 1977.
Members of the Eagles have described the album as a metaphor for the perceived decline of America into materialism and decadence. In an interview with Dutch magazine ZigZag shortly before the album’s release, Don Henley said:

This is a concept album, there’s no way to hide it, but it’s not set in the old West, the cowboy thing, you know. It’s more urban this time (…) It’s our bicentennial year, you know, the country is 200 years old, so we figured since we are the Eagles and the Eagle is our national symbol, that we were obliged to make some kind of a little bicentennial statement using California as a microcosm of the whole United States, or the whole world, if you will, and to try to wake people up and say ‘We’ve been okay so far, for 200 years, but we’re gonna have to change if we’re gonna continue to be around.’ (credit:Wikipedia)

Time for some favorite tracks; Hotel California, Try And Love Again, and The Last Resort.  Need a little vacation from your busy day?  Then head over to this Hotel!  :)

Here is my number 2 most influential album. I played this album a lot!  Every song on it is wonderful. It still is an album I listen to frequently. Background time;

Hotel California was the Eagles’ fifth album of original material and became a critical success and a major commercial hit; since its release in late 1976, it has sold over 16 million copies in the U.S. alone. The album was at #1 for eight weeks in early 1977 (non-consecutively), and included two tracks which became #1 hits as singles on the Billboard Hot 100: “New Kid in Town”, on February 26, 1977, and “Hotel California” on May 7, 1977.

Members of the Eagles have described the album as a metaphor for the perceived decline of America into materialism and decadence. In an interview with Dutch magazine ZigZag shortly before the album’s release, Don Henley said:

This is a concept album, there’s no way to hide it, but it’s not set in the old West, the cowboy thing, you know. It’s more urban this time (…) It’s our bicentennial year, you know, the country is 200 years old, so we figured since we are the Eagles and the Eagle is our national symbol, that we were obliged to make some kind of a little bicentennial statement using California as a microcosm of the whole United States, or the whole world, if you will, and to try to wake people up and say ‘We’ve been okay so far, for 200 years, but we’re gonna have to change if we’re gonna continue to be around.’ (credit:Wikipedia)

Time for some favorite tracks; Hotel California, Try And Love Again, and The Last Resort.  Need a little vacation from your busy day?  Then head over to this Hotel!  :)

Here comes number 3 of my most influential albums. And we now come to my favorite all time band, The Monkees! I loved the show, the boys and their music.  Wished I was older in the 60s so I could see them live, and then finally in the 80s I got my wish. I have a lot of their albums, but this one has always been my favorite. Time for some background;
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. was the fourth album by The Monkees, released on November 6, 1967, when the Monkees were exerting more control over their music and actually playing many of the instruments themselves, something their record company had previously forbidden (on their first two LPs).
The group did employ studio musicians to a greater extent than their previous album, Headquarters, on which the four musicians played almost entirely on their own. Guitarist Michael Nesmith is heard vocally on this album more than ever before, singing lead on five cuts; conversely, Micky Dolenz sings lead on only three tracks after dominating the group’s first three albums. The album’s single, “Pleasant Valley Sunday”/”Words”, was a double-sided hit.
The album is particularly interesting for the pioneering use of the Moog synthesizer, which Micky Dolenz introduced to the group and played in the studio; he owned one of the first twenty ever sold. Pisces is perhaps the first hit rock or pop album to feature the Moog. In any event, Pisces is one of the first few commercially issued recordings in any musical genre to feature the instrument. Micky Dolenz plays the synthesizer on “Daily Nightly" and "Love Is Only Sleeping" (as seen in season 2) while electronic musician Paul Beaver plays the Moog on “Star Collector.”
Two additional songs, which eventually became the single “Daydream Believer”/”Goin’ Down”, were recorded during the album sessions. Released in October 1967 as a prelude to the Pisces album, it would be the group’s last #1 single.
The album’s title stems from each band member’s respective astrological sign (Dolenz is Pisces, Peter Tork is Aquarius, and both Nesmith and Davy Jones are Capricorn). However, since Nesmith and Jones share the same sign (as well as the same birthday, December 30), Davy’s last name was placed at the end of the title to avoid confusion. Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. sold over 3 million copies as Colgems #104.
The album’s cover features a drawing by Bernard Yezsin of the four Monkees, their facial features blank, standing in a field of flowers with the group’s guitar logo half-buried. The drawing was based on a photo of the group Yezsin had taken. (credit:Wikipedia)

Like Abby Road love all these tracks, but here are three I love most; The Door Into Summer, Pleasant Valley Sunday, and Daily Nightly. If you are unfamiliar with the Monkees music or just want to hear some tunes to make you smile, this is the album you want!  :)

Here comes number 3 of my most influential albums. And we now come to my favorite all time band, The Monkees! I loved the show, the boys and their music.  Wished I was older in the 60s so I could see them live, and then finally in the 80s I got my wish. I have a lot of their albums, but this one has always been my favorite. Time for some background;

Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. was the fourth album by The Monkees, released on November 6, 1967, when the Monkees were exerting more control over their music and actually playing many of the instruments themselves, something their record company had previously forbidden (on their first two LPs).

