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The Beatles

This album wouldn't remain the Beatles' most ambitious LP for long, as Sgt. Pepper's was soon to follow, but many fans and critics alike remember it as their best, and the best ever. This album demonstrated the studio, and of course pure song writing, genius of the Beatles. Revolver contained the first fully orchestrated song by the band ("Eleanor Rigby"), the first backward guitar solo ever recorded (via "I'm Only Sleepy")


A monumental album that was released in 1991 by Geffen and included the pivotal recording of the song that changed the direction of Rock Music "Smells Like Teen Spirit." If Nevermind's sound is familiar now, it is only because thousands of rock records that followed it were trying very hard to copy its style. Few albums have occupied the cultural consciousness like this one; of its 12 songs, roughly 10 are now standards. The records historical weight can make it hard to hear now with fresh ears, but the monumental urgency of Kurt Cobain's screams is still shocking.

The Beach Boys
"Pet Sounds"

This Album managed to transcend the Beach Boys from a bunch of sun drenched beach bums to west coast's musical geniuses in one fell swoop. Originally released in 1966, it is one of the most innovative and influential American Albums ever. Why? Well try such phenomenal breathtaking classics as "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (No.8 US '66), "Sloop John B" (No.2 UK, No.3 US '66) and the truly timeless beautiful "God Only Knows" (No.2 UK, No.39 US '66); each and every one being a gem that places the Beach Boys into the same creative stratosphere as the Beatles.

Marvin Gaye
"What's Going On"

This album was almost not release by the powers that be at Motown, but that hesitation was soon turned to awe when the unexpected success of "What's Going On," issued in 1971 (which as a single is also ranked the 14th best single of all-time), became an inspirational piece for Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, and just about every other black artist on the planet to take greater responsibility for their music and its meaning. Gaye co-wrote the songs and produced the album, flavoring it with layer upon layer of his multi-tracked vocals, oceans of hand percussion, strings, flutes, and jazzy horn solos, all backed up by the legendary Motown band The Funk Brothers.

Jimi Hendrix Experience
"Are You Experienced"

A debut release like no other that introduced the world to a 24 year old gypsy named Jimi Hendrix and his rather unique mix of blues, Bob Dylan, avant-garde experimentations and the Beatles. "Are You Experienced" is definitely one of the most essential albums in rock history. Many of the songs are radio fixtures and were, such as "Purple Haze" (#25 rock n roll song of all time) and other classics "Hey Joe" "Fire" and "Red House."

The Beatles
"Rubber Soul"

The transition from mop tops to experimenting musicians began with this incredibly profound LP. "Rubber Soul" was also a very key turning point for their lyrics, from pop to the richly deep "In My Life", which is one of his most sensible love songs of Lennon's career, and "Norwegian Wood." Other classics include the evocative "Girl" (written the last night of the sessions), George's "If I Needed Someone," and Sir Paul McCartney's "Michelle" and "I'm Looking Through You."

Stevie Wonder
"Songs In The Key Of Life"


The Beatles
"Abbey Road"

This was the last full length album that the Beatles created together. It is as if all of their musical lives were leading up to a peaking point and "Abbey Road" is the product of that apex. The whole back side of the album, beginning just after Harrison's "Here Comes The Sun" virtually plays as one long song; again showing the Beatles rock prowess to change the way albums and songs are made.

Bob Dylan
"Blonde On Blonde"

Dylan's landmark double LP from 1966, is considered by most Dylan-philes as his masterpiece. By blending a rich tapestry of blues, country, folk and rock, "Blonde On Blonde" is an album of limitless depth filled with lyrical and musical revelations. Recorded in Nashville with Al Kooper and Robbie Robertson, as well as other fabulous session players, the album is filled with cutting guitar riffs and liquid organ fills. Songs like "Rainy Day women #12 & 35", "Visions of Johanna", and "Just Like A Woman" are just a few examples of why this album remains as powerful today as it was in 1966.

