Johanna's Visions

a music site

About Us here @ JV

We are music enthusiasts.

We don’t write about music we don’t like, we don’t listen to music we don’t like, we don’t attend concerts we don’t like. But we sometimes write about “not so good” music from artists we really like. Most great artists have a diverse body of work, and it’s important to shed a light over different parts of their legacy.

We hope that people will be inspired by the postings and that it motivates them to  take a trip to their local record store (or web shop) and buy their albums, their DVDs, read about them in books or magazines  and see them in concert whenever possible. Enjoy our posts, say hello, leave comments, share, and check out the fantastic musical past and present.

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Egil Mosbron (egil@johannasvisions.com):

egil_sun_memphis@706 Union Ave  Memphis, Tennessee - October 2009

My name is Egil, and I’m an musicoholic.

I stash music books in the car, the bathroom, bedroom (under & besides the bed), livingroom, kitchen, travelbag &  in the office.

I have loads of music on my laptops, ipods, iPad, cellphone, desktops,… I think about music all day long… (even dream it..)

To spare my family & friends, I need somewhere to let steam off….This is it!

I love “all kinds” (quote from Elvis Presley) of REAL music.. Folk, Country, Blues, Jazz, Soul, Rock.. even some Rap & Electronica.

But most of all I love the music of Bob Dylan.

Egil’s fav artists – and their best album:

* Top 5 is rather “set” (top 1 will be forever). Below that things change all time.. as do fav albums..

revised 09.07.2014

  1. Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
  2. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.
  3. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
  4. Elvis Presley – From Elvis in Memphis
  5. Neil Young – After The Goldrush
  6. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
  7. Muddy Waters – Hard Again (best compilation – The Anthology: 1947-1972)
  8. The Beatles – Rubber Soul
  9. Johnny Cash – Johnny Cash at San Quentin
  10. Otis Redding – Otis Blue (best compilation – Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology)
  11. Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced
  12. Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue
  13. Steve Earle – I Feel Alright
  14. Hank Williams – 40 Greatest Hits
  15. The Who – Who’s Next
  16. David Bowie – Hunky Dory
  17. Wilco – A Ghost Is Born
  18. Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
  19. John Coltrane – Blue Train
  20. Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
  21. Kris Kristofferson – The Austin Sessions
  22. The Drive-by Truckers - Southern Rock Opera
  23. Townes Van Zandt - Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas
  24. Chuck Berry – The Ultimate Chuck Berry
  25. The Clash – London Calling

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And the 20 best albums ever:

  1. Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
  2. Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks
  3. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
  4. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.
  5. Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
  6. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
  7. Elvis Presley – From Elvis in Memphis
  8. Neil Young – After The Goldrush
  9. Hank Williams – 40 Greatest Hits
  10. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
  11. Bob Dylan – Desire
  12. The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
  13. The Beatles – Rubber Soul
  14. Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
  15. Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced
  16. Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue
  17. Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge Of Town
  18. Van Morrison – Moondance
  19. The Band, The Band
  20. The Who – Who’s Next

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My other passion in life is Personal Development… and here is where I let steam off…. : 100habits.com

& @ 100habits @ Facebook

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* Hallgeir Olsen (hallgeir@johannasvisions.com) Why so serious?

Well, this is a serious matter… These are my chosen records, the list is dynamic. That means that it changes from day to day. The top 10 is fairly constant, but they switch places.

My lists are always snapshots of my mind on a particular moment. I am working on a list for concert albums, the list below would have been a bit different if we hadd allowed live albums to be included.

  1. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main st. (Spotify)
  2. Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the edge of town (Spotify)
  3. Bob Dylan – Blood on the tracks (Spotify)
  4. The Beatles – Abbey Road
  5. Wilco – Summerteeth
  6. The Clash – London Calling (Spotify)
  7. David Bowie – Hunky Dory (Spotify)
  8. Van Morrison – Moondance (Spotify)
  9. Neil Young – After the Goldrush (Spotify)
  10. Steve Earle – El Corazon (Spotify)
  11. Hank Williams – 40 Greatest Hits (Spotify_alternative)
  12. Elvis Presley – From Elvis in Memphis (Spotify)
  13. Townes Van Zandt – Townes Van Zandt (Spotify)
  14. Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison (Spotify)
  15. Tom Waits – Rain Dogs (Spotify)
  16. Drive-by Truckers – Southern Rock Opera (Spotify)
  17. Aretha Franklin – Spirit in the dark (Spotify)
  18. Ryan Adams – Gold (Spotify)
  19. Patti Smith – Easter (Spotify – original album classics)
  20. Miles Davis – Kind of blue (Spotify)
  21. Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball
  22. Nick Cave – The Boatman’s Call (Spotify)
  23. George Jones – I am what I am (Spotify)
  24. My Morning Jacket – Circuital (Spotify)
  25. Paul Weller – Stanley Road (Spotify)

