Seminal 80's sound and a perfect example of the strong female vocal stylings of the era.
Heard one, heard them all. No bass line left me feeling there was no soul in the music.
Crisp, lively, 70's Havana vibe. Couldn't understand a word but enjoyed the rhythm and energy nonetheless.
Holy shit....how have I never heard this album before!? Immediately listenable and now I need liner notes with lyrics.
Another album I'd never heard of. Good vibe, refreshingly different, and the diverse rhythms made it immensely listenable. Is it just me or are the vocal stylings oddly reminiscent of Flight of the Conchords?
Uniquely creative and it felt like a 70's rock opera. Don't know if it's just my inability to speak instrumental but, all in all, this one left me a bit empty in the end.
Loved this one. Chrissie Hynde is pretty much all you need to know but the band stays with her every step of the way. Top rating here.
The smell of sweat and whiskey interweaves with the tobacco smoke hanging thick from the low ceiling of the basement club. The society princess has escaped her ivory tower for the evening. A cigarette dangles from her refined fingers as she holds court with the proletariat at her table. Their whispered tones speak of freedom and rebellion and a world different from their parents'. The beat poets are here tonight. They're here every night now. They fill the breaks in the music with the syncopated rhythms of their words. And the people snap their fingers in mute acknowledgement of the poets wisdom. But it's the music they all come for. The music is where the energy and inspiration comes from. The music is what unlocks their doors, takes down their walls, and creates the avenues for their creative thought. Tomorrow, they will all be back in their little boxes, defined by others or external circumstances. But tonight?Tonight, they fly free on the wings of the music.
Good beat, easy to dance to. Uncertain Smile is good. Vocals by the love child of David Bowie and Billy Idol. Otherwise, another nothing special 80's band that I'm sure a specific audience still loves but I won't recognize if I ever hear them again.
A bit creepy that this album shows up on my list the day after QE2 died but maybe the universe was trying to honor the old girl. Whether I was somehow sentimentally invested, or maybe the album was just good, I enjoyed it. Especially the more edgy tracks. Long live the king.
I knew the dame was trouble the minute she walked through my door. I could see the storm clouds gathering behind those far away eyes as her painted lips whispered their siren's song. "Please help me." Well, Benny and his mooks were bound to come around soon for the double sawbuck I owed him from the Palazzo fight, and I didn't have it. So I said "Sure. Take a seat and tell me your story."
I like her name. Otherwise...meh.
I got a 60's girl group vibe from a lot of these tracks. Solid vocals but I think there were others from that genre that did it better. Definitely not unpleasant to listen to but, in the end, I was left a little empty. But, then again, it was 1968. Maybe that's what they were going for.
Brilliant. Just brilliant.
These guys may not have had the MTV face like a lot of early 80's bands but this album shows that you didn't need Downtown Julie Brown fawning over you to be good. Very enjoyable listen and if I have to have a playlist of 1001 albums, I'm definitely not hitting the skip button when this one comes up.
Good, but largely overshadowed by its contemporary, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Ultimately makes me think of crime scene tape...You're pretty sure something significant happened here but the best advice you can get is to keep moving, nothing to see here.
This album made me think of being at Disneyland on a hot day and finding myself in line for it's a small world just to get out of the heat. Nice idea, but taking the brown acid while waiting was not. The ride turned into kaleidoscope of colors and sounds and lots of ducking to avoid getting hit by wooden shoes thrown by demonic little girls with tulips in their hair. Escaping that brought no respite though as animatronic bears would not leave me alone and I ended up drinking moonshine with them while playing a washtub bass. In the end, I trudged from the park like a parasauralophus staggering into the faceplant of its final dirt nap. In other words, for me, this album was a long, strange, trip.
Rousing, angry, loud, and energetic from start to finish. Made me think of a neighborhood garage band. And a pretty damn good one at that. Never heard of them until listening to this but I liked it.
This is what Metallica should sound like. Fast, loud, driving and heart and soul in every chord. This was a good one, boys.
Understandable why the stiff British upper crust didn't like these guys but it was all in good fun, right. Now I need to go get snockered and watch Sid & Nancy.
