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Piero Scaruffi is a rock critic, he wrote a number of books on rock music, most recently "A History of Rock Music 1951-2000" (that's what his webpage says, anyway). He seems to be very eccentric in his musical tastes, which is evident in this list.
Here's the list, and there are some other ones on his website, but they seem too messy to post them here.
1. Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
2. The Velvet Underground and Nico - The Velvet Underground and Nico
3. Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom
4. Faust - Faust
5. The Doors - The Doors
6. Popol Vuh - Hosianna Mantra
7. Pere Ubu - Moderne Dance
8. Royal Trux - Twin Infinitives
9. John Fahey - Fare Forward Voyagers
10. Nico - Desert Shore
11. Tim Buckley - Lorca
12. Red Crayola - Parable of Arable Land
13. Klaus Schultze - Irrlicht
14. Nick Cave - The Good Son
15. Lisa Germano - Geek the Girl
16. Morphine - Good
17. Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
18. Neu! - Neu!
19. Foetus - Nail
20. Suicide - Suicide
21. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
22. The Residents - Not Available
23. Pop Group - Y
24. Vampire Rodents - Lullaby Land
25. Husker Du - Zen Arcade
25. Third Ear Band - Third Ear Band
25. Gong - Flying Teapot
I found this site long time ago, but I haven't been able to decide which list that is the most appropriate. I don't think it's the all-time top 25 list, since he has written "The lists for each decade are much more accurate". I have an ambitious plan to add all the ratings at
but it seems too ambitious 'cause I never have the time to do this.
Scaruffi is a revisionist.He wrote the worst comments on the Beatles I 'd ever read.Fans of Bowie,U2 ,Prince and Presley ,you should avoid his site ,unless you are a masochist
I don't think his comments on the Beatles are so bad. While the Beatles were among the most innovative acts of their time they never strayed very far from the mainstream, so if avant-garde music is your thing you may not like them much, but I don't see what's so shocking about it.
I actually like a lot of his Top 25, but just don't get how the Doors fit in there. Either way, those Faust, Robert Wyatt, Red Crayola, and Popol Vuh albums are well worth checking out.