The Beatles
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

Sgt. Pepper's changed the boundaries of albums forever. Before The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's, both John Lennon and Paul McCartney were blown away by the Beach Boys recent release of "Pet Sounds" and were inspired to transform rock music into an actual art. In 1967 spanning 129 days (perhaps the most creative 129 days in the history of rock music), this crowning achievement of The Beatles and George Martin (especially considering they were working only with a 4 track) created an undeniable work of art which remains one of the most influential albums of all time over thirty years after its release. This legendary LP also includes the ground breaking "A Day In A Life," the #20 rock & roll song of all time.

The Beatles
"White Album" (1968)

The album was meant to bring them back to earth after three years of studio experimentation. Instead, it took them all over the place, continuing to burst the envelope of pop music. Lennon and McCartney were still at the height of their powers, with Lennon and McCartney growing into rock's towering figures. From Beach Boys knock-offs to reggae and to the unknown ("Revolution #9"), this album has it all.

The Rolling Stones
"Exile On Main Street" (1972)

This album is deservingly rated as the 12th all time greatest album; Stones were also recognized as the #2 rated group of all time. The New Musical Express said of this album "10 out of 10" and it stands as perhaps the band's finest hour. Exile is a sprawling, dense, and yet propelling concoction of the Stones romance with America's African American music scene.

The Who
"Who's Next" (1971)

The Who as a group are rated the #9 best group of all time, and could arguably have been placed higher up on the list, depending on who you talk to. But no matter where you place them they are one of the all time greats and here is your chance at getting the 13th rated Album in Rock n Roll History in these limited edition pressings. "Who's Next" is truly a cover to cover gem that is filled with Who all time greats such as, "Who Won't Get Fooled Again", which is the #17 rated Rock n Roll song of all time.

Joni Mitchell
"Blue" (1971)

RIAA Certified Platinum 1971 album! "Blue" captures this folk legend at her absolute peak in form and creativity. "Blue" features the Joni Mitchell gems such as "Carey," "California," and the title track, "Blue," plus much more.

"Joshua Tree" (1987)


Fleetwood Mac
"Rumours" (1977)


Sex Pistols
"Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols" (1977)


Prince & The Revolution
"Purple Rain" (1984)

Maybe this music by Prince & the Revolution will never quite sound as revolutionary as it did in 1984 (and nothing else has ever sounded like the extraordinary "When Doves Cry"), but no matter when you listen to this pop landmark you will clearly hear the genius that is Prince's Artistic career. The hit movie was really just a big screen showcase for Prince to perform these songs (some of them in tear the roof off "live" versions set in a Minneapolis club). Other highlights include the sexual scorcher "Darling Nikki" (with its crazy backwards coda), "Let's Go Crazy" and the title tune, "Purple Rain."

The Velvet Underground
"Velvet Underground & Nico" (1967)

Produced by Andy Warhol, this is the Velvet's Underground first recording and remains one of the most important in influential Albums of all time. This recording has recently been rated the 19th Best Album of All-Time. If you are a collector and want a Top 20 in Rock n Roll's History, this album is an absolute must!

Public Enemy
"It Takes A Nation Of Millons To Hold Us Back" (1988)

Public Enemy rewrote the rules of hip-hop, becoming the most influential and controversial rap group of the late '80s and, for many, the definitive rap group of all time. They pioneered a variation of hardcore rap that was musically and politically revolutionary.

Elvis Presley
"Sun Sessions" (1976)


Bob Dylan
"Highway 61 Revisited" (1965)

Dylan's first fully-fledged electric album engendered considerable controversy. Folk purists had already waved good-bye to him but rock had become the meter through which the singer could now best express his vision. Session Organist, Al Kooper, and Blues Guitarist, Mike Bloomfield, providing free-spirited accompaniment through a collection of songs that re-defined pop music. Completing the star studded cast of musicians was Harvey Goldstein on bass, and Bobby Gregg on drums.

Michael Jackson
"Thriller" (1982)

Thriller is the best selling album of all time, with 45 million worldwide sales powered by seven Top 10 U.S. singles and eight Grammy Awards. Produced by Quincy Jones, Thriller was significantly slicker than its predecessor, Off the Wall, which is perhaps Michael's second greatest solo album ever. Elements of tracks like "Billie Jean" (arguably Jackson's finest performance) and "Beat It" (with its hard-rock solo by guitarist legend Eddie Van Halen) were not just a new influence on Jackson's records, but an influence that impacted the entire dance-pop world.