Background music for the fluorescent jellyfish exhibit at the aquarium in a Stanley Kubrick meets Ravi Shankar kind of way? In the end, I can say that I listened to it. And if this is a way to reach total consciousness, I got that going for me. Which is nice.
I got a less pop-y madonna vibe from this album. Didn't think I would but I liked this girl's material. Given that the last album I listened to was the sex pistols, the was a pleasant purge of that chaos. Now I need to find the lyrics. Hopefully, I haven't been innocently baptized into some demon-crustacean-worshipping cult in the process. But then, it wouldn't be the first time....
A flashback to 90's Seattle is never bad. This grinding innovation of grunge brought music away from the stadiums tours and television sets and dumped it right back into the smokey, dark, basement clubs where it plays best.
I understand there is a loyal following for this band. This album has a good sound but, for me, there was something missing, something sterile...or hollow maybe, that left me a bit empty.
Way more to these guys than just Smoke on the Water. This album is a good one. Some may say it's the band's Rushmore.
Many hours as a freshman spent listening to this in my college dorm room. Oh what a lucky man, I was.
Never heard of this album but am glad I got the chance to listen today. Enjoyable vibe and the experimental sounding stuff works. A definite keeper.
Pleasant. Given that we have to have 1001 albums for this list, not surprising this one makes it.
Really good but I prefer Teaser and the Firecat.
Crisp, classic, jazz trio. Very nice.
Soundtrack to a foreign language film about buddy cops working undercover in Tangier. I enjoyed it but it would have been better with subtitles.
When I checked this album out I originally thought the run time of an hour and 10 minutes was, shall we say, 'ambitious'. Now having actually listened to it, I have to say I never once thought to skip or otherwise shorten the play. Not quite sure how to describe the sound but I had flashes of the doors and pink floyd and, over all, it didn't suck entirely It's an hour I'm glad I allowed myself to experience.
Solid 60's sound but I wish Jeff Beck would have had a bit more of a run at showing his chops on here. Good but nothing special for me.
The piano man does not disappoint on this one. 52nd street may be a bit more familiar to most but this is equally as good.
Good, girl grunge. Not good girl, grunge. I liked it.
Old school, outlaw, country. Waylon is wonderful.
Enough of what you'd expect from Aerosmith but not Toys in the Attic.
When this album came out I totally dismissed it as bubblegum pop and never listened to it. Forty years later, I sincerely thank this 1001 album generator for making sure I had it on my list. This album is really good!
Driving rhythms just sounded all the same after a while. This one's not for me
Okay sound from the era but not unique enough to be memorable for me.
Another really good album by these guys. And this time you get a full 72 minutes. Exactly what LP should mean!
I understand the draw of the lyrics and the multitude of silent voices they represent. Shameika may be right, and maybe I'm lying to myself but they just don't speak for me.
This one was okay but I can't say that I would ever spend hours rifling through boxes of semi-alphabetically organized vinyl at the local record store trying to find it.
Can feel the David Bowie influence on this one and there is enough that is unique with it that it doesn't come across as some contrived, wannabe production. With that said, I think the raw, oozing, sounds of his efforts with the Stooges feel more genuine. Making this one seem just a bit tame comparatively.
Given the success and accolades associated with this album, it's a shame that she ultimately felt that "...scores of tentacled obstructionists, politics, repressing agendas, unrealistic expectations and saboteurs everywhere..."* kept her from doing a follow up. *eonline.com, 1/6/21
Background music for an evening rooftop party. Good food, good drink, good friends, good night.
Easy listening for this classic reggae mix that tops many lists of Marley and the Wailers best. Not enough of an afficianado to judge comparatively but I did like this.
Never heard of them but glad this hidden gem of a late 60's early 70's British psychedelic vibe made it onto the list.
Maybe not the orchestrated production of later albums but this blues-rock and Billy Gibbons guitar rich opus is a perfect representation of the true roots and soul of this Texas trio.
Sorry, not listening to this guy and would rip the page from the book if it didn't have someone actually deserving on the other side of the page.
Didn't really know what to say about this one, other than it provided a mesmerizing soundtrack for both my wife and 5 year old grandson while they did a painting project.
Not sure how 2 albums from these guys made the 1001 list but I didn't get either one. They are just not for me.
Did not get this one at all.
