By chance this weekend I watched two docs of local interest back-to-back: The Return of Courtney Love (VH1) and  Classic Albums: Nirvana "Nevermind" (VH1 Classics; available

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Long Live the Album!

By chance this weekend I watched two docs of local interest back-to-back: The Return of Courtney Love (VH1) and Classic Albums: Nirvana "Nevermind" (VH1 Classics; available On Demand from Comcast).

The best part of the "Nevermind," besides a bevy of locals like biographer Charles R. Cross and Sub Pop's Jonathan Poneman, Susie Tennant and Nils Bernstein, is Butch Vig playing individually-recorded tracks in the studio.

Since I've spent the better part of the last few weeks listening to music -- both to finalize year-end lists and just pass the workday -- I've been thinking a lot about The Album, Which led to a time-killing list of those I enjoy from top to bottom.

Nick Drake, Bryter Layter
Beatles, A Hard Day's Night
Elvis Costello, This Year's Model
Wire, Pink Flag
Green, Green
Pavement, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Colin Blunstone, One Year and Ennismore
Teenage Fanclub, Man-Made
The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home and Nashville Skyline
John Coltrane, Blue Train and Lush Life (but jazz is a gimme)

I encourage you to submit your own list. Who says the album is dead?

 
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