May/June On My Deathbed

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The deadline to enter the May/June On My Deathbed contest, brought to you by Taylor Guitars, has expired.

Sean Moran of Honolulu, Hawaii, is the contest winner. For his Deathbed list, he selected:

Reckoning, R.E.M.
Into The Mystery, David Wilcox
Greatest Hits, The Police
Shangri-la, Mark Knopfler
The Name of This Band is Talking Heads, Talking Heads
Surprise, Paul Simon
All For Nothing, Nothing For All, The Replacements
Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan
Shine, Daniel Lanois
461 Ocean Boulevard, Eric Clapton


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  1. Hot Tuna – Burgers
    Ryan Adams – Cold Roses
    The Band – Northern Lights, Southern Cross
    Little Feat – Waiting for Columbus
    Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die
    Emmylou Harris – Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town
    The Allman Brothers – The Fillmore Concerts
    The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
    Ry Cooder – Bop ’til you Drop
    Mick Taylor – Mick Taylor

    Thanks – Let it hap’n cap’n!

  2. Chris Whitley- Hotel Vast Horizon
    Whiskey Town- Pneumonia
    Lucinda Williams- Live at the Philmore
    Tom Petty- She’s the One (Soundtrack)
    Counting Crows- August and Everything After
    Darrell Scott- Theater of the Unheard
    The Beatles- Revolver
    Ani Difranco- Knuckle Down
    Elvis Costello- When I was Cruel
    Wilco- Summerteeth

  3. Long Trip Alone – Dierks Bentley
    Highway To Hell – AC/DC
    Shine On – Jet
    Jet Black & Jealous – Eli Young Band
    The Slim Shady LP – Eminem
    The Bake Sale – The Cool Kids
    Everything In Transit – Jack’s Mannequin
    Led Zeppelin I – Led Zeppelin
    Champion – The Audition
    Fiver Score and Seven Years Ago – Relient K

  4. Allman Brothers at Fillmore East. The Band- Rock of Ages. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited. Bob Dylan- Blood on the Tracks. Derek and the Dominos- Layla and other Assorted Love Songs. John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers w/ Eric Clapton. The Band -Music from Big Pink. Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. Kooper,Bloomfield & Stills Super Session. Clarence White 33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals.

  5. Yes – The Yes Album
    Radiohead – Kid A
    Wilco – Being There
    Red Hot Chili Peppers – By the Way
    King Crimson – Larks Tongues in Aspic
    Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
    U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
    Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
    Michael Card – The Life

  6. Elliott Smith – New Moon
    Radiohead – OK Computer
    Dinosaur Jr – Green Mind
    Pink Floyd – The Wall
    Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
    Damien Rice – O
    Pixies – Doolittle
    Elliott Smith – Roman Candle
    Bright Eyes – I’m awake, its morning.
    Jeff Buckley – Grace

  7. 1. Brand new eyes- Paramore
    2. Riot!- Paramore
    3. Avenged Sevenfold- Avenged Sevenfold
    4. Enema of the State- Blink 182
    5. The Silent Force- Within Temptation
    6. Inhuman Rampage- Dragonforce
    7. Hand of Blood- Bullet for my Valentine
    8. No Helmets, No Pads… Just Balls- Simple Plan
    9. A Lesson In Romantics- Mayday Parade
    10. Awake- Skillet

  8. 1.We’re Only In It For The Money – Zappa/Mothers.2.Quadrophenia – The Who. 3 Discipline – King Crimson 4. Forever Changes – Love. 5 Roxy and Elsewhere – Zappa/Mothers. 6.The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter – The Incredible String Band 7. The House On The Hill -Audience.8 Thick As A Brick – Jethro Tull.9 I Just Can’t Stop It – The [English] Beat 10 Spyboy – Emmylou Harris

  9. 1 – Ryan Adams – Gold
    2 – Pink Floyd – The Wall (on vinyl)
    3 – Paul Simon – Graceland
    4- Nirvana – Nevermind
    5 – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Willie & The Poor Boys
    6 – Joe Purdy – Paris In The Morning
    7 – Amos Lee – Amos Lee
    8 – The Black Crowes – The Southern & Musical Companion
    9 – Counting Crows – August & Everything After
    10 – Free – Songs Of Yesterday

