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    Dark side of the moon - Pink Floyd
    Led Zeppelin 4
    Close to the edge - Yes
    Aqualung - Jethro Tull
    Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
    The Bends - Radiohead
    Argus - Wishbone Ash
    Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
    Godbluff - Van der Graaf Generator
    The silent corner and the empty stage - Peter Hammill

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    Wow, I'm surprised no one mentioned these (unless I missed them):
    Beggars Banquet - Rolling Stones (if you think Stones are just simple concert rock you should listen to this)
    and especially:
    Vitalogy - Pearl Jam

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    God, so many albums and my top ten changes on a daily basis. However, here are a few that are never long off the playlist.

    1) Black Sabbath - Sabotage
    2) Therapy? - Troublegum
    3) UFO- Strangers in the Night
    4) Manic street preachers - Gold Against the Soul
    5) Sex Pistols - Never mind the ********
    6) Van Halen - Van Halen
    7) Joy Division - Closer
    8) Green day - Dookie
    9) If These Trees Could Talk - Red Forest
    10) Frank Zappa - Sheik Yerbouti / Apostrophe

    Hourable mentions for...
    Robin Trower - Live
    Morrissey - Your Arsenal
    Suede - Trash
    The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow
    Metallica - Master of Puppets
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Thomas View Post

    The silent corner and the empty stage - Peter Hammill
    Respect!

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    there is only one album that I am capable of listening from the first track to the last without losing interest (and my appreciation is even stronger now than at the time when it was released), so my top list is a one and only album list

    III by Peter Gabriel

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    Seems there has to be something by Chuck Berry in there. If we didn't have Chuck Berry, would we even have rock music?

    Berry.jpg

    And ... what's his name ... you know, that other feller. The white guy. Oh yeah. Elvis. Hey, if that first record never got made, who knows what else might have (or might have not) happened?

    Elvis.jpg

    And the Clash had enough respect to recognize the power of that album cover image, so that has to count for something. Right?

    I'm tempted to name a Clash album, too, but I'll hold off for now.

    I do suggest we need something by the Beatles. I'm not necessarily advocating for Abbey Road, which featured the song "Something" by George Harrison, but the Beatles cannot be ignored in a listing of greatest rock albums. They were, after all, like it or not, the greatest rock group. So ... I'll spring for the American Beatles album which featured "She Loves You."

    Beatles 2nd.jpg

    The song and its companions on that album certainly created a sensation, not just a wave but a tsunami, here in the States and that was critical in fostering the Beatles as a world power to be reckoned with. They may have gone on to create better songs and better albums, but that early Beatles Second Album solidified their appeal and ranked them with the previous greats. (Did I mention Chuck and Elvis?)

    I'm exhausted now, all this rock-n-roll ...

    When I rest up I may resume this countdown. Got a lot of music to comb through. And if I haven't heard it all, how can I reasonably pick "the best". So, it's gonna be a long haul. Lookin' for impact and influence ....

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    1)Layla and other assorted love songs
    2)Eat a Peach
    3)Big Brother and the Holding Co.
    4)Grand Funk --I'm your Captain
    5)chicago transit authority
    6)White Album
    7)Tommy--the who
    8)Cream white room
    9)Steppenwolf
    10) jimmie Hendrix are you experienced
    11) frank Z fillmore east mud shark...
    12)the geuss who these eyes.
    oh yea four tops and temptations
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    This is more than ten - but some may not be "rock" albums, e.g. Joni or Jackson Browne

    The Band - The Band
    Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
    Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
    Derek & the Dominos - Layla
    The Beatles - Revolver
    Van Morrison - His Band and the Street Choir
    Leon Russell - Leon Live
    Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs and Englishmen
    Led Zeppelin - II
    The Allman Brothers - Live at the Fillmore East
    The Kinks - Something Else
    Eagles - Hotel California
    Jackson Browne - Late for the Sky
    Joni Mitchell - Blue
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    Impact and influence. That's what I'm pondering when I consider what are the ten greatest rock albums.

    You see, my favorites have little to do with that criteria. I may like or prefer a certain album over another, but that other may be the more important release. I suspect some folks pick albums according to their personal tastes rather than in a more objective manner.

    A lot goes into rock. It is wide ranging and diverse, and there are currently 10s of thousands of albums in the genre. Which ten are the greatest is always going to be somewhat of a subjective choice. But it is obvious, as well, that certain releases prove more important (in an impactful and influential way) than do others. Hey, I may like the Monkees music. It's well written and well performed (by whomever), and it is certainly hummable. But did any of the Monkees albums change rock/pop for the better? The Monkees seem derivative instead, coming off a British invasion wave that brought that more original quartet, the Beatles, to the forefront. How many bands sprang up because guys wanted to be the Beatles? Or producers of television programming wanted to make oodles of Beatles-like money? We mustn't mistake the false for the genuine, no matter how much we love the songs. ("Last Train to Clarksville" is currently running through my head, though I'm actually listening to a string quartet by contemporary Bulgarian composer Miraslav Danev! I have a Monkees greatest hits album which features that song and several others that rose high in the charts back when. But I'm not minded to list the Monkees album as one of the greatest rock records ever.) Which leads me to ....

    I'm adding my tenth selection. It comes down to a tie, so I put two albums in there.

    Rationale? A great rock album need not be an original release of the music, but could well be a compilation of hits. And this is especially true when the power of those hits ranks high among all rock music hits.

    Which led me to turn to two albums of greatest hits, both featuring only Number 1 hits: one by Elvis, the other by the Beatles.

