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Chris Gaines
11-12-2000, 02:43 PM
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<br>The 10 Essential Rock Albums
<br>By Steve Baltin
<br>CDNOW Contributing Writer
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<br>Rock and roll is only 45 years old, a relatively short history when you compare it to other modern genres such as country, jazz, and blues. But in that 45 years, it has become the dominant force in the world of music, producing more offspring, from punk to alternative to heavy metal, than Mick Jagger.
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<br>Imagine, then, the challenge of narrowing down all the great albums in rock history to 10 essential albums. You start with a list of hundreds, narrow that down to 30 or 40, then go through the agonizing process of paring that down. In the course of it all, you find yourself asking, "How can I leave out the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, or the Elvises (Presley and Costello)?" So this list, while not claiming to be definitive, offers a cross-section of the best music of every era of rock, and represent some of the biggest giants 45 years of the genre have given us.
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<br>The LIST:
<br>1. Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run
<br>Few albums have ever combined as much raw emotion, desperation, energy, ambition and realism with such exceptional musicianship.
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<br>2. The Who: Who's Next
<br>Take an all-star drummer, bassist, vocalist and guitarist, give them such rock anthems as "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Baba O'Reilly," and "Behind Blue Eyes," and you have a classic album that will outlive the cockroaches.
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<br>3. U2: The Joshua Tree
<br>This remarkable collection found the four lads from Ireland at a spiritual and musical crossroads. They answered the challenge with an album that was deeply personal, honest, and epic, yet totally accessible (as evidenced by its many hit singles, including "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For").
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<br>4. The Beatles: The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album)
<br>Most critics would argue for Sgt. Pepper's, but this is arguably the greatest batch of songs, from the moving "Blackbird" to the rocking "Helter Skelter," crafted by rock's most essential band.
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<br>5. Patti Smith: Horses
<br>Combining Smith's poetry background with a fevered energy, in-your-face singing/snarling and borderline out-of-control musicianship, Horses helped define punk music.
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<br>6. The Replacements: Tim
<br>You could argue for any of the band's mid-'80s output, but with tracks such as "Waitress in the Sky" and the heartbreaking "Here Comes a Regular," as well as the bone-crunching "Bastards of Young," Tim showed off the group's underrated emotional range better than any of its other works.
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<br>7. Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti
<br>No band ever seemed more larger than life, mythical, or as well-suited for rock stardom as Led Zeppelin, the group that launched heavy metal. Physical Graffiti showed off those attributes as well as any of the band's albums.
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<br>8. Neil Young: Live Rust
<br>Young has, over his 30-year career, written some of the most memorable tunes in rock history. And they are almost all on this collection, from the swirling guitars of "Like a Hurricane" to the somber anti-drug song, "Needle and the Damage Done." Backed by Crazy Horse, Young brings a desperation and energy to these songs that makes this one of the great live albums rock has seen.
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<br>9. Chuck Berry: Berry Is on Top
<br>Of all the '50s icons, Elvis is the most revered. But because Chuck Berry wrote his own songs, and because of his signature guitar style, he was the most influential. And the songs on this 1958 album, from "Johnny B. Goode" to the "Roll Over Beethoven," are among rock's most timeless selections.
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<br>10. Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks
<br>"Blonde on Blonde" and "Highway 61 Revisited" are perhaps more important, but this may be Dylan's greatest lyrical accomplishment, from the poetic "Tangled Up in Blue" to the gut-wrenching "If You See Her, Say Hello," vaulting Dylan's legacy as a lyricist still higher.
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<br>(I said this was for Brian and Ari.. since their favorite bands are among the top 10) :)
<br>Jason :)N

Pilgrim
11-12-2000, 02:57 PM
Well I don't complain except for the fact that they are missing "The River", "Darkness On The Edge Of Town", Born In The U.S.A" and Queen "Live At Wembley '86" on the list:):):)
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<br>Oh and then kick Chuck Berry, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin out of the list:)
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<br>Brian:)N

minnesotagbfan
11-12-2000, 10:03 PM
vanilla ice and milli vanilli didnt make the list ??
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<br>:rolleyes:
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<br>RussN

major tom
11-13-2000, 03:47 AM
I only have five of them and the others ....... :rolleyes: no thanks. Dylan, Young, Springsteen, U2, and The Beatles are must haves. :)
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<br>KirstyN