Assuming you’re in your late 20s or early 30s, your parents came of age in the ‘60s and ‘70s and reached your present age sometime in the ‘80s. During that decade, they started a family, settled into their careers, maybe even bought the house you grew up in. They began their descent into no longer being cool, in other words, and by 1992, chances are they’d completely stopped buying new music. It’s sad, but as their CD collections attest, they had a good final run, and scattered among all the Beatles, Stones, and Springsteen classics you’d expect to find are a few surprising gems — evidence they were once curious listeners not content to salute Sgt. Pepper’s until their dying days.
February 17, 2014 | 12:00am ET