Beautifully crafted instrumentals and exquisite harmonies. It gets a highest rating from me and when you consider that they released Deja Vu the following year, I can't think of better back to back offerings from anyone.
One of the real gems in my collection of vinyl. I suspect that Third Rock and Red House are a bit under appreciated by the general populace but both hold very dear spots on my list of favorites. And if my baby don't love me no more, I know her sister will!
Very nostalgic listen for me on this one as I watched their tv show as a child and can remember the neighborhood kids debating the relative musical merits of the group. Nothing really special about this album but considering they were a group of guys just tossed together for a faux Beatles-like tv production, they managed to find a sound unique enough to distinguish themselves in the era. As an aside Mike Nesmith went on to become a successful singer/songwriter and Grammy winner.
Sure. Visionary music from synthesizers and drum machines. The birthplace of EDM. Too bad I can't tell any of it apart.
Old school hip hop. Maybe even primordial in the sense that the roots of evolution for the genre is recognizable in these beats and lyrics. I enjoyed this one.
Another album that I had never heard of but enjoyed a lot. Now I'm off to my friendly local record store to see if I can find it. Wish me luck!
Retro 60"s, maybe 80's, vibe to this one. Frenetically energetic at times and well balanced when tending towards balladry . Another good listen from the list.
Loved the energy and rhythms. Not sure my hips and feet could keep up if I ever tried to actually dance to it but my toes were definitely tapping the whole time.
Bit of a ho-hummer here for me. At times it sounded pre-grunge, which was a welcome change from the otherwise forgettable balance of the album.
I suppose the lyrics deserve some mention but for me Transylvania Blues was the best track, and it was an instrumental. All in all, this album was 35 minutes of my life that I'll never get back.
Don't know if it was the album art or the melodies but this made me think of folk songs performed by a traveling minstrel show. A very pleasant surprise here.
I didn't exactly get good vibrations from this one but it also wasn't the worst I've heard from the list. Seemed like they were trying to shed the whole surf city thing and do something edgy but nothing about their efforts made me feel anything, good or bad.
Girl could sing, for sure.
This one was hard to figure out. The instrumental portions were interesting but each eventually devolved into an aimlessly orchestrated choral arrangement that was more annoying than pleasant. Definitely not one for me.
I have come to the conclusion that I like music that has a pulse. And not just the drowsy thup......thup......that comes with a food coma. No, I like someting more like the heart pounding that comes from a pack of skeletal zombie wolves chasing you through the forest while the only door to your safety slowly closes in the distance. Although not nearly that frenetic throughout, this album does have a pulse. Never heard it before but I liked it
Damn this is good. Early jazz fusion that served as a prelude for a rapid expansion of the genre in the 70's. Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, The Crusaders, even Chuck Mangione and George Benson; all had notable contributions during the era and easy enough to hear the influence this Miles opus had on their sound.
Bluesy. Folksy. Fun. I loved it.
I can understand that Velvet Underground liked Nico, and possibly saw her as a bit of a muse, but this album reminded me of John Lennon's indulgence of Yoko's attempt at musical art. Similarly, this is not good.
Trippy, hippie, all the way. Somewhere between a nice tab of orange sunshine and the brown acid from Woodstock. Some of the songs were pleasantly minstrelesque and others made me think that voracious worms were crawling under my skin. Ultimately, I think the worms won.
Sweet, smooth, and safe. The Dolly Parton influence shows throughout. Good enough but I would have liked to have seen some emotional and vocal range on the album.
Perfect Annie Lennox vocals and distinctive Eurythmics beats. Solid stuff.
Excellent vibes from (maybe?) the root of the Blacksploitation genre. If you like this album like I did, make sure to check out the Superfly soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield. That cat Shaft is a bad mother......
Yee-haw. Good ol' country music. Pleasant and true to the genre but generally not memorable enough for me to think it should be on a list of greatest all time.
Legacy country music here. Sad, sweet, strong, and poignant, sometimes all at the same time. There is something (genuine?) about this one that made me feel connected to the music. Good stuff.
Arguably Neil Young's best album. Combines unmistakable vocals with consummate musical arrangements. A beauty, Neil. A beauty.
