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post #1 of 50
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Here're the rules...

Pick 5 albums, no jazz or classical...

First: 5 points
Second: 3 points
Third: 1 point (pick 3)

Here's mine:
1. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
2. Led Zep - Houses of the Holy
3. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes,
U2 - Joshua Tree,
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland

We'll keep an ongoing tally...
post #2 of 50
1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles
2. Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan
3. Nevermind - Nirvana
4. The Wall - Pink Floyd
5. Rain Dogs - Tom Waits

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post #3 of 50
[quote]Originally posted by tonton:
<strong>Here're the rules...

Pick 5 albums, no jazz or classical...</strong><hr></blockquote>

Seems kind of arbitrary. Im guessing that those two categories wouldnt do that well anyway so why exclude them? I don't know how to construct an all-time best list without "Kind of Blue" being on it.

How aout Blues? Can we pick a Blues album?
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post #4 of 50
Is it three or five albums? Lets say three

1. Loveless My Bloody Valentine
2. Love of Life Swans
3. T.V.Sky God Machine
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post #5 of 50
1. Here it is... the flaming lips

2. Oh my gawd... the flaming lips

2. PCP ep the butthole surfers

2. Hairway to Steven the butthole surfers

2. An Alf Christmas- Alf and friends featuring Kenny Rogers

2. Shatner sings Cole Porter William Shatner

2. Halloween Sound Effects VA paramount studios

2. SST's the Blasting Concept vol 3. VA

2. Women and Children First Van Halen

ummm, what comes after 2?



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post #6 of 50
Surfing around. Came across <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/sections/business/SiliconInsider/SiliconInsider_020514.html" target="_blank">this article</a> over a abcnews.com. Under the heading, "The Four-and-a-Half-Star Phenomenon" (a corallary to the NAZI rule) the author listed a number of albums. Of those he listed:

Astral Weeks" - Van Morrison
Sweetheart of the Rodeo - the Byrds
Pet Sounds" - Beach Boys
Blonde on Blonde" - Dylan

Wow! That makes a damn impressive list. Works for me. But I still want "Kind of Blue" at the top of my list.
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post #7 of 50
1. Revolver - The Beatles
2. Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison
3. Guitar Town - Steve Earle
4. Van Halen - Van Halen
5. Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival
post #8 of 50
1.) Revolver- The Beatles
2.) Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs- Derek and the Dominoes
3.) Hot Rocks- The Rolling Stones (Kind of cheating with that one)
4.) Deja Vu- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
5.) Quadrophenia- The Who


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6.) 461 Ocean Boulevard- Eric Clapton
7.) Aja- Steely Dan
8.) ten- pearl jam
9.) The Sky is Crying- Stevie Ray Vaughan
10.) Live at Carnegie Hall- Stevie Ray Vaughan
11.) The Wall- Pink Floyd
12.) Every other Beatle album
13.) Joshua Tree- U2
14.) Live at the Fillmore- Allman Brothers Band
15.) Abraxas- Santana
16.) Harvest moon- Neil Young
17.) Madman Across the Water- Elton John
18.) Are you experienced- Jimi Hendrix
19.) Led Zeppelin- I, II, III, iV (whatever you wanna call it, houses of the holy, in through the out door
20.) Nevermind- Nirvana

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post #9 of 50
1/1a) OK Computer/Kid A - Radiohead
2/2a) Electric Ladyland/Are You Experienced?
3/3a) Music has the right to children/Geogaddi - Boards of Canada
4/4a) Permutation/Supermodified - Amon Tobin
5) Odelay - Beck
6) self titled - Rage against the Machine

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post #10 of 50
5) Use Your Illusion-Guns 'n' Roses(slight cheat, UYI II if you want to get technical)
4) Ten-Pearl Jam
3) (What's The Story) Morning Glory?-Oasis
2) Out Of Time-REM
1) The Beatles-The Beatles (White Album)

I limited myself to one album per artist-the whole list would've been Beatles disks.

Jeff

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post #11 of 50
1. Sex Pistols, Never Mind The Bullocks

2. Blondie, Blondie

3. The Velvet Underground, Complete Box Set

4. The Ramones, Rocket To Russia

5. Nirvana, Nevermind
post #12 of 50
Really suprised how few of you are going for REM or Radiohead.
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post #13 of 50
R.E.M.'s automatic for the people would be my #8 or so. OK Computer and Rain Dogs fought it out for my #5 slot.
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post #14 of 50
If the rules didn't arbitrarily exclude jazz albums, either Coltrane's "Live at Birdland" (next up on the rip parade) or "Blue Train" (also by John Coltrane) would've made my list. As for rock/pop albums just out of the top five "London Calling" and "Who's Next" belong close to the top. And you could swap out "Blonde on Blonde" for "Blood on the Tracks" and I'd still be happy.
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post #15 of 50
[quote]Originally posted by spaceman_spiff:
<strong>If the rules didn't arbitrarily exclude jazz albums, either Coltrane's "Live at Birdland" (next up on the rip parade) or "Blue Train" (also by John Coltrane) would've made my list. As for rock/pop albums just out of the top five "London Calling" and "Who's Next" belong close to the top. And you could swap out "Blonde on Blonde" for "Blood on the Tracks" and I'd still be happy.</strong><hr></blockquote>


What's arbitrary about keeping a list of "best rock/pop albums of all time" to pop and rock albums? Start another list if you want to. I find this set of categories to be broad enough really - you could split it up into best progressive rock, straight pop, alterna whatever.
Ok. Focus.

