Intro to series here.
1. Exile on Main Street. Rolling Stones. Mick says this album is not necessarily their best or even his favorite. Well, it’s mine. I go back to this album all the time. It is a real stew of blues, gospel, rock n’ roll, ballads, country – you name it. I probably listen to this in the car once a month. Key Track – All Down the Line.
2. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Derek and the Dominos. I mentioned this one in at least one previous post. Suffice it to say that it is a killer blues and blues/rock album with not only great guitar playing (Clapton, Alllman) but also great dual lead vocals between Bobby Whitlock and Clapton (patterned after Sam and Dave). Key Track – Key to the Highway.
3. At Fillmore East. Allman Brothers Band. The blueprint for any aspiring dual-guitar blues (or any type) band. Blues? Jazz? It’s all in there. Towering. Key Track – Whipping Post
4. Dark Side of the Moon. Pink Floyd. Released in 1973, it remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. A masterpiece of mood and the modern feelings about money, time – and insanity. Key Track – Money
5. Led Zeppelin. Yes, the first album. Is the fourth album great? Of course but this is the first one I heard and it really set the stage. Even Jimmy Page admits it’s all here, the sound, the style, the swagger. A very mysterious album. Key Track – Dazed and Confused
6. Songs in the Key of Life. Stevie Wonder. Stevie put out a number of terrific albums in the ’70’s but this one, IMHO, is the pinnacle. With songs like “Sir Duke,” and “If It’s Magic,” it’s timeless and not at all dated. Key Track – Another Star
7. The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle. Bruce Springsteen. Yes, I am that older fan that Bruce gets sick of hearing from. This album is awesome all the way through. It’s also his most romantic album. Key Track – Rosalita.
8. Who’s Next. The Who. If there’s a bad track on this album I can’t find it. The remains of Pete’s aborted “Lifehouse” endeavor. Key Track – Won’t Get Fooled Again.
9. Highway 61 Revisited. Bob Dylan. I love Dylan. And this, for me, is the best of his three (this one, Blonde on Blonde, Bringing it All Back Home) albums that he put out after famously going electric at Newport. Key Track – Ballad of a Thin Man.
10. Abbey Road. The Beatles. This whole list could be the Beatles. What more need be said? Key Track – The End.
That’s my list. Thoughts? Comments? Your list?