50 best all-time albums

Citizens of hope and glory, I look at the world and I notice a red car in the fountain, so this must be what people once called, and still call, winter. And as I am he as you are he as you are me and I’m the space invader, I’ll be a rock ‘n rollin’ bitch for you and gather the most notorious music professors in town to contemplate the most vital question of the year: “Which is the best rock album of all time?”. Heading into the fifth edition this year, we’re looking for successors of Selling England by the Pound, Kid A, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Band on the Run, What’s Going On, Blood on the Tracks and Revolver.

Well, if you wanna see the sun rise honey, I  know where, as I’m not alone in this smoky dark cave. Of course there’s RKH, going strong since 2012, and be quick or he might already be gone: Guus ‘Rockin’ Chair’ Fog. Too late! Anyway, they say he comes on a pale horse, but I’m sure I hear a hybrid car, so that must be Donald ‘Ramblin’ Oude Kamphuis actually rejoining the armed forces this year. This means 2016 will be brought to an end with a great musical blast, so trouble ahead, lady in red, and the results of the first autumn nights:

DOK
Artist Album Year 2013
50 Tool Aenima 1996 *
49 Rolling Stones Exile on Main St. 1972 44
48 Janis Joplin Pearl 1971 *
47 Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion 2009 37
46 Steely Dan Aja 1977 *
45 The Move Shazam 1970 *
44 George Harrison All things must pass 1970 25
43 David Bowie The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust 1972 *
42 Yes The Yes Album 1971 *
41 Radiohead The King of Limbs 2011 42
GvZ
Artist Album Year 2015
50 My Morning Jacket Circuital 2011 45
49 John Cale Fear 1974 35
48 Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets 1968 31
47 Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age 1998 *
46 Killing Joke Killing Joke 1980 27
45 Jethro Tull Aqualung 1971 30
44 The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree 2005 40
43 Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Again 1967 39
42 The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen 1993 *
41 Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River 1969 49
RKH
Artist Album Year 2015
50 Kanye West The Life of Pablo 2016 *
49 Elvis Costello This Year’s Model 1978 *
48 Kate Bush Hounds of Love 1985 *
47 Frazey Ford Indian Ocean 2014 46
46 Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town 1978 35
45 Guided By Voices Alien Lanes 1995 29
44 Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 2002 47
43 Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home 1965 *
42 Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I 1999 *
41 Lee Hazlewood Cowboy in Sweden 1970 41

Oh, the snot has caked against my pants, so happy new year:

GvZ:

10. (4) Radiohead –  In Rainbows (2007)
9. (*) The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed (1969)
8. (23) Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
7. (5) Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (1966)
6. (10) Genesis – Selling England by the Pound (1973)

5. (6) Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
4. (8) Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974)
3. (3) Love – Forever Changes (1967)
2. (1) The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
1. (2) The Beatles – Revolver (1966)

RKH:

10. (6) Genesis – Selling England by the Pound (1973)
9. (16) Talking Heads – Remain In Light (1980)
8. (5) DJ Shadow – Endtroducing… (1996)
7. (18) Prince – Purple Rain (1984)
6. (4) The Beatles – Revolver (1966)

5. (1) Marvin Gaye  – What’s Going On (1971)
4. (39) Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (1966)
3. (3) Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)
2. (*) Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974)
1. (2) Radiohead – Kid A (2000)

I can’t tell you how I feel, but this wheel’s on fire:

GvZ:

15. (18) Panda Bear – Person Pitch (2007)
14. (19) Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)
13. (17) Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (1975)
12. (41) Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

11. (15) Santana – Abraxas (1970)
“The melodies just know what I need, but the rhythm knows what I want.”

RKH:

15. (9) Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)
14. (11) Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
13. (37) The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)
12. (*) Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

11. (8) Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)
“On 10 october 2007 we witnessed the end of an era.”

Be it sight, sound, smell or touch, still marching with the soldier boy behind:

GvZ:

20. (7) The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)
19. (24) Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975)
18. (13) Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)
17. (14) Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)

16. (9) Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run (1973)
““I yelled for joy, we passed the bottle, the great blazing stars came out, the far receding hills got dim. I felt like an arrow that could shoot out all the way.”

RKH:

20. (*) Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece (1974)
19. (7) The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)
18. (19) Fleetwood Mac – Bare Trees (1972)
17. (21) The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)

16. (22) Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (1969)
“Read out loud: Heks. Heks. Heks. Heks. Heks. Heks. Heks. Heks. Heks. Heks.”

It is here, it is now, it is real:

GvZ:

25. (36) Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Déjà Vu (1970)
24. (22) The Kinks – Face to Face (1966)
23. (40) Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
22. (*) The Beatles – The Beatles (‘White Album’) (1968)

21. (35) Talking Heads – Remain In Light (1980)
“You’re a train, man.”

RKH:

25. (38) Donald Fagen – The Nightfly (1982)
24. (20) The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin (1999)
23. (17) Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Déjà Vu (1970)
22. (13) Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run (1973)

21. (31) Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
“To quote the ‘musical and spiritual advisor’ credited on this album: “Far out, man.”

Canvass the town and brush the backdrop, it’s hair pie:

GvZ:

30. (20) Jethro Tull – Aqualung (1971)
29. (12) The Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord (1968)
28. (32) The Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come (1987)
27. (*) Killing Joke – Killing Joke (1980)

26.  (16) Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
“Went Mental. Deny. Deny. Deny.”

RKH:

30. (26) The Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord (1968)
29. (12) Guided By Voices – Alien Lanes (1995)
28. (*) Steely Dan – Katy Lied (1975)
27. (44) Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen (1993)

26. (32) Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
“Work. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. Go Mental.”

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