3D Weekend Five: Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Albums

Compare and contrast with your own.  Judge and condemn! or, praise to the skies.

Here’s my “But I know what I like!” Five.  I can’t pick just one Elton John, so it’s a “depending on mood”; but the other four = pretty consistent: Prince’s Batman soundtrack; Michael Jackson & Thriller; Elton John & Greatest Hits Vol. 2; and Bette Midler’s Live at Last and Here at Last: Bee Gees Live.

Here’s theirs:

10. Beatles, White Album  9. Dylan, Blonde on Blonde  8. Clash, London Calling  7. Rolling Stones, Exile On Main Street  6. Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On  5. Beatles, Rubber Soul  4. Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited  3. Beatles, Revolver  2. Beach Boys, Pet Sounds  1. Beatles, Sgt. Pepper.

10 comments to 3D Weekend Five: Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Albums

  • The Police: Synchronicity
    The Cars: Candy O
    Van Halen: Balance
    The Who: Who’s Next
    THe Eagles: On The Border

    I could switch out The Eagles for Foo Fighters Color and Shape or Wasting Light …but I could listen to all of those albums anytime.

    • I would also like to add two Pink Floyd albums, Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.

      Rolling Stone can go off in corner somewhere with their Beatles albums and have a big love fest.

  • JimmyC

    1. Johnny Cash – Live at Folsom
    2. The Clash – London Calling (wow, I actually agree with Rolling Stone on something)
    3. AC/DC – Back in Black
    4. Metallica – Black Album
    5. Barenaked Ladies – One Week

  • goozer

    *pfffft* “Best”. All taste is in the mouth — and RS can blow it out their @$$, the above list notwithstanding. How about my 15 Indispensable Albums? :-)

    The Beatles — Abbey Road (They have the honor of having the earliest song memory for me; Paperback Writer. And by Abbey Road I mean their entire catalog. :-) )

    Tangerine Dream — Rubycon (Not the first electronic music I had heard – it was 1982 after all – but this is the one that absolutely changed everything about the way I perceived music. Did I say Rubycon? I meant Logos. No, wait…)

    Santana — Caravanserai (Sure, the expected choice is Abraxas, but this remains the apotheosis of this bands’ career. From snarling riffs to sublime melodies, this is latin fusion at its finest. In fact, I’m listening to it as I type this up! But what about Zebop?)

    Cheap Trick — At Budokan (ALLLLLLLLLRRRRRIIIIIIGHT TOKYOOOOOOOO! This album is one of the reasons I have severe tinnitus. A pure power pop experience and I still play along on the air drums! Also, Heaven Tonight. And Dream Police.)

    Bedrich Smetana — Die Moldau (I could’ve picked anything from Bach to Mozart, but this one popped into my head first. I just love this piece of music.)

    Mannheim Steamroller — Fresh Aire I (This album contains the only piece of music that actually brought tears to my eyes; Interlude III. The music and the nature sounds were so evocative of my grandmother – who had passed away just a few months before I heard this – and the house where we lived in Amarillo.)

    Jeff Beck — There And Back (I originally listened to this album because I was into guitar rock growing up [see Santana above], and everyone [except Zappa and Clapner fanbois 😉 ] said that Jeff Beck was The Man. Then I listened closer, and discovered the genius that is Jan Hammer.)

    Al DiMeola — Scenario (The dude at the record store I haunted while growing up, knowing my rock guitar-god and instrumental proclivities, suggested I might like Al, so he pointed me toward his then-current Electric Rendzvous LP. He was right. This album came out 3 years later and remains my favorite from him – and it also prominently features the aforementioned Jan Hammer. Which leads us to…)

    Jan Hammer — Miami Vice: The Complete Collection (The score to THE SHOW of the 80s – period. I was already a fan of Jan when the show came out, but I didn’t know he was doing the score, because I didn’t tune in until the 6th episode after my buddy Cameron told me when I played Scenario one night. I still hope that Jan releases a Vol. 2 one day, since there are still too many great cues that await release [*cough* the Hitter’s Theme *cough*.])

    The 77s — Pray Naked (Quite simply the best album from the best band you’ve never heard of. And it’s all U2’s fault. Stupid Island promotion team pushing a band with a singer who has a messiah complex over a band who sings about the real Messiah. These guys should’ve been what R.E.M. became, since they were already miles better. And less gay.)

    David Sanborn — Straight To The Heart (This one will ALWAYS put me in a good mood! Great memories of rainy spring days working at the Berry St. Sound Warehouse in Ft. Worth while chillin’ to this platter.)

    Jean Luc Ponty — Open Mind (Back at that Sound Warehouse, another wayfaring buddy suggested that since I liked TD, Santana, and Jan Hammer, that I should give JLP a spin. This and Individual Choice were the ones he lent me. Two more platters joined the collection the next day. I am also grateful for his tip, since it led to me finding an awesome piece of music that I first heard in a magic show a few years earlier — “Cosmic Messenger” from his album of the same name.)

    James Horner — Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Another album that will improve my mood. Awesome Wagnerian flourishes and Holstian leitmotifs blended into a perfect amalgam of a filmscore. You can keep the Goldsmith stuff.)

    Iona — The Book of Kells (After reading a review of this album that seemed over-the-top in it’s effusive praise and comparisons to prog legends like Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, and Rush, I went to my local Christian bookstore to sample this for myself. 10 minutes later, I had this and their first CDs in my hand. Majestic, soaring melodies and vocals over a truly progressive pulse – this band can go from pastoral to pounding with effortless ease. Speaking of Rush…)

    Rush — Moving Pictures (What more superlatives can I add to the mountainous accolades this album has deservedly earned? It is simply a perfect 80s prog masterpiece. I still have the ‘air check’ tape I made from one of the Philly stations that played it in it’s entirety one night, which was my only copy of the album for some time as I grew up a poor black white hispanic child, who could barely afford all the Beatles albums that I needed at the time. But just as soon as I got my first real job when I moved to Amarillo, I rectified the omission by picking it up — along with the rest of the back catalogue. 😉 )

  • Despite RS losing relevance more and more each year, even when it comes to music, I still agree with them on London Calling, an album with something for every rock fan with its bits of rockabilly, punk, pub and reggae (palatable reggae, see also The Police). Other four I can’t do without and have nearby at all times:

    Van Halen — Fair Warning
    Prince — Sign ‘O’ the Times
    AC/DC — Powerage
    Replacements — Pleased to Meet Me

    Proof I have listened to music in the 21st century and inching closer to bumping one of the above with every year: Slobberbone — Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today

  • Texacalirose

    I can’t decide (more likely I can’t remember). :)

  • -fritz-

    I agree with the Beatles “Rubber Soul.” And as for the Stones themselves, the only song they ever did that I liked was :

  • Ugh — Can’t pick 10, although the RS list is their usual silly Boomer-dominated Pleistocene Hit Parade. Just wanted to double Goozer on the Iona and 77s love, although I prefer Heaven’s Bright Sun from the former 😉

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