292. Long Beach Dub Allstars - Trailer Ras (single) (last listen: never) - Another free promotional CD single, this one being from the bad formed by former members of Sublime after Brad Nowell decided to die from a heroin overdose.
293. Louis XIV - The Best Little Secrets are Kept (last listen: 3 months to 1 year) - Fantastic album. It harkens back to the days of early-'70s Bowie, Kinks, T. Rex, and Mott the Hoople. The music is raunchy and sexual (such as "Pull your skirt up a little bit / Pull down your top and show me a little tit"), earning a Parental Advisory sticker even though there is not one swear word to be found on the entire album. It's hard to pick a favorite song, so I'll just go with the first eight in a tie.
294. The Lovin' Spoonful - All the Best of The Lovin' Spoonful (last listen: 5+ years) - I'm not sure what every possessed me to buy this CD. It's not that I don't appreciate the Lovin' Spoonful, it's just that I can't ever conceive of a time in my life where I would have felt the need to buy this CD. Anyway, it's okay, I guess. As you might have guessed, it features all their biggest hits, including "Summer in the City," "Do You Believe in Magic," "Daydream," "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice," and "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind." You've probably heard most of them in commercials. And then there are like 10 other songs.
295. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Skynyrd's Innyrds (last listen: 2-5 years) - Every time I hear "Free Bird" I am reminded why people feel the need to yell "Free Bird" at every live music event. I, of course, have a special connection with Lynyrd Skynyrd, as half of them died in a plane crash a mere 9 days before I was born -- a mere 1,115 miles from the place of my birth and a mere 389 miles from where I would move a mere several months after my birth -- thus making me the undeniable reincarnation of either Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, or Cassie Gaines.
296. Lynyrd Skynyrd - What's Your Name (last listen: 2-5 years) - I got this one pretty much just for "Simple Man." If only it had "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" then my Skynyrd collection could be complete.
297. Makaveli - The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (last listen: 5+ years) - The first of several hundred albums 2Pac released posthumously, this one was released under the pseudonym Makaveli. A decent amount of anger on this one, with some calling out of east coast rappers and foreshadowing his death. "To Live and Die in LA" is a solid song. Then again, 2Pac could say "I'm gonna poop" for five minutes and I would like it.
298. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus (last listen: 2-5 years) - Probably the most important reggae album of all-time, it features classic Bob Marley songs, "Jamming," the title track, "Waiting in Vain," and "Three Little Birds."
299. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend (last listen: 1-2 years) - I fail to see how anyone can not like Bob Marley.
300. Dave Matthews Band - Crash (last listen: never) - I hate Dave, so I have no idea how this ended up in my CD collection. Rest assured, I didn't listen to it today, nor will I ever.
301. John Mayall's Blues Breakers - Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton (last listen: 1-2 years)
302. Curtis Mayfield - The Very Best Of (last listen: 3 months to 1 year) - Fantastic collection of Mayfield's post-Impressions work, including the theme from Superfly ("Freddie's Dead") and the song "Superfly" (which ironically isn't the theme to Superfly). I also enjoy "Move On Up," "Pusherman," and "We Got to Have Piece," although the whole CD is good soul/R&B/funk.