The group did employ studio musicians to a greater extent than their previous album, Headquarters, on which the four musicians played almost entirely on their own. Guitarist Michael Nesmith is heard vocally on this album more than ever before, singing lead on five cuts; conversely, Micky Dolenz sings lead on only three tracks after dominating the group’s first three albums. The album’s single, “Pleasant Valley Sunday”/”Words”, was a double-sided hit.

The album is particularly interesting for the pioneering use of the Moog synthesizer, which Micky Dolenz introduced to the group and played in the studio; he owned one of the first twenty ever sold. Pisces is perhaps the first hit rock or pop album to feature the Moog. In any event, Pisces is one of the first few commercially issued recordings in any musical genre to feature the instrument. Micky Dolenz plays the synthesizer on “Daily Nightly" and "Love Is Only Sleeping" (as seen in season 2) while electronic musician Paul Beaver plays the Moog on “Star Collector.”

Two additional songs, which eventually became the single “Daydream Believer”/”Goin’ Down”, were recorded during the album sessions. Released in October 1967 as a prelude to the Pisces album, it would be the group’s last #1 single.

The album’s title stems from each band member’s respective astrological sign (Dolenz is Pisces, Peter Tork is Aquarius, and both Nesmith and Davy Jones are Capricorn). However, since Nesmith and Jones share the same sign (as well as the same birthday, December 30), Davy’s last name was placed at the end of the title to avoid confusion. Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. sold over 3 million copies as Colgems #104.

The album’s cover features a drawing by Bernard Yezsin of the four Monkees, their facial features blank, standing in a field of flowers with the group’s guitar logo half-buried. The drawing was based on a photo of the group Yezsin had taken. (credit:Wikipedia)

Like Abby Road love all these tracks, but here are three I love most; The Door Into Summer, Pleasant Valley Sunday, and Daily Nightly. If you are unfamiliar with the Monkees music or just want to hear some tunes to make you smile, this is the album you want!  :)

My number four most influential album comes from the first band I ever remember hearing on the radio. When I was still a kid I had four 45 Beatles singles and I played them to death. Finally when I was older I got actual albums. This has always been my favorite. Here’s a bit of background;
Abbey Road is the 11th studio album released by the English rock band The Beatles. It is their last recorded album, although Let It Be was the last album released before the band’s dissolution in 1970. Work on Abbey Road began in April 1969, and the album was released on 26 September 1969 in the United Kingdom, and 1 October 1969 in the United States.
Abbey Road is widely regarded as one of The Beatles’ most tightly constructed albums, although the band was barely operating as a functioning unit at the time.Rolling Stone placed it at number 14 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 2009, readers of the magazine also named Abbey Road the greatest Beatles album (credit:Wikipedia)

This is a hard album to pick favorite tracks as I love them all, but here are three I love best; Come Together, Oh! Darling, and Because. What can I say about this album except, Go and listen!!  :)

My number four most influential album comes from the first band I ever remember hearing on the radio. When I was still a kid I had four 45 Beatles singles and I played them to death. Finally when I was older I got actual albums. This has always been my favorite. Here’s a bit of background;

Abbey Road is the 11th studio album released by the English rock band The Beatles. It is their last recorded album, although Let It Be was the last album released before the band’s dissolution in 1970. Work on Abbey Road began in April 1969, and the album was released on 26 September 1969 in the United Kingdom, and 1 October 1969 in the United States.

