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The 50 albums that changed music
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Posted on 09/29/2006 9:52:06 PM PDT by pissant

1 The Velvet Underground and Nico The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967)

Though it sold poorly on its initial release, this has since become arguably the most influential rock album of all time. The first art-rock album, it merges dreamy, druggy balladry ('Sunday Morning') with raw and uncompromising sonic experimentation ('Venus in Furs'), and is famously clothed in that Andy Warhol-designed 'banana' sleeve. Lou Reed's lyrics depicted a Warholian New York demi-monde where hard drugs and sexual experimentation held sway. Shocking then, and still utterly transfixing.

Without this, there'd be no ... Bowie, Roxy Music, Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Jesus and Mary Chain, among many others. SOH

2 The Beatles Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

There are those who rate Revolver (1966) or 'the White Album' (1968) higher. But Sgt Pepper's made the watertight case for pop music as an art form in itself; until then, it was thought the silly, transient stuff of teenagers. At a time when all pop music was stringently manufactured, these Paul McCartney-driven melodies and George Martin-produced whorls of sound proved that untried ground was not only the most fertile stuff, but also the most viable commercially. It defined the Sixties and - for good and ill - gave white rock all its airs and graces.

Without this ... pop would be a very different beast. KE

3 Kraftwerk Trans-Europe Express (1977)

Released at the height of punk, this sleek, urbane, synthesised, intellectual work shared little ground with its contemporaries. Not that it wanted to. Kraftwerk operated from within a bubble of equipment and ideas which owed more to science and philosophy than mere entertainment. Still, this paean to the beauty of mechanised movement and European civilisation was a moving and exquisite album in itself...

(Excerpt) Read more at observer.guardian.co.uk ...


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Some can be debated. But Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool, Brubeck's Take 5 and Dylan's Highway 61 are top 3 in my book.
1 posted on 09/29/2006 9:52:07 PM PDT by pissant
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Missed TOM WAITS "THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT"


2 posted on 09/29/2006 10:19:31 PM PDT by VastRWCon
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To: pissant
Something for everybody here,but I'll always go with Frank.
3 posted on 09/29/2006 10:23:51 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: pissant
What, no Barry Manilow?
4 posted on 09/29/2006 10:27:04 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( I am sitting under my cone of silence, inside a copper wire cage wearing a tin foil hat...)
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To: pissant
Damn,I thought for sure you posted on this thread.

Man,I'm getting old.

5 posted on 09/29/2006 10:45:13 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: pissant

This guy sure likes some crappy music (with just a few exceptions)


6 posted on 09/29/2006 10:46:19 PM PDT by Trampled by Lambs (A storm is coming...)
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To: Trampled by Lambs

He missed Alice Cooper's "School's Out."

I dont' know most of these albums anyway.


7 posted on 09/29/2006 10:49:39 PM PDT by Loud Mime (An undefeated enemy is still an enemy.......war has a purpose.)
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To: pissant

Totally agree about Brubeck's Take Five. And how could they do this list without the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin?


8 posted on 09/29/2006 10:49:48 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -2 Cor 3:17)
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To: pissant

Silly list. Way too British.

So many durable people and groups missing.

What about Van Morrison, BB King, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Santana, Doors, for just a few?



9 posted on 09/29/2006 11:05:56 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: truth_seeker

Chuck Berry?


10 posted on 09/29/2006 11:25:01 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: pissant
Brian Wilson's latest revamp of Smiles is a charmer.

He never was able to talk the Beach Boys in completing the concept album. (The original version was only half of what he intended.)

It's quite an album, or now CD.

11 posted on 09/30/2006 4:11:05 AM PDT by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: pissant

Ah, the Guardian.

This is a very 'English' list. I mean, Kraftwerk? That's pretty provincial.


12 posted on 09/30/2006 4:14:44 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (We gotta watch out for the Hellbazoo and the Hamas...)
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To: pissant

Okay, I just read the whole aricle.

This list sucks! Pink Floyd is WAAAAAY down the list, no mention of Yes, Rush, Zeppelin, zero southern rock, this guy is on acid. Probably thinks Bjork is sexy too.


13 posted on 09/30/2006 4:34:34 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (We gotta watch out for the Hellbazoo and the Hamas...)
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This list sucks! Pink Floyd is WAAAAAY down the list,

Ya think....

21 The Spice Girls

29 Pink Floyd

14 posted on 09/30/2006 7:02:29 AM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: pissant

15 posted on 09/30/2006 7:04:29 AM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: ovrtaxt
zero southern rock

Every "best of rock and roll" list isn't complete without:


16 posted on 09/30/2006 7:13:38 AM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: Northern Yankee
He never was able to talk the Beach Boys in completing the concept album.

You may be right, but I always thought the album was never completed because Brian descended into drug abuse and schitzophrenia.

17 posted on 09/30/2006 7:23:27 AM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: pissant

Surprisingly, I've heard/owned 11 out 50.


18 posted on 09/30/2006 9:13:12 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: VastRWCon

I like Tom Waits quite a bit.


19 posted on 09/30/2006 9:17:15 AM PDT by pissant
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To: mdittmar

Frank is Frank. Not sure he had any particular album that changed the course of music though. He just did what he did far better than most.


