The April 1977 issue of National Screw magazine asked various musicians,"What do you consider the most essential records in your collection?" The answers I found to be fairly predictable, with a few obscurities thrown in. Nonetheless, I'm always interested to hear music recommendations, so I figured you might be as well - so, here it is!
(1) Marvin Gaye- What's Going On.
(2) Jackson Five-G. I. T.
(3) Beach Boys-Pet Sounds.
(4) The Modern Lovers- The Modern Lovers.
(5) AI Green- Living for You .
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(1) Billy Swan-Red Sovine's Phantom 409.
(2) Frank Sinatra-Only the Lonely.
(3) Beach Boys-15 Big Ones .
(4) Anything by Om Khalzoum. "The great Egyptian singer. She's a friend of Sadat's."
(1) Jimi Hendrix-Electric Lady/and.
(2) Bob Dylan-Highway 61 Revisited.
(3) The Doors- L.A. Woman .
(4) Alan Hovhaness-Fra-Angelico (Poseidon) .
(5) Dadawah-72 Different Nations (Trojan Records).
Six singles, no albums.
(1) Eddie and Ernie-"Outcast"
(2) Righteous Brothers-" You've Lost That Loving Feeling"
(3) Crazy Elephant-"Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'"
(4) Lorraine Ellison-"Stay with Me Baby"
(5) Karen Dalton-" Something on Your Mind"
(6) Manfred Mann-"Pretty Flamingo"
"These of course are favorite records other than my own ."
(1) The Beatles-Rubber Soul. "Everybody should have one."
(2) The first Crosby, Stills and Nash album.
(3) Bob Marley-Natty Dread .
(4) The single "Honky Tonk Women" by the Rolling Stones. "A classic right from the opening cowbell."
(5) A 78 rpm , "The Pearls" by Jelly Roll Morton.
(6) The original ten-inch recording of Lead belly's Classics in Jazz. includes: "Good Night Irene," "Backwater Blues," "On a Christmas Day." "The combination of Leadbelly's 12-string guitar and Paul Masson Howard's zither is fascinating for anyone who's into string sounds."
(1) Jimi Hendrix-Axis Bold As Love.
(2) Jeff Beck-Beckola.
(3) Rolling Stones-Let lt Bleed.
(4) Led Zeppelin-Houses of the Holy.
(5) Jim I Hendrix-Electric Ladyland.
"It's hard for me to pick favorites. I'm too much of a record freak. Every time I'm home I usually go to the record store and buy all the records that are currently supposed to be really liked, because I'm usually the person that's currently really liking them .''
(1) The Beatles-Rubber Soul (Capitol).
(2) Billie Holiday-God Bless the Chi/d(Commodore).
(3) Bob Dylan-Highway 61 Revisited(CBS).
(4) Edith Piaf-Best of Piaf (Capitol).
(5) Joan Baez-First Ten Years (Vanguard).
(6) John Williams-Complete Bach Lute Music (CBS) .
(7) Toscanini-Rave/'s Daphnis and Chloe (RCA).
(8) Aretha Franklin-Amazing Grace(Atlantic).
(9) Rolling Stones-Beggar's Banquet (Atlantic).
(10)Stravinsky-Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky (Odyssey)
(1) Howard Tate-Howard Tate (Verve V6-5072). "The most definitive R&B album ever made. Every song is highly polished. Easy to listen to, plus it's heavy."
(2) The Forgotten Million Sellers (King 792). Includes: the original "Dedicated to the One I Love" by the Three Degrees; "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go," Hank Ballard; "Good Morning Judge," Wyoni Harris; "I Want a Bowlegged Woman," Bullmoose Jackson; "Come Home," Bubba Jackson; " Night Train," James Brown; others.
(3) Roots: The Rock and Roll Sound of Louisiana and Mississippi. (Folkways FJ2865) .
(4) The single "Games People Play" by the Spinners. " I've been playing it for about two months."
(5) The Ronettes-Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes
(6) Love Those Goodies (Checker & Chess). Includes: "Sugar Boy," Bo Diddl y; " It Ain't No Secret," Jimmy Witherspoon; " Lima Beans," Eddie Chamblis; "Walkin' the Blues," Willie Dixon; others.
(7) Frank Sinatra-Corne Fly with Me, Sinatra Swings, Come Swing with Me, Old Blue-eyes Is Back. "You have to have a Frank Sinatra album in your essentials."
"Most of the records I play aren't songs I'll hear on the radio. I listen to the radio to heart he hits.l don't buy that many hits until they're not hits anymore and I miss them."
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(1) The Who- The Who Sell Out.
(2) Beach Boys- The Beach Boys Today.
(3) David Bowie-Ziggy Stardust.
(4) Every Velvet Underground album.
(5) All the Stones albums.
"I like music in cars, at parties, and in bars. I don't listen to records that much; I'm much more into TV."
(1) Otis Redding-Live.
(2) Otis Redding-Dock of the Bay.
(3) Bad Company's first album.
(4) Z.Z. Top's second album .
(5) All the early Motown albums
(1) Hovanez-Mysterious Mountain (RCA) .
(2) Gabor Szabo-Concorde (Concorde Jazz) .
(3) The Beatles-Abbey Road (Apple/ Capitol) .
(4) Miles Davis-Sketches of Spain (CBS) .
(5) John Coltrane-Bal/ads (Impulse).
(6) Jimi Hendrix-Electric Lady/and (Reprise) .
(7) Cream-Fresh Cream (Polydor-lmport).
(8) Mahavishnu John Mclaughlin-Between Nothingness & Eternity (Unreleased) .
(9) Santana-Caravanseri (CBS) .
Two essential singles:
(1) Lou Rawls-" You'll Never Find Another love Like Mine"
(2) Elton John & Kiki Dee-"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"