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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterHours View Post
    4. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground (1967)
    I'm surprised this one hasn't come up more frequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    I don't know if these are the 10 best, but they are albums I have enjoyed repeatedly from first song to last:

    ...The Allman Brothers Band - Fillmore East...
    I was wondering when somebody would mention an album by the Allman Brothers Band. I think you could make an argument for including any of their first four albums (those recorded while Duane Allman and Berry Oakley were still alive) on a list like this. They were without a doubt the best rock band I ever saw.

    Also, nice to see Joe Jackson get at least one mention. I've long thought that he's one of the most underappreciated songwriters in rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    In no order:

    Genesis: Selling England by the Pound
    Mother Love Bone: Apple
    Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks
    Joan Osborne: Relish
    Paul Simon: Graceland
    Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin I
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced?
    The Doors: The Doors
    Janelle Monae: The ArchAndroid
    PJ Harvey: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
    Bruce Springsteen: Darkness on the Edge of Town
    Maria McKee: High Dive
    PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

    There, a baker's dozen.
    Yes! Another Springsteen fan?! I would have bet money against finding one on this forum!
    And thanks for reminding me of Joan Osborne's fantastic Relish; I was obsessed with that when it came out, but haven't listened in a while. I'll give it a spin tonight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurie View Post
    Yes! Another Springsteen fan?! I would have bet money against finding one on this forum!
    And thanks for reminding me of Joan Osborne's fantastic Relish; I was obsessed with that when it came out, but haven't listened in a while. I'll give it a spin tonight!
    My primary criterion for best=my favorite albums in rock and pop is the number, as a percentage, of good songs on any given album. Usually several of the songs will be truly excellent, but I always consider the desert island aspect: I want to have as many songs as possible on a "favorite" album--songs I can listen to over and over again with real pleasure. The songs also have to appeal primarily directly musically, as lyrics are, for me, icing on the cake if they also happen to be both intelligible and meaningful. I am not a good audience for artists whose work is characterized by wordplay, satire, irony, eccentricity, cynicism, or for whom in general the song is primarily a medium through which to transmit the lyrics. The result is that I generally find myself "in the center of the bell curve", closely paralleling in my tastes those of a large percentage of the rock and pop general public. Often "best of" and "greatest hits" albums will contain almost all of my favorite songs by artists I like. Just a creature of the crowd. But the pleasure I derive from my favorite rock and pop is very real and holds up remarkably for decade after decade, and rehearing after rehearing. I am always grateful, in this vale of tears, for the pleasure that I am able to derive from music--be it classical, rock and pop, cante flamenco, or other ethnic or world musics. It's a gift.
    Last edited by Strange Magic; May-02-2017 at 03:46.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurie View Post
    Yes! Another Springsteen fan?! I would have bet money against finding one on this forum!
    And thanks for reminding me of Joan Osborne's fantastic Relish; I was obsessed with that when it came out, but haven't listened in a while. I'll give it a spin tonight!
    Springsteen was great. Nebraska may be my favourite by him. Always like Born in the USA, Tunnel of Love, The River.
    "Forgive me, Majesty. I'm a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.“ Mozart

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    I don't think that much of favorite albums. More of bands, favorite periods and the albums produced in that period. So I'll cheat considerably.

    1. Frank Zappa - pick one (e.g. Uncle Meat, Roxy & Elsewhere, One size fits all, Civilization Phase III)
    2. Joni Mitchell - pick one (e.g. Hejira, Shadows and Lights, Court and Spark)
    3. Captain Beefheart - pick one (e.g. Shiny Beast, Doc at the Radar Station, Trout Mask Replica)
    4. Roxy Music - pick one of these three (Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure, Stranded)
    5. Jethro Tull - pick one of these three (Aqualung, Thick as a Brick, Passion Play)
    6. King Crimson - pick one of their first eight albums
    7. Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom
    8. Soft Machine - pick one (first, second or third)
    9. Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking
    10. Velvet Underground or David Bowie (I'm thinking on it).

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    Damn, I forgot Yes and Pere Ubu....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casebearer View Post
    Damn, I forgot Yes and Pere Ubu....
    What no Focus.....................
    "Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes"

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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieRUKiddingVarese View Post
    What no Focus.....................
    Are you saying that Casebearer's list lacks focus?
    Last edited by Strange Magic; May-02-2017 at 08:37.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    Are you saying that Casebearer's list lacks focus?
    Yes lacks Focus and don't get me started about Yes
    "Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes"

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    So I'm going on the assumption that these are all purely personal lists, no attempt at actually getting at an actual "top 10 best," but rather a "my top 10 best." I have a variety of bands I really like, but some I would not put in the rock category. So here is my list, purely subjective, in many ways arbitrary. And I'm not going to try and rank them.

    The Ramones - It's Alive
    Social Distortion - Social Distortion
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    Bad Religion - Suffer
    The Clash - London Calling
    The Cure - Disintegration
    U2 - The Joshua Tree
    Van Halen - 1984
    New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
    The Misfits - Walk Among Us

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    This is much a current mood assessment as a favorites list. My "rock list" is a catch-all -- punk/ hard-core, classic rock, and other
    Big Star - Radio City
    Aerosmith - Rocks
    Husker Du - Flip You Wig
    Velvet Underground - Loaded
    Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St
    GWAR - Scumdogs of the Universe
    Iggy Pop/ Stooges - Raw Power
    Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
    Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
    WAR - The World is a Ghetto

    Now that I completed the list I feel the change of mood developing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieRUKiddingVarese View Post
    What no Focus.....................
    Certainly no Focus! Focus wouldn't reach my top 100. I liked them for six months but found out they're boring. Some music has an expiration date

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    My list that changes continuously, as my mood

    In no particular order

    1 Wish you were here - Pink Floyd. One of the 1st albums I ever bought, the vinyl still gets a spin
    2. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
    3 Are we not men? - DEVO
    4.Rockin' the Filmore - Humble Pie
    5.Aqualung - Jethro Tull
    5. SO - Peter Gabriel
    6. Joe's Garage - Frank Zappa
    7.Mutter - Rammstein
    8.Next - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
    9 Pearl - Janis Joplin
    10 The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

    This would be different tomorrow
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    These are my favorites, unranked ..... each one like an old friend, & still played (& enjoyed) often.

    Bruce Springsteen -- Born to Run
    Bruce Springsteen -- Darkness on the Edge of Town
    Dire Straits -- Making Movies
    Dire Straits -- Love Over Gold &/or Dire Straits
    Tom Petty (& the Heartbreakers) -- Damn the Torpedoes
    Rickie Lee Jones -- Pirates
    Van Morrison -- Tupelo Honey
    The Cars -- The Cars
    Counting Crows -- August & Everything After &/or Recovering the Satellites
    Southern Culture on the Skids -- Dirt Track Date
    Elvis Costello -- Very Best of Elvis Costello & The Attractions *
    (*this could have been any of his first four albums; I can never choose (!); this hits disc is the one I spin most often)

    I know, I've already cheated & gone over 10 , but I still have to give a honorable mention to:
    Johnny & the Distractions -- Let It Rock (1981). I wore out 2 cassettes (! - it never made it to CD) of this; I don't know if anyone outside of the Pacific Northwest ever heard of them, but they were great!
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