So, if you’ve not noticed I’ve been doing this little thing called Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums of All Time. It’s not much but a grand undertaking, that’s all. I started this about two and a half years ago, I figure. I’m not going to go into long-winded details about the albums this time, I’m just going to point out a few that I found I either like a good bit or, now, can’t live without. I’ll also point out some that I‘d rather eat dirt that listen to again. And then, I’ll point out some that I rediscovered. So, let’s hit this thing.
First I’ll start with the “oh please, never let me hear this again” list. And, I’m glad to report that this is the shortest list of the three. I’m just going to list them, if I need to mention something about them, then I will, but maybe not. Also, these will be in descending order. #488 New Day Rising by Hüsker Dü; #481 Voodoo by D’Angelo; #480 Only Built for Cuban Linx by Raekwon; #476 Life After Death from Notorious B.I.G. D’Angelo, Raekwon and Biggie all gave us nothing but an “N-word” fest and it turned my stomach listening to them. There was nothing, to me, of relevance and I hope to never hear them again. To me, they were completely awful. #452 John Prine’s self-titled; #437 Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne; #387 Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan. More of the same as D’Angelo, Raekwon, Biggie. And before you start thinking to yourself, well, they’re all rap albums and he must just hate rappers, you’ll notice that on my list of good there are some rap and hip-hop albums. It’s just these did absolutely nothing for me and bored me to tears. #348 At Newport 1960 by Muddy Waters; #347 Piper at the Gates of Dawn by Pink Floyd. This one really disappointed me. I never thought that Pink Floyd would let me down as badly as this. I’m not a fan of the Syd Barrett Floyd, it seems. #305 Car Wheels on a Gravel Road by Lucinda Williams; #293 White Light/White Heat by Velvet Underground. I may never understand the Velvet Underground thing. I don’t like them Sam I Am. #288 Anthem of the Sun by Grateful Dead (really all Grateful Dead); #282 Folk Singer by Muddy Waters. Both this and #348 are on my bad list. I truly do get cold sweats and sick to my stomach listening to that kind of music. I can’t help it, it just is that way. But, that’s all there is for the bad. It wasn’t as devastating as you’d think, huh? Now, there are plenty that I don’t care for, but these are the ones that I never want to hear again.
The “I’m so glad I found you” list is extensive. Same rules as the “don’ts.” #494 Oracular Spectacular by MGMT; #492 Touch by Eurythmics; #490 Tres Hombres by ZZ Top; #487 She’s So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper; #485 Vitology by Pearl Jam; #479 Maggot Brain by Funkadelic; #475 Armed Forces by Elvis Costello; #473 The Smiths by The Smiths; #470 Radio by LL Cool J. See, rap and I loved it! #460 Live Through This by Hole; #453 Strictly Business by EPMD; #451 Back to Black by Amy Winehouse. This is one of the absolute most faves I found. She was a great talent that was wasted by drug addiction. #447 Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz & João Gilbreto; #444 The World is a Ghetto by War; #436 Sea Change by Beck; #435 In Utero by Nirvana; #419 Dummy by Portishead; #397 Blue Lines by Massive Attack; #379 Crazysexycool by TLC; #376 Post by Björk; #359 Honky Château by Elton John; #345 Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads. #344 Berlin by Lou Reed. These two (and the next on the list) made that whole segment worth listening to. All, to me, were mesmerizing and I’d love to have Berlin on vinyl. Phenomenal. #342 Violator by Depeche Mode; #339 The Heart of Saturday Night by Tom Waits; #337 Aqualung by Jethro Tull; #321 Pink Moon by Nick Drake. This is one of The BCPF‘s all-time faves and I can see why. Not only did it make me want to own it, it made me see more into her and her likes. Usually, I don’t really care for her likes. #319 Burnin’ by Bob Marley & the Wailers. So yeah, I just put a reggae album on here. I found that i don’t dislike it as much as I thought I had. In fact, I listened to the Legend just yesterday and it wasn’t for this list, either. #313 Unplugged in New York by Nirvana. Yeah, start to finish, it was a great album. Creepy in a way, really. Foretelling with emotion. A harbinger of things to come maybe? #306 Odelay by Beck. Two Becks on this. He’s a pretty talented guy, him. #304 Grace by Jeff Buckley. Another fave of The BCPF, although she said I’d probably not like all of it, but I loved every single minute of it. #301 Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton. #299 Weezer (Blue Album) by Weezer; #287 Los Angeles by X; #284 The Cars by The Cars. This album, too, start to finish was a great album. #283 Can’t Get Enough by Barry White; #276 Mothership Connection by Parliament; #272 Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney; #266 Child is Father to the Man by Blood, Sweat & Tears; #265 The Genius of Ray Charles by Ray Charles; #263 Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman; #257 Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston; #256 Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk; #251 Low by David Bowie. There were a few more that I left out, but I didn’t really like them any less, it was just that this list was getting long. There were some fantastic things on this list and it’s for that reason, exactly, that I wanted to do this list. My faves would be Amy Winehouse, Nirvana Unplugged, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, The Cars and Lou Reed, I’d say.
On the “rediscovery” list, I’m leaving off Destroyer from KISS (#489) because it’s not really a rediscovery. I listen to KISS all the time and, really, this isn’t my favorite album. Probably not even top five KISS albums, at that. Also on the list is four out of the five Police albums and my favorite is the one that’s highest (lowest?) number on the list. I think I decided that the higher the number the lower on the list, so it’s Synchronicity (#448) and that’s the lowest, but my favorite. Four of them, that’s pretty good in the top 500 of all time. In Color (#443) from Cheap Trick is another. I’ve never been a big Metallica fan but I did enjoy their self-titled (#225) but do have a hard time figuring why it charted on this higher than Some Girls (#270) from Rolling Stones. One Beatles album stood out to me and that was Help! (#331) but also Band on the Run (#418) was here from a former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney. I threw a mini-fit over Van Halen (#415) being so low, if you’ll remember. But, I’d say the one that I got the most satisfaction from listening to, at least from the rediscovery category, was The End of the Innocence (#389) from Don Henley.
So this is the first 250. And I learned a lot about stuff that I didn’t know existed; good or bad. I learned stuff about things that I had heard before, some drew me closer and some pushed me away. I’ve held off listening to the rest of the list until I got this retrospective written, so now I’ll get back to it.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Come out upon my seas
Cursed missed opportunities
Am I a part of the cure?
Or am I part of the disease?” – “Clocks” from A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay