Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums List


Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums List

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  • The Albums is a box set of recordings by pop group ABBA released by Universal Music in 2008. It includes nine discs, the first eight are all of the original studio albums the way they were originally released between 1973 and 1981 while the 9th disc features all of the single A-sides that didn’t
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rolling stone top 500 albums list

rolling stone top 500 albums list – Bob Dylan's

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
Limited 24kt Gold disc pressing from Audio Fidelity. Originally released in 1967, this collection is the perfect introduction to the genius that is Bob Dylan and shows why he caught the attention of the world during the tumultuous ’60s. Features classics such as ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’, ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’, ‘They Times They Are a-Changin”, ‘Just Like A Woman’, ‘Positively 4th Street’, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and more.

Then a holding action while Dylan unloaded his head after his May 1966 motorcycle crash, now a nostalgia merit badge for boomers and a course in Dylan 101 for ’90s newcomers, Greatest Hits stands up remarkably well as a listening experience. Smartly programmed to ride all over any residual worries about acoustic-vs.-electric authenticity–in fact, blowing a raspberry in their face by opening with the Salvation-Army-band blast of “Rainy Day Women #12 and 35”–this best-of stacks AM smashes and protest anthems together in celebration of a pop star like no other before. –Rickey Wright

Beano BluebreakersCover

Beano BluebreakersCover
July 22, 1966 – John Mayall with Eric Clapton: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton is released.
# Allmusic 5/5 stars

Blues Breakers is an album credited to John Mayall With Eric Clapton, released on this date in 1966. It peaked at #6 on the UK chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 195 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Apart from being one of the most influential blues albums, it also started the now-legendary combination of a Gibson Les Paul guitar through an overdriven Marshall Bluesbreaker amplifier.

The band name John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers that was used by the band consequently is derived from the title of this album; no original issues mention the Bluesbreakers as band name. The album was also known as The Beano Album because of its cover photograph showing Clapton reading The Beano, a British children’s comic. Clapton stated in his autobiography that he was reading Beano on the cover because he felt like being "uncooperative" during the photo shoot.

Originally, John Mayall intended for his second album to be a live album in order to capture the guitar solos performed by Eric Clapton. A set was recorded at the Flamingo Club, with Jack Bruce (with whom Clapton would subsequently work in Cream) on bass. The recordings of the concert, however, were of bad quality and were scrapped. With the original plan of a live album now discarded, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers recorded Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton at Decca Studios, West Hampstead in March 1966. The guitar that Eric Clapton used during the sessions was a 1960 Gibson ‘sunburst’ Les Paul with two PAF (Patent Applied For) ‘humbucker’ pickups. This guitar, whose whereabouts are currently unknown, is also known as the "Beano" Les Paul, a replica of which has recently been reissued by Gibson.

The band on this album included Mayall on piano, Hammond organ, harmonica and a majority of the vocals; bassist John McVie; drummer Hughie Flint; and Clapton. Augmenting the band on this album was a horn section added post production, with Alan Skidmore, John Almond, and Derek Healey (misrepresented on the sleeve as Dennis Healey).

Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton is full of portent, as some of its participants would become superstars after its release. Future Cream guitarist Eric Clapton was highly rated enough in the UK blues-rock scene to score second billing, but it wasn’t until this recording that he’d had the opportunity to truly stretch out in the studio and show off his awesome soloing skills. Clapton’s earlier stint in the Yardbirds had found his ideas largely shouted down by pop-oriented producer/manager Giorgio Gomelsky, but here kindred spirit/producer Mike Vernon simply let Clapton play as he wished. The sympathetic rhythm section of Hughie Flint and future Fleetwood Mac founder John McVie, along with Mayall’s best-ever vocals and organ, make Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton one of the all-time great British blues albums.

by Bruce Eder, allmusic
Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton was Eric Clapton’s first fully realized album as a blues guitarist — more than that, it was a seminal blues album of the 1960s, perhaps the best British blues album ever cut, and the best LP ever recorded by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Standing midway between Clapton’s stint with the Yardbirds and the formation of Cream, this album featured the new guitar hero on a series of stripped-down blues standards, Mayall pieces, and one Mayall/Clapton composition, all of which had him stretching out in the idiom for the first time in the studio. This album was the culmination of a very successful year of playing with John Mayall, a fully realized blues creation, featuring sounds very close to the group’s stage performances, and with no compromises. Credit has to go to producer Mike Vernon for the purity and simplicity of the record; most British producers of that era wouldn’t have been able to get it recorded this way, much less released. One can hear the very direct influence of Buddy Guy and a handful of other American bluesmen in the playing. And lest anyone forget the rest of the quartet: future pop/rock superstar John McVie and drummer Hughie Flint provide a rock-hard rhythm section, and Mayall’s organ playing, vocalizing, and second guitar are all of a piece with Clapton’s work. His guitar naturally dominates most of this record, and he can also be heard taking his first lead vocal, but McVie and Flint are just as intense and give the tracks an extra level of steel-strung tension and power, none of which have diminished across several decades.

Side one
1. "All Your Love" (Willie Dixon/Otis Rush) – 3:36
2. "Hideaway" (Freddie King/Sonny Thompson) – 3:17
3. "Little Girl" (Mayall) – 2:37
4. "Another Man" (Mayall) – 1:45
5. "Double Crossing Time" (Clapton/Mayall) – 3:04

Goodbye, Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Goodbye, Michael Jackson (1958-2009)
Thriller is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson and the best-selling album of all time. The album was released on November 30, 1982 by Epic Records as the follow-up to Jackson’s critically and commercially successful 1979 album Off the Wall. Thriller explores similar genres to those of Off the Wall, including funk, disco, soul, soft rock, R&B and pop. However, Thriller’s lyrics deal with generally darker themes, including paranoia and the supernatural.

With a production budget of $750,000, recording sessions took place between April and November 1982 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California. Assisted by producer Quincy Jones, Jackson wrote four of Thriller’s nine tracks. Following the release of the album’s first single "The Girl Is Mine", some observers assumed Thriller would only be a minor hit record. With the release of the second single "Billie Jean", the album topped the charts in many countries. At its peak, the album was selling a million copies a week worldwide. In just over a year, Thriller became—and currently remains—the best-selling album of all time. Sales are estimated to be between 47–109 million copies sold worldwide. Seven of the album’s nine songs were released as singles, and all reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards at the 1984 Grammys. Despite numerous five-star reviews, Thriller was not universally praised.

Thriller cemented Jackson’s status as one of the predominant pop stars of the late 20th century, and enabled him to break down racial barriers via his appearances on MTV and meetings with President Ronald Reagan at the White House. The album was one of the first to use music videos as successful promotional tools—the videos for Thriller, "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" all received regular rotation on MTV. In 2001, a special edition issue of the album was released, which contains additional audio interviews, a demo recording and the song "Someone In the Dark", which was a Grammy-winning track from the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial storybook.[9] In 2008, the album was reissued again as Thriller 25, containing re-mixes that feature contemporary artists, a previously unreleased song and a DVD.

Thriller ranked number 20 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list in 2003, and was listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers at number three in their Definitive 200 Albums of All Time. Thriller was preserved by the Library of Congress to the National Recording Registry, as it was deemed "culturally significant."

rolling stone top 500 albums list

The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time
From Jimi Hendrix to Megadeth, metalheads can be obsessive over their favorite hard-rockin’ tunes. This collection features the end result of a massive poll in which metal minions were asked to list their top heavy metal songs from the late 1960s through 2001. The top 500 are listed here, complete with interviews from each band offering their recollections of the creative process in creating these classic tracks. In addition, dozens of top rockers have included their personal picks for the best songs ever. Also included are rare cover images from 7-inch, 12-inch, and CD singles. From AC/DC to ZZ Top, metal fans have a new tome to bang heads over.


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