Here is my final prearranged 25-album playlist. After completing the last leg of a playlist created back in May, I made a brand new playlist a few weeks ago and put it on shuffle. This will be the last time I take this approach; though I plan to continue these #iPodAlbumPlaylist round-ups each month, from now on they will appear at the end of the month and simply reflect every album I listened to during that month. No prearranged playlists, no shuffles, no set amount of LPs. However, if I listen to an album that already appeared in an earlier round-up, I won't include it again.
I listened to the following albums in the weeks preceding my birthday (which was yesterday, also the first time I've not posted on November 1 since the blog began which I'm kinda bummed about). Among these are many more classic favorites than appeared on the previous lists; maybe I was in a nostalgic mood. Nonetheless, there are also (as always) records I'd never ever heard before or at least seldom really listened to. And, of course, there's an old favorite that was particularly pertinent and poignant this week (though it was incorporated ahead of time, by coincidence). RIP Lou Reed - and thanks for all the great music. (h/t for the memorable top image: Zombies en el Ghetto)
As always, you can follow my listenings on Twitter, scan my last playlist or look at all previous round-ups on this blog.
Led Zeppelin (1969) - Led Zeppelin
Favorite track: "Your Time is Gonna Come"
The Private Press (2002) - DJ Shadow
Favorite track: "Blood on the Motorway"
Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (1968) - The Small Faces
Favorite track: "Afterglow (of Your Love)"
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) - Angelo Badalamenti
Favorite track: "Questions in a World of Blue"
Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (1993) - 2Pac
Favorite track: "Keep Ya Head Up"
Power, Corruption, and Lies (1983) - New Order
Favorite track: "Your Silent Face"
Wild Gift (1981) - X
Favorite track: "It's Who You Know" (no video)
Low (1977) - David Bowie
Favorite track: "Sound and Vision"
Waka/Jawaka (1972) - Frank Zappa
Favorite track: "Waka Jawaka" (no video)
September of My Years (1965) - Frank Sinatra
Favorite track: "It Was a Very Good Year"
Land of the Midnight Sun (rec. 1986*) - Wendy Carlos
Favorite track: "Midnight Sun" (no video)
*unreleased until inclusion as bonus tracks on Sonic Seasonings CD (hence the dual back cover)
Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967) - The Rolling Stones
Favorite track: "Citadel" (no video)
OK Computer (1997) - Radiohead
Favorite track: "Karma Police"
Uprising (1980) - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Favorite track: "Real Situation"
Rubber Soul (1965) - The Beatles
Favorite track: "In My Life"
Some Girls (1978) - The Rolling Stones
Favorite track: "Miss You"
Nashville Skyline (1969) - Bob Dylan
Favorite track: "Lay Lady Lay" (no video available)
Nevermind (1991) - Nirvana
Favorite track: "Come As You Are"
Blood on the Tracks (1975) - Bob Dylan
Favorite track: "Buckets of Rain"
Original Pirate Material (2002) - The Streets
Favorite track: "Sharp Darts"
The Velvet Underground (1969) - The Velvet Underground
Favorite track: "What Goes On"
Talkie Walkie (2004) - Air
Favorite track: "Run"
Sounds of Silence (1966) - Simon & Garfunkel
Favorite track: "April Come She Will"
Movement (1981) - New Order
Favorite track: "Dreams Never End"
Thrak (1995) - King Crimson
Favorite track: "Walking on Air"