Soundtracking my weekend, and wow, have I really been at this for 22 days already?
The Rolling Stones - Beggar's Banquet
Radiohead - The Bends
Jethro Tull - Benefit
Sugar - Besides
First up is one of the best Stones albums of all time and the beginning of their imperial run of albums that ended with 1973's "Goat's Head Soup." Radiohead's second album is a sweeping, nearly flawless album that was what got me into them in the mid-1990s. Hearing how great they were on this (and their next couple) makes how they've all but disappeared up their own rear ends the past decade all the more sad. Tull's third album is a fine record containing some staples of classic rock radio, such as the songs Teacher and To Cry You a Song, as well as several other deep album cuts that are excellent. Finally, Sugar's B-sides compilation consists of two discs: the first has the B-sides, and the second is a live concert. Most of the B-sides are enjoyable slices of early 1990s power-pop, while the live gig is nice if inconsequential.