I was going through the Professor Barnhardt’s Journal archives the other day and I came across a theme issue we did back in 2003. I asked people to list their favorite songs of the past 25 years. And that got me thinking: what’s my favorite album of all-time? I was wondering if I could narrow it down to one. I discovered that it was actually very easy.
Yeah, that’s right, The Partridge Family’s Sound Magazine. You got a problem with that?
Now, some are going to say that I’m picking this album “ironically” or maybe I’m picking it out of misguided nostalgia. Not at all (and I don’t know why people think that way about music or TV shows or art). It’s a gorgeously produced album chock full of catchy, meaty pop songs. And David Cassidy has one of the best voices in music history.
Seriously. Get the album, put on your headphones and close your eyes. Tell me that songs like “Echo Valley 2-6809” and “Summer Days” and “Twenty-Four Hours A Day” and “I’m On My Way Back Home” aren’t supernaturally beautiful pop:
Great stuff. In fact, if you buy this album and also Playlist, The Partridge Family’s greatest hits album, right there you have the best pop music of the 70s.
What’s your favorite album of all-time? The one album you absolutely love and can’t do without no matter what (and don’t pick a greatest hits album – that’s cheating!)?