¿Qué edad debes tener para ser un clásico? No lo sé, alguien puede decirlome? Tal vez sea una pregunta en un concurso de música. Cualquiera que sea la respuesta, siempre y cuando haya buenos visuales. ¿Alguien puede pasar las albóndigas?
|25||Crosby Stills Nash & Young||Déjà Vu||1970||*|
|23||The Kinks||The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society||1968||25|
|22||Leonard Cohen||You Want It Darker||2016||43|
|21||Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds||Push the Sky Away||2013||*|
|25||Genesis||The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway||1974||13|
|24||My Morning Jacket||Z||2005||17|
|23||Animal Collective||Merriweather Post Pavillion||2009||21|
|22||The Twilight Sad||Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters||2007||*|
|21||Buffalo Springfield||Buffalo Springfield Again||1967||28|
|25||Kids See Ghosts||Kids See Ghosts||2018||*|
|24||Genesis||The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway||1974||6|
|23||Fleet Foxes||Helplessness Blues||2011||*|
|22||Donald Fagen||The Nightfly||1982||21|
He can’t afford to stop, that is what he believe. He’ll keep on digging for a thousand years.
|30||Yes||The Yes Album||1971||42|
|29||The Moody Blues||In Search of the Lost Chord||1968||18|
|27||David Bowie||The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust||1972||43|
|26||Neil Young||After The Gold Rush||1970||25|
|25||Genesis||Selling England by the Pound||1973||20|
|24||The Beatles||The Beatles (White Album)||1968||31|
|23||Crosby Stills Nash & Young||Déjà Vu||1970||23|
|22||Pink Floyd||The Dark Side of the Moon||1973||22|
|30||Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds||The Boatman’s Call||1997||*|
|29||Bob Dylan||Time Out of Mind||1997||*|
|28||The Beatles||Abbey Road||1969||*|
|27||Tom Waits||Closing Time||1973||*|
|26||Neil Young||Harvest Moon||1992||26|
|25||The Kinks||The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society||1968||*|
|23||The Beatles||The Beatles (White Album)||1968||*|
|30||The Rolling Stones||Sticky Fingers||1971||16|
|29||Van Morrison||Astral Weeks||1968||19|
|28||Buffalo Springfield||Buffalo Springfield Again||1967||43|
|27||The Beatles||Abbey Road||1969||23|
|25||Kraftwerk||Trans Europe Express||1977||27|
|24||Beach Boys||Pet Sounds||1966||*|
|23||13th Floor Elevators||Easter Everywhere||1967||*|
|22||The Rolling Stones||Let It Bleed||1969||11|
|21||Animal Collective||Merriweather Post Pavillion||2009||33|
1. Swan Lake – Pleasure Vessels (Beast Moans, 2006) [singlepic id=115 w=80 h=50 float=left]
Debut album from so-called Canadian supergroup (Mercer, Bejar and Krug). Krug provided the album title by describing its sound as ‘a boar dying in a tar pit’, which is also a way of saying that it’s not quite as good as the music they produced earlier with their respective bands. They released a second album in 2009, but their debut didn’t convince me to obtain that one.
2. The Beatles – Dr. Robert (Revolver, 1966) [singlepic id=339 w=80 h=50 float=left]
Many words were written about the true identity of Doctor Robert, who according to Sir Paul ‘kept New York high’. Apparently, it was not at all John Lennon, Robert MacPhail or Bob Dylan, but dr. Robert Freymann, the New York doc who provided the wealthy ‘Upper East Siders’ with vitamin shots including amphetamins.
3. Pearl Jam – Love Boat Captain (Riot Act, 2002) [singlepic id=338 w=80 h=50 float=left]
From the seventh Pearl Jam, that was released after a one year sabbatical (following the death of 9 fans at the Roskilde festival). Keyboards player Kenneth Gaspar made his entrance on this album, and most notably on this track. Adding a keyboards player was part of Pearl Jam being open to new things, which apparently also included having an opinion about things, instead of concentrating on the writing of exceedingly strong songs.
