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Some of My Best Friends Are Records 

SF Weekly writers pick their favorite Bay Area records of all time

Wednesday, Mar 15 2006
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Tipsy

Trip Tease

(Asphodel)

This debut from a group of San Francisco-based digital knob twiddlers is the soundtrack to the cutest little cartoon you never did see. Bright and buoyant, it's a sure-fire mood elevator.

2Pac

All Eyez on Me

(Death Row)

While Eyez includes Tupac's solo joints like the passionate post-prison missive "Ambitions Az a Ridah," it also features some of the bay's most distinctive underground rappers. It's great to hear E-40, B-Legit, Rappin 4-Tay, Richie Rich, Dru Down, and C-B0 sounding like one big happy family.

Sly & the Family Stone

Greatest Hits

(Epic)

I wasn't around when Sly originally did his thang and so have this impression of him as a platinum-mohawked crazy. But this is one hell of a Greatest Hits. It's got "Everyday People," "Dance to the Music," "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)," and "Stand!"

Huey Lewis & the News

Sports

(Capitol)

I'd be lying to myself if I didn't come clean and simply admit that I got a lot of singing practice belting out these tunes along with Huey at age 9. "I Want a New Drug," y'all. I'm just sayin' ....

E-40

In a Major Way

(Jive)

E-40 is pretty consistent; I like all of his albums, but this is the one that made me a fan. It's got several of his most enduring songs (including "Sprinkle Me," "1 Luv," and "Sideways"). And smell what he's cooking on the cover, too -- that shit's raw.

Journey

Escape

(Sony)

Steve Perry had the shiniest hair. I wonder what type of hair products he used? And did you know Randy "American Idol" Jackson used to tour with Journey as a bassist? Journey rocked and did us proud with this masterpiece. I never stopped believing -- until I had to, that is.

Pete Namlook and Jonah Sharp

Namlook IV

(Fax)

This is a live recording from Germany's Namlook and S.F.'s Sharp (known for his ambient-jazz experiments as Spacetime Continuum). I was lucky enough to be in the house (at the old King Street Garage), and it remains a treasured time capsule of the San Francisco rave scene at its most chill.

Jefferson Starship

Red Octopus

(RCA)

My father owned this album as well as Volunteers (back when they were still the Jefferson Airplane). Volunteers had the kick-ass cover art and the gatefold that had all kinds of stuff to look at, but Red Octopus had the fly, textured cover. And "Miracles." Starship wins.

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