Kerry's Record Collection from A to Z with Commentary - Part B

Links Abbreviations:  Rolling Stone - RS, Trouser Press-TP, Punknet PN, Rough Guide-RG

J.S. Bach - Magnificat in D major / Cantata No 10 - 1969 - Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra - Karl Münchinger -

J.S. Bach - The Complete Brandenburg Concertos - Volume II - The New York Sinfonietta - Max Goberman - This has number 4 and 5.  I have always liked these pieces.

J.S. Bach - Harpsichord Music - Nobody really plays the harpsichord any more.  It sounds pretty cool.  This has a 1/2 dozen short pieces.  Pretty nice.

J.S. Bach - Four Concerti For Various Instruments - This has one in D Minor for Harpsichord and one in C Minor for Oboe and Violin, one in A Minor for Violin, and one in D Major for Three Violins.  Besides the Humanities class I took in college, I don't really know much about classical music.  My collection is more random than picked.

Babes in Toyland - Fontanelle  -1992 - A bunch of screaming women.  This one really rocks.  Bruise Violet is really great (apparently a swipe a Courtney Love who was an early member). RS

Babes in Toyland - Nemesisters - 1995 - Not as good as the previous one.  Still a few songs are pretty good like Sweet '69.

Bad Brains - Rock for Light - 1983 - This is one is part straight reggae and part speed punk.  The speed punk stuff is awesome (though nothing quite as good as their early single Pay to Cum.)  The reggae stuff is pretty good. PN

Bad Religion - Bad Religion - 1981 - Their debut.  Pretty generic L.A. punk.  Nothing special.

Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen - Midnight In Moscow Single - 1962 - Jazzy single from the 60s.  Reached number 2 and is featured in Billboard's One Hit Wonders book.

Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force - Renegades of Funk 12" - Somebody gave this to me as a joke.  I just listened to it recently. It is ok old school rap. Now great, but ok.

Bananarama - Deep Sea Skiving - 1983 - All their early hits like Shy Boy.  Fairly pleasant stuff.  Concept is a little like the Spice Girls but without the distinctive personalities. RS

Bananarama -  Bananarama - 1984 - The follow-up album.  Fairly good.  Had the hits Cruel Summer and Robert De Niro's Waiting.

Bananarama - Cruel Summer/Cruel Dub Single - 1984 - A minor hit for them.

Bangles - Bangles EP - 1982 - Their first release.  It is a pretty nice of set of middle period Beatles songs. RS

Bangles - All Over the Place - 1984 - No this isn't Manic Monday.  This is their first album.  The material is pretty good, stuff like Hero Takes a Fall and Going Down to Liverpool.

Bangles - Different Light - 1986 - All right, this is Manic Monday.  It also has Walk Like an Egyptian.  Besides the big hits, it also has really great versions of If She Knew What She Wants and Alex Chilton's September Gurls.

Barracudas - Very Last Day Bob #7 Flexi Single - A band in the Byrds/folk rock kind of tradition. PN

Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs / Barrett - 1970 - Pretty wacky stuff from the drugged out former leader of Pink Floyd.  Kind of overwhelming as a double album.  My copy has a pretty bad warp on one of the disks.

Syd Barrett - Laughing - This is mostly made up of radio sessions from 1967-70.  Most of the material ended up on the double album above.  There is also couple of final tracks with Pink Floyd.

Stiv Bators - Disconnected- 1980 - The guy from the Dead Boys (and of course Bobo from Polyester). Doesn't rock as much as the Dead Boys and isn't as all out Gothic as Lords of the New Church. PN

Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead 12" - 1979 - I love that Gothic dark stuff.  Bauhaus is the king of it.  This one started it all for them.  Bela Lugosi is pretty cool.  My favorite part is the short uncredited snippet of Dark Entries on the B-side.  Love the Dr Caligari-like cover. PN|RS

Bauhaus - In the Flat Field - 1980 - Probably their weakest album.

Bauhaus - Mask - 1981 - This one is really good for sitting in a dark room.  Probably their most rocking album.

Bauhaus - The Sky's Gone Out - 1982 - This one is really theatrical.  I love that line 'the person beside him had faded badly.'  The best part is the Third Uncle Brian Eno cover.

