Payn's Ponderings... Top 10 Essential Albums

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
By the way, Kenny G is responsible for the genre we call smooth jazz. Other artists later get lumped into it.
I’m would assert to the contrary, that the “smooth radio” format of the 1970s was renamed “smooth jazz” in the 1980s because of Kenny G. He didn’t create it, he was the catalyst for renaming the genre.
 

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Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
I’m would assert to the contrary, that the “smooth radio” format of the 1970s was renamed “smooth jazz” in the 1980s because of Kenny G. He didn’t create it, he was the catalyst for renaming the genre.

Have you seen the documentary?

it explains how the term came about. :)
 


Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Nope. Like I said, not his fan, soooo…

That was my point. I’m not a fan of his either, but the documentary was eye-opening.

It is rare to watch something and both end up with a staggering amount of respect for a person, and also find that it ratifies exactly why you don’t you like them.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Oh,
That was my point. I’m not a fan of his either, but the documentary was eye-opening.

It is rare to watch something and both end up with a staggering amount of respect for a person, and also find that it ratifies exactly why you don’t you like them.
Oh, believe you me, I respect his TALENTS and SKILLS! I just don’t care for his musical taste.

It’s like the writer James Joyce. I greatly respect the skills the man applied to the written word. I just never want to read any more of his stuff than what has already been required of me.
 



payn

Legend
So, gonna bump this and let folks know if you are looking for a cool stream The Current's listener compiled list is getting run from 7am-8pm CST today until next Thursday.

#893 is DJ Shadow Endtroducing
 

payn

Legend
A mix of indie and classic rock and hint of hip hop.

Macy Gray
Kurt Vile
X
The New Pornographers
Lynyrd Skynyrd (Free bird of course)
Fleetwood Mac (surprised to see this in the upper 800s)
Elliot Smith
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Given that Sweet Baby James is at over 850...I predict at least 700 albums in the list will be worse than that (for me).....I'm clearly going to enjoy this more for the nostalgia than the actual rankings....
 

payn

Legend
Given that Sweet Baby James is at over 850...I predict at least 700 albums in the list will be worse than that (for me).....I'm clearly going to enjoy this more for the nostalgia than the actual rankings....
Well, Motely Crew just landed on the list so... Yeap, these things are a crapshoot you just gotta sit back and enjoy.
 


Mercurius

Legend
Wow, skimming through this thread and it really strikes me how different my tastes are from the hivemind of ENWorld, which seem to constellate towards rock, metal, alt, and bits and pieces mixed in.

Without thinking too much about it, and with the caveat that I could replace some of these with a couple dozen others, my "desert island albums" are, in order of date...

List 1: A Possible Essential Album List (c. 2022)
Ravi Shankar - Ragas & Talas (1959)
Pharoah Sanders - Jewels of Thought (1970)
Funkadelic - Funkadelic (1970)
Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidananda (1971)
Herbie Hancock & the Headhunters - Man-child (1975)
Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Mystic Voyage (1975)
Embryo - Apo Calypso (1977)
Jamiroquai - Traveling Without Moving (1995)
The Bulgarian Voices/Angelite & Huun-Huur-Tuu - Fly, Fly My Sadness (1996)
MeShell Ndegeocello - The Spirit Music Jamia (2005)
Aqua Bassino - Rue de Paris (2006)
Anderson .Paak - Malibu (2016)
Yussef Kamaal - Black Focus (2016)

I know, that's thirteen, but I couldn't decide which to cut, and really there are already a bunch more that could be on that list.

Honorable Mentions (couldn't find a place, or didn't have a single album--other than a compilation--that stood out, but I'd really like them on the list): Miles Davis, John Coltrane, James Brown, Don Cherry, The Headhunters, Shakti, Steve Coleman & the Five Elements, Curandero, Atjazz, St Germain, Sade, Kerri Chandler, A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Tora, etc....

List 2: Old Favorites & Guilty Pleasures (circa 1993)
I include this second list as more of a "blast from the past" - and I think it resonates more with the general trend of this thread.

Pink Floyd - Meddle (1972)
King Crimson - Larks' Tongues in Aspic (1973)
King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black (1974)
Joy Division - Closer (1980)
Bauhaus - The Sky's Gone Out (1982)
The The - Soul Mining (1983)
The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs (1984)
New Order - Substance (1987)
The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)
Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine (1989)
Dead Can Dance - Into the Labyrinth (1993)
 

payn

Legend
The Current's list is almost into the 200's. Since hitting the 300's the consistency of great albums has been steadily going up. Still some head scratchers tho. When they did this the first time the top 10 was as you expect Beatles and Rolling Stones. About 5 years ago it was The Clash and Nirvana. It will be interesting to see how it goes now. (Nirvana Nevermind already dropped on the list so listeners most not be pinning for it as much)
 


Zaukrie

New Publisher
Nevermind already dropped? Yikes.

I've always wondered how close the votes are.... Like, did all the albums in this range get ten votes and it's randomly ordered?
 





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