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Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings

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The '50s

The book covers 1955-2005, and lists/features albums by year. I'm listing them in chronological order, by decade:

1950s
Frank Sinatra, In the Wee Small Hours
Liberace, Liberace At the Hollywood Bowl
Les Baxter, His Orchestra and Chorus, Tamboo
Original Soundtrack, Rock Around the Clock
Original Soundtrack, The Girl Can't Help It
The Platters, The Platters
Harry Belafonte, Calypso
Ella Fitzgerald, Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook Vol. 1
Hank Williams, Memorial Album
Duke Ellington, Ellington at Newport
Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley, Elvis
Ray Conniff, 'S Wonderful
Chet Atkins, Finger-Style Guitar
Original Soundtrack, Around the World in 80 Days
Tommy Steele, The Tommy Steele Story
Little Richard, Here's Little Richard
Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Lew Lewis
Fats Domino, Rock and Rollin' With Fats Domino
Peggy Lee, Things Are Swingin'
Original Soundtrack, South Pacific
Original Soundtrack, West Side Story
Johnny Mathis, Johnny's Greatest Hits
Chuck Berry, One Dozen Berrys
Sam Cooke, Sam Cooke
Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
Elvis Presley, Elvis' Golden Records
Elvis Presley, 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong: Elvis' Golden Records Vol. 2
Martin Denny, Exotica Vol. 1
Matin Denny, Exotica Vol. 2
Buddy Holly, The Buddy Holly Story
Duane Eddy, Have 'Twangy Guitar Will Travel
Mantovani, Film Encores

Re: Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings

"Mantovani, Film Encores"

1960s

Note: Every now and then, there are albums grouped together (i.e. two Crosby, Stills & Nash albums- one was released in 1970- but, it's listed alongsode the other one, which was released in 1969). Another example is The Who- Quadrophenia was released in 1973, though is listed with Tommy (a 1969 release).

The Kingston Trio, String Along
Joan Baez, Joan Baez
Dinah Washington, Unforgettable
The Everly Brothers, It's Every Time
Billy Fury, The Sound of Fury
The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Time Out
Eddie Cochran, The Eddie Cochran Memorial Album
Original Soundtrack, Hey, Let's Twist!
The Shadows, The Shadows
Ike and Tina Turner, The Soul of Ike and Tina Turner
Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd, Jazz Samba
Booker T. and the MGs, Green Onions
Ray Charles, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music
Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Peter, Paul & Mary, In the Wind
James Brown, Live at the Apollo
Phil Spector, A Christmas Gift FOr You From Phil Spector
The Beatles, Please Please Me
Little Stevie Wonder, The 12 Year Old Genius
Bobby Bland, Call Me/That's the Way Love Is
The Ventures, The Ventures in Space
The Beach Boys, All Summer Long
The Beach Boys, Beach Boys Concert
Muddy Waters, Muddy Waters: Folk Singer
John Coltrane, A Love Supreme
Original Soundtrack, The Sound of Music
Sonny & Cher, Look at Us
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, What Now My Love?
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde
Simon and Garfunkel, Sounds of Silence
The Monkees, The Monkees
The Beatles, Revolver
Otis Redding, Otis Blue
John Mayall, Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton
The Rolling Stones, Aftermath
The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved a Man (The ay I Loved You)
Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow
The Doors, The Doors
Love, Forever Changes
Cream, Disraeli Gears
The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat
Leonard Cohen, Songs of Leonard Cohen
The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Pink Floyd, Piper at the Gates of Dawn
The Rolling Stones, Their Satanic Majesties Request
Diana Ross and the Supremes, Greatest Hits
The Four Tops, The Four Tops Greatest Hits
The Hollies, The Hollies Greatest Hits
Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison
The Byrds, Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Tom Rush, The Circle Game
Moody Blues, Days of the Future Passed
The Who, The Who Sell Out
The Small Faces, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
The Kinks, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation
The Pretty Things, S.F. Sorrow
Elvis Presley, NBC Special
Van Morrison, Astral Weeks
Jimi Hendrix, Electric Ladyland
King Crimson, In the Court of King Crimson
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Trout Mask Replica
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Uncle Meat
The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground
Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby, Stills & Nash
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Deja Vu (1970)
The Temptations, Cloud Nine
Dustry Springfield, Dusty in Memphis
The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Gilded Palace of Sin
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II
The Who, Tommy
The Who, Quadrophenia (1973)

