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Monday, October 17, 2005

#138 - John Barleycorn Must Die, Traffic

"The band's new approach was closer to what it perhaps should have been back in 1967, basically a showcase for Winwood's voice and instrumental work, with Wood adding reed parts and Capaldi drumming and occasionally singing harmony vocals. If the original Traffic bowed to the perceived commercial necessity of crafting hit singles, the new Traffic was more interested in stretching out." (allmusic guide)

#137 - Surrealistic Pillow, Jefferson Airplane

"This is the essential Jefferson Airplane album. Widely available in cut-out bins around the world, this cornerstone of Psychedelic music deserves to be listened to and absorbed by any fan of '60s rock. Most of their best-known songs come from this release, including "White Rabbit," "Somebody to Love," "Today" and "3/5 a Mile in 10 Seconds."" (real music guide)

#136 - Natty Dread, Bob Marley & The Wailers

"This 1974 release was the first to feature the Wailers. The line-up included the I-Threes vocal trio and the bass/drum combo of Aston and Carlton Barrett. They brought such a strong new dynamic to Marley's sound that he kept them for the remainder of his career. Highlights include "Lively Up Yourself," "Rebel Music," and the influential ballad "No Woman No Cry."" (real music guide)

#135 - Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols, The Sex Pistols

"A violent, explosive record that is in no danger of ever sounding dated, this 1977 manifesto spews out equal amounts of nihilism and full-on rock 'n' roll. The band kicks out dirty, sloppy riffs that cut to the bone, while Johnny Rotten is probably the only vocalist whose sarcasm is worth listening to." (real music guide)

#134 - Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf

"This is Grand Guignol pop -- epic, gothic, operatic, and silly, and it's appealing because of all of this. Jim Steinman was a composer without peer, simply because nobody else wanted to make mini-epics like this. And there never could have been a singer more suited for his compositions than Meat Loaf, a singer partial to bombast, albeit shaded bombast. The compositions are staggeringly ridiculous, yet Meat Loaf finds the emotional core in each song." (allmusic guide)

#133 - Madman Across The Water, Elton John

"Madman Across the Water is another feather in Elton John's cap, gaudy as it may be. This time out, haunting strings -- which add depth and color to an already colorful performer -- augments Elton's beautiful, piano-driven songs. "Tiny Dancer" and "Levon" are the highlights of this nine-song disc, most of which is superb." (real music guide)


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