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If you only listen to one song: "Be My Husband", Nina Simone


Rubber Soul, The Beatles
Rubber Soul is the other album often-referenced-OMA-friend Jess recommended when she was schooling me on The Beatles.

Live at the Regal, B.B. King
B.B. sounds so young!!! And the crowd loves him!

I'm excited to run across more of his (hopefully live) albums to see how his sound progresses.

Beach Boys' Party!, The Beach Boys
According to the album cover, this was "Recorded 'live' at a Beach Boys' Party!"

I don't know exactly how true that is, but the album certainly has the vibe of an album that was recorded live at a party. Also: they cover some Beatles tunes, which hurts my head a little bit.

My Name Is Barbra, Two..., Barbra Streisand
This album is better than Color Me Barbra and should have picked up the Album of the Year nomination instead.

Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys
This album was slow to win me over... it took me a while to notice the complexities of the songs. The Beach Boys have been very good up to this point -- Pet Sounds has some depth that their previous albums seemed happy to eschew.

Animalization, The Animals
I sort of love these guys. Beatles and Stones aside, The Animals might be my favorite rock band so far.

The Sonny Side of Chér, Cher
When I listen to "Our Day Will Come" I think of Amy Winehouse and then I'm sad.

Sinatra at the Sands, Frank Sinatra
I've loved this album for many years. Also, I just noticed Quincy Jones' name attached to this Sinatra/Basie album, as well. He really is all over the place.


Gettin' Ready, The Temptations
When most popular-to-iconic acts first hit the OMA radar, they don't quite sound like themselves, yet -- their songs don't have the sound that I associate as their sound. It's happened with The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, et al.

The albums released during the '67 award cycle are finally starting to have the sound that makes me think, "yeah... that's the 60s soul music I'm familiar with."

That feels true for this Temptations album, and the next five albums as well.

Temptin' Temptations, The Temptations
The handclaps on "You've Got To Earn It" treat me really well.

The Exciting Wilson Pickett, Wilson Pickett
If dance clubs played music like this, I would go to more dance clubs.

The Soul Album, Otis Redding

The Supremes A' Go-Go, The Supremes
More handclaps!

Pastel Blues, Nina Simone
"Be My Husband" is no joke. This album is real good.


Ascension, John Coltrane
This type of jazz is very hit-and-miss for me. This album happened to hit.