Why Jann Wenner is a douchenozzle.

On the PE music forum, there was a thread regarding famous albums you’ve never heard. After a flame war with some prog snobs, the thread has taken an entertaining tangent that I will now bring here. Rolling Stone magazine has their list of the greatest albums ever. Like all Rolling Stone lists, it sucks bites and blows. Jann Wenner is still masturbating over Lennon’s corpse and it shows. But on PE we are taking the list and noting whether we have heard or own the album in question. So here’s the top 50, with my comments following. I invite you to do a cut and paste, and then we’ll separate the men from the boys.

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Own it and play it now and then.
2. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys – Heard it many times, can’t stand them.
3. Revolver, The Beatles – Own it, love it
4. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan – Own it, play it now and then
5. Rubber Soul, The Beatles – Own it, love it
6. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye – Have heard pieces of it, love the title track
7. Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones – Fucking nasty rock n roll, you’re damn right I own it
8. London Calling, The Clash – Own it and really like it
9. Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan – Own it, play it now and then
10. The Beatles (“The White Album”), The Beatles – Own it, have played it more than any other Beatles album
11. The Sun Sessions, Elvis Presley – Heard it, it is important
12. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis – own it, it is genius
13. Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground – Got it but the drumming drives me nuts
14. Abbey Road, The Beatles – Own it, best Beatles album ever, should be number one
15. Are You Experienced?, The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Own it, play it now and then.
16. Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan – Own it, Bob’s best.
17. Nevermind, Nirvana – Own it but I have to be in the right mood to hear it
18. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen – Own it, have every note memorized.
19. Astral Weeks, Van Morrison – Own it, play it now and then, wonderful transcendental work
20. Thriller, Michael Jackson – My wife played the shit out of it, there is so much filler on this it’s sick
21. The Great Twenty-Eight, Chuck Berry – Own it, but it’s been a long time.
22. Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon – I have heard it – not even close to my favorite Lennon.
23. Innervisions, Stevie Wonder – I only have the greatest hits.
24. Live at the Apollo (1963), James Brown – I used to have it – it kicks ass. I like Otis live better.
25. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac – Own it. Haven’t played it in ages.
26. The Joshua Tree, U2 – Owned it but it gets less play these days
27. King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 1, Robert Johnson – Not played often but it is seminal.
28. Who’s Next, The Who – Own it, wore it out, still play it.
29. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin – Own it, lived it, must have gone through four vinyl copies and two CDs. Where’s Physical Graffiti – someone kill Jann Wenner for this!
30. Blue, Joni Mitchell – never heard it
31. Bringing It All Back Home, Bob Dylan – Never heard it.
32. Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones – Own it and love it still.
33. Ramones, Ramones – Don’t own it but familiar with it. Beat on the brat.
34. Music From Big Pink, The Band – Own it, should rank far highter.
35. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, David Bowie – Own it, love it.
36. Tapestry, Carole King – I am married to a 70s soft rock queen – I know this album far too well
37. Hotel California, The Eagles – See above
38. The Anthology, 1947 – 1972, Muddy Waters. I have the Muddy Box, the Johnny Winter stuff, live albums.
39. Please Please Me, The Beatles – Don’t own it.
40. Forever Changes, Love – Never heard it.
41. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, The Sex Pistols – Heard it a few times, pure venom but not my thing
42. The Doors, The Doors – Used to own it but then I grew up unlike Morrison
43. The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd – Own it in every format known to man. This is why I stopped listening to the radio because it made this feel fresh again.
44. Horses, Patti Smith – I have heard it, wasn’t for me.
45. The Band, The Band – See previous comment on The Band.
46. Legend, Bob Marley and the Wailers – I own it, play it now and then.
47. A Love Supreme, John Coltrane – Own it. If God made anything better he’s keeping it for himself
48. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy – Never heard it.
49. At Fillmore East, The Allman Brothers Band – Tragically lost my vinyl but I have the CD. Best.Jams.Ever.
50. Here’s Little Richard, Little Richard – I have a compilation but it rarely gets played.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Top 50
    Interesting list Jerol…Your top 50 observations (and CD ownership) are very similar to mine…Couple personal opinions I’ll throw in:
    • There are certain of these records/CDs that I have so burnt out on – that I don’t know that I can ever willfully listen to them again…Way, way burned out on:
    Who’s Next – The Who and Rumours – Fleetwood Mac…They have gone to Half Price Books Heaven and I don’t ever want to hear them again.
    • I have been meaning to pick up Blue – Joni Mitchell for some years…It will happen…
    • Nirvana: had most of these records – but since Cobain’s suicide and with his many times stated distain and hatred that he held for fans of his music – I can’t listen to it anymore. This guy was the worst kind of narcissist – and that he left by his own hand shows him to be a large scale coward to boot…
    • Elvis: No, like you’ve mentioned to me about the Current (and after some thought, I agree with you)…Elvis is a chick thing….Never was into his stuff…The other day I heard Big Mama Thornton doing “Hound Dog” on KFAI…Now that’s the way this song SHOULD sound…
    • Plastic Ono Band: I just bought this for the first time after Christmas with a gift card – and it’s kicking my ass! Very raw, almost punk-like the way Lennon gets to screaming on “Well, Well, Well” and some of the other tracks… Really digging this album currently….Plus it has 2 bonus tracks…I had an epiphany this winter over Christmas where it occurred to me Lennon’s lyric: “war is over if you want it” was perfection on a quantum physics type level. Brilliant Man…A Working Class Hero is something to be indeed…
    • “Forever Changes” by Love…Thought I lent this to you for a few weeks – but maybe that was Peter B…In any case I’ll have to bring this in for you…Great record but you have to spend some time with it.
    • Velvet Underground & Nico – A perfect timeless recording…Don’t know what you mean about the drumming, but I’ll say I’ve always felt the same about Mitch Mitchell’s drumming on the first 3 Hendrix albums…It’s technically fine but it just seems out of place to me with the rest of the playing…A lot of people didn’t like Buddy Miles contributions to Band Of Gypsies – but I always preferred him to Mitchell – more jazzy and improvisational…
    • Stuff I apparently cannot burn on: Stones (though I’m coming close with the Some Girls album), Clash, Dylan, Zeppelin…These were/are Gods who walked among men – all…
    • Ramones: I love these fuckers, but if you own all their albums (as I do)…You soon realize there’s a lot of similarity – and even a lot of duplicated tracks from live album to the studio album back to live albums…Prolific they were not…
    • I completely agree on Patti Smith’s Horses…Can’t put my finger on it, but this record just wasn’t for me.
    • U2: I don’t know – I had and listened to a lot of their music over the years – but of late it just rings hollow with me…Sold the U2 at Half-Price last year when I needed to make a braces payment for my daughter… (same with Prince – his music doesn’t age well…or maybe it’s me 
    Best,
    Rich

