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Jerzy Skarżyński "Unforgettable albums in rock history"

Jerzy Skarżyński works in Polish radio and also has a regular column dedicated to famous rock albums in one of the Polish newspapers. In 2004 he published a book containing write-ups fis fabourite albums of the rock's golden era (1967-1979), this year a second volume came out, covering punk, new wave and all of the 80s. The Polish title of both books is "Niezapomnione płyty w historii rocka"

VOL. 1:
The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
Jimi Hendrix "Electric Ladyland"
Big Brother and the Holding Company "Cheap Thrills"
The Doors "The Doors"
The Beatles "The Beatles"
The Moody Blues "Days of Future Passed"
King Crimson "In the Court of the Crimson King"
Deep Purple "Concerto for Group and Orchestra"
Andrew Lloyd Webber "Jesus Christ Superstar"
Pink Floyd "Atom Heart Mother"
Colloseum "Valentyne Suite"
Led Zeppelin "Led Zeppelin"
Deep Purple "In Rock"
Black Sabbath "Paranoid"
Omega "100000 Lepes"
The Beatles "Abbey Road"
John Lennon "Plastic Ono Band"
Paul McCartney "Ram"
George Harrison "All Things Must Pass"
Cat Stevens "Tea for the Tillerman"
Jethro Tull "Aqualung"
Led Zeppelin "Led Zeppelin III"
Budgie "Squawk"
Emerson, Lake and Palmer "Emerson, Lake and Palmer"
Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon"
Yes "Close to the Edge"
Rick Wakeman "The Six Wives of Henry VIII"
Focus "Moving Waves"
The Mahavishnu Orchestra "Inner Mountain Flame"
Santana "Caravanserai"
War "The World Is a Ghetto"
Credence Clearwater Revival "Cosmo's Factory"
UFO "Flying One Hour Space Rock"
Wishbone Ash "Argus"
Omega "Ejszakai Orzagut"
King Crimson "Larks' Tongues in Aspic"
Jethro Tull "Thick As a Brick"
Genesis "Selling England by the Pound"
Pink Floyd "Wish You Were Here"
Supertramp "Crime of the Century"
Electric Lights Orchestra "On the Third Day"
Elton John "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
Stevie Wonder "Songs in the Key of Life"
Mike Oldfield "Tubular Bells"
Cat Stevens "Foreigner"
Rare Bird "Epic Forest"
Led Zeppelin "Led Zeppelin IV"
Deep Purple "Machine Head"
"Woodstock"
Jimi Hendrix "Band of the Gypsys"
The Allman Brothers Band "The Fillmore Concerts"
Free "Live"
Emerson, Lake and Palmer "Pictures at an Exhibition"
Procol Harum "Live: The Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Da Camera Singers"
Deep Purple "Made in Japan"
Uriah Heep "Live"
Colloseum "Live"
Wishbone Ash "Live Dates"
Omega "ELO"
King Crimson "Red"
Yes "Tales from Topographic Oceans"
Emerson, Lake and Palmer "Trilogy"
Free "Heartbreaker"
Bad Company "Bad Company"
Led Zeppelin "Physical Graffiti"
Black Sabbath "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
Budgie "Bandolier"
Nazareth "Hair of the Dog"
Rainbow "Rising"
John Lord "Sarabande"
Refugee "Refugee"
UK "UK"
Genesis "Wind and Wuthering"
Steve Hillage "Green"
Jethro Tull "Song from the Wood"
Procol Harum "Grand Hotel"
Queen "A Night at the Opera"
Paul McCartney "Band on the Run"
Electric Lights Orchestra "Out of the Blue"
The Alan Parsons Project "Tales of Mystery and Imagination"
Camel "Music Inspired by Snow Goose"
Reneissance "Scheherezade and Other Stories"
Bob Dylan "Desire"
The Eagles "Hotel California"
The Rolling Stones "Black and Blue"
Steely Dan "Aja"
Kansas "Two for the Show"
Genesis "Seconds Out"
Jethro Tull "Heavy Horses"
Supertramp "Even in Quietest Moments"
Rush "A Farewell to Kings"
Kate Bush "The Kick Inside"
Fleetwood Mac "Tusk"
Jeff Wazne's Musical Version of "The War of the Worlds"
Yes "Drama"
Rush "Permanent Waves"
Wishbone Ash "Just Testing"
Thin Lizzy "Live and Dangerous"
Pink Floyd "The Wall"