My most scrobbled artist to LastFm (august 2007 – january 2012):

25 Comments

  1. No Led Zep in your top 25 WTF?

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  3. This is a great list and you folks have a great site (and the fact that Led Zep didn’t make the cut is only to your credit). Thanks very much.

  4. Thanks for feedback Jason & Paul!

    I like Led Zeppelin, but there was no room on my top 25… they would probably made a top 50 list..

  5. Egil,
    Your web site inspired me deeply. I too share a love for most of the music you described. I also share a love for Bob Dylan music. I love it all, but his stuff the best. Some say Visions of Johanna was the best song he has ever written. I love the Freeze Out version. I think this was the original title to the song. It’s got Al Kooper on organ I believe. How do feel about the music from Slow Train Coming? I listen to this album a lot recently, since a buddy turned me on to it.

    • Thanks for the great feedback Rafe,

      Good to hear from people who share our taste in great art! Freeze out was the “working title” for “visions of Johanna”, and it is thrilling to hear how his greatest song started out. Slow Train Coming is a great album, not among his 10 best in my opinion.. but still a masterpiece (and in this I speak for both of us at JV). Best songs from STC = Slow Train, Gotta Serve Somebody & When He Returns (that’s my top 3).

  6. Nice lists guys, but I would have to include Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here, and of course possibly the greatest live album of all time (though Ya-Yas is up there), Live at the Fillmore by The Allman Brothers.

    We definitely diverge in our musical tastes, but there is one constant, Bob is the man.

    Great site. is is much appreciated.

  7. I found your site linked to the Dylan site Expecting Rain. You have a wonderful site & fantastic music taste, or least taste very similar to my own.
    I consider Dylan, Springsteen & Young to be the “holy trinity” and never take for granted the wonderful opportunities to attend of their shows. The three combined I’ve seen in excess of 300 times. Keep up the fantastic work & thanks again.

    Indianapolis, IN Midwest USA

    • Thanks for the great feedback Chuck!

      Always nice to hear from people with such great taste for art.
      We will keep this site running for … as long as we are able to breathe.. :-)
      This is after all our greatest passion.

      -Egil

  8. Please put me on your mailing list if you have one.thx and a happy thxgv.jim

  9. Hi guys
    Just latched on to your site. Brilliant choice for sure.
    Been a Dylan fan since my first record bought, which was ‘Watching the River Flow’ from Carnaby Street in London back in the early 70′s – still playin’ his stuff of course – fav songs for sure are Desolation Row, Hattie Carroll and probably Idiot Wind
    However so many brilliant tracks in his songbook it changes regularly. Between ‘Highway 61 revisited’ and ‘Blonde On Blonde’ for my fav albums.
    Mind you I’m a big Stones, Bowie and Lou Reed fan too so I could be commenting on here quite regularly I think, if that’s ok!
    All the best Dave

  10. Not sure where my comments sent yesterday have disapperaed to as they aren’t on here now…..

    Dave

  11. Hi Egil
    Yes I did – however I guess that top lists are always only opinions and everyone has their own favourites. For instance ‘Back to Black’ from Amy Winehouse would always make my top 20 as would ‘Almost Blue’ from Elvis Costello – that’s the fun of doing the lists.
    Love the site and the daily updates are great reading
    Thanks Dave

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  13. Great site, and a terrific reference!

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  16. Great lists. Wilco has a permanent place for me just below Dylan. A Ghost Is Born is a masterpiece. Have you heard of Kelly Joe Phelps? If not, give a listen!

  17. Great site, Egil…I will be recommending it to all the music lovers I know.

  18. Hi guys! Agree to 90 % of your favorite album list. I would for sure move Bruce down where Steve Earl’s album is and move Kind of Blue and Astral Week up under Blonde on Blonde.

    Per Kristian Ullevalseter
    West Chester, PA
    USA

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