    • jeroljohnson says:

      Re: Top 50
      You know Rich, regarding your thoughts on Prince, the 80s just don’t age well. Those plastic synths and the electronic drums just don’t work anymore. The bands that stuck to classic sounds like the punks, new metal (not hair metal), and Dire Straits, Bruce, U2 are the only ones that still sound relevant. Oh, and the Gear Daddies.

  2. You said do a cut and paste, so here we go…
    1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – My second-favorite album by the Fabs. Haven’t played it in five years.
    2. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys – Like it but own no BB albums.
    3. Revolver, The Beatles – Good album. One of the few Beatles albums I still play
    4. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan – I respect more than like it
    5. Rubber Soul, The Beatles – See: Revolver
    6. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye – Brilliant album. Need to pick it up.
    7. Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones – I have very little use for the Stones. I have the “40 licks” compilation and that’s all I need.
    8. London Calling, The Clash – Brilliant breakthrough album
    9. Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan – Don’t care for it
    10. The Beatles (“The White Album”), The Beatles – My favorite Beatles album
    11. The Sun Sessions, Elvis Presley – Yawn
    12. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis – Need to hear it
    13. Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground – Another one I need to pick up on CD
    14. Abbey Road, The Beatles – Arguably the best, but played to death when I was younger
    15. Are You Experienced?, The Jimi Hendrix Experience – My favorite Jimi album, I’m afraid.
    16. Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan – Brilliant. Dylan even sings a little.
    17. Nevermind, Nirvana – Hate it
    18. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen – The last great Springsteen album
    19. Astral Weeks, Van Morrison – I have no use for Van Morrison at all
    20. Thriller, Michael Jackson – Great title track. The rest of the album can take a long hike.
    21. The Great Twenty-Eight, Chuck Berry – Good pick, but not really an album. Berry was a singles man.
    22. Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon – Eh.
    23. Innervisions, Stevie Wonder – A heartbreaking work of staggering genius.
    24. Live at the Apollo (1963), James Brown – Unfamiliar with it.
    25. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac – I wish that this and the self-titled album had never been made. This was the turning to cheesy pop of a good bluesy rock band.
    26. The Joshua Tree, U2 – By this time Bono was getting bloated and boring. Give me “Boy” or “War.”
    27. King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 1, Robert Johnson – Ahhhhhh.
    28. Who’s Next, The Who – I’m on my third CD copy.
    29. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin – Here’s where we really part ways: I *hate* Led Zep.
    30. Blue, Joni Mitchell – Good but not great.
    31. Bringing It All Back Home, Bob Dylan – Like you, I’ve never heard it.
    32. Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones – See above re: Exile.
    33. Ramones, Ramones – A wakeup call for an era of rock that was getting boring.
    34. Music From Big Pink, The Band – Greatest Hits. On 8-track.
    35. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, David Bowie – One of his best, though I’ll take “‘Heroes'” or “Diamond Dogs” first.
    36. Tapestry, Carole King – If I never heard this album again I wouldn’t mind.
    37. Hotel California, The Eagles – Okay, see, the Eagles are everything that is evil about rock.
    38. The Anthology, 1947 – 1972, Muddy Waters. Need to investigate this guy.
    39. Please Please Me, The Beatles – Was the vanguard of the “British Invasion.” Still sounds good today.
    40. Forever Changes, Love – One absolutely indispensible track (“Alone Again Or”) followed by pretty good but not great stuff.
    41. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, The Sex Pistols – Not deserving of this position. I’d give the slot to the first Dead Kennedys album
    42. The Doors, The Doors – Yawn.
    43. The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd – Far from Floyd’s best work, overplayed but still solid.
    44. Horses, Patti Smith – Good solid protopunk.
    45. The Band, The Band – See previous comment on The Band.
    46. Legend, Bob Marley and the Wailers – A good album but I’d pick something else, maybe Natural Mystic.
    47. A Love Supreme, John Coltrane – Absolute beauty.
    48. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy – Rap-punk.
    49. At Fillmore East, The Allman Brothers Band – Not much use for “southern rock,” but this is good.
    50. Here’s Little Richard, Little Richard – Another singles guy. I like a few songs but can do without his shrieking.
    * * * *
    To be dead honest if I were to do a top fifty — based on what I think is important, not what I like — no more than ten of the albums on this list would be on mine.

    • jeroljohnson says:

      Hey SL, welcome to the brawl. I didn’t know anyone from PE was lurking here. We may part ways on Zep but your comment on #37 ought to be enshrined on gold somewhere. And yeah, why do they include singles compilations like Legend and Great 28. By that standard Kinks Kronikles or The Faces should be in the top twenty.

