Monday, March 24, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 27 of 100

Here are five more LPs on Rolling Stones Top 500 Albums that I can agree with! More no-brainers!!I probably should have done all the records by one artist on the list together, but then, planning is not my strong suit! The 1965 Dylan album called "Highway 60 Revisited" is almost perfect from beginning to end! Although "Blonde On Blonde" has a bunch of equally classic songs on it, I'm not including it on this list because there's no justification for the overly long "Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands!"

You gotta love this 1965 record from The Motor City Five, it was just about as raw as it could get up that point in time, so don't argue, just "Kick out the jams, motherfuckers!!"

I'm not the biggest Rod Stewart fan in the world, but this 1971 LP was, and still is, hypnotic! Sometimes all the planets just align prefectly! Rod Stewart - "Every Picture Tells A Story!"

I thought I had used all the Stones' records that made the list already, but this 1967 album of theirs called "Between The Buttons" can't be left behind, it just had too many great songs on it!

Again, I should have grouped all The Wailers' LPs together, but I didn't! Rolling Stone lists this record as Bob Marley and The Wailers, but at this point they were still known as simply The Wailers, and still included members Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh! Irie-Ites!!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 25 & 26 of 100

The deeper I get, the more difficult it is becoming!
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East! (1971) Probably the best 'Live" album ever made!

Big Brother And The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills (1968) Two words, Janis Joplin! What else do you need to know?

Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969) This is almost a perfect album!

Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow (1967) The Airplane's second record is also almost perfect!

Santana (1969)  From 1967 to 1969 San Francisco ruled the musical world!

The Kinks - Something Else (1967) England wasn't doing so bad themselves! This record upon release was totally unique unto itself!

Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds (1965) Just too good!

The Doors - Strange Days (1967) The Doors' second album was every bit as good as their first one, and maybe even better!

Pearl Jam - Vitalogy (1994) I could do without "Better Man" but the rest of this album is great from start to finish!

Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead (1970) I'm not the biggest Grateful Dead fan in the world, but this record is great! The Dead as "working class heroes!"  Fantastic concept!

Okay, so that's another ten albums that are on Rolling Stone's Top 500 that I can actually agree on! It's pretty much a no-brainer, they're all classics!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 24 of 100 (More Unforgivable Rolling Stone Snubs)

 In 1969 Fugs member Ed Sanders stepped out on his own and released arguably the best country parody LP of all time, and called it "Sanders' Truckstop!" The two songs that begin each side, "Jimmy Joe, The Hippybilly Boy," and "The Iliad" are the true standouts, but the rest of the album is as good as some greasy biscuits and gravy!

Most all of The Captain's work is fantastic and "Trout Mask Replica" always gets kudos for being a revolutionary breakthrough in music, but for sheer listenablity, I prefer "Clear Spot" from 1972! This record actually had songs on it with commercial appeal but it's still pure Beefheart!

Listening to this 1971 album called "Lost In The Ozone Again" by Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen never gets old! An honest to goodness classic!

Long John Baldry never seems to get enough credit, but this 1971 LP is a standout in my book. From the title song to "Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of The Rock And Roll," it just doesn't get much better than this!

How can you go wrong when two of the best guitar players in history get together to have a good time and share it? You can't, and that's what Chet Atkins and Les Paul did in 1976 with this album simply titled "Chester & Lester!" It's a jewel!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 23 of 100 (5 Albums On Rolling Stone's List That I Can't Disagree With)

From 1977, I love this record, Television - "Marquee Moon" 

Not just in the Top 500, "Disareli Gears" by Cream is probably one of the top 50 albums of all time! 

The 1968 country album by the former folk-rock psych band The Byrds, "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" is just a really beautiful record! 

"The Harder They Come" is a great movie, but the soundtrack is even better! With songs by Jimmy Cliff, The Maytals, The Melodians, The Slickers, Scotty, and Desmond Dekker, this 1972 release is perfect from start to finish! 

There are a couple of Jimi Hendrix albums that won't be on this list but his 1967 album "Axis: Bold As Love" would be on my top 10 list too, if I had one!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 22 of 100 (5 More Incredible Snubs By Rolling Stone)

I found this 3 record 1972 release in a box in a corner of an old thrift store with a 25 cent price tag on it some forty years ago! I've still got it! "A Lot Of People Would Like To See Armand Schaubroeck...DEAD" is one of the oddest records you'll ever hear, AND a scathing commentary on society!!

I'm not a big Bob Segar fan, but his first album from 1969 was great!Cool cover and "Ramblin Gamblin' Man" is one of my favorite songs ever!

SPIRIT Guitarist Randy California's side project "Kaptain Kopter and the Fabulous Twirly Birds" from 1972 is the best Hendrix album Jimi never made! Hendrix was the one who tagged Randy with the name California, so it's only fitting!!

This 1974 album from The Firesign Theatre's Phil Austin is quite possibly the funniest record ever made! The jokes are fast and furious, the story is insane, and the music is incredible!

This 1984 EP by The Wind titled "Guest Of The Staphs," might only have six songs on it, but they're all pieces of power pop perfection, and not one of them is over three minutes! I never get tried of listening to this one!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 21 of 100

 This 1969 LP by the Bay area's "It's A Beautiful Day" is a rather obvious choice for this list! Just look at it! There's never quite been another song like "White Bird!" Case closed!