VOL. 2:
Sex Pistols "Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols"
Talking Heads "Talking Heads: 77"
The Police "Reggatta De Blanc"
Dire Straits "Dire Straits"
Bob Dylan "Slow Train Coming"
Kate Bush "Lionheart"
Peter Gabriel "Peter Gabriel III"
David Bowie "Scary Monsters"
Roxy Music "Flesh + Blood"
Jon And Vangelis "Short Stories"
Ultravox "Vienna"
Joy Division "Closer"
John Lennon/Yoko Ono "Double Fantasy"
AC/DC "Back In Black"
Gillan "Mr Universe"
Rainbow "Down To Earth"
Black Sabbath "Heaven And Hell"
Kate Bush "Never For Ever"
Paul McCartney "Tug Of War"
Electric Light Orchestra "Time"
The Moody Blues "Long Distance Voyager"
Flash And The Pan "Lights In The Night"
Jon And Vangelis "The Friends Of Mr. Cairo"
King Crimson "Discipline"
Roxy Music "Avalon"
Rush "Moving Pictures"
Judas Priest "British Steel"
Gillan "Glory Road"
Rainbow "Difficult To Cure"
Black Sabbath "Mob Rules"
U2 "War"
The Police "Synchronicity"
Yes "90 125"
Frankie Goes To Hollywood "Welkome To The Pleasure Dome"
David Bowie "Let's Dance"
Genesis "Genesis"
Peter Gabriel "Peter Gabriel IV"
Kate Bush "The Dreaming"
Gillan "Future Shock"
Iron Maiden "The Number Of The Beast"
Scorpions "Blackout"
Rainbow "Bent Out Of Shape"
Black Sabbath "Live Evil"
Rush "Exit...Stage Left"
Peter Gabriel "Plays Live"
Supertramp "Paris"
Supertramp "...Famous Last Words..."
Pink Floyd "The Final Cut"
Marillion "Script For A Jester's Tear"
The Smiths "The Smiths"
The Waterboys "A Pagen Place"
U2 "The Unforgettable Fire"
Clannad "Legend"
Cocteau Twins "Treasure'
This Mortal Coil "I'll End Tears"
Camel "Stationary Traveller"
Thin Lizzy "Thunder And Lightning"
Iron Maiden "Powerslave"
Black Sabbath "Born Again"
Deep Purple "Perfect Strangers"
Bruce Springsteen "Born in U.S.A."
Rogers Waters "The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking"
Bryan Ferry "Boys And Girls"
Sting "The Dream Of The Blue Turtles"
Mick Jagger "She's The Boss"
Talking Heads "Little Creatures"
Dire Straits "Brother In Arms"
Marillion "Misplaced Childhood"
Red Box "The Circle and The Square"
Talk Talk "The Colour Of Spring"
Emerson, Lake and Powell "Emerson Lake and Powell"
This Mortal Coil "Filgree And Shadow"
Dead Can Dance "Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun"
Peter Gabriel "So"
Kate Bush "Hounds Of Love"
Sinead O'Connor "The Lion And The Cobra"
Suzanne Vega "Solitue Standing"
Joni Mitchell "Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm"
Robbie Robertson "Robbie Robertson"
U2 "The Joshua Tree"
The Cure "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me"
Elton John "Live In Australia"
Roger Waters "Radio KAOS"
Pink Floyd "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason"
Jethro Tull "Crest Of A Knave"
Fleetwood Mac "Tango In The Night"
George Harrison "Cloud Nine"
Traveling Wilburys "Volume One"
Gary Moore "Wild Frontier"
Guns N'Roses "Appetite For Destruction"
Metallica "Master Of Puppets"
Whitesnake "1987"
Judas Priest "Painkiller"
Talking Heads "Naked"
The Cure "Disintegration"
Simple Minds "Street Fighting Years"
Peter Gabriel "Passion"
Jonathan Elias "Requiem For The Americas - Songs From The Lost World"
The Rolling Stones "Steel Wheels"
Queen "Innuendo"

Re: Jerzy Skarżyński "Unforgettable albums in rock history"

Thanks Jacek!

Re: Jerzy Skarżyński "Unforgettable albums in rock history"

Jacek, I have a few questions about this list.

1. Have you forgotten one album? I have counted to 99 albums in vol. 1 and 100 albums in vol. 2...

2. Is "Jesus Christ Superstar" the "Original London Concept Recording"?

3. I find it very odd that there is not a single non-English-sung album in a Polish list. I am surprised that there are no picks from the homeland and when I couldn't find any German or other European albums either I started to think that maybe these volumes are restricted to English albums only?

Re: Jerzy Skarżyński "Unforgettable albums in rock history"

I'm surprised you actually took the effort to count the albums, Henrik. Indeed there is one album missing from the first list and it's Rush "Hemispheres".

"Jesus Christ Superstar" is the studio recording, not the soundtrack, if that if what you meant.

As for the lack of Polish or European albums (other than British) as you might have noticed this guy is a classic rock fanatic and most continental rock music wasn't like the one the anglosaxons were making. That's the best explanation I can give, anyway the list wasn't limited to English-sung albums, Omega for instance are a Hungarian band and they don't sing in English.

Re: Jerzy Skarżyński "Unforgettable albums in rock history"

Ha ha, I'm always checking every little detail! Actually the number of records is one parameter that goes into the weighting score.

Thanks for the clarification and I understand the comment about English-sung albums. But I really would like some other languages to come through more. However, I don't expect US/UK critics to make the foreign-language picks. It's the critics from the rest of the world that have to do this work...