May 27, 2004

Essential Music

A friend of Craig Newmark's sent him this list of Essential Classic Rock albums to assist in Craig's daughters education.

It is an excellent list even if it does not list my favorites in the top 10.

We have them all on vinyl and about half duplicated on CD. Sure, just like any such list you can quibble about this one or that one but this variant seems a fine place to start.

I wouldn't mind at all spending a long weekend with some friends and some refreshments working our way through 2-3 listens to each of these.

You really should go read the list at Craig's place (link above) but if you really must you can also look below the fold.

1 After Bathing at Baxter's, Jefferson Airplane

2 Retrospective, Buffalo Springfield

3 Wheels of Fire, Cream

4 Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix

5 Who's Next, The Who

6 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Neil Young

7 Manassas, Stephen Stills

8 Live at the Fillmore East, Allman Brothers

9 Eric Clapton (w/ Delaney & Bonnie), Eric Clapton

10 Beatles 65, The Beatles

Honorable mention:

Led Zeppelin II (or I), Led Zeppelin
Mr. Tambourine Man, Byrds
Beggars' Banquet, Rolling Stones
Rubber Soul, Beatles
Exile on Main Street, Rolling Stones
Abbey Road, Beatles
Santana's First, Santana
Surrealistic Pillow, Jefferson Airplane
Grateful Dead Live (w/ Wharf Rat/ NFA), Grateful Dead
12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, Spirit
Crown of Creation, Jefferson Airplane

Posted by Steve on May 27, 2004

While I know the Stones deserve to be on lists, I just never felt they were as good as so many other groups.

I'd put Zeppelin 4 and Houses of the Holy on that list... also the Eagles' Hotel California and Fleetwood Mac's Rumors. Mid-70s rock is just as influential, and those two records really made an impact. Similarly, you could say Frampton Comes Alive and the first Boston record.

Posted by Scott at May 28, 2004 6:06 AM
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