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My 126 favorite albums of all time
wordpress ^ | September 22, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill

Posted on 09/22/2012 7:18:26 PM PDT by grundle

My 126 favorite albums of all time

These are my 126 favorite albums of all time. This list is arranged in order of preference, starting with my #1 favorite.

1) Linda Ronstadt – “Heart Like a Wheel” (1974)




2) The Beatles – “Rubber Soul” (1965)




3) Daryl Hall & John Oates – “Voices” (1981)




4) Pretenders – “Pretenders” (1980)




5) Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Willy and the Poor Boys” (1969)




6) The Who – “Who’s Next” (1971)




7) Blondie – “Parallel Lines” (1978)




8) Cream – “Disraeli Gears” (1967)




9) Loverboy – “Get Lucky” (1981)




10 Janis Joplin – “Pearl” (1971)




11) Elvis Costello – “Armed Forces” (1979)




12) The Beatles – “Revolver” (1966)




13) The Who – “Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy” (1971)




14) Phil Spector – “A Christmas Gift for You” (1963)




15) The Beatles – “Help!” (1965)




16) The Velvet Underground – “1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed” (1974)




17) Patty Smyth – “Greatest Hits: Featuring Scandal” (1998)




18) The Beatles – “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964)




19) Pretenders – “Learning to Crawl” (1984)




20) Blondie – “Blondie” (1976)




21) Daryl Hall and John Oates – “Private Eyes” (1981)




22) Go-Go’s – “Beauty and the Beat” (1981)




23) The Clash – “London Calling” (1979)




24) The Waitresses – “The Best of the Waitresses” (1990)




25) The Rolling Stones – “Let It Bleed” (1969)




26) Led Zeppelin – “Led Zeppelin IV” (1971)




27) Pink Floyd – “The Dark Side of the Moon” (1973)




28) Bruce Springsteen – “Born to Run” (1975)




29) Donna Summer – “Bad Girls” (1979)




30) Bonnie Hayes and the Wild Combo – “Good Clean Fun” (1982)




31) Josie Cotton – “Convertible Music” (1982)




32) The Beatles – “1″ (2000)




33) Fleetwood Mac – “Rumours ” (1977)




34) The Velvet Underground – “The Velvet Underground & Nico” (1967)




35) Vince Guaraldi – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)




36) The Beatles – “The Beatles (White Album)” (1968)




37) The Allman Brothers Band – “At Fillmore East” (1971)




38) Otis Redding – “The Ultimate Otis Redding” (1986)




39) Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Cosmo’s Factory” (1970)




40) Cream – “Fresh Cream” (1966)




41) Elvis Costello – “This Year’s Model” (1978)




42) John Williams – “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” (1977)




43) Skeeter Davis – “The Essential Skeeter Davis” (1995)




44) Elvis Costello – “My Aim Is True” (1977)




45) The Velvet Underground – “Loaded” (1970)




46) The Like – “Release Me” (2010)




47) Billy Joel – “Glass Houses” (1980)




48) Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Green River” (1969)




49) The Velvet Underground – “The Velvet Underground” (1969)




50) The Clash – “The Clash” (1979)




51) Juice Newton – “Juice” (1981)




52) Linda Ronstadt – “Linda Ronstadt” (1972)




53) Peter Tchaikovsky “The Nutcracker (Kirov Orchestra/Valery Gergiev)” (1998)




54) Joni Mitchell – “Blue” (1971)




55) Aretha Franklin – “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” (1967)




56) Led Zeppelin – “Houses of the Holy” (1973)




57) The Who “Live at Leeds” (1970)




58) The Beatles – “Abbey Road” (1969)




59) Kim Wilde – “Kim Wilde” (1981)




60) The Rolling Stones – “Beggars Banquet” (1968)




61) Joe Jackson – “Look Sharp!” (1979)




62) Jimi Hendrix – “Are You Experienced?” (1967)




63) Neil Young – “Tonight’s the Night” (1975)




64) The Byrds – “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” (1968)




65) The Beatles – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967)




66) New York Dolls – “New York Dolls” (1973)




67) Richard & Linda Thompson – “Shoot Out the Lights” (1982)




68) Jefferson Airplane – “Volunteers” (1969)




69) Buffalo Springfield – “Buffalo Springfield Again” (1967)




70) Weird Al Yankovic – “Dare to Be Stupid” (1985)