  10. My “can’t live without” albums in roughly chronological order:
    1. Cream – Disraeli Gears
    2. The Beatles – White Album
    3. Genesis – Foxtrot
    4. Led Zeppelin – 1st Album
    5. King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
    6. The Beatles – Abbey Road
    7. The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed
    8. Gentle Giant – Free Hand
    9. Yes – Fragile
    10. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

  11. For Django by Joe Pass (Amazing!)
    Midnight Blue by Kenny Burrell
    In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly (This is THE ONE that made me want to play guitar!)
    A Space in Time by Ten Years After
    Abraxas by Santana
    The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East by Allman Brothers Band
    Sweet Baby James by James Taylor
    Batdorf & Rodney by Batdorf & Rodney
    Couldn’t Stand The Weather by Stevie Ray Vaughan
    The Sky Is Crying by Stevie Ray

    If I could sneak in one non-guitar record in one of the other covers:
    Kind of Blue by Miles Davis

  12. Please let me win!!!!

    Pink Floyd – The Wall
    John Prine – Great Days
    Greatful Dead – American Beauty
    Led Zeppelin – How the West Was Won
    Goose Creek Symphony – Welcome to Goosecreek
    Allman Brother Band – Fillmore East
    Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
    Grateful Dead – Skeletons In the Closet
    Bob Dylan – Live at Budakon
    Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

  13. A Night at the Opera – Queen
    Running With The Devil – Van Halen
    Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
    At Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash
    Hotel California – The Eagles
    Back In Black – ACDC
    Abbey Road – The Beatles
    Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
    Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkle
    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John

  14. 1. Led Zeppelin-4
    2. Deep Purple- Machine Head
    3. Black Sabbath- Master of Reality
    4. Metallica- Master of Puppets
    5. the Rolling Stones- Beggar’s Banquet
    6. the Beatles- Abbey Road
    7. the Doors- the Doors
    8. Pink Floyd- Darkside of the Moon
    9. David Bowie- the Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust
    10. Jimi Hendrix- Electric Ladyland

    My birthday is June 21st, the Taylor Solidbody Classic would be a nice birthday present.

  15. A challenge indeed and the responses so far all worthy. I am surprised however that not one of guitarist/composer/band leader Pat Metheny’s many records was listed. Find a sampling online or visit Pat Metheny Radio on iTunes.

  16. 1. Jimi Hendrix – Band of the Gypsys
    2Johnny Winter And – Live
    3.John Lennon – Live Peace in Toronto
    4.Humble Pie – Rockin the Fillmore
    5.Neil Young – Harvest
    6.Black Sabbath – Paranoid
    7.Lynyrd Skynyrd – Street Survivors
    8.Ten Years After – Shhhh
    9.Stevie Ray Vaughn – Double Trouble
    10.Iron Butterfly – In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida

  17. In no particular order:

    1. Pink Floyd – The Wall
    2. AC/DC – Back in Black
    3. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
    4. Guns ‘n Roses – Live Era: ’87–’93
    5. Billie Holiday – The Essence of Billie Holiday
    6. Boston – Boston
    7. The Cure – Galore
    8. New Order – Substance
    9. Joy Division – Substance
    10. The Smiths – The Sounds of the Smiths

  18. 1. Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced
    2. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
    3. Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons with The Drottningtholm Baroque
    4. Pink Floyd – Animals
    5. Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi Trio – Midnight Sugar (Three Blind Mice label)
    6. The Doors – Greatest Hits
    7. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
    8. The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed
    9. Albert King – Born Under a Bad Sign
    10. Led Zeppelin IV

    Played in any order

  19. 1 “The Sweetest Thing” – Juice Newton
    2 “What’s Forever For” – Michael Martin Murphey
    3 “I Don’t Call Him Daddy” – Doug Supernaw
    4 “I Let Her Lie” – Daryle Singletary
    5 “Little Red Rodeo” – Collin Raye
    6 “If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)” – Shenandoah
    7 “We Danced” – Brad Paisley
    8 “You and I” – Crystal Gayle & Eddie Rabbitt
    9 “Austin” – Blake Shelton
    10 “Pour Me” – Trick Pony

  20. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – Wilco
    Heartbreaker – Ryan Adams
    Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
    Appetite For Destruction – Guns N’ Roses
    Unplugged in New York – Nirvana
    Horehound – The Dead Weather
    Neon Bible – The Arcade Fire
    I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning – Bright Eyes
    Consolers Of The Lonely – The Raconteurs
    Into The Wild – Eddie Vedder

