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#48 - Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)

As the list was constituted when I started this project, Public Enemy formed a nice bookend, having both the highest and lowest rated hip hop albums on the list (as well as one in between).  1,238 more words

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#49 - The Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East (1971)

I like The Allman Brothers.  Not really to listen to all that extensively or anything, but they seem like a good bunch of guys.  They had a long, tragic and uneven history, but an honest and integral one in the main, it seems.  1,061 more words

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#50 - Little Richard - Here’s Little Richard (1957)

There was a great documentary called The Early Days of Rock ‘n Roll that my father taped off TV when I was a kid.   It became one of my staple entertainments, something I watched obsessively, enjoying great performances from Big Joe Turner up through Buddy Holly or so.  1,402 more words

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#51 - Simon & Garfunkel  - Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)

The day I was to listen to this album, I received in the mail the long anticipated, lavishly complied collection of the complete Basement Tapes of Bob Dylan and The Band.  1,701 more words

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#52 - Al Green - Greatest Hits (1975)

Well, there’s nothing wrong with this record!  Yeah, yeah, it’s a compilation, but it’s one of those greatest hits albums–like that of Sly & The Family Stone–that was released back in the era of the artist’s primary period of viability, and so has taken on the quality over time of being a “real” album–just a conspicuously great one, densely packed with many of his finest songs. 915 more words

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#53 - The Beatles - Meet The Beatles! (1964)

One of the underlying conditions of my musical existence is that, since the great majority of music I love was made before I was born, I am generally denied the thrill of hearing it when it is new–of being a part of the zeitgeist that surrounded it in its own time.  1,885 more words

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#54 - Ray Charles - The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Recordings, 1952-1959 (1991)

I don’t even have much to say about this one.  Sometimes music is just so fundamental and right feeling that the tertiary activity of writing about it seems even more superfluous than usual.  509 more words

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