71) Aretha Franklin – “Lady Soul” (1968)




72) Liz Phair – “Exile in Guyville” (1993)




73) The Modern Lovers – “The Modern Lovers” (1976)




74) The Supremes – “Every Great #1 Hit” (1974)




75) Bob Dylan – “Bringing It All Back Home” (1965)




76) The Rolling Stones – “Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)” (1966)




77) Roxy Music – “Siren” (1975)




78) Sly & the Family Stone – “Greatest Hits” (1970)




79) Graham Parker – “Squeezing Out Sparks” (1979)




80) R.E.M. – “Murmur” (1983)




81) Joni Mitchell – “Court and Spark” (1974)




82) Neil Young – “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” (1969)




83) Michael Jackson – “Off the Wall” (1979)




84) Ella Fitzgerald – “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas” (1960)




85) Billy Joel – “The Nylon Curtain” (1982)




86) Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)




87) Derek and The Dominos – “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” (1970)




88) Jefferson Airplane – “Surrealistic Pillow” (1967)




89) Stevie Wonder – “Innervisions” (1973)




90) Sia – “We Are Born” (2010)




91) Brenda Lee – “20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of Brenda Lee” (2003)




92) George Harrison – “All Things Must Pass” (1970)




93) Led Zeppelin – “Led Zeppelin II” (1969)




94) The Rolling Stones – “Sticky Fingers” (1971)




95) Linda Ronstadt – “Get Closer” (1982)




96) Billy Joel – “52nd Street” (1978)




97) The B-52′s – “The B-52′s” (1979)




98) X – “Wild Gift” (1981)




99) Richard & Linda Thompson – “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” (1974)




100) Cyndi Lauper – “She’s So Unusual” (1983)




101) Prince – “Purple Rain” (1984)




102) Big Mama Thornton – “Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings” (1992)




103) Talking Heads – “More Songs About Buildings and Food” (1978)




104) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Damn the Torpedoes” (1979)




105) Blondie – “Eat to the Beat” (1979)




106) Fleetwood Mac – “Mirage” (1982)




107) Buddy Holly – “From the Original Master Tapes” (1985)




108) 10,000 Maniacs – “In My Tribe” (1987)




109) The Bangles – “Different Light” (1986)




110) Blondie – “Plastic Letters” (1977)




111) The B-52′s – “Cosmic Thing” (1989)




112) John Cougar Mellencamp – “Uh-Huh” (1983)




113) Johnny Cash – “At Folsom Prison” (1968)




114) Billy Joel – “The Stranger” (1977)




115) Madness – “One Step Beyond…” (1979)




116) Daryl Hall & John Oates – “X-Static” (2000)




117) Boston Pops Orchestra – “A Christmas Festival” (1987)




118) Bruce Springsteen – “The River” (1980)




119) Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On” (1971)




120) Loverboy – “Loverboy” (1980)




121) Grateful Dead – “American Beauty” (1970)




122) Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Crosby, Stills & Nash” (1969)




123) Blood, Sweat & Tears – “Child Is Father to the Man” (1968)




124) Dusty Springfield – “Dusty in Memphis” (1969)




125) The Feelies – “Crazy Rhythms” (1980)




126) Jackson 5 – “Christmas Album” (1970)



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1 posted on 09/22/2012 7:18:28 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Couldn’t narrow it down just a little?


2 posted on 09/22/2012 7:21:40 PM PDT by doc1019 (Turn Medina into a glass parking lot and all this crap will stop.)
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To: grundle
Great list, a lot of these would also be on my favorites.  I especially liked your inclusion of Elvis Costello's "My Aim is True" and Joe Jackson's "Look Sharp", which are regrettably overlooked, but great albums.
3 posted on 09/22/2012 7:24:12 PM PDT by softwarecreator
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To: grundle

Nice list - out of it I noticed some on my oddball faves: Feelies, X, and Skeeter Davis. Which begs the question - did this person ever enjoy NRBQ? “Live at Yankee Stadium” would fit in with that stuff, or “Diggin’ Uncle Q”. Elvis Costello is a big NRBQ fan.


4 posted on 09/22/2012 7:25:33 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: grundle

Loverboy is a little troubling... VU is a nice counterbalance.

“Love makes you feel ten foot tall...”


5 posted on 09/22/2012 7:26:53 PM PDT by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
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To: grundle
Try to hum just ONE Pink Floyd song. Just try.

