Albums you have to hear

There’s nothing better than sharing good music.  That’s why I’ve set up this page I'm calling Albums You Have to Hear.  It's place solely to post and share my favorite albums, both past and present.  Some of the albums have been my favorite for years while others are simply great albums I’ve only recently discovered.  Either way, if you’re interested in discovering or rediscovering some great albums, take a look at the albums and brief critics below. These are great sonic works of art which, I think, you have to hear.

kind of blue

Miles Davis • 1959

Considered by many to be the best jazz album of all-time, this jazz classic was recorded in March and April of 1959 in Columbia Record's 30th Street Studio in New York City. The album features Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly on piano, Jimmy Cobb on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley on saxophones. Typical with Miles Davis recording sessions, the songs for Kind of Blue were recorded with virtually no rehearsal.

Bringing it all back home

Bob Dylan • 1965

Brining It All Back Home marked Bob Dylan's entry, at least on record, into electric rock/pop/blues music and boosted Dylan into the US Top 10 for the first time, with the album peaking at #6. This album was the first sign that Dylan wasn't interested in being artistically cemented into one genre, style, or persona. He was going to record the sounds and styles he wanted, and he didn't care if burnt bridges along the way.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club band

The Beatles • 1967

The Beatles, while recording Pepper, wanted to experiment with sound and push recording technology to its limit. It's remarkable what The Beatles were able to capture, considering Pepper was recorded using only a four-track recorder, fairly high-end technology in '67. It's one of the most ambitious recordings of its time and ignited a new concept of what it meant to record music.