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#41 Sweet Papa Crimbo

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 10:38 AM

This is shaping up to be complete insanity. With only 3 voters chiming in so far, there are 139 different albums on the board, including 66 new ones, that weren't on the list at all last time around. :omg


I swear to G_D I am not going to engage in this foolishness.

#42 Synthesizer Patel

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 11:42 AM

I have been REALLY into The Harder They Come soundtrack, but did not know where to go next with any of that rocksteady stuff. Thanks for giving me direction!


it's a great album. you might find it hard to find it as "Jimmy Cliff" - it was also called "Wonderful World, Beautiful People". (check the tracklisting on whatever you buy, cos his stuff is like Toots & The Maytals - there are a lot of titles with the same names).

"Struggling Man" is the other of his albums i'd say is great.

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:38 PM

I always hesitate to enter into things like this. My list would definitely show my age and general ignorance to music that was made before I was born--really, the oldest album I own is Doolittle. The top 10 would likely contain 5 Radiohead albums and my list wouldn't include a single Beatles, Dylan, or Beach Boys album, as I have never listened to one (yes, I know the songs). I guess I could help things out and skew the list more "modern".

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:45 PM

My list is probably more like yours, Matt, than like most people's here. I say go for it, in the spirit of what this list should show ... this particular message board's top 100 albums. Well ... the top 100 albums of participants in this thread on this particular message board.

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 01:14 PM

put whatever albums you like best. it doesn't matter how old they are. as long as you don't put Wilco (The Album) in! :monkey

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 02:21 PM

I always hesitate to enter into things like this. My list would definitely show my age and general ignorance to music that was made before I was born--really, the oldest album I own is Doolittle. The top 10 would likely contain 5 Radiohead albums and my list wouldn't include a single Beatles, Dylan, or Beach Boys album, as I have never listened to one (yes, I know the songs). I guess I could help things out and skew the list more "modern".


I can see where you're coming from. I know my classic rock and roll pretty well, but my list will still be skewed toward the 90's and 00's. I mean, I've loved the Beatles since I was 13 (that's more than half my life), but as much as I appreciate Revolver I don't feel a connection to it the way I do with albums that have been released within my lifetime (even if I purchased them 10 years after original release). There will surely be older albums on my list, but not as many, and not at the very top.

My personal concern is that while I've considered myself a major music fan over half my life the majority of my collection was amassed in the last five years, when I started to broaden my interests (and finally had a little money to spend). That's a short period of time and a ton of music that hasn't exactly had a lot of time sink in. In 2004 my top 50 would have consisted of Pearl Jam, some other "grunge" bands, Tori Amos and a bunch of albums that looked good on a list. Today I don't even know where to start!

I plan on sitting down with my iPod and a notebook this evening and seeing if I can come up with anything.

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 03:35 PM

My list is probably more like yours, Matt, than like most people's here. I say go for it, in the spirit of what this list should show ... this particular message board's top 100 albums. Well ... the top 100 albums of participants in this thread on this particular message board.

My personal concern is that while I've considered myself a major music fan over half my life the majority of my collection was amassed in the last five years, when I started to broaden my interests (and finally had a little money to spend). That's a short period of time and a ton of music that hasn't exactly had a lot of time sink in. In 2004 my top 50 would have consisted of Pearl Jam, some other "grunge" bands, Tori Amos and a bunch of albums that looked good on a list. Today I don't even know where to start!

Also to keep in mind: This is the top 100 albums of the participants in this thread on this particular message board, during this particular summer! I know some people love the list-making process and keep running lists, but for a lot of people, their lists will be made up of albums that they love right now, based on what's new, what classic albums they're brought back to by listening to the new stuff, what speaks to them at this moment in their personal lives, etc.

I think one of the things that's going to be interesting is to see which albums aren't on this list, compared to the last round. I've already got some theories about what's going to drop off, but I'll say no more, for fear of skewing the results in any way. :yes

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 03:37 PM

I swear to G_D I am not going to engage in this foolishness.

Also: I anxiously await your list. :dancing

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 03:54 PM

I've started some sketches and I'm having a tough time distinguishing between personal favorites and what I consider to be "best albums." it would be easy to load a list with Dylan, the Beatles, Neil Young etc, but I think I'm gonna go with albums that have been of personal meaning to me. Going this route means I'll have more than a few albums that likely no one else on the board will have ever heard of. I'm thinking of old Louisville punk and hardcore bands that probably never sold more than a few 100 records, but damn if I don't still listen to some of those 20 year old records as if they were new. Also I think that I'll probably rank a particular popular 80's rock record higher than anyone else. I'm probably a week out from getting mine done.

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 05:40 PM

I've started some sketches and I'm having a tough time distinguishing between personal favorites and what I consider to be "best albums."


Personally I think you have to go with your favorites instead of what you consider "best albums" to make this list interesting. Otherwise it becomes some BS hipster list of albums that people think they should be picking but never even listen to. Those lists are all over the web already.

