500 Albums of All Time
Rolling Stone Magazine 500 (# 937, December
don’t normally pay that much attention to these things
but since my son, Julian, was down for a nap I glanced at all 500!
Needless to say, each of us likes or dislikes what our ears dictate
and that’s the guideline to use.
But this musical roadmap puts it all together and gives one
the opportunity to rediscover or, for the first time, find
out about a record they may have missed. If you are just
getting to know some of these records embrace them, as they
will pop up on lists for years to come.
start where my passion for rock-n-roll began: John, Paul, George
(#5) has always been my pick for a Beatles album to have on your “top whatever list” (by the way it’s
the US pressing I like which is not on CD, at least legally) Also,
the White Album (#10) is a must since it’s a double album!
Just in case you’re wondering eleven of their albums made
God Save The
Kinks! Three of my favorites; “The Kink Kronikles” (#231), “Something
Else By The Kinks” (#288) and “The Kinks Are The Village
Green Preservation Society” (#255) made the list. Let me
suggest you search out “Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of
The British Empire” from 1969. Among the stand out tracks
are “Victoria” and “Young And Innocent Days”.
A beautiful piece of work.
were several albums that are well worth a listen. First off,
Forever Changes (#40) by Love. This record has been getting lots
of attention lately since founding member, Arthur Lee, has been
touring and performing the LP in its entirety and with an orchestra!
The concert is currently available on CD and DVD so I suggest
you go straight to the DVD and get the full treatment. No doubt,
it’s a keeper. #1 Record (#438) by Big Star has
been in my collection since it’s release as well Blood Sweat
and Tears Child Is Father To The Man (#264) I was surprised that
the Super Session record with Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Steve
(as credited on album) Stills did not make the list. A remastered
CD with bonus tracks was released earlier this year.
My other observation
pertains to some of the records or groups that did not make the
list. I can’t believe no Moody Blues
or Yes, not even The Yes Album or the Moodies Seventh Sojourn.
Also missing: John Hiatts’ Bring The Family, Bare Trees by
Fleetwood Mac and Pirates by Rickie Lee Jones. (produced by Walter
Becker of Steely Dan)
are some of my other favorite albums. Some of these could have
made the list; others never had a chance. Like a record called
Wonderful Life by a guy who calls himself Black (his clothing
color of choice). He’s an Englishman who’s put out
a few records but this is one that I’ve always enjoyed.
China Crisis has a record called Flaunt The Imperfection, another
production by Walter Becker . I love this record so much I have
it on vinyl, CD and cassette! I’ve always loved Friction
Baby by Better Than Ezra especially when it’s played LOUD.
Argy Bargy by Squeeze is a must. The first Spirit album, called
Spirit, as well as their Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus deserved
a mention. And what happened to the Young Rascals? They were
the best band New York has ever unleashed on our ears. Electric
Mud by Muddy Waters, Between Today and Yesterday by Alan Price,
Undead by Ten Years After with a pre-Woodstock version of “I’m
Going Home” and
anything by Ian Matthews are always on my list. Also, Contact From
The Underworld Of Redboy by Robbie Robertson. One of the gems from
1998. And if you can find it, the first and self-titled record
by a duo called Batdorf and Rodney.
I’m not sure if listing a” greatest hits” record
was the way to go but since Rolling Stone did, what happened to
Midnight Oils’ 20,000 Watts R.S.L. Since none of their albums
made the grade at least this “best of” would have served
us well. Also the best of by Translator called “Everywhere
That We Were” This L.A. band really started to cook when
they moved up to San Francisco in the ‘80’s. Four guys
with a bit of that “jingle-jangle” Byrds-y/Beatle sound
with a bit of R.E.M. thrown in. Also a great compilation to have
is The Best Of Eric Burdon and The Animals 1966-1968. Hilton Valentine
of The Animals was one of the many voters for the Rolling Stone
Maybe Rolling Stone could put out an issue with some of the best
Box Sets available. Some of my favorites are People Get Ready:
The Curtis Mayfield Story, The Jefferson Airplane Love You, Crossroads
by Eric Clapton (the first one), The Beach Boys Good Vibrations:
30 Years Of The Beach Boys and the box set by The Byrds simply
known as The Byrds.
I have a confession
to make; I don’t recall the album Sleepless
(#432) by Peter Wolf ex-lead singer of J. Geils. So I need to close
here and head out to my favorite record store and find it. It’s
a blues album featuring Mick and Keith of The Stones. Speaking
of The Stones, I agree with all of the entries listed but do yourself
a favor and give Their Satanic Majesties Request a listen just
for the hell of it, late at night. And with headphones.
I could go
on but it’s
best to let your ears open up and grab onto what you like.
Looking forward to some new sounds in the New Year!