Bauhaus - Press the Eject and Give Me the Tape - 1982 - A live album.  Got all their best material done pretty well live.

Bauhaus - 4AD EP - 1983 - Collection of singles.  Dark Entries is my favorite.  Pretty interesting covers of T Rex (Telegram Sam) and John Cale (Rosegarden Funeral of Sores).  I think covers are the true test of a band.  Anybody can write songs, but if you can transform somebody else's song.

Bauhaus - The Singles 1981-1983 - 1983 - Ok stuff.  There is a almost identical cover (to David Bowie, that is) of Ziggy Stardust.

Bauhaus - Burning From the Inside - 1983 - This is my favorite Bauhaus album.  I love Slice of Life.  They finally got the balance of Gothic and good songs.

Bauhaus - 1979-1983 - 1985 - A best of that covers their entire career.  Lots of great stuff from my favorite Dark Entries to Hollow Hills and even a cool cover of Telegram Sam.

Bauhaus - Swing The Heartache: The BBC Sessions - 1989 - Some interesting versions of their songs from through out their career.

The Beach Boys - Be True to Your School - Somebody gave this to me a few years ago.  Ok if you like the Beach Boys. RS

The Beach Boys - Little Deuce Coupe - I think this is the first album I ever owned.  It is a cheesy Pickwick collection of all their car songs (weren't they all about cars).  You know the stuff; Little Deuce Coupe, Don't Back Down, etc.

The Beach Boys - Endless Summer - 1974 - I think this one is actually my sister's album.  It is a big double album of all their hits, Surfin' Safari, California Girls, Surfin' U.S.A., etc.

Beastie Boys - Polly Wog Stew EP - 1982 - This was the early 80s before they discovered rap and they were still a punk band.  Love that Egg Raid on Mojo.  Every band should have a song about themselves (i.e. Beastie Boys.) RS

Beastie Boys - Check Your Head - 1992 - They have gotten beyond the rock/rap thing and are pretty much just doing rap here. Pretty good but not great.

Beastie Boys - The In Sound From Way Out! - 1995 - This is a pretty nice instrumental album.  About half of it sounds like the theme from Shaft.  This one is pretty much ingrained into my mind, because I took this to NYC when I taught a class there and while I was panicking and trying to prepare the classnotes in the hotel room, I listened to this over and over on the laptop.

The English Beat - I Just Can't Stop It - 1980 - Where do you alphabetize this one.  I decided to go with just The Beat like they are in England because that is more pretenscious.  This is one of the best ska/Twin Tone albums out there.

The English Beat - Special Beat Service - 1982 - Not as good as their first one.  Save It For Later is really good.

The Beat Farmers - Tales of the New West - 1985 - Rocking country music.  They were really great live.  Most of the songs here are really good, and it has their joke songs California Kid and Happy Boy. Also, a good cover of Reason To Believe.

The Beatles - Parlophone Demos - This has demos of lots of their very early songs that would end up on their first couple of albums.  Fairly interesting. RS

The Beatles - Meet The Beatles! - 1964 - It has their early hits, I Want to Hold Your Hand, All My Loving, etc.  I love the drum part on I Saw Her Standing There.

The Beatles - Introducing the Beatles - 1964 - This is a cheezy foreign cheepy record that has a bunch of their early songs on it.  Some good stuff like I Saw Her Standing There and Please Please Me.

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night - 1964 - There are a few classic songs on here, but entirely too much filler. The instrumental versions of some of the songs really suck. It's like they Muzaked themselves. This doesn't really have anything to do with this album, but everybody should read 'Growing Up With the Beatles'.  I can't remember the guy who wrote it, but he tells how he grew up loving the Beatles, and how he lost his virginity, and his hippie stage.  It has very little to do with the Beatles, but it is really funny.

The Beatles - Rubber Soul - 1965 - Yep, more classic songs.  Michelle, The Word and I've Seen A Face.

The Beatles - Yesterday...And Today - 1966 - This one has a whole bunch of classic Beatles songs like Day Tripper, Nowhere Man, Drive My Car, and Dr. Roberts.

The Beatles - Revolver - 1966 - This is my favorite Beatles album.  Right in the transition from pop songs to the trippy 60s drug stuff.  She Said She Said is great, although Got To Get You Into My Life sounds way too much like Wings.

