The Beach Boys' Christmas Album, The Beach Boys
I know it's not Christmas anymore, but this albums is great. If all Christmas music sounded like this I would like Christmas music much more.
Out of Our Heads, The Rolling Stones
Now!, The Rolling Stones
It's hard to dislike The Stones... it's good fun music.
Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan
Dylan is rather hit-and-miss with me; this album happens to be more hit than miss.
A Love Supreme, John Coltrane
I sorta assumed this album had always been in existence... something that emerged, whole, from the big bang. Apparently it was created in the mid-60s.
Also: For at least a decade I had the main theme from "Part 2: Resolution" stuck in my head, except I had no idea where it came from: it was just an unidentified melody floating in my head. I really thought I might lose (or have lost) my mind. You can't imagine the relief at finally being able to place a melody that's been stuck in your head for that many years.
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), The Beach Boys
"California Girls" is another one of those things I assumed emerged from the big bang.
Also, I never knew The Beach Boys were legit good. I think this is another case where I thought their appeal was entirely nostalgic.[1:1]
The Temptations Sing Smokey, The Temptations
I would have assumed that Smokey Robinson and The Temptations were peers. Since I'm not doing contextual research on this music, I suppose it'll stay a mystery for now.
Kinda Kinks, The Kinks
I don't know much about The Kinks, other than the name. If I had to guess I would have said they were a punk band, but this very much sounds like the sort of music being produced by The Stones and The Beatles. Which is to say the album is pretty rad.