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#301 The Good Dr Bill

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 09:37 PM

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Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills & Nash

Year: 1969

US Chart Position: #6 (charted #35 on the R&B charts, lol)

UK Chart Position: #25

Charting Singles: "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" (#21 US), "Marrakesh Express" (#28 US, #17 UK)

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #20 (year), #67 (decade), #277 (all-time)

AMG Says: "The Crosby, Stills & Nash triumvirate shot to immediate superstardom with the release of its self-titled debut LP, a sparkling set immortalizing the group's amazingly close, high harmonies. While elements of the record haven't dated well -- Nash's Eastern-influenced musings on the hit "Marrakesh Express" now seem more than a little silly, while the antiwar sentiments of "Wooden Ships," though well-intentioned, are rather hokey -- the harmonies are absolutely timeless, and the best material remains rock-solid"

Ranked Highest By: Tracy Jacks (#23)

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 09:39 PM

This last stretch belongs in the top 100. That CSN is a great record.
Every Sunday morning I wake up
I see you by your dresser doing your make-up
Fluttering a Chinese fan in a Knoxville fashion
All last night you tossed and turned
Your body was hotter than the night Richmond burned
You say you had a bad nightmare about tractor trailers crashing
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#303 The Good Dr Bill

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 10:03 PM

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Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets

Year: 1968

US Chart Position: n/a

UK Chart Position: #9

Charting Singles: n/a

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #55 (year), #362 (decade), #2174 (all-time)

AMG Says: "A transitional album on which the band moved from Syd Barrett's relatively concise and vivid songs to spacy, ethereal material with lengthy instrumental passages. Barrett's influence is still felt (he actually did manage to contribute one track, the jovial "Jugband Blues"), and much of the material retains a gentle, fairy-tale ambience."

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Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado

Year: 1974

US Chart Position: #16

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: "Can't Get it Out of My Head" (#9 US)

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #53 (year), #547 (decade), #2009 (all-time)

AMG Says: "The integration of the orchestra would become even more thorough on future albums, but Eldorado was notable for mixing the band and orchestra (and a choir) in ways that did no violence to the best elements of both."

Ranked Highest By: Velocity (#1)

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 10:08 PM

This might be the greatest thread on the interweb. Dr- you sir, are awesome.

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 10:34 PM

uh, cool, thanks.

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The Rolling Stones - Aftermath

Year: 1966

US Chart Position: #2

UK Chart Position: #1

Charting Singles: "Paint It, Black" (#1 US, #1 UK), "Lady Jane" (#24 US)

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #4 (year), #30 (decade), #136 (all-time)

Rank on Our All-Time Albums List: #486

AMG Says: "The Rolling Stones finally delivered a set of all-original material with this LP, which also did much to define the group as the bad boys of rock & roll with their sneering attitude toward the world in general and the female sex in particular. The borderline misogyny could get a bit juvenile in tunes like "Stupid Girl." But on the other hand the group began incorporating the influences of psychedelia and Dylan into their material with classics like "Paint It Black," an eerily insistent number one hit graced by some of the best use of sitar (played by Brian Jones) on a rock record."

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Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die

Year: c970

US Chart Position: #5

UK Chart Position: #11

Charting Singles: "Empty Pages" (#74 US)

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #26 (year), #179 (decade), #510 (all-time)

AMG Says: "John Barleycorn Must Die moved beyond the jamming that had characterized some of Traffic's 1968 work to approach the emerging field of jazz-rock. And that helped the band to achieve its commercial potential; this became Traffic's first gold album."

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 10:40 PM

If Surf's Up doesn't make it (a fate I'm fearing more and more), you all deserve a fate worth than death.
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Posted 07 April 2006 - 10:51 PM

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Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign

Year: 1967

US Chart Position: n/a

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: "Laundromat Blues" (#29 R&B US), "Crosscut Saw" (#34 R&B US), "Born Under a Bad Sign" (#49 R&B US)

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #19 (year), #98 (decade), #461 (all-time)

AMG Says: "it's astounding how strong this catalog of songs is: "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Crosscut Saw," "Oh Pretty Woman," "The Hunter," "Personal Manager," and "Laundromat Blues" form the very foundation of Albert King's musical identity and legacy. Few blues albums are this on a cut-by-cut level; the songs are exceptional and the performances are rich, from King's dynamic playing to the Southern funk of the MG's. It was immediately influential at the time and, over the years, it has only grown in stature as one of the very greatest electric blues albums of all time."

