all things must pass

Citizens of hope and glory, we can already see the end of another year looming in the distance. The streets are empty, there’s darkness on the edge of town, and music professors flee into their shabby sheds to debate the most vital question of their lives: “Which is the best rock album of all time?”. We’re heading into the fourth edition since 2012, looking for successors of Selling England by the Pound, Kid A, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Band on the Run and Blood on the Tracks.

Well, tell me how your head feels under something like that, cause it’s no one less than Donald ‘Ramblin’ Oude Kamphuis rejoining the armed forces this year. With last year’s senior student Guus Fog officially graduated now and the long lasting experience of RKH and yours truly, 2015 is about to have a promising musical end game. We wanna get loaded, and we wanna have a good time, so let’s go to the results of the first autumn contemplations (previous year’s ranking between brackets):

DOK:

50. (*) Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (2008)
49. (47) Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)

48. (50) Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane over the Sea (1998)
47. (25) George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (1970)

46. (32) Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
“When the 90’s gave birth to the millennium.”

GvZ:

50. (37) The Band – Music from Big Pink (1968)
49. (42) Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (1969)
48. (*) Tom Waits – Rain Dogs (1985)
47. (49) Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (1966)

46. (34) 13th Floor Elevators – Easter Everywhere (1967)
“Can’t catch your soul while sitting on your arms, man.”

RKH:

50. (*) Talk Talk – Laughing Stock (1991)
49. (30) Neil Young – After the Gold Rush (1970)
48. (50) Radiohead – The King of Limbs (2011)
47. (49) Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

46. (*) Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean (2014)
“Al Green + Canadian fertility symbol = Soul²”

GF:

50. (*) Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – No More Shall We Part (2001)
49. (*) Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene (2005)
48. (*) Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1979)
47. (19) The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle (1968)

46. (39) Eddie Vedder – Into the Wild (2007)
“En nu met de nachtbus naar fucking Londen.”

The end of 2013 is approaching quickly now, and so is the top of our all-time album lists. Kicking off the top half this week with a lot of notorious albums:

DOK:

21. Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
22. The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)
23. Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)
24. Neil Young – After The Gold Rush (1970)
25. George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (1970)

GvZ:

21. (24)  Santana – Abraxas (1970)
22. (16)  Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue (1977)
23. (28)  Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (1966)
24. (*)    Neil Young – Harvest (1972)
25. (27)  The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

RKH:

21. (*)    Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
22. (30)  Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
23. (11)  Bob Dylan – Desire (1976)
24. (35)  Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand (1994)
25. (21)  The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)

The smaller the numbers, the bigger the names, as is clearly the case here. Four artists stand out this time: The Beatles, Radiohead, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Rubber Soul is RKH’s first Beatles album in the list on #25, while it’s DOK’s second on #22 after Sgt. Pepper.  That one is GvZ’s second Fab Four album, preceded by Young and Dylan’s second. Other albums from them are found on the exact same spots in DOK’s and RKH’s lists respectively. Last but not least, Radiohead features both those lists with Kid A as well as OK Computer. The smaller the numbers, the less the variety.

Time to move on with our lists, presenting you another ten magnificent albums:

RKH:

36. Songs: Ohia – The Magnolia Electric Co (2003)
37. Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
38. The Smiths – The Queen is Dead (1986)
39. Panda Bear – Person Pitch (2007)
40. Lou Reed – Berlin (1973)

GvZ:

36. Talking Heads – Remain in Light (1980)
37. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F#A# (Infinity) (1997)
38. George Harrison – All things must pass (1970)
39. Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Déjà Vu (1970)
40. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (1969)

A great variety in genres and years this time, ranging from the origins of hard rock in 1969 (Led Zeppelin) to the highlight of psychedelic pop in 2007 (Person Pitch). No doubt we’ll notice this latter album once more while we count down towards #1. Talking about number ones, Mister van Zwanendonk’s #38 features an album that is without any doubt at the top of  album lists from various people, being an album you want everybody to listen to when putting it on. The contrary goes for Mister Hofmeijer’s #36, an album which he described as being ‘appropriate for the more intimate moments’.

More golden classics next time!

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