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Five Favorite Albums of All-Time

Ed Boitano, Curator

The current T-Boy Society of Film & Music poll is devoted to our writers’ five favorite albums of all-time. An album is a collection of songs & music available in any forum: Vinyl, CD, Tape, etc. Initially, the theme of the poll was top five albums you’d take on a deserted island; but it made the poll a little confusing, plus we all understand the concept. It may be our most passionate poll, with some sending numerous revisions. And, yes; I was countlessly reminded by writers that their lists can change at the flip of a coin. What’s interesting is for readers to learn more about our writers in a very different capacity. And that includes me, as well.

You’ll find individual lists below, followed by results of top ten albums and selection of artists and bands. What did the lists tell me? Well, the years are passing too quickly.

  • EB, Editor

MEMBERS: Selections in Order

T.E. Mattox

T-Boy Writer & Musician:

  • Hard Again (1977) 
    Muddy Waters
  • Father of the Folk Blues (1965)
    Son House
  • Stronger For It (2012)
    Janiva Magness
  • Together for the First Time Live (1974)
    B.B.King & Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
  • Masterpiece (2019)
    Albert Castiglia

Brom Wikstrom

Mouth Painter & T-Boy Writer:

  • Rejuvenation (1974) – The Meters
  • Kind of Blue (1959) – Miles Davis
  • My Favorite Things (1961) – John Coltrane
  • Swiss Movement (1969) – Les McCan and Eddie Harris
  • Blonde on Blonde (1966) – Bob Dylan

Honorable Mention

East-West/Paul Butterfield Blues Band* Delaney, Bonnie & Friends on Tour with Eric Clapton/Delaney, Bonnie & Friends * Al Kooper/I Stand Alone * Revolver/The Beatles * The Harder They Come (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Jimmy Cliff * Lady Soul/Aretha Franklin


Mike Rand

T-Boy Writer & Musician:

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
    The Beatles
  • Let It Bleed (1969)
    The Rolling Stones
  • The Joshua Tree (1987)
    U2
  • The Bends (1995)
    Radiohead
  • Appetite for Destruction (1987)
    Guns N’ Roses

Susan Breslow

T-Boy Writer:

  • Moondance (1970)
    Van Morrison
  • Blue (1971)
    Joni Mitchell
  • You Want it Darker (2016)
    Leonard Cohen

Weave Cleveland

T-Boy Writer & Musician:

  • The Nightfly (1982)
    Donald Fagen [I am going to regret not choosing a Beatles album]
  • Halcyon Days (2004)
    Bruce Hornsby [I am going to regret not choosing some Vince Gill]
  • Emancipation (1996)
    Prince [I am going to regret not choosing 5 Prince Albums]
  • Seeds Of Love (1989)
    Tears for Fears [I am going to regret not choosing some Thelonious Monk]
  • Djesse Vol. 3 (2020)
    Jacob Collier [I am going to regret not choosing VooDoo by D’Angelo]

Honorable Mention

Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique)/Tchaikovsky [And God will strike me down for not choosing any Stevie Wonder! May this island have no electricity!]


Terry Cassel

T-Boy Writer & Musician:

  • A Love Supreme (1965)
    John Coltrane
  • Kind of Blue (1959)
    Miles Davis
  • The Best of the Bothy Band (1993)
    The Bothy Band
  • Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
    Bob Dylan
  • J.S. Bach: The Goldberg Variations (1955)
    Glenn Gould, piano

James Boitano

T-Boy Writer:

Tusk (1979) – Fleetwood Mac

The island for listening: Elephant island, Antarctica


Allan Smith

T-Boy Writer & Photographer:

  • Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter (1977)
    Joni Mitchell
  • Blonde on Blonde (1966)
    Bob Dylan
  • Rubber Soul (UK) (1965)
    The Beatles
  • The Nine Symphonies (1963)
    Ludwig von Beethoven, Herbert von Karajan, conductor
  • Legend (The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers) (1984)
    Bob Marley & The Wailers

Emperor of Oldies

Musicologist:

  • Sticky Fingers (1971)
    The Rolling Stones
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (1967)
    Simon & Garfunkel
  • Help! (Capitol Records ) (1965)
    The Beatles
  • Rubber Soul (Capitol Records ) (1965)
    The Beatles
  • Sweet Baby James (1969)
    James Taylor

Honorable Mention (could be in my top five on any given day)

