Hello music enthusiast it’s time for another top ten albums to have in your personal vinyl collection. Below I have listed my favorite Pop-Rock vinyl that has heavily influenced me musically.
Sting – Nothing Like The Sun (A&M SP-6402) 1987:
Nothing Like The Sun is one of Sting’s best recording from the 80’s as a solo artist. The album is a great infusion of rock, pop, jazz and world music all boiling at the right temperature. Back by top notch jazz musicians of the day, Sting solidified his place as a viable solo act. Nothing Like The Sun was nominated for Album of The Year at the 1988 Grammys.
Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A. (Columbia 38653) 1984
Even if you are not a true Bruce Springsteen fan “ Born In The U.S.A.” is a must have in all music collections. Born… is pack with great catchy tunes like; The title song, Glory Days, I’m On Fire and the energetic Dancing In The Dark. Bruce Springsteen won Best Rock Vocal for “Dancing In The Dark” at the 1985 Grammys
Eric Clapton – Slowhand (RSO RS-1-3030) 1977
Rolling Stone Magazine stated that Slowhand by Eric Clapton is considered his best album by the legendary guitarist. Packed with hits such as: Cocaine, Wonderful Tonight, and Lay Sally Lay. Clapton uses his own band during the recording of Slowhand, which I feel help Clapton receive mainstream status. If you don’t add any other Clapton album to your collection it’s vital to the respectability of your collection to own Slowhand.
David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (Parlophone -DB69734) 1972
A classic glam record from the early 70’s about an androgynous rock star from another universe. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust… is considered Bowie’s best from the seventies and Bowie made a lot of great intriguing records during this period of his career. Songs to pay attention to are: Suffragette City, Five Years, Starman and Moorage Daydream.
The Doors – The Doors (Elektra Eks- 74007) 1967
The Doors first album, which is self titled is classic 1967 rock. Packed with rebellion, love, mystery and the dark side. Key track include; Light My Fire, The End, and Break On Through.
The Police – Synchronicity (A&M SP-3735) 1983
Synchronicity by the Police is the group’s last effort before Sting embarked on a solo career. Filled with supple and melodic arrangement Synchronicity filled the 80’s airwaves with many now classic hits such as Every Breath You Take, King Of Pain, and the hypnotic Wrapped Around Your Finger. Even though 1983 was the year of Michael Jackson’s Thriller during the Grammy season, The Police won Song Of The Year for Every Breath You Take in 1983.
The Sugarcubes – Life’s Too Good (Elektra 60801-1) 1988
The Sugarcubes debut Life’s Too Good is an alternative rock classic which captured the essence of the times with their dry wit, hard hitting grooves and extremely catchy melodies. However what make Life’s Too Good is the exceptional vocal prowess of Bjork, now a major solo artist. Tracks to pay attention to include: Motorcrash, Birthday, Coldsweat, and Deus.
Blondie – Eat To The Beat (CHE- 1225) 1979
Sandwiched in-between the classic Parallel Lines and Autoamerican, Eat To The Best is the perfect balance of relevant music of the group, Blondie was able to effectively expand on the great songs that appealed to Blondie’s core fan base while also being assessable to the mainstream audience Blondie acquired with Parallel Lines. Standout out tracks include: Dreaming, Union City Blues, Atomic, Accidents Never Happen, and The Hardest Part.
U2 – The Joshua Tree (Island 90581-1) 1987
The Joshua Tree is a stone classic, delivering an personal look at politics, the quest for love and identity. Even though, U2’s lyrics has grown, it is still the music that makes Joshua Tree the classic it is today. Standout tracks are: Where The Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, With or Without You, and Bullet The Blue Sky.
Bob Dylan – Greatest Hits (KCS 9463) 1967
I usually don’t promote greatest hits, however, if an artist has an extensive discography like Bob Dylan then I would highly encourage it. Bob Dylan’s 1967 Greatest Hits is a wonderful introduction to the work of the folk legend. Signature songs included; Blowin In The Wind, The Times Are A Changin, It Ain’t Me Babe, and Like a Rolling Stone.