The Music Lover's Essentials
Enough binge watching throughout the lockdown, we say! it�s time to bring out those expensive noise cancellation headphones, plug in the expensive speakers you gifted yourself on your last birthday, pull out that expensive bottle of scotch and binge-listen to these classic albums that you haven't heard in a while.
The current crop of pop just doesn't meet your musical needs, and we know you wouldn�t accept anything less than fabulous. So delay no further, pull out the guns, the whiskey glasses and settle in with a side portion of well-mastered audio workout for your ears....
NIRVANA - MTV UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK (1994)
MTV doesn't have the same ring to it like it did in the �90s. But that doesn�t take from the fact that their Unplugged series was one that brought artists and studios directly to the audience, and this one here is one of the best, most excellent albums ever recorded.
For the record, this was the last album Kurt Cobain recorded just before he joined the 27 Club, becoming a cultural phenomenon of sorts. Some of the songs on this album have got the best acoustic treatment and rework by the artist himself, minus the grunge otherwise synonymous with Nirvana. Too bad the world of music lost a shining star within months on the album hitting the stands.
THE BEATLES - ABBEY ROAD (1969)
The Fab Four � as the famous members of the British band were lovingly known as � recorded this album after thorough work on all aspects of it. Remastered and released in 2009, Abbey Road boasts of supreme audio quality ever since its release in 1969. A must-have Classic Rock album on every audiophile�s list, this one! The dapper men crossing the famous intersection is etched in everyone�s memory and it�s time you do full justice to this listening session by playing it on a system and speakers deserving of stereo sound.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (1992)
Much before we got exposed to the ugly marriage of hip-hop and hard rock with bands like Papa Roach and the likes, Rage Against The Machine gave this strange form of expression through music a better start. This form of music later goes on to become a case of a teengaer forever angry at their parents, rage against the system and everything in-between. Together lyricist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello and Bob Ludwig�s mastering makes it one of the most audiophile-friendly hard rock albums ever made.
PINK FLOYD - WISH YOU WERE HERE (1975)
You�re not a true audiophile if you haven�t worshipped Pink Floyd at some point during your teenage years. The lengthy songs, endless guitaring, creatively complex yet perfect, drug-induced lyrics, thanks to the band�s founding member Syd Barrett make this album an essential for every music-lover. Basically it�s a shakedown for your speakers, headphones and your entire existence if you�re listening to the album after a while. But revisit the feeling of shaking your head to ever strum of the guitar back in college and you;ll come out feeling younger on the other side.
MILES DAVIS - KIND OF BLUE (1959)
Sensual and evocative, the songs on this album changed the course of Miles Davis� music scene and gave it a new direction. The most famous, probably even a best-seller of the time, Kind of Blue took the jazz scene in a new direction and influenced more works later. Give it a hear if you�re up for some complex chord progressions, play of scales and a new take on jazz.
PRINCE - SIGN O� THE TIMES (1987)
This multi-talented man not only made this double album with discarded songs from other rejected records, he went on to create a masterpiece of an album in which he not only sang, but played many of the instruments as well. Prince is best heard on vinyl where you can thoroughly enjoy the otherwise subdued sounds that make the record worth a listen!