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What are the top 5 (Rock) albums of all time?


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#61 Ian Afterbirth

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:07 AM

Being the arbiter of all things ROCK I must take a moment to mull and point out where everyone is WRONG.

But in the meantime -

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:11 AM

Man...you guys must be young....

I would have to say there would be three Beatle albums in mine....Abbey Road, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper.....

My Led Zepplin album would be Physical Graffiti

Let it Bleed...Stones


With Sympathy for the Devil being the greatest Rock song

I am old...

I agree with the Zep and Stones choices - those are indeed their best albums (and except for the overrated Sgt Pepper you're correct regarding the Beatles).
And yeah those guys are too young to argue with.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:12 AM

Thought I would throw my two cents worth in (even though my thoughts are valued in pesos these days)

U2, The Joshua Tree. All-time favorite album, and first concert ever.

The Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream. Another perfect song-for-song album. I thought Mellon Collie meandered a little too often, and Gish just didn't nail it.

Pearl Jam, Ten. Changed music for me in a way that Nevermind was supposed to.

The Cure, Wish. A near-perfect cycle of songs that is a constant go-to around here.

And to reveal my true geek roots, They Might Be Giants, Flood.

I know I skew a little early 90's here, but that's my wheel house, basically.
Honourable mentions, Slowdive, Souvlaki. My Bloody Valentine, Loveless. Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral, and, laugh if you must, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Fear.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:13 AM

Here are a couple for your consideration:

Travelling Wilburys Vol 1. (a bunch of superstars just having fun...really enjoyable)

Arlo Guthrie "Outlasting the Blues"

The Kinks "Muswell Hillbillies" or "Village Green Preservation Society"

The Who "The Who Sell Out"

George Harrison "Brainwashed"

Big name artists, lesser known but great stuff.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:40 AM


The Kinks "Muswell Hillbillies" or "Village Green Preservation Society"

The Who "The Who Sell Out"


bobww1959 wow! Great to see someone else mention some of my favorites. I would put The Who Sell Out in my Top 5, and probably VGPS by the Kinks too. My five are probably

1. Quadrophenia - The Who
2. #1 Record/Radio City - Big Star (not fair combining two, but that is how they are on the cd)
3. The Who Sell Out - The Who
4. Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks
5. Songs from Northern Britain - Teenage Fanclub

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:42 AM


Man...you guys must be young....

I would have to say there would be three Beatle albums in mine....Abbey Road, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper.....

My Led Zepplin album would be Physical Graffiti

Let it Bleed...Stones


With Sympathy for the Devil being the greatest Rock song

I am old...

I agree with the Zep and Stones choices - those are indeed their best albums (and except for the overrated Sgt Pepper you're correct regarding the Beatles).
And yeah those guys are too young to argue with.

Everybody is so quick to dump on Sgt. Pepper. But it's such a great album.
There isn't a single song on that album that I don't like, and to me thats what
makes it such a great album. You can't go wrong with any of the songs on that
album either
01 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
02 - With A Little Help From My Friends
03 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
04 - Getting Better
05 - Fixing A Hole
06 - She's Leaving Home
07 - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
08 - Within You Without You
09 - When I'm Sixty-Four
10 - Lovely Rita
11 - Good Morning Good Morning
12 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
13 - A Day In The Life
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:09 AM

Travelling Wilburys Vol 1. (a bunch of superstars just having fun...really enjoyable)

That high note that Roy Orbison hits on You're Not Alone Any More gives me chills every time I hear it.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:12 AM


  • Pearl Jam - Ten
  • AC/DC - The Razor's Edge
  • Gun's n' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
  • LIve - Throwing Copper
  • Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
2-5 not necessarily in that order but Ten is definitely my favourite of all time. I still stop what I'm doing when I hear Release.




