30. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River 12/13
Not much finer than blasting a little CCR for that soul. This is their third studio album and was released in August 1969. This albums packs a lot of punching for being under 30 minutes in length, there are are several tracks shorter than 3 minutes. Bad Moon Rising and Commotion made it to #2 on the Billboard chart, and the album itself made it all the way to #1. One of my favorite football players back in the day was Andre “Bad Moon” Rison. I also remember a lot of times borrowing my dad’s car in high school and listening to the Creedence tape that was in there over and over and over again. Wikipedia classifies this CCR album as ‘swamp rock’, further defined as “highly emotional, lovelorn lyrics, tripleting honky-tonk pianos, undulating bass lines, bellowing horn sections and a strong rhythm and blues backbeat.” Which is pretty accurate I suppose. There is something so simple and natural about what CCR does making it very appealing. Wrote a Song For Everyone, even you. Seeking my fame and fortune looking for a pot of gold. Admittedly there’s a few of these songs I don’t hear that often: Tombstone Shadow, Cross-Tie Walker, Sinister Purpose. These tracks don’t often reap the glory of this album, but they are just as deserving as Green River, Commotion, etc. Good stuff.
31. Primus – Sailing the Seas of Cheese 12/13
Released in 1991, their second studio album. I like Les Claypool and Primus, I’m just not as educated as I probably should be about them. I’ve listened to them here and there, but I haven’t spent time front to back with one of their albums so let’s do this. Here they come. Here Come the Bastards. Les Claypool is certifiable, that’s why he’s so great. I haven’t seen Primus live mostly cause they’ve been on hiatus for 10+ years, but I did see Les Claypool with Oysterhead. He has such a commanding stage prescense that you can’t help but feast your eyes and ears on. Fish on is pretty epic and part of their Fisherman Chronicles which are continued on later albums. Los Bastardos esta aqui. Freaks!
32. Radiohead – Kid A 12/13
Released October 2000. I dig Radiohead, but again I haven’t spent enough time with this album. Which is exactly the goal of this #100AlbumsIn100Days concept. To force myself to spend time with these albums. I certainly do not require an arm twist to listen to this one. This project will make a big difference in the coming months as to which albums I end up hanging out with more as a result of this. I have a feeling that this album could fall into that territory. Everything in it’s right place. Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon. So why haven’t I spent much time with this one? I didn’t really sink into Radiohead too deeply until 2003 with Hail to the Thief. Ok Computer and Kid A get a lot of praise. Kid A has made a lot of Top-100-Album type lists, and even ranks right at the top on several Top-100-Of-The-2000s type lists. Credit. I’ve mentioned layers before in this project, but here’s another example of an album that has so many layers to it. I’m listening with headphones today at a moderate volume, but I suspect there’s even more layers to this with even better headphones and a louder volume. Maybe this is my issue with this album, I’m already at the end of it and no individual tracks popped out for me. I like it, I guess it’s just that individual tracks don’t often play that long when they pop up on shuffle because this album is much more about the sum of its parts rather than the individuality of it’s tracks (for me). With that being said, I did enjoy the first two tracks Everything in Its Right Place, Kid A, as well as the track Idioteque more so than the rest. Not sure what’s up with all the dead air at the end of the last track, I get that they added this bonus “sound” but there’s even more emptiness after that.
33. Ween – White Pepper 12/13
Also released in 2000. Here we find Ween with a very polished album that sounds great from start to finish. This is their 7th studio album and last on Elektra Records. Where as Kid A started with “Everything In It’s Right Place”, this album startes with “Exactly Where I’m At”. Again, this is another album I haven’t spent a considerable time sitting with, but as I’m listening it’s sounding more familiar than it is. Flutes of Chi sounds very familiar. I love you even if you don’t. I had the pleasure of seeing Ween live several years back, it was a pretty crazy show. Stuck in my cabana living on bananas and blow. Speaking of, I have a banana I’ll eat right now. Part of what makes Ween Ween is their bizarre sense of humor mixed into songs that are actual songs. It’s great. As evidenced in a song like Pandy Fackler. Not many bands can release a song like that. Good stuff. Good album.