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour - 1967 - This and the White album was one of the first albums I ever owned.  Not the best Beatles album.

The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - 1967 - I am too young to have 60s memories about this one, but I do remember the movie with the Bee Gee's coming out.  Also, in elementary school, in a acting class, we were supposed to act out a song and I picked When I'm Sixty-Four.  I can still remember some of the things from it.

The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album) - 1968 - Kind of the embodiment of the Beatles for me.  It has everything you need from them.

The Beatles - Abbey Road - 1969 - I actually have two copies of this.  One on Apple and one on Capitol.  I love the drum solo at the end of the album (I hear that it wasn't even Ringo.) 

The Beatles - Hey Jude - 1970 - Near the end.  Revolution and Ballad of John and Yoko and Lady Madonna were big.

The Beatles - Get Back/Don't Let Me Down Single - 1969 - You have heard this, you don't need me to describe it.

The Beatles - Let It Be - 1970 - The end of the road for the band.  The big songs were Let It Be, The Long and Winding Road and Get Back.

The Beatles - 1962-1966 - 1973 - A classic best of album featuring lots of stuff from their early years.

The Beatles - Live at the BBC - 1994 - Emptying out the vaults. Still, it is pretty interesting stuff.

The Beatles - Anthology 1 - 1995 - This is rare stuff from the early period, probably my least favorite Beatles period.

The Beatles - Anthology 2 - 1996 - Some rare recordings. Middle period, so different versions of Yesterday, Tax Man, etc. Very interesting.

The Beatles - Anthology 3 - 1996- This is pretty cool.  It has different version of songs from my favorite Beatles period - White Album and Abbey Road.  Lots of rough versions that would become really famous later on.  I really like the sparce version of Julia.

Beau Brummels - 66 - 1966 - This is a whole album of covers from their contemporaries.   So you got the Bob Dylan, Sonny and Cher, Beatles, etc.  The version of These Boots Are Made for Walking is really cool.

Beau Brummels - The Best of Beau Brummels 1964-1968 - Beau Brummels was a pretty cool band from the 60s.  They had a hit with Laugh Laugh.  There is a lot of other worthwhile stuff on here also.

BeBop Deluxe - Live! in the Air Age - 1977 - Something I ordered in the mail because I heard they were good.  I was really disappointed when I found out that they are just kind of boring funky jazz stuff.

Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica - 1970 - This album is really wild.  It is some guy Frank Zappa discovered in the late 60s.  It is everything the psychedelic 60s should be.

Captain Beefheart - Doc at the Radar Station - 1980 - A decade later from Trout Mask.  A little more contained but still really wild.

The Bee Gees - The Bee Gee's Music - Maestro Carmen Dragon Conducting The Glendale Symphony Orchestra with Sabu - 1979 - Not the Bee Gees, but an amazing simulation.  Oh yeah, symphonic versions of stuff like Night Fever, Stayin' Alive and More Than A Woman.

Bee Gees - Greatest - 1979 - Ok, this is actually the Bee Gees. Two cds of their disco masterworks. (Well, one cd would have probably been sufficient, but oh well.)

Luigi Beethoven - Complete Nine Symphonies - Josef Krips and the London Symphony Orchestra - One of those box sets that are so cheap, you just can't resist.  All the classic symphonies.  Of course it has the Fifth.  I think my favorite is the 9th - Ode to Joy.

Ludwig Beethoven - Violin Sonatas Nos 5,9,& 10 -

Archie Bell & The Drells - Tighten Up/I Can't Stop Dancing Single - 1968 - Pretty cool soul song from the 60s.

Alban Berg - Wozzeck - This is one whacked out Opera.  I don't know a lot about classical music, but this is pretty cool.  Lots of discordant strange songs.

Berlin - Pleasure Victim - 1982 - This was my formative years, the 80s.  I was way into new wave stuff and this one had the added bonus of the whole Sex thing.  Lindsey knew the guy who engineered this one, and he has been kicking himself ever since then that he took a straight fee instead of points.  RS

Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique - If I remember this correctly from Humanities class, it is about the trip to an execution.

Chuck Berry - La Grande Storia del ROCK - This is a really cheesy (possibly even legal) live album from Spain or Italy or somewhere.  It has the hits, but is sounds like Chuck phoned them in (both sound quality and performance energy).  RS

Irving Berlin - Always - 1988 - A really cool collection of his songs done in the 20s, 30s and 40s by people like Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.