Abbey Road is widely regarded as one of The Beatles’ most tightly constructed albums, although the band was barely operating as a functioning unit at the time.Rolling Stone placed it at number 14 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 2009, readers of the magazine also named Abbey Road the greatest Beatles album (credit:Wikipedia)

This is a hard album to pick favorite tracks as I love them all, but here are three I love best; Come Together, Oh! Darling, and Because. What can I say about this album except, Go and listen!!  :)

The number 5 most influential album is by a group I loved in my early teens.  To be more specific, I loved the lead singer. Here is another TV show based band (One more to go on the list!) And the lead singer? David Cassidy of course! I owned more than one Partridge Family album but I listened to this one most. Background time;
The Partridge Family's second album, Up to Date, was released in February 1971. It contained such hits as “I’ll Meet You Halfway" (Billboard #9) and "Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted" (U.S. Billboard #6 and Cash Box #1, Canadian RPM #1).
 The album reached #3 on the U.S. Billboard album chart and #1 in Canada on the RPM national Top Albums chart.  
Up to Date features David Cassidy's first contribution as a songwriter. Cassidy penned the song “Lay It on the Line” with Wes Farrell. The song features a strong guitar track.
The album cover was designed in the form of a calendar indicating the birthdates of the family (including their dog, Simone), which were the actual birthdates of the cast members. The album also included a bookcover. This was the last album to feature Jeremy Gelbwaks as Chris Partridge on the cover, as he left the show soon after its release. (credit:Wikipedia)
Here are some of my favorite tracks; I’ll Meet You Halfway, You Are Always on My Mind, and That’ll Be the Day.Here’s a look at the other PF albums I have. (The Christmas one is still a favorite holiday album.) If you’re too young to remember The Partridge Family, take a listen.  Some great music and a cutie pie lead singer!  :)

The number 5 most influential album is by a group I loved in my early teens.  To be more specific, I loved the lead singer. Here is another TV show based band (One more to go on the list!) And the lead singer? David Cassidy of course! I owned more than one Partridge Family album but I listened to this one most. Background time;

The Partridge Family's second album, Up to Date, was released in February 1971. It contained such hits as “I’ll Meet You Halfway" (Billboard #9) and "Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted" (U.S. Billboard #6 and Cash Box #1, Canadian RPM #1).

The album reached #3 on the U.S. Billboard album chart and #1 in Canada on the RPM national Top Albums chart. 

Up to Date features David Cassidy's first contribution as a songwriter. Cassidy penned the song “Lay It on the Line” with Wes Farrell. The song features a strong guitar track.

The album cover was designed in the form of a calendar indicating the birthdates of the family (including their dog, Simone), which were the actual birthdates of the cast members. The album also included a bookcover. This was the last album to feature Jeremy Gelbwaks as Chris Partridge on the cover, as he left the show soon after its release. (credit:Wikipedia)

Here are some of my favorite tracks; I’ll Meet You Halfway, You Are Always on My Mind, and That’ll Be the Day.Here’s a look at the other PF albums I have. (The Christmas one is still a favorite holiday album.) If you’re too young to remember The Partridge Family, take a listen.  Some great music and a cutie pie lead singer!  :)

Number 6 on my most influential albums list is based on a cartoon show of the 60s.  I watched it every Saturday and loved the cute catchy pop songs on it. (Of course, I was already used to bands on TV shows. My all time favorite band had their own sitcom, more on them further up this list.) So I bugged my parents til they bought me an Archies album. And yes, I admit to still listening to this from time to time! It’s a fun little album and reminds me of my younger days.  Time for some background;
By the time of Jingle Jangle (1969) — the third LP under the Archies’ moniker — the original 1968 CBS-TV animated cartoon series The Archie Show had expanded to a full hour spin-off, The Archie Comedy Hour. It is here that the majority of these songs were initially aired.  (credit: Lindsay Planer)
Here are my favorite tracks; Jingle Jangle, Get On The Line, and Look Before You Leap.  This is an easy to listen to, cheery little album. Plus the cover is really cool!  :)

Number 6 on my most influential albums list is based on a cartoon show of the 60s.  I watched it every Saturday and loved the cute catchy pop songs on it. (Of course, I was already used to bands on TV shows. My all time favorite band had their own sitcom, more on them further up this list.) So I bugged my parents til they bought me an Archies album. And yes, I admit to still listening to this from time to time! It’s a fun little album and reminds me of my younger days.  Time for some background;

By the time of Jingle Jangle (1969) — the third LP under the Archies’ moniker — the original 1968 CBS-TV animated cartoon series The Archie Show had expanded to a full hour spin-off, The Archie Comedy Hour. It is here that the majority of these songs were initially aired.  (credit: Lindsay Planer)

Here are my favorite tracks; Jingle Jangle, Get On The Line, and Look Before You Leap.  This is an easy to listen to, cheery little album. Plus the cover is really cool!  :)