Having said that, I am incapable of making a list of this type although I may give it a try. I end up with analysis paralysis and usually give up.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 01:59 AM

This is hard! Even if I get my list narrowed to 50, ranking everything is going to be a bitch. For example, how much more do I like Summerteeth than Decoration Day? I have no idea. I just know I really, really love them both.

#52 Ghost of Electricity

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:37 AM

I hope i can find the time in the next two days to do this.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 10:04 AM

Hey folks, just a reminder that you've still got three weeks to get your picks in. I've got some really cool/interesting submissions so far, but I'd like to see a lot more! :yes

In a couple of weeks, if things haven't picked up, I'm going to start leaning on some people. :pirate

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 07:13 PM

OK, well, here we go. My list, at this point in time at least.


Album Artist Year
1. Definitley Maybe - Oasis 1994
2. Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin 1975
3. Achtung Baby - U2 1991
4. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye 1971
5. The Band - The Band 1969
6. Being There - Wilco 1996
7. Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty 1989
8. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses 1989
9. (Whats the Story) Morning Glory - Oasis 1995
10. Howl - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 2005
11. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin 1971
12. Exile on Main Street - The Rolling Stones 1972
13. Southern Harmony and Musical... - The Black Crowes 1992
14. The Last Broadcast - Doves 2002
15. In It For the Money - Supergrass 1997
16. Damn the Torpedoes - Tom Petty 1979
17. A Ghost is Born - Wilco 2004
18. Cosmo's Factory - Credence Clearwater Revival 1970
19. Urban Hymns - The Verve 1997
20. Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin 1973
21. 1965 - The Afghan Whigs 1998
22. Abbey Road - The Beatles 1969
23. Z - My Morning Jacket 2005
24. Revolver - The Beatles 1966
25. All Things Must Pass - George Harrison 1970
26. Wildflowers - Tom Petty 1994
27. Dont Believe the Truth - Oasis 2005
28. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco 2002
29. Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones 1971
30. Warpaint - The Black Crowes 2008
31. At Dawn - My Morning Jacket 2001
32. Cease to Begin - Band of Horses 2007
33. After the Goldrush - Neil Young 1970
34. Cold Roses - Ryan Adams 2005
35. Sound Affects - The Jam 1980
36. The Bends - Radiohead 1995
37. Shame Shame - Dr Dog 2010
38. Stage Fright - The Band 1970
39. 22 Dreams - Paul Weller 2008
40. Bringing Down the Horse - The Wallflowers 1996
41. Reckoning - REM 1984
42. Brothers - Black Keys 2010
43. Aha Shake Heartbreak - Kings of Leon 2004
44. A Strange Arrangement - Mayer Hawthorne 2009
45. Kasabian - Kasabian 2004
46. Is This It? - The Strokes 2001
47. Tellin Stories - Charlatans UK 1996
48. Weezer - Weezer 1994
49. Blackberry Belle - The Twilight Singers 2003
50. From Elvis in Memphis - Elvis Presley 1969

#55 rghammo

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 07:44 AM

1. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
2. The Beatles - The White Album
3. Elliott Smith - Either/Or
4. Led Zeppelin - III
5. The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street
6. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
7. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
8. The National - Boxer
9. Radiohead - The Bends
10. Whiskeytown - Strangers Almanac
11. Wilco - Summerteeth
12. The Beatles - Abbey Road
13. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
14. Sam Cooke - Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963
15. Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
16. Pixies - Doolittle
17. Joni Mitchell - Blue
18. Paul Simon - Graceland
19. Wilco - Being There
20. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
21. The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls In America
22. Arcade Fire - Funeral
23. Otis Redding - Otis Blue
24. Tori Amos - Under the Pink
25. Alejandro Escovedo - A Man Under the Influence
26. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
27. Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
28. Son Volt - Trace
29. Damien Rice - O
30. The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site
31. Built To Spill - There's Nothing Wrong With Love
32. PJ Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
33. Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
34. Cat Power - You Are Free
35. The National - Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers
36. Radiohead - OK Computer
37. John Lennon - Imagine
38. Josh Ritter - The Animal Years
39. Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger
40. The Clash - London Calling
41. Smoking Popes - Born to Quit
42. The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
43. Jay-Z - Blueprint
44. R.E.M. - Murmur
45. John Coltrane - Giant Steps
46. The Band - The Band
47. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
48. Guster - Lost and Gone Forever
49. Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
50. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 03:40 PM

What a ridiculously hard thing this started out to be, but once I stopped trying to list the technical, cultural, historical "best" albums, and just made a list of the records that have personally meant the most to me, it was a lot of fun. Trust me, I don't dispute that "Pink Moon" is better than the first KISS record, but that first KISS record meant the world to me when I was a little kid. I'm embaressed to put Meatloaf on the list, but only one album by the Beatles, Neil Young, Dylan; but that fucking Meatloaf album was great for crusing the city with my best friend when I was a young teenager. So, yeah this is my list and nearly every album included here has some sort of personal connection to some part of my life, even the obscure punk/hardcore records on here that no one on this board probably knows.

