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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Rock Album Best 100


12-2-08 Record Collector Magazine - Rock Album Best 100


The entire list!


Record Collector Magazine (Japan, 2007)


1. THE BEACH BOYS – Pet Sounds

2. BOB DYLAN – Highway 61 Revisited

3. THE BAND – Music from Big Pink

4. KING CRIMSON – In The Court of the Crimson King

5. THE BEATLES – Revolver

6. THE SEX PISTOLS – Never Mind The Bollocks

7. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO – s/t

8. THE BEATLES – Rubber Soul

9. THE BEATLES – s/t (aka Double White Album)

10. NEIL YOUNG – After The Goldrush

11. BOB DYLAN – Blonde on Blonde

12. CAROLE KING – Tapestry

13. THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION – Freak Out!

14. JOHN LENNON – John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band

15. PINK FLOYD – Dark Side of The Moon

16. THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE – Electric Ladyland

17. THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE – Are You Experienced?

18. THE BEATLES – Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band

19. THE ROLLING STONES – Beggar’s Banquet

20. TALKING HEADS – Remain In Light

21. THE ROLLING STONES – Let It Bleed

22. THE BEATLES – Abbey Road

23. SLY & THE FAMILY STONE – There’s A Riot Goin’ On

24. THE ROLLING STONES – Exile On Main Street

25. LED ZEPPELIN – Led Zeppelin #1

26. CAPTAIN BEEFHEART – Trout Mask Replica

27. DONALD FAGEN – The Nightfly

28. STEELY DAN – Aja

29. ELVIS COSTELLO – My Aim Is True

30. ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – At Fillmore East

31. TELEVISION – Marquee Moon

32. PRINCE – Sign O’ The Times

33. BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD – Again

34. JAMES TAYLOR – Sweet Baby James

35. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – Born To Run

36. PINK FLOYD – Piper At The Gates of Dawn

37. THE BAND – s/t

38. GEORGE HARRISON – All Things Must Pass

39. THE KINKS – The Village Green Preservation Society

40. THE BEATLES – Please Please Me

41. THE POP GROUP – For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?

42. THE WHO – My Generation

43. CROSBY, STILLS & NASH – s/t

44. LED ZEPPELIN – Led Zeppelin #4

45. NEIL YOUNG – Harvest

46. THE ZOMBIES – Odyssey & Oracle

47. JONI MITCHELL – Blue

48. THE SHAGGS – Philosophy Of The World

49. BOB DYLAN – Freewheelin’

50. SLY & THE FAMILY STONE – Stand

51. PATTI SMITH – Horses

52. LED ZEPPELIN – Presence

53. LAURA NYRO – Eli and the 13th Confession

54. V.A. – No New York

55. THE CLASH – London Calling

56. BLIND FAITH – s/t

57. JOY DIVISION – Closer

58. THE WHO – Tommy

59. LITTLE FEAT – Dixie Chicken

60. STYLE COUNCIL – Our Favorite Shop

61. LED ZEPPELIN – Led Zeppelin #2

62. THE DOORS – s/t (#1)

63. MC5 – Kick Out The Jams

64. TODD RUNDGREN – Something / Anything

65. THE STOOGES – s/t (#1)

66. THE BYRDS – Mr. Tambourine Man

67. JOHN LENNON – Imagine

68. BOB DYLAN – Blood On The Tracks

69. THE STYLE COUNCIL – Café Bleu

70. PAUL & LINDA McCARTNEY – Ram

71. THE ROLLING STONES – Sticky Fingers

72. T. REX – Electric Warrior

73. PREFAB SPROUT – Steve McQueen

74. CREAM – Disraeli Gears

75. THE CLASH – Sandanista

76. U2 – The Joshua Tree

77. ERIC CLAPTON – 461 Ocean Blvd.

78. THE BEATLES – A Hard Day’s Night

79. FAIRPORT CONVENTION – Liege and Leif

80. ELVIS PRESLEY – From Elvis In Memphis

81. THE BYRDS – Sweetheart of the Rodeo

82. DAVID BOWIE – Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars

83. THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL – Do You Believe In Magic?

84. JOHN MAYALL with ERIC CLAPTON – Blues Breakers

85. THE BEATLES – Meet The Beatles (Japanese Vers.)

86. SCRITTI POLITTI – Cupid & Psyche ’85

87. RY COODER – Chicken Skin Music

88. DEREK & THE DOMINOS – Layla

89. THE KINKS – Something Else

90. DAVID BOWIE – Low

91. THE DURUTTI COLUMN – The Return Of The Durutti Column

92. PHIL SPECTOR / V.A. – A Christmas Gift For You…

93. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Catch A Fire

94. PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS – Band On The Run

95. XTC – Skylarking

96. THE DOORS – Strange Days

97. BLACK SABBATH – s/t (#1)

98. VAN DYKE PARKS – Song Cycle

99. 10cc – How Dare You?

