Top 50 Albums Part 5
30. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – So Delicious
Credit: Yazoo Records
What I Say: If I get to brag about anything in my life, it is that I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band. Made up of his wife, Breezy, on washboards and their best friend, Ben Bussell, on drums, Reverend plays true blue collar blues on their fifth album “So Delicious” (vinyl comes complete with Breezy’s pot roast recipe).
Why You Need It: Quite possibly the best slide guitar player since Duane Allman, Reverend Peyton plays the fastest fingerpickin’ blues this side of Indiana. If you want proof, just check out the quick pickin’ on “Front Porch Trained” and if “Pot Roast and Kisses” doesn’t make you happy, you aren’t living right, friend.
29. Beck – Sea Change
Credit: Geffen Records
What I Say: This album has all the feels man. I remember hearing “Guess I’m doing Fine” for the first time, and I just thought about giving up writing songs all together. This is my kind of folk music and it is beautiful.
Why You Need It: Heartache will happen. And when it does, have a copy of “Sea Change” by your side. A collection of melancholy songs represents where we have all been. After all, Beck was there too when he wrote this.
28. Van Morrison – Moondance
Credit: Warner Bros. Records
What I Say: This is all on my brother. He bought this album and played it constantly when we were growing up. I wasn’t a huge fan of “Brown Eyed Girl,” but that quickly changed as soon as I heard “And it Stoned Me.” Now, this album is in my top 5 of all time.
Why You Need It: Van Morrison’s 1970’s “Moondance” is a perfect blend of his Irish folk style with jazz scattered around the album. Tracks like “Crazy Love” and the famous title track can change the world back into a simpler time.
27. Turnpike Troubadours – Goodbye Normal Street
Credit: Bossier City Records
What I Say: On record, I am extremely picky when it comes to county music. Especially new country, but “Goodbye Normal Street” is an exception. A Hastings favorite when I worked there has now become my favorite country album of all time.
Why You Need It: “Goodbye Normal Street” is a solid country album with great lyrics about down home stories we can all relate to. Whether it is the album opening boogie of “Gin, Smoke, Lies ” or the “Nashville Skyline” story of “Good Lord Lorrie,” this album has a little bit for everyone.
26. George Michael – Faith
Credit: Columbia Records, Epic Records
What I Say: I had heard “Faith” and “Father Figure” a million times, but my love for George Michael started when I heard “One More Try” for the first time. To this day, whenever I hear that song, I sing it loud and terribly off key.
Why You Need It: Besides the fact that everyone needs some George Michael in their life, “Faith” is arguably his best moment as a musician. The songs are timeless, the videos are essential 80’s pop and his ego was at an all time high.