Since I Been Loving You is a keeper but the rest of the album is nowhere near that good. Still, this is way above whatever bar is used to pick the best 1001.
First time listen to this one and I liked it. Good energy with quality vocals and vibrant instrumentation.
Smoothe jams with a nice retro 80's vibe. Good background soundtrack for your next party.
Pop'y sound with a little edge but really nothing unique enough to make it memorable for me. I'll check it off my countdown list and move on to the next one
Background music for the birth of the universe presentation at the planetarium. Not horrible, but like the vast expanse of outer space, there was a lot of endless nothingness here.
All of the individual groups on this album are great. Take Phil Spector's name off of it and I would rate it higher.
Nice enough and I enjoyed the rhythms and energy. The fact that I didn't understand a word made it difficult to give a higher score.
Hadn't heard this one before but glad it was on the list. A very nice surprise.
Standard 70's metal here. Good enough not to skip after the first couple of tracks. Not good enough to actively seek to listen to again.
Willie Nelson at his good ol' country story tellin' finest.
Listened to the entire hour and 5 minutes of the album out of respect for the process. Won't do that again without taking some of the chemicals the brothers must have been taking when they made this.
Another 'no idea who these guys are but glad it was on the list' album featuring jammin' base lines and vocals reminiscent of every drunken, semi-slurred, version of any song sung in a raucous pub at 2 o'clock in the morning. My kind of crowd.
A bit too saccharine and pop'y for me but, hey, it was the 80's. Checked off the list. Next.
Grunge-ily energetic with enough variation in theme and vocals to keep me interested in what was coming next throughout. I liked it.
This one's a beaut from start to finish. Clean, precise, instrumentation with impeccable vocals and harmonization. Maybe a bit tame for any younger audience but for an old goat like me, it's mana from the gods.
Probably overshadowed a bit by the presence of Rod Stewart is the fact that Faces, in itself, was a damn solid band.
Eight Miles High not withstanding, this is good, but not their best.
From the cradle of early, transitive, hip hop, this album is technically raw at times and creatively groundbreaking but still linked to the R&B roots of its predecessors. I get hints of Sly and the Family Stone, Tower of Power, 70's Philadelphia funk (It's a Shame straight up samples the Spinners version and a Bootsy Collins'ish slappin' bass line accentuates multiple tracks), and Dreamin' is sent out to Stevie Wonder and could easily be compared to anything from Earth, Wind & Fire. The rhymes in the title track may sound simple by today's standards but the words and their inherent emotion are nonetheless timeless.
Enter Sandman and Nothing Else Matters are obvious standouts here. The rest of the album features brief glimpses of life but otherwise didn't distinguish itself at all to me.
This one took me a while to get into, what with the spoken lyrics and something in the music that gave me an unbalanced feeling, but I ended up liking the album. It's the 101st that I've listened to from the list and if it ever randomly shows up again, I won't skip over it.
This album should be included on any top 100 list, much less top 1001. It's an exclamation of consummate lyrical and musical expression. Simply put, this one is absolutely Wonder-ful.
Don't quite know how to classify the genre of this album, but having not heard it, or Sonic Youth, before, I can say that I enjoyed listening to it.
Classic 80's Brit synth-pop. At the time, I preferred the edge of Billy Idol, or the straight up flounce of Culture Club or Wham, but Simple Minds was able to sustain their sound when most acts were like a Roman candle fired into the night sky by MTV, briefly flashing brilliantly before disappearing back into the dark. Never fear, lads. We Won't (Forget About You).
Solid sample of 80's metal with an element of controlled thrash that actually allows for the music to be heard.
A little of this goes a long way. Or maybe nowhere at all. Not my jam
Includes blues rock tracks that were fundamental elements of many of the 60's British bands. This album is very good.
Jaunty little romp from 1981 with not so subtle social commentary about L.A.'s music and entertainment culture thrown in. "Change the lines that were said before We're all dreamers - we're all whores Discarded stars Like worn out cars Litter the streets of this town Litter the streets of this town" Loved it then. Love it now.
Not the worst album on the list but it made me think of headphones on while trying to sleep on a 6 hour red-eye flight music. By the time you land, you know it was there for you the whole time but you're still dead tired and you can't remember any of it.