Get in the shower, pick 20 of their songs you have heard on the radio. Just hum ONE of them.

I double dare you.

6 posted on 09/22/2012 7:28:21 PM PDT by willgolfforfood
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To: grundle

No Eagles at all?


7 posted on 09/22/2012 7:29:04 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: grundle
Hmmmm.......

No Eagles.

No Bob Seger.

No Jimmy Buffet.

8 posted on 09/22/2012 7:29:47 PM PDT by DarthFuzball ("Life is full of little surprises." - Pandora)
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To: grundle

There is a lot of good music in there.

I would have to squeeze in Fever Tree’s first and Spirit’s album, among others.


9 posted on 09/22/2012 7:30:19 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: grundle
Some good albums here for sure.Having been a music fanatic since I was 10,one of the beauties of having access to 1)a PC...2)CD ripping software...3) a public library with an amazing CD collection and a website with a great search function I now have a 5,000 song music collection consisting mainly of CD-Rs,about 80% of the songs being ones that I love.
10 posted on 09/22/2012 7:31:58 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama's Reelected Imagine The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: doc1019

Lol!


11 posted on 09/22/2012 7:35:01 PM PDT by krunkygirl (force multiplier in effect...)
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To: grundle

I think he’s all about Hall and Oates. The rest are just his beard.


12 posted on 09/22/2012 7:35:29 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: DarthFuzball

Yup.....I agree. No Bob Seger, who has one of the greatest voices in recorded music & no Eagles really misses the mark for that era. Lot’s of Springsteen, who can’t sing for crap, though I like his early stuff.


13 posted on 09/22/2012 7:39:14 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: grundle

Probably A Hard Day’s Night would be the only one of your 126 to make my list. Of course, MY list would be filled with Al Stewart and Harry Chapin albums. Green Day, Live, Alice Cooper, Guess Who, Enya and Michelle Branch are some of my other faves. Bob


14 posted on 09/22/2012 7:40:04 PM PDT by alstewartfan ("I'm a graduate of rock&roll, Class of '58!" Al Stewart)
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To: willgolfforfood

Okay, I read your post and the last song on Dark Side of the Moon popped into my mind, the one with the line “the lunatics are on the grass” (I’m blanking on the title). And I am now humming it. Do I win a prize?


15 posted on 09/22/2012 7:40:09 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: grundle

Real nice list....

my favorite

“Abandon Luncheonette” Hall and Oates


16 posted on 09/22/2012 7:41:03 PM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: grundle

Yikes. I forgot ELO!


17 posted on 09/22/2012 7:41:31 PM PDT by alstewartfan ("I'm a graduate of rock&roll, Class of '58!" Al Stewart)
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To: grundle

It’s a fairly predictable list for a guy in, I’m guessing, his late forties to early fifties. Occasional surprises to the good (X) and occasional veering into the insipid (Loverboy, twice) but who hasn’t bought music that is rather embarassing in hindsight? There is a lot of early MTV influence here.


18 posted on 09/22/2012 7:45:19 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: grundle

Love - Forever Changes (Full Album)

19 posted on 09/22/2012 7:45:38 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: doc1019; My Favorite Headache

After #20 are they really “favorites” anymore?!

Of course my first 20 would be mostly RUSH, with perhaps a few ELP and YES albums thrown in. (There is no Plan B).


20 posted on 09/22/2012 7:47:13 PM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: grundle

Looks good to me.

We must be about the same age....heh heh heh.


21 posted on 09/22/2012 7:47:22 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: LongWayHome

No yardbirds,animals or zombies but he does have blood,sweat and tears.


22 posted on 09/22/2012 7:48:23 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: 21twelve

I’ll see your ELP and Yes and add some Steely Dan.


23 posted on 09/22/2012 7:56:25 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

Overall I’m not liking his list that much. But hey....to each his own.


24 posted on 09/22/2012 7:56:54 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: grundle

LOL, interest ended with Linda Ronstadt at #1.


25 posted on 09/22/2012 7:57:44 PM PDT by Mich Patriot (BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: LongWayHome
Lot’s of Springsteen,

Actually, there's just one.

26 posted on 09/22/2012 7:59:05 PM PDT by grundle
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To: krunkygirl

As someone who loves classical music, I would really freak people out if I listed my 100 favorite classical albums ... LOL!


