Hey everyone!! I thought since I hadn't submitted anything in a while that it would be fun to take some pictures of my modest Classic Rock CD collection and post them each with a little blurb talking about why I like each one. Sorry if any of it sounds like a a bad sales pitch...heh-heh.
The Best of the Best in Classic rock from the 60's to the 90's
Van Halen Best Of, Volume I
"Running With Devil", "Jump", "Panama", and "Dreams" make this album an essential purchase.
The Very Best Of Kiss
The Kiss Army is over a million strong!! "Love Gun", "Detroit Rock City", "Rock and Roll All Night", and "Shout It Out Loud" top the list of great songs on this CD. The Starchild, the Demon, the Cat, and the Spaceman unite for Total Rock Domination!!
Genesis Turn It On Again: The Hits: Tour Edition
I got this album for my birthday last year. I can't believe I missed Genesis when they were in Cleveland!!! Tickets are mucho expensivo!! Grrrrr...anyway Genesis is one of those groups that everyone knows and it is the group responsible for propelling Phil Collins to stardom. My favorites on this album include: "Land Of Confusion", "Mama", "Turn It On Again", and "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight".
Queen Greatest Hits
Ahhhh...Queen. Queen was once a great group in the 70's and 80's until Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991 of AIDS. They have since tried to replicate the original sound with a dude named Paul Rodgers but I think its safe to say Queen is officially over...on a lighter note, my favorite memory of Queen is when Wayne, Garth, and their buddies mosh to "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the car in the 90's film "Wayne's World".
Journey Greatest Hits
Journey's Greatest Hits. Every one and their brother has this album but I still love it. It is perhaps the best selling greatest hits album I own and I believe in terms of sales it is only second to "The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits" as far as best selling greatest hits albums go. I love this album because I can sing along to nearly every song on this album and if I don't know all the words I can at least hum them. My favorite songs on this album include: "Only The Young", "Don't Stop Believing", "Ask The Lonely", and "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)".
Devil's Got A New Disguise: The Very Best Of Aerosmith
Yes!! Aerosmith!! I got this album as a gift on my 21st birthday and I must say it is a joy to listen to. My only complaint is that it is missing my favorite Aerosmith song, "Eat The Rich". I may still want to procure a copy of one of their other more complete greatest hits albums such as "Oh Yeah!" or "Young Lust".
Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd
"Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd". The single album that started my whole Pink Floyd fandom and answered my life long question of who sings that "We don't need no education" song and what the song is actually called. In addition to this Pink Floyd collection, I think everyone should own "The Dark Side Of The Moon", "The Wall", and "Wish You Were Here". My favorite songs by Pink Floyd are far too numerous to name...
Styx Greatest Hits
"Styx Greatest Hits". Probably the first greatest hits album I ever got. My aunt and uncle got it for me for my 16th birthday. I first heard of Styx in fifth grade when an old friend of mine wore a hand-me-down Styx concert t-shirt to school one day. "Babe", "Mr. Roboto, and "Renegade" would have to be my favorite Styx songs.
The Beatles: 1962-1966 (The Red Album)
The Beatles: 1967-1970 (The Blue Album)
OK, OK, I realize the CDs I'm showing you are self-made bootlegs of the Red and Blue Albums but I'm a cheap bastard and I don't feel like shelling out $70 for both of the Beatles awesome greatest hits collections. That being said, I've always loved the Beatles but I didn't realize it until January of this year when I watched both "Lennon/McCartney" weeks on "American Idol". The songs were amazing and I was truly bitten from that point on ward. The Beatles are so amazing in so many ways I just can't describe. They have a song for every occasion and every emotion. "Hey Jude", "Help!", "Strawberry Fields Forever", and "I am The Walrus" are probably my all time favorite Beatles songs and you can't just have one favorite Beatles song...
All of my Floyd albums!!! Yesss!!!
The Dark Side Of The Moon
"The Dark Side Of The Moon" was the first Pink Floyd album I bought from a little independent music shop in Westlake, OH called "My Generation". I bought the album in 2003 after I had borrowed the Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd from my local library at the suggestion of one of my classmates in high school. I got the album and I instantly fell in love. Of course the reason I bought Darkside was because it was the one Floyd album I heard the most about and the new high definition 30th anniversary remaster was enticing even though I didn't have an SACD player. I just knew it was the best version (they also had the 20th anniversary version from 1993) and it was just the right price at only $12.98.
I was told by the clerk that I had just bought a very special album and that I should listen to it from start to finish as if it were one song. I followed his advice and I'm glad I did...it was amazing. I returned two months later and bought The Wall from the same shop and subsequently the shop closed its doors two weeks later. It was a sad day and unfortunately the shop has since been transformed into a nerdy comic haven. I can still smell the incense...
Wish You Were Here
I got "Wish You Were Here" for my 17th or 18th birthday from my aunt and uncle in Toledo. From the second I heard "Shine On, You Crazy Diamond", I knew this was a magical album.
"The Wall" was the second Pink Floyd album I bought. Words cannot describe my love for this album. Its so dark and moody and it really speaks to the human condition. "Pink Floyd The Wall", the film based on the album is an even more interesting experience. If you get the chance I highly suggest watching the movie. It is the most high you will ever feel without smoking or snorting anything at all.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this quick look into some of the great classic artists and albums I love so very much.
Until next time...