Listography – top 5 albums by male solo artists
I couldn’t resist joining in with this one as I have inherited a love of singer-songwriters from my dad. I started working my way through his music collection in my teens and added a few extra bits and pieces of my own.
So here are my 5 fave albums by male solo artists (in alphabetical order by artist surname, cos I’m a librarian through and through!)
1. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
Just looking at the cover brings all the great tunes into my head. An amazing album, way ahead of its time. There are lots of other Bowie albums I love but this is the one I never tire of. I had a cassette copy originally and played it til it stretched. My current vinyl copy came from Oxfam.
- Life on Mars
- Fill Your Heart
2. I’m Your Man by Leonard Cohen
A witty, sexy album which I’ve loved to bits ever since it came out.
- First We Take Manhattan
- I’m Your Man
- Take This Waltz
3. Desire by Bob Dylan
I used to get sick of some Bob Dylan albums cos my dad would play them all the time. But then I discovered this one in his record collection and it’s irresistible. My dad passed this album on to me, along with lots of other albums on vinyl, because he no longer has a record player and now owns everything on remastered CD.
4. So by Peter Gabriel
This is an amazing album, rich and lush. My original vinyl copy of this is almost unplayable after being passed around the ‘in crowd’ of girls I wanted to like me during my fifth year at secondary school. I was very pleased to get a good replacement copy on vinyl from Oxfam Books and Music.
- Red Rain
- Don’t Give Up (a gorgeous duet with Kate Bush)
- In Your Eyes
5. There Goes Rhymin’ Simon by Paul Simon
A really sweet, uplifting album. I was introduced to this by a school friend. Another record I was very pleased to get an almost mint copy on vinyl from Oxfam Books and Music as it sounds best on vinyl.
- Something So Right