Better Than Ezra - Deluxe - 1995 - You might have heard In the Blood and Good.  They are the two best songs on here, and kind of the only ones that are all that good.  It is kind of generic alternative pop.  I found this in Oregon when I was visiting my sister.

The B-52's - The B-52's - 1979 - Hasn't everybody played Rock Lobster at some party they had. RS|PN

The B-52's - Wild Planet - 1980 - The second album.  No where as good or fun at the first album.

The B-52's - Mesopotamia - 1982 - They kind of lost the formula on this one.  Kind of boring.

The B-52's - Legal Tender Single - 1983 - The catchiest song off Whammy!.

The B-52's - Whammy! - 1983 - All right, they found it again on this one.

Big Audio Dynamite - This is B.A.D. - 1985 - After the breakup of the Clash and the crap that came out at the end of their career, this is a great change of pace.  Mick Jones when on to create a beatbox band that had some pretty cool songs like Sony, E=MC2, and The Bottom Line.  They had some pretty cool samples from movies too. RS

Big Audio Dynamite - No 10 Upping St. - 1986 - Even though the sound is a lot better on this one, I don't like it quite as much.  Dial A Hitman and C'mon Every Beatbox are pretty good.

Big Black - The Hammer Party - 1986 - I am a big old Big Black fan.  This is a reissue of the first two EPs, Bulldozer and Lungs.  They are still trying to get the bone crushing sound down, but the songs are pretty funny and cranky.

Big Black - Racer-X EP - 1984 - Yes, let the crushing begin.  Steve Albini has learned much.

Big Black - Il Duce/Big Money Single - 1985 - A pretty cool tribute song to the Italian dictator and a track off Atomizer.

Big Black - Rema-Rema Single - Really cool cover of the self titled song by Rema-Rema.

Big Black - Atomizer - 1986 - This is kind of the pinnacle of their career for me.  Nothing on this album doesn't totally rock.  The version of Cables is great.  'I guess they know I'm not no company man, but I can pull on a rope to kill a cow about as well as any fucker can.'   (Netscape's spell checker suggested either Fuqua or Cher to replace fucker.) And the guy in the audience yelling 'louder' during its intro.

Big Black - Boot in the Teeth - 1987 - A live album.  The title is because Steve Albini offers to give an obnoxious member of the audience one.  Pretty cool set of songs mainly from the Atomizer album.  There are also four songs from John Peel sessions that are pretty good.  And on top of that, this tape also has an interview with Tiffany that one of the members of Warlock Pinchers, who had an obsession with her, scammed in to and is pretty funny.

Big Black - Heartbeat Single - 1987 - Cover of the old Wire song.

Big Black - Headache EP - 1987 - Kind of a disappointment.  Nothing really great on this.  I didn't even get the really controversial cover on mine (the car crash victim.)

Big Black - Songs About Fucking - Their final album. Not as good as the Atomizer (it even has a sticker on the front that said that). Still, pretty good.

Big Boys -No Matter How Long the Line is at the Cafeteria, There's Always a Seat - 1984 - I bought this because the Rat Music compilation has a really rocking song by them.  No is pretty good.  There is actually a totally serious disco song on this one.  All in all ok funky punk kind of stuff.

Big Country - The Crossing - 1983 - The bagpipe guitar sound never really took over the world as they thought it would.  I remember the video for In a Big Country was like a long Irish Spring commercial.  The rest of the album is just variations of the same theme. RS

Big Country - Wonderland EP - 1984 - The title song is pretty good.  The rest of it sounds like the non hits from The Crossing.  All and all, it is ok.

Big Country - East of Eden 12" - 1984 - A single from a later album.  Not real great.

Big Dipper - Boo-Boo EP - 1987 - Members of the Volcano Suns and the Embarrassment got together for a few albums.  This is their debut.  It is pretty decent.

Big Star - #1 Record - 1972 - From Alex Chilton, the guy from the Boxtops.  This one is early 70s.  This one is soaked in that early 70s singer/songwriter style.  It kind of annoys me, but I really like this album. It also has the distinction of having the theme song from one of my favorite shows, The 70s Show, on it (In The Street) RS

Big Star - Ultrasonic Studios WLIR -  This is a live set of songs from the first two albums.  Good stuff.

