An infinite number of songs can each be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. That's the central idea of my book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1), which is designed as a collective celebration of 165 of those infinite songs. It is not an attempt to create a comprehensive list of the best songs ever; in fact, it deliberately omits a few of my own top Fave Raves. Instead, it's a heartfelt appreciation of a few selected tunes, all played loud 'n' proud. There are a lot more great songs out there, each one awaiting its turn.
Our favorite records don't live in isolation; each one has a story to tell. The stories are not objective; why would anyone ever want to be objective about pop music? No. This is personal. It should be personal. And these are the stories I intend to tell in The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1):
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE HOLLIES: I Can't Let Go
THE SHIRELLES: Will You Love Me Tomorrow
SUZI QUATRO: I May Be Too Young
THE CREATION: Making Time
ABBA: Dancing Queen
THE ONLY ONES: Another Girl, Another Planet
HEART: Kick It Out
DEEP PURPLE: Highway Star
THE BEVIS FROND: He'd Be A Diamond
DONNA SUMMER: I Feel Love
ENTR'ACTE THE BEATLES: Yesterday
THE CARPENTERS: Only Yesterday
EMITT RHODES: Fresh As A Daisy
THE MYNAH BIRDS: I Got You (In My Soul)
THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY: I Woke Up In Love This Morning
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: I'll Be Your Mirror
T. REX: 20th Century Boy
THE BUZZCOCKS: Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
THE JIVE FIVE: What Time Is It
FREDA PAYNE: Band Of Gold
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS: All For Swinging You Around
NICK LOWE: So It Goes
THE DRIFTERS: On Broadway
THE FIVE STAIRSTEPS: O-o-h Child
Is this the book's final set list? Given how often the Table of Contents has changed while I've been tweaking my plans over the last year and a half, it's possible (and some would say likely) that I'll continue to adjust and amend things until the book's on its way to the printer. So: I dunno. BUT! This is the Table of Contents that will appear with the book proposal that prospective publishers see. The intent, at least, is for this to be the final word.
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Carl's writin' a book! The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1) will contain 155 essays about 155 tracks, each one of 'em THE greatest record ever made. An infinite number of records can each be the greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. Updated initial information can be seen here: THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (Volume 1).