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ROLLING STONE 500 Greatest Albums - new book, new rankings

Two years after ROLLING STONE published its poll of the 500 greatest albums of all time, a coffee-table book version of the list has been published -- with a slightly different version of the list.

Basically, they've gone through the original list and deleted a few redundant greatest-hits collections, as well as the British WITH THE BEATLES (dropped in favor of the higher-ranking US release MEET THE BEATLES -- both versions had appeared on the original). They've also substituted Robert Johnson's COMPLETE RECORDINGS for the two KING OF THE DELTA BLUES SINGERS albums and replaced Elvis' SUN SESSIONS with the more comprehensive SUNRISE. Obviously, since albums have been dropped from the first version of the list the positions of all the other albums are changed, and there are now eight completely new entries at the very bottom of the list.

Here is the new RS top 500:

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys
3. Revolver, The Beatles
4. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan
5. Rubber Soul, The Beatles
6. What's Going On, Marvin Gaye
7. Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones
8. London Calling, The Clash
9. Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan
10. The Beatles ("The White Album"), The Beatles
11. Sunrise, Elvis Presley
12. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis
13. Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground
14. Abbey Road, The Beatles
15. Are You Experienced?, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
16. Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan
17. Nevermind, Nirvana
18. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
19. Astral Weeks, Van Morrison
20. Thriller, Michael Jackson
21. The Great Twenty-Eight, Chuck Berry
22. The Complete Recordings, Robert Johnson
23. Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon
24. Innervisions, Stevie Wonder
25. Live at the Apollo (1963), James Brown
26. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac
27. The Joshua Tree, U2
28. Who's Next, The Who
29. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin
30. Blue, Joni Mitchell
31. Bringing It All Back Home, Bob Dylan
32. Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones
33. Ramones, Ramones
34. Music From Big Pink, The Band
35. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, David
36. Tapestry, Carole King
37. Hotel California, The Eagles
38. The Anthology, 1947 - 1972, Muddy Waters
39. Please Please Me, The Beatles
40. Forever Changes, Love
41. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Sex Pistols
42. The Doors, The Doors
43. The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
44. Horses, Patti Smith
45. The Band, The Band
46. Legend, Bob Marley and the Wailers
47. A Love Supreme, John Coltrane
48. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy
49. At Fillmore East, The Allman Brothers Band
50. Here's Little Richard, Little Richard
51. Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Simon and Garfunkel
52. Greatest Hits, Al Green
53. Meet the Beatles, The Beatles
54. The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings,
1952 - 1959, Ray Charles
55. Electric Ladyland, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
56. Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley
57. Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
58. Beggars Banquet, The Rolling Stones
59. Trout Mask Replica, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
60. Greatest Hits, Sly and the Family Stone
61. Appetite for Destruction, Guns n' Roses
62. Achtung Baby, U2
63. Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones
64. Phil Spector, Back to Mono (1958 - 1969), Various Artists
65. Moondance, Van Morrison
66. Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin
67. The Stranger, Billy Joel
68. Off the Wall, Michael Jackson
69. Superfly, Curtis Mayfield
70. Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin
71. After the Gold Rush, Neil Young
72. Star Time, James Brown
73. Purple Rain, Prince
74. Back in Black, AC/DC
75. Otis Blue, Otis Redding
76. Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin
