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#41 - Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)

Oh, Johnny Rotten, I can’t stay mad at you…

Whatever few punk fans who haven’t given up on this blog might recall that the album which really set me off on my first and most bitter vitriolic rant on punk-associated genres was Metal Box by Public Image Ltd., the group John Lydon (aka Rotten) founded after the dissolution of the Sex Pistols.  1,185 more words

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#42 - The Doors - The Doors (1967)

My father wasn’t much of a Simon & Garfunkel fan, but he had friends who were, and he once found himself being dragged along to one of their shows at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens.  1,882 more words

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#43 - Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Well now here’s an album for you–an honest to god, thematically unified sound collage of a record that is both implicitly and actually greater than the sum of its parts.  1,042 more words

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#44 - Patti Smith - Horses (1975)

I’m pleased to report that I didn’t hate this record.  I didn’t love it either, but I was bracing to really have a hard time with it, and found it not only mostly endurable, but even rewarding in places.  1,495 more words

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More and more about The Band, and "The Band"

Brevity has never been my long suit as a writer, and I’m well aware that I all too often abuse the patience of my readership with overly lengthy write ups of these albums.  2,214 more words

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#45 - The Band - The Band (1969)

I’m just gonna go ahead and ruin the suspense here, and say that this is my favorite album on the list.  Perhaps there are albums that soared higher into the artistic empyrean, or which ultimately meant more, whether as gauged by their effect on the world or the efforts of the artists who made them.  1,005 more words

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#46 - Bob Marley and the Wailers - Legend (1984)

Hey, so I’ve got a question for anyone knowledgable about Bob Marley.  The first track on this collection is “Is This Love.”  On the CD my dad had of this album when I was growing up, there’s this small but tremendous little guitar riff right at the beginning that really makes the song for me–kind of a spastic arpeggio right in between “I wanna love ya…”  and “and treat you right.”  What’s weird is that on various later, sonically improved versions of this collection I’ve heard, that riff is gone, though the rest of the song is clearly the same version, and not even a noticeably different mix.  1,225 more words

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