In the midst of all the junk, I did stumble upon this magical box...
It contained my record collection from High School to the point in college where I stopped buying albums and switched to CDs. (Roughly early '70s to 1984)
The funny thing is, much of the most important music from those years is not in my collection. My friends and I were masters at taping each other's albums, and living off of cassettes. (Nowadays you would probably get sued by the RIAA.)
So, here a a few of the albums that jumped out at me and brought back great memories. These are all from before I graduated form High School. I'm sure you have you own collection in your head, or in your garage. Please share!
When I was 13, my parents bought me my very own record player. (plastic, teakwood needle - awesome!) My mom had no idea what records to buy, so she asked the guy at the record store his opinion. She came home with these:
Still two of my favorite albums. They definitely influenced my musical tastes for years to come. Thank heavens the guy didn't send my mom home with Neil Diamond or Waylon Jennings. (Although I will admit that I memorized my sister's copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull.)
Of course, not all of my tastes were so good, I did own, and love, one Wings album...
...even though I was never a Beatles fan.
I knew that when Olivia was singing "I Honestly Love You", she was secretly singing it to me.
The male vocalists of the era:
I think I was the only kid my age that actually owned a Jackson Browne album. Yup, that's me: Mr. Sophisticated.
The first concert I ever saw, and the first album ever given to me by a girl.
Steve Miller Band (Thanks Jennie!)
Movie Soundtracks were big!
Yes, I did eat raw eggs like every other red-blooded American boy.
Don't mock. Who would have predicted that 20 years later I would play the "Rainbow Song" on the guitar with my daughter at a daddy-daughter talent show.
I DID NOT OWN THIS ALBUM: (My parents did!)
But I knew every song, and danced a mean "Latin Hustle".
Jazz was my friend in HS.
Of course, so was Frampton. Peter Frampton was required listening in the late 70's. It is amazing how well this album has held up 33 years later.
I saw the Cars perform in 1978 as a warm-up band for Styx. I used to hide this album because I was afraid my parents would deem it too risque - and make me throw it away.
What this concert did, in retrospect, was symbolize my personal shift from "Rock" to "New Wave". While many were riding the dying current of 'Disco", I had moved on to the likes of this:
So, that is just some of what I was listening to in my formative years. Maybe one day I will post my college era music - that's when it gets eclectic.
One final influence...
"the circle of our love...."
Yup. I'm old.