This is a soundtrack from a movie I saw when I was 14. I highly recommend the movie as well, it’s a great version of the musical Godspell. This is a real ‘feel good’ album, and if I was in a bad mood I’d put this on. Here’s a bit of background on the soundtrack;
Godspell, the second musical of the early ’70s to be based on the life of Jesus Christ (following Jesus Christ Superstar, which hit the record racks, but not the stage first), was something of a sleeper, opening off-off-Broadway in May 1971, with an original cast album that belatedly became a big success in 1972 after “Day By Day” was released as a single and hit the Top Ten. By then, the show had moved to off-Broadway and was well on its way to a run that would exceed 2,500 performances (and eventually reach Broadway itself). Bell Records, a subsidiary of Columbia Pictures, had released that cast album, and the film company quickly put a movie version into production.
 This (album) was a less complete version of the score, but it was much better performed and produced, making this a rare instance in which the soundtrack album is better than the original cast album. (Though the film was not a commercial success and took 25 years to get to video, the soundtrack album reached the Top 40 and stayed in the charts for almost a year.)(credit:William Ruhlmann)
Some of my favorite tracks include Day By Day, All For The Best, and By My Side. Feeling down?  Find this soundtrack and give it a listen. Guaranteed to make you feel better after one listen!  :)

This is a soundtrack from a movie I saw when I was 14. I highly recommend the movie as well, it’s a great version of the musical Godspell. This is a real ‘feel good’ album, and if I was in a bad mood I’d put this on. Here’s a bit of background on the soundtrack;

Godspell, the second musical of the early ’70s to be based on the life of Jesus Christ (following Jesus Christ Superstar, which hit the record racks, but not the stage first), was something of a sleeper, opening off-off-Broadway in May 1971, with an original cast album that belatedly became a big success in 1972 after “Day By Day” was released as a single and hit the Top Ten. By then, the show had moved to off-Broadway and was well on its way to a run that would exceed 2,500 performances (and eventually reach Broadway itself). Bell Records, a subsidiary of Columbia Pictures, had released that cast album, and the film company quickly put a movie version into production.

This (album) was a less complete version of the score, but it was much better performed and produced, making this a rare instance in which the soundtrack album is better than the original cast album. (Though the film was not a commercial success and took 25 years to get to video, the soundtrack album reached the Top 40 and stayed in the charts for almost a year.)(credit:William Ruhlmann)

Some of my favorite tracks include Day By Day, All For The Best, and By My Side. Feeling down?  Find this soundtrack and give it a listen. Guaranteed to make you feel better after one listen!  :)

My number eight most influential album was a ‘big deal’ for me. I was around seven when my parents decided to buy me my first ‘rock and roll’ album. This was it. I didn’t know who Herman’s Hermits were at the time. The only groups I knew of or had listened to were my two favorites at that time, The Monkees and The Beatles. But these guys had a British accent so they were okay by me! The music on this album is very light pop and easy to listen to. Time for some background;
Herman’s Hermits (sometimes called Introducing Herman’s Hermits) was the first album released by the band Herman’s Hermits, first issued in 1965. As was typical of the time, the album’s contents were different on the UK and US releases.
There are three different covers for this album. Original covers indicate “INCLUDING THEIR HIT SINGLE ‘I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD’”. When “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” was issued as a single, a yellow sticker was added to the cover, incorrectly reading “FEATURING ‘MRS. BROWN YOU HAVE A LOVELY DAUGHTER’”. Once the latter became a #1 hit, the sticker was eliminated and the cover was changed to read, with correct title, “INCLUDING ‘MRS. BROWN YOU’VE GOT A LOVELY DAUGHTER”. (credit:Wikipedia)
I had the last cover option mentioned above. My favorite tracks include Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, Show Me Girl, and I Understand (Just How You Feel). If you’d like to hear the whole album (U. S. release) online follow this link;  http://www.retro-cafe.com/60s/hermans-hermits.htm. It’s a great little album, give it a spin, won’t you?!  :)

My number eight most influential album was a ‘big deal’ for me. I was around seven when my parents decided to buy me my first ‘rock and roll’ album. This was it. I didn’t know who Herman’s Hermits were at the time. The only groups I knew of or had listened to were my two favorites at that time, The Monkees and The Beatles. But these guys had a British accent so they were okay by me! The music on this album is very light pop and easy to listen to. Time for some background;

Herman’s Hermits (sometimes called Introducing Herman’s Hermits) was the first album released by the band Herman’s Hermits, first issued in 1965. As was typical of the time, the album’s contents were different on the UK and US releases.

