Posts Tagged ‘California’

As I mentioned in this blog, Rolling Stone Magazine have compiled a list of the top 500 albums of all time. I am going to blog about each of the top 30, roughly once a week, over the next 30-odd weeks. In reverse order of course.

At number 30 is Joni Mitchell’s 1971 album Blue. I bought this album as a teenager, in fact it was the first Joni Mitchell album I ever bought. As of this moment, I don’t actually know how many of the top 30 albums I own, but by the end of blogging about them I will work it out.

Blue, by Joni Mitchell, is 30th in Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of all time

Blue, by Joni Mitchell, is 30th in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of all time

I am a big Joni Mitchell fan. I blogged about her song Both sides now here. I cannot profess to like every song on this album, but the ones I do like are superb. If you read the comments in the screen capture above you will see that Rolling Stone suggests it may be the ultimate breakup album. Well, it is a pretty good breakup album, but in my opinion the ultimate breakup album is in Rolling Stone’s list at number 16. So, I will get to that album in about 14 or 15 weeks.

My favourite songs on Blue are Blue, California, River and A Case of you. The album is definitely worth a listen, maybe via one of the on-line streaming services if you don’t feel like buying it.

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I only have time for a very quick blog today as I am off to Llanelli to be on live TV talking about what we can see in the sky this summer (if we ever get a clear night!).

Here is one of my favourite songs from the mid-1990s, from the band Counting Crows. This song, “Round Here” is the first track on their debut album August and Everything After, which was released in 1993. This song was released as a single in 1994.

The Counting Crows single “Round Here”, the first track on their debut album “August and Everything After”

Here is a performance of the song:

Do you like any other songs by Counting Crows?

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