• Dr. Neal's All Time Favorite Albums

    by Dr. Neal
    on Feb 3rd, 2017

I often hear from patients and from friends that they enjoy the music that I play.  Throughout my lifetime there have been countless great songs recorded by a volume of various artists.  Most have been one hit wonders while others have recorded several amazing songs.  Seldom has an artist put together an entire album where each and every song is solid on its own.  I understand that tastes in music are very specific and that they also change, grow and mature with time.  I gave some thought to which albums in my personal collection belong to that "every song is solid" category.  Certainly Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd would have to be the stand alone best recording.  Coming in second and representing an entirely different genre would be The Last Waltz by The Band and their friends.  When considering artists "and their friends" I have to remember Anthology by Duane Allman which in addition to the great Allman Brothers hits includes recordings which he performed while a studio musician at Muscle Scholes which by the way is an outstanding documentary in its own right.  Staying in that blues and folk influenced genre I would include In Concert by Derek and the Dominos.  Derek and the Dominos was a great band which as Eric Clapton claims in his autobiography, had too brief of a history.  Their most memorable song, Layla, is not featured on the In Concert playlist, but an excellent rendition with perhaps one of the most amazing introductions in all of music history can be found on Eric Clapton's recording, One More Car, One More Rider which in itself makes the list of great albums.  You can't discuss this genre without including Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett whose Best of album is nothing less than remarkable as is the list of band members which include at various times Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Bobby Whitlock, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, King Curtis, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon.  Note that Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon joined Eric Clapton in forming Derek and the Dominos.  One can't discuss this blues/folk genre without a mention of the Grateful Dead and their live Europe '72 album.  Shifting to a rock and roll influence I have to start with the Beatles who were not among my favorites in their early years, but later on they went on an amazing transformation that changed music as we knew it.  The most amazing album of the several later recordings would have to be The White Album in which the cover itself plays tricks on your mind.  A contemporary of the Beatles who have evolved with generations are the Rolling Stones.  The Stones had so many amazing albums that singling out just one is quite challenging; however, my personal favorite remains Get Your Ya Yas Out.  Two British Invasion bands that did not enjoy the overwhelming popularity of the Beatles or Stones but recorded solid albums would be Wishbone Ash (their Live Dates album is outstanding, start to finish) and Spirit with their album 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus.  Interestingly Spirit was in the news late last year over a lawsuit in which they sued Led Zepplin for stealing a rift from Taurus for their song Stairway to Heaven.  Spirit lost the suit but you cannot listen to Taurus without hearing Stairway to Heaven.  Of course Tommy by The Who exploded on the music scene launching the band to the elite of rock music.  Dire Straits took rock music to new heights with Brothers in Arms.  Fine Young Cannibals came out of nowhere with their amazing album The Raw and the Cooked.  More recently Australian musicians have made their way into the music industry, and if you have not heard Live at Red Rocks by John Butler Trio, then you have a treat waiting for you.  And more recently I have stumbled onto Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats whose title album is fantastic highlighted by my all time favorite song, I Need Never Get Old.

Author Dr. Neal Dr. Neal Nealis is the principal dentist at Neal C. Nealis dentistry in Chicago. His office is located at 737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 910. Dr. Nealis has taught at three colleges and currently lectures to other dentists.

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