27 posted on 09/22/2012 7:59:34 PM PDT by doc1019 (Turn Medina into a glass parking lot and all this crap will stop.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I was born in 1971.


28 posted on 09/22/2012 8:00:08 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Nope. He’s got Born to Run & The River.


29 posted on 09/22/2012 8:00:56 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: JoeProBono

I’ve heard “Forever Changes.” I know the critics love it. But I’m not a fan. Thanks for pointing it out, though.


30 posted on 09/22/2012 8:00:56 PM PDT by grundle
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To: Tainan

I’m 41. I grew up on early 80s music, and than later discovered the stuff from the 60s and 70s, as well as a very small number of more recent things that I liked.


31 posted on 09/22/2012 8:02:11 PM PDT by grundle
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To: willgolfforfood
Try to hum just ONE Pink Floyd song. Just try.

Get in the shower, pick 20 of their songs you have heard on the radio. Just hum ONE of them.

I double dare you.

If you're limiting me to songs I've heard on the radio, then "Wish You Were Here" immediately comes to mind.

There are others, but I have never heard them on the radio.

Mark

32 posted on 09/22/2012 8:03:23 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: LongWayHome

Oh yeah! I (it’s my list) added the River pretty recently, and forgot that I had put it there!


33 posted on 09/22/2012 8:04:49 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Do they still make albums?

When was the first album made?

All time might be a little finite than one would think.

Do you have these albums?

On Vinyl?


34 posted on 09/22/2012 8:05:17 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: grundle

Yes?

Jethro Tull?

Doors?

Emerson Lake & Palmer?

James Tayor?

Earth Wind & Fire?

etc...

Then I’d go long on...

Mahavishnu Orchestra

Gentle Giant

King Crimson

etc...


35 posted on 09/22/2012 8:06:08 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: grundle; LongWayHome
Lot’s of Springsteen,

Actually, there's just one.

One's too much for me!

Mark

36 posted on 09/22/2012 8:06:38 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Mich Patriot

Me too. She lost me when she sang Amazing Grace at some pro abortion rally.


37 posted on 09/22/2012 8:06:54 PM PDT by Mercat (He's not President Kardashian, he's President BooBoo)
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To: willgolfforfood

“We don’t need no ed-u-ca-tion. We don’t need no thoughts con-trolled.”


38 posted on 09/22/2012 8:06:59 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

You’re brave. But you do realize, that they are YOUR favorite albums, in YOUR order, and not anybody else’s, nor should they be anybody else’s favorite albums?


39 posted on 09/22/2012 8:07:30 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: ThomasThomas

I have them all on CD.


40 posted on 09/22/2012 8:08:02 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle
i agree with ~90 of them, but no Steppenwolf??? that and your order is a little skewed
41 posted on 09/22/2012 8:08:46 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: grundle

Lol, there you go:) Why no Bob Seger ? Same era, same music style ? Just curious.


42 posted on 09/22/2012 8:13:25 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: grundle

Yours and my tastes are very very similar.


43 posted on 09/22/2012 8:13:42 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: grundle

Hall and Oats and Led Zep...wow imagine them singing together...just kidding i have a wide range as well...very interesting, you gave me a few ideas to download, break up monotony


44 posted on 09/22/2012 8:14:59 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR BUST)
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To: grundle

I have about 80 percent of your faves on vinyl. Still looking for VU though. There is no way I could make a list of favorites because my tastes vary all the time.


45 posted on 09/22/2012 8:14:59 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (The truth of liberalism is the stupid can feel smart, the lazy entitled, and the immoral unashamed)
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To: MarkL

I hear you. I have mixed feelings about his music. I loved his early stuff, but after The River I don’t like much of anything he has done.


46 posted on 09/22/2012 8:16:54 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: doc1019

It’s not so much narrowing it down.

How do you choose the exact order of so many?


47 posted on 09/22/2012 8:18:33 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: grundle

No Lola vs Powerman and the Moneygoround Part 1 by the Kinks ... you lack credibility.


48 posted on 09/22/2012 8:19:34 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: Kimmers

Hall and Oates...I once had a song of theirs stuck in my head, was awful, think my maid was humming it...just thinking about it brings me down...Sorry :)


49 posted on 09/22/2012 8:20:52 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR BUST)
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To: grundle

Nice list. I see what you’re doing there... ;o)
ZZ Topp first album and Police - ghost in the machine


50 posted on 09/22/2012 8:20:54 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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