  21. Mew – And The Glass Handed Kites
    Metallica – … And Justice For All
    Queens Of The Stone Age – Era Vulgaris
    Alberta Cross – Broken Side Of Time
    Radiohead – In Raindows
    Mattafix – Sign Of A Struggle
    Katamari Fortissimo Damacy
    Кино – Звезда По Имени Солнце (Kino – The Star Which We Call Sun)
    White Lies – …To Lose My Life
    Foals – Total Life Forever

  22. 1)Sonvolt – trace
    2) Rodney Parker and the 50 peso reward – The lonesome dirge
    3)Willie Nelson – Red headed stranger
    4)Ryan Bingham – Mescalito
    5)Drive-by Truckers – Decoration Day
    6)Shooter Jennings- Put the O back in country
    7)The Wood brothers – Ways not to lose
    8)Steve Earl and the dukes – Shut up and die like an aviator
    9)Chris knight – Enough rope
    10)Adam hood- different groove

    (no particular order)

  23. 1. Exile on Main Street. Rolling Stones
    2. Rubber Soul. Beatles
    3. Music From Big Pink. The Band
    4. American Son. Levon Helm
    5. Pneumonia. Whiskeytown
    6. Blonde on Blonde. Dylan
    7. Dylan Live 66
    8. On the Beach. Neil Young
    9. Cash at Fulsom Prison
    10. Plastic Ono Band. J. Lennon

  24. Counting Crows – August and Everything After
    Jerry Jeff Walker – A Man Must Carry On
    Bob Dylan – Slow Train Coming
    Touch – Windham Hill 25 Years of Guitar
    Chris Knight – The Trailer Tapes
    Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily
    Queensryche – Operation Mindcrime (guilty pleasure…)
    Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega
    Buddy & Julie Miller – Written in Chalk
    Derek Webb – She Must and Shall Go Free

  25. 1. Pink Floyd-Dark Side of the Moon
    2. The Eagles -Hotel California
    3. Deep Purple -Machine Head
    4. Stevie Ray Vaughn – Double Trouble
    5. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
    6. Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced
    7. Time – Time I
    8. Queen – A Night at the Opera
    9. Santana – Abraxas
    10. The Beatles – White Album

  26. 1. Radiohead- The Bends
    2. Meshell N’degeochello- Bitter
    3. Matthew Good- Hospital Music
    4. Tool- Undertow
    5. Jeff Buckley- Grace
    6. Tegan and Sara- The Con
    7. Nina Simone- Nina Simone Sings the Blues
    8. Red Shoe Diaries Soundtrack
    9. Magnolia Soundtrack
    10. k.d. lang- Ingenue

  27. Neko Case – Fox Confessor
    Eels – Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
    Wilco – Summerteeth
    Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
    Regina Spektor – Begin to Hope
    Big Star – #1 Record
    Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst
    Of Montreal – Sunlandic Twins
    Elliot Smith – From a Basement on a Hill
    John Rouse – Nashville

  28. 1, dream theater, systematic chaos
    2, rush, 2112
    3, pink floyd, the wall
    4, frameshift, unweaving the rainbow
    5, steve vai, alien love secrets
    6, the rolling stones, sticky fingers
    7, metallica, s and m
    8, toto, best of
    9, eric clapton, unplugged
    10, zz top, recycler

    It’d be awesome to land that Taylor solid body!

  29. 1-Pink Floyd-Dark Side of the Moon
    2. On the Beach. Neil Young
    3. Cash at Fulsom Prison
    4. Rodney Parker and the 50 peso reward – The lonesome dirge
    5.The Beatles – White Album
    6.Neon Bible – The Arcade Fire
    7. “What’s Forever For” – Michael Martin Murphey
    8. Led Zeppelin I –
    9. Damien Rice
    10. Jack Johnson -to the sea

  30. 1. Gorilla – James Taylor (…because I want to go out harmonizing)

    2. Excitable Boy – Warren Zevon (…because if I’m on my deathbed howling like a werewolf, that would be so awesome)

    3. Highwayman – Nelson, Jennings, Cash, Kristofferson (…because each song on this album deals with mortality and frailty but still makes you want to sing along)

    4. Avalon – Roxy Music (…because it is both soothing and lush)

    5. I Hear You Rockin’ – Dave Edmunds live (…because seeing him perform live made me feel glad to be alive)

    6. Poetic Champions Compose – Van Morrison (…because I’d want to hear an Irishman growling about Alan Watts on my last day)

