My Favourite 150 Singer-Songwriter Albums

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  1. Roger Thornhill

    Roger Thornhill Forum Resident

    Ilford, Essex, UK
  2. Wonderful list! Mary Chapin Carpenter's A Place In The World has always been my least favourite album by her, I guess I'll have to listen to that one again.
  3. Roger Thornhill

    Roger Thornhill Forum Resident

    Ilford, Essex, UK
    There's choices in there and one can quibble about alternate choices for certain artists but ultimately it's what you like.

    Some that I would find space for are:

    Laura Nyro - Eli/Tenderberry/Christmas. And as a songbook for others to trawl through and make hits for - More Than A New Discovery
    Fred Neil - s/t with The Dolphins and Everybody's Talkin'
    Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America
    Andy Pratt - Resolution

    Only one comment about the list...Excitable Boy instead of Warren Zevon's s/t? No way...not even close in my book.
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  4. Dandelion1967

    Dandelion1967 Forum Resident

    I'd add John Phillips "The Wolf King Of L.A"
  5. Cassiel

    Cassiel Sonic Reducer

    NYC, USA
    I'm not going to pull the "What, no _________?", since this list reflects your tastes and not mine, but in the event that you haven't explored these artists, do check out:

    Billy Bragg
    Tom Waits
    PJ Harvey
    Robert Wyatt
    Graham Parker (unless he falls into the same category as Elvis Costello for you)
    John Cale
    Lou Reed
    Vashti Bunyan
    Elliott Smith
    Gil Scott-Heron
    Chris Bell
    Peter Hammill
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  6. videoman

    videoman Forum Resident

    Lake Tahoe, NV
    It was an official release and not a budget compilation. Croce's original LPs all fell out of print for quite a while and for a long time the only two albums of his available were this one and his earlier "Photographs and Memories" Greatest Hits compilation. In fact, I think "Time In A Bottle" may have even outsold the earlier GH comp, as I remember seeing it in the bins much more often into the 80s and as songs like "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" fell out of fashion while his ballads did not.
  7. Rocker

    Rocker Forum Resident

    Ontario, Canada
    But it is a compilation, though, correct? Do you happen to know the tracklisting?
  8. Rocker

    Rocker Forum Resident

    Ontario, Canada
    It sounds like you might be thinking of Time in a Bottle: Greatest Love Songs, which is a well-known Croce compilation, but not the one I was inquiring about earlier.
  9. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Please label the photos you post

    Austin, TX
    Will Oldham/Bonnie Prince Billy
    Elliot Smith
    Townes Van Zandt
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  10. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    San Jose, CA
    Nice selections - should be in alphabetical order on last name, not first name.
  11. Avery Keen-Garde

    Avery Keen-Garde Forum Resident

    west London
    I know I shouldn't, but I can't resist... "Wot, no Randy Newman?" :eek:
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  12. jricc

    jricc Forum Resident

    Jersey Shore
    Nice list, while I only have 15 of the titles on it, there's lots of good stuff there!
  13. smarone313

    smarone313 Well-Known Member

    Interesting list.....I was thinking of this myself a short while ago and I would have put Linda Ronstadt on my list for "Heart Like a Wheel". She didn't write any of those songs, but she did more for singer songwriters like Lowell George, JD Souther and the McGarrigle sisters with that record, so to me the spirit of what makes a great singer-songwriter album is imbedded in that record.
  14. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    San Jose, CA
    That's a stretch.
  15. mrack

    mrack Active Member

    I really appreciate lists like this, I'm looking forward to listening to some of these.
    Here's a few that I've really enjoyed over the years:
    Jack Hardy - The Hunter
    Richard Shindell - Sparrows Point
    Bill Morrissey - North
    Vic Chesnutt - Little
    Josh Ritter - The Animal Years
  16. garymc