The Rolling Stones
"Let It Bleed" (1969)

The 1970 release of "Let It Bleed" (a sardonic reply to the Beatles "Let It Be") exploded on the airways with the hit "Gimme Shelter." This LP is a large piece of musical history in the Stone's history with the passing of Brian Jones in 1969 and the acquirement of Mick Taylor. Although Jones can be heard on most of the tracks, his untimely death forced Mick to finish the album with the Stones and launch a new phase of the band.

The Clash
"London Calling" (1980)


Bob Marley & the Wailers
"Exodus" (1977)

A classic cover to cover gem released in 1977 that contains such magnificent singles as "Jamming" (No.9 UK '77), "Waiting In Vain" (No.27 UK '77) and the brilliant title track itself "Exodus" (No.14 UK '77); these hits explain why the album spent over 1 year on the UK charts alone! "Exodus" is the only album that crossed over from another musical genre (Reggae) into Rock n Roll in the list of top 100 albums. The title track was the first to receive wide-spread play in the U.S. sub-titled "Movement of Jah People". The recording carries a strong thematic religious message of the Rasta's.

Bruce Springsteen
"Born To Run" (1975)

This is the only Album to have two songs rated as the Top 100 singles of All-Time, not even the Beatles achieved that feat. The two songs are the title track "Born to Run" and "Thunder Road." "Born To Run" is the Album that turned Springsteen from a phenomenon into a SuperStar. This was an ambitious album for in which he was synthesizing Spectorian and Orbison-esque drama with Dwayne Eddy-inflluenced guitar creating something grand enough to be called Rock Opera but too proletarian to ever claim that title.

Patti Smith
"Horses" (1967)

The painter turned poet and part time play write, Patti Smith released her musical debut in 1974 with what many call the first punk rock single "Piss Factory." But it was her 1975 release, "Horses" that catapulted her to a Rock & Roll history. Produced by John Cale, "Horses" is a mixture of exhortatory Rock & Roll such as "Gloria," "Land of 1000 Dances," with influences hailing to vocal greats Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison. Not only famous for her poetry and music, Patti played a large role in putting legendary punk club CBGB's on the map.

Bob Dylan
"Blood On The Tracks" (1975)

Inevitably, this Dylan 1975 classic has positioned itself as what critics use as a barometer to praise any Bob Dylan album since. Inspired by a crumbled marriage and recorded after a tour with The Band that had apparently re-ignited Dylan's creativity, this LP is among Dylan's best masterpieces.

Aretha Franklin
"I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" (1967)

Aretha signed with Atlantic records in 1966 after years of touring the country with her father as a soul singer. With the help of producer Jeryy Wexler, she began to make records that would shape soul music with this debut release recorded in Alabama. This LP spawned an incredible three years of hits that sold in the millions with song such as "Respect," "Chain of Fools," "Since You've Been Gone" and so many more.

Stevie Wonder
"Innervisions" (1973)

This 1973 release is perhaps Stevie's finest, maybe only to be outdone by his follow up, "Songs In The Key Of Life" in 1974 (rated #8 all time). Innervisions is a cover to cover gem that includes Stevie's distinctive fusion of pop, soul, jazz, reggae, and African rhythms that has made him rated the #11 Greatest Artist of All Time. Featuring such mega hits as "Higher Ground," Stevie delivers powerful song composition that include topics of being aware of societal ills while advocating nonviolent political change.

Van Morrison
"Moondance" (1970)

On previous recordings Van Morrison had implied Soul and R & B roots; on "Moondance" he set them free. He had rarely sounded so relaxed, whether on the bubbling joy of "And It Stoned Me", the finger popping ease of the title track "Moondance" or the celebratory bliss of "Caravan." Morrison reveled in the music's tight arrangements and clearly enjoyed the punchy horn section ("Glad Tidings") while also identifying with a quieter, acoustic setting such as "Crazy Love."

