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Sometimes people make me feel old. For example, I was in a writing lab the other day. I had a disc player with me and was jamming to Journey’s “Escape,” circa early 1980s. The gentleman sitting next to me asked what I was playing. When I told him, he had this blank stare as if I had mentioned something from an era unknown to him.
This kind of blew me away. I grew up listening to Steve Perry wail and tried to imitate him. It’s not the easiest thing to do as this man made his voice dance on top of the rain clouds. That someone might not know Journey is a shock to me. It would be like someone today not having a clue about Hootie and the Blowfish.
So, I’ve decided to make a primer of sorts for those people who like good music but don’t know what to get (I recommend going to a used CD store, it’s cheaper than most). These are the first albums I would replace if my discs were stolen as the entire albums are worth the listen.
- Journey “Escape” — This was Journey’s first album after the departure of keyboardist/singer Gregg Rollie. Steve Perry steps to the forefront with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain providing the foundation. This album features classics like “Who’s Crying Now” and “Open Arms,” and it also has one of my favorites, “Mother, Father.”
- Beatles “White Album” — I never liked the Beatles until I heard this album courtesy of a doctor. It features “Back in the USSR,” “Yer Birthday Blues,” “Revolution” and “Blackbird.” Continue reading