1970s

John Barry/Original Soundtrack, On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water
Cat Stevens, Tea For Tillerman
Curtis Mayfield, Curtis
The Velvet Underground, Loaded
Traffic, John Narleycom Must Die
Free, Fire and Water
Miles Davis, Bitches Brew
Santana, Abraxas
Various Artists, Woodstock
The Grateful Dead, Workingmen's Dead
The Grateful Dead, American Beauty
Black Sabbath, Paranoid
Neil Young, After the Gold Rush
Neil Young, Harvest
George Harrison, All Things Must Pass
Neil Diamond, Taproot Manuscript
Jamesa Taylor, Sweet Baby James
Joni Mitchell, Blue
Carole King, Tapestry
Barbra Streisand, Stoney End
The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers
The Who, Who's Next
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pictures At An Exhibition
T. Rex, Electric Warrior
Marvin Gaye, What's Going On
Sly & the Family Stone, There's a Riot Goin' On
Funkaedlic, Maggot Brain
Led Zeppelin, [Untitled] IV
David Bowie, Hunky Dory
David Bowie, Thr Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And the Spiders From Mars
Nick Drake, Pink Moon
Randy Newman, Sail Away
Compilations, "Hot Hits" and "Top of the Pops"
Various Artists, Nuggets
Deep Purple, Machine Head
Stevie Wonder, Talking Book
Alice Cooper, School's Out
Al Green, I'm Still In Love With You
The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street
Geneis, Foxtrot
Todd Rundgren, Something/Anything?
Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
Faust, The Faust Tapes
John Cale, Paris 1919
Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure
Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
The Carpenters, The Singles 1969-1973
Yes, Tales From Topographic Oceans
Leo Perry and the Upsetters, Blackboard Jungle Dub
Steely Dan, Countdown to Ecstasy
Mike Oldfield, Tubular Bells
Iggy Pop, Raw Power
Kraftwerk, Autobahn
Robert Wyatt, Rock Bottom
Herbie Hancock, Head Hunters
Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark
Patti Smith, Horses
Bob Marley, Natty Dread
Bob Marley, Live!
Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run
Brian Eno, Discreet Music
Jeff Beck, Blow By Blow
Earth, Wind & Fire, Gratitude
Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks
Bob Dylan, The Basement Tapes
Bob Dylan, Desire
Dr. Feelgood, Stupidity
The Ramones, The Ramones
Abba, Arrival
Peter Frampton, Frampton Comes Alive!
Boston, Boston
The Eagles, Hotel California
David Bowie, Low
Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True
Steely Dan, Aja
Weather Report, Heavy Weather
Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bullocks
Talking Heads, Talking Heads 77
Television, Marquee Moon
Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell
Original Soundtrack, Saturday Night Fever
Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
Tom Waits, Blue Valentine
The Rolling Stones, Some Girls
The Police, Outlandos D'Amour
Van Halen, Van Halen
The Band, The Last Waltz
Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Rust Never Sleeps
Michael Jackson, Off the Wall
Ry Cooder, Bop Till You Drop
Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures
Public Image Ltd., Metal Box (U.S. title: Second Edition)
Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants, Stevie Wonder
Pink Floyd, The Wall
The Clash, London Calling

1980s

The Blues Brothers/Original Soundtrack, The Blues Brothers
Dexy's Midnight Runners, Searching For the Young Soul Rebels
AC/DC, Back in Black
Queen, The Game
Dead Kennedys, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegatables
Peter Gabriel, Peter Gabriel 3
Talking Heads, Remain in the Light
Journey, Escape
Motorhead, No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith
Black Flag, Damaged
The Human League, Dare!
Soft Cell, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Adam and the Ants, Prince Charming
Phil Collins, Face Value
Rick James, Street Songs
Michael Jackson, Thriller
Duran Duran, Rio
ABC, The Lexicon of Love
Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska
Doanld Fagen, The Nightfly
Kids From Fame, The Kids From Fame
The Fall, Hex Enduction Hour
David Bowie, Let's Dance
The Police, Synchronicity
R.E.M., Murmur
U2, Under a Blood Red Sky
ZZ Top, Eliminator
Tom Waits, Swordfishtrombones
Lionel Richie, Can't Slow Down
Sade, Diamond Life
Madonna, Like a Virgin
Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Welcome to the Pleasuredome
Wham! Make it Big
Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A.
The Smiths, The Smiths
The Blue Nile, A Walk Across the Rooftops
Tears For Fears, Songs From the Big Chair
The Pogues, Run, Sodomy and the Lash
Kate Bush, Hounds of Love
Bob Dylan, Biograph
Robert Palmer, Riptide
Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms
Paul Simon, Graceland
Metallica, Master of Puppets
Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet
Dwight Yoakam, Guitars, Cadillace, Etc. Etc.
Janet Jackson, Control
Run-DMC, Raising Hell
The Smiths, The Queen is Dead
Aerosmith, Permanent Vacation
INXS, Kick
Guns N' Roses, Appetite For Destruction
Def Leppard, Hysteria
Prince, Sign 'O' The Times
Whitney Houston, Whitney
Terrence Trent D'Arby, Introducing the Hardline According to Terrence Trent D'Arby
U2, The Joshua Tree
Various Artists/Original Soundtrack, La Bamba
The Gipsy Kings, Gipsy Kings
Lyle Lovett, Pontiac
The Pixies, Surfer Rosa
Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman
Talk Talk, Spirit of Eden
Jane's Addiction, Nothing's Shocking
Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation
Youssou N'Dour, The Lion
The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses
Soul II Soul, Club Classics- Volume One
The Cure, Distintegration
John Lee Hooker, The Healer
Robert Johnson, The Complete Recordings
Beastie Boys, Paul's Boutique
NWA, Straight Outta Compton
2 Live Crew, As Nasty As They Wanna Be
De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising

Re: Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings

They manage to put in Bowie's Let's Dance but only Sign o' the Times from Prince's stellar 80s output?

I Can Sympathize...

i.e. Like a Virgin and no Like a Prayer! (not that I don't enjoy LAP).

Maybe they just figured LAV was more important a release than LAP. LAP is represented, though, via The Immaculate Collection, which kicks off the 1990 section.

We're going to see some albums in the 90s that weren't the biggest critical hits, but were commercial blockbusters. Of course, there also are some great critically successful albums included in the 90s, as well. But also one surprising omission- especially since it was one of the 90s most acclaimed and revered efforts. Stay tuned.

Like a Prayer

That surprised me too. Like a Prayer is easily better and more important than Like a Virgin. If they based the inclusion on sales, then why not include 1999 and Purple Rain, both of which being critical darlings that easily surpassed the sales of Sign o' the Times?

Obviously...

I meant to say "not that I don't enjoy *LAV*.

I don't think it's necessarily just sales- the LAV was a huge cultural album. It, along with the first album, were probably more influential (in various ways) than Like a Prayer.

Now, onto the 90s...

1990s

Madonna, The Immaculate Collection
Sinead O'Connor, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Depeche Mode, Violator
Angelo Badalamenti, Soundtrack From Twin Peaks
Nirvana, Nevermind
Pearl Jam, Ten
Metallica, Metallica
Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Primal Scream, Screamadelica
My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
Slint, Spiderland
Seal, Seal (1991)
Garth Brooks, Ropin' the Wind
Eric Clapton, Unplugged
Unplugged EP, Mariah Carey
Various Artists, Uptown MTV Unlugged
Neil Young, Unplugged
Nirvana, MTV Unplugged in New York
R.E.M., Automatic For the People
kd lang, Ingenue
Stereo MC's, Connected
Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine
Whitney Houston/Various Artists, The Bodyguard (Original Soundtrack)
Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream
Sheryl Crow, Tuesday Night Music Club
Dr. Dre, The Chronic
New Order, Republic
Mariah Carey, Music Box
Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Johnny Cash, American Recordings
Jeff Buckley, Grace
Oasis, Definitely Maybe
Blur, Park Life
Pulp, Different Class
Suede, Suede
Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral
Portishead, Dummy
Weezer, Weezer
TLC, CrazySexyCool
Radiohead, The Bends
Phish, A Live One
Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill
Celine Dion, The French Album (U.K. title: D'Eux)
Bjork, Post
PJ Harvey, To Bring You My Love
Garbage, Garbage
No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom
Beck, Odelay
The Fugees, The Score
Spice Girls, Spice
Marilyn Manson, Antichrist Superstar
Aphex Twin, Richard D. James Album
2 Pac, All Eyez On Me
The Notorious B.I.G., Life After Death
Puff Daddy and the Family, No Way Out
Buena Vista Social Club, Buena Vista Social Club
Bob Dylan, Time Out of Mind
Shania Twain, Come on Over
Radiohead, OK Computer
The Prodigy, The Fat of the Land
The Verve, Urban Hymns
Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
The Flaming Lips, Zaireeka
Air, Moon Safari
Fatboy Slim, You've Come a Long Way, Baby
Madonna, Ray of Light
Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach, Painted From Memory
Jay-Z, Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life
Korn, Follow the Leader
Dixie Chicks, Wide Open Spaces
Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Moby, Play
Britney Spears, ...Baby One More Time
Santana, Supernatural
Blink-182, Enema of the State
Creed, Human Clay
David Bowie, Hours...

