• (145) The Who - Tommy

    5. Jul. 2009, 16:41

    Tommy is a ver influential, very overrated, and very long album. The sons themselves aren't too bad, but the concept is kind of weak and silly. This album is about a blind, dumb, and deaf boy who becomes a champion at pinball and then becomes a messianic leader or something.

    The best part of the album is the intrumentation, which is beautiful as some points and wasted on songs with terrible lyrics at other points. "Do You Think It's Alright" is an example of a song that had a great arrangement and would've worked as a full-length three minute song, but instead was wasted on a thirty second song whose sole purpose was to move the plo along.

    But, I'm just being pick. It'sstill a pretyty good album. While i agree, that fifteen minutes could have been shaved off it for simplicity's sake, It's still a wonderful album.

    Listen To: Pinball Wizard, I'm Free, Christmas, The Acid Queen
  • (144) The Beatles - Abbey Road

    5. Jul. 2009, 1:08

    Best Beatles Album. Get it.

    Listen to: All of it.
  • (143) Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River

    2. Jul. 2009, 15:22

    Alright, so first of all. Everyone loves this band. No, really. I know more people who dislike The Beatles, than people who dislike Creedence Clearwater Revival. Although, they are not flawless, they are good at what they do. And what is it that they do? They create gritty raw rock and roll music.

    The songs on this album are all good. Some are very good, others are just good. Bad Moon Rising is a classic,, but is not overplayed as much as classics by other bands. Lodi chronicles the pitfalls of being in a traveling band. The whole this is just a grand old time.

    So yeah, get this album. Two thumbs up, etc.

    Listen to Bad Moon Rising, Lodi Night Time Is the Right Time, Green River
  • (142) Johnny Cash - At San Quentin

    1. Jul. 2009, 21:29

    Here's an example of country music that is actually good. Real good. Although i consider this album inferior to At Folsom Prison, it does have more recognizable songs on it.

    As always with Cash's prison concerts, the audience related extremely well and is extremely receptive. An example of this can be shown when he plays "San Quentin." The audience almost bursts into a riot, and in response Cash promptly plays it once more.

    Johnny Cash is an uncompromising artist. He clearly states at the end ofhis rendition of "Wreck of the Old 97" that the TV producers wanted him to perform a certain way, but he was not going to adhere to their ideals and rather play what he wanted to and what the audience wanted to hear.

    Overall, a wonderful album. Essential. Definitely pick it up.

    Listen To: Wanted Man San Quentin I Walk the Line A Boy Named Sue
  • (141) The Flying Burrito Brothers - The Gilded Place of Sin

    30. Jun. 2009, 20:35

    The Flying Burrito Brothers - The Gilded Place of Sin

    In the 1001 albums book, there is a quote next to this album from a Terry Melcher, which reads: "Gram Parsons was like the white country Jimi Hendrix" Though, it is an amusing query, it is not in the least bit accurate.

    This album dragged on.. and on... and on... Don't get me wrong, this book has turned me on to some wonderful country music from The Louvin Brothers to Merle Haggard to Buck Owens to Marty Robbins to Johnny Cash. This album just doesn't do it for me.

    I was expecting more of a country-rock feel by reading reviews, but The Byrds' "Sweetheart of the Rodeo was more of a country-rock album than this. The album succeeds when it does live up to its promise on tracks like "Christine's Tune", "Dark End of the Street", and "Hot Burrito No. 2."

    Overall i give the album a 6/10. I can appreciate its influence on better, future acts, but cannot appreciate the album itself.

    Listen to: Christine's Tune, Dark End Of The Street, My Uncle, Hot Burrito No. 2