Big Star - 3rd: Sister Lovers - 1978 - This one is really great.  There are some quite beautiful songs on here like Holocaust and Kanga Roo, which I thought were great songs when they were covered by members of the Cocteau Twins and others from 4AD in This Mortal Coil, but the originals really blow me away.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Magnetic Flip - 1984 - Roger Miller left Mission of Burma because his ears couldn't handle the volume (tinnitus).  He formed what they describe as "the world's hardest rocking chamber music quartet."  It is pretty cool stuff with keyboards, John Cage style tuned pianos, tape loops and manipulations.  There is a cool version of The Rite of Spring and even a version of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Theme.

The Boys Next Door - Hee Haw EP - 1979 - This is the first thing from the Birthday Party/Nick Cave.  It has some stuff that would show up on their first album, but not as good.

The Birthday Party - The Birthday Party - 1980 - Their first album, and it is a rocker.  Weird, noisy, loud, everything someone would want in a album.

The Birthday Party - The Peel Sessions EP - 1980 - John Peel seems like the coolest person in the world.  I would like to live in England just to listen to his show.  Pretty cool versions of songs and a Stooges' cover on top of that.

The Birthday Party - Drunk on the Pope's Blood - 1982 - Also with a side of Lydia Lunch The Agony is the Ecstasy.  The Birthday Party freight train keeps rolling over your skull.

The Birthday Party -Junk Yard - 1982 - Not as frenzied as the earlier ones.  Big-Jesus-Trash-Can is pretty good though.

The Birthday Party - It's Still Living - 1985 - This is a pretty decent live album with pretty good stuff from their last couple of albums.  They rock pretty well all the way through here.  PN

Bjork - Homogenic - 1997 - Bjork is the former lead singer from the Sugarcubes (of Iceland). Some of her stuff I have liked quite a bit, but this album seems to be pretty weak. (What I have heard of KUKL, her band before the Sugarcubes, seems to be pretty interesting, but I haven't found much by them yet.)

Black Flag - Jealous Again EP - 1980 - Fast, angry, everything punk should be, and before Greg Ginn figured out how to solo for a long time and get real gone.

Black Flag - Six Pack/I've Heard It All Before/American Waste Single - 1981 - Early single from these guys.  "I got a six pack and nothing to do." RS|PN

Black Flag - Everything Went Black - 1983 - A double album of lots of versions of their early singles with a lot of different singers (all pre-Henry Rollins).  Lots of versions of Depression and Damaged.  And on top of that, a whole album side of radio commercials.  Apparently released when their record company was screwing them over.

Black Flag - Damaged - 1981 - A big old dose of Henry's pain.  All the old standards.

Black Flag - My War - 1984 - An even bigger dose of Henry's pain.  Still, I love that whole side 2.  Nothing like Scream and Nothing Left Inside to really cheer you up.

Black Flag - Slip It In - 1984 - I don't know, I kind of like this and I kind of hate it.  Generally, I think that it isn't very good.  Songs like Rat's Eyes where Henry sings "Rat's Eyes" over and over again to a slow grinding repetitious guitar part.

Black Flag - Loose Nut - 1985 - The songs are getting really complicated and very close to metal.  Annihilate This Week and This Is Good are pretty good.

Black Flag - In My Head - 1985 - One of the three albums they released that year.  This one is probably the best.  They have left the three chord stuff behind and Greg Ginn fills the songs with very complicated riffs.  Best stuff here is The Crazy Girl, In My Head and Drinking And Driving ("Drink, Drive, Kill!").

Frank Black and the Catholics - I Gotta Move - 1998 - This three track thing came with a magazine I subscribe to.  Frank Black used to be in the Pixies.  The title song is pretty good.  There is also a long interview on this.  Not bad for free.

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Keystone 3 - Jan 1982 -

The Blasters - The Blasters - 1981 - Kind of retro-rockabily-punk stuff.  They were fun to see live. RS

Blondie - Parallel Lines - 1978 - 80s new wave.  All of this is pretty good. RS|PN

Blondie - Heart of Glass/11:59 Single - 1979 - Pretty cool songs from them even if it was a disco hit.