Simon & Garfunkel
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" (1970)

After a decade of pop stardom, America's favorite folk rock duo was just about ready to go their separate ways (at least Simon was) but not before releasing this gem as a swan song. Possibly Simon and Garfunkel's most diverse album, Bridge Over Troubled Water firmly established them as creators of pop standards on the par with Irving Berlin or Johnny Mercer. The title tune alone, a beautiful unfolding gospel-twinged vow of emotional commitment places them in the pop Hall of Fame forever.

James Brown
"Sex Machine" (1970)

As this 1970 Polydor release states on the cover, "Recorded Live At Home In Augusta, Georgia With His Bad Self." From the moment the record begins with "Get Up I Feel Being Like A Sex Machine," you will feel Brown's soul and funk pumping out of your stylus with a magnetism that can only be recognized as the Godfather of Soul.

"Sign O' The Times" (1987)


Michael Jackson
"Off The Wall" (1979)

This album made music history. Not only was it the release that signaled the arrival of Michael Jackson as a major talent outside the Jackson Five, it was the first record by a solo artist to contain four Top 10 hits. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Rock with You," "Off the Wall," and "She's out of My Life" were essential listening in the late '70s and early '80s.

Lauryn Hill
"The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill" (1998)

Following her new found freedom from the Fugees, Lauryn manifested her first solo record in 1998 and captured the spirit of rap, soul and r & b; an effort that awarded her with multiple Grammy's. Miseducation also placed her in the pop limelight with mainstream hits like "Doo Wop (that thing)" and "Everything is Everything."

"Hotel California" (1976)

"Hotel California" (much like #43 Zeppelin to follow) could have deservingly found its self voted higher in the 100 greatest albums; regardless, it's a cover to cover gem that stands shoulder to shoulder with just about any rock album ever made. It remains a true classic much in part to the title track "Hotel California" (voted the sixth Greatest Song of All Time) plus other classics "New Kid In Tow," "Life In The Fast Lane," "Victim of Love" and much more.

Carole King
"Tapestry" (1971)

Carole King was renowned for composing a succession of pop classics in the 1960's, but with the release of "Tapestry," which successfully married her skill with the contemporary songwriter movement, she moved to the forefront of popular music. This album is comprised of self penned material and collaborations with her ex-husband and lyricist, Tony Stern. King's unfuzzy vocal style enhances the simply stated yet astute material, and in "It's Too Late" the singer expresses the breakdown of a relationship with percipient incisiveness. Such a skill endures the album's lasting popularity.

Van Morrison
"Astral Weeks" (1968)


Aretha Franklin
"Lady Soul" (1968)


Guns N' Roses
"Appetite For Destruction" (1987)

With "Appetite For Destruction," the biggest selling debut album in history, G N R gained stardom with this 1987 release for their 70's rock n roll style and all out rebelliousness that recalled the early Stones years. By 1988, after a tour opening for Aerosmith, G N R had gained a massive following and rose to the top of the charts with their #1 single, "Sweet Child O' Mine," and the #7 single "Welcome To The Jungle."

Led Zeppelin
"Led Zeppelin" (1969)

The band was brought together from a random phone call to Robert Plant by Jimmy Page, who was looking for a singer to form a band with. His first singer of choice was unavailable, however that led to meeting with Plant at Page's London flat for a jam session. The holes were quickly filled with John Bohnam and John Paul Jones and just like that rock n roll gods are born. Classics include "Good Times, Bad Times," "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You," "Dazed and Confused" "Your Time Is Gonna Come," and many more.