4. Paul Simon – Homeless (Graceland, 1986) [singlepic id=20 w=80 h=50 float=left]
One of those numerous gems on this absolute classic. The track is sung by Simon together with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, whose singer Joseph Shabalala co-wrote the song with Simon. Mister Shabalala came up with the music, which he lent from a traditional Zulu wedding tune, and the Zulu lyrics, while Mister Simon delivered the English lyrics.
5. The Decemberists – Cocoon (Castaways and Cutouts, 2002) [singlepic id=156 w=80 h=50 float=left]
Another one from 2002, this debut album from Portland’s finest band, entirely written by singer Colin Meloy. It was a pleasant first acquaintance with the band for me, and meanwhile I’ve become fan of later work, for example Picaresque that was released three years later. Besides Meloy’s affairs with the band, he also proceeds with a solo career by covering songs from his musical heroes like Morrissey and Sam Cooke.
6. Fistful of Mercy – In Vain or True (As I Call You Down, 2010) [singlepic id=337 w=80 h=50 float=left]
More music from the 21st century, this opening song from Fistful of Mercy’s only album. Another example of a so-called super group, consisting of Joseph Arthur, Dhani Harrison, Ben Harper and… Jim Keltner on drums! Keltner earlier played on solo-albums from John Lennon, Ringo Starr as well as Harrison’s father, and would even provide the drums on both Traveling Wilburys albums as Buster Sidebury. This is the most noteworthy fact about this album, that above all contains lots of embarrassing failures.
7. Animal Collective – No More Running (Merriweather Post Pavillion, 2009) [singlepic id=118 w=80 h=50 float=left]
From the same era, with a gem from one its greatest pop albums, created after the temporary departure of guitarist Deakin. Not that he’s a bad guitar player, but it obliged the group to renew their sound once more. An average band would perhaps replace the man, but inspired by Panda Bear’s genius’ Person Pitch, Animal Collective chose to replace the instrument.
8. Phish – Golgi Apparatus (Junta, 1989) [singlepic id=39 w=80 h=50 float=left]
Debut album from this obstinate band, on which absurdity is permanently lurking, musically as well as lyrically.
9. Bob Dylan – Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Live 1966: The ‘Royal Albert Hall’ Concert, 1998) [singlepic id=335 w=80 h=50 float=left]
Great recording from one of rock’s most notorious concerts, at the Manchester Free Trade Hall during Dylan’s 1966 world tour (falsely attributed to the Royal Albert Hall). This classic from Highway 61 Revisited is to be found on side 2, with Dylan playing electrically together with The Hawks.
10. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Ice Age (Love This Giant, 2012) [singlepic id=336 w=80 h=50 float=left]
Closing in style with more recent work, although there’s clearly a veteran involved this time. Love This Giant was a collaboration between former Talking Heads guru David Byrne with art rock woman St. Vincent (Oklahoma). Most hit sensitive song on the album.
Time for another 15 timeless records with the next section of the 50 albums you must hear before buying yourself a house, with a lot of albums from the past decade this time. We run into Funeral and The King of Limbs again, while also Songs:Ohia, Queens of the Stone Age, Animal Collective, KORT and Wilco’s excellent Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (twice) gain a spot in this weeks lists.
41. Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R (2000)
42. Radiohead – The King of Limbs (2011)
43. Songs: Ohia – The Magnolia Electric Co. (2003)
44. Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St. (1972)
45. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
41. (22) Fleetwood Mac – Bare Trees (1972)
42. (18) King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)
43. (*) Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion (2009)
44. (*) Blind Faith – Blind Faith (1969)
45. (46) Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
41. (40) Lou Reed – Berlin (1973)
42. (44) Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen (1993)
43. (*) Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
44. (*) KORT – Invariable Heartache (2010)
45. (*) Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)
Last poll asked whose vocal harmonies you like best. The B-bands happened to be clear favorites, as The Beatles won the vote before The Beach Boys and The Byrds. With the new poll you can give your opinion about your favorite George Harrison composition.