Albums close to your heart that you need to have.

This thread comes from a comment by sourpus elsewhere.

He talks about albums that are always near to you and every now and then you just have to welcome back into your life. I think that we all have some of these.

It isn’t like you have to hear them all the time, indeed sometimes you really have to take a break from them, but they are massively important to you.

Here are some of mine.

Pink Floyd “Dark Side Of The Moon”

OK, a fairly predictable choice, but this means a lot to me. It brings back such wonderful memories of my teenage years.

Joni Mitchell “Ladies Of The Canyon”

The first Joni album I heard and the one that I grew to love the most. It isn’t her most mature work or even her best, but it is special.

Bob Dylan “Highway 61 Revisited”

This is the real deal, it is where the whole counter culture 1960s starts, in my opinion. Bob wrote the greatest single song ever and opened the album with it. “Like A Rolling Stone” changed everything.

CSN and Y “Deja Vu”

I actually like the CSN album better overall, but I fell in love with someone special with this as the soundtrack. My love for the album lasted a lot longer than my love for the person

Bob Weir “Ace”

A Grateful Dead album in all but name. It has some great Dead classics on it. This is the one on this list I no longer own. The CD seems to be unavailable and I lost the vinyl a long time ago. This lives on in my memories only.

Genesis “Foxtrot”

I adore “Supper’s Ready” and the rest of the album is pretty good too. I lost my virginity to this album so that is why it means so much to me.

k.d lang “Ingenue”

Simply a classic. It means more to me than I think I can even say. It got me through a lot of difficult times. k.d speaks to me, she says things that I have felt, she sings about feelings I have had, and still have today.

King Crimson “Lark’s Tongues In Aspic”

It is just awesome; brutal, overbearing, delicate, soaring and in places achingly lovely. If I could only ever own one CD, this is it.

Van Morrison “St Dominic’s Preview”

Not only a great album, but another part of the soundtrack to my life. I shared a lot of my life with someone who was very special to me, she still is in many ways, but we parted. Our lives took different paths and it was impossible to walk on both of them at the same time.

Bob Marley and the Wailers “Natty Dread”

This was the soundtrack to the hot Summer of 1976 for me. Whenever I hear it, it reminds me of sitting on Clapham Common, by the pond, getting stoned with friends and heading off to the pub as the evening set in, to drink ice cold lager, picking up kebabs on the way home and then smoking more dope late into the night.

Bruce Springsteen “Born To Run”

I came late to appreciating Bruce. I first heard this with another lover. She was a huge Bruce fan, as was the boyfriend we were cheating on while he was at work. It became a very messy situation, but when I hear the opening harmonica of “Thunder Road” I am transported back to a very exciting time in my life. “T” had a VW Beetle cabriolet and hearing that song just reminds me of waiting for her to pick me up for a drive somewhere, romantic as hell, I know, but it has a special place in my heart.

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