Ranked Highest By: Vurt (#12)

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Elvis Presley - From Elvis in Memphis

Year: 1969

US Chart Position: #13 Pop / #2 Country

UK Chart Position: #1

Charting Singles: "In the Ghetto" (#3 US, #2 UK)

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #13 (year), #42 (decade), #178 (all-time)

AMG Says: "The result was one of the greatest white soul albums (and one of the greatest soul albums) ever cut, with brief but considerable forays into country, pop, and blues as well. Presley sounds rejuvenated artistically throughout the dozen cuts off the original album, and he's supported by the best playing and backup singing of his entire recording history."

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 10:53 PM

You see how flat-out racist the sucker was simple and plain...
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Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:02 PM

Mother fuck him and John Wayne
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Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:02 PM

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The Millenium - Begin

Year: 1968

US Chart Position: n/a

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: n/a

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #34 (year), #214 (decade), #1252 (all-time)

AMG Says: "Begin was at the time the most expensive album Columbia ever produced, and it sounds like it. An absolute necessity for any fan of late-'60s psychedelia and a wonderful rediscovery that sounds as vital today as it did the day it was released."

Ranked Highest By: The Eyes (#23)

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:08 PM

Find it odd that Solace has a gazillion posts but no time to do the poll....but I'm still somewhat of a newbie so...what do I know....

well, thing is i ignored the thread for weeks when it was initially posted about, just didn't think i'd care too much or have the time to go through and try and come up w/ that many albums to list, then when people started PM'ing me if i was gonna post my list the last week, i was like "what are you talking about?", then i finally checked out the thread and realized there was no way i could honestly do an accurate list in time ;)

i've started compiling one a bit, maybe i'll post it in the old thread if i finish.

not to mention i'm sure i would have left off tons of albums i loved so this thread is great to follow

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:11 PM

Dude, the review AND singles list for After-Math reference "Paint It, Black," but you posted the cover for the British version! That didn't have "Paint It, Black," that was issued only as a 45 in the U.K.!

Seriously, I don't give a shit, that's just me playing the obsessive Stones listener. (For the record, the U.K. version is my fave.)

Man, where's the love for 'retha? I gave Lady Soul and Liege & Lief their highest rankings, with the former making it in my top ten and latter close to 30, yet L & L still trounced it.

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:18 PM

real surprised this one isn't a bit higher--first album to rank higher on the all-time poll than the decade one.

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Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left

Year: 1969

US Chart Position: n/a

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: "River Man" (#48 in '04, UK)

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #9 (year), #33 (decade), #142 (all-time)

Rank on Our All-Time Albums List: #130

AMG Says: "His own performance itself steered a careful balance between too-easy accessibility and maudlin self-reflection, combining the best of both worlds while avoiding the pitfalls on either side. The result was a fantastic debut appearance, and if the cult of Drake consistently reads more into his work than is perhaps deserved, Five Leaves Left is still a most successful effort."

Ranked Highest By: BertBertBertBertBertBertBertBert (#37)

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Al Green - Let's Stay Together

Year: 1972

US Chart Position: #8 Pop / #1 R&B

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: "Let's Stay Together" (#1 US, #7 UK)

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #25 (year), #220 (decade), #634 (all-time)

AMG Says: "This album was sold on the strength of the title track as there were no other selections to grace the Billboard charts. However, this album includes the timeless gem "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" and lesser-known beauties like the exulting "Judy," the cookin' testimonial "I Never Found a Girl," and the soothing blues effort "It Ain't No Fun to Me.""

Ranked Highest By: Midnite Vulture (#14)

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:21 PM

real surprised this one isn't a bit higher--first album to rank higher on the all-time poll than the decade one.

