By Ken Sharp
From his first chart smash with The Babys — “Isn’t It Time” — to his new album, “Live All Access,“ John Waite has, thankfully, never lived by the rules. (He even chose 11 albums for this list!)
The multi-talented singer and songwriter demonstrates the breadth of his rich musical knowledge, hand-picking an eclectic and diverse list of favorite albums befitting of such an extraordinary artist.
The Beatles, Please Please Me, With the Beatles: I got both albums as my main Christmas present. My room was on the corner of the house and had no heating. I could see my breath! I stayed in there all day. I couldn’t leave.
John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers, Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton: As a kid, I’d liked Big Bill Broonzy a lot. This was like the blues coming around a second time. I wore it out. A young, raw Eric going for it with a vengeance. The songs are all spectacular. I still play it and get off.
Fairport Convention, Liege and Lief: Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson in the same band! The most beautiful album I’d ever heard. I saw them play live at Lancaster University. I love folk as much as country, if not more. I adored this record, and I’ve had to buy it several times. It gets worn out or stolen.
Marty Robbins, Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs: I used to leave school at the age of 7 and run into town before my bus would come so I could spend an extra minute or two just staring at the album in the window of Kenneth Gardeners shop. It was the first one. Love at first sight. Day-Glo red cover with a cowboy going for his six-gun. Wow! America. Stories of the West. Alison Krauss found a copy, had it framed and gave it to me for Christmas. I would list more albums but I’ve already “gone to 11.” GM