Music streaming services and playlists are great, but at Walden, we enjoy old school as well. We think there is something to be said for listening to an album from cover to cover, just the way the artist intended. Here are a few of our favorites:
Mellow Rock: Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
The fourth highest selling album of all time, Dark Side blends all of its tracks into one beautiful, albeit mind-warping, interstellar journey. A revolutionary concept album, Dark Side provides introspection on the human condition that is best paired with a few bourbons. Tracks such as Time, Money, and Brain Damage are great conversation starters, as they explore serious societal issues. Overall, Dark Side is a truly unique album that is definitely worth a fireside listen.
Southern Jam Band: The Marshall Tucker Band – The Marshall Tucker Band
If you are looking for an incredible jam band experience, look no further than The Marshall Tucker Band’s self-titled debut album. Breaking into the scene in the early 1970s, the Tucker Band mixes funk with explosive guitar licks and gut-wrenching lyrics. Featuring their breakout single Can’t You See, an exposé on heartache, as well as foot-stomping tracks, such as Hillbilly Band, this album is bound to bring some South Carolina flair to your next bonfire.
Late Night Fire-Gazing: Willie Nelson – Stardust
It’s getting pretty late, the guests have gone home, but you want to finish off the evening with a nightcap and watch your logs burn down to a smolder. It’s time for Stardust. From the Spanish guitar, to the harmonica solos, to the cutting clarity of Willie’s voice, Stardust is an absolute masterpiece, and a campfire classic. With a running length of 36 min 30 sec, it is relatively short, and an extremely peaceful way to round out a great evening by the fire.
Country Purist: Alan Jackson – Here In The Real World
There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not modern “pop-country” should be considered “real country” music, and it seems like the genre is gradually shifting back to a more 90s sound. But what do people mean when they say “real country”? Enter Alan Jackson’s 1990 solo debut album Here In The Real World, a case study in “real country”. In his silky-smooth baritone, Alan delivers track after track of love ballads that vary in tempo from melancholy to upbeat. Filled to the brim with fiddle and steel guitar, the album stays true to traditional country sounds, while still pushing the genre forward into something that is relatable to the modern listener. You just can’t get much more country than Alan.
Classic Rock: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
You would be hard-pressed to listen to classic rock radio for an hour and not hear at least one song off of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ 1976 namesake album. With hits such as Breakdown, Anything That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, and American Girl, Petty became the soundtrack the adolescence of a generation of American teens. When you think about rolling through town with your windows down on a hot summer day, you think Tom Petty. When you think about tossing another log on the fire under a full moon, you think Tom Petty.