There is a record store in St Louis called the Disc Connection. It is owned by Sherre and she sells all sorts of obscure classic rock – the songs that were playing as we cruised around the County blaring KSHE out of our ’73 Duster’s.
She has a great email list that she updates every week with the latest reissues, etc. A while ago she asked her customers to come up with some favorites for a special sale she was offering during the dog days of releases during January.
I wanted to share a few of my favorites that I suggested for that “best by request” list. As I compiled it, I figured I would use a theme instead of just listing a bunch of CDs, so I chose Concept Albums (AKA works best enjoyed in one sitting…)
Here’s the list I gave her:
David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars”: This classic contains not only recognizable classic rock staples, but some of Bowie’s best writing.
Aphrodite’s Child – 666: (don’t know if this is around on CD anymore) A stunning collection of songs – it offers so much more great music than the KSHE classics like Break and Four Horseman.
Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship – Blows Against The Empire: Kantner’s sci-fi rock opera sits right there with Townshend’s Tommy/Quadrophenia as a well conceived, well executed concept piece.
The Who – Sell Out: Not a conceptual story per se, but an artfully sequenced collection of Townshend gems.
Gypsy – Gypsy: A St. Louis classic with such awesome book ends (Gypsy Queen and Dead and Gone/Tomorrow is the Last to be Heard), it needs to be slowly enjoyed in one long savory bite.
Spirit – Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus: The late Randy California was the most vastly underrated guitarist of the late ’60’s. Lou Adler is nowadays more famous for his courtside presence next to Jack Nicholson at Lakers games, but his masterful production work with California here perfectly captured their fusion of pyschedlia, jazz and showcased the group’s songwriting.
I also threw in these live albums as well, since I had just bought a few of them:
Steppenwolf – Early Steppenwolf
David Bowie – David Live
Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour ’74
Climax Blues Band – FM/Live
Roy Buchanan – Live Stock
Hendrix – Band of Gypsys
Allman Brothers Band – Live at the Fillmore East
Rolling Stones – Get Your Ya-Ya’s Out
Just like the guys in High Fidelity, us old school record store creeps cannot stop making lists!!!