Monday, March 28, 2011

Eddy Music: Beginnings

For me, winter is like an intermission. It is the off season, the time between the championship of autumn and hopefulness of spring. The true beginning of any new fishing year for me is anchored at some floating date in March, perhaps coinciding with the first sighting of a Blue Wing Olive (saw the first one last Friday, by the way) or the first time I catch a fish in an un-winter lie, like a riffle.

Like a fishing season, any album worth its megabytes should contain a great opener. A song that you immediately look forward to when you slide the disc in the car CD player or hit play on the album title in your player. A song that makes you think of the rest of the album, or sometime in your life when you kept sliding in the same disc, letting play over and over. reliving it in your mind, like that first blue wing that kicks off the rest of the season.

In honor of beginnings and blue wings and spring and floating undetermined days in March, here is The Eddy's choice for great album openers. Like fishing seasons that start out great but bog down in July, not all these albums lived up to their beginnings, but they sure started great. I went a little crazy and listed 20. I just kept finding good ones.

Full Disclosure Alert: Just like always, if you click through the links you’ll arrive at the Amazon Mp3 page for the song (or album) you clicked on. If you purchase, The Eddy gets a small commission.

Playlist Three: Beginnings
  1. Is This It - The Strokes (from Is This It)
  2. Frank Sinatra - Cake (from Fashion Nugget)
  3. Nerves and In Buildings (its really one song) - Possum Dixon (from Possum Dixon)
  4. Love Sick - Bob Dylan (from Time Out of Mind)
  5. Henrietta - The Fratellis (from Costello Music)
  6. Kissing the Lipless - The Shins (from Chutes Too Narrow)
  7. Last Exit - Pearl Jam (from Vitalogy)
  8. St. Ignatius - Old 97's (from Hitchhike to Rhome)
  9. The Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash (from American IV)
  10. Tick Tick Boom - The Hives (from The Black and White Album)
  11. My Name is Jonas - Weezer (from The Blue Album)
  12. Easy - Deer Tick (from Born on Flag Day)
  13. Big Time - Neil Young & Crazy Horse (from Broken Arrow)
  14. Badlands - Bruce Springsteen (from Darkness on the Edge of Town)
  15. Super Disco Breakin' - The Beastie Boys (from Hello Nasty)
  16. If I Don't See You Again - Neil Diamond (yes, I just followed up the B-boys with Neil Diamond) (from Home Before Dark)
  17. What You Wish For - Guster (from Lost and Gone Forever)
  18. Mother and Child Reunion - Paul Simon (from Paul Simon)
  19. Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys (from Pet Sounds)
  20. Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons (from Sigh No More)



  1. The Beasties and Neil Diamond go together perfectly

  2. Anthony, well I certainly think so, but I am not sure how Neil Diamond would feel about it.

  3. I think Neil Diamond should do a cover of Sabotage