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Bruckmaiers 101 Most Important Albums Of Pop History

Henrik, dear,

I've recently rediscovered a book from Swiss music journalist Karl Bruckmaier published in 1998 named
"SOUNDCHECK - THE 101 MOST IMPORTANT ALBUMS OF POP HISTORY",
listed as follows:

o 1/2 JAPANESE: 1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts
o JOHNNY ADAMS: Johnny Adams Sings Doc Pomus/The Real Me
o AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB: Mercury
o DEREK BAILEY: Guitar, Drums 'n' Bass
o THE BEACH BOYS: Surf's Up
o BEASTS OF BOURBON: Low Road
o PETER BLEGVAD: Downtime
o DOCK BOGGS: Complete Early Recordings 1927-29
o TIM BUCKLEY: Happy Sad
o THE BYRDS: Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
o DAVID BYRNE: Feelings
o JOHN CALE: Music For A New Society
o CAPTAIN BEEFHEART/MAGIC BAND: Clear Spot
o CARTER FAMILY: The Roses Bloom In Dixieland - The Complete Victor Recordings 1929-1939
o JOHNNY CASH: American Recordings
o NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS: Your Funeral My Trial
o JAMES CHANCE & THE CONTORTIONS: Live Aux Bains Douches
o LEONARD COHEN: New Skin For The Old Ceremony
o RY COODER: Paradise And Lunch
o DAF: Alles Ist Gut
o DJ SHADOW: Endtroducing....
o DR. JOHN: City Lights
o BOB DYLAN & THE BAND: The Basement Tapes
o BOB DYLAN: Desire
o BOB DYLAN. Good As I Been To You
o TAV FALCO & PANTHER BURNS: Behind The Magnolia Curtain
o FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD: Welcome To The Pleasure Dome
o ROBERT FRIPP: Let The Power Fall
o FSK: FSK Bei Alfred
o JERRY GARCIA BAND: Jerry Garcia Band
o JERRY GARCIA/DAVID GRISMAN/PETER ROWAN et al:: Old And In The Way
o GASTR DEL SOL: Camoufleur
o THE GO-BETWEENS: 16 Lovers Lane
o GOLDEN SMOG: Down By The Old Mainstream
o THE GUN CLUB: Fire Of Love
o DAN HICKS & THE HOT LICKS: Striking It Rich
o BILLIE HOLIDAY: Lady Day
o JOHN LEE HOOKER: Endless Boogie
o MICHAEL HURLEY: Watertower
o JANET JACKSON: The Velvet Rope
o ROBERT JOHNSON: Complete Recordings
o KRAFTWERK: Computerwelt
o KRS-ONE: The Return Of The Boom Bap
o LED ZEPPELIN: III
o ANDY MACKAY: Resolving Contradictions
o TAJ MAHAL: Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff
o GRANT McLENNAN: Horsebreaker Star
o MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS: Stop And Listen
o JONI MITCHELL. Blue
o JONI MITCHELL: Hejira
o MOTÖRHEAD: Overkill
o PALACE MUSIC: Viva Last Blues
o VAN DYKE PARKS & BRIAN WILSON: Orange Crate Art
o GRAM PARSONS: Live 1973
o PERE UBU: New Picnic Time
o DER PLAN: Geri Reig/Normalette Surprise
o PRINCE: Sign 'O' The Times
o LOU REED: Street Hassle
o JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS: Jonathan Sings!
o THE ROCHES: Nurds
o THE ROLLING STONES: The Rolling Stones
o THE ROLLING STONES: Beggars Banquet
o THE ROLLING STONES: Let It Bleed
o THE ROLLING STONES: Exile On Main Street
o ROXY MUSIC: Country LIfe
o ROYAL TRUX: Accelerator
o LUKE SLATER: Freek Funk
o SLEATER-KINNEY: Dig Me Out
o SOULED AMERICAN: Around The Horn
o SOUNDGARDEN: Badmotorfinger
o SPARKLEHORSE: Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot
o THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION: Now I Got Worry
o STATUS QUO: Piledriver
o STEPHEN STILLS: Manassas
o SUBTLE TEASE: The Goings Of An Offer
o THIS HEAT: This Heat
o MAYO THOMPSON: Corky's Debt To His Father
o TORTOISE: Millions Now Living Will Never Die
o T. REX: Electric Warrior
o TRICKY: Angels With Dirty Faces
o IKE TURNER & THE KINGS OF RHYTHM: Hey Hey
o TOWNES VAN ZANDT: Our Mother The Mountain
o BEN VAUGHN/ALAN VEGA/ALEX CHILTON: Cubist Blues
o THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Loaded
o TOM VERLAINE: Warm And Cool
o VIOLENT FEMMES: Violent Femmes
o TOM WAITS: The Heart Of Saturday Night
o WILCO: Being There
o HANK WILLIAMS: The Original Singles Collection... Plus
o ROBERT WYATT: Nothing Can Stop Us
o X: Los Angeles
o XTC: Waxworks - Some Singles/Beeswax - Some B Sides
o NEIL YOUNG: Harvest
o NEIL YOUNG: Zuma
o FRANK ZAPPA/THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION: Freak Out!
o V.A.: Anthology Of American Folk Music (Edited by Harry Smith)
o V.A.: Atlantlic Rhythm And Blues 1947-1974
o V.A.: Axiom Dub - Mysteries Of Creation (Edited by Bill Laswell)
o V.A.: International Deejay Gigolo
o V.A.: Talvin Singh Presents: Anokha - Soundz Of The Asian Underground
o V.A.: Wanna Buy A Bridge?

