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If you're stuck in 1997 like me, the new Third Eye Blind cd came out today. It's available for download on Amazon.com for $3.99.
http://www.amazon.com/Ursa-Major/dp/B002LFRXFC/ref=dm_cd_album_lnk?..."

If you're a fan of the band, this is not a bad album. It's more than worth $3.99.

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Right after I read your post, Silent Lucidity came on the radio. Good tune. I'm not really familiar with Queensryche. Jet City Woman is on one of the Guitar Hero games, I really like that song.

Chris Fluit said:

 

Most embarrassing entry: With apologies to Alan M., I think I'd have to go with Queensryche's Empire.  This album came out while I was in high school and I remember liking it at the time.  I even bought the cassette.  But I didn't bother upgrading to CD when I made the transition a few years later.  A little while ago, I found a library copy and discovered that the album does not hold up well at all.  The songs seem a little long and pretentious now.  But, hey, Silent Lucidity is at least hauntingly beautiful.  

If you have an interest in them, Jason, I would recommend Operation: Mindcrime. I put that as the definitive Queensryche album, a very cool concept album. I used to joke that if someone owned an album by them this was it. Quite a number of my friends thought about it, and told me that was the only one they owned. I haven't liked to much of their newer music. Although Operation: Mindcrime II was decent.

Jason Marconnet said:



Right after I read your post, Silent Lucidity came on the radio. Good tune. I'm not really familiar with Queensryche. Jet City Woman is on one of the Guitar Hero games, I really like that song.

Chris Fluit said:

 

Most embarrassing entry: With apologies to Alan M., I think I'd have to go with Queensryche's Empire.  This album came out while I was in high school and I remember liking it at the time.  I even bought the cassette.  But I didn't bother upgrading to CD when I made the transition a few years later.  A little while ago, I found a library copy and discovered that the album does not hold up well at all.  The songs seem a little long and pretentious now.  But, hey, Silent Lucidity is at least hauntingly beautiful.  

My "F" albums

Factory Showroom, They Might Be Giants

Farmer's Daughter, Crystal Bowersox

Fate of Nations, Robert Plant

Field Commander Cohen, Leonard Cohen

The Fifth Element, movie soundtrack

Firefly, tv soundtrack

Flamingo, Brandon Flowers

Flood, They Might Be Giants

Flowers, Rolling Stones

Folklore, Nelly Furtado

Footloose, movie soundtrack

For the Beauty of Wynonna, Daniel Lanois

Forever Blue, Chris Isaak

Forever Cool, Dean Martin

Forty Licks, Rolling Stones

Frank, Amy Winehouse

Frank Sinatra: The Best of the Capitol Years

Frank's Wild Years, Tom Waits

Free Me, Emma Bunton

Freedom Sessions, Sarah McLachlan

From the Original Master Tapes, Buddy Holly & the Crickets

Full Moon Fever, Tom Petty

Full Moon, Dirty Hearts, INXS

Fully Completely, The Tragically Hip

Fumbling Toward Ecstasy, Sarah McLachlan

The Future, Leonard Cohen

FutureSex/LoveSound, Justin Timberlake

Favorite memories: There are a lot of good choices here.  The first time I listened to Flood in high school.  Listening to Full Moon, Dirty Hearts on the way to an INXS concert.  But I think I have to go with Nelly Furtado's Folklore.  This album came out shortly after I moved back to Canada.  On the album, Nelly gets in touch with her roots as a second generation Canadian who is the daughter of Portuguese immigrants and it really rung true with me (a second generation Canadian who is the son of Dutch immigrants).  I loved watching the videos.  I loved dancing to the songs with my own daughters.  I loved playing this album over and over on family car rides.  I remember being overjoyed when one of the songs was chosen as the theme for a European soccer tournament.  Yup, this album always brings happy memories to mind.

Most embarrassing: If anything, I'd have to say Chris Isaak's Forever Blue.  I had a big Chris Isaak phase in college but, with the exception of a few songs, I'm mostly over it.  It's not that I dislike this album in particular so much as I can't believe how many Chris Isaak albums I own in the first place. 

Most recent: I was going to say Brandon Flowers' Flamingo which I got at the same time as several other albums, mostly set aside and recently rediscovered.  Very cool album, by the way.  I really like Only the Young and Magdalena, and I recently quoted Swallow It on my Facebook feed.  But, now that I think about it, the real answer is For the Beauty of Wynonna by Daniel Lanois.  Lanois is another Canadian artist.  In this case, I remember him from high school and finally, this winter, I added two of his earliest albums to my collection including this beautiful selection.

Finally, for Doc Beechler: Yes, Doc, that is former Spice Girl Emma Bunton's solo album.  I love its retro go-go style and definitely recommend it to you and Holly. 

ps. I'm not trying to be narcissistic by posting these lists.  I've enjoyed the way that they've instigated other comments, sometimes tangentially.  The recent Rolling Stones and Queensryche comments were fun to read, even if I didn't have more to add in reply.  

Wow, how did I miss a whole bunch of Queensrÿche talk before now?

Travis, you're not wrong. Chris, you're not wrong either. :)


Travis Herrick said:

If you have an interest in them, Jason, I would recommend Operation: Mindcrime. I put that as the definitive Queensryche album, a very cool concept album. I used to joke that if someone owned an album by them this was it. Quite a number of my friends thought about it, and told me that was the only one they owned. I haven't liked to much of their newer music. Although Operation: Mindcrime II was decent.

Jason Marconnet said:



Right after I read your post, Silent Lucidity came on the radio. Good tune. I'm not really familiar with Queensryche. Jet City Woman is on one of the Guitar Hero games, I really like that song.