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:34 PM

makes sense, I guess. Anyway I'm glad that it's the lowest of his three--goddamn can those strings get heavy-handed at times.

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Richard & Linda Thompson - I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight

Year: 1974

US Chart Position: n/a

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: n/a

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #4 (year), #100 (decade), #271 (all-time)

AMG Says: "While I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight may be the darkest music of Richard & Linda Thompson's career, in this chronicle of pain and longing they were able to forge music of striking and unmistakable beauty; if the lyrics often ponder the high stakes of our fate in this life, the music offered a glimpse of the joys that make the struggle worthwhile."

Ranked Highest By: Abpos (#9)

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The Residents - Meet the Residents

Year: 1974

US Chart Position: n/a

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: n/a

Acclaimed Music Ranking: n/a

AMG Says: "The result is a series of unique, odd, challenging numbers that manage not to be entirely successful. The album cover is a fierce burlesque of the Beatles' first U.S. Capitol label release, sporting puerilely doctored photographs of the Fab Four on the front and pictures of collarless-suited sea denizens on the back (identified as Paul McCrawfish, Ringo Starfish, and the like). This is an utterly bizarre platter that may appeal to very adventurous listeners."

Ranked Highest By: Agrimorfee (#5)

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:40 PM

Man, where's the love for 'retha? I gave Lady Soul and Liege & Lief their highest rankings, with the former making it in my top ten and latter close to 30, yet L & L still trounced it.

I really should've included Aretha's "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You" in my list.

makes sense, I guess. Anyway I'm glad that it's the lowest of his three--goddamn can those strings get heavy-handed at times.

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Richard & Linda Thompson - I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight

Year: 1974

US Chart Position: n/a

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: n/a

Acclaimed Music Ranking: #4 (year), #100 (decade), #271 (all-time)

AMG Says: "While I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight may be the darkest music of Richard & Linda Thompson's career, in this chronicle of pain and longing they were able to forge music of striking and unmistakable beauty; if the lyrics often ponder the high stakes of our fate in this life, the music offered a glimpse of the joys that make the struggle worthwhile."

Ranked Highest By: Abpos (#9)

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The Residents - Meet the Residents

Year: 1974

US Chart Position: n/a

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: n/a

Acclaimed Music Ranking: n/a

AMG Says: "The result is a series of unique, odd, challenging numbers that manage not to be entirely successful. The album cover is a fierce burlesque of the Beatles' first U.S. Capitol label release, sporting puerilely doctored photographs of the Fab Four on the front and pictures of collarless-suited sea denizens on the back (identified as Paul McCrawfish, Ringo Starfish, and the like). This is an utterly bizarre platter that may appeal to very adventurous listeners."

Ranked Highest By: Agrimorfee (#5)

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:45 PM

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Can - Monster Movie

Year: 1969

US Chart Position: n/a

UK Chart Position: n/a

Charting Singles: n/a

Acclaimed Music Ranking: n/a

AMG Says: "Can's debut is the only full-length, proper release to feature original vocalist Malcolm Mooney, whose free-form ranting is matched by a raw, aggressive dynamic unlike anything else in the group's canon; driving, dissonant songs like the extraordinary "Father Cannot Yell" and "Outside My Door" even owe a rather surprising debt to psychedelia and garage rock. More indicative of things to come is the closer, "Yoo Doo Right," a 20-minute epic built on the kinds of hypnotic motifs and minimal rhythms that quickly became Can trademarks."

Ranked Highest By: Burzum (#13)

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:52 PM

The further we get from that VW commercial, the more the ND flare-up fades.

but Nick was amazing long before VW came along... ;)

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:54 PM

but Nick was amazing long before VW came along... ;)

Amen, brother. I just meant his posthumous moments in the limelight may have come and gone.
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Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:56 PM

This last stretch belongs in the top 100. That CSN is a great record.

Yeah, CSN finishing this low has me a bit baffled too. Classic Rock Backlash is all well and good, but this deserved better.