Saturday, October 26, 2013

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time (LOVE+) Part 11 of 100

Well, everybody always has LOVE's album "Forever Changes" on their list, but I don't think it's possible to discount the quality of their first two albums either! LOVE's first album was unique and probably had the best Burt Bacharach cover of all time, "My Little Red Book!"

LOVE's 2nd album "da capo" was also fantastic! They moved it way up in the psychedelic department, but it was still gritty! The side two opus "Revelation" is just that, and has never sounded old or tired to me! The single "7 and 7 Is" is precisely that, it IS!!

"Forever Changes" took LOVE in a completely different direction, and is on Rolling Stone's list for good reason! Definitely a timeless classic!!

I said I wouldn't put any 'greatest hits' records on this list, but I lied. I cannot possibly believe that The Animals weren't included in any form on The R.S. list! This record "The Best Of The Animals" has no less than five of the most classic songs of all time on it! "House Of The Rising Sun," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "Bring It On Home To Me," "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place," and "It's My Life!" Jeez, what more do you want? 

Here's another complete snub on the R.S. list, THEM! How it that possible? Besides "Gloria" the number one most classic angst driven sex song of all time, this record also includes "Here Comes The Night," and the incredibly haunting "Mystic Eyes," so the rest of the songs don't even matter. Those three songs alone are enough to make this record be included on the 500 Greatest of all time!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time (Great Guitarists) Part 10 of 100

 Here's five albums that have killer guitar work on them! Rolling Stone has Jackson Brown on their Top 500 list, but not David Lindley, the guy who made Jackson Brown's records rock! This 1981 LP is simply fantastic, and has the hottest version of "Mercury Blues" on it that was ever recorded!

Former Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck's first solo LP came out in 1979 and was titled "Blow By Blow" and took him from being merely a rock guitar player to being a real innovator in the genre called Jazz Rock or Fusion music! This is a beautiful record!

 Roy Buchanan is one of the most underrated guitarists of all time. You never knew what Roy was going to come up with! This 'live' album released in 1975 shines, and Roy's playing will give you goosebumps! I could listen to one song titled  "Can I Change My Mind" all day long and never get tired of it!

 This album by the 18 year old Shuggie Otis came out in 1971! It was called "Freedom Flight" and just like on Prince's first album,  Shuggie is almost entirely responsible for everything you hear! He did the lead and background vocals, played guitar, bass, organ, drums, bells, bottleneck guitar, and tack piano! Needless to say, my copy is worn out!

I had trouble picking out which Spirit album to put on this list, but this LP from 1969 titled "Clear" is probably my favourite of their records. Jazzy, somewhat laid back, this record sets an unforgettable mood. Randy California's guitar work is always interesting, and I dig it! Not only is this one not on Rolling Stone's list, even worse, no albums by Spirit are! Sorry, that's just wrong!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time (Almost Unbelievable Omissions) Part 9 of 100

 This 1966 LP by Donovan was totally overlooked despite having the classic song "Season Of The Witch" on it! Without a doubt it deserved to be on the list!

 I love this album from 1990 by Dread Zeppelin! You've got a great Elvis impersonator as a front man while doing Reggae covers of Led Zeppellin!  What the Hell more could you possibly want? These guys have some real imagination!!!

 I'm just not quite sure how this 1971 Nilsson album didn't make Rolling Stone's list! With super classic tunes like "Coconut" and "Jump Into The Fire" with Herbie Flowers driving bass line, the only thing it was missing was the song that was saved for "Son Of Schmilsson," "You're Breaking My Heart" (So Fuck You!) Harry in his bathrobe on the cover is beyond classy!

 Little Feat have more than one classic album, but I think this one is my favourite! With the talents of Lowell George, Paul Barrere, and the keyboard skills of one of the best pianists in rock history, Bill Payne rockin' from start to finish, this 1973 record is amazing, and with the heavenly backup singer combination punch using singers Bonnie Bramlett, Bonnie Raitt, Daring Dan Hutton, Debbie Lindsey, Gloria Jones, Stephanie Spurville, and Tret Fure, it's just almost unbeatable!

From the first time I heard it til the last time I heard it, this 1970 album by Jerry Williams, AKA Swamp Dogg delivers just what it set out to do! "Total Destruction To Your Mind!"  This record should have been a no brainer choice for RS's list, but instead it was totally ignored! What's wrong with people? I guess their minds were already destroyed!!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All Time (No Argument) Part 6 - 8 of 100

Here's 15 albums that I agree 100% with Rolling Stone that should be on the Top 500 Albums Of All Time!

Buffalo Springfield - Again

Bob Marley and the Wailers - Natty Dread

Sly and the Family Stone - Stand

Cream - Fresh Cream

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced

The Doors

The Band

The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed

Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home

The WHO - Sings My Generation

The Pretenders

Steely Dan - Aja

Otis Redding - The Dock of the Bay

The Velvet Underground and Nico

Nirvana - Unplugged in NewYork

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All TIme (In My Humble Opinion) Part 5 of 100 (Give Me A Break!)

