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#120 - The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)

You almost have to feel for Roger McGuinn.  He came up during the folk era, when the ability to write original music was of less consequence than one’s interpretive abilities, and yet came to prominence in an era when musicians were increasingly expected to be songwriters too.  2,018 more words

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#121 - Sly and the Family Stone - Stand! (1969)

Within the sphere of music I love, this is probably one of the best and most important records that I have hardly ever listened to all the way through.  924 more words

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#122 - Various Artists - The Harder They Come (Soundtrack) (1973)

God dang I love this record.  I’ve never fancied myself a big reggae fan, or gotten very comfortable navigating the politics of enjoying it on a more regular basis from my white American vantage point.  1,014 more words

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#123 - Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell (1986)

Most of the early rap on the list–the founding documents of the genre–are quite a bit lower down in the rankings.  This one appears to have earned a comparatively lofty spot for being the first major rap crossover record–the album that kicked off what would eventually become the dominance of hip hop-related music within the pop music spectrum.  718 more words

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#124 - Moby Grape - Moby Grape (1967)

I became a fan of this band a few years ago as a result of a dream.  Or if not quite a dream, at least in that liminal early morning state between sleep and waking.   1,454 more words

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#125 - Janis Joplin - Pearl (1971)

This album accomplished the nifty feat of being much better than I thought it would be while still not budging my fairly low opinion of the artist at its center.  717 more words

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#126 - (Bob Marley &) The Wailers - Catch a Fire (1973)

This is the forth Bob Marley/Wailers album I listened to for the project, and the highest rated of the “real” albums (though the greatest hits album Legend is quite a bit higher).  395 more words

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