Our two lists crossed today in a unique way with two all-time classics on the agenda - Fleetwood Mac's Rumours courtesy of Chuck and Van Morrison's Astral Weeks from Kendall.
So why not make it three? Often hailed as the greatest album of all-time on critic's lists, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is certainly deserving of the honor. Whether it's the best musically-speaking is up to personal taste, but the album is, perhaps, the most important album of all-time for the creative freedom it unleashed in rock and roll.
It is your bonus pick of the day.
- Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb
CHUCK'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
Why I Love It
When Fleetwood Mac was ready to record its 11th album, the plan of attack was not to have romantic friction between band members. However, discord led to a masterpiece in this case. Prior to entering the studio, John and Christine McVie were fresh off a divorce, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were having relationship difficulties, and Mick Fleetwood discovered that his wife was having an affair. Somehow, the band put those domestic disputes aside to record what is widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time. Utilizing three different singers, this masterpiece is chocked full of some of the band's biggest and most memorable songs. It's another one of those records that I have to listen to all of if I'm going to listen to any of it. I also believe that Buckingham is one of the most underrated guitar players of all time. The guy is beyond fantastic, which is evident on several of the songs on this album. Without question, Rumours would be on my list of 100 greatest albums, too.
"Second Hand News," "Never Going Back Again" and "Go Your Own Way"
Kendall on Chuck's Album of the Day
This is one of those days where everything just kind of lined up perfect, and we ended up with two all-time classics. That's not specifically what this countdown is about; it was more about introducing you to personal favorites that draw us back in again and again, but then it also makes sense that some of the greatest albums of all-time would have the power to do that. And this one is just as powerful as the album I share below.
KENDALL'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
Astral Weeks (1968)
Why I Love It
Everybody knows Van Morrison's "Brown-Eyed Girl" along with some of his other better-known hits.
But I'll admit I was late to the game on his albums, something that I've been exploring over the past decade or so. I think he has one of the best classic rock catalogs out there, and he's become one of my favorite artists. Narrowing this down to just one Van Morrison album was the hard part, but I settled on Astral Weeks because it was so emphatically non-rock and roll.
On the contrary, similar to the way The Beatles were pushing boundaries on your bonus pick of the day, Van Morrison dives into blues and jazz and a myriad of other styles on this record free from any constraints or expectations. It's one of the best albums in the history of popular music.
"Sweet Thing," "Cyprus Avenue" and "The Way Young Lovers Do"
Chuck on Kendall's Album of the Day
Here's another cool day where our albums have a lot in common. Like my selection for today, Astral Weeks is heralded as one of the greatest albums of all time. Rightfully so. From start to finish, this is a beautiful and hypnotic record filled with gorgeous songs. It's a timeless album that stuck with me and draws me back in regularly. This was also one that just missed making my final 100. I'm glad Kendall included it on his list.