A few other thoughts: My list breaks down as follows: 1960's - 5 records, 1970's - 21 records, 1980's - 14 records, 1990's - 7 records, 2000 on - 3 records, with YHF being the newwest thing on this list. 1973 and 1977 are the most heavily represented years here, and I can think of a dozen more from those years that would've made the next 50. Despite what the list looks like I do like music other than rock and punk, but I guess those are just my meats and potatoes. I'm also not racist or sexist, I guess I just like dudes in r'n'r bands more than I realized prior to compiling this. Thanks again for compiling this insanity, Greg

1. Springsteen - Born To Run 1975

2. The Clash - London Calling 1979

3. Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction 1987

4. The Stones - Exile on Main Street 1972

5. The Clash - Self Titled (Eng. vers.) 1977

6. Wilco - Being There 1996

7. The Band - Self Titled 1969

8. KISS - Self Titled 1974

9. Springsteen - The Wild, The Innocent, The E Street Shuffle 1973

10. Jawbreaker - Unfun 1990

11. Wilco - YHF 2002

12. Drive By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera 2001

13. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's 1966

14. Prince - Purple Rain 1984

15. Avail - Satiate 1992

16. The Replacements - Let it Be 1984

17. ACDC - '74 Jailbreak 1974

18. Kiss - Destroyer 1976

19. Jawbreaker - 24 Hour Revenge Therapy 1994

20. Nirvana - Nevermind 1991

21. Van Halen - I 1978

22. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 1973

23. Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne 1993

24. Big Star - #1 Record 1972

25. Endpoint - If The Spirits are Willing 1989

26. My Morning Jacket - At Dawn 2001

27. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Milliona to Hold us Back 1988

28. The Cult - Electric 1987

29. T. Rex - Electric Warrior 1971

30. Springsteen - Nebraska 1982

31. New York Dolls - Self Titled 1973

32. Prince - Dirty Mind 1980

33. The Stooges - Raw Power 1973

34. Fugazi - 13 Songs 1989

35. Lucinda Williams - Self Titled 1988

36. Sex Pistols - Nevermind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols 1977

37. X - Los Angeles 1980

38. Dylan - Blonde on Blonde 1966

39. The Band - Music From the Big Pink 1968

40. Aimee Mann - Magnolia Soundtrack 1999

41. Husker Du - Metal Circus 1983

42. Neil Young - Harvest 1972

43. Led Zeppelin - I 1969

44. Meatloaf - Bat Out of Hell 1977

45. Irma Thomas - In Between Tears 1973

46. Willie Nelson - Honeysuckle Rose 1980

47. Leatherface - Cherry Knowle 1989

48. Television - Marquee Moon 1977

49. The Dead Boys - Young, Loud and Snotty 1977

50. Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town 1978

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 10:12 AM

How many submissions have you received, gogo? I need to send mine sometime this week.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 08:19 AM

Sorry for neglecting this project for a while, folks! I've been working on a different project, now completed. :)

B, I've received a total of 11 peoples' votes... which is not enough! Some of you haven't been notified yet that I've received your votes, but look for that this weekend, at the latest. Those of you who haven't voted yet, but have posted in this thread (not just if you posted a list, if you've posted anything at all) can expect to hear from me soon, nudging you to send in a list. Same goes for people who submitted a list for the last one, I'll nudge those folks again, too.

I'm also considering extending the deadline, if I don't hear from a few more people. It just doesn't mean as much if we don't get a decent number of votes in. I'm hoping for a big rush of votes this week, though!!! :w00t

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 08:13 PM

11????? That is just plain wrong. Gimme a few days please gogo.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 10:37 PM

Rough Draft...

Sticky/Stones
Harvest Moon/Neil
Decoration Day/DBT
PG/Zeppelin
Ragged Glory/Neil & Horse
Trace/SV
Boxer/National
Honky Tonk Heroes/Waylon
This Is Nowhere/Neil & Horse
Bleed/Stones
Boutique/Beasties
Exile/Stones
Dog Days/Blue Mtn
Darkness/Boss
White Album/Fab 4
Southern Rock Opera/DBT
Ghost Born/Wilco
Zuma/Neil & Horse
#1/Big Star
Planet Waves/Dylan & Band
Nation/P.E.
Faithless/Whiskey
Tonight's the Night/Neil
Viva/Jerry Jeff Walker
Hollywood/Jayhawks
Gold Rush/Neil
Beggars/Stones
Strangers/Whiskey
Beach/Neil
Bakesale/Sebadoh
Where You Been/Dino Jr.
Born to Run/Bruce
Straightaways/SV
American Central Dust/SV
Dublin Blues/Guy Clark
Feel Alright/Earle
Thrill/Steely Dan
Time Fades Away/Neil
Harvest/Neil
High Violet/National
Animals/Floyd
Muswell/Kinks
Greendale/Neil & Horse
Alligator/National
Boys & Girls/Hold SteadyThe Band/The Band
Car Wheels/Lucinda
Gentlemen/Afghan Whigs
Wish You Were/Floyd
Wildflowers/Petty
Old No. 1/Guy Clark
Rainy Day/Jayhawks




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