Here's mine (and I'm not sure of it, really, as you can see):


5. Synchronicity - the Police (could be Ghost in the Machine, though). (This slot and #4 could easily be any one of 25 records I can think of right off the top of my head).
4. Fair Warning - Van Halen (maybe VHI or II).
3. Gaucho - Steely Dan (tough choice b/w that and Aja).
2. Led Zepplin II
1. Beatles - pick one. How about Revolver.

Keep in mind that these are not necessarily my "desert island discs."
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post #16 of 50
you people aren't hinking classic enough: those albums that will still be around in ten years:

Beatles --Revolver (or any)
Beach Boys -Pet Sounds
Led Zeppelin --2
Velvet Underground and Nico -Andy Warhol
Sex Pistols -Never Mind The Bullocks
Neil Young --Harvest --!!!!!
Dylan --Highway61 (or other)
Rolling Stones -Hot Rocks (or others)


I guess you'd have to mention Pink Floyds Dark Side but personally I hate that indulgent stuff --I stopped loving that wallowing pretentious emotion when I was 17 --Syd Barrett is by far the best of Pink Floyd --the Wall is ponderous pretentiouus indulgent psuedo intellectual and generally not productive.

add these
Also --
Black Sabbath -- Paranoid
Van Halen one
The Minutemen - Double Nickes On the Dime
Flipper -Generic Album
Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
Greatful Dead --Europe 72


as for jazz:

Miles ---kinda blue but I prefer Bitches Brew and On the Corner
Coltrane - Live in Paris
Ellington --Oriental Suite(?)
Archie Shepp --Fire Music
others
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post #17 of 50
did i finish mine?

i can't remember....

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post #18 of 50
One that no one mentioned yet that is really worth mentioning is Marvin Gaye's What's Going On.Also,I'm surprised no one has mentioned Blur.
post #19 of 50
blur? they had one good song... did ya see that jools with them and wilco?

it was as if jools had arranged a battle of the best from each side of the pond....

wasn't pretty,

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post #20 of 50
I'd put The Chronic up there.
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post #21 of 50
Hmm. I listen to a lot of really heavy stuff. On the "popular" grouping.

I'd have to say

1 - Ride the Lightning / Metallica
The first really hard album that maintained a level of coherence and actually had a lot of great instumentalism. Nobody has topped it yet.

2 - Pretty much anything by Dream Theater
Jaw dropping complexity, heaviness, and technical perfection in a rock mold.

. . . The rest is pretty tough. I listen mostly to non rock/pop. I'd include Rush, Nirvana, and I guess Led Zepplin in there somewhere, but I'm not really too sure where.
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post #22 of 50
1. Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan

2. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan

3. Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan

4. The Basement Tapes - Bob Dylan + The Band

5. Love & Theft - Bob Dylan

The first three can be arranged depending on mood.
post #23 of 50
I like Blur-I think they are underrated.As far as The Band is considered,did anyone mention The Last Waltz?
post #24 of 50
Blur???

that reminds me of Kieth (rolling stones guitarist) saying when Kurt Cobain died: "who cares some spoiled pissant who wrote a few songs offed himself"

meaning: he was derivative (though great) but when you are talking about careers as influential as the Rolling Stones . . . . I mean, what the hell... can't even come close to comparing.... one obviously stands in the shadow......if you can even see them... I sure can't!!!

Also the whole Oasis and Beatles comparison . . . I mean how idiotic can this Oasis kid be?!?!? we have already... most people with any real sense of music ... forgotten who Oasis were . . . what was their bloated, derivative, retro 70s anthem called again?????
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post #25 of 50
You all are clueless. Here's my list

1) London Calling The Clash
2) London Calling The Clash
3) London Calling The Clash
4) London Calling The Clash
5) London Calling The Clash
post #26 of 50
(1) GNR - Appetite for Destruction
(2) Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything
(3) Spinal Tap - Break Like The Wind
(4) Faith No more - The Real Thing
(5) Jethro Tull - Crest of a Knave
(6) Sex Pistols - NMTB
(7) Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, etc. were great in their day but I get just a little less excited after hearing them thousands of times. Bob Dylan might be my favorite overall but his songs are spread over many albums.
post #27 of 50
Oh, and also whether you want to admit it or not, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack was a pretty massive pop album. Maybe not "serious" music but all the best songs of a genre on one album.
post #28 of 50
Oh, and also those hit albums by the Counting Crowes and the Spin Doctors in the mid 90s were really good.

