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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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#127 - The Byrds - Younger than Yesterday (1967)

There’s something about The Byrds that seems to inspire in me a tendency toward more half-assed listening than usual.  I think it’s a combination of presumed familiarity, coupled with a sense that I’ll be doubling back and relistening to these albums again anyway that does it.  750 more words

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