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#14 - The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)

Some entries back, I was reflecting on what elusive qualities might add up to constituting a “perfect album,” and I noted that The Beatles, for all their obvious excellence, didn’t really have one.  2,883 more words

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#15 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced (1967)

I’m pleased to report that I actually don’t have a whole lot to say about this album.  Certainly it’s an amazing, groundbreaking, highly influential and enduringly awesome piece of work, and is well deserving of a more careful analysis than I intend to give it.  1,249 more words

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#16 - Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks (1975)

The other day, a friend challenged me to count how many distinctly different Dylans there have been over the course of his career–earnest young folk singer Dylan, Dylan goes electric, born again Dylan, etc.  2,707 more words

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#17 - Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)

This was among the biggest albums of my life, and, if you are anywhere close to my age, probably yours too.  It is almost certainly the biggest album of my lifetime, or at least the part that corresponded to my belonging to the primary target market for popular music.  2,884 more words

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#18 - Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run (1975)

Of the various prejudices I had some interest in allowing to budge over the course of this project, my basic disinterest in Bruce Springsteen’s music has been among the least affected.  2,021 more words

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#20 - Michael Jackson - Thriller (1982)

As we turn the corner into the uppermost echelons of the list, there is inevitably a greater concentration of albums that are not merely great, or popular, but are legitimate cultural phenomenons–albums that pretty much everyone has owned, or at least heard, and which changed the entire tenor of the musical and aesthetic landscape.  1,490 more words

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#21 - Chuck Berry - The Great Twenty Eight (1982)

It’s a little disconcerting to find oneself a part of a widespread trend.  You go through life thinking you’re your own person with your own rather rarefied tastes and ideas, and yet the prevalence of other people with the exact same inclinations nags away at that self-conception.  2,584 more words

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