This is part seven of an ongoing series where the kind folk of the music business reveal their favourite album of all time.
Ask people in the music industry the seemingly simple and straightforward question, “What is your favourite album of all time?” and you’ll find that it’s not always easy. After all, my industry peers listen to hundreds of albums a month – thousands of songs during that time. Because the question isn’t the best album of all time – the one that’s made them the most money in sales – but the one release they personally can’t live without, that one title they have two copies of in several formats, in case one breaks. It’s also about that album that for them has the best back stories and the one that has the most meaning in their lives.
Richard Mills, Vice-President, Performing Arts, The Feldman Agency
Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman and So, Peter Gabriel
To me both are signature albums that showed different original approaches to song at a time when things music was very homogenized. They were authentic works and they both inspired me that there was hope in the creative process. I was an entertainment buyer at university at the time ( 1986- 89) so I sought out other authentic artists to present from Loreena McKennitt, to the Grapes of Wrath, to the Tragically Hip. This experience formed my interest to be involved in the business of music. Authenticity is at the core of the creative process of the artists that I serve.
Roddy Campbell, Publisher and Editor of Penguin Eggs, a national folk, roots and world music magazine. He is also the author of Playing The Field: The History of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and a regular contributor to CBC and CKUA Radio.
No More Forever, Dick Gaughan
When I arrived in Canada in 1975, the Students Union Record Store on the campus of the University of Alberta was one of the best in Western Canada. Raking through its extensive folk section one day I came across Dick Gaughan’s No More Forever. I had never heard of Gaughan but was taken with the title and the cover, which showed what appeared to be a slum. So I took a chance and bought it. Not only was the singing and playing unbelievably powerful, rich and strident, it also featured an a cappella song, John MacLean’s March, which, once investigated, opened up a whole history of the working class I never knew existed. What more could you want from an album.
Rick Broussard, Editor, New Hampshire Magazine and creator and editor of the NH Pulp Fiction series — anthologies of short stories in classic genres of horror, mystery and science fiction, all set in the Granite State. Rick also produced “Local Angels,” an album of original Holiday music by New Hampshire performers.
Rough Mix, Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane
First of all, Townshend and Lane are two of my favorite exponents of humanistic rock music. Townshend’s The Who and Lane’s Small Faces were bands who actually told stories about the human condition with that depth of understanding and bemusement that seems inherent in the British character. Every track on this album is memorable and enjoyable, bouncing back and forth between the styles of the two auteurs. The subtext of the project is that Lane, who was financially destitute, had approached Townshend for a career boost and this was the result. Eric Clapton, Charlie Watts and John Entwistle perform on tracks and the album’s sounds range from orchestral to folk. I think it’s an under-appreciated gem, and it’s one record I never want to be without.
Peter Wark, DKD Events
Exile On Main Street, The Rolling Stones
I was 12 years old and I think it was the first double record I ever listened to and once the needle hit the vinyl it took me on a journey that basically set the tonne for what I was going to do with my life. It was that deep. It was all over the place….rock n roll…..country……blues……soul….such a beautiful mess and exactly what I had been looking for (but just didn’t know existed). Rocks Off is still the greatest lead off song ever and always puts a smile on my face. And of course, it had Keith Richards. And I spent a good hour just staring at the artwork before putting it on.
Mike Gencarelli, MediaMikes.com
Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
I remember when I started dating by wife back in 1999 and I introduced her to Floyd with that album and ever since she has been a fan like myself. There is something about that album that strikes a cord with me and I can listen to it over and over and it always changes and gets better.