At number 436 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time is “Sea Change” by Beck. The list from 440 to 431 is as follows:
- 440 – “Rum, Sodomy and The Lash” by The Pogues (1985)
- 439 – “Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963” by Sam Cooke (1985)
- 438 – “Boy Don’t Cry” by The Cure (1980)
- 437 – “Tha Carter III” by Lil Wayne (2008)
- 436 – “Sea Change” by Beck (2002)
- 435 – “In Utero” by Nirvana (1993)
- 434 – “#1 Record” by Big Star (1972)
- 433 – “All Things Must Pass” by George Harrison (1970)
- 432 – “Here Come The Warm Jets” by Brian Eno (1975)
- 431 – “Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea” by PJ Harvey (2000)
I own several of the albums in this list, “Sea Change” by Beck, “In Utero” by Nirvana, and “All Things Must Pass” by George Harrison. In addition, although I do not own these particular albums, I do own other albums by The Pogues and The Cure. I have a few songs by Sam Cooke, and PJ Harvey is an artist whom I have always meant to check out, but have not done so yet. I know a little of Brian Eno’s music, but know him best as a very accomplished music producer of artists like U2. Lil Wayne I know of, but don’t know his music; and I have never heard of Big Star.
I was very tempted to blog about “All Things Must Pass” from this list. It is such a seminal album, and has some exquisite songs on it. George Harrison was the first Beatle to have a number one album after the band’s break-up, and this album was it. It confirmed what an accomplished songwriter Harrison had become, and what a backlog of songs he had built up in the latter years of The Beatles which had gone unrecorded. I think I will have to blog about this album separately at some point.
I decided instead to blog about Beck’s album “Sea Change”. I fist heard of Beck in the early 2000s, some were referring to him as “the new Bob Dylan”. As a massive Dylan fan, I decided to check out Beck’s music. I bought “Mellow Gold”, “Odelay”, “Mutations” and “Sea Change”. Apart from a few songs on some of the other albums, I did not like any of them apart from “Sea Change”, which I liked pretty much from the first time I listened to it.
Like many great albums, this one was inspired by the breakup of a relationship. I don’t think there is a weak song on this album. It is superb, and if you have never listened to Beck I highly recommend this album. I had a hard job deciding which song to include here, and very nearly chose “Guess I’m Doing Fine” or “Sunday Sun”, but in the end chose “Lost Cause”.
The full track listing is
- The Golden Age
- Paper Tiger
- Guess I’m Doing Fine
- Lonesome Tears
- Lost Cause
- End of the Day
- It’s All in Your Mind
- Round the Bend
- Already Dead
- Sunday Sun
- Little One
- Side of the Road
Which is your favourite Beck album? Which is your favourite Beck song?