Worthwile having a glimpse at it though..

Re: Bruckmaiers 101 Most Important Albums Of Pop History

He was obviously more a Stones guy than a Beatles guy. But those jerks from Liverpool never made any important albums anyway; at least nothing as important as that Golden Smog album.

Re: Bruckmaiers 101 Most Important Albums Of Pop History

... no Beatles, no David Bowie, no Bruce Springsteen, no Jimi Hendrix...

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Re: Bruckmaiers 101 Most Important Albums Of Pop History

I agree to disagree with the choices here. I like it when someone dares to be a bit different.

Thanks, Netjade!

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who else is a notable omission. But I agree with Henrik in his assertion of difference.

And, excuse me- while Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope is a strong album, how it is more important than Control- or even Rhythm Nation?

Re: Bruckmaiers 101 Most Important Albums Of Pop History

Well, it's alright to list your personal favourites, but claiming they're the most important albums in pop music history is rubbish. They're not.

Re: Bruckmaiers 101 Most Important Albums Of Pop History

It's weird enough to be not just odd but downright wonderful in its all-out oddity. And there ARE plenty of fine albums in there. Thanks a lot, Netjade :-)

Re: Bruckmaiers 101 Most Important Albums Of Pop History

OK, just to put things right due to the immediate yet appropriate question marks that’ve emerged considering someone elegantly called Karl Bruckmaier who stated a questionable if wonderful in its all-out oddity (you’re welcome, Snusmumrik) “most important albums list“, let me quote some lines from that book to make his prior ambition clear:
“To prevent any misunderstanding: This is not a book about the 101 BEST albums of pop history, no compendium of commonly appreciated and objective merits and achievements some Professor Pop has impressed his approval stamp on. This is just a commented record collection, a subjectively compiled sample case. Each entry, each nomination stands there as a hyperlink: click on and search further. Find. Discover. Record collecting is a game that shouldn’t be played on the basis of best of lists and for the sake of some completeness’ fetish but merely with an almost erotic attitude toward music, with the tendency to amazing solutions, with aesthetical venture, even with bigmouthed self production on my account. A game always means as well: MY game, MY world, MY point of view.“
Pretentious words to qualify a pretentious title, so to say, and while being somewhat unsuitable for your AM evaluation, Henrik, according to its insisting subjectivety nonetheless the whole book is wittily and circumspectly written (in its “conciliable“ appendix it provides the (German) Rolling Stone All Time Top 100 from ’97 to relate to) - I really enjoyed reading and getting inspiration from it back in ‘98. Otherwise I STILL condemn old Brucky for making me buy the Golden Smog album (sarcastically on the spot, Rocky, and yes - that guy obviously IS a combating Stones guy, even emphasizing Surf’s Up (not Smile) as the true artistical achievement that eventually neutralized the Sgt. Pepper halo...)

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jeezzz, come on, a list that’s embedding james chance, mayo thompson, peter blegvad, robert fripp, mark linkous, van zandt, van vliet, robert wyatt, tav falco, jon spencer, “cubist blues“ & “viva last blues“ SIMPLY CAN’T BE THAT SELF POSSESSED. asking for the usual indulgent cast like springsteen, lennon/mccartney, hendrix or bowie is wholly out of place if not pesky!! not that these latters are not worth being memorably mentioned but spotting a list WITHOUT them is pretty thumping - and refreshlingly varied. i'd really like to study that brucky book

Re: Bruckmaiers 101 Most Important Albums Of Pop History

yeah, it sounds like a terrific book :-)