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Monday, June 11, 2007

Feedback Monday (#61)

Okay People,

It's Monday again and since we can't seem to figure out how to get Feedback Friday posted on Friday, let's go ahead and do it on Monday . . . again.

Any complaints?

Okay then -

This year is the 20th Anniversary of the release of U2's masterpiece The Joshua Tree, and we here at Procrastination Station think it warrants at least a day full of feedback in celebration.

So, in honor of that magnificent album, we want to know all about your favorite album.

That's it, that's the assignment.

In this age of single-song downloads and disposable, party-girl music it's nice to sit back and remember that real rockstars used to actually write their own songs (that didn't totally suck) and play their own instruments (without the help of computerized tone correcting software) way back in the not so distant past. The "album" is a fading artform and we're not gonna let it completely disappear into our collective memory without a little bit more fanfare.

Should be a good time in the comments section this week . . .

Ben O.

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Blogger zen wizard said...

Bruce Johnston's Surfin' Round the World, produced by Terry Melcher, right before they formed the Rip Chords (which is another album that kicks ass) and right before the British Invasion killed all surf music except the Beach Boys.

(listen to excerpts in link.)

2:33 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Yikes, this is hard. I have close to 1000 CDs and you want me to pick ONE as my favorite! Isn't that like choosing your favorite child?

Can it be a compilation? Joy Division only had two actual albums, and neither contain Atmosphere because they released that on a different label as a single, and it's not on their live album Still, which means I have to say Substance by Joy Division, of course.

4:26 AM  
Blogger Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

I agree with Kathleen. I have too many to choose from and wouldn't want to pick one. Dark Side of the Moon goes on the iPod a lot, as does Who's Next and Smile.

I love the Joshua tree thought. Running to Stand Still is one of my favourite tracks on there.

5:05 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

I totally agree with both of you - there are many, many great albums. I guess the exercise was to get us thinking about the album and how a collection of songs can be so much more than a few minutes spent on iTunes. Albums used to be these great sonic works of art with cohesive feeling from start to finish.

See the aforementioned Dark Side of The Moon, Ritual De Lo Habitual, Songs from The Big Chair, Meat is Murder, Parachutes . . . the list goes on and on.

Ben O.

7:03 AM  
Blogger Glenn said...

I remember The Joshua Tree tour came to LA. I wanted to go with my older brother but mom said I was too young. My brother still says it was the best concert he ever saw.

As far as Favorite albums...There's only one that continually runs on my list that I never get tired of no matter how many time I listen to it in a row.

Back In Black

7:18 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

That's a good one, for sure.

Ben O.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

The Joshua Tree, 20 years, really?
Images of carefree summers and drinking games abound!

Actually it is definitely near the top of my list; Also up there is Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (I only recently bought the CD - still pricey!) and another is also U2 - "Under a Blood Red Sky". Although the latter is probably more to do with the memories it conjures up, while The Wall I love just for itself.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

I agree Terri,

I really like U2's Pop, even though most people don't like it that much. I guess it just reminds me of going to see them live over and over again.

Fun times, that summer.

Ben O.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Grace by Jeff Buckley would be up there for the whole album feel thing.

Boo Hoo by Voltaire since he wrote it after he got dumped and I just got dumped...

9:58 AM  
Anonymous The Zombieslayer said...

Fav album of all-time? That's a tough one. Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance, Ozzy's Blizzard of Ozz or Yngwie's Marching Out.

All three of them have special meaning to me, as does most of Pink Floyd's work in the 70s and Nightwish's Once from '04, which is also one of my favs.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Never heard of Nightwish, but I do like the Ozz-man. That was a pretty good album. Believe it or not, KISS's debut album is actually pretty strong. Lots of good songs that I totally still listen to on there.

Ben O.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

I'm with Kathleen. Grace is an awesome album, particularly when you consider it's Buckley's debut

1:58 PM  

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