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post #29 of 50
Top 5 Hip-Hop Albums Of All-Time:
1) Raising Hell - Run D.M.C.
2) It Takes A Nation of Millions... - Public Enemy
3) Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
4) Low-End Theory - Tribe Called Quest
5) Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers - Wu-Tang Clan
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post #30 of 50
1) Scary Monsters and SuperCreeps - David Bowie

2) OK Computer - RadioHead

3) Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie

4) Station to Station - David Bowie

5) Coming Up - Suede

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post #31 of 50
London Calling is a great album. I'll also second Violent Femmes/Violent Femmes.

[quote]Originally posted by scott_h_phd:
<strong>You all are clueless. Here's my list

1) London Calling The Clash
2) London Calling The Clash
3) London Calling The Clash
4) London Calling The Clash
5) London Calling The Clash</strong><hr></blockquote>
post #32 of 50
The way I look at it, the question of this thread demands that you look historically at who first created an influential sound that then could be seen as precursors to other great musicians: that's why Bowie is derivative: of the glam of the Velvet Underground and even Roxie Music, and the Clash are derivative of the Sex Pistols and a number of minor ska/punk bands of london in the times.

in this line it might be relevant to add Elvis somewhere here......
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post #33 of 50
1. The Rollong Stones, -Sticky Fingers
2. The Rolling Stones, -All the other albums
3. Keith Richards, Main Offender
4. Neil Young, -Unplugged (Despite the poor nameing)
5. Tom Waits, -Rain Dogs

Add ons:

1. Dylan, -Blond on Blond
2. Siggurrós. -
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post #34 of 50
p floyd

1 meddle
2 wywh
3 dsotm

any and all roio you can get your hands on, dating 1967-1977.


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post #35 of 50
Ooh.

Rough one.

Did you wanna define "jazz" or "rock" or "pop"? Why not just say "music".

The "What's Going On" shout-out was right on!

Howsabout:

The Birthday Party - Junkyard
Sonic Youth - Bad Moon Rising/Sister/Daydream Nation
Parliament/Funkadelic - America Eats It's Young
The Boredoms - WoW 2
Peter Brotzmann Octet - Machine Gun
Coltrane - Love Supreme
Charles Gayle - Touchin' On 'Trane
Miles - Bitches Brew/Jack Johnston/Big Fun/Live Evil/Agharta/Pangaea/On The Corner
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Nirvana - In Utero
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On?
James Brown - the Star Time box
Congos - Heart of the Congos
African Headcharge/Dub Syndicate/Singers & Players - all the early stuff

Crap. This is hard. I can't stop adding titles. Just give all of 'em a 1/2 point or so, or don't cuz none of 'em are gonna make the list. Though I strongly suggest y'all check 'em out.

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post #36 of 50
wow, someone else has heard of the birthday party . . . . !

I personally think that their first ep is better than Junkyard . . . but that one too has its moments . . . though I've just gotten back in to enjoying Nick Cave's solo stuff . . . it seems much more mature when its not down right laughable.
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post #37 of 50
1. Warrior Soul: Drugs, God and the New Republic
2. Mindfunk: Mindfunk
3. Backyard Babies: Total 13 Rock Chaos
4. Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam
5. Spock's Beard: V
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post #38 of 50
Weeell... if you're talking classics, you're talking classics.

Funkadelic: Funkadelic
Electric Ladyland: Jimi
What's Going On: Marvin
Journey In Satchidadanda: Alice Coltrane
Ascension: John Coltrane
*****'s Brew: Miles Davis
Dollar Brand: Good News from Africa
Dance to the Music: Sly and the Family Stone
Jodeci: Diary of a Mad Band (contentious...)
Fear of a Black Planet: Public Enemy

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post #39 of 50
What the BLAZES? Moderators, WHA' GWAAN? You can't do that to BïTCH'S BREW, godammit!
post #40 of 50
That's some pretty unexpected stuff there:
alice coltrane LOL -- i mean yeah sure she's fun to listen to . . . but the best album ever?!?!?!?

Dollar brand . . . yeah that's cool... and that's why I like these boards . . . where alse would anybody else have ever heard of them....

but if were going for good and obscure... or the best outside stuff:

Air --(henry Threadgills, fred hopkins and..ogh name eccapes me but he's the heart and soul of it drummer) Suisse Air --Live in Montraoux
Eric Dolphy --Out to Lunch
Coltrane With Pharoh Sanders and Alice Coltrane --Village Vangaurd again!!!
World Saxophone Quartet -tribute to Ellington
Frank Zappa --Weasels Ripped my Flesh (which I'm listening to right now :cool: )!!!!!!!!
John Zorn --Cristalnacht
Huskar Du --Land Speed Record
Coltrane --selfessness

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