  3. Anonymous says:

    No opinions but fact
    Peter Bodurtha Knows:
    Pet Sounds is uniquely disadvantaged: If you like the stones, you’ll hate it. If you like punk, you’ll probably prefer the surfer music. If your a lyric person you’ll find it wanting. Still the best pop/rock album musically I’ve ever heard – helps to hear it in stereo. For people who are closed minded about the beach boys I suggest giving it another shot and imagining it was a Beatles record.
    Blood on the Tracks: I don’t fancy Blonde on Blonde and didn’t like the few tracks I’ve heard of this. Am I missing something?
    Bringing it all Back Home: How is this album considered worse than Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61? In the latter two there are tracks with such classic sounds as lead guitar over 1/4 step out of tune, completely forsaken melodies, and songs that seem to go on long past their usefulness. BIABH succumbs to none of these trappings, has a great stylistic contrast and even has some nice straight forward rockers. Oh, and Bobby actually sings. Please refute.
    Astral Weeks – see Blonde on Blonde – someone please explain.
    Who’s Next – why isn’t this way, way higher on every list ever made?
    Please Please Me – Any album before Revolver making lists shows the writers’ lack of imagination and infatuation with the four (which happens to be my favorite band. This statement proves my objectivity)
    Forever Changes by Love – few have heard it and I think a lot of people really want to say its brilliant just because they can praise something that no one has ever heard of. Sort of sounds like Syd Barrett and the Tijuana Brass. Arthur Lee oscillates between brilliant, needlessly strange, and dated.
    Jerol, would I like Patti Smith?
    Ziggy Stardust NEVER gets old.
    Where are the Beegees albums? Jerol, we know you own all of them.
    Ok, let’s hear it.

  4. jeroljohnson says:

    Re: No opinions but fact
    Peter –
    Here’s Patti Smith – just as she was the cutting edge of rock.

    BeeGees? You are mistaking me for my wife. And oh yes, she has them.
    Astral Weeks? I explained Van Morrison to you and you FAILED!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Rich’s list Part One
    I did 100 cause I have no discipline…I didn’t put any comments near the albums that have been rock-critic-ed to death (Exile On Main Street, Ramones, etc) – They’re on the list for obvious reason…Tried to provide a note or 2 on the lesser known gems however…
    1) Let It Bleed – Rolling Stones
    2) Exile On Main Street – Rolling Stones
    3) The Clash – (self titled, 1st record) …The American release…Perfect and immediate in its delivery…
    4) Secret Treaties – Blue Oyster Cult…Underrated…These guys are all top notch musicians – and their lyrics are smart and funny in all the right places…Astronomy is timeless…
    5) Live 1966 (Bootleg Series V4) – Bob Dylan…The English folk purists in the crowd call Bob “Judas”…Dylan fires back to the Band with: ‘Just play fucking LOUD!’. And they do.
    6) Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan
    7) Hard Again – Muddy Waters…Johnny Winters screaming, Bob Margolin filling the guitar parts, James Cotton on the harp and Muddy growling and at his best.