77. Imagine, John Lennon
78. The Clash, The Clash
79. Harvest, Neil Young
80. Odessey and Oracle, The Zombies
81. Graceland, Paul Simon
82. Axis: Bold as Love, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
83. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Aretha Franklin
84. Lady Soul, Aretha Franklin
85. Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen
86. Let It Be, The Beatles
87. The Wall, Pink Floyd
88. At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash
89. Dusty in Memphis, Dusty Springfield
90. Talking Book, Stevie Wonder
91. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
92. 20 Golden Greats, Buddy Holly
93. Sign 'o' the Times, Prince
94. 40 Greatest Hits, Hank Williams
95. Bitches Brew, Miles Davis
96. Green River, Creedence Clearwater Revival
97. Tommy, The Who
98. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan
99. This Year's Model, Elvis Costello
100. There's a Riot Goin' On, Sly and the Family Stone
101. In the Wee Small Hours, Frank Sinatra
102. Fresh Cream, Cream
103. Giant Steps, John Coltrane
104. Sweet Baby James, James Taylor
105. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Ray Charles
106. Rocket to Russia, Ramones
107. Portrait of a Legend 1951 - 1964, Sam Cooke
108. Hunky Dory, David Bowie
109. Aftermath, The Rolling Stones
110. Loaded, The Velvet Underground
111. The Bends, Radiohead
112. If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, The Mamas and the Papas
113. Court and Spark, Joni Mitchell
114. Disraeli Gears, Cream
115. The Who Sell Out, The Who
116. Out of Our Heads, The Rolling Stones
117. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, Derek and the Dominos
118. At Last, Etta James
119. Sweetheart of the Rodeo, The Byrds
120. Stand!, Sly and the Family Stone
121. The Harder They Come Original Soundtrack, Various Artists
122. Raising Hell, Run-DMC
123. Moby Grape, Moby Grape
124. Pearl, Janis Joplin
125. Catch a Fire, Bob Marley and the Wailers
126. Younger Than Yesterday, The Byrds
127. Raw Power, The Stooges
128. Remain in Light, Talking Heads
129. Marquee Moon, Television
130. Paranoid, Black Sabbath
131. Saturday Night Fever Original Soundtrack, Various Artists
132. The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, Bruce Springsteen
133. Ready to Die, The Notorious B.I.G.
134. Slanted and Enchanted, Pavement
135. Greatest Hits, Elton John
136. Tim, The Replacements
137. The Chronic, Dr. Dre
138. Rejuvenation, The Meters
139. All That You Can't Leave Behind, U2
140. Parallel Lines, Blondie
141. Live at the Regal, B.B. King
142. Phil Spector, A Christmas Gift for You, Various Artists
143. Gris-Gris, Dr. John
144. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A
145. Aja, Steely Dan
146. Surrealistic Pillow, Jefferson Airplane
147. Deja Vu, Crosby Stills Nash and Young
148. Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin
149. Santana, Santana
150. Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen
151. The B-52's, The B-52's
152. The Low End Theory, A Tribe Called Quest
153. Moanin' in the Moonlight, Howlin' Wolf
154. Pretenders, The Pretenders
155. Paul's Boutique, Beastie Boys
156. Closer, Joy Division
157. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Elton John
158. Alive, Kiss
159. Electric Warrior, T. Rex
160. The Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding
161. OK Computer, Radiohead
162. 1999, Prince
163. Heart Like a Wheel, Linda Ronstadt
164. Let's Get It On, Marvin Gaye
165. Imperial Bedroom, Elvis Costello
166. Master of Puppets, Metallica
167. My Aim Is True, Elvis Costello
168. Exodus, Bob Marley
169. Live at Leeds, The Who
170. The Notorious Byrd Brothers, The Byrds
171. Every Picture Tells a Story, Rod Stewart
172. Something/Anything?, Todd Rundgren
173. Desire, Bob Dylan
174. Close to You, The Carpenters
175. Rocks, Aerosmith
176. One Nation Under a Groove, Parliament/Funkadelic
177. The Anthology 1961 - 1977, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions
178. The Definitive Collection, Abba
179. The Rolling Stones, Now!, The Rolling Stones
180. Natty Dread, Bob Marley and the Wailers
181. Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac
182. Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson
183. The Stooges, The Stooges
184. Fresh, Sly and the Family Stone
185. So, Peter Gabriel
186. Buffalo Springfield Again, Buffalo Springfield
187. Happy Trails, Quicksilver Messenger Service
188. From Elvis in Memphis, Elvis Presley
189. Funhouse, The Stooges
190. The Gilded Palace of Sin, The Flying Burrito Brothers
191. Dookie, Green Day
192. Transformer, Lou Reed
193. Bluesbreakers, John Mayall With Eric Clapton
194. Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965 - 1968,
Various Artists
195. Murmur, R.E.M.
196. The Best of, Little Walter
197. Highway to Hell, AC/DC
198. The Downward Spiral, Nine Inch Nails
199. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, Simon and Garfunkel
200. Bad, Michael Jackson
201. Wheels of Fire, Cream
202. Dirty Mind, Prince
203. Abraxas, Santana
204. Tea for the Tillerman, Cat Stevens
205. Ten, Pearl Jam
206. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Neil Young With Crazy Horse
207. Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
208. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Pavement
209. Tattoo You, The Rolling Stones
210. Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner, Ike and Tina Turner
211. New York Dolls, New York Dolls
212. Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley
213. Two Steps From the Blues, Bobby Bland
214. The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths
215. Licensed to Ill, Beastie Boys
216. Look-Ka Py Py, The Meters
217. Loveless, My Bloody Valentine
218. New Orleans Piano, Professor Longhair
219. War, U2
220. The Neil Diamond Collection, Neil Diamond
221. Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen
222. Doolittle, Pixies
223. Paid in Full, Eric B. and Rakim
224. Toys in the Attic, Aerosmith
225. Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt
226. A Night at the Opera, Queen
227. The Kink Kronikles, The Kinks
228. Mr. Tambourine Man, The Byrds
229. Bookends, Simon and Garfunkel
230. The Ultimate Collection, Patsy Cline
231. Mr. Excitement!, Jackie Wilson
232. The Who Sings My Generation, The Who
233. Howlin' Wolf, Howlin' Wolf
234. Like a Prayer, Madonna
235. Can't Buy a Thrill, Steely Dan
236. Let It Be, The Replacements
237. Run-DMC, Run-DMC
238. Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath
239. The Jerry Lee Lewis Anthology: All Killer No Filler!, Jerry Lee Lewis
240. Freak Out!, The Mothers of Invention
241. Live Dead, Grateful Dead
242. Bryter Layter, Nick Drake
243. The Shape of Jazz to Come, Ornette Coleman
244. Automatic for the People, R.E.M.
245. Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z
246. Low, David Bowie
247. The River, Bruce Springsteen
248. The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul, Otis Redding
249. Metallica, Metallica
250. Trans-Europe Express, Kraftwerk
251. Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston
252. The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, The Kinks
253. The Velvet Rope, Janet Jackson
254. Stardust, Willie Nelson
255. American Beauty, Grateful Dead
256. Crosby Stills and Nash, Crosby Stills and Nash
257. Buena Vista Social Club , Buena Vista Social Club
258. Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman
259. Workingman's Dead, Grateful Dead
260. The Genius of Ray Charles, Ray Charles
261. Child Is Father to the Man, Blood, Sweat and Tears
262. Cosmo's Factory, Creedence Clearwater Revival
263. Quadrophenia, The Who
264. There Goes Rhymin' Simon, Paul Simon
265. Psycho Candy, The Jesus and Mary Chain
266. Some Girls, The Rolling Stones
267. The Beach Boys Today!, The Beach Boys
268. Going to a Go-Go, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
269. Nightbirds, Labelle
270. The Slim Shady LP, Eminem
271. Mothership Connection, Parliament
272. Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet Jackson
273. Anthology of American Folk Music, Harry Smith, ed.
274. Aladdin Sane, David Bowie
275. The Immaculate Collection, Madonna
276. My Life, Mary J. Blige
277. Folk Singer, Muddy Waters
278. Can't Get Enough, Barry White
279. The Cars, The Cars
280. Five Leaves Left, Nick Drake
281. Music of My Mind, Stevie Wonder
282. I'm Still in Love With You, Al Green
283. Los Angeles, X
