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#61 - Sly & The Family Stone  - Greatest Hits (1970)

Though I had been a Sly & The Family Stone fan for a long time, up until a few years ago, I wasn’t all that keen on the song “Dance to the Music.”  I grew up with “Tighten Up” and “Memphis Soul Stew,” and figured I didn’t really need another song in my life that employed the device of adding in instruments one at a time as the singer narrated the process.  1,493 more words

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#62 - Guns N’ Roses - Appetite for Destruction (1987)

Boy did this album bring back memories!  Not good ones, really, but I guess not particularly bad ones either.  It just reminded me of various people and phases of my youth, and even if my relationship to this album back in the day was to some extent a negative one, it nevertheless provoked something almost like fondness in me this time around. 1,198 more words

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#63 - U2 - Achtung Baby (1991)

This list I’m working through has done a better job with some bands than others in providing a more or less linear, sensible introduction to their music.  1,114 more words

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#64 - The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (1971)

It would be unfair to level the claim that The Rolling Stones had only four great albums.  Some Girls and Tattoo You in particular are records from beyond their peak era which I would consider worthy of that designation.  1,206 more words

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#65 - Various Artists - Phil Spector: Back to Mono (1958-1969) (1991)

With the possible exception of the protracted murder-suicide vignette “Frankie Teardrop” on the Suicide album, this collection boasts what might well be the most inappropriate song in this entire list of 500 albums:  “He Hit Me, and it Felt Like a Kiss.” Right in the middle of disc one, just as the music’s starting to really hit its stride, this one comes along and everything kind of grinds to a halt for a minute.  2,402 more words

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#66 - Van Morrison - Moondance (1970)

I love Van Morrison, but it took me a conspicuously long time to arrive at that conclusion.  My earliest exposure to him was so viscerally off-putting that it took years to come around to considering that he might actually be good.  1,347 more words

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#68 - Michael Jackson - Off the Wall (1979)

When the news came in that Michael Jackson had died, I’m not sure I could have even named this as one of his albums.  But I was among those who got in on the flurry of buying his records on iTunes, back when I still bought music from iTunes, and within a few days, it was a definite contender for my favorite Michael Jackson album.  767 more words

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