    Elvis hits.jpg and Beatles hits.jpg

    These two albums contain some of the greatest rock music of all time, songs which rise above the term "rock music" and have already become part of our national cultures. They prove both impactful and influential, and they are gathered together in splendid album displays that anyone who loves rock music must have in their collection. As do I.

    I suspect I could have added a third album, a collection of great hits by Chuck Berry. But since I put Berry's album already in first position, followed in second and third by Elvis and the Beatles, I'll allow this tied tenth position to be shared by the number two and three place holders. I know that if the house were on fire and I had to grab one Beatles album and one Elvis album from my collection, there would be no doubt which that would be. The two shown above. There is the essence of these performers' greatness in those two releases. Certainly great rock albums. Music for all time.

    Which leaves me to ponder seven more albums. No easy chore.

    But maybe not a chore at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SONNET CLV View Post
    Impact and influence. That's what I'm pondering when I consider what are the ten greatest rock albums.

    You see, my favorites have little to do with that criteria. I may like or prefer a certain album over another, but that other may be the more important release. I suspect some folks pick albums according to their personal tastes rather than in a more objective manner.

    A lot goes into rock. It is wide ranging and diverse, and there are currently 10s of thousands of albums in the genre. Which ten are the greatest is always going to be somewhat of a subjective choice. But it is obvious, as well, that certain releases prove more important (in an impactful and influential way) than do others. Hey, I may like the Monkees music. It's well written and well performed (by whomever), and it is certainly hummable. But did any of the Monkees albums change rock/pop for the better? The Monkees seem derivative instead, coming off a British invasion wave that brought that more original quartet, the Beatles, to the forefront. How many bands sprang up because guys wanted to be the Beatles? Or producers of television programming wanted to make oodles of Beatles-like money? We mustn't mistake the false for the genuine, no matter how much we love the songs. ("Last Train to Clarksville" is currently running through my head, though I'm actually listening to a string quartet by contemporary Bulgarian composer Miraslav Danev! I have a Monkees greatest hits album which features that song and several others that rose high in the charts back when. But I'm not minded to list the Monkees album as one of the greatest rock records ever.) Which leads me to ....

    I'm adding my tenth selection. It comes down to a tie, so I put two albums in there.

    Rationale? A great rock album need not be an original release of the music, but could well be a compilation of hits. And this is especially true when the power of those hits ranks high among all rock music hits.

    Which led me to turn to two albums of greatest hits, both featuring only Number 1 hits: one by Elvis, the other by the Beatles.

    Elvis hits.jpg and Beatles hits.jpg

    These two albums contain some of the greatest rock music of all time, songs which rise above the term "rock music" and have already become part of our national cultures. They prove both impactful and influential, and they are gathered together in splendid album displays that anyone who loves rock music must have in their collection. As do I.

    I suspect I could have added a third album, a collection of great hits by Chuck Berry. But since I put Berry's album already in first position, followed in second and third by Elvis and the Beatles, I'll allow this tied tenth position to be shared by the number two and three place holders. I know that if the house were on fire and I had to grab one Beatles album and one Elvis album from my collection, there would be no doubt which that would be. The two shown above. There is the essence of these performers' greatness in those two releases. Certainly great rock albums. Music for all time.

    Which leaves me to ponder seven more albums. No easy chore.

    But maybe not a chore at all.
    My fave Elvis songs are His Latest Flame and Little Sister. Which were top ten hits but not quite #1. For the Beatles, I find their earlier singles hits a little embarrassing to listen to. They were more an albums band than singles to me.
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    Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    The Beatles - Let It Be
    Big Brother and the Holding Company (Janis Joplin) - Cheap Thrills
    Deep Purple - Made in Japan
    Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection
    Free - Fire and Water
    Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)
    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
    Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf
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    Revolver The Beatles
    Are You Experienced Jimi Hendrix
    All Things Must Pass George Harrison
    Who's Next The Who
    The Yes Album Yes
    Led Zeppelin IV
    Brothers and Sisters Allman Brothers
    Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd
    A Night at the Opera Queen
    War U2

    That's ten, and fairly conventional, especially considering my listening habits on the non classical listening thread. I listed ten different bands on purpose. Actually most of these bands produced several best albums in my opinion.

    Here are a few more albums that should be mentioned, but they're not really rock albums
    Tapestry Carole King
    Innervisions Stevie Wonder
    Rumours Fleetwood Mac
    Hotel California The Eagles
    Legend Bob Marley
    Pet Sounds The Beach Boys

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    A photo from my play room. On the wall are four of my albums, the frames from Ikea to fit LPs. Revolver, Dark Side of the Moon, Led Zeppelin IV, and Night at the Opera. I don't play LPs anymore as I don't have a turntable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by San Antone View Post
    This is more than ten - but some may not be "rock" albums, e.g. Joni or Jackson Browne

    The Band - The Band
    Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
    Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
    Derek & the Dominos - Layla
    The Beatles - Revolver
    Van Morrison - His Band and the Street Choir
    Leon Russell - Leon Live
    Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs and Englishmen
    Led Zeppelin - II
    The Allman Brothers - Live at the Fillmore East
    The Kinks - Something Else
    Eagles - Hotel California
    Jackson Browne - Late for the Sky
    Joni Mitchell - Blue
    Good list, but Leon Live is one of the worst sounding records I've ever heard. Sounds like a bootleg. His first two studio albums are gems.
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    Yes, everyone's got a list and here's mine!

    Alice in Chains - Dirt
    Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
    Gosta Berlings Saga - Glue Works
    Guapo - Elixirs
    Kyuss - Welcome to Sky Valley
    Portishead - Portishead
    Secret Chiefs 3 - Book M
    Slayer - Reign in Blood
    VDGG - Pawn Hearts
    This Heat - This Heat

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