    8) Blonde On Blonde – Bob Dylan…It occurs to me this Dylan title would make a great name for a lesbian porno movie – but I digress…
    9) Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model…Elvis spits the lyrics out fast and brilliantly – like Bob Dylan on Benzedrine…Love this record…
    10) Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
    11) Agents Of Fortune – Blue Oyster Cult…Sci-Fi and horror tunes that don’t sound stupid…and as above: these guys can play…
    12) The Clash – London Calling…Still grabs you by the throat and sounds as important today as it did in 1980…
    13) Ramones – Leave Home
    14) Damned, Damned, Damned – The Damned…Obnoxious and loud in all the right places, plus: they have the good sense to cover The Stooges…
    15) Swordfishtrombones – Tom Waits….
    “I left all my papers on the Ticonderoga
    and was in a bad need of a shave
    and so I slopped at the corner on cold chow mein
    and shot billards with a midget
    until the rain stopped…” I’ll have what Tom’s drinking…
    16) Paranoid – Black Sabbath … The hits are obvious, but I like the lesser known tunes here too like Planet Caravan and Fairies Wear Boots…
    17) It’s Only Rock And Roll – Rolling Stones…Dirty, bluesy, Mick Taylor’s pissed and Keith discovers he can sing – what’s not to like here?
    18) Sticky Fingers – Rolling Stones
    19) Exodus – Bob Marley & The Wailers…Can’t believe humans made this record…Sounds like it was recorded yesterday…Marley was channeling from another plane here…
    20) Live And Dangerous – Thin Lizzy…Flashes of brilliance exist on all their records – but they bring it on home here on this 2-record set…Flawless…
    21) Sandinista! – The Clash…3 records, 4 genius musicians fighting it out…Sounds like a war from beginning to end – and it is.
    22) Funhouse – The Stooges…Almost a jazz record for the amount of improve going on here…You can almost see Iggy writhing on the floor during “1970”…
    23) Tonight’s The Night – Neil Young…Neil’s drug record with Dylan overtones…Also has a very jaded California sound to it…
    24) Damn The Torpedoes – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers…Perfect…”We smoked cigarettes and we stared at the moon…”
    25) Seven – Steppenwolf…Like BOC – these guys could play…No hits here, just a solid album….”Foggy Mental Breakdown” and “Renegade” are amazing and really hold up (as does the rest of the record.)
    26) New York Dolls (self-titled, 1st record)…A perfect Punk prototype…All songs are loud & fast with many tasty hooks…
    27) Blood On The Tracks – Bob Dylan…This record will exist and be played 1,000 years from now…It’s that good.
    28) All Things Must Pass – George Harrison…2 record-set, lots of guests like Clapton, Ringo, Phil Spector…The best of the Beatles solo outings…
    29) Raw Power – Iggy & The Stooges….You can hear the acid and hard dope in Iggy’s vocals here…a very Cathartic record to play loudly after work…
    30) Happy Trails – Quicksilver Messenger Service…Half Fillmore West, half studio Bo Diddley-inspired, psychedelic romp… A different record every time you play it…

