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Vikki Walls | Entertainment director, Bottle & Cork
Crime of the Century | Supertramp
This was the first album where I really focused on the production aspects of a recording. I had the opportunity to see this band at an early age and found their live performance to be as good, if not better, than the actual recording. It was very atmospheric, upbeat, with amazing vocals and what I feel embodies what the ’70s meant to me.
I’m Your Man | Leonard Cohen
Listen to this and you will understand why he is so respected in the industry. I have always loved his songwriting and voice. Great stuff to listen to with headphones on.
Murmur | R.E.M.
My introduction to alternative music and still one of my favorite albums. In a time when heavy metal seemed to rule the airwaves and MTV, here comes this little band out of Atlanta that wrote great pop songs and gave people like me hope that the ’80s weren’t going to be all that bad after all.
Odelay | Beck
A nice relief from too many grunge bands in the early ’90s, Beck came out with something completely different that incorporated various styles, genres and instrumentation that was very refreshing and new. The fact that he heard all this in his head amazes me.
Barton Hollow | The Civil Wars
This is a brand-new act that I cannot get enough of. I wanted to mention someone who has a new recording and is not widely known yet. This album consists mostly of great vocals, acoustic guitar and, occasionally, the piano. It is very basic, not overly produced, which allows you to focus on the song and the lyrics, which cross over between Americana, folk, with a little touch of country and what are some of the best harmonies and vocals I have heard from a new band in quite some time.
Page 7: Tower of Power | The new (old) air traffic control tower at the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover will raise visitors’ experiences to new heights.