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The Tenth Pick In The Great Album Game

 Pick number ten of the great album game (that’s Pick X for Super Bowl fans, wait–– I don’t want to pay the NFL licensing fees–– that’s Pick X for “The Big Game” fans). My first pick was The Beatles, and I am finishing with Queen. Two British bands, each made an indelible mark in rock …

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The Ninth Pick In The Great Album Game

 For my ninth pick I’m doing a two-fer–– one great British singer/songwriter and one American. Yeah, I know it’s a cheat, but screw it. My game, my rules. An artist is lucky if he can impact his art once. David Bowie did it again and again and again. I wouldn’t be surprised if he does …

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THE EIGHTH PICK IN THE GREAT ALBUM GAME

 Her daddy was C.L. Franklin, a minister at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit. He was a famous preacher man, check out some of his preachings on YouTube and you’ll get an idea of the pipes he had. But his daughter Aretha, well, she was something else. When she sang in the choir, angels sat, …

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The Seventh Pick In The Great Album Game

 A palate cleanser, people. Since this challenge is about albums that were significant in your life, this one is right up there. Steve Martin was an incredible comedic force and inspiration to me. He began college as a philosophy major, then changed to a theatre major, then dropped out. Young Steve loved making people laugh, …

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The Sixth Pick In The Great Album Game

 Four former art school students formed a band in New York City in 1975, and in ’77, they released Talking Heads: 77. Bassist Tina Weymouth explained what ‘Talking Heads’ meant: “A friend had found the name in the TV Guide, which explained the term used by TV studios to describe a head-and-shoulder shot of a …

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The Fifth Pick In The Great Album Game

 I know it’s only rock and roll but… had to happen, the Stones on my list. For me, the band was at its best in the Mick Taylor years. While Keith Richards is undeniably great, and Charlie and Bill laid down a foundation upon which rock cathedrals were built, it was Taylor who took the …

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