April 9, 2004
Volume 6
Top 100 Countdown

Celebrating 50 Years of Rock & Roll
In April of 1954 Bill Haley and His Comets released the single "Rock Around The Clock" and launched a cultural revolution known as Rock & Roll. In celebration of 50 years of Rock & Roll were are offering the following gems of early Rock & Roll pioneers that helped shape the music world as we know it today.


Analog LP
$12.99
Carl Perkins
"Whole Lotta Shankin"

One of the architects of rock & roll, Carl Perkins zoomed into an overnight smash in 1956 with the rockabilly anthem "Blue Suede Shoes." At the very peak of this popularity, Carl suffered a near tragic accident that almost ended his sky-rocketing career. Fully recovered, Carl easily persevered and continued creating a body of work that has been both critically acclaimed and extremely influential to songwriters, guitar players and singers alike.
Tracks include: Classics such as "Whote Lotta Shakin," "Shake, Rattle and Roll," "Long Tall Sally," "That's All Right," and many more.



180 Gram LP
$29.99
Elvis Presley
"Elvis Presley"

By no means did Elvis invent rock & roll, but he is the undisputed King and the first real rock & roll star. With this self titled debut in 1956, Elvis brought together American music from both sides of the color line and performed it with hip swiveling sexuality that immortalized him as a teen idol and a rebel for generations to come.
Tracks include: such Elvis staples as 'Heartbreak Hotel," "Blue Suede Shoes," "I Got A Woman," "One Sided Love Affair," and so many more.

 



180 Gram MCA LP
$34.99
Buddy Holly
"Buddy Holly"

This 1957 release is one of the first indisputably great rock & roll albums. Holly's range here still impresses. He is equally fluent in rockabilly, as witnessed in "Rave On" and "I'm Gonna Love You Too," R & B as heard in the cover of Little Richard's tune "Ready Teddy" that has, as they used to say, the real gone spirit, and folk rock with "Words of Love" that introduced the world to power pop. Meanwhile, the instantly recognizable "Peggy Sue" and "Every Day" remain among the most perfectly crafted singles ever made that will continue to influence rock & roll for generations to come.

 


Greatest Rock Albums of All Time

The following albums have been voted as the 55th- 67th rated Rock & Roll Albums of All Time by the Associated Press and VHI


#55-Parliament
"Mothership"
sold out

#56-Kraftwerk
"Trans-Europe Express"
sold out


MFSL 24K Gold CD
$199.99

180 Gram (2 LP)
Original Movie Soundtrack
$54.99
#57-Bee Gees (and various artists)
"Saturday Night Fever"

This 1977 release was part of a cultural revolution that was disco and the blockbuster movie "Saturday Night Fever." Although many critics dismissed the time period and the band themselves for their commercial dry spells, the Bee Gees wrote some of the most identifiable tunes of the all time. This album hit #1 and stayed on the album charts for over two years with such Bee Gee hits as "Stayin Alive," "Night Fever," and "How Deep Is Your Love," eventually selling over 30 million copies world wide and adding to it each year.


#58-Dusty Springfield
"Dusty In Memphis"
sold out


MFSL 24K Gold CD
(last copy)

$249.99
#59-Allman Brothers Band
"Live at the Fillmore East"

Classic live 2 LP album recorded in 1970 at the illustrious Fillmore East. Features an amazing 20-minute version of Whipping Post and is also rated the #1 live rock & roll album of all time!
Tracks include: 1. Statesboro Blues (McTell) - 4:17 2. Done Somebody Wrong (James/Levy/Lewis) - 4:33 3. Stormy Monday (Walker) - 8:44 4. You Don't Love Me (Cobbs) - 19:15 5. Hot 'Lanta(Allman/Allman/Betts/Johanson/Oakley/Trucks) - 5:17 6. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (Betts) -13:04 7. Whipping Post (Allman) - 22:56


#60-The Doors
"The Doors"
On their 1967 debut album the Doors more than fulfilled the promise from their gigs around Los Angeles throughout the previous year. Leather-clad vocalist Jim Morrison exuded both sensuality and menace. The mixture, on the album finale, "The End," helped rewrite the rules on rock song composition. However, none of this would have worked were it not for the highly visual instrumental work of keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger, and drummer John Densmore, whose work virtually defined the rock-blues-jazz-classical amalgam that was acid-rock. Also available in Opened MFSL LP and DCC 24K Gold CD.
Analog LP
$34.99

DCC 180 Gram LP
$189.99
Out of Print Forever

DCC 24K Gold CD
$119.99


200 Gram LP
$35.99
#61-Crosby Stills Nash & Young
"Deja Vu"

Less than a year after the release of CSN's groundbreaking debut, the group returned with Stephen Stills' (who sings the hit song, "Carry On",) and former Buffalo Springfield cohort/rival Neil Young augmenting the threesome. The result is a less concentrated but more kinetic creation with Young swimming through the celestial harmonies of one rock's best trios. With classics like "Almost Cut My Hair," "Helpless," "Teach Your Children," "Woodstock" (penned by Joni Mitchell) and "Our House," Deja Vu is teeming with early '70s FM staples.

 


#62-NWA
"Straight Outta Compton"
sold out

#63-Curtis Mayfield
"Superfly"
sold out

#64-Miles Davis
"Bitches Brew"
sold out


Analog LP
$36.99
#65-U2
"Achtung Baby"

This 1991 release drew rave reviews and critical acclaim in its accent to #1 (their third #1 album in a row). Departing from previous U2 records, "Achtung Baby" features more metallic textures, funkier beats and intimate world-weary love songs. Smash singles include "Mysterious Ways" (#9 1992), "One" (#10 1992), "Even Better Than The Real Thing" (#32 1992), and "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" (#35 1992).






200 Gram LP
#66-Miles Davis
"Kind of Blue"

It was the key recording of what became Modern Jazz; it is a Jazz record for people who don't normally listen to Jazz. Proof of Miles' masterful casting skills, this album is full of popular artists like John Coltrane and Julian Cannon Adderley on saxophones, Bill Evans on Piano, and the crack rhythm unit of Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on Drums. Every note seems perfect and every piece moves inexorably towards its destiny as one of, if not the best, Jazz Albums ever made.

 



180 Gram LP DSM Mastered
$39.99

180 Gram LP
$34.99
#67-The Rolling Stones
"Beggar's Banquet"

Released in 1968, this was one of the most innovative albums of the Sixties, including two of the group's best songs, "Street Fighting Man" and "Sympathy For The Devil." The introduction of producer Jimmy Miller refocused the band with enthralling results returning to their blues roots, albeit in a radical new way.

 


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