A new quest

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As I sit here enjoying my strawberry yogurt and feeling the bacterial cultures replenishing in my battered intestines I came upon a realization. My musical repertoire has ceased to grow! Since grade 12 I’ve pretty much been listening to the same small, yet rocking, little group of bands and artists. Indeed, if one were to look back upon the history of music which I listen to there would be clear and sweeping phases. I had my early, pre-teen Our Lady Peace phase, then I discovered the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a phase that exists to this day, then I had my Mars Volta phase, my Pearl Jam phase, my NIN phase, and most recently my Sufjan Stevens phase. I’m jonesin’ for a new phase, a new artist to memorize verbatim, read up on wikipedia, draw a picture of, and basically devote my undying fanhood to. So, I have decided to leave it to the experts and listen to every single album, start to finish, on the Time Magazine Top 100 Albums of All Time. I think it will be fun! Here is the list. Wish me luck, cause I am a picky johansen when it comes to my tunes. Those crossed out are albums that I have listened to already at some point in my eighteen years.

The List:

The Essential Hank Williams Collection: Turn Back the Years – Hank Williams
The College Dropout – Kanye West
Portrait of a Legend: 1951-1964 – Same Cooke
Elvis: 30 No. 1 Hits – Elvis Presley
The Anthology, 1947-1972 – Muddy Waters
Kid A – Radiohead
Stankonia – Outkast
Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea – PJ Harvey
The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem

Sunrise – Elvis Presley
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams
Ok Computer – Radiohead
Time Out of Mind – Bob Dylan
Endtroducing… – DJ Shadow
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory – Oasis
Live Through This – Hole
My Life – Mary J. Blige
Ready to Die – The Notorious B.I.G
Slanted and Enchanted – Pavement
The Chronic – Dr. Dre
Achtung Baby – U2
Nevermind – Nirvana
Out of Time – R.E.M

Phil Spector, Back to Mono(1958-1969) – Various Artists
Ropin’ the Wind – Garth Brooks
Star Time – James Brown
The Low End Theory – A Tribe Called Quest

1980s: (This is gonna be painful)
Like a Prayer – Madonna
Paul’s Boutique – Beastie Boys
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back – Public Enemy
Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A
Document – R.E.M
Paid in Full – Eric B and Rakim
Sign O’ The Times – Prince
The Joshua Tree – U2
Graceland – Paul Simon
Master of Puppets – Metallica
Raising Hell – Run-DMC
Legend – Bob Marley and the Wailers
Purple Rain – Prince
Stop Making Sense – Talking Heads
The Great Twenty-Eight – Chuck Berry
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Back in Black – AC/DC

London Calling – The Clash
One Nation Under a Groove – Parliament/Funkadelic
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols – The Sex Pistols
Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
Hotel California – The Eagles
Ramones – The Ramones
Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder
Born to Run – Bruce Sprinstein
Horses – Patti Smith
Red Headed Stranger – Willie Nelson
Call Me – Al Green
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
Exile on Main Street – The Rolling Stones
Talking Book – Stevie Wonder
The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff and Various Artists
Blue – Joni Mitchell
Coat of Many Colours – Dolly Parton
Hunky Dory – David Bowie
Led Zeppelin IV (a.k.a Zoso) – Led Zeppelin
Paranoid – Black Sabbath
Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones
Tapestry – Carole King
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Who’s Next – The Who
After the Gold Rush – Neil Young
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band
Moondance – Van Morrison


Abbey Road – The Beatles
Bitches Brew – Miles Davis
Stand! – Sly & the Family Stone
The Band – The Band
Astral Weeks – Van Morrison
At Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash
Lady Soul – Aretha Franklin
The Beatles(“The White Album”) – The Beatles
Are You Experienced – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You – Aretha Franklin
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
The Velvet Underground and Nico – The Velvet Underground
Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan
Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
Revolver – The Beatles
Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan

Otis Blue – Otis Reding
Rubber Soul – The Beatles
A Love Supreme – John Coltrane
Live at the Apollo(1963) – James Brown
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music – Ray Charles
King of the Delta Blues Singers – Robert Johnson

Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
Here’s Little Richard – Little Richard
Songs for Swingin’ Lovers – Frank Sinatra
In the Wee Small Hours – Frank Sinatra

Needless to say, I have lots of work to do. Oh and I almost forgot, in musical news, I am seeing Sam Roberts this Friday night at la nationale! This will be my 3rd time seeing Sam Roberts perform, each time better than the last. The first time I saw him was on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day. The second time was at Pemberton Festival last summer. Unless something has gone horribly wrong, I imagine he won’t disappoint. Anyways, I gotta get going on these albums. I figure I will go from the 50s on, to get the chronology of it.

Tah tah,

*Update: Once I have listened to an album, I cross it off the list.



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5 responses to “A new quest

  1. Jeff Marr

    …I agree, my music has ceased to grow as well. I need a new band to add into my cycle of attention. Alert me if anything outstanding comes along

  2. Ryan Swanson

    Hah, that’s quite the undertaking Sash!

    I’ve been listening to a lot of “interesting” music this last week. A power surge in my building nuked both my power supply and mobo. Luckily NCIX is fixing it up.

    Once I’m up and running send me some things you might think I’d like. I’m always looking for new tunes.


  3. semisane

    Hey Ry,

    That sucks about the power surge, absolutely tragic.My computer’s begging for a reformat, and I will grant her wish just as soon as exams are done. As far as the new tunes go, if you dig his bluesy, instrumental music, go for Miles Davis.

  4. Oleh

    Interesting list and approach. I would put Paul Simon’s Graceland towards the top of my list (and it may potentially offer some relief from the potential painfulness of the 1980’s. Enjoy Sam and now I return to playing Bridge over Troubled Waters.

  5. J-Town J- Brown ...Julianne

    Yep, this was a November post, but it caught my eye!

    That looks like awesome feat. How updated is it?.. Is it still a project in the works? Still expanding the repertoire? Still crossin’ names off? Anything unprecedentedly sweeeeeet?

    Onto present times– Illinois looks remarkable !! Keep up the sweet writing !!

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