The Kingston Trio - Here We Go Again! (1959, LP)
Kraftwerk - The Man Machine (1978, CD)
Kris Kristofferson - The Best of (CD)
Kronos Quartet - Pieces of Africa (1992, CD)
LAW - GA10017 (1975, LP)
Led Zeppelin - IV (1971, LP)
Leo Kottke - Dreams and All That Stuff (1974, LP)
Leon Redbone - Sugar (1990, CD)
Linda Ronstadt - Greatest Hits (1976, CD)
Little River Band - Greatest Hits (1982, cassette)
The Louvin Brothers - Tragic Songs of Life (1996, CD)
Oops, did 11 albums this time by mistake. Oh well.
I already wrote about the Kingston Trio album. I have a few more on the shelf that I haven't ripped yet.
Anyone who is interested in electronic pop music must begin with Kraftwerk. Yes, they looked weird. They sounded weird. It doesn't matter. This is not the only album they ever made, but I think it's the only one I'll ever need.
Kris Kristofferson is an amazing song writer, and I count some of his songs among my overall favorites. I just don't like to hear him sing them.
Kronos Quartet is a string quartet that does other-than-straight-classical music. This is the only thing I have by them, which has music that was influenced by music from Africa.
Let me rephrase that. Like the commenter below said, Kottke is a living legend. I already know that. But he is not the kind of name that most people are familiar with in the same way that they are familiar with really famous musical celebrities.* He's a great guitarist and composer. I came across this album used (Yesterday's Warehouse, for those of you who know what that means). Although he does sometimes sing, this album is entirely instrumental.
Sugar is my only Leon Redbone album. Look him up on Wikipedia sometime, it's an interesting read about someone who has managed to keep his private life pretty much completely unknown to the public.
The Linda Ronstadt album was just filling-in-the-blanks. I like her old stuff that was sort of semi-country back in the 70s. I bought the Little River Band tape more or less on a whim and it turned out to have several songs that I really like. They were popular mostly before I started listening to the kind of radio stations that would have played them. About the only song I really remember hearing on the radio back then was "Lonesome Loser." My favorites are "Take it Easy On Me" and "Cool Change."
The Louvin Brothers. Whew. One of the true roots duos of country music (my favorite of theirs is the haunting "In the Pines"), and they sang some truly disturbing songs. Take for example, "Knoxville Girl."
I met a little girl in Knoxville, a town we all know well,I'd like to see Keith Urban cover that one.
And every Sunday evening, out in her home I'd dwell,
We went to take an evening walk about a mile from town,
I picked a stick up off the ground and knocked that fair girl down.
She fell down on her bended knees for mercy she did cry,
Oh Willy dear don't kill me here, I'm unprepared to die,
She never spoke another word, I only beat her more,
Until the ground around me within her blood did flow.
I took her by her golden curls and I drug her round and around,
Throwing her into the river that flows through Knoxville town,
Go down, go down, you Knoxville girl with the dark and rolling eyes,
Go down, go down, you Knoxville girl, you can never be my bride.
I started back to Knoxville, got there about midnight,
My Mother she was worried and woke up in a fright,
Saying "Dear son, what have you done to bloody your clothes so?"
I told my anxious Mother, I was bleeding at my nose.
I called for me a candle to light myself to bed,
I called for me a handkerchief to bind my aching head,
Rolled and tumbled the whole night through, as troubles was for me,
Like flames of hell around my bed and in my eyes could see.
They carried me down to Knoxville and put me in a cell,
My friends all tried to get me out but none could go my bail,
I'm here to waste my life away down in this dirty old jail,
Because I murdered that Knoxville girl, the girl I loved so well.
Album count: 344.
*Note that I did not say "musicians," which Kottke is. Many musical celebrities are not.
P.S. This post is sure getting a lot of hits. What's going on?
P.P.S. Dear Lee, you bet wrong, and now that I know there actually was a tone of smug condescension in your comment: get a life. I apologize for not being awestruck enough, okay? As for "expert," I'm not. I never said I was. I'm just having fun posting about albums that I have, and I approved your comment as soon as I read it. Since you did not take the time to dig into this blog further before posting your comment, you spoke out of turn. I appreciate all the extra info & links, however. Comments like that save me the trouble of doing it. I do not, however, appreciate your tone of smug superiority in your snug little forum.