One problem with disallowing greatest hits collections is that some (few) songs were never released as albums, just 45s.
Thus Dylan's Positively 4th Street is only on his first greatest hits album and George Jackson exists only on 45 (and bootlegs). If you think messing with LPs is a pain, try finding the damn spindle for the 45.
The Stones' Ride on Baby was only on the Flowers album, which was kinda greatest hits.
OK, when this burns out we can have a thread on
>song(s) you actually have in your "regular play" list that you figure nobody
>else in the board would have in their top 500 songs.
Gems like "Tiger
>Rag" by the Bonzo Dog Band, or "The Intergalactic Laxative" by Donovan.
Now you're getting somewhere, GH! I was thinking about a top ten of albums that sold less than 100,000 copies, but I don't know where to find the relevant sales figures. How about top ten most obscure albums in everyone's collections?
1. Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
2. Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps
3. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
4. Sara Ayers - Sylvatica
5. Grey Eye Glances - Eventide
6. Beatles - Rubber Soul (U.S. Version)
7. Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
8. James Brown - Live at the Apollo
9. The Who - Who's Next?
10. Gordon Lightfoot - Gord's Gold Vol 1
11. Springsteen - The Wild, The Innocnt and The E Street Shuffle.
I also want Mozart's "Requiem in D Minor", and "Don Giovanni". Something with Monteverdi's "Lasciate mi morire" on it. Bach's St. John's Passion.
>I would guess that virtually every hit song was inspired by a real life man or
>woman, like Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" - Warren Beatty
We don't know that for sure. Didn't someone just pay 50k to get the name of the individual in a private lunch? But you're right about the inspiration thing. I'm looking for one with the name specifically in the title.
"For the record, Simon acknowledges the song is a little about Beatty; it's a composite of three men from her L.A. days. Warren, it seems, was not a particularly good boyfriend."
My memory has been faulty at times, but I do remember a talk show appearance - I'm thinking Johnny Carson - where she smirks and winks when she is asked if it's about Beatty. If you read the link just provided above (thank you - you do good links) you can read between the lines and see how disenchanted she was about that affair.
1 Tammy Debbie Reynolds #1 57
2 Wake Up Little Susie The Everly Brothers #1 57
3 Maggie May Rod Stewart #1 71
4 Diana Paul Anka #2 57
5 Hello, Dolly! Louis Armstrong #1 64
6 Cathy's Clown The Everly Brothers #1 60
7 Venus Frankie Avalon #1 59
8 Honey Bobby Goldsboro #1 68
9 Sara Smile Daryl Hall and John Oates #4 76
10 Donna Richie Valens #2 59
11 Sherry The Four Seasons #1 62
12 Windy The Association #1 67
13 Me and Mrs. Jones Billy Paul #1 72
14 Peggy Sue Buddy Holly #3 57
15 Delta Dawn Helen Reddy #1 73
16 Hey Paula Paul and Paula #1 63
17 Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) The Looking Glass #1 72
18 Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) John Fred and His Playboy Band #1 67
19 Runaround Sue Dion #1 61
20 Mrs. Robinson Simon and Garfunkel #1 68
21 Angie Baby Helen Reddy #1 74
22 Annie's Song John Denver #1 74
23 Angie The Rolling Stones #1 73
24 Oh Julie The Crescendos #5 58
25 Susie Darlin' Robin Luke #5 58
26 Cracklin' Rosie Neil Diamond #1 70
27 Marianne Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders #5 57
28 Sundown Gordon Lightfoot #1 74
29 Sheila Tommy Roe #1 62
30 Candida Dawn #3 70
31 Jackie Blue The Ozark Mountain Daredevils #3 75
32 Devil With a Blue Dress and Good Golly Miss Molly (Medley) Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels #4 66
33 Venus The Shocking Blue #1 70
34 Help Me, Rhonda The Beach Boys #1 65
35 Clair Gilbert O'Sullivan #2 72
36 Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds Elton John #1 75
37 Mandy Barry Manilow #1 75
38 Lady Marmalade LaBelle #1 75
39 Ramblin' Rose Nat King Cole #2 62
40 Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando #3 73
I give up, who was the "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress"?
Or Carrie-Anne? (Although i suppose you could forge a tortured trail from Carrie-Anne through Graham Nash and his move from the Hollies to Crosby, Stills & Nash, which then became CSN & Neil Young, and he was married to Carrie Snodgress!)