284. Anthem of the Sun, Grateful Dead
285. Something Else by the Kinks, The Kinks
286. Call Me, Al Green
287. Talking Heads: 77, Talking Heads
288. The Basement Tapes, Bob Dylan and the Band
289. White Light / White Heat, The Velvet Underground
290. Kick Out the Jams, MC5
291. Meat Is Murder, The Smiths
292. We're Only In It For the Money, The Mothers of Invention
293. Weezer (Blue Album), Weezer
294. Master of Reality, Black Sabbath
295. Coat of Many Colors, Dolly Parton
296. Fear of a Black Planet, Public Enemy
297. John Wesley Harding, Bob Dylan
298. The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem
299. Grace, Jeff Buckley
300. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Lucinda Williams
301. Odelay, Beck
302. Songs for Swingin' Lovers, Frank Sinatra
303. Avalon, Roxy Music
304. The Sun Records Collection, Various Artists
305. Nothing's Shocking, Jane's Addiction
306. BloodSugarSexMagik, Red Hot Chili Peppers
307. MTV Unplugged in New York, Nirvana
308. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill
309. Damn the Torpedoes, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
310. The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground
311. Surfer Rosa, Pixies
312. Rock Steady, No Doubt
313. The Eminem Show, Eminem
314. Back Stabbers, The O'Jays
315. Burnin', Bob Marley and the Wailers
316. Pink Moon, Nick Drake
317. Sail Away, Randy Newman
318. Ghost in the Machine, The Police
319. Station to Station, David Bowie
320. The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt, Linda Ronstadt
321. Slowhand, Eric Clapton
322. Disintegration, The Cure
323. Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette
324. Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair
325. Daydream Nation, Sonic Youth
326. In the Jungle Groove, James Brown
327. Tonight's the Night, Neil Young
328. Help!, The Beatles
329. Shoot Out the Lights, Richard and Linda Thompson
330. Wild Gift, X
331. Squeezing Out Sparks, Graham Parker
332. Superunknown, Soundgarden
333. Aqualung, Jethro Tull
334. Cheap Thrills, Big Brother and the Holding Company
335. The Heart of Saturday Night, Tom Waits
336. Damaged, Black Flag
337. Play, Moby
338. Violator, Depeche Mode
339. Bat Out of Hell, Meat Loaf
340. Berlin, Lou Reed
341. Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads
342. 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul
343. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Pink Floyd
344. At Newport 1960, Muddy Waters
345. Roger the Engineer (a.k.a. Over Under Sideways Down), The Yardbirds
346. Rust Never Sleeps, Neil Young and Crazy Horse
347. Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits
348. 52nd Street, Billy Joel
349. Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds, The Yardbirds
350. 12 Songs, Randy Newman
351. Between the Buttons, The Rolling Stones
352. Sketches of Spain, Miles Davis
353. Honky Chateau, Elton John
354. Singles Going Steady, Buzzcocks
355. Stankonia, Outkast
356. Siamese Dream, The Smashing Pumpkins
357. Substance, New Order
358. L.A. Woman, The Doors
359. Ray of Light, Madonna
360. American Recordings, Johnny Cash
361. Louder Than Bombs, The Smiths
362. Mott, Mott the Hoople
363. Is This It, The Strokes
364. Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine
365. Reggatta de Blanc, The Police
366. Volunteers, Jefferson Airplane
367. Siren, Roxy Music
368. Late for the Sky, Jackson Browne
369. Post, Bjork
370. The Eagles, The Eagles
371. The Ultimate Collection (1948 - 1990), John Lee Hooker
372. (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis
373. CrazySexyCool, TLC
374. Funky Kingston, Toots and the Maytals
375. Greetings from Asbury Park, Bruce Springsteen
376. Sunflower, The Beach Boys
377. Modern Lovers, Modern Lovers
378. More Songs About Buildings and Food, Talking Heads
379. A Quick One (Happy Jack), The Who
380. Pyromania, Def Leppard
381. Pretzel Logic, Steely Dan
382. Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, Wu-Tang Clan
383. Country Life, Roxy Music
384. A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles
385. The End of the Innocence, Don Henley
386. Elephant, The White Stripes
387. The Pretender, Jackson Browne
388. Willy and the Poor Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival
