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.