    garymc Forum Resident

    Billy Bragg - Don't Try This at Home
    Billy Joe Shaver - Honky Tonk Heroes, Tramp on Your Street
    Blaze Foley - Live at the Austin Outhouse
    Bruce Robison - Long Way Home from Anywhere, Bruce Robison
    Butch Hancock - Own and Own, Own the Way Over Here
    Carole King - Tapestry
    Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman
    Chris Isaak - San Francisco Days
    Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young - All sorts of together and solo albums
    Dar Williams - End of Summer
    Dave Alvin - King of California, Ashgrove, Blackjack David
    Fred Eaglesmith - Lipstick, Lies & Gasoline
    Gene Clark - Echoes
    Gram Parsons - GP, Grievous Angel
    Guy Clark - Old No 1, Texas Cookin'
    Hank Williams (Sr) - Almost any collection
    Hayes Carll - Trouble in Mind, Little Rock
    Iris Dement - Infamous Angel, The Way I Should
    James McMurtry - Saint Mary of the Woods
    Jerry Jeff Walker - Driftin' Way of Life, Viva Terlingua
    Jesse Colin Young - Song for Juli, Lightshine
    Jimmy LaFave - Blue Nightfall
    John Hiatt - Bring the Family, Slow Turning
    John Prine - 1st 3 albums in particular
    John Stewart - Phoenix Concerts
    Kasey Chambers - The Captain, Barricades and Brick Walls
    Kelly Willis - What I Deserve
    Larry Hosford - AKA Lorenzo
    Lou Reed - Transformer, New York
    Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Sweet Old World
    Lyle Lovett - Pontiac
    Michael Nesmith - And the Hits Just Keep on Coming/Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stuff
    Michelle Shocked - Short, Sharp, Shocked, Arkansas Traveller, Captain Swing
    Mickey Newbury - An American Trilogy
    Nancy Griffith - One Fair Summer Evening, The Last of the True Believers
    Patti Smith - Horses
    Radney Foster - Del Rio Texas, 1959
    Randy Newman - The Best of Randy Newman
    Ray Wylie Hubbard - Dangerous Spirits, Delirium Tremolos
    Robert Earl Keen Jr. - A Bigger Piece of the Sky, No Kinda Dancer, West Textures
    Rodney Crowell - The Houston Kid
    Roky Erickson - I Have Always Been Here Before
    Ronnie Lane - April Fool
    Sara Hickman - Equal Scary People
    Slaid Cleaves - Broke Down
    Steve Earle - Guitar Town, I Feel Alright
    Steve Forbert - Mission of the Crossroad Palms, Evergreen Boy, Rock While I Can
    Steve Goodman - Steve Goodman (first album?), any compilation
    Steven Fromholz - Come on Down to Texas for Awhile (anthology)
    Terry Allen - Lubbock on Everything
    Tim Buckley - Greetings from LA
    Tish Hinojosa - Culture Swing
    Todd Snider - Happy to Be Here
    Tom Jans - The Eyes of an Only Child, Dark Blonde
    Tom Russell - Hotwalker, The Man from Who Knows Where, Veteran's Day (compilation)
    Townes Van Zandt - Live at Old Quarter, Houston, At My Window
    Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
    Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon, Excitable Boy
    Willie Nelson - Phases & Stages, Shotgun Willie, Red Headed Stranger
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  17. videoman

    videoman Forum Resident

    Lake Tahoe, NV
    You're right. I didn't realize there was another album with the same name
  18. yohalfprice

    yohalfprice Active Member

    Salt Lake City
    Think you did better than the OP, as it looks like you've spent time in Texas.

    Hows about:

    Shake Russell/Dana Cooper/Jack Saunders
    Jimmie Dale Gilmore: can't believe you listed Butch and not Jimmie ;)
    Alejandro Escovedo
    Darden Smith
    David Wilcox
    John Gorka
    Ted Hawkins
    (Can't everyone be from Texas. )
    Shawn Phillips
  19. garymc

    garymc Forum Resident

    Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, but on the east coast now. Started to list Jimmie (and have lots of his stuff) but he's rarely the songwriter (more often the singer of things that Butch or Joe Ely wrote). Good call on the others. Shake Russell and Dana Cooper used to see live in the 70s (or was it early 80s). Big fan of Alejandro in the modern (post punk) phase of his career. Only have one Darden Smith, but I like it. Have some Gorka stuff but I'll have to check out Ted Hawkins (he's unknown to me). But oh my, "Shawn Phillips"....I could tell you stories about seeing Shawn Phillips in concert in the early 70s, but I'm not sure about the statue of limitations. ;-)

