Skip to comments.The 50 albums that changed music
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...
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Missed TOM WAITS "THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT"
Man,I'm getting old.
This guy sure likes some crappy music (with just a few exceptions)
He missed Alice Cooper's "School's Out."
I dont' know most of these albums anyway.
Totally agree about Brubeck's Take Five. And how could they do this list without the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin?
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?
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.
Ah, the Guardian.
This is a very 'English' list. I mean, Kraftwerk? That's pretty provincial.
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.
21 The Spice Girls
29 Pink Floyd
Every "best of rock and roll" list isn't complete without:
You may be right, but I always thought the album was never completed because Brian descended into drug abuse and schitzophrenia.
Surprisingly, I've heard/owned 11 out 50.
I like Tom Waits quite a bit.
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.
I missed that one. For the Record, I like the lady is a Tramp.
It's an awful list.
And include Kraftwork and the Spice Girls? Uhg.
I would hope most Brits are not this musically challenged.
I just oredered the CD of the original Smiley Smile/Wild Honey album. Good stuff.
Not only provencial, but ridiculous.
Hey, Bjork is not THAT bad!
Please, MG, tell me you are kidding!?
I've heard at least snippets of most...unfortunately.
Why would she be kidding, that album is AWESOME, even 30 years later.
"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.
that is scary.
They were a flash in the pan, with no lasting impact, IMO.
We have polar opposite taste in music then. LOL
Not a fan of those guys. Most hippie music doesn't resonate for me.
Agree with some, have heard of alot of them. Elvis and the Beatles definitely, but where's Karen Carpenter?
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.
So is John Lennon.
True. And unfortuante IMO. LOL Without Buf. Springfield, we wouldn't have Kenny Loggins and therefore no Footloose. LOL
Sounds like we would all be better off if this album had never happened.
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...
I'd put any Motley Crue above Frampton anyday!
Most played CD by me--ever...
In case you haven't noticed, I have a diverse taste in music.
What about the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack? It made a craze out of disco (and eventually killed it).
But not Elvis.
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