Favorite Albums List, 1963-?

I bought my first record sometime in the late 1960s/early 1970s. It was a 7-inch, 45 RPM disc featuring “I Like Science” b/w “We Need the Rain.” Artist unknown.

Nerd from the start is what I say. I also ran the projector in elementary school.

Since then, some of the music I bought has endured — as in my beloved progressive rock — but a lot hasn’t. I regret telling my boss at WPDH-FM, where I played music in the ’80s, that I would always listen to Judas Priest.

Today, here’s what has lasted — for me. To make this list, the album in general or the song specifically still has to raise the heart rate:

A Map of the World — Pat Metheny
The Fire Theft — The Fire Theft
Seconds Out — Genesis

A Trick of the Tail — Genesis
Wind and Wuthering — Genesis
Friction — Stavesacre
Absolutes — Stavesacre
— Spock’s Beard
The Kindness of Strangers — Spock’s Beard
Hitch a Ride (song) — Boston
Moving Pictures  — Rush
Live from the Royal Albert Hall — Joe Bonamassa
Did I Step On Your Trumpet? (song) — Danielson
Bridge Across Forever — Transatlantic
Remedy
— The David Crowder Band
Structural Damage — Steve Morse Band
The Rising Tide
 — Sunny Day Real Estate
World Renown for Romance
— Denison Marrs
As the World — Echolyn
Alive on Planet Earth — The Flower Kings
Chasing After Shadows … Living With The Ghosts — Hammock
Raising Your Voice … Trying to Stop an Echo — Hammock
Heaven’s Bright Sun — Iona
Professor Satchafunkilus … — Joe Satriani
Two For the Show — Kansas
Easter (song) — Marillion
Bitter Suite/Heart of Lothian (song) — Marillion
Matt Redman in general
Question Mark — Neal Morse
Testimony 2 — Neal Morse
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls — Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
Forget and Not Slow Down  — Relient K
Ghosts  — Sleeping at Last
Spectral Mornings — Steve Hackett
Elemental — Tears for Fears
Going for the One — Yes
And You and I (song) — Yes

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