1995, which is now 25 years ago, was a solid year for rock & roll. I recently took a look at my CD collection and noticed I still have 41 albums from ’95 in my physical music library.
Below I’ve assembled a list of those albums. I’ve supplied details and personal thoughts for 25 of my favorites listed in chronological order. Then added 5 I’ve deemed worthy of special mention, and because I don’t know when to quit, listed the others as I really do still own them. Enjoy.
Five more worthy of an honorable mention:
3/14/1995 Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin Various Artists
The Led Zeppelin tributes rage from great to….I wish I could unlisten to that. But the tracks from STP, Blind Melon, Cracker and Helmet make this disc worth keeping around.
5/8/1995 Short Bus Filter
Recorded and mixed in Royal Oak, and it includes “Hey Man Nice Shot”, a big song for us during my Z-Rock years.
9/5/1995 American Standard Seven Mary Three
For some Seven Mary Three are a one and done band. I get that “Cumbersome” was the only enduring hit but take a listen to “My My”, “Favorite Dog” or a great song called “Water’s Edge”. This album is better than you remember. **** (4 Stars)
9/19/1995 Nola Down
Down was the merger of Phil Anselmo of Pantera and Pepper Keenan of C.O.C. It’s a heavy album full of grooves. Kind of like stoner/metal with an abrasive singer. It’s not for everyone but I still own it and still dig it. *** (3 Stars)
9/21/1995 Paranoid & Sunburnt Skunk Anansie
If You have any idea who or what this band is you deserve a treat. My connection to the band and album happened in part due to a post-show hang with front-lady Skin after a gig at The Shelter.
The other discs from 1995 that are still in my personal collection:
1/30/1995 The Sky Moves Sideways – Porcupine Tree
2/28/1995 Manic Compression – Quicksand
3/27/1995 Frogstomp – Silverchair
4/3/1995 Live Bites – Scorpions
4/25/1995 Drift – Flotsam & Jetsam
5/23/1995 Sparkle and Fade – Everclear
5/23/1995 Pulse – Pink Floyd
6/13/1995 Menace to Sobriety – Ugly Kid Joe
7/11/1995 311 – 311
8/22/1995 Pet Your Friends – Dishwalla
10/3/1995 Lucy – Candlebox