Led Zeppelin
"Led Zeppelin II" (1969)

If only every band with a great album was able to follow it up with a release equal or better than, the world of music would be an even better place. Unfortunately, even super groups are not able to do so as often as one would think, but Zeppelin, of course, is on a whole different platform than most. Tracks include, "Whole Lotta Love," "What Is and What Should Never Be," "The Lemon Song," "Thank You," "Heartbreaker," "Living Loving Maid," "Ramble On," "Moby Dick," and "Bring It On Home"

Sly & The Family Stone
"Stand!" (1969)

This 1969 release is indicative of the Sly & the Family Stone sound; black rhythms and psychedelic sensibility in a pop, soul and rock hybrid that drew both white and black audiences alike. Along with James Brown, Sly and The Family Stone virtually invented 70's funk and their impact has proven to be long lasting and wide spread. Stand's is also known for its ecstatic dance music and political themes, which gave rise to such hits as "Sex Machine," "Don't Call Me Nigger Whittey," and "I Wanna To Take You Higher," which was a chart topping #3 single.

The Rolling Stones
"Sticky Fingers" (1971)

Driving, intense and wide-open rock is the Stone's 1971 release. The New Musical Express gave it an Excellent Plus rating that captures the Stone's "bluesy swagger in a dark land where few dare to tread." Even the jaunty country take "Dead Flowers" has a derisive sneer beneath the hokum delivery.

David Bowie
"Hunky Dory" (1972)

1971 proved to be a large year for the equivalent of music's chameleon. Bowie's lighter pop tribute to the New York City of Andy Warhol, the Velvet Underground, and Bob Dylan, this album gave way to his supposed theme song, "Changes." And "Changes" were soon on the horizon for this rock star, a transformation had begun to take its course from the lighter pop album that is "Hunky Dory" to the glitz and glamour that the world would soon see him in a new theatrical production.

David Bowie
"The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders-From Mars" (1972)

Enter Ziggy Stardust. A blend of dramatic strings, swaggering saxophones, jagged guitars, and theatrical arrangements, the album's darker rock numbers like "It Ain't Easy," "Moonage Daydream," "Ziggy Stardust," and the irresistible "Suffragette City," still serve as solid excursions into the future (then and now) of rock. The buoyant "Hang on to Yourself" and the dreamy "Star" offer hints of optimism in Ziggy's bleak world, and of course the melodramatic "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide."

"1999" (1983)


"Synchronicity" (1983)

Synchronicity is the last full-length studio recording from the Police, the final evolution of their sound, and the album that yielded their greatest success. The singles, particularly "Every Breath You Take," "King of Pain," and "Wrapped Around Your Finger," while pure gems by themselves, are an integral part of the album's musical and lyrical texture. As the title indicates, the album's intellectual content is inspired by C.G. Jung's psychosocial connecting principle and it manifests lyrically in some of the most evocative imagery Sting has ever created.

Pink Floyd
"Dark Side Of The Moon" (1973)

Originally released in 1973, Dark Side is one of those albums that is discovered anew by each generation of rock listeners. This complex, often psychedelic music works very well because of the bandís patients; the songs are mainly slow and mid-tempo, with attention paid throughout to musical texture and mood. The sound effects on songs like "On The Run," "Time," and especially "Money" (with sampled sounds of clinking coins and cash registers turned into rhythmic accompaniment) are very impressive, especially in 1973 before the advent of digital recording techniques.

The Pretenders
"The Pretenders" (1980)


Bob Dylan
"Bringing It All Back Home" (1965)

The year of 1965 gives a good indication as to why Bob Dylan has remained the most influential American song writer and rock musician over the last 40 years. With this release, Dylan surprises listeners for the first of many times by turning his back on folk purists and going electric. Backed by a rock n roll band (including Paul Butterfield) for half of his album, 1965 marked Dylan's, and Rock n Rollís for that matter, breakout year with the release of "Bringing It All Back Home," and the #2 single "Like A Rolling Stone."

The Ramones
"The Ramones" (1976)

The band formed in 1974, and during those first few years, they were able to shape the sound of punk rock in the New York scence with their simple, fast songs, no solos, straight forward lyrics and chords. By 1976 "The Ramones" were a definitive punk statement. With songs like "Beat On The Brat," "Blitzkrieg Bop," and "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," most of which were under two and half minutes long, they had created a new genre of rock.

