I've written about some of the greatest albums of all time and my favorite remakes and favorite soundtracks but it's difficult for me to pick my very most favorite CD. And by the way, what's the proper term nowadays? Do you call it an album? A CD? A record? I know it's not 8-track, but that's about all I'm sure of.
Though I was raised on the Beatles and still love each of their albums, in high school my favorite cassette (and in high school it was still a cassette) was Def Leppard's Hysteria. Loved that tape. When Def Leppard came to Anchorage my junior year I went to the concert and it was fabulous. Everything you'd want in a head banger's fest. I was also partial to INXS's Kick ("Need You Tonight" is one of the best songs ever), U2's The Joshua Tree and Scorpion's Love at First Sting.
Once I left for college and discovered that the rest of the world wasn't still wearing mullets and too-tight shrink-to-fit Levis I discovered more pop and alternative stuff like New Order, Erasure, Modern English, and Oingo Boingo. My favorite albums eventually were stuff like 10,000 Maniacs' In My Tribe, Sting's The Soul Cages and OMD's Sugartax.
My tastes have mellowed somewhat and though I still appreciate each of the former albums, my favorites are Norah Jones' Come Away with Me and Dido's Life for Rent. But ironically I still love the Joshua Tree and have to say it's probably my favorite CD/album/cassette/8-track of all time. And I can say that because I've owned it in each form, I just keep upgrading. Though now that I think about it, I don't actually own a copy anymore--once I downloaded it onto my ipod I threw out the disc.
So what about you? Do you have an album you keep rebuying? One that still does it for you or is your favorite from a new artist? Does your favorite have sentimental reasons behind its special status or are you a sucker for a particular style of music? Come on now, spill the beans--it can't be worse than admitting in front of the world that you once danced all night to Oingo Boingo.
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Saturday, April 28, 2007