Kaleidoscope - "Side Trips"   The psychedelic jug band music on this 1967 LP by Kaleidoscope is timeless, with titles like "Pulsating Dream" and "Keep Your Mind Open!"

 On Rolling Stone's list of the Top 500, there's one LP by Steve Miller, "Fly Like An Eagle!" Personally I find these three LP's that came out in a row to be his best!        From 1968 - "Sailor" with the titles "Song For Our Ancestors," "Living In The U.S.A.," "Quicksilver Girl," and "Gangster Of Love!" C'mon it doesn't get much better! 

"Brave New World" - 1969 with Lonnie Turner on bass and Tim Davis on drums! If for nothing else but "Space Cowboy!" That's enough by itself!

Five months after "Brave New World" was released, Steve Miller came out with "Your Saving Grace!" Let me just say, the band was in a groove! This is a beautiful record! How to this day this man is still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is incredulous to me!! Sinful!!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 20 of 100

Well, I got through a fifth or two, and a fifth of the top 500! This is a lot more difficult than I thought!

 From 1976, it's Fela Anikulapo Kuti's controversial LP, "ZOMBIE!" Without a doubt,  the hippest, and most danceable protest album ever made! "Zombie, Zombie, Zombie!"

From 1998, "Life Won't Wait" is my favorite RANCID album! It's just got some great songs on it, period!

The debut 1984 album by The Red Hot Chili Peppers is my favorite of theirs! "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes!" What else do you need to know?

David Bowie is a real fave around this house, but this band effort of his in 1989 called Tin Machine stands out as my personal favorite! The Sales Brothers rock it hard, and the guitar playing by Reeves Gabrels is superlative all the way from start to finish! This record is near perfect!

A little mellower than the rest of this batch, but this 1969 album by The Youngbloods still rocks it with a great deal of indifference and irreverence, like they were having the time of their lives, and you could either join in or not, and it had a picture of a big elephant turd on the cover just to prove it!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 17 - 19 of 100 (Stones & Beatles)

Just like Rolling Stone, I have a fondness for music from the 1960's, and The Beatles and The Rolling Stones ruled from the mid-60's into the late 60's, so here's seven LPs by The Beatles, and eight albums by The Rolling Stones that I would find essential if I was washed up on a desert island and could only bring 500 records with me!

From 1964, "Meet The Beatles," "Something New," and "Beatles 65!" From 1965, "Rubber Soul," from 1966, "Revolver," from 1967, "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and from 1969, "Abbey Road!" Those are my favorite Beatles' albums!

From The Stones, it's "England's Newest Hitmakers, The Rolling Stones," 1n 1964, from 1965, "December's Children (and everybody's)" and "Aftermath," from 1967 "Their Satanic Majesties Request," from 1968, "Beggar's Banquet, from 1969, "Let It Bleed," and from 1971, "Sticky Fingers!" Those fifteen albums have more truly classic stuff on them than almost anything else I can imagine!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 16 of 100 (My Opinion Is Becoming Less Humble)

 We ran into Larry Fischer at the San Diego Com Con in the late 1980's. Brian had made a mixed tape for the ride that included a Wild Man Fischer song, so I told Wild Man that we had just been listening to his music on the way there, and he asked me if it was playing on the radio. Sorry Larry, no, not then, not now! I bought this album at the Army PX in Alaska in 1969, and I still have it! How could it not possibly be on the 500 Greatest of all time? One listen to "Merry Go Round" would change any non-believer's mind forever!

I had to include somewhere on this list something by either The Gun Club or by Gun Club leader Jeffrey Lee Pierce! I finally settled on this solo album by Jeffrey Lee called "Wildweed," but, it's all good!!

Same thing with Joan Armatrading! Joan has at least 2 or 3 classic LP's, but for now I'll settle for this one!

The first Quicksilver album was their best! I love this record!

 Now how the Hell The Young Rascals aren't on the Rolling Stone top 500 list will stump me and about 250,000 Hawaiian fans all at the same time! This 1967 LP has a minimum of 5 extremely classic songs on it! What the Hell!?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time - Part 15 of 100 (My Opinion Is Becoming Less Humble)

This Kraazy ass LP from some Middle East musicians with the help of Mountain bassist Felix Pappalardi in 1967 opened the door for lots of WTF!? releases in the following 10 or 20 years! To this day, I still have no idea of what they were trying to do! It's that great!!

Doll By Doll! Jackie Leven is one of  THE best vocalists out there! You can't read one issue of Rolling Stone without reading about Bruce Springsteen, but is there even one article about Doll By Doll? Sinful! One of the best bands ever!

The Flamin' Groovies - "Supersnazz" This is a record of what is commonly referred to as Rock and Roll! It totally rocks, and deserves to be on the top 500 for sure!

Flora Purim was voted THE best jazz vocalist for like 97 years in a row by Downbeat magazine!! Trust me, there's a reason! Open yer freakin' eyes!!

One of the best concerts I've ever had to pleasure to attend! Gil Scott-Heron was a super genius! While "The revolution will not be televised!!!!" this is one of the best 500 LP's of all time!