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    I'm gonna make a new list, this time limiting myself to one per artist...
    My original list might change a bit, as I would swap DSOTM for WYWH and I MIGHT drop a couple of Genesis albums for things like CTTE
    () indicate that I can't choose between albums, but if forced I'd lean towards the first one
    This one's in order, I suppose

    1. Genesis - (Selling England by the Pound, Foxtrot)
    2. The Beatles - (Revolver, SPLHCB, Abbey Road)
    3. Pink Floyd - WYWH
    4. Yes - Close to the Edge
    5. King Crimson - ITCOTCK
    6. Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    7. Rush - A Farewell to Kings
    8. Gentle Giant - The Power and the Glory
    9. Stevie Wonder - (Innervisions, Songs in the Key of Life) (is this too much of a stretch?)
    10. VU - VU & Nico


    As I explore rock music more (all types!), I'm going to update and expand this list.
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    Let's try this - I'm not putting them in any order, numbering is just so I know when I have hit ten.
    1. The Beatles - Revolver (in my mind, much better than Sgt. Pepper)
    2. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    3. The Clash - London Calling
    4. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River
    5. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
    6. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    7. The Ramones - The Ramones (they had better albums, but this is a great beginner)
    8. Van Halen - Van Halen
    9. The Velvet Underground - S/T (I know everybody loves VU & Nico, but the self-titled album just feels better to me)
    10. The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed

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    at work, having a break before resuming for the evening.......here goes!

    The Clash-London Calling
    The Clash-The Clash
    Television-Marquee Moon
    Van Morrison-anything with 'Its too late to stop now' in the title
    Little Feat-Waiting for Columbus
    Steely Dan-cannot decide, too hard!
    The Band/bob Dylan-Before the flood
    Elvis Costello-My Aim is True
    John Cale-Paris 1919
    Patti Smith-Horses....

    now completely stuck because I cannot decide...would I put the Yes Album in?
    'so where are the strong, who are the trusted and where is the harmony, sweet harmony?'
    (Nick Lowe)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim prideaux View Post
    at work, having a break before resuming for the evening.......here goes!

    The Clash-London Calling
    The Clash-The Clash
    Television-Marquee Moon
    Van Morrison-anything with 'Its too late to stop now' in the title
    Little Feat-Waiting for Columbus
    Steely Dan-cannot decide, too hard!
    The Band/bob Dylan-Before the flood
    Elvis Costello-My Aim is True
    John Cale-Paris 1919
    Patti Smith-Horses....

    now completely stuck because I cannot decide...would I put the Yes Album in?
    No Nick Lowe then?

    Btw, The Royal Scam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    No Nick Lowe then?

    Btw, The Royal Scam.
    that, my dear Barbebleu is a very good point!.....but I do not readily associate Nick Lowe with one album, more with individual songs!

    The Royal Scam-side 1 yes, oddly enough side 1 of Pretzel Logic as well!, but on reflection I might have to choose Countdown to Ecstasy!
    'so where are the strong, who are the trusted and where is the harmony, sweet harmony?'
    (Nick Lowe)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vronsky View Post
    1. Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (1979)
    2. Joy Division: Closer (1980)
    3. Swans: The Burning World (1989)
    4. Swans: White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (1991)
    5. Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance (1978)
    6. Julian Jay Savarin: Waiters On The Dance (1971)
    7. The Stranglers: La folie (1981)
    8. Frank Zappa: The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life (1991)
    9. Frank Zappa: Waka/Jawaka (1972)
    10. Pixies: Surfer Rosa (1988)
    You have pixies but not Radiohead? I mean Radiohead were inspired by The Pixies. By the way "Where is my mind" is still one of the best songs to be used in a film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomterry View Post
    You have pixies but not Radiohead? I mean Radiohead were inspired by The Pixies. By the way "Where is my mind" is still one of the best songs to be used in a film.
    No, I was never a fan of Radiohead and I know only their most popular songs. Street Spirit (Fade Out) is my favourite song.

    After almost a year since I wrote that list, I would replace Surfer Rosa with Doolittle, The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life with We're Only in It for the Money, Waka/Jawaka with One Size Fits All, La folie with No More Heroes and Waiters On The Dance with Clear Spot by Beefheart.

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    This is hard to do! but here's my attempt, not necessarily in this order:

    1. The Beatles - Revolver
    2. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
    3. The Rolling Stones - Beggar's Banquet
    4. The Allman Brothers - Live at Fillmore East
    5. The Beatles - Abbey Road
    6. The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man
    7. Cream - Disraeli Gears
    8. The Band - The Band (the brown album)
    9. Canned Heat - Boogie with Canned Heat
    10. Procol Harum - Shine On Brightly
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    In order of preference (roughly):

    The Allman Brothers Band – Live at Fillmore East (My copy is autographed by the late Butch Trucks, who couldn't have been nicer)
    Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
    Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends
    The Beatles – Revolver
    Chuck Berry – The Great 28
    The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heats Club Band
    The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
    Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
    Derek and the Dominoes – Layla
    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu

    Very honorable mentions to: Big Brother and the Holding Company -- Cheap Thrills; Cream -- Disraeli Gears; The Allman Brothers Band -- Eat A Peach; Paul Simon -- Paul Simon and Graceland; Simon & Garfunkel -- Bookends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fluteman View Post
    In order of preference (roughly):