There are three different covers for this album. Original covers indicate “INCLUDING THEIR HIT SINGLE ‘I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD’”. When “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” was issued as a single, a yellow sticker was added to the cover, incorrectly reading “FEATURING ‘MRS. BROWN YOU HAVE A LOVELY DAUGHTER’”. Once the latter became a #1 hit, the sticker was eliminated and the cover was changed to read, with correct title, “INCLUDING ‘MRS. BROWN YOU’VE GOT A LOVELY DAUGHTER”. (credit:Wikipedia)

I had the last cover option mentioned above. My favorite tracks include Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, Show Me Girl, and I Understand (Just How You Feel). If you’d like to hear the whole album (U. S. release) online follow this link;  http://www.retro-cafe.com/60s/hermans-hermits.htm. It’s a great little album, give it a spin, won’t you?!  :)

Here is my number nine most influential album.  The Bee Gees are one of my favorite groups and I own quite a few of their albums.  But this was the first one I had and it was played the most. I love the mix of different styles of music on this album. And the cover is just gorgeous!  Here’s some background;
Main Course is the Bee Gees' thirteenth album, released in 1975 for the RSO label, and their last album to be released by Atlantic Records in the U.S. under its distribution deal with Robert Stigwood. This album marked a change for the Bee Gees as it was their first album to include disco hits, and it created the model for their output through the rest of the 1970s. (credit:Wikipedia)
My favorite tracks on the album include Nights on Broadway, Fanny (Be Tender With My Love), and Country Lanes. If you want to hear the first inklings of the Bee Gees disco sound, then check this album out.

Here is my number nine most influential album.  The Bee Gees are one of my favorite groups and I own quite a few of their albums.  But this was the first one I had and it was played the most. I love the mix of different styles of music on this album. And the cover is just gorgeous!  Here’s some background;

Main Course is the Bee Gees' thirteenth album, released in 1975 for the RSO label, and their last album to be released by Atlantic Records in the U.S. under its distribution deal with Robert Stigwood. This album marked a change for the Bee Gees as it was their first album to include disco hits, and it created the model for their output through the rest of the 1970s. (credit:Wikipedia)

My favorite tracks on the album include Nights on Broadway, Fanny (Be Tender With My Love), and Country Lanes. If you want to hear the first inklings of the Bee Gees disco sound, then check this album out.

This post starts what I’m going to call My Ten Most Influential Albums. These are the albums that I played the most growing up. They were the ones I turned to again and again and could listen to anytime. In fact I still listen to them to this day.  So none of these albums are current releases, they came out in the 60’s and 70s. They came out in a period that started in my childhood and went through my teens. Number ten is by the only artist who is on my list twice. I owned a lot of his albums in my teens and have always loved his music. Here’s a little background on this album;
Rock of the Westies is the tenth studio album by the British singer-songwriter Elton John, which was released in 1975. The title of the album is a comedic play on words devised by Elton John. He turned the phrase “West of the Rockies” into Rock of the Westies.
 Like Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Rock of the Westies also debuted on the United States Billboard 200 chart at #1, the only two albums at that time to have done so. It was less successful in the artist’s home territory of the United Kingdom, where it reached #5 in the UK Albums Chart. Robert Christgau listed it as number 7 on his list of the best albums of 1975. (credit:Wikipedia)

This is a great album. My favorite tracks on it include Medley (Yell Help/Wednesday Night/Ugly), Grow Some Funk Of Your Own, and Billy Bones and the White Bird.If you enjoy Elton John, give this one a try!  :)

This post starts what I’m going to call My Ten Most Influential Albums. These are the albums that I played the most growing up. They were the ones I turned to again and again and could listen to anytime. In fact I still listen to them to this day.  So none of these albums are current releases, they came out in the 60’s and 70s. They came out in a period that started in my childhood and went through my teens. Number ten is by the only artist who is on my list twice. I owned a lot of his albums in my teens and have always loved his music. Here’s a little background on this album;

Rock of the Westies is the tenth studio album by the British singer-songwriter Elton John, which was released in 1975. The title of the album is a comedic play on words devised by Elton John. He turned the phrase “West of the Rockies” into Rock of the Westies.

Like Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Rock of the Westies also debuted on the United States Billboard 200 chart at #1, the only two albums at that time to have done so. It was less successful in the artist’s home territory of the United Kingdom, where it reached #5 in the UK Albums Chart. Robert Christgau listed it as number 7 on his list of the best albums of 1975. (credit:Wikipedia)

This is a great album. My favorite tracks on it include Medley (Yell Help/Wednesday Night/Ugly), Grow Some Funk Of Your Own, and Billy Bones and the White Bird.If you enjoy Elton John, give this one a try!  :)