Every Picture Tells A Story/Rod Stewart * Who’s Next/The Who * Tommy/The Who * Four Way Street/Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young * Aqualung/Jethro Troll * Abbey Road/The Beatles * Get Yer Ya Yas Out/The Rolling Stones/ Harvest/Neil Young * Déjà Vu/Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young * Desperado/The Eagles * 461 Ocean Blvd/Eric Clapton * Blind Faith/Blind Faith * Greatest Hits/Linda Ronstadt * All Things Must Pass/George Harrison * Band on the Run/Paul McCartney And Wings


Jay Boggs

Historian & Musicologist:

  • Electric Ladyland (1968)
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Beggars Banquet (1968)
    The Rolling Stones
  • Blues from Laurel Canyon (1968)
    John Mayall
  • American Beauty (1970)
    The Grateful Dead
  • Natty Dread (1974)
    Bob Marley & The Wailers

Honorable Mention

Monkey Man/Toots and the Maytals * Studio One Presents Burning Spear/Burning Spear


Roy Endersby

Philosopher:

  • Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
    Bob Dylan
  • Bitches Brew (1970)
    Miles Davis
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
    The Beatles
  • Ladies of the Canyon (1970)
    Joni Mitchell
  • A Love Supreme (1965)
    John Coltrane

Phil Marley

Montreal Poet:

  • Beggars Banquet (1968)
    The Rolling Stones
  • Are you Experienced? (1967)
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Me Against the World (1995)
    2Pac
  • Nevermind (1991)
    Nirvana
  • Disraeli Gears (1967)
    Cream

Honorable Mention

Let it Bleed/The Rolling Stones/ * Who’s Next/The Who.* Ladies of the Canyon/Joni Mitchell * After the Goldrush/Neil Young * Strange Days/The Doors


Brent Campbell

T-Boy Writer & Musician:

  • Modern Sounds of Country and Western Music (1962)
    Ray Charles
  • Mingus Ah Um (1962)
    Charles Mingus
  • Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (1986)
    Dwight Yoakam
  • Blood on the Tracks (1975 )
    Bob Dylan
  • Made in USA (1986)
    The Beach Boys

Honorable Mention

Old 97s/Fight Songs * Pleased to Meet Me/The Replacements * Twisted/Del Amitri * #1 Record/Big Star * Time Traveller/The Moody Blues


Deb Roskamp

T-Boy Photographer:

  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (1967)
    Simon & Garfunkel
  • Peter, Paul and Mary (1962)
    Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Moondance (1970)
    Van Morrison
  • Canciones de Mi Padre (1987)
    Linda Ronstadt
  • A Night at the Opera (1975)
    Queen

Raoul Pascual

T-Boy Writer & Illustrator:

  • Sweet Baby James (1969)
    James Taylor
  • All ‘N All (1977)
    Earth, Wind & Fire
  • A Christmas Album (1983)
    Amy Grant
  • A Chorus Line (1975)
    Original Broadway Cast Recording
  • Thriller (1982)
    Michael Jackson

Ed Boitano

T-Boy Editor:

  • Revolver (UK) (1966)
    The Beatles
    Sticky Fingers (1971)
    The Rolling Stones
  • Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
    Bob Dylan
  • Hejira (1976)
    Joni Mitchell
  • London Calling (1979)
    The Clash

Honorable Mention

Darkness on the Edge of Town/Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band * The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust/David Bowie * Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols/Sex Pistols * Ladies of the Canyon/Joni Mitchell * Beggars Banquet/The Rolling Stones * Blonde on Blonde/Bob Dylan * Songs of Leonard Cohen/Leonard Cohen * Patti Smith/Land * Disraeli Gears/Cream


Top 10 albums selected

  1. Beggars Banquet (1968)
    The Rolling Stones
  2. Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
    Bob Dylan
  3. Bridge Over Troubled Water (1967)
    Simon & Garfunkel
  4. Sticky Fingers (1971)
    The Rolling Stones
  5. Kind of Blue (1959)
    Miles Davis
  6. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
    The Beatles
  7. Moondance (1970)
    Van Morrison
  8. Sweet Baby James (1969)
    James Taylor
  9. A Love Supreme (1965)
    John Coltrane
  10. Rubber Soul (UK) (1965)
    The Beatles

In order, Bands & Artists most frequently listed in the Top Five

  • The Beatles
  • Bob Dylan
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Miles Davis
  • Joni Mitchell
  • John Coltrane
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • James Taylor
  • Van Morrison
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Prince
  • Ray Charles
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