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Ver la luna brillando a través de los árboles, y escucha la música procedente de los salones. Dicen que debería ir a Marrakech, pero no quiero hacer tu trabajo sucio no más. Trato de encontrar un compromiso, pero a pesar de toda mi rabia, sigo siendo sólo una rata en una jaula.

Ver personas corriendo entre ellos, cazando regalos. ¿Quién está en un bunker? Mujeres y niños primero, y si es un bus de dos pisos choca contra nosotros, entonces podemos estrechar la mano de un antiguo presidente.

Los que son dulces recibirán golosinas y podrán ir a España, los que son traviesos recibirán el látigo y tiene que ir a Marrakech. Oooh, no quiero ir…¡si solo pudiera escuchar mis discos favoritos en casa!… A veces extraño el whisky y extraño los buenos tiempos. Debe ser porque tuve gripe esta Navidad, y no me siento a la par… y, sin embargo, quieren que vaya a Marrakech…

Yo iré entonces, y elijo rapido unos discos para el camino.

#  Artist Album Year 2017
30 Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind 1997 29
29 Steely Dan Can’t Buy A Thrill 1972 *
28 Paul McCartney & Wings Band on the Run 1973 14
27 Radiohead OK Computer 1997 40
26 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead 1986 38
Artist Album Year 2017
30 David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust 1972 19
29 13th Floor Elevators Easter Everywhere 1967 23
28 Radiohead Kid A 2000 26
27 Kraftwerk Trans Europe Express 1977 25
26 Crosby Stills Nash & Young Déjà Vu 1970 34
Artist Album Year 2016
30 Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West 1997 *
29 DJ Shadow Entroducing 1996 7
28 Lee Hazlewood Cowboy in Sweden 1970 41
27 Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 1995 *
26 Paul Simon Graceland 1986 28

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:

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
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
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

Look out Cleveland, don’t reach for the secret too soon: #45-41:


45. (37) Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion (2009)
44. (*) Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues/ The Lyre of Orpheus (2004)
43. (35) Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
42. (49) DJ Shadow – Endtroducing… (1996)

41. (*) Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2011)
“I’ll get back to you on Wednesday, soon you will see.”


45. (*) My Morning Jacket – Circuital (2011)
44. (25) Brian Wilson – SMiLE (2004)
43. (31) Fleetwood Mac – Bare Trees (1972)
42. (38) Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion (2009)

41. (45) The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground (1969)
“Fast, slow, rough, gentle: black leather folk.”


45. (15) Van Morrison – Moondance (1970)
44. (34) Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand (1994)
43. (28) The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966)
42. (28) The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

41. (47) Lee Hazlewood – Cowboy in Sweden (1970)
“The sound and definition of a Free Spirit.”


45. (*) Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
44. (20) Neil Young – Harvest (1972)
43. (30) David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust… (1972)
42. (48) Shearwater – Palo Santo (2006)

41. (47) Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (2008)
“Slecht te been, gelegen in een ziekenhuisbed, schudt Neil even dit album van tussen de lakens uit.”

With the end of another year in sight, it’s time to set in an annual tradition by asking albumblog’s music professors the vitally important question: “Which are the best rock albums of all time?”. It’s the third edition since 2012, when GenesisSelling England by the Pound was jointly picked by R.K. Hofmeijer and G. van Zwanendonk as the ultimate best album of all time. Last year they were joined by senior student musicology D. Oude-Kamphuis, resulting in top positions for Kid A, The Velvet Underground & Nico and Band on the Run respectively.

However, DOK didn’t put enough time in his postdoc last year, clearing the way for this year’s senior student Guus Fog to join the action. This is the first part of their contemplation’s result, with #50-41 (GvZ’s & RKH’s last year’s ranking between brackets):


50. (*) Donald Fagen – The Nightfly (1982)
Turning craftsmanship into mastership.”

49. (47) Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (1966)
The Breakfast Album.”

48. (*) Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1979)
Essential postcard of the hanging.”

47. (46) Jefferson Airplane – After Bathing at Baxter’s (1967)
“If you try, you can almost smell 1967.”

46. (*) Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (2011)
Deep in the woods, the dwarfs are gathering around a little folk bar where pixies play the blues.

45. (39) The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground (1969)
Rarely did a band make such an abrupt sound switch without losing a single bit of its quality.

44. (*) The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree (2005)
There’s gonna be a party when the wolf comes home!

43. (27) The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (1971)
“Second part of one of rock’s most impressive trilogies.”

42. (38) Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (1969)
Take me back down where cool water flows.

41. (28) Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Although born in ’85, most of my time on university was spent on air guitaring on ‘Time’.


50. (47) Radiohead – The King of Limbs (2011)
Let’s try to redefine modern rock music once more. To be continued.

49. (43) Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
I am Yankee. I shall play you the song of my people.

48. (39) J.J. Cale – Naturally (1972)
Pass me the peace pipe and let me pet the buffalo.

