Day 28: The Coronavirus Countdown – 100 Days of Great Music

The staff of the College Football America Yearbook is on the road every weekend of the college football season, shooting games and gathering information for the following year’s book. That means a lot of driving and listening to a lot of music.

Earlier this year our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb and our director of editorial content Chuck Cox put together ‘The Coronavirus Countdown – 100 Days of Great Music.’ Each of them sat down and compiled a list of 100 great albums. Their goal was not to select the ‘100 greatest albums of all time.’ It was simply to select 100 great albums to write about as they passed the time during quarantine and shelter-at-home orders.

This 2020 college football season will be unprecedented in so many ways. It’s very likely none of us will be on the road for games because, like most people, we’re trying to stay healthy. And we hope you are too.

So, for the next 100 days, we’re going to publish their countdown here at CollegeFootballAmericaPR.com (the list was originally published on Webb’s personal site, kendallwebb.net). Consider it the ultimate playlist for the ultimate college road trip — music for every taste, from every genre and from every decade of the modern era of music. When the staff of the College Football America Yearbook is back on the road, you can bet these will be some of the tunes we’re listening to.

And, if you missed the previous installments of our series, just click here to head to the Coronavirus Countdown — 100 Days of Great Music home page.

Here’s Day 28.

Today we’re featuring an album by Bob Dylan, who has been hailed by many critics and publications as the greatest songwriter in American pop music history.

Early in his career, he considered his writing style to be an amalgam of influences – most notably, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson and Hank Williams.

We’ll be featuring work by a couple of these artists later in our Coronavirus Countdown, but today we focus on just one of them and one of the greatest box sets ever released, “The Complete Hank Williams” released in 1998.

While the box set does leave off some live recordings and other stray recordings, it is, indeed, a complete collection of Williams’ studio recordings so all the original hits are here. It’s a good introduction to the work of an artist who is often considered the greatest songwriter in country music history. “The Complete Hank Williams” is your bonus selection of the day.

— Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb

CHUCK’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

Oasis

(What’s the Story) Morning Glory (1995)

Why I Love It

Not many bands take me back to the 1990s quite like Oasis. Any time I hear a song off of this amazing album, it brings a smile to my face. Influenced by The Beatles, Oasis had such an infectious sound that made its music difficult to not love. In my opinion, the band hit its peak with this collection of timeless tunes that are as fresh today as they were 25 years ago. I’m not sure there are many album closers that can hang in there with “Champagne Supernova.”

Album Highlights

“Wonderwall,” “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and “Champagne Supernova

Kendall on Chuck’s Album of the Day

A fantastic pick, and an album that I considered for my own list. This was Oasis’ second album, and it’s the sound of a band realizing they are a pretty big deal — but then reining it all back in for a relatively quiet affair. The album is centered around some of alternative rock’s best ballads — songs like “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova” which are two of my favorite songs from that era.

KENDALL’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

Bob Dylan

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963)

Why I Love It

I knew some of Bob Dylan’s biggest hits before I ever heard this album. But it took this album for me to get Bob Dylan. This is the record where I finally understood what made Dylan so special.

In fact, I’ll narrow it down even to a single song on this album. While I love the entire album and honestly believe it’s one of the best displays of an artist’s gifts ever committed to record, it was the song “Girl From the North Country” that pulled me into this album. It’s a song written by a man looking back over the years of his life and remembering a love from his youth. It’s a song that evokes the cold, cruel winters of Dylan’s Minnesota homeland while he hopes that his former lover is safe and warm. He pictures her long hair as he remembered it and wonders if she remembers him, too. It’s a beautiful song, one of the best Dylan ever wrote, and that’s saying something for a guy who’s often celebrated as America’s greatest songwriter. I’ve been hooked on Dylan ever since I heard it.

Album Highlights

“Blowin’ In The Wind,” “Girl From The North Country” and “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”

Chuck on Kendall’s Album of the Day

Kendall and I have had many discussions about Bob Dylan. I’ve never been a big fan of him as a vocalist, but I fully acknowledge that he is one of the greatest songwriters ever. If I had included a Dylan album on my list, it would have been this one. It’s a fantastic record, with an iconic cover to boot. It’s also a must for any music fan to hear.

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