Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Album Draft | UPDATE

While I haven't had a lot of time for blogging recently, I have had time to participate in an album draft. It's geeky in a High Fidelity kind of way but also entertaining.

Here's the idea: There's 25 of us drafting albums that we think best represents the art form of music. The draft goes in order from 1-25 and once an album is chosen, it can't be taken by anyone else. So, nobody is going to have a list of the top ten albums of all-time but it's a challenge to build a good list despite everyone else taking your favorite albums. In the end, a few guys will decide who has the ten albums that best displays this art form.

I have the last pick in each round. However, it hasn't been much of a handicap since I've been able to find decent substitutes for the albums that I wanted but were already taken.

Here is my list so far:

1. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
2. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
3. Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club
4. Otis Redding - Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
5. Koop - Waltz for Koop
6. The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
7. The Who - Live at Leeds

You can see everyone's selections here. There is also a thread where people actually make their picks and folks comment on the quality of those picks. However, it goes slow and you have to wade through a lot of comments between picks. So, it's easier to check out the Big Board to follow it.

So far, I have a little rock, some latin sounds, soul, electronica and 69 love songs. I'll try to hit on a few different genres with my last few picks so if anyone has any suggestions, pass them along.

UPDATE: With my seventh pick, I took The Who's Live at Leeds. I wanted to get a good live album on my list and have always loved this one. If I had been a better player, I would have come up with a good live album that was in a genre that I hadn't already touched upon. However, I couldn't think of any that were as good as Live at Leeds.


K. said...

Last pick My Morning Jacket Z that thing rulz ;)

Flatlander said...

The judges comments on anything new have been rather harsh. Basically, they don't feel new albums have shown the test of time. It's a fair criticism but begs the question of how long does something have to be around before it's proven itself.

Jim said...

I think the slamming on new music has been unjustified. However, I don't think that all of the judges are opposed to the new stuff.

Flatlander said...

I understand their point. It just has to be in moderation.

It's tough to dismiss new releases in emerging genres like hip-hop and electronica. However, I think it's fair to say that a new bluegrass/country artist needs to prove themselves against artists that have been popular for decades.

cj howareya said...
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cj howareya said...

Those judge dudes are dicks.

Flatlander said...

The judges who read this blog are fab. The rest are dead to me!

Anonymous said...

live at leeds in round 7 is an outstanding pick.