Several months ago, I completed and posted an "album playlist" on my iPod, numerous LPs listened to in their entirety. The order (of the albums, not the tracks within them) was shuffled, leading to some interesting juxtapositions - especially since my taste in music (as in other forms) is eclectic. That playlist was very long and took several months to get through; I waited a while to start another, but it was much shorter, so after just ten days here's the complete lineup. To follow future entries, keep your eye on the Twitter hashtag #iPodAlbumPlaylist.
As before, I've included a favorite track (at the time of listening, anyway) with a link where possible to an online video. My greatest discovery on this listen (which mixed familiar favorites with albums new to me) was The Langley Schools Music Project. It's a compilation of two initially obscure albums from the late seventies featuring a chorus of schoolchildren singing pop or rock songs from the 60s and 70s, with eerie, unusual instrumental backing, under the tutelage of an imaginative music teacher. I found it haunting and kind of beautiful, and surprisingly well-done.
Dangerous (1991) - Michael Jackson
Favorite track: "In the Closet"
The Rite of Spring (composed 1913) - Igor Stravinsky
Favorite track: "Spring Khorovod" (jump to 7:35)
154 (1979) - Wire
Favorite track: "The 15th"
The Dream Academy (1985) - The Dream Academy
Favorite track: "Life in a Northern Town"
Astral Weeks (1968) - Van Morrison
Favorite track: "Astral Weeks"
Treasures of the 14th and 15th Centuries (comp. 1300-1500) - various composers
(this cover image is from a different album by the same performers)
Favorite track: "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree"
Mishima (1985) - Philip Glass
Favorite track: "November 25: The Last Day"
Giftgas (rec. circa 1975) - Throbbing Gristle
Favorite track: "Image 5: Satan"
The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959) - Ornette Coleman
Favorite track: "Eventually"
Diamond Dogs (1974) - David Bowie
Favorite track: "Sweet Thing"
Doggystyle (1993) - Snoop Doggy Dogg
Favorite track: "Ain't No Fun"
Purple Rain (1984) - Prince
Favorite track: "Darling Nikki" (no video available)
Back to Black (2006) - Amy Winehouse
Favorite track: "You Know I'm No Good"
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) - Vince Guaraldi
Favorite track: "Christmas Time is Here (vocals)"
This Nation's Saving Grace (1985) - The Fall
Favorite track: "Barmy"
All Eyez on Me (1996) - 2Pac
Favorite track: "Only God Can Judge Me"
White Cannibal (rec. 1980-81) - James Chance & the Contortions
Favorite track: "Money to Burn" (no video available)
Twin Peaks (1990) - Angelo Badalamenti
Favorite track: "Falling"
Innocence & Despair: The Langley Schools Music Project (comp. 1977-78) - Hans Fenger & Langley School District
Favorite track: "I'm Into Something Good"
Requiem for a Dream (2000) - Clint Mansell
Favorite track: "Summer Overture"