Creed

Creed has contributed as much as Prince to musical legacy? This is a riot!

Re: Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings

Great job JR!

However, as there are no Massive Attack albums listed, this list cannot be included.

Re: Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings

I agree with Henrik, but I want to go one step further: All lists that do not include at least one Teenage Fanclub should be excluded from AMF.

Silly Henrik...

Don't you know that Massive Attack can't measure up to Creed?

Or Britney Spears, for that matter?

Hehe...

I think that's sarcasm, Henrik, though I cannot be sure!

Massive Attack is mentioned in the text for Portishead's album, as releasing what's regarded as the first trip-hop album. I know- small consolation.

Re: Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings

Yes, the list will be included of course. But it's an odd list, mixing very interesting choices with some quite embarrasing picks. And any list that has "Autobahn" as the best Kraftwerk album is annoying to me. It shows that they don't really listen to them, and dutifully includes the album with the most famous song, rather than any of the later albums, which are much more impressive as a whole.

Re: Hey JR ...

Don't forget to post the list for the 2000s.

2000s

Of course, HW. :)

(BTW- the notable omission for the 1990s- for me- was Lauryn Hill!)

Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP
Radiohead, Kid A
Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory
Queens of the Stone Age, Rated R
Coldplay, Parachutes
Robbie Williams, Sing When You're Winning
Nsync, Celebrity
NERD, In Search Of...
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Miss E... So Addictive
Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor
Gorillaz, Gorillaz
The White Stripes, White Blood Cells
The Strokes, Is This It
The Streets, Original Pirate Material
Dizzee Rascal, Boy in Da Corner
Norah Jones, Come Away With Me
Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
R Kelly & Jay Z, Best of Both Worlds
Justin Timberlake, Justified
Beyonce, Dangerously in Love
Outkast, Speakerboxx/The Love Below
The Darkness, Permission to Land
The White Stripes, Elephant
Brian Wilson, Smile
U2, How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Scissor Sisters, Scissor Sisters
Nelly, Sweat
Nelly, Suit
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
Leonard Cohen, Dear Heather
Kanye West, College Dropout
Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand
The Killers, Hot Fuss
Bloc Party, Silent Alarm
M.I.A., Arular
Common, Be
Foo Fighters, In Your Honor
Coldplay, X&Y
Bruce Springsteen, Devils & Dust

Re: Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings

Thousand thanks, JR!

Re: Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings

2000's list is predictably awful. should have got someone else to write him for him.

The Book Was Compiled By...

7 music writers.

The 1990s and 2000s do look to have their share of "huhs," but like Henrik said, there also are interesting choices along the way, in addition to undisputed classic albums.

Re: Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings

Thanks for posting the list, JR! It's interesting at the very least! :D

Re: Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings - Updated edition

This book has just been issued in a new edition, paired in a reversible format with a companion volume on "Singles".

Here are the 2006 and 2007 albums that have been added to the Albums half of the new book:

2006
Lily Allen, ALRIGHT, STILL
Arctic Monkeys, WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT
Bob Dylan, MODERN TIMES
Joanna Newsom, YS
INTRODUCING JOSS STONE
Amy Winehouse, BACK TO BLACK
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL [original soundtrack]

2007
50 Cent, CURTIS
Arcade Fire, NEON BIBLE
Radiohead, IN RAINBOWS
Britney Spears, BLACKOUT
Timbaland, SHOCK VALUE
Kanye West, GRADUATION

The original edition of the Singles book came out about a year after the Albums one did, and I'm not sure if Henrik or anyone else ever transcribed it for the AM database. Anyone interested?

Definitely...

what year does it go through? And thanks. :)

Re: Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings

Well, the new edition - which, as I said, is one-half of a book (officially titled CLASSIC TRACKS BACK TO BACK) also containing the updated version of the Albums volume - goes through 2007. Thanks.

Ooh, Gotcha...

sure, post whenever you get time. Thanks.

Re: Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings

Sorry for the confusion - when I asked if anyone was interested, I meant was anyone interested in -doing- the transcription of the list. I don't have the book. If I -do- decide to buy it I would of course be happy to transcribe the Singles list, but I don't plan to at the moment.