    • Anonymous says:

      Rich’s list Part Two
      31) Marquee Moon – Television…A punk record in which it’s obvious these guys bought all the good rock albums from 1967-1978…Nice guitar interplay between Tom Verlaine and the other guy (name escapes me.)
      32) Beggars Banquet – Rolling Stones…Almost a country record if you take off “Street Fightin’ Man” and “Sympathy For the Devil” (but please don’t.) At this point these guys are so good they don’t even worry about musical genre anymore…
      33) Hootenanny – The Replacements…Local boys make the best garage record ever!
      34) Velvet Underground and Nico….John Cale, Lou Reed…and how bout that Maureen Tucker on drums? …Love this record…Sometimes reminds me of similar period Bob Dylan as it was the same producer and Reed was clearly up on his Dylan…Still has an authentic dirty, arty, New York vibe to it which I don’t tire of…
      35) Raw Sienna – Savoy Brown…Blues, guitars, an English band with rotating members – where everything gels.
      36) Black Sabbath (self titled, 1st record) an evil, creepy debut from 1970…Ozzy plays harmonica on “The Wizard” and Tony Iommi plays some wicked fuzzy guitar…Still sounds evil & creepy today…
      37) Give Em Enough Rope – The Clash…First U.S. release, produced by BOC’s Sandy Pearlman…All systems are GO!
      38) Desire – Bob Dylan…Emmy Lou Harris helps out on vocals…A return to surrealism for Dylan lyrics…Great record…
      39) Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars – David Bowie
      40) Axis: Bold As Love – Jimi Hendrix Experience
      41) Volume One – Traveling Wilburys…A bunch of rich rock stars make a record for the sheer fun of it…Oh, but it’s these 5 rock stars…Works for me…
      42) Thick As A Brick – Jethro Tull…One song that never lags over 2 sides…Plus Ian Anderson’s a runner so he gets points with me for that…
      43) The Stooges (self titled, 1st record) Even the weird chanting filler tune ‘We Will Fall” is like nothing you’ve ever heard…
      44) Live at Max’s Kansas City – Heartbreakers (Johnny Thunder’s band)..Raw, brutal and unpretentious…You hear tables being overturned and beer bottles clanking on the floor…
      45) Metamorphosis – Iron Butterfly…A dark psychedelic release…You can hear Altamont, the pain of Viet Nam and the coming of Black Sabbath on this record…
      46) Combat Rock – The Clash…Often over looked. This is the last gasp of the Clash as they implode….Don’t mess Allen Ginsberg’s cross spoken-word vocals with Strummer on “Ghetto Defendant”…
      47) The Doors (self titled, 1st record)
      48) Their Satanic Majesties Request – Rolling Stones…More psychedelic, trippin’ music…Bill Wyman takes vocals from Jagger on “In Another Land”…Can’t drive with this record in the player because of the flashbacks…
      49) Broken English – Marianne Faithful… Dark and with more techo stuff than I usually like…But she means it in every song on this record
      50) Love It To Death – Alice Cooper…Lyrically amazing… The original Cooper band were untouchable when they were ON…
      51) Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen…Stark and real…Bruce could leave the E-Streeters at home a bit more often…
      52) Revolver – Beatles
      53) Too Tough To Die – Ramones…A return to form of the first 4 Ramones albums…
      54) Forever Changes – Love….Evolves brilliantly, not unlike QMS’ “Happy Trails”…One for the Ages…
      55) Doc at The Radar Station – Captain Beefheart And His Magic band…“You used me like an ashtray heart…right from the start!” Imagine an abstract painter making a record like Bob Dylan…That’s Beefheart.. The scratchy vocals are an acquired taste though…
      56) Let There Be Rock – AC/DC…Guilty pleasure…Young, loud & stupid…”Whole Lotta Rosie” is the best song about fat chicks ever…
      57) Volunteers – Jefferson Airplane….It’s the 1960s & these cats are on the right road all the way (so what the happened?) Don’t blame these guys…
      58) Closer To Home – Grand Funk Railroad…This is a deep & important record for its time…GF takes a lot of hits for their playing, but I think this hold’s up nicely…
      59) Pretenders (self titled, 1st record)…Hard charging, aggressive record…Nice, appropriate Kinks cover too…
      60) Live At Café Au Go-Go (and Soledad Prison) – John Lee Hooker…better than the Johnny Cash at Folsom record..Hooker is amazing here…Just gotta hear it…

      • Anonymous says:

        Rich’s list Part Three
        61) Smokin’ – Humble Pie…Steve Mariott (like Steppenwolf) is way over looked as a truly great blues rocker…and this is HPs finest recording…
        62) Rubber Soul – Beatles
        63) Stand! – Sly & the Family Stone…Nice hooks and harmonies…There would have been no Prince w/o this guy…An important figure in 60s rock and this is his best…
        64) Déjà Vu – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young…Beautiful, hippy jingoism… You can hear flaws in Still’s playing in particular which give some of the songs a raw, live feel…
        65) Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s – The Sex Pistols…I think they would have simply titled this “Fuck You” if this could have gotten away with it…Timeless and important. Now play it loud…
        66) Ramones (self titled, 1st record)
        67) Band of Gypsies – Jimi Hendrix
        68) Plastic Ono Band – John Lennon…See my comments on an earlier Jerol blog post…I’m new to this one – and I like it a lot.
        69) Catch A Fire – Bob Marley & the Wailers
        70) II – Led Zeppelin
        71) Rust Never Sleeps – Neil Young
        72) Live At The Regal – BB King…The between song patter with the audience really makes this record…King comes across as friendly, genuine and very musically gifted…
        73) Easter – Patti Smith Group
        74) Gimme Some Neck – Ron Wood…Didn’t know Woody had it in him – but this is a great record…Wood nails Dylan’s “Seven Days” here – better than the Dylan version even.
        75) Three – Santana (the reissue w the extra live Fillmore disc)

      • Anonymous says:

        Rich’s list Part Four
        76) Live At the Fillmore East – Allman Brothers…Duane and the boys were never topped by any of the other southern rockers ever with this release. Plus: may very well be the best straight-ahead ensemble live blues record ever…
        77) Bringing It All Back Home – Bob Dylan
        78) Parachute – Pretty Things… I was late getting turned on to this one. Very underrated, exceptional musicianship and wildly creative.
        79) Electric Ladyland – Jimi Hendrix Experience…Jimi turned loose in a state-of-the-art recording studio with no authority figure in sight…Can this happen anymore? I don’t think so. You have to enjoy this record for this reason.
        80) Killer – Alice Cooper… Is there a more offensive song ever than “Dead Babies” More good Alice that wasn’t necessarily radio friendly…
        81) Cheap Thrills – Big Brother & The Holding Company…Janis Joplin at her thundering, force-of-nature best…
        82) Black Market Clash – The Clash…an EP made up of their early U.K. Singles…
        83) Salesmen And Racists – Ike Reilly…This is a bit of a cheat cause this record was made in the last 5 years…Love it though, like Johnny Cash arm wrestling Joe Strummer over beers while Dee Dee Ramone shoots up behind them. Plus: Reilly has the real Working Class Hero pedigree…he’s from Chicago and used to be a gravedigger and a hotel door man…
        84) Steppenwolf (self titled, 1st record)…The term “heavy metal” is first used here outside of Burroughs. A brilliant, bluesy, hard rocking, psychedelic debut.
        85) Ghost In The Machine – The Police..Way ahead of its time…Predicted the rise of computers and our current 1984ish society…I’m a luddite, I admit it…Now let’s smash the clocks – It’s Friday!
        86) Aja – Steely Dan…First record I ever got really drunk to. Vivid memories of being really loaded and outside and hearing “Peg”…A perfect jazz album disguised as a 70’s rock record…
        87) Hot Rats – Frank Zappa…Mostly instrumental, Captain Beefheart shows up for one song…Crazy/brilliant record…
        88) King Of The Delta Blues Singers – Robert Johnson…Wow, sparse and stark: but this is the Holy Grail…Bow down and buy this record if you don’t already own it…
        89) Entertainment – Gang Of Four.. The guitars are atonally out of synch – on purpose…The lyrics are caustic, precise and vicious
        90) Smokin’ Dynamite, Drinkin’ TNT – Buddy Guy and Junior Wells…Terrific, live blues by 2 vets who know what they’re doing…plus a stellar back-up band which includes Bill Wyman…
        91) Electric Warrior – T Rex…Glam rocks finest hour (along with “Ziggy Stardust”)…
        92) Bluesbreakers – John Mayall with Eric Clapton…The only Eric Clapton record which I don’t find pretentious…Nice, traditional blues homage…
        93) Cosmos Factory – Creedence Clearwater Revival…60’s swamp rock with killer singles…They don’t make em like this anymore…
        94) Heaven Tonight – Cheap Trick…Questionably, the greatest band ever from the mid-west…Power pop at its finest..”Surrender” is possibly the greatest radio single ever…
        95) Let It Be – The Replacements…Local boys make one of the best records of the 1980s again…
        96) Trout Mask Replica – Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band…Beefheart at his most insane (I like that in a person.)
        97) Full Moon Fever – Tom Petty…As much Mike Campbell’s record as Tom’s…the lyrics and Campbell’s guitar mesh nicely…Plus lots of guests like Orbison, Del Shannon…Think Ringo’s on here too…
        98) I Got Dem Ol’ Kosmic Blues Again, Mama – Janis Joplin…Though the credits say otherwise, that’s the guys from Steppenwolf backing Janis up here…Beautiful, sad, perfect hard blues record…
        99) Aftermath – Rolling Stones…Right on the cusp of Brit blues invasion careening into 60’s psychedelia…Shouts “1966” louder than any record I can think of…
        100) Darkness On The Edge Of Town – Bruce Springsteen…This is like a Steinbeck novel for the 1970s…dark, hopeless…and rockin!

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