100. THE JAM – All Mod Cons


Certainly some surprises here – and some real unique stuff! No Ventures or Deep Purple – but the Japanese version of the debut Beatles LP? How’d the Pop Group get on this list? Or The Durutti Column? Or Laura Nyro? Two Style Council albums?


Unless I am mistaken, this Top 100 is compiled from the staff of the magazine. And even more whacky is the list of the Top 100, as voted for by the readers! (There’s even an Eric Anderson album on that list!). I’ll post part of that list tomorrow.

7 Comments:

Blogger Brian Ware said...

Okay, certainly this is five guys sitting around the office listing their "most influential" records (they probably look like the guys in "High Fidelity"), and then they each get to throw in their five personal favorites. How else to explain The Shaggs, Little Feat, Laura Nyro, Durutti Column, Style Council, Prefab Sprout, etc? Whenever I list my favorites I include very personal LPs like Elvis Costello's "Imperial Bedroom", Ultravox's "Vienna" or the debut Icehouse LP. They didn't change the world, but they damn sure changed mine.

An interesting list. I look forward to the readers version.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Hey i am a big fan of Steely Dan, but Mr Walter Becker has a new album called Circus Money, What a great album it is, just had to share that with all the Steely Dan Fans.

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4:32 AM  
Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Jeepers. I have 22 of these. Does that make me lame? And all that Style Council??!! They sucked! Jam only for me! And not in my top 100, either. And late period Steely Dan/Donald Fagen? No. As much as I like The Nightfly or Aja (many of its songs stick in my head) give me "Can't Buy A Thrill" or "Pretzel Logic!" I never heard them until many years after the event but I can understand the hoopla in retrospect. As a pre-teen, the tunes whizzed above my head.

As for Prefab Sprout, have you ever HEARD Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good Mr. Ware? As it was once said about Stephen Duffy; "We do not need another PAddy McAloon."

Nice to see the best Talking Heads album name-checked, but it's probably their LEAST influential early recording. Nice to see the sprawling Sandinista! here, though. Its excess is a big part of its charm to me. But overall, there is a lack of postpunk that betrays the ages of those involved. Whoever made this list is between the ages of 50-60. About half of these are the same Rolling Stone wanker canon.

And where's Who Sell Out?!

5:36 AM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

Yes, where is "The Who Sell Out"?

7:12 AM  
Blogger Brian Ware said...

I have 17 of them. I'm with you on the early Steely Dan Jim. "Pretzel Logic" is my favorite by far, but I'm very fond of the first six (up through "Aja"). I jumped off the ship with "Gaucho" and have never re-connected.

I'm also very okay with Prefab Sprout - they're just not often lumped in with this kind of crowd.

4:55 PM  
Blogger chas_m said...

Coincidentally, I also have or recently had approx. 22 of these albums -- if you were to ignore the Beatles albums it would be like 12.

I hate lists like these, because they are simply not true. Nobody short of Ron has even HEARD most of the great albums of the RnR era, they just reflect the ages of the people asked to compile the list.

My own list would be much more heavy with 70s and 80s artists (of course) because that's when I grew up. So calling this "the best" is just more bs in a bs-ridden world.

My other pet peeve is when such a list is called the "ultimate" such or "best of all time" or "best ever." Nice try, but immortality's a bit harder to achieve than just proclaiming it.

The most frustrating aspect is that it's ENTIRELY possible to collate this kind of data and actually produce something close to an accurate "100 best" rock albums. You might need to break down the categories a bit, because "rock" has expanded to incorporate soul, funk, disco, punk and new wave (among other distinct genres), but it would really be a service to those of us who were not born/too young in (name a decade) to have a strongly-researched "best of (said decade)" list to work from.

I'm not about to listen to all 10 gazillion records released in the 1950s-60s, but I'd love to see a scholarly approach that produced a "genuine best" 100 albums from those decades to gain a better appreciation of those eras.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

Chas-san,

I posted this list to show the unusual 'bias' of the Japanese record collecting mentality. I am not suggesting this list speaks for any of us.

Incidentally, I found a copy of the Eric Anderson album on the other list that surprised me.

- Ron

10:46 PM  

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