Mark’s 45 pick: Albums not singles!

“House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals (1964)

Mark Johnson says:

“Sadly, I have little to offer you in the way of 45’s. My musical birth was in an era [and in a family] that believed in the *album*. Even the ‘singles’ I discovered on my own were from ‘best of’ albums:
8 year-old Mark was listening to Bo Diddley ‘Who do you love’ and The Animals ‘House of the Rising Sun’.

The Beatles were a huge part of my childhood [a baby sitter gifted me two beat-up compilation albums] ‘Eight Days a Week’ and ‘I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party’ were the stand out tracks for me, but I quickly discovered the albums ‘Revolver’ and the ‘White Album’ and ‘Abbey Road’ and never looked back.

The careful construction of the album informed my [in]famous mix tapes. I was forever seeking the perfect *transition* from track to track. That aching, hanging moment when the next notes are about to play—and when they come, they surprise you with their perfection.”

Abbey-Road

Wondering what this is all about?

In September 2015, I asked readers of my inbox zine, Rusty’s Electric Dreams, to share their all-time favorite single from the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s and tell me why they like it.

Years ago, a friend of mine had a “33 1/3” birthday party where she spun vinyl LPs. I thought that was a cool idea and imagined doing that for my 45th, but with everyone sharing their favorite 45 RPM singles.

So, here we are. It’s September 2015 and my birthday quickly approaches.

Instead of having a big bash, I have a SPECIAL REQUEST to ask of all of you. I want to take a musical trip down memory lane, because –seriously– where would we be without music??

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