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Old 08-29-2007, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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James Taylor - Sweet Baby James (1970)
A blueprint for young singer\songwriters of his and other generations. Tracks like the opener and title track "Sweet Baby James" and the prolific "Fire and Rain" are beautiful tracks that have stood the test of time and then some. In addition the satirical "Steamroller Blues" adds a another dimension to the album and it's graveling heart and soul of tracks like "Lo and Behold" and "Anywhere like Heaven" will have your toes tapping your mind at ease and your hands reaching for the acoustic guitar. Without a doubt James Taylor's best work in my eyes.
Musical Content: ****
Artistic Content: ****
Impact: **

Favorite Song: Fire and Rain

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Beck - Mellow Gold (1994)
Beck's Debut mainstream album is driven by creative lyrics and combining of styles and genres of music. The most significant track is "Loser" which was born out of beck's frustration in his inability to rap. Mellow Gold also produced the bizarre singles "Beer Can" and "Pay No Mind" which beck wrote at age 18. In addition "Whiskeyclone, Hotel City 1997" is among my personal favorites. Beck is among my favorite solo artists of the last twenty years and Mellow Gold is a wonderful example of creative and unique an artist he is.
Musical Content: ***
Artistic Content: *****
Impact: ***

Favorite Song: Loser

99.

The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet (1968)
While perhaps not their strongest overall selection, the 1968 LP features two of what i consider to be the Stones top five songs. "Street Fighting Man" and the dynamic and powerful "Sympathy for the Devil" in addition Beggars banquet has a more Rhythm and Blues feel then some of Stones other work from the era which is more to my liking and marked then of the Brian Jones era for the band. The lesser known tracks "No Expectations" and "Prodigal Son" are also worth a listen
Musical Content: ****
Artistic Content: ***
Impact: ***

Favorite Song: Sympathy for the Devil

98.

The Wallflowers – Bringing Down the Horse (1996)
A Surprisingly consistent and enjoyable second effort for Jacob Dylan’s band; “One Headlight” and “Sixth Avenue Heartache” both achieved success as radio singles, the former having reached number one in three straight years (96-98) but the depth provided by tracks like “The Bleeders”, Invisible City”, “Josephine”, “The Difference”, “Three Marlena's” and “Laughing Out Loud” is what sets this album apart for me. Great rhythms and melodies throughout and well written poignant lyrics make this a consistent album on my playlist year after year.
Musical Content: ****
Artistic Content: ***
Impact: ***

Favorite Song: Invisible City
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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97.

Mos Def - The New Danger (2004)
Mos Def's second solo project and my personal favorite in that group by a nose. Thoughtful and eloquent lyrics with creative rock infused hip hop beats from a host of producers and the Black Jack Johnson house band make for a unique and enjoyable listening experience. From tracks like "Sunshine" and "Modern Marvel" with a mellow message to the powerful "War" and Kanye West Produced "Rapeover" a Jay-Z and mainstream Rap dis and the enigmatic "Ghetto Rock" an anthem for the ages in alternative hip-hop make this a must have for true old school hip hop fans.
Musical Content: ****
Artistic Content: ****
Impact: ***

Favorite Song: Ghetto Rock

96.

Cream - Wheels of Fire (1967)
Clapton, Bruce and Baker. WOW! A double album featuring one studio disk and a live disk that includes performances of the Robert Johnson standard "Crossroads" and "Spoonful". The studio disk includes "White Room" perhaps Creams most well known song and among the best Blues Rocks songs of all-time. In addition to standards from greats such as Howlin' Wolf, Wheels of Fire also contains "Born Under a Bad Sign", "Passing the Time" and "As you Said" written in part by Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. Wheels of Fire is a great mix of studio sound and the Live music that drove 1960's Blues Rock
Musical Content: *****
Artistic Content: ***
Impact: ***

Favorite Song: Crossroads (Live)

95.

Stealer's Wheel - Stealer's Wheel (1972)
Sometimes when your a teenager you really like a particular song and you buy th album, and you realize why you had never heard of the Band before. Stealer's Wheels' 1972 debut is best known today for the classic rock standard "Stuck in the middle" which borrows attitude from the likes of Beatles stylistically. On the whole the Scottish rockers produced a quality album without a forgettable track. And while none measure up to the classic track featured in Pulp Fiction, they hold their own and push the music forward throughout the album. Try tracks like "I get By", "Gets so Lonely" and "Next to me" for an example of their all-around sound.
Musical Content: ****
Artistic Content: ***
Impact: ***

Favorite Song: Stuck in the Middle
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I like what you have so far, perhaps you'll be one of the few that actually finishes their album project .

And Cream is great, can't say I've ever heard of Stealer's Wheel before.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh I will finish it, after all I have created a Template, and therefore it shall be done in an orderly and acute manner.

I am a huge fan of Cream (both the band and the food product) but they never had that great album so this list will not reflect how much I enjoy them or Clapton. But a bit of foreshadowing there will be a revisit of my love for an Eric Clapton\Ginger Baker combination somewhere in the middle of this list.

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94.

Chimaira - Pass out of Existence (2001)
I'm sure this will be a bit of a surprise to most of you, but this album is fucking great. I am not a huge Metal fan, but it has a place in my heart and never has anything so hard resonated with me like this album. I'm not sure which new genre of metal this would fall into maybe Metal Core or Death Metal but my favorite tracks include "Severed", "Dead Inside", "Split", "Painting the White to Grey", and "Pass out of Existence". There is just the right mix of brutal sound and technical detail to make it really captivating stuff.
Musical Content: ***
Artistic Content: ***
Impact: ****

Favorite Song: Painting the White to Grey

93.

Hootie & The Blowfish - Cracked Rear View (1994)
It may have been the phase of my life, but these guys hit me at just the right time. I enjoy there simple but pleasing sound and the song writing on this album is excellent. Countless radio friendly songs that are memorable and yet not overwhelming. "Hold My Hand" was the first radio hit, followed by "Let Her Cry", "Only Wanna Be With You" and eventually "Time". They also win points for paying their respects to their elders with a solid cover "Sometimes I feel" to close out the album.
Musical Content: *****
Artistic Content: ***
Impact: **

Favorite Song: Time
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I can't say I like 'em all, but you're sure doin' a good job of it.
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Beck and Mos Def<3, I should finish mine its still sitting on my desktop.
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Ha goodluck mate. Look what Urban Hatemonger has started now.

The question is who will finish their list first?
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