Blondie - One Way or Another/Just Go Away Single - 1979 - More songs off Parallel Lines.

Blondie - Atomic Single - 1979 - Single from Eat to the Beat.

Blondie - Call Me/Call Me(instrumental) Single - 1980 - Their big hit from American Gigolo.  Not enough people release instrumental versions of their songs anymore.

Blondie - The Tide is High/Suzy and Jeffrey Single - 1981 - From Autoamerican.

Blondie - Rapture/Walk Like Me Single - 1981 - The other hit song from Autoamerican.

Blondie - The Best of Blondie - 1981 - Pretty cool compilation of all the stuff up to then.  Heart of Glass, Dreaming, Hanging On The Telephone, etc.

Blondie - Autoamerican - 1980 - Later stuff from them.  Not as good.  The Tide is High is pleasant and Rapture is pretty funny.

Blondie - Blonde and Beyond - 1993 - Not really a best of, more like a best of what you've never heard. Sunday Girl in French. Call Me in Spanish. A different version of Heart of Glass. X Offender, one of their first singles. Pretty interesting.

Bloodflower - Come Faithful and True Single - This is a band I went to high school and college with.  Kind of like U2 with some ringing bells and so forth.  Some of them have gone on to form 16 Horsepower.

The Bluebells - I'm Falling Single - 1984 - Cheery pop from Scotland.

Blue Cheer - Summertime Blues/Out of Focus Single - 1968 - The fuzzed out classic cover of the Eddie Cochran song.   Reached number 14 and is featured in Billboard's One Hit Wonders.

Blue Nile - Walk Across Rooftops - 1984 - An atmospheric Scottish band.  Generally this is ok stuff.  RS

Blue Oyster Cult - Tyranny and Mutation - 1974 - I think this was a joke birthday present.  Nothing that I can really remember on this very well.  The Minutemen did used to do a really great cover of The Black, The Red & the Black. RS

Boi - Boi - 1985 - This is three song set of songs from a local Boulder band.  It is ok new wavy rock.  (I remember they used to do a pretty good version of Joy Division's Transmission).

The Bollock Brothers - The Last Supper - 1983 - A double album of synth sort of gothic stuff.  Not real great.  The updated cover of the Velvet Underground's The Gift is pretty amusing though.  He mails himself to join a militant nazi kind of cult in this one. PN

Erma Bombeck - The Family That Plays Together... - I think this one is actually my mother's album.  I have no idea how I ended up with it.  I actually listened to this a few months ago and I could not really relate to her homemaker/mother humor.

Tracy Bonham - The Burdens of Being Uptight - 1996 - She had a minor hit a few years ago with Mother Mother which was the reason that I bought this (well for 50 cents, how can you go wrong.) I haven't listened to a lot of the rest of this, but what I did, reminded me a lot of the Girly Sound demos of Liz Phair (which is a good thing.)

The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - I'm The Urban Spaceman - 60s musical stuff from some of the Monty Python crowd.  Pretty funny stuff and really good musically.

David Bowie - Hunky Dory - 1971 - I really like the Andy Warhol song.  This has some hits, Changes, Oh You Pretty Things.  I was never a huge Bowie fan, but he always seems to be pretty good.  RS

David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - 1972 - The whole Ziggy theme album.  Probably the best collection of songs on one of his albums.

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane - 1973 - One Ziggy too far.  Nothing on here that I am too wild about.

David Bowie - Changes One 1976 - For some reason, I have two copies of this album.  This has pretty everything you would ever need from Bowie.

David Bowie - Heroes - 1977 - Really moody with a whole lot of Eno in it.  Besides Heros, nothing knocks me off my feet.

David Bowie - Low - 1977- The only reason I bought this one is Joy Division used to call themselves Warsaw in honor of the Warszawa track.  This one has entirely too much Eno on it for my taste.

David Bowie - Changes Two - 1981 - Kind of picks out the songs that were ok from after the Changes One period.

David Bowie - Let's Dance - 1983 - Probably my least favorite Bowie album.

Bow Wow Wow - The Last of the Mohicans EP - 1982 - You got I Want Candy.  Pretty much all you will need from them.  Their basic sound is really cool, too bad they didn't do much with it. RS

Bow Wow Wow - Twelve Originals Recordings -1982 - Generally, this is pretty good.  Their first single C30, C60, C90 is here and is pretty good (all about the virtues of home taping records).