"Mothership" (1976)


"Trans-Europe Express" (1977)


Bee Gees (various artists)
"Saturday Night Fever" (1976)

This 1977 release was part of a cultural revolution that was disco and the blockbuster movie "Saturday Night Fever." Although disco came and went, and 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," and eventually sold 30 million copies world wide.

Dusty Springfield
"Dusty In Memphis" (1969)


Allman Brothers Band
"Live at the Fillmore East" (1971)

Classic live 2 LP album recorded in 1970 at the illustrious Fillmore East. Features an amazing 20-minute version of Whipping Post! Rated the #1 Live Rock n 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

The Doors
"The Doors" (1967)

The Doors more than fulfilled the promise of their infamously challenging gigs around Los Angeles throughout the previous year on this debut album. Whether belting out a standard like "Back Door Man" or originals "The Crystal Ship" and "I Looked at You," leather-clad vocalist Jim Morrison exuded both sensuality and menace. The mixture, on the outsize album finale, "The End," helped rewrite the rules on rock song composition. None of this would have worked, though, were it not for the highly visual instrumental work of keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger, and drummer John Densmore, whose work on tracks such as "Take It As It Comes" and the lengthy hit "Light My Fire" virtually defined the rock-blues-jazz-classical amalgam that was acid-rock.

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; Young swims 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," DÈj-Vu is teeming with early '70s FM staples.

"Straight Outta Compton" (1988)


Curtis Mayfield
"Superfly" (1972)

I guess the only thing to argue is whether "Superfly" or "Shaft" was the better album soundtrack. Either way, this is a great piece of music. Curtis Mayfield had a musical career which spanned decades, and moved from the gospel roots of the Impressions to this movie soundtrack.

Miles Davis
"Bitches Brew" (1969)


"Achtung Baby" (1991)

This 1991 release drew rave reviews and critical acclaim in its accent to #1 (their third #1 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).

Miles Davis
"Kind of Blue" (1959)

It was the key recording of what became Modern Jazz, a Jazz record for people who don't 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.

The Rolling Stones
"Beggar's Banquet" (1968)

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.

Bruce Springsteen
"Darkness On The Edge Of Town" (1978)


The Stooges
"Raw Power" (1973)

Inspired by a Doors concert, Iggy Pop decided to form The Stooges, and coincidently, was signed by Elektra, the Doors lable, in 1968. After releasing two albums, the band broke up in 1970 so that Iggy could quell is out of control drug problem. Around this time he ran into David Bowie, who resolved to resurrect Iggy's career and regrouped and produced "Raw Power." A critical success (they were even called the future of rock), and a decade later regarded as seminal punk, the Stooges played raw, basic rock that drove home hard rocking concerts with outlandish stage antics.

Al Green
"Call Me" (1973)


Led Zeppelin
"Physical Graffiti" (1975)

This 1975 release was the last great Zeppelin title recorded before the influences of the day (synthesizers, disco) ended Zeppelin's reign as Kings of loud and sexy blues-metal. Playfully experimenting with new sounds, the band blended Middle Eastern themes, folk-stylings, heavy blues, and deeply impassioned rock riffs into a double LP set that sounds as if they were still enjoying their place in the rock pantheon. Stand out tracks include "Trample Underfoot" and "Custard Pie," which are alone almost worth the purchase.

Jimi Hendrix Experience
"Electric Ladyland" (1968)

In 1968 Electric Lady Land hit #1 and Jimi Hendrix became a superstar, but this was nothing that he necessarily enjoyed. Hendrix considered himself a musician first and foremost, a star was just a label to him. This thought process became public knowledge when in his 1968 tour he renounced the extravagances of his stage acts (such as the legendary guitar burning at the Monterey Pop Festival) and simple performed his music. The public did not take a liking to his subdued ways, bringing Hendrix to the conclusion that his best music came from informal settings of studios and clubs, which led him to begin the construction of his studio Electric Lady Land.