    edit: can't believe I left Joe Ely off the first list either!
  20. yohalfprice

    yohalfprice Active Member

    Salt Lake City
    I lived in Texas from '69 to '93. I've seen most of those folks live, too, including lots of Shawn Phillips shows from the 70's on. Ted Hawkins is an absolute favorite of mine, just a treasure. Happy Hour or The Next Hundred Years are good places to start, but all are good.
  21. garymc

    garymc Forum Resident

  22. garymc

    garymc Forum Resident

    the beauty of spotify (I use it for testing things out before purchases)....I've found both those and more from Ted Hawkins. Listening now. Thanks!
  23. Naughty Chord

    Naughty Chord Hole in my Socrates

    Sub-Tropo Texas
    I don't know if you're still around here, @klaatuhf but kudos for including Willis Allan Ramsey, Michael Murphey, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bob Martin and John Michael & Terry Talbot. IMHO none of these guys get the attention they deserve.

    I finally found Bob Martin's Midwest Farm Disaster on vinyl this week. I used to own it 30 years ago but I had forgotten what great writing was on this one and honestly, I don't think I was old enough to appreciate it back then. Hard to find for a good price but well worth it.
  24. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Favourite Singer-Songwriter Albums 1

    Kevin Ayers -Joy Of A Toy (1969)
    Eric Anderson -(more hits )Tin Can Alley
    Bob Dylan - Bringing it All Back Home (1965)
    Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
    Brian Eno - Here Come The Warm Jets (1972)
    Brian Wilson - Brian Wilson (1988)
    Carole King - Tapestry (1972)
    Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman (1970)
    Cat Stevens - Teaser & The Firecat (1971)
    Colin Blunstone - One Year
    Crosby & Nash - David Crosby & Graham Nash (1972)
    David Bowie st (1969)
    David Bowie - Hunky Dory (1971)
    David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name (1971)
    Donovan - For The Little Ones
    Donovan - HMS Donovan
    Gene Clark - White Light
    Graham Nash - Songs For Beginners (1971)
    Gram Parsons - GP
    Jackson Browne - Jackson Browne
    James Taylor - Sweet Baby James (1970)
    John & Beverley Martyn - Stormbringer
    Joni Mitchell - Clouds
    Joni Mitchell - Ladies of The Canyon
    Joni Mitchell - Blue
    Joni Mitchell - Hejira
    Jorma Kaukonen - Quah
    Judy Collins - Who Knows Where The Time Goes
    KD Lang - Ingenue (1992)
    Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
    Michael Chapman - Rainmaker
    Mike Nesmith - Tantamount To Treason (1972)
    Mike Nesmith - The Prison (1974)
    Neil Young -st (1968)
    Neil Young - After The Goldrush (1970)
    Neil Young - Harvest (1972)
    Neil Young - Harvest Moon (1992)
    Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left (1969)
    Paul Simon - st
    Roy Harper - Stormcock
    Sandy Denny - Sandy (1972)
    Tim Buckley - Goodbye & Hello (1967)
    Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything (1972)
    Todd Rundgren -AWATS
    Tom Rapp - Stardancer
    Van Morrison - Moondance (1970)
    Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey (1971)
    Judee Sill - st
    Judee Sill-Heartfood
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  25. klaatuhf

    klaatuhf Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Sydney, Australia
    I am still around and thanks for the nice comments. Anybody who loves good Country-Rock/Singer Songwriter music has to hear Mason Proffit and also The Talbot Brothers. Amazing songwriters. I only discovered Bob Martin in the last 10 years, probably from a mention here on the forum, and he is up there with Dylan for storytelling and his guitar playing is first rate and his song arranging and melodies are sublime. Highly recommended although he's only released 4 or 5 albums in his lifetime but every one's a classic.
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