Robert Bradley - Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise - This is Lindsey's.  I don't think I have heard the whole thing, but some of it sounded interesting.

The Brady Bunch - It's a Sunshine Day, The Best of the Brady Bunch- 1993 - Yes this is the Brady Bunch from tv.  News bulletin - they can't sing worth a damn.  Almost falling down funny.

Billy Bragg - Life's a Riot With Spy vs Spy EP - 1983 - Billy Bragg is really cool.  He can take one electric guitar and make it sound like a whole band.  His lyrics are really clever too, ':Love is not blind, just short sighted'. RS|PN

Billy Bragg - Brewing Up With Billy Bragg (A Puckish Satire on Contemporary Mores) - 1984 - More one guitar rock.  He has more room on an entire album to really stretch his legs.  This is my favorite Billy Bragg album.

Billy Bragg - Between the Wars EP - 1984 - Really good set of songs about Labour politics.

Billy Bragg - Levi Stubbs' Tears/Think Again/Walk Away Renee Single - 1986 - The really great single from the upcoming album.  And there is a really cool cover of the old Left Banke's song.

Billy Bragg - Talking With the Taxman About Poetry - 1986 - He adds more people to his band here.  You might have heard Greetings to the New Brunette.  I really like Levi Stubbs' Tears.

Billy Bragg - Back To Basics - 1987 - This is a reissue of the first album, the first ep, and a single. I already have all of this, but for a few dollars, I couldn't resist. Besides, it has the printed lyrics, which the other versions I have don't.

Billy Bragg - Workers Playtime - 1988 - He generally has a full band on most of this, although it is an unusual one. Not a lot of people use flugelhorn anymore. Good set of songs, including She's Got a New Spell and Waiting For The Great Leap Forward.

Billy Bragg - The Internationale - 1990 - This one seemed kind of strange to me at the time, but now in the light of his (seems like now) obsession with Woody Guthrie, it makes a little more sense. This is mostly low keyed labor union type protests and anthems. It is interesting, but I wish he would pick up his guitar and play some rock.

Billy Bragg - Don't Try This at Home - 1991 - This is Lindsey's and it has some good stuff like Accident Waiting to Happen and Sexuality.

Billy Bragg - William Bloke - 1996 - Lindsey really likes Billy Bragg and this one is her's.  I think it is ok, but I like him better when it is just him and his guitar.

Billy Bragg and Wilco - Mermaid Avenue - I am kind of torn on the whole Woody Guthrie thing. I really like Woody, but I want Billy back. These are songs that Billy and Wilco wrote to the recently unearthed lyrics of Woody Guthrie. Most of this is pretty good, but I want the old Billy Bragg that I like back.

Brahms - The Four Symphonies - Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Box set of his four symphonies.

Brahms - Symphony No 4 in E Minor - Bruno Walter - Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Bran Van 3000 - Drinking in L.A. Single - 1997 - Came free with some music magazine. This has their song Drinking in L.A., which did pretty well for them, two remixes of it, and a cover of Cum On Feel the Noize. Pretty good for free.

The Breeders - Pod - 1990 - This one doesn't do as much for me as the next one, but their cover of Happiness Is A Warm Gun is pretty cool.

The Breeders - Last Splash - 1993 - When Kim Deal can stay out of rehab long enough, she puts out some great stuff.  Of course I bought this for Cannonball (and the fact that it was produced by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth), but the rest of this is really good too.  I didn't realize until I heard this, that Divine Hammer was also one of their songs.

Benjamin Britten - Christmas Carols - This has my favorite Christmas song, This Little Babe.

Jackson Browne - Lawyers In Love - 1983 - I think this is also my sister's album.  Can't think of anything else to say about this album.  I did listen to it once. RS

Dave Brubeck - Dave Brubeck's Greatest Hits - 1981 - A good intro to him.  A pretty good set of songs.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Concord On A Summer Night - 1982 - This is a pretty cool performance.  Five songs which, of course, includes Take Five.

The Buckingham's - Kind of a Drag/Back In Love Again Single - 1967 - Their big hit from the 60s.