Chris Fluit said:

 

Most embarrassing entry: With apologies to Alan M., I think I'd have to go with Queensryche's Empire.  This album came out while I was in high school and I remember liking it at the time.  I even bought the cassette.  But I didn't bother upgrading to CD when I made the transition a few years later.  A little while ago, I found a library copy and discovered that the album does not hold up well at all.  The songs seem a little long and pretentious now.  But, hey, Silent Lucidity is at least hauntingly beautiful.  

There's Alan! I was worried we had lost him.

Chris, I enjoy seeing these lists and your comments. I really dig your you honesty on some of the albums (like the Chris Isaak period). It does make me realize how little we have in common, musically

In you F albums I am pretty sure we only share "Frank". "Full Moon Fever" would be on there as well, but I've had bad luck with that album. I've bought it twice now years apart and had to return it both times because the CD was defective.

My bad luck album was Sarah McLachlan's Surfacing.  I bought two copies- one for me and one as a gift for a friend- only to have them both stolen from my car.  But I still wanted it and I still wanted something to give to my friend so I went out and bought two more copies the next day. 

I like your comments too, Chirs.

Of your "F" albums I have Factory Showroom and Flamingo. Both are great albums.

 

I have a few bad luck cds. Weezer's Blue Album and Greenday's Dookie were both lost in a Dairy Queen Parking Lot. I eventually replaced them.

Then Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream was sitting in my cup holder and I tossed my back pack over it, well the back pack didn't make it and the cd was split in two. I replaced it as well.

Finally Audioslave's second album met a similiar fate, it was in my back pack and somehow got crushed. I finally replaced it.

Dookie!  I had that one as a cassette but never upgraded to a CD.  It was one of the last cassettes I ever owned and I got it as a cast-off from a roommate who left it when he moved out (he probably got the CD at some point instead).  

Back to my list, Full Moon Fever was another one that was almost a bad-luck CD.  I wore out the cassette before eventually upgrading to CD.  Then, at one point, the CD went missing and I couldn't remember what happened to it.  I meant to buy another copy for years and never did.  Finally, I was visiting my brother in his new apartment and he said, "By the way, I have a CD of yours that I should give back to you."  Yup, Full Moon Fever.  I lent it to him and promptly forgot about it. 

My "G" albums

The Gentle Side of John Coltrane

The George Gershwin Songbook, Sarah Vaughan

Get Behind Me Satan, The White Stripes

Get Lucky, Mark Knopfler

The Ghosts That Haunt Me, Crash Test Dummies

Girlfriend, Matthew Sweet

Glee: The Christmas Album

Glee: The Power of Madonna

Glee: The Rocky Horror Glee Show

Glee: Journey to Regionals

Glee: Volumes 1-6

Glitter And Doom, Tom Waits

Goats Head Soup, The Rolling Stones

God Shuffled His Feet, Crash Test Dummies

Goddess In the Doorway, Mick Jagger

Gold, ABBA

Golden Heart, Mark Knopfler

Good Dog, Bad Dog, Over the Rhine

Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, various blues artists

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John

Gordon, Barenaked Ladies

Gorillaz, Gorillaz

Graceland, Paul Simon

Grease, movie soundtrack

Great Big Sea, Great Big Sea

Greatest Hits, Bruce Springsteen

Greatest Hits, Eurythmics

Greatest Hits, The Go-Go's

Greatest Hits, Guns N' Roses

Greatest Hits, Marvin Gaye

Greatest Hits, Queen

Greatest Hits, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Greatest Hits 1969-1999, John Williams

Greatest Hits Volumes 1-3, Billy Joel

Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder, Fatboy Slim

The Green World, Dar Williams

Gypsy, 2008 Broadway Cast recording

Favorite Memories: The two albums that stand out are The Ghosts That Haunt Me by Crash Test Dummies and Girlfriend by Matthew Sweet, both released in 1991.  The Ghosts That Haunt Me came out in the spring during my junior year of high school and Girlfriend came out in the fall during my senior year.  I was the first of my friends to discover either artist.  I actually bought The Ghosts That Haunt Me in its first week of release after seeing a video for the debut single, Superman's Song, on a new music showcase.  The video for Girlfriend was also instrumental in attracting me to the music as it featured really cool anime.  These two artists were part of my introduction to alternative music and I was, in turn, able to introduce them to a lot of my college friends.  This was especially true for the Dummies who, as a Canadian band, were unknown in the US when I started college in '92.  Two years ago, one of those college friends mentioned that she still associates Matthew Sweet's music with me. 

Most embarrassing: I'm going to have to go with Glee since I considered skipping them on this list.  The fact is I love the show, even though it's occasionally ridiculous.  And I love the music, especially the mash-ups.  On occasion, I even prefer their cover over the original.  I've gone so far as to download singles and make my own mixes of the songs that didn't make the albums.  But it's hard to keep up with roughly 4 albums a year and I haven't gotten anything from season 3 yet.  Maybe I'll borrow them from the library in the next week or two in order to get me through the summer lull.

Most recent: This is an easy one: Tom Waits' Glitter and Doom.  I grabbed a bunch of Tom Waits albums over the winter in anticipation of his newest album (Bad As Me).  Glitter and Doom, his live album from 2009, quickly became a new favorite.  I play it all the time in the car.  And, although I'm not always fond of live albums because of poor sound quality, I genuinely appreciate the fan interaction on several songs.  It's great to hear belly laughs in response to the jokes in Live Circus or the cheers in response to the boasts in Goin' Out West ("I look good without a shirt").

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