Jeff Buckley
"Grace" (1994)


Beastie Boys
"Paul's Boutique" (1989)


The Replacements
"Let It Be" (1984)


Aretha Franklin
"Young, Gifted & Black" (1971)

Like Arethra's predecessor, "Spirit In The Dark," this 1971 release found Aretha moving with soul music's elite into a progressive phase that opened up the emotional content of her work even further. "All The King's Horses" mourns the death of her first marriage while "Day Dreaming" and "A Brand New Me" point toward healing. Two stabs at social comment, the cover of Nina Simone's title cut "Intriguingly," and Elton John's "Border Song" round out this impressive portrait.

James Taylor
"Sweet Baby James" (1970)


Jimi Hendrix
"Axis Bold As Love" (1967)

Axis Bold As Love was the 1967 follow up to "Are You Experienced?" and represented a much more concise use of the recording studio possibilities. Where his live shows continue to showcase the raw rocking power of The Experience, the recording studio gave Hendrix the composer/arranger a broader pulpit to work with. Songs such as the menacing "If 6 Was 9," and "Spanish Castle Magic," are amazing tracks, but the work on "Little Wing," and "Castles Made of Sand," are indicative of what an innovator and true legend Hendrix was.

Pearl Jam
"Ten" (1991)

This album was responsible for the launch of the Seattle sound known as grunge, but Pearl Jam proved to be much more than that. With Zeppelin like rock & roll, and a general love for the 60's and 70's rock, Pearl Jam rose above the alternative and grunge label to produce one of the greatest albums of all time. Weather it is the vocals and lyrics of charismatic front Eddie Vedder, Harrison like licks by Stone Gossard, Page like solos from Mike McCready, or the perfectly constructed base lines of Jeff Ament, this album impresses. This cover to cover album includes such hit singles as "Alive," "Black," and "Jeremy."

Elvis Costello
"My Aim Is True" (1977)

Costello's debut single on this 1976 release, "Less Than Zero," launched the album to top 20 in England and to #32 in the U.S. Costello arrived in this era of the late 70's in a new wave of singer / songwriters who reinvigorated the literate and lyrical traditions of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison with the raw energy of the punk rock scene. When asked what his motivations were during this time of his early career, he replied "revenge and guilt," but what really counted was the construction of his songs that have made him a critic's favorite for years.

Otis Redding
"Otis Blue" (1966)

Ranked 35th on HME's List of The Greatest Albums of All-Time, Otis Blue is a critical and R & B smash. Rolling Stone Magazine gave this album 5 Stars out of 5 and. Q Magazine also gave this album 5 stars and stated it indispensable. Reddingís true dictionary of Soul, a stunning journey through the past and future vocabulary of R & B documenting a masterful artist rising to the immense challenges of his times.

"Back In Black" (1980)


"Marquee Moon" (1977)


Paul Simon
"Graceland" (1986)

After he began studying South Africa's indigenous music, he traveled there in 1985 to and began recording in Johannesburg; the result was ìGraceland.î It is a dazzling collection of songs influenced by the South African dance music and features the vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Everly Brothers, and Los Lobos. Graceland reached #3 in 1987 and won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1988; the capricious hit singleìYou Can Call Me Alî reached #44.

"Abraxas" (1970)

The relaxed opening elegantly slips into "Black Magic Woman" the finest interpretation and cover of this Peter Green classic. "Se A Cabo" "El Nicoya" and the memorable "Oye Como Va" gives us the quota of Latin Rock that we crave from Santana. The album's star is the beautifully exotic "Samba Pa Ti" which features a superb guitar solo. Other tracks include "Singing Winds" "Crying Beasts" "Incident at Neshabur" "Mother's Daughter" and "Hope You're Feeling Better."

The Who
"Quadrophenia" (1973)

An excellent and frequently astonishing album, "Quadrophenia" is both more ambitious and less accessible than Tommy, the first and most well known rock opera. At its simplest level, "Quadrophenia" is a coming-of-age story with an awesome soundtrack. The album features some of the Who's finest material with songs like the enraged "Real Me" the cynical "Punk Meets the Godfather" the wistful "5:15" and "Sea and Sand" and the powerful "Love, Reign O'er Me." The mix of powerful songwriting (Pete Townsend) and skillful composition (the use of synthesizers unlike any band had ever done before) makes this one of the Who's finest moments.

