Jim’s Picks, vol 1

10 Albums That Changed My Life

(these albums are not necessarily my favorites or even the best albums by these bands, but they are albums that affected me so profoundly that I can actually remember thinking differently before and after I heard them. Listed roughly in the order they came to my attention)

the Beatles – Rubber Soul

the Beatles –Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 

Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, Vol 1

the Rolling Stones –  High Tide and Green Grass

The Byrds Greatest Hits

John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band

Van Morrison – Astral Weeks

Neil Young – Young Man’s Fancy (live bootleg but the recent release of Live at Massey Hall is similiar and almost as good)

Elliott Murphy – Aquashow

Bruce Springsteen – Winterland (live bootleg)


Should Be Household Names


Dave Alvin – King of California

Bill Morrissey – North, Standing 8

Butch Hancock – No 2 Alike

Jon Dee Graham – The Great Battle

Jimmy LaFave – Austin Skyline

Bill Mallonee & the Vigilantes of Love – Jugular, Blister Soul

Richard Thompson – Across A Crowded Room, Shoot Out The Lights

Eliza Gilkyson – Land of Milk and Honey, Lost & Found

Paul Kelly – Foggy Highway, Under the Sun

James McMurtry – Live in Aught Three, Childish Things

Michael Fracasso – Back to Oklahoma

Troy Campbell – American Breakdown, Live Texas Radio (The Highwaymen)



Great Albums You May Never Have Heard

(in addition to those already listed above or below)


Ian Hunter – Welcome to the Club, YUI ORTA,

Little Steven – Men Without Women, Voice of America

Marshall Crenshaw – Marshall Crenshaw, Life’s too Short

Gene Clark – American Dreamer

Graham Parker – Howlin’ Wind, Deepcut to Nowhere

David Johansen – Live It Up

Steve Forbert – Alive on Arrival

Joe Grushecky – American Babylon

Tommy Keene – The Real Underground (where the entire Places That Are Gone CD can be found plus lots of other great stuff)

Leonard Cohen – Live (1994)

The Replacements – Tim (produced by our friend Tommy Erdleyi)

The Blasters –Testament

Jon Dee Graham – The Great Battle

Tim Hardin 3 – Live In Concert

 Ron Flynt – LA Story; Big Blue Heart

John Handy – Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Karen Abrahams – For the Love of the Song

Jeff Talmadge – Blissville, Ein Abend Unter Freunden

K.C. Clifford – Orchid

Dirk Hamilton – More Songs From My Cool Life

Jaime Michaels – Crooked

Jules Shear – Dreams Don’t Count

The Fabulous Ginn Sisters – You Can’t Take a Bad Girl Home

John Lilly – Live on Red Barn Radio, Cold Comfort






Chuck Berry – The Great 28

Elvis – The Sun Sessions

Ray Charles – The Birth of Soul

Big Joe Turner’s Greatest Hits

T-Bone Walker – T-Bone’s Blues

Aretha Franklin’s 30 Greatest Hits

The Howlin’ Wolf Box Set

Velvet Underground Live

Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow

Creedence – Chronicle

The Who – Meaty, Beaty, Big, & Bouncy

Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited

the Grateful Dead – Europe ’72

The Pretenders – Learning to Crawl

Hank Williams’ 24 Greatest Hits

John Coltrane – Afro Blue Impressions (esp. “My Favorite Things”)

The Ultimate Otis Redding

The Buddy Holly Collection

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

Bob Marley – Legend

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

The Band


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