Film and Writing (M.A)
British Born Punjabi Girl.
Focus in Film: Adaptation from Literature, Horror Filmmaking Styles and Auter Cinema
Author of: "The Filmmaker's Guide" series
My Essential Albums: 'John Wesley Harding' by Bob Dylan
With minimalistic sounds, a great set of vocals and some brilliant songs, we are met with the controversial, but legendary album that is John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan. Recorded in typical Bob Dylan style - as much as physically possible in one day—between the October and November of 1967, the album shows a change. This album was released after Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits and most importantly, it followed the famed magnum opus of Blonde on Blonde. So our question is, what happened? How did we go from one extreme to another?
My Essential Albums: 'Blonde on Blonde' by Bob Dylan
As one of the most influential albums of all time, Blonde on Blonde serves to be an essential album if you really want to get to know my music collection. (You'll run into this man a lot, so keep your eyes open). In 1966, Bob Dylan hit us with an amazing album with some of the greatest and most incredible songs ever written.
My Essential Albums: 'Infidels' by Bob Dylan
Now I know what you're going to say, "there's hardly any Dylan hits on this album, what are you doing?" Well I love this album with my entire heart so you're either gonna sit here and deal with that, or hop over to Highway 61 Revisited and read that one. This is one of my all-time favourite Bob Dylan albums because of its incredible almost echoing sound. Those drums are awesome and the ones at the beginning of compositions like "Jokerman"and "I and I" are incredible.
My Essential Albums: 'Dangerous' by Michael Jackson
If you haven't heard this album, then in the words of Bob Dylan, "I don't believe you. You're a liar!" You are, whether you like it or not—you have heard this album, all of it. As one of the greatest albums ever recorded, there is no question as to why it's still revered today. It is also one of my personal favourite albums ever. Released in the November of 1991, this album was a worldwide success and very quickly, with its incredible and iconic music videos and it's amazingly written songs critiquing the world and its judgements. I could go on forever about this album and really? We are going through each song. Strap in, it's gonna be a rockin' ride!
My Essential Albums: 'The Beatles' (The White Album) by The Beatles
Also known as The White Album, this self-titled album by the Beatles isn't only famous as being the "Charles Manson went Batshit Crazy" album, but is also remembered as being one of the greatest albums ever recorded. The Beatles have many albums that you may see in this series over time, but seriously, I wanted to start with this one, purely because it's such an icon of who the Beatles are. They aren't a boy band, they aren't a set of manufactured rock stars, they cannot be defined or padlocked into a group, and they cannot be imprisoned in one type of music. They are everlasting and they are incredible—they transcend the term "music" itself.
My Essential Albums: 'Innuendo' by Queen
This is by a flying mile my favourite Queen album and I have to say, though I'm not really that into Queen as it's a bit after the period of music I normally listen to—I do like this album a lot because of its intense drama. The album has served to be an iconic reminder of the demise of the band's lead singer, Freddie Mercury, known as one of the greatest male vocalists to have ever lived. The album also serves as a reminder of the brilliance of dramatic, hard progressive rock music—and the fact that even though the 90s came around, it wasn't about to die.
My Essential Albums: '20 Golden Greats' by Buddy Holly and the Crickets
This album, also known as Buddy Holly Lives was released in the February of 1978 as a tribute to Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Holly, who died in a plane crash in 1959, went on to become immortalised through his incredible musical abilities at such a young age. He was just 22 years old at the time of his death. This album is filled with all your favourite Buddy Holly and the Crickets songs and is an absolute pleasure to listen to at any time of the day.
My Essential Albums: 'Highway 61 Revisited' by Bob Dylan
One of the most essential albums in music history, and also one of my personal favourites, Bob Dylan's electric folk-rock album has stood the test of time and become a myth in itself. With a track listing of only nine songs, it is a short album, but it also shows you exactly how much work goes into each and every song Dylan writes. The iconic cover art has been copied for decades afterwards, with a slightly annoyed Dylan staring directly into the camera almost asking you out for a fight (in which he will win, because believe it or not, Bob Dylan loves boxing). And, with ease, Dylan takes you on a tour of his new sound, debuting the kind of man he is in 65 and 66, before killing him off to start over.