Music on Mondays (4-10-17)—This isn’t what the governmeant

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Currently in my non-classical music collection I have 1,438 hours 18 minutes and 17 seconds of music. I listen to it in chronological order and average about 10 hours a day, which means it takes me just over 143 days to listen to it all. Just after midnight 13 hours ago, I started listening to 1972. Here are the 1972 albums in my collection in the order in which I will sing along:

  1. Bang by Bang
  2. Mother/Bow to the King by Bang
  3. America by America
  4. Loose by Crazy Horse
  5. Baby I’m-A-Want You by Bread
  6. Paul Simon by Paul Simon
  7. Harvest by Neil Young
  8. Rockin’ by The Guess Who
  9. Bare Trees by Fleetwood Mac
  10. Joy by Apollo 100
  11. Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull
  12. Machine Head by Deep Purple
  13. On Record by April Wine
  14. Rio Grande Mud by Z Z Top
  15. Mardi Gras by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  16. Demons & Wizards by Uriah Heep
  17. Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones
  18. Honky Chateau by Elton John
  19. Blue Oyster Cult by Blue Oyster Cult
  20. Foghat by Foghat
  21. School’s Out by Alice Cooper
  22. Living in the Past by Jethro Tull
  23. Toulouse Street by The Doobie Brothers
  24. Eagles by The Eagles
  25. Obscured by Clouds by Pink Floyd
  26. All Together Now by Argent
  27. Straight Shooter by James Gang
  28. Chicago V by Chicago
  29. Trilogy by Emerson Lake & Palmer
  30. Seven Separate Fools by Three Dog Night
  31. The Slider by T Rex
  32. Summer Breeze by Seals & Crofts
  33. Black Sabbath Vol 4 by Black Sabbath
  34. Phoenix by Grand Funk
  35. Close to the Edge by Yes
  36. At Crooked Lake by Crazy Horse
  37. Barnstorm by Joe Walsh
  38. Fresh by Raspberries
  39. Loggins & Messina by Loggins & Messina
  40. Guitar Man by Bread
  41. To Whom It May Concern by Bee Gees
  42. Can’t Buy A Thrill by Steely Dan
  43. Homecoming by America
  44. Seventh Sojourn by The Moody Blues
  45. The Magician’s Birthday by Uriah Heep
  46. They Only Come Out at Night by The Edgar Winter Group
  47. REO-TWO by REO Speedwagon

When I turned 18 on March 11, 1973, 33 of my friends gave me a surprise birthday party. All of them knew that I played the piano and the violin, and sang, and that I loved music, so many of my birthday gifts involved music. Some of them went together to pool their money and buy me albums. Previously all I had were 45 singles. The first three albums in my collection came from this birthday party: Black Sabbath Vol 4 by Black Sabbath, Machine Head by Deep Purple, and Seventh Sojourn by The Moody Blues. Those three albums were the start of the beginning of the end; I was off to the races collecting albums instead of singles.

So which is my favorite? Whichever one I’m currently listening to.

I do have some many favorite songs, though. Here are just five of them:

“This Isn’t What the Governmeant” by Bread

“Duncan” by Paul Simon

“Listen to the Music” by The Doobie Brothers

“Witchy Woman” by The Eagles

“Abaddon’s Bolero” by Emerson Lake & Palmer

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!

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9 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (4-10-17)—This isn’t what the governmeant

  1. mvschulze

    Russel: I have a 64gb I-pod which connects discretly to the car Bose (It’s simply a nice system with a Nissian Altima attached!) 3 years ago in Sept I started listening alphabetically to the entire content. There are 6200 seperate files, but some are up to three hours long, as it contains all the albums, singles, reel to reel compilations and original 90+ minute segments of NY Radio programming from the 60’s, (including a bit of Murry the K and Bruce Morrow…) and even a few books on tape. It’s been a journey. I Like your selections, first time listening to ELP’s Bolero.
    M 🙂

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I had a very similar system also with a Nissan Altima attached! That was when I started getting into digital music. I ripped over 5,000 CDs, sold them, and went all-out digital. Then I proceeded to delete the individual songs that I never liked–Wild Horses and Angie by The Rolling Stones come immediately to mind. Then I inherited a college radio station’s complete collection from the ’70s and ’80s when it went under. My uncle had been station manager during those days and he left the collection to me. A few billion files that I have not yet attempted to do anything with. It’s intimidating.

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  2. TamrahJo

    I recognize the bands in list, alas, a child who came of age about a decade later, and some song titles, read, mean nothing, and if played, I would happily exclaim, “OH! THAT’s what the title of that song is! Know it, love it, just didn’t know that was the title/artist – ” LOL but, um yeah, if there’s any hope of me, at all, recognize the artists – – 🙂

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