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#9 - Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde (1966)

The opening track of an album is among the most important structural decisions an artist or producer can make in putting an album together.  You need something that sets a tone for the album, usually but not always something upbeat, maybe not the very best track you’ve got, but certainly one of the best–something that will reach out and grab the listener.  2,295 more words

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#10 - The Beatles - The Beatles (The White Album) (1968)

It may sound silly given what a big Beatles fan I am, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed listening to this one.  2,754 more words

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#11 - Elvis Presley - Sunrise (1999)

Coming up with something to say about this one feels almost like being asked to write a critical analysis of, say, the Gettysburg Address.  The music contained on this collection is such an essential, enduring piece of who we are as a people that it feels difficult to find an angle on it–certainly not one that hasn’t already been gone over by the many brighter minds than mine who have tried. 2,940 more words

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#12 - Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (1959)

Aw, man–I hate this record.

I’m just kidding.  (I guess that would have worked better if I were publishing this on April fools day, rather than a week later, but what can you do?)  It’s such a sublime album that the idea of anyone hating it seems almost comical, though I suppose there must be people who would.  2,258 more words

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#13 - The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967)

This is arguably the most important album on the list that I had never heard before.  For that reason–and pretty much only that reason–I’m glad to have finally heard it.  2,998 more words

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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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