389. Good Old Boys, Randy Newman
390. For Your Pleasure, Roxy Music
391. Blue Lines, Massive Attack
392. Eliminator, ZZ Top
393. Rain Dogs, Tom Waits
394. Anthology, The Temptations
395. Californication, Red Hot Chili Peppers
396. Illmatic, Nas
397. (Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd), Lynyrd Skynyrd
398. Dr. John's Gumbo, Dr. John
399. Radio City, Big Star
400. Sandinista!, The Clash
401. Rid of Me, PJ Harvey
402. I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, Sinead O' Connor
403. Strange Days, The Doors
404. Time Out of Mind, Bob Dylan
405. 461 Ocean Boulevard, Eric Clapton
406. Pink Flag, Wire
407. Double Nickels on the Dime, Minutemen
408. Mezzanine, Massive Attack
409. Beauty and the Beat, Go-Go's
410. Van Halen , Van Halen
411. Mule Variations, Tom Waits
412. Boy, U2
413. Band on the Run, Wings
414. Dummy, Portishead
415. The "Chirping" Crickets, Buddy Holly and the Crickets
416. The Best of the Girl Groups, Volumes 1 and 2 , Various Artists
417. Changesone, David Bowie
418. The Battle of Los Angeles, Rage Against the Machine
419. Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica, The Ronettes
420. Kid A, Radiohead
421. Grievous Angel, Gram Parsons
422. At Budokan, Cheap Trick
423. Anthology, Diana Ross and the Supremes
424. Sleepless, Peter Wolf
425. Another Green World, Brian Eno
426. Outlandos D'Amour, The Police
427. To Bring You My Love, PJ Harvey
428. Here Come the Warm Jets, Brian Eno
429. All Things Must Pass, George Harrison
430. #1 Record, Big Star
431. In Utero, Nirvana
432. Sea Change, Beck
433. Tragic Kingdom, No Doubt
434. Boys Don't Cry, The Cure
435. Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963, Sam Cooke
436. Criminal Minded, Boogie Down Productions
437. Rum Sodomy and the Lash, The Pogues
438. Suicide, Suicide
439. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Devo
440. In Color, Cheap Trick
441. The World Is a Ghetto, War
442. Fly Like an Eagle, Steve Miller Band
443. Back in the USA, MC5
444. Music, Madonna
445. Ritual de lo Habitual, Jane's Addiction
446. Getz/Gilberto, Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto Featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim
447. Synchronicity, The Police
448. Third/Sister Lovers, Big Star
449. For Everyman, Jackson Browne
450. John Prine, John Prine
451. Strictly Business, EPMD
452. Love It to Death, Alice Cooper
453. How Will the Wolf Survive?, Los Lobos
454. Here, My Dear, Marvin Gaye
455. Tumbleweed Connection, Elton John
456. The Blueprint, Jay-Z
457. Golden Hits, The Drifters
458. Live Through This, Hole
459. Love and Theft, Bob Dylan
460. Elton John, Elton John
461. Metal Box, Public Image Ltd.
462. Document, R.E.M.
463. Heaven Up Here, Echo and the Bunnymen
464. Hysteria, Def Leppard
465. A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay
466. Live in Europe, Otis Redding
467. Tunnel of Love, Bruce Springsteen
468. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
469. The Score, Fugees
470. Radio, LL Cool J
471. I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, Richard and Linda Thompson
472. Faith, George Michael
473. The Smiths, The Smiths
474. Armed Forces, Elvis Costello and the Attractions
475. Life After Death, The Notorious B.I.G.
476. Branded Man, Merle Haggard
477. All Time Greatest Hits, Loretta Lynn
478. Maggot Brain, Funkadelic
479. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, The Smashing Pumpkins
480. Voodoo, D'Angelo
481. Guitar Town, Steve Earle
482. Entertainment!, Gang of Four
483. All the Young Dudes, Mott the Hoople
484. Vitalogy, Pearl Jam
485. That's the Way of the World, Earth, Wind and Fire
486. She's So Unusual, Cyndi Lauper
487. New Day Rising, Husker Du
488. Destroyer, Kiss
489. Yo! Bum Rush the Show, Public Enemy
490. Tres Hombres, ZZ Top
491. Born Under a Bad Sign, Albert King
492. Touch, Eurythmics
493. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco
494. Boz Scaggs, Boz Scaggs
495. New Boots and Panties!!, Ian Dury and the Blockheads
496. Give It Up, Bonnie Raitt
497. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses
498. Head Hunters, Herbie Hancock
499. Live at Cook County Jail, B.B. King
500. Aquemini, OutKast

