|I got seven of 'em in my collection...which I will defend shortly. I also saw a lot of albums on there that I've bought and quickly sold again: "Tommy" by The Who ranks as one of the worst CD purchases I've ever made, and I sold it again quickly. Now that I've got a healthy Melvins selection, I have no need for Nirvana...and I see no excuse for Grateful Dead...ever.|
Now my seven, in order of least to most favorite:
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magick (1991): Two words--Rick Rubin. While this album does have the ever annoying A.K. it also has some of the most soulful guitar playing I've heard. Released in the last days of hair metal and Motley Crue, it turned a lot of folk onto the idea of exploring different sounds. Granted, I don't listen to it very often lately, but it remains the one RHCP album I'll hold on to.
Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking (1988): One of the few interesting acts from the horrible 80's. Ditto to everything I said about RHCP above, only eleven years earlier. Back in that time most metalheads were extremely homophobic--Jane's made them confront the fear by pushing bisexuality into their faces. Eric A. remains one of my favorite bassists of all time--and the current reunion (with all but him) seems the biggest waste of time ever. He only wrote most of the original songs, for crying out loud!
Police - Synchronicity (1983): I admit that half of this album (all Sting) annoys the hell out of me...but Sychronicity I and II alone make the album worthwhile. Incredible for a mere three-piece. King of Pain would seem perfect if not for the cheery tacked-on coda, and Mother (the only song written by guitarist Summers without help) still cracks me up. I still lobby my band to take a gander at the two title tracks--we could make them sooooo heavy....
Beatles - Sgt. Pepper (1967): First off, I refuse to own Let It Be. In my mind Abbey Road remains their defining closing statement (Let It Be was shelved to create Abbey Road, then reproduced by Phil Spector, not Epstein, after the breakup). That said, of the Beatles albums I do own (everything between Revolver and Abbey Road) Sgt. Pepper has become my least favorite. Too much Paul overall--but it does have "A Day in the Life." Also "She's Leaving Home" has some great lyrics. Considered by many to be the first rock concept album (others point to Zappa's 1966 Freak Out for this distinction, which purportedly influenced Paul to start working on Sgt. Pepper) it contains some wicked production for the day. This is before synthesizers were used in rock (Zappa started that trend around 1971). We're talking totally analog recording techniques on 8 tracks (16 track didn't come around until around 1969). Granted, I'll take Revolver over Sgt. Pepper any day.
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (1969): In my mind, one of the best recordings to have sex to...totally pornographic organic music that goes on and on and on.... Not as sublime as Kind of Blue, but way more fun; BREAK OUT THE LUBE!!!!
Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong Live Recordings (2001): While not as good as either Kid A or Amnesiac (from which the songs originally appeared) IMBWLR does capture the live spirit of these tunes. My only complaint is that it seems too short; a live album of a complete show (including Lucky, Airbag.,) like the one I saw at Red Rocks would tickle me more.
The Mothers of Invention - We're Only In It For The Money (1968): Of course it sounds like the "acid rock they're making fun of," as Zappa's band lived in L.A. at the time. Imagine: in L.A. you have The Doors and The Mothers--dark acid-laden music...vs. San Fran with Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, and all that other hippy shit. I'd have made fun of it too! Zappa lyrically rips into the hippy culture (which he thought was shit) as well as the hypocritical parents of the misguided youth. Throughout he also has his band playing in the techniques of all of the popular trends of the time (hippy/psychodelic, surf, heavy art-rock)...better than the originals in most cases! This album, like Sgt. Pepper, has no digital trickery--and it shows who is better between Epstein and Zappa when it comes to production (E replied with "Revolution No. 9" on the White Album). The first time I heard this album I laughed and cried all the way through...it's that fucking hilarious.
"What's there to live for, who needs the Peace Corps?...I'll go to Frisco...get the crabs and take a bus back home."
So that's my take on this list...damn I get long winded sometimes.