"Disraeli Gears" (1967)

When Cream formed in 1966 they established its enduring legend on the high-volume blues jamming and extended solos of its live shows. But once in the studio, their work tended to be more sophisticated original rock material, most of which was written by Jack Bruce and lyricist Pete Brown. Tracks include "Strange Brew" "Sunshine Of Your Love (#5 1968)" "World Of Pain" "Dance The Night Away" "Blue Condition" "Tales Of Brave Ulysses" "Swlabr" "We're Going Wrong" "Outside Women Blues" "Take It Back" and "Mother's Lament."

Talking Heads
"Remain In Light" (1980)


Derek & the Dominos
"Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" (1970)

Eric Clapton is one of only three artists that were recently chosen by his peers as a member of a group (Cream) and a soloist who achieved Top 50 status as an All-Time Rock n Roll Artist (the other two were Beatles Paul and John). This album contains the legendary title track "Layla" written about Clapton's love for George Harrison's wife - (which was voted the 16th Best Single of All-Time). Accompanied by an all star band, including D'Wayne Allman, each track is a beautifully written orgininal or an amazing rendition of other artistís classics. Standout tracks include "Bell Bottom Blues" "Keep On A Growin" "Key To The Highway" "To Tell The Truth" "Little Wing" "It's Too Late" and much more.

The Who
"Tommy" (1969)

With this 1969 release, The Who became the pioneers of the Rock Opera, and along with it came some of the most inspired work by the band, or just about anybody, ever produced. What makes "Tommy" so impressive, besides the plethora of classic tracks, is that it was not dreamed up by conceited artists accustomed to hearing how great they were from music intelligentsia. Rather it was the work of four upstarts in their early and mid-20's who were most famous at that point for angst-ridden songs. Tracks include the angry "My Generation" the frustrated "Can't Explain" the sly "Pictures of Lily" and the resigned "Kids Are Alright."

Peter Gabriel
"So" (1986)

The Classic Reissue was cut from the original 1/2" 30 ips analog master tapes on the Classic all tube stereo cutting system at Bernie Grundman Mastering by "The Wizard" Bernie Grundman himself. This release features the additional tune "We Do What We're Told (Milgrames 37)" that was originally not on the Geffen vinyl issue in 1986. Peter Gabriel introduced his fifth studio album "So" with "Sledgehammer," an Otis Redding-inspired soul-pop raver that was easily his catchiest, happiest single to date. The catchiest and happiest record he ever cut, the album is filled with classics such as "Big Time," "Don't Give Up," a moving duet with Kate Bush; "Red Rain," and "In Your Eyes," Gabriel's greatest love song which achieved genuine classic status after being featured in Cameron Crowe's classic movie, Say Anything.

"Murmur" (1983)

R.E.M.'s 1983 debut album turned the rock world on its ear. This is music which has withstood the test of time and has influenced countless bands. It contains the hit single "Radio Free Europe" and was given by Reviewers a "10 out of 10," their highest rating!

Simon & Garfunkel
"Bookends" (1968)

This album was released shortly after "Mrs. Robinson" was released on the Graduate soundtrack, the song reach #1 in June 1968. Simon and Garfunkel produced "Bookends" with engineer Roy Halee, who had workd on every Simon and Garfunkel seessions, and successfully made Columbia's first album recorded on 8 tracks.

"OK Computer" (1997)

Radiohead's third album got compared to Pink Floyd a lot when it came out, and its slow drama and conceptual sweep certainly put it in that category. "OK Computer," though, is a complicated and difficult record: an album about the way machines dehumanize people that's almost entirely un-electronic; an album by a British "new wave of new wave" band that rejects speed and hooks in favor of languorous texture and morose details. Released in 1997, it is the second most recent album to make the top 100 list, only to be beaten out by Lauryn Hillís "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."

Tina Turner
"Private Dancer" (1984)


Liz Phair
"Exile In Guyville" (1993)


Ray Charles
"Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music" (1961)


Jackson Five
"ABC" (1970)


The B-52s
"The B-52s" (1979)


"Like A Prayer"