    The Allman Brothers Band – Live at Fillmore East (My copy is autographed by the late Butch Trucks, who couldn't have been nicer)
    Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
    Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends
    The Beatles – Revolver
    Chuck Berry – The Great 28
    The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heats Club Band
    The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
    Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
    Derek and the Dominoes – Layla
    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu

    Very honorable mentions to: Big Brother and the Holding Company -- Cheap Thrills; Cream -- Disraeli Gears; The Allman Brothers Band -- Eat A Peach; Paul Simon -- Paul Simon and Graceland; Simon & Garfunkel -- Bookends.
    We've got similarities in taste, fluteman. My only quibble is with Big Brother, not for Janis Joplin, but for those horribly out-of-tune guitars. The first album, also was a stinker!
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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    We've got similarities in taste, fluteman. My only quibble is with Big Brother, not for Janis Joplin, but for those horribly out-of-tune guitars. The first album, also was a stinker!
    Yes, I can't really argue with that, but for me the roughness is a major part of the appeal. The late Tom Petty memorably said about rock music, "It isn't supposed to be that good." Notice my no. 1 pick is a live performance (true, the producer was able to pick the best "take" of each song from four separate live shows) with plenty of imperfections.

    In fact, I only reluctantly include Beatles albums from the strategically polished and manipulated work of their studio period. For me, brilliant as it is, it isn't true classic rock. For similar reasons, I can't include Frank Zappa.

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    My lucky 11. Bobby Fuller Four gets first place. After that they are in no particular order.

    Bobby Fuller Four: Never To Be Forgotten (complete recordings or just about complete)
    Beatles: Please Please Me (all Beatles albums listed are the Parlophone albums)
    Beatles: Hard Days Night
    Beatles: Beatles For Sale
    Beatles: Help!
    Beatles: Rubber Soul
    Beach Boys: The Beach Boys Today!
    Beach Boys: Summer Days (and Summer Nights!)
    Lovin’ Spoonful: Greatest Hits (out-of-print 2 LP set)
    Searchers: Essential Collection (2 CD “Best Of”)
    Marshall Crenshaw: Marshall Crenshaw
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    If we are expanding the scope to include live albums, then here's a revised list: In no order---

    Neil Young: Live Rust
    Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More From the Road
    Joni Mitchell: Miles of Aisles
    Genesis: Three Sides Live
    Jimi Hendrix et al: Band of Gypsies
    Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Pack Up the Plantation
    The Cure: Show
    Rush: Exit Stage Left
    Fleetwood Mac: The Dance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    If we are expanding the scope to include live albums, then here's a revised list: In no order---

    Neil Young: Live Rust
    Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More From the Road
    Joni Mitchell: Miles of Aisles
    Genesis: Three Sides Live
    Jimi Hendrix et al: Band of Gypsies
    Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Pack Up the Plantation
    The Cure: Show
    Rush: Exit Stage Left
    Fleetwood Mac: The Dance
    I haven't been to many live rock concerts (I don't do loud) but I couldn't help but notice the vast gulf in the overall atmosphere both on stage and off between the live concerts I attended of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Crosby Stills Nash & Young. The former featured a distinctly hostile "the south shall rise again" vibe with nasty comments both from the crowd around me and the band onstage. The CSN&Y show featured aging, wealthy baby boomers stoned as can be wearing expensive leather jackets, with understanding wives ready to drive the Volvo and Audi sedans back home (actually, the Lynyrd Skynyrd crowd was stoned and wore leather jackets too, but they were motorcycle jackets with Hell's Angels and confederacy-themed sew-ons). The CSN&Y stage set featured an oriental carpet, a floor lamp and tasteful wood furniture.
    Neil Young sang some solo songs, but not Alabama. Lynyrd Skynyrd did sing Sweet Home Alabama (of course). Stephen Stills thanked the crowd for making an effort to actually listen to a new David Crosby song. No doubt there were thousands of dentists, accountants and chiropractors in both crowds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fluteman View Post
    ...for me the roughness is a major part of the appeal. The late Tom Petty memorably said about rock music, "It isn't supposed to be that good." Notice my no. 1 pick is a live performance (true, the producer was able to pick the best "take" of each song from four separate live shows) with plenty of imperfections.

    In fact, I only reluctantly include Beatles albums from the strategically polished and manipulated work of their studio period. For me, brilliant as it is, it isn't true classic rock. For similar reasons, I can't include Frank Zappa.
    Yes, I notice that you have Chuck Berry's The Great 28 in there, along with Dylan's Highway 61. Apparently one of your criteria is that rock show its blues roots, and be somewhat rough. That's interesting.
    The exclusion of Zappa is also interesting. He was so eclectic, with jazz and classical influence, that I assume for you he does not represent a "pure" form of rock.

    An interesting thing about Chuck Berry. He used a Chess/blues rhythm section, with Willie Dixon on bass and Fred Below on drums, the same section that played on Little Walter and Muddy Waters sessions.
    Listen carefully to Johnny B. Goode and you will hear that the drummer and bass are playing a blues shuffle beat, while Chuck Berry is playing a straight-eight guitar rhythm. This is what he did to create rock 'n roll, playing straight-eights.

    So your criteria for "rock" is that its identity be true to its roots. This criteria requires a knowledge of the history behind it.
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