Seven Albums Don Rivers Can’t Live Without [VIDEOS]
These are the seven albums that I have listened to so much that I wore out the old phonographic records and had to replace them. It's the music I never get tired of. These are in no particular order.
This is a live recording of this iconic foursome. It goes from electric to wooden music and is all excellent. This is a historical recording in the fact that is so accurately reflects the time in which it was recorded. The songs transport me back to that time. I remember putting the albums on my little turntable, placing the speakers in my parent’s upstairs windows and sitting outside listening and being lost in the music. My favorite cut is a haunting Neil Young melody of “The Loner” and “Cinnamon Girl”
This album is like an addictive drug. It’s the only album I ever wore out and had to buy new copies. I did the same with the eight track tape. It was different from anything else out there and the mixing was just phenomenal. It was also the first album I ever owned where there was no separation between the songs. I thought that was very cool.
I had heard “Born to Run” on the radio and instantly identified with the rock anthem but did not hear the rest of the Albumen until after I saw Bruce Springsteen on the cover of “Time” and “Newsweek.” That was a sign that this guy must be really special. I remember listening to this album over and over again during high school parties. No one could get enough Springsteen!
It was in the middle of the disco era and new rock bands were scarce. I remember our music director coming into the studio with the album saying “you guys have got to hear this!” He put Sultans of Swing on the turntable and we were all blown away. It sounded like a southern rock band but was actually a British band. The guitar work was blistering and it was great to hear some new Rock! Then I heard
“Down to the Waterline” and I knew this was a very special band.
My sister had a boyfriend who made here a reel to reel tape of some of his favorite music. On that tape was Elton John’s “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player” album. I loved it. It was just great music and so different from anything else out there. When Elton released the double LP “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” I was mesmerized by “Funeral for a Friend” and from there I loved every song on the album. I find myself drawn to artist who experiment with their music and Elton John certainly travels that route.
I had been an Eagles fan since I saw the early Eagles performing at California Jam. In the seventies we had TV shows like Don Kirshner’s Rock Concerts and The Midnight Special. California Jam was a huge concert that was broken down into segments and aired on network TV. The Eagles were one of the bands performing and I fell in love with their sound. When Joe Walsh joined the band and they released.
Hotel California the band went from Country/Rock to straight rock. It was a huge turning point for the band and their new direction captivated me. I loved “Victim of Love” and “Pretty Maids All in a Row”.
I was discovering radio and the Beatles in 1969. I would use an old roll top desk in our garage for my pretend control board and played Beatles songs on my pretend radio station. My dad had usually controlled the radio in the car and it was usually on a country music station. I finally got my first little transistor radio and about that time Abbey Road hit the scene with iconic songs like Come Together, Something and Here Comes the Sun. I loved the Beatles because they could do everything from blistering rock to beautiful ballads to psycadellic music.