Our Story

Albums We Love was formed in 2013 as an offshoot of the Dowling College World Music Ensemble. It began as a suggestion among members of that group to deviate from its ordinary selection of traditional & contemporary global folk music and to experiment with something more accessible and grounded in their varied individual musical tastes. The plan was to collaborate with members of other local bands for a one-off performance of Peter Gabriel's "So" album. That performance went incredibly well, and after several encore performances the group made things official.

The formula was simple, yet elusive: Pick a different classic album each year and re-create it as authentically as possible. Every year, traditionally in November, the band gets together to decide. The name "Albums We Love" reflects the notion that each member needs to be emotionally invested in an album for the group to select a project. The shared passion of each member for every album is amplified by a passionately engaged local community which is continually offering album suggestions and asking about the band's next selection.

As of 2020, Albums We Love had become a fixture of the vibrant Long Island, NY music scene, often featuring guest appearances from members of other local bands. Despite an unplanned hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, the band remains hard at work preparing an album for 2022.

Albums learned and performed by the group:

[2013] "So" - Peter Gabriel

[2014] "Rumours" - Fleetwood Mac

[2015] "Led Zeppelin IV" - Led Zeppelin

[2016] "Thriller" - Michael Jackson

[2017] "Who's Next" - The Who

[2018] "Sticky Fingers" - The Rolling Stones

[2019] "Synchronicity" - The Police

[2020] POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 - TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR 2022

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Consider hiring Albums We Love for your venue or your next private event. Wedding officiant packages available. Specific albums from our past repertoire available at custom rates which may vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the material and the necessity of hiring additional musicians. Please contact the band to request a quote.