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It depends on the day between Ten and Throwing Copper. I would take either to a desert island with me. Appetite should be in the discussion. Honestly, I have never listened to the entire Mellon Collie album but would be fine listening to Bullet over and over again.
I would say there would have to be a Beatles album, but could not choose between Pepper, Let It Be and Abbey Road.
Another hard choice would be the bookends for the Doors. LA Woman or The Doors. Both are strong all the way through.
Sooo yeah... Not really a defined top five. It's more Ideas about top fives.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:17 AM

The Kinks "Muswell Hillbillies" or "Village Green Preservation Society"


4. Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks


I was raised on three bands: The Beatles, The Kinks, and the Grateful Dead. I think it wasn't until 7th grade that I realized that there was other music out there.

The arc from 1968's Village Green, to 1969's Arthur, 1970's Lola vs. Powerman, to 1971's Muswell Hillbillies is a pretty remarkable 4 years worth of creative output. I think Muswell is probably the best of the four. Too bad that they meandered and self-indulged for the mid-70's. They came back with a great three years (77/78/79), with Sleepwalker, Misfits, and Low Budget, but none of them touched the '68-'71 stuff. Thing is, with the Kinks, you can always count on them for a good half of an album.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:21 AM

No way on Let It Be! Phil Spector shat all over that album.
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:25 AM

Am I alone here thinking that Smashing Pumpkins are a pretty mediocre band, fronted by one of the biggest unrepentant douchebags in all of modern music?

Well, yes, it appears that I am.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:28 AM



Man...you guys must be young....

I would have to say there would be three Beatle albums in mine....Abbey Road, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper.....

My Led Zepplin album would be Physical Graffiti

Let it Bleed...Stones


With Sympathy for the Devil being the greatest Rock song

I am old...

I agree with the Zep and Stones choices - those are indeed their best albums (and except for the overrated Sgt Pepper you're correct regarding the Beatles).
And yeah those guys are too young to argue with.

Everybody is so quick to dump on Sgt. Pepper. But it's such a great album.
There isn't a single song on that album that I don't like, and to me thats what
makes it such a great album. You can't go wrong with any of the songs on that
album either
01 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
02 - With A Little Help From My Friends
03 - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
04 - Getting Better
05 - Fixing A Hole
06 - She's Leaving Home
07 - Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
08 - Within You Without You
09 - When I'm Sixty-Four
10 - Lovely Rita
11 - Good Morning Good Morning
12 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
13 - A Day In The Life


The 2nd side starting with "Within You Without You" until the last note in "A Day In The Life" is the shit. "Lovely Rita" is my favorite on the album. I can listen to it start to finish, like I can with Abbey Road. People shit on Pepper but they forget how groundbreaking it was for 1967. It came only 4 years after Love Me Do and all that. How many bands can you say grew that much in 4 years?! And to think 2 years after Pepper, they broke up? It's crazy!
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:31 AM

Am I alone here thinking that Smashing Pumpkins are a pretty mediocre band, fronted by one of the biggest unrepentant douchebags in all of modern music?

Well, yes, it appears that I am.


You're not alone on that. I'll get flamed for this but I hate Pearl Jam, Creed, and Nickelback. So there!
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:42 AM

Am I alone here thinking that Smashing Pumpkins are a pretty mediocre band, fronted by one of the biggest unrepentant douchebags in all of modern music?

Well, yes, it appears that I am.

I'm not a fan, I've enjoyed a few of their songs but I just don't see why the get linked into the top tier of the 90's "alternative" bands. I saw them live once and was horribly dissapointed,

I think we need to have a hip-hop list, i've been listening to Digable Planets "Blowout Comb" recently and its up their with De La Soul is Dead

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:59 AM

Hmmmm.

The Beatles: Sgt Peppers and or the White Album
Pink Floyd: Animals. It doesnt get the recognition it deserves, after that Meddle and or Wish You Were Here. I saw where Final Cut was being brought up, I really think of it has a Roger Water's solo album anyways. It still good though.
Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III, DUH.
Queen: Any album really. But seriously can we all agree that when you hear the "Flash Gordon" soundtrack that it makes you want to go out and fight?
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