Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by HenryFly, Jan 2, 2018.
John Lee Hooker
I don't track but just going from memory if I were to guess this would be the rough order...
#1 Brand New (almost entirely due to the release of Science Fiction)
#2 Miles Davis
#4 Donald Fagen/Steely Dan
#6 Kendrick Lamar (mostly DAMN.)
#10 either Beck or The Necks
According to last.fm, these are my most played artists last year, all except King Crimson and Zappa exclusively becuase of boxed sets. Boxed sets contributed to the Crimson and Zappa too but they would have made the list anyway
The Consort of Musicke
Eliminating boxed sets, here's the top 10
The Cardinall's Musick
Hawkwind - becuase of the album by album thread
The Tallis Scholars
Yacine Boularès/Vincent Segal/Nasheet Waits
The Who, Zeppelin, Floyd, BOC.
A lot of obscure hard/heavy rock from the early '70's.
I mostly played good music.
Because of the systematic and "democratic" way that I listen, my most-listened-to artists always end up being the artists I collect who have the biggest discographies, where bonus tracks, archive releases, alternate versions, availability of bootlegs, etc. all factor into it, too.
So, off the top of my head, it's basically Bach, Beethoven, Bob Dylan, Charles Mingus, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, George Jones, Grateful Dead, James Brown, John Zorn, Johnny Cash, King Crimson, Miles Davis, Mozart, Neil Young, Stravinsky, Sun Ra, Willie Nelson
I'm probably forgetting some, and for some I'd need to check the numbers, but those are some of the artists in my collection with the biggest discographies, so I hear them more than most.
In the other thread I said Melanie De Biasio, Broadcast and Virginia Wing. Guess it hasn't changed much in the last few days ... My most played artists of 2017 are... though I'd guess Virginia Wing has pulled into the lead based on the ridiculous number of times I've listened to Tomorrow's Gift in the last couple weeks (and Measures of Joy too), and Chihei Hatakeyama may have moved into the top 3 now based on the number of albums I now have, and how frequently one of them has been playing, especially the latest Mirage.
Bought most of his 70s albums on vinyl last year after owning and casually listening to copies of Harvest and After The Goldrush for years. As many of you may understand, I am born anew.
Same story as with Neil. Dug deep into their catalog last year and spent many rewarding hours spinning their entire 70s discography over and over.
A favorite contemporary artist of mine. New album This Old Dog - great, his older stuff - also great.
The War On Drugs
Another favorite. Lost in the Dream is Album of the Decade-material and last years A Deeper Understanding is very good also. I foresee them in heavy rotation for the majority of this year.
Because I barely go a week without listening to at least one classic Sabbath album.
Another all time favorite artist of mine. Dug deeper into his first three albums this year and couldn't get enough of them.
Had her new album Turn Out The Lights out this fall and it's among my favorite records released last year. Her debut album Sprained Ankle was in heavy rotation, too.
For me, recent purchases usually end up on top. It's not that I don't listen to albums I've had for years, I just don't listen to them as much. The more familiar I am with something, the less likely I am to listen to it. Zappa made my list because of Halloween 77.
Well, if I'm going by albums rather than artists, it's new purchases for me, too. I listen to new-to-me albums 5-9 times or so, over the course of maybe six weeks, before I put them in the "back catalog rotation." Once they get put into the "back catalog rotation," there's no way I'm going to hear anything more than a couple times per year at the most.
But going by artists instead of albums, I have so many titles by Zappa, the Dead, etc. that I can hear one per day for a year and still not make it all the way through my collection for either. Whenever an artist comes up again (for the back catalog rotation), I go to the next album in chronological order. So it takes me a number of years to cycle through all of my Zappa or Dead titles (since I don't hear either one every day).
Fleetwood Mac got heavy play last year for me, along with solo Lindsey and Stevie. And even though I discovered them in November, Klaatu got a lot of listens too. And of course Bowie, Beach Boys, McCartney/Wings, Kinks and Steely Dan, another new discovery. Elvis Presley got a lot of listens.
I better stop or I'll just list every artist I own.
EDIT: Reading through the comments made me think of Jimi, R.E.M., Frank Zappa and Prince as well. And The Beatles too.
The War On Drugs
Every year, my list would change dramatically. In 2017, I do know I spent a lot of time listening to Leonard Cohen after he passed away late in 2016. His finale You Want It Darker, to me, was a wondrous exit LP. But it was great going back through his entire vast catalog and developing a greater appreciation of his work and career.
I always resisted his collaboration with Phil Spector but a number of the songs are revelations, particularly "Paper Thin Hotel."
Cohen's later albums also offer many charms alongside the classics. My favorite LC song: Came So Far For Beauty, but Treaty off the finale is simply stunning.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Jerry Lee Lewis
Cat Stevens ( new and old stuff )
Richard Thompson ( solo )
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Beatles Beach Boys
Alison Krauss ( w/ Union Station and without )
Kenny Wayne Sheppard
CSN ( couch album )
And an eclectic assortment of others...........
Red by King Crimson. It was that kind of year.
1. The Velvet Underground
2. Pere Ubu
3. John Coltrane
4. Charles Mingus
5. Ornette Coleman
6. Captain Beefheart
7. Live Skull
8. Lou Reed
9. King Crimson
I have no idea. With 10,000 + titles and a lot of random pulling off the shelves, it's impossible to keep track.
I'm sure The Beatles would be in the top 10, which wasn't always the case, but has been for the last several years. Tull, Zappa and The Grateful Dead are down.
The Beatles 2017 Pepper box. Hands down.
Think my most played album was
Chris Squire Fish Out Of Water
Earth Wind & Fire
And more of the usual, although I probably listened to the first 4 on this list as much as any other group/artist combined. Especially The Kinks...I was on a real Kinks bender for the first half of the year.
Due to a few large used collection pick ups,my own curiosity,SHF threads,and discovering Music Matters Blue Notes and AP and Classic reissues, I got channeled towards Jazz in a big way in 2017. Some favorite artist discoveries were...
Lee Morgan-Lee-Way,Search For The New Land
Art Blakey-The Big Beat,Moanin',Indestructible
Bill Evans-Village Vanguard Sessions
Bobby Hutcherson-Happenings,San Francisco
Horace Silver-Cape Verdean Blues,Tokyo Blues,Song For My Father
Tina Brooks-True Blue,Back To The Tracks
Kenny Burrell-Midnight Blue,Guitar Forms
Grant Green-Green Street,Matador,Idle Moments
Wayne Shorter-Night Dreamer,Speak No Evil,Adam's Apple
Nina Simone-Little Girl Blue
Miles Davis-Sketches Of Spain
Herbie Hancock-Maiden Voyage
Horace Parlan-Speakin My Piece
Hank Mobley-Workout,Roll Call'... to mention a few
Also Soul Jazz...
Freddie Roach-Brown Sugar
Baby Face Willette
Big John Patton
Marty Stuart-Way Out West
Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings-Soul Of A Woman
Listened to a lot by those artists.
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