This is a follow-up post to my call for Desert Island Discs which, if you missed it, well then you did.
I had originally thought I would summarize all the lists here. But not only would that be too long a post, it would also be redundant. Wouldn’t it? Wouldn’t it?
So instead, our team of statisticians got to work, did some number-crunching on our IBM Watson and produced these interesting (?) results:
- There were nine lists including input from yours truly.
- The top 10 albums (one live set, no boxes, no compilations) vote-wise were:
- Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd – 4
- At Fillmore East – ABB – 3
- The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle – Bruce Springsteen – 3
- Either/Or – Elliott Smith – 2
- Led Zeppelin – 2
- Led Zep IV/ZOSO – 2
- Foxtrot – Genesis – 2
- What’s Goin’ On – Marvin Gaye – 2
- Exile on Main Street – Stones – 2
- All Things Must Pass – George Harrison – 2
- There’s no overriding “theme” in these lists, largely rock with a smattering of soul, folk, blues, r&b, jazz, and pop. (Take a look at the tagline on my blog sometime.)
- Biggest surprise – Elliott Smith. I never heard of the guy and he gets two votes. I am definitely checking that out.
- Second biggest surprise/disappointment – the lack of female singers. Joplin, Fleetwood Mac. Fortunately Gordon saved the day with some Motown (Supremes, Martha Reeves.)
- Judges’ vote on most eclectic/unusual list – Musicophile. Five Genesis albums, Mozart, Huey Lewis, Monty Python, Daft Punk – talk about swings!
- Biggest non-rock outlier – Burt Bacharach (Greenpete)
- Judges’ choice for most inspired pick – Ken Burns Jazz soundtrack (Listening to Records)
- Glad somebody picked it award – Bitches Brew (CB)
- Novel thought award – Aphoristical, who said he’s so familiar with all his albums he’d pick 20 classical albums and get to know them.
- Discovery of the week – Nuggets. (Listening to Records, seconded by Greenpete).
- Biggest regret: That I couldn’t squeeze in Live at Leeds. The CD is an even richer experience than the original vinyl.
I’m going to try to listen to as many of the new (to me) ones as I can in upcoming weeks. I’ve already started with Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From First Psychedelic Era, 1965 – 1968. It sounds – far out and – dare I say – groovy.