20 posted on 09/30/2006 9:18:19 AM PDT by pissant
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To: mdittmar

I missed that one. For the Record, I like the lady is a Tramp.


21 posted on 09/30/2006 9:26:39 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Trampled by Lambs

It's an awful list.


22 posted on 09/30/2006 9:26:57 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Albion Wilde

And include Kraftwork and the Spice Girls? Uhg.


23 posted on 09/30/2006 9:27:28 AM PDT by pissant
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To: truth_seeker

I would hope most Brits are not this musically challenged.


24 posted on 09/30/2006 9:28:06 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Northern Yankee

I just oredered the CD of the original Smiley Smile/Wild Honey album. Good stuff.


25 posted on 09/30/2006 9:28:46 AM PDT by pissant
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To: ovrtaxt

Not only provencial, but ridiculous.


26 posted on 09/30/2006 9:29:26 AM PDT by pissant
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To: ovrtaxt

Hey, Bjork is not THAT bad!


27 posted on 09/30/2006 9:29:49 AM PDT by pissant
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To: MotleyGirl70

Please, MG, tell me you are kidding!?


28 posted on 09/30/2006 9:30:12 AM PDT by pissant
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To: cloud8

I've heard at least snippets of most...unfortunately.


29 posted on 09/30/2006 9:30:59 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

30 posted on 09/30/2006 9:32:00 AM PDT by Vision ("As a man thinks...so is he." Proverbs 23:7)
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To: pissant

31 posted on 09/30/2006 9:34:29 AM PDT by Toby06 (Hydrogen is not a fuel source. Hydrogen is an energy storage method, like a battery.)
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To: pissant

Why would she be kidding, that album is AWESOME, even 30 years later.


32 posted on 09/30/2006 9:35:23 AM PDT by Toby06 (Hydrogen is not a fuel source. Hydrogen is an energy storage method, like a battery.)
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To: truth_seeker

"Silly list. Way too British."

Absoloutely. Numerous people on that list could not have existed and music would be the exact same today. I contend a great deal of those on that list had little or no impact on music in general.


33 posted on 09/30/2006 9:39:58 AM PDT by L98Fiero (Evil is an exact science)
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To: Vision

that is scary.


34 posted on 09/30/2006 9:41:30 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Toby06

They were a flash in the pan, with no lasting impact, IMO.


35 posted on 09/30/2006 9:41:54 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant
Interesting list. I don't agree with some, but I like the way they said "without it, there'd be no..."

But these guys are missing, What can we expect from the limeys?



After all, there is a musical genre based (alot) on their work.
36 posted on 09/30/2006 9:42:47 AM PDT by djf (Its time for all patriotic Americans to get a new pet --- a pet PIG!!)
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To: Toby06

We have polar opposite taste in music then. LOL


37 posted on 09/30/2006 9:43:13 AM PDT by pissant
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To: djf

Not a fan of those guys. Most hippie music doesn't resonate for me.


38 posted on 09/30/2006 9:46:28 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Agree with some, have heard of alot of them. Elvis and the Beatles definitely, but where's Karen Carpenter?


39 posted on 09/30/2006 9:47:45 AM PDT by madison10
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Some of the stuff is ok. I'm just sayin there was alot of rock type stuff that has it's roots there. CSN, Poco, Loggins and Messina, alot of the Souther rock scene.


40 posted on 09/30/2006 9:48:38 AM PDT by djf (Its time for all patriotic Americans to get a new pet --- a pet PIG!!)
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To: madison10

She's dead.


41 posted on 09/30/2006 9:49:26 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

So is John Lennon.


42 posted on 09/30/2006 9:50:22 AM PDT by madison10
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True. And unfortuante IMO. LOL Without Buf. Springfield, we wouldn't have Kenny Loggins and therefore no Footloose. LOL


43 posted on 09/30/2006 9:50:34 AM PDT by pissant
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NWA --- "Without this ... no Eminem, no 50 Cent, no Dizzee Rascal. KE"

Sounds like we would all be better off if this album had never happened.

44 posted on 09/30/2006 9:51:04 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ("Critical Thinking"="I don't understand it so it must be wrong.")
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A top 50 albums list published in al Guardian. Aren't they afraid that by pushing decadent Western music, that they'll enrage and offend their reader base of jihadists and jihadist sympathizers?
45 posted on 09/30/2006 9:53:22 AM PDT by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - Don't liberals just kill ya?)
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I can't discount Loggins and Messina! Without them, one of the most interesting experiences I ever had with a drop dead beautiful blue eyed brunette might not have ever happened...

;-)))))


46 posted on 09/30/2006 9:53:22 AM PDT by djf (Its time for all patriotic Americans to get a new pet --- a pet PIG!!)
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To: pissant
...of course I'm kidding!

I'd put any Motley Crue above Frampton anyday!

Most played CD by me--ever...


47 posted on 09/30/2006 9:54:18 AM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70; pissant
...followed by:

and:

In case you haven't noticed, I have a diverse taste in music.

48 posted on 09/30/2006 9:58:05 AM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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What about the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack? It made a craze out of disco (and eventually killed it).


49 posted on 09/30/2006 10:05:35 AM PDT by AmishDude
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To: madison10

But not Elvis.


50 posted on 09/30/2006 10:06:10 AM PDT by pissant
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