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Readers' Thread: Non-Baseball Topic - Great Albums

by Paul Semendinger

March 10, 2024


From time to time many of our authors and readers reference great songs and albums in the articles and comments. The SSTN community has a lot of knowledge in the area of music.

I figured I would break away from the regular for today's Readers' Thread. Today we won't discuss baseball. Instead we'll discuss music.

In the comments share some of your favorite record albums of all time. You can list one, five, ten, or more. Hopefully this generates some discussion. I also hope this leads to people listening to other people's favorite albums and expanding their own musical knowledge.

I'll start. Please know there are far too many to name, but here are some of my favorites. (I didn't include Greatest Hits albums.)

  1. Pet Sounds - Beach Boys

  2. Abbey Road/Let It Be/The Beatles (White Album) - The Beatles

  3. The Game/News of the World - Queen

  4. Escape - Journey

  5. Out of Time - REM

  6. All Things Must Pass - George Harrison

  7. Duke - Genesis

  8. Night and Day - Joe Jackson

  9. The Stranger - Billy Joel

  10. Heart - Heart

  11. Back in Black - AC/DC

  12. The KiIlers' Hot Fuss

  13. The Traveling Wilburys - Vol. 1

I feel compelled to also list a few Greatest Hits albums that are great:

  1. Simon and Garfunkel

  2. History - America

  3. Chronicle - Credence Clearwater Revival

  4. Beatles: The Red and the Blue

  5. All the Best - Paul McCartney

  6. James Taylor

  7. Billy Joel (Vol 1 and 2)

  8. Mothership - Led Zeppelin

  9. Records - Foreigner

  10. The Best of the Alan Parsons Project (a bit obscure...)

I didn't add classical music or Jazz with my lists. Among my favorite classical artists are Chopin, Bach, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Mozart, and Gershwin - that's a wide ranging list! For Jazz, my favorites include Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, and Duke Ellington. Chip White's Harlem Sunset is really good.

Do we really want to get into musicals? :) (West Side Story and Phantom top my list...)

Enough from me. Now it's your turn.

Have fun.




Greatest Hits

Buddy Holly: A Rock and Roll Collection

The Beach Boys:  Endless Summer

Bob Marley:  Legend

Best of the Statler Brothers

ELO:  All Over the World

Very Best of Dire Straits

Very Best of Elvis Costello

Beatles Red Album 1962-1966

Best of Blondie

Ramones Greatest Hits


that nice info

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Murder Ballads - Nick Cave

Greeting From L.A. Side 1 - Tim Buckley

Led Zeppelin 1

Elvis Presley - Elvis

The Doors - The Doors

Rubber Soul - The Beatles

Thorogood Live - George Thorogood

Are You Experienced- Jimi Hendrix Experience


Hot Rocks - Rolling Stones

Legend - Bob Marley

Elvis 30 #1 Hits -Elvis Presley


Hey Fuster,

“Murder Ballads” was a late ‘90’s release by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Most people are familiar with them through the Peaky Blinders theme, “Red Right Hand”.



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Olson Erik

Pet Sounds - Beach Boys

Eat A Peach - Allman Brothers

Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

Division Bell - Pink Floyd

Joshua Tree - U2

Graceland - Paul Simon

Songs in the Key of Life - STEVIE!




Tim McGraw. One of the most successful Country artists of all time. He was the product of a summertime romance that pitcher Tug McGraw had when Tug was a minor leaguer pitching for the Jacksonville Suns. Growing up, Tim had no idea he was Tug's son. However, Tim was a big baseball fan growing up in Louisiana, under the name of Tim Smith. And his favorite baseball player? Tug McGraw! He had Tug's baseball card taped to the wall of his bedroom. One day, he discovered his birth certificate while going through stuff in his attic, and he noticed that the name Tim McGraw was on it,…



Growing up, I was an Elton John freak (even collected exotic sunglasses to complete the fanaticism), so I would rate Elton John's Greatest Hits, the one with Elton wearing a white hat and white sunglasses as my favorite album. I also liked Billy Joel, and the Beatles as "solo artists" and all of their Greatest Hits albums. I never was into the "non hits" on albums, so Greatest Hits albums are always my favorites. That's why I was more a collector of 45 rpm singles. Other favorites of mine at the time were Gilbert O' Sullivan, as well as Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, both as solo artists and as a duo (The song "Mrs Robinson" was originally called …


It really is. And it's my all time favorite baseball song. Very popular on Country radio when it came out as a single. I actually got goose bumps when I heard the part of the song when the "great pitcher 'what's his name' " got called up to the majors....who made me think of Scott Kamieniecki at the time.

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