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Chris Jones & The Best Albums of 2010…So Far

The Best Albums of 2010…So Far: Jim and Greg name their mid-year favorites. They also talk to theater critic Chris Jones about Broadway's rock ‘n’ roll influences.

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Chris Jones In anticipation of this weekend's Tony Awards, Jim and Greg invite Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones to join them on the show. Jones has been watching the trend of intersecting rock and theater for years, and this year it seems to have come to an apex. All four of the nominees for Best Musical have rock roots: American Idiot, which features music by Green Day, Million Dollar Quartet, which is inspired by the famed recording session featuring Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, Fela!, which is based on the music of African musician Fela Kuti, and Memphis, which tells the story of a rock DJ in Memphis in the 1950s. As Chris Jones explains, much of this trend is the result of economic interests–a new generation of theatergoers raised on rock and roll are now willing to pay big bucks for Broadway shows. He also credits shows like Spring Awakening for helping to bend the old musical rules. To Jim and Greg's surprise, Chris enthusiastically recommends American Idiot and doesn‘t think the band’s fans will be put off.

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Best Albums of 2010…So Far

As the year hits its midway mark, Jim and Greg take stock of their favorite record releases and name the mid-year best.

Featured Songs

  1. The Drifters, On Broadway, Under the Boardwalk, Dara, 1964
  2. Original Broadway Cast, Don't Do Sadness, Spring Awakening, Decca, 2006
  3. Original Broadway Cast, American Idiot, American Idiot, Reprise, 2010
  4. Original Broadway Cast, Wake Me Up When September Ends, American Idiot, Reprise, 2010
  5. Donnie Kehr, Christian Hoff, Anthony Barrile, Pinball Wizard, The Who's Tommy: Original Cast Recording, RCA Victor, 1993
  6. Original Broadway Cast, Sherry, Jersey Boys, Rhino, 2005
  7. Original Cast, Water No Get Enemy, Fela! Original Cast Recording, Knitting Factory, 2010
  8. Original Cast, Great Balls of Fire, The Million Dollar Quartet Original Cast Recording, Caroline, 2010
  9. Original Broadway Cast, Seasons of Love, Rent, Dreamworks, 1996
  10. Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin', The Times They Are A-Changin', Columbia, 1964
  11. Original Broadway Cast, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, Jersey Boys, Rhino, 2005
  12. Grateful Dead, Operator, American Beauty, Warner Bros, 1970
  13. Neil Young, We R In Control, Trans, Geffen, 1983
  14. Bettye LaVette, Wish You Were Here, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, Anti, 2010
  15. Phish, Free, Billy Breathes, Elektra, 1996
  16. LCD Soundsystem, One Touch, This Is Happening, Virgin, 2010
  17. LCD Soundsystem, You Wanted A Hit, This Is Happening, Virgin, 2010
  18. VV Brown, Crying Blood, Traveling Like the Light, Island Records, 2009
  19. Gorillaz, Some Kind of Nature, Plastic Beach, EMI Records, 2010
  20. Dessa, Dixon's Girl, A Badly Broken Code, Doomtree Records, 2010
  21. Flying Lotus, And The World Laughs With You, Cosmogramma, Warp, 2010
  22. Broken Bells, Your Head Is On Fire, Broken Bells, Columbia, 2010
  23. The Besnard Lakes, Glass Printer, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, Jagjaguwar, 2010
  24. Yeasayer, O.N.E., Odd Blood, Secretly Canadian, 2010
  25. Janelle Monáe, Come Alive (The War of the Roses), The ArchAndroid, Big Beat, 2010
  26. Grateful Dead, Operator, American Beauty, Warner Bros., 1970
  27. Neil Young, We R In Control, Trans, Geffen, 1982
  28. Bettye LaVette, Wish You Were Here, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, ANTI-, 2010
  29. Phish, Free, Hampton Comes Alive, Elektra, 1999