47. (33) Lee Hazlewood – Cowboy in Sweden (1970)
Diary of a psychedelic cowboy.

46. (36) Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)
I meant what I sang there. I truly truly did.

45. (26) Panda Bear – Person Pitch (2007)
Brain Wilson’s illegitimate child. Loves sand boxes.

44. (42) Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen (1993)
Greg Dulli thinks you’re a wimp and he’s probably right.

43. (29) Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)
Pass me the joint and let me pet the dragon.

42. (50) Lambchop – How I Quit Smoking (1996)
I smoke sixteenthousand packs of sigarettes a day. These are my musings.

41. (*) The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)
Loose the walrus, perfect the vocal harmonies. That tune is mellow, man


50. Richard and Linda Thompson – Shoot Out the Lights (1982)
Dit album hoort hoger. Nummer 25 ofzo.

49. Phosphorescent – To Willie (2009)
Vuurvliegen tijdens een zomernacht op the countryside te Lille.

48. Shearwater – Palo Santo (2006)
Pure natuur, gemaakt door een birdwatcher op een onbewoond eiland.

47. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (2008)

46. Tom Waits – Rain Dogs (1985)
Herfst, winter, whisky en sigaren!

45. Mogwai – Mogwai Young Team (1997)
Voor iedereen die tijdens de stiltes van ‘Like Herod’ zijn volumeknop nog verder opendraait.

44. Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue (1977)
Barokke plaat, bedacht in de pure Zwitserse Alpen.

43. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (1969)
De enige muziek waarin ik en mijn vader elkaar vinden.

42. Neil Young – On the Beach (1974)
Mijn favoriete plaat, tot ik gelukkiger werd.

41. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2004)
Wie zich herkent in de vrouw van ‘Nature Boy’ mag mij mailen.

Going up in our lists with another fine selection of records this week. We ran into some of them already, like The Magnolia Electric Co and Tea for the Tillerman, which are shared by DOK and RKH. The lists of GvZ and RKH to the contrary barely have anything in common to this point, best illustrated by their number of albums from  the sixties: 13 versus… 1 (The Velvet Underground & Nico).


31. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
32. Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
33. Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick (1972)
34. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
35. Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman (1970)


31. (26)  The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)
32. (41)  Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)
33. (31)  The Band – Music from Big Pink (1968)
34. (9)    The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)
35. (19)  The Move – Shazam (1970)


31. (20)  Prince – Purple Rain (1984)
32. (34)  Santana – Abraxas (1970)
33. (10)  Lee Hazlewood – Cowboy in Sweden (1970)
34. (36)  Song:Ohia – The Magnolia Electric Co (2003)
35. (32)  Pixies – Doolittle (1989)

However, a similarity shows up this week, as both professors present one  of their top ten albums from last year, dropping into the lower regions. The Beatles’ Rubber Soul is one of them, together with DOK’s Sgt. Pepper being the first albums from the Fab Four. Another remarkable choice: the legendary Thick As A Brick, a personal favorite from the local record magnate. Has the 50 Albums you must hear before you buy a house recently become a victim of a powerful lobby?

We can see the end of the year now, just like the absolute top of our lists looms up slowly. Entering the top 10, the lists of both music professors finally start to display some resemblances. Let’s have a look at some of the last albums you have to dig through before signing that contract of your new house:


6. Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)
7. Brian Wilson – SMiLE (2004)
8. Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)
9. Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run (1973)
10. Lee Hazlewood – Cowboy in Sweden (1970)


6. Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)
7. Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run (1973)
8. Panda Bear – Person Pitch (2007)
9. Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)
10. Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (1967)

Something that immediately stands out is the fact that both lists are topped by Mister Simon’s Graceland. This fantastic album full of melody and fascinating little stories has already become a true classic throughout the years and is best served on a Greek beach full of second hand beer salesmen. Another album that appears in both lists is Paul McCartney’s Band on the Run. Three years after the dissolution of the Beatles, Macca (just like Simon would do 13 years later to record Graceland) went to Africa to make the most successful (at least commercially) album of an ex-Beatle. It goes without saying that both albums are absolute must haves in your record collection.

McCartney is represented two more times this week, together with his three former buddies. Mister Hofmeijer presents Abbey Road on #8 (earlier to be found at GvZ’s #11), while mister van Zwanendonk presents his third Fab Four album at #9 with Rubber Soul (RKH: #21). Two other albums that were met earlier are SMiLE (GvZ: #14) and Person Pitch (RKH: #39). What remains are the two number tens. Mister Hofmeijer offers this spot to his personal idol Lee Hazlewood, who he is trying to become since he first saw him. Meanwhile, mister van Zwanendonk gives you a Surrealistic Pillow to spend the holidays with, as psychedelic distorted guitars and westcoast vocal harmonies were never fused together better than on this 1967 classic, which is of course added to the poll. See you next time for the final end of the lists!


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