What was your first album/CD/digital download?

I was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about a guy who sells very high-end audio equipment ($200,000 was mid-range) and it got me thinking about my musical tastes. It also got me thinking of the first albums I purchased with my own money that I earned on my own. (Probably mowing lawns or something) Looking back – I can see how my entire musical taste was formed by the purchase of these three albums. All bought at the same time. All released in 1970.

Sly and the Family Stone’s Greatest Hits.

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This album had everything. Just look at the songs – it was enough to drive my parents crazy.  Drug references. Dance music. It had multiple Top Ten hits to make it approachable, yet enough cool R&B sounds to keep it interesting. I wore this album out.

  1. I Want To Take You Higher
  2. Everybody is a Star
  3. Stand!
  4. Life
  5. Fun
  6. You Can Make It If You Try
  7. Dance to the Music
  8. Everyday People
  9. Hot Fun In The Summertime
  10. M’Lady
  11. Sing a Simple Song
  12. Thank You (Faletinme Be Mice Elf Agin) *the actual spelling, not mine.

Woodstock – The Original Soundtrack

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The concert happened in 1969. I bought the soundtrack as soon as it came out in 1970. I loved screaming the ‘F” word to Country Joe McDonalds ‘Fish’ cheer. This album began my lifelong love of Crosby, Still, Nash and Young, The Who, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Sly and the Family Stone (again), Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, and Richie Havens. I could never figure out how Sha-Na-Na made it onto the album and Janis Joplin did not.

Disc: 1

1. I Had A Dream (John B. Sebastian)

2. Going Up The Country (Canned Heat)

3. Stage Announcements

4. Freedom (Richie Havens)

5. Rock & Soul Music (Country Joe & The Fish)

6. Coming Into Los Angeles (Arlo Guthrie)

7. At The Hop (Sha-Na-Na)

8. The ‘Fish’ Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’- To-Die Rag (Country Joe McDonald)

9. Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man (Joan Baez featuring Jeffrey Shurtleff) Joe Hill (Joan Baez)

10. Stage Announcements

11. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Crosby, Stills & Nash)

12. Sea Of Madness (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

13. Wooden Ships (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

14. We’re Not Gonna Take It (from Tommy) (The Who)

15. Stage Announcements

16. With A Little Help From My Friends (Joe Cocker)

17. Rainstorm, Crowd Sounds, Announcements & General Hysteria

Disc: 2

1. Crowd Rain Chant

2. Soul Sacrifice (Santana)

3. Stage Announcements

4. I’m Going Home (Ten Years After)

5. Volunteers (Jefferson Airplane)

6. Max Yasgur Medley: Dance To The Music/Music Lover/I Want To Take You (Sly and the Family Stone)

7. Rainbows All Over Your Blues (John B. Sebastian)

8. Love March (Butterfield Blues Band)

9. Star Spangled Banner/Purple Haze & Instrumental Solo (Jimi Hendrix)

Elton John – Elton John.

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I loved Elton John’s early music. Elton John (the album), Tumbleweed Connection, Honky Chateau, Madman Across The Water all earned very high marks in my record collection. Loved them all. I think I stopped buy his albums with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. He had changed. I didn’t like where it was going.  But his second album – Elton John – was filled with incredible tunes

  1. Your Song
  2. I Need You To Turn To
  3. Take Me to the Pilot
  4. No shoe strings on Louise
  5. First Episode at Hienton
  6. Sixty Years On
  7. Border Song
  8. The Greatest Discovery
  9. The Cage
  10. The king must die
  11. Bad Side of the Moon
  12. Grey Seal
  13. Rock and Roll Madonna.

None of these three albums were the top sellers of 1970.  Bridge of Troubled Waters, Led Zeppelin II, Chicago, Abbey Road and Santana dominated that year.  By the way – the #11 album of 1970 was Crosby, Still, Nash & Young’s “Déjà vu.” I still love it today.

Please let me know you first purchase in the ‘comment’ area.



9 thoughts on “What was your first album/CD/digital download?

  1. Beatles : Sgt. Peppers (Vinyl…that’s all we had…and its still MUCH better than MP3 or CD) If you’re a fan of that album look for Andy Timmon’s Band plays Sgt. Peppers. Its all instrumental and amazing.


  2. Digital Download? CD? LOL!!

    You asked about my “first” purchase which would have been an LP on good old fashion vinyl (though I don’t remember my first band). But my very first introduction to music was found on 8-track tapes. Those puppies fit into the old dashboard radio in our family car where you had to push those bulky (hard to press) buttons that flipped to a station.

    OMG, you just made me feel insanely old. :o)


  3. “Hotel California” by The Eagles (bought as a “45”) was my first record. I played it to death. It was a treat to go to Tower Records in LA and buy “singles” as a teenager. 45s were small records for you whippersnappers who only know MP3s. I also bought Andrew Gold’s “Lonely Boy” and “Ride Like the Wind” by Christopher Cross. If we’re being honest, I also bought my share of disco: “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor and whatever Bee Gees hits were happenin’ at the time. Paul McCartney and Wings, Dr. Demento, Kool and The Gang were other staples of my angst-ridden youth. And if you were a One Hit Wonder, I bought your stuff, too. Those were the salad days.


    • Haha! Those 45’s needed that small adapters in the center hole so that it fit on the thin spindle to play. I always misplaced that darn adapter. 😮


  4. Jethro Tull, Thick as a Brick, the full newspaper album. My older sister was dating a lifeguard at our pool and he liked them. I thought he was cool, so I bought the album, didn’t get half the British jokes in the newspaper but read it front to back. I think I can sing along to the entire album.


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