Tim Buckley - Happy Sad - 1969 - I really wanted the album with Song to the Siren (which I saw on a Monkees episode and also covered by This Mortal Coil) but this is the only record of his I could find that wasn't like $20.  Very long strange acoustic songs. RS

Buffalo Springfield - Mr. Soul/Bluebird Single - 1967 - Early Neil Young and Stephen Stills. RS

Buggles - The Age of Plastic - 1980 - Not much on here except Video Killed the Radio Star. RS

Burning Spear - Not sure when this from, but it looks like a best of.  It has their big songs like Marcus Garvey, Slavery Days, etc.  I don't know a lot about Reggae, but this one seems pretty good.

Bush - Sixteen Stone - 1994 - Sure it sounds a whole lot like Nevermind, but it has enough good stuff on it to forgive that.  I can't remember another recent album with so many different songs off an album that actually got air play.  Machinehead is my favorite here.

Busta Rhymes - When Disaster Strikes... - I am not usually a big rap fan, but if it is pretty harsh, then I sometimes like it. This is pretty harsh stuff and he certainly knows how to swear.

Butthole Surfers - Butthole Surfers EP or Brown Reasons To Live - 1983 - The Butthole Surfers totally rock.  Loud noisy and really weird.  You got to love Bar-B-Q-Pope and The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey's Grave. RS

Butthole Surfers - Live PCPPEP - - 1985 - This was a pretty cool live tape. Mostly stuff from the first ep. It seems like the audience really hated them. My favorite comment from this was to the people who were walking out of the show "You fucks, I hope you get to work on time." I love the part where an audience member yells out "Play a good song." I think the crowd was waiting for DOA to come on.

Butthole Surfers - Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac - 1984 - They just get better and better.  They have refined their attack.  Every song on this is really great.

Butthole Surfers - Cream Corn For the Socket of Davis EP - 1985 - Nothing hugely great.  Moving to Florida is pretty cool though.

Butthole Surfers - Rembrant Pussyhorse - 1986 - Not quite as rocking.  The songs are a little quieter and weirder.  They do a really great cover of American Woman.

Butthole Surfers - Locust Abortion Technician - 1987 - I saw them on this tour and it was one of the best shows I ever saw.  With the smoke machine, the strobe lights, the mechanized death driver's ed films, the dancers, and the most whacked out music they have come up with, I couldn't remember my name for a few hours after that one.  The album is pretty great too.

Butthole Surfers - Hairway to Steven - 1988 - Not as good as the others.  Don't know what the songs are because they only have pictures for names.  Johnny Smokes is pretty good.

Butthole Surfers - Double Live - 1989 - Really good live show from my favorite part of their career. Songs going all the way back. They even take on R.E.M.'s The One I Love.

Butthole Surfers - The Hurdy Gurdy Man EP - 1990 - Pretty interesting single from them. They take on Donovan's Hurdy Gurdy Man (always my favorite song of his) and make it their own.

Butthole Surfers - Independent Worm Saloon - 1993 - Now they are rocking again.  Who Was In My Room Last Night is a good as any of their earlier stuff.

Butthole Surfers - The Hole Truth...and Nothing Butt - 1995 - A bootleg with lots of pretty good live performances and a couple of really early recordings.

Butthole Surfers - Electriclarryland- 1996 - The album that finally made them somewhat stars.  This has Pepper on it, which at first I thought was Beck.  Not as much rocking going on here, but a whole lot of weirdness.

Buzzcocks - Spiral Scratch EP - 1976 - One of the very first punk records released on their own label.  Great couple of songs. RS|PN

Buzzcocks - A Different Kind of Tension - 1979 - The Buzzcocks were one of the best English punk bands.  Not as good as their singles, but still pretty good.

Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady - 1979 - This is one of the best collections of singles ever put out. All 16 songs on this are great. I don't think there is a song on here that isn't at least great.

Buzzcocks - Are Everything EP - 1980 - I have this one on red vinyl.  Not bad.

The Byrds - Fifth Dimension - 1966 - I don't have an album jacket for this one.  This one has all the cool Byrds' songs like Eight Miles High and 5D. RS

The Byrds - Greatest Hits -  1967 - I was really into R.E.M.  Everybody said they sounded just like the Byrds, so of course, I had to see for my self.

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