    7. Songs from the Labyrinth – Sting (…because the thought of Sting playing a lute would keep me smiling)

    8. The Stranger – Billy Joel (…because passing away to the whistled extro that ends the album would be fitting)

    9. Once Upon A Summertime – Blossom Dearie (…because it’s the musical equivalent of champagne)

    10. Neck and Neck – Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler (…just because)

  31. 1. Abbey Road – The Beatles
    2. Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
    3. Selling England by the Pound – Genesis
    4. Fragile – Yes
    5. Queen II – Queen
    6. Disraeli Gears – Cream
    7. Can’t Buy a Thrill – Steely Dan
    8. Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
    9. Toto IV – Toto (if for nothing else but the outro solo in Rosanna)
    10. High Voltage – AC/DC

  32. Real tough call but here are some that are top of mind . . .

    1. Secret Story by Pat Metheny
    2. Aerial Bounderies by Michael Hedges
    3. Quiet by John Scofiled
    4. Bumpin’ by Wes Montgomery
    5. The Complete Tom Jobim – By Antonio Carlos Jobim
    6. I’m Not Alone by Ivan Lins
    7. Jim Hall & Pat Metheny by Jm Hall and Pat Metheny
    8. Burt Bacharach in Concert by Burt Bacharach
    9. The Baazil Project by Toots Thieleman
    10. Barefoot on the Beach by Michael Franks

  33. DEVO – Q: Are we not men? A: We are DEVO!
    The Beatles – Abbey Road
    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
    The Who – Who’s Next
    The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot
    Jean-Luc Ponty – Cosmic Messenger
    Jethro Tull – Aqualung
    Genesis – Nursery Cryme
    Robin Trower – Bridge of Sighs
    Loreena McKennitt – The Book of Secrets

  34. 1. Magical Mystery Tour (the 1st Beatles album I didn’t have to share with my brother)
    2. Allman Brothers: The Fillmore Concerts (best live album ever)
    3. Neil Young – Harvest (taught me how to write a song)
    4. Crowded House – Woodface (you have to sing along with this one)
    5. Revolver – The Beatles (the launching pad for the studio album idea)
    6. Hold on to a Dream – New Grass Revival (who knew Bluegrass rocked)
    7. Copperhead Road – Steve Earle (REAL Alt Country)
    8. The Who – Live at Leeds (2nd best live album ever)
    9. Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy – Return to Forever (holy cow!..especially in 1974)
    10. Abbey Road – The Beatles (side 2 was a game changer for me)

  35. Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
    Dr. Dog – Easy Beat
    Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
    Cat Power – The Covers Record
    Gillian Welch – Time (The Revelator)
    Johnny Cash – Live at Folsom Prison
    Josh Ritter – The Animal Years
    Neil Young – On the Beach
    Paul Simon – Graceland
    Wilco – Summerteeth

  36. Blood On The Tracks–Bob Dylan
    Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere–Neil Young
    Four Way Street–Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    Everything’s Different Now–Til Tuesday
    Revolver—The Beatles
    I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight–Richard & Linda Thompson
    In The Dark With You–Greg Brown
    Land Of The Bottom Line–John Gorka
    Taking The Long Way–Dixie Chicks
    Come On, Come On–Mary Chapin Carpenter

  37. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen, Ten – Pearl Jam, Shangri-La – Mark Knopfler, Streetcore – Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Eat a Peach – The Allman Brothers Band, Building the Perfect Beast – Don Henley, Singles Soundtrack – Various Artists, Girlfriend – Matthew Sweet, Songs You Know By Heart – Jimmy Buffet, Live from Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash

  38. 1. Bob Dylan- Blonde on Blonde
    2. Joni Mitchell- Dreamland
    3. Leonard Cohen- Various Positions
    4. Bon Iver- For Emma, Forever Ago
    5. The Avett Brothers- I and Love and You
    6. Tracy Chapman- Tracy Chapman
    7. Phoenix- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
    8. Greg Laswell- Three Flights from Alto Nido
    9. Taylor Swift- Fearless
    10. The National- The Virginia EP

  39. In no specific order:

    Janis Joplin-Pearl
    Crosby Stills and Nash
    Laura Love-Octaroon
    Bruce Springsteen-Greetings From Asbury Park
    Byrds-Sweetheart of the Rodeo
    The Last Waltz
    John Hiatt-Bring the Family
    The Beatles White Album
    Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore East
    Van Morrison Moondance

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