Welcome to Top 5 Records! The weekly show-and-tell online hangout where we discuss our love of music and our “Top 5 Records” for particular occasions.
Whether we’re at the decks DJing a set at the party, manning the tape deck while driving on a cross-country road trip, commiserating with sad songs over a broken heart, or stranded on a lonely with nothing but music, each scenario calls for a different essential Top 5 records for THAT moment. What are your Top 5 Records for….?
The concept album, a visionary fusion of storytelling and music in rock and pop has captivated audiences since their inception, by weaving intricate narratives and thematic coherence, igniting the imagination and inviting listeners to embark on a transformative sonic journey. Our theme for Volume 8 is “Concept Albums” – albums whose tracks hold a larger meaning collectively than the sum of all their individual part songs.
Brian’s Top 5 (link):
- “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” (1972) – David Bowie
- “Wish you were here” – (1975) – Pink Floyd
- “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” (1998) – Neutral Milk Hotel
- “The Sophtware Slump” (2000) – Grandaddy
- “Ghost of the Forest” (2019) – Ghost of the Forest
Bemsha’s Top 5 (link):
- A Love Supreme (196)5 – John Coltrane
- What’s Going On (1971) – Marvin Gaye
- Quadrophenia (1973) – The Who
- Rabbit Island Music Festival (1973) – Gabby Pahinui
- Harmony of Difference (2017) – Kamasi Washington
Michael’s Top 5 (link):
- Magical Mystery Tour (1967) – The Beatles
- Carrie & Lowell (2015) – Sufjan Stevens
- Echoes of Japan (2017) – Minyo Crusaders
- Music from a Surplus Store (1959) – Jack Fascinato
- Discreet Music (1975) – Brian Eno