 The 1967 album "Boogie With Canned Heat" somehow didn't make it on the Rolling Stone top 500 despite having timeless classics like "On The Road Again," "Amphetamine Annie," and "An Owl Song" on it! Jeez, Buzz for me Henry! 

 This 1967 LP by Country Joe & The Fish titled "Electric Music For The Mind and Body" might be THE most psychedelic album ever made, but somehow didn't manage to make Rolling Stone's list! Unimaginable!

 This 1966 LP called "The Emancipation Of Hugh Masekela was unlike any music ever produced before, and the vocal  tunes "What Is Wrong With Groovin'?" and "Why Are You Blowing My Mind" are standouts among a field of instrumental African Jazz Funk classics! Was it on Rolling Stone's list? Hell No! Thanks to my buddy Rene' for turning me on to it back in the day!

 Here's one that really girds my grid! Not only have they never elected Link Wray into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but this mondo classic 1971 LP by him is all but totally ignored! Link Wray is, was, and will always be, THE MAN, and this album totally reflects his greatness!!

Yep, believe it not, the first Seeds album isn't on Rolling Stone's list either. This 1966 record included the memorable "Pushin' Too Hard" and other awesome tunes like "No Escape," "Try To Understand," and "Nobody Spoil My Fun" that still stand original to this day! Unbelievable!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All TIme (In My Humble Opinion) Part 4 of 100

Here are five albums that will remain in my collection until the day I die! They're all that good, but not one of them is even on Rolling Stone's Top 500 list! Sinful!

My copy of CORYELL is absolutely worn out! I've played it that many times! This 1969 album has some of the best jamming electric guitar you're ever likely to hear, and with Pretty Purdie on drums, Chuck Rainey, Albert Stinson, and Ron Carter on bass, well, let me just say it's amazing! The songs "Sex," "The Jam With Albert," "Elementary Guitar Solo # 5," "No One Really Knows," and "Morning Sickness" are whatever is beyond phenomenal!!

This 1971 debut album by Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks is so fine, I feel sorry for you if you've never heard it! Dan's singing combined with the vocals of Maryann Price and Naomi Ruth Eisenberg is totally legit, and Sid Page's violin work is superlative! This album is timeless!!

This 1972 album by Jim Dickinson is another one I've completely worn out! Brilliant pianist, producer, and Father of The North Mississippi All Stars Cody and Luther Dickinson, Jim Dickinson will never be replaced in the world of music! Forty some years later, and you've still never heard anything that compares to this record I guarantee, it's that unique!

Robert Palmer sadly died from a heart attack at the age of 54,  but at least he left us this 1974 album! Joined by the likes of The Meters, Pretty Purdie, and Little Feat members as backing musicians, this is one great record! Who else do you know that can rhyme Julia, peculia, and fool ya and get away with it brilliantly? I love this record!

No, I'm not stuck in the 60's and 70's although sometimes it feels like it! It was hard picking out which of XTC's records to put on this list! They're all great, but I decided on the 1982 double album English Settlement! It's not very many bands that can make a killer record from start to finish, and there are even fewer that can do it on a double album, but XTC managed to do it without a problem! They're that good!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The REAL 500 Best Albums Of All TIme (In My Humble Opinion) Part 3 of 100 (The Devil"s Advocate)

Time to play the devils advocate! Sometimes a great album is defined by where your head was at the particular time you heard it! If it stands up to multiple listenings and still has that effect, then you just might have yourself a winner!

I think I can add at least one album on the merits of it's cover! The first time I saw and heard this Deviants album I was blown away! My opinion still stands! Best scat drum solo ever! Humour plays a big part in a lot of my choices! I don't only want good music, I want a good laugh too!

 Rolling Stone has two albums by Z Z Top on their top 500! Savoy Brown blows them out of the water in the blues boogie band department, and Kim Simmonds is one of THE best guitarists of all time! I could listen to this record every day and never get tired of it!

 Maybe you just had to be there, but if you take any mind altering drugs, and listen to this record by The Holy Modal Rounders, you'll surely agree it needs to be on the list!

 Jimi said "you'll never listen to surf music again" but he obviously never heard this album by The Rumblers or I'm sure he would have had a different opinion! I think the only surf albums on the Rolling Stone's list are by The Beach Boys! Sorry, that doesn't quite get it! Surf music with sax, is BOSS!!

When I first bought this album, I couldn't believe somebody would actually make an album this pure! With classics like "Boobs A Lot," "I Feel Like Homemade Shit," and "Nada" on it, The Fugs First Album deserves way more attention that nine Bruce Springsteen albums combined!