Re: ROLLING STONE 500 Greatest Albums - new book, new rankings

Interesting...but why have you therefore included Robert Johnson's 'The Complete Recordings' (at # 22) in the list.

I assume the two KING OF THE DELTA BLUES SINGERS albums should be somewhere in the top 25 seeing that U2's 'Joshua Tree' has now dropped 1 spot (from 26 to 27).

Re: ROLLING STONE 500 Greatest Albums - new book, new rankings

The Stone Roses at 497 ... ? Well, "a chacun son gout"

Re: ROLLING STONE 500 Greatest Albums - new book, new rankings

Yeah, wow, 'The Stone Roses' is in ! I didn't notice that one...that DEFINITLY wasn't in before. Still miles too low though - when will the Yanks realise ?

Re: ROLLING STONE 500 Greatest Albums - new book, new rankings

Siamese Dream at 356? Hmmmm.

I'm not impressed tbh, too much Beatles and other old stuff. Why does Patti Smith's "Horses" always come so high? I bought it and I dont like it much.

Re: ROLLING STONE 500 Greatest Albums - new book, new rankings

hey, that phony peter wolf placemat is still in there. big salute to all those editorial family obligations...

How's The Book, Harold?

would you recommend getting it? Are the write-ups decent,etc.? Thanks. :)

Re: ROLLING STONE 500 Greatest Albums - new book, new rankings

It's a handsome coffee-table book, to be sure, but the material (except for the "new" additions, of course) is exactly identical to what was in the original November '03 issue of the magazine that contained the poll. I wouldn't recommend buying the book unless you really, really think you need it.

Re: ROLLING STONE 500 Greatest Albums - new book, new rankings

it's as useful as it's ridiculously unnecessary. there's a stupid trench fight going on these days between the baby boomers generation and those who were born since the so called post punk generation: explicitely between those ones who believe that there hasn't been one essential song since the assassination of john lennon except from all the artists that emerged right before that “historical“ moment and those ones who consider everything of the pre-jacko age as dated and obliterately out of reach. just notice that recent pathetic state-of-art-dispute between the rs- and blender-top-song-500. but do not mind, just go ahead: choose some decent middle way. choose something, anything that might satisfy you. as someone like me did (and consider me as some piece of the whole and permanent spirit of the acclaimed music arena - very melodramatic and tarrying indeed!). as it at least did satisfy someone like me: everything’s as a matter of history: like 1898, 1919, 1923, 1936, 1947, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1986, 1995, 2001, 2007, 2014, 2034, like the nano age as well. and after all they just built this city on rock & roll........


for most of thetop 500 that appeared in the magazine,the write-ups were rathr small, except for the first bunch. Everything's the same then? What fills up the book, then, just larger images of the album covers? :)


Re: ROLLING STONE 500 Greatest Albums - new book, new rankings

I was a little surprised Pink Floyd's: Wish You Were Here wasn't higher. In my opinion it's better than The Wall.

Re: ROLLING STONE 500 Greatest Albums - new book, new rankings

Henrik, just wanted to make sure you didn't forget about this book version of the original RS magazine list, with slight revisions and eight new entries (numbers 493-500).

Re: ROLLING STONE 500 Greatest Albums - new book, new rankings

Well, as they are almost the same, I don't want to include both the magazine list and the book list. Do you think I should upgrade to the book version?

Re: ROLLING STONE 500 Greatest Albums - new book, new rankings

Books trump magazines, is the way I see it. The book version stands now as the more permanent record, and since all the deleted albums were compilations, you won't have to remove anything from the database.

If you don't want to go through the whole process of changing all the position numbers for the existing entries, you can probably get by with just adding those eight new ones at the end, all of which are already in the AM database. Since they're part of the RS list now, they deserve to be recognized as such.