Saturday, 20 February 2010
Vatican identifies top ten albums
Ok. As a music fan this is something that really interests me....
The vatican released a list of their picks for the top ten albums to take to a desert island. Well it's not really the vatican. it is the unofficial newspaper of the Holy See - L'Osservatore Romano.
The albums are as follows:
1. The Beatles, Revolver
2. David Crosby, If I Could Only Remember My Name
3. Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
4. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
5. Donald Fagen, The Nightfly
6. Michael Jackson, Thriller
7. Paul Simon, Graceland
8. U2, Achtung Baby
9. Oasis, (What's the Story) Morning Glory
10. Carlos Santana, Supernatural
Obviously these albums do not reflect on the artists themselves. David Crosby is known for his free love. Giving his sperm the other day to two gay women, that they might have a child. John Lennon declaring that the beatles were bigger than Jesus Christ. Carlos Santana is now a buddist. Stevie nicks of Fleetwood Mac indulges her new age and white witch issues. and I could go on.
Significant to Donald Fagans album Nightfly is the big hit "I.G.Y. (International Geophysical Year)" Not many people know about this year. It was an international scientific project that lasted from July 1, 1957, to December 31, 1958. The IGY encompassed eleven Earth sciences: aurora and airglow, cosmic rays, geomagnetism, gravity, ionospheric physics, longitude and latitude determinations (precision mapping), meteorology, oceanography, seismology and solar activity.... and it was a good song from 1983.
"What a beautiful world this would be... what a glorious time to be free." - Donald Fagan, IGY
U2 is a good choice. Not a great fan of theirs, except for "under a blood red sky". Although their second album, "october", might be the most spiritual. Particularly liked the songs "40" "New years day" "Seconds" and "sunday Bloody Sunday" from their third album "War". "40" is a variation on Psalm 40 and usually in their early days the crowd would sing along with the good Catholic Bono.
I don't know why other albums or Artisits weren't chosen. What about Taylor Swift; Carman; Daniel O'Donnell; Peter Paul and Mary; Journey; Collective Soul; Cat Stevens (or Yusaf as he is now called); Anne Murray; Donna Summer; Al Green; and I could go on. These people may not necessarily be catholic, but they have lots of hits and they are strong in their faith.
All in all it is not a bad list, but if I am to take 10 albums with me to a desert island, I surely would not choose any of these albums.