Posted on: April 29, 2008 12:41 am

Help Me Digitize My Record Collection

Slowly I've been digitizing my records one by one. It takes about an hour each and can be quite painful if I get distracted and miss a track and I half to rerecord a track or start over. Or, if my turntable decides to go into 16 1/2 mode, making Neil Young sound like Louis Armstrong, well, that's a problem as well. Anyway, while I've recorded many, I've done a little inventory and found that I've missed a number of great albums and hidden gems, so I'm asking for help in prioritizing the many albums I have left. I will list a small portion of my collection I consider digitization worthy and would like for you to rank the top ten, twenty or all if you want. Then I'll publish the results or go with the currently popular bracket system, or try something new, like pit each record in a schedule against another and post the standings each week. In the meantime, if I digitize anything, it will be something not on this list. For lesser known acts, I will add a bit of an explanation to help you decide. Thanks and have fun. To make it easier on you and me both, simply put your rank to the right of each artist. If you have any commentary to add, please do so, especially if you have a memory of an artist you are surprised to see on this list or you think nobody else has ever heard of. Here we go, in no particular order.

  • 1972-6 Kerrville Folk Festival - featuring live performances by Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson (Turn Out the Lights), and Guy Clark, among many others
  • Who's Next - Somehow I missed this one
  • Loudon Wainwright III - Final Exam - features a sports themed tune - Golfer's Blues
  • Loudon Wainwright III - I'm All Right - Includes a minor hit "Wine With Dinner"
  • Joe Louis Walker - Cold Is the Night - Robert Cray-ish blues
  • Stephen Stills - Illegal Stills
  • Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story
  • Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
  • Maurice John Vaughn - Generic Blues Album - bought this at used record store years ago and never listened to it!
  • Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs - Best of (Little Red Riding Hood, Wooly Bully)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival - Mardi Gras (post John Fogerty except Sweet Hitchhiker and one other)
  • Asleep at the Wheel
  • Beat Farmers - Tales of the New West - Country Dick Montana sings the unforgettable Happy Boy and The California Kid.
  • Harry Chapin - Verities and Balderdash ( one of the first 5 albums I ever pruchased- includes Cat's in the Cradle)
  • Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials - Chicken Gravy & Biscuits - Always a sucker for food songs, I bought this for the title cut.
  • Marshall Tucker Band - Searchin For a Rainbow - Nearly wore the grooves off this one 20 or 25 years ago, haven't heard it since!
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - A Christmas present from my brother  after it came out.
  • The Doors - Classic debut album on MFSL
  • Heart - Dreamboat Annie
  • Robert Gordon with Link Wray
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Southern Accents
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Long After Dark
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Hard Promises
  • Blues Brothers - Original Soundtrack
  • Kansas - Leftoverture
  • Carole King - Tapestry
  • Doobie Brothers - Stampede
  • George Thorogood - Move it on Over
  • Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy
  • Robert Johnson - King of the Delta Blues
  • John Fogerty - Centerfield
  • Weird Al Yankovic -  In 3D (featuring "Eat It")
  • George Thorogood  - Bad To the Bone
  • Graham Parker - Squeezing Out Sparks
  • Chuck Wagon and the Wheels - Red Hot Women and Ice Cold Beer (the featured band at disco demolition night because of their only hit - Disco Sucks - and one of my favorite regional bands of the late 70s and early 80s)

Feel free to influence other voters with your opinions. Let's make this interesting!

Category: General
Tags: albums, music, ranking
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