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Monday, October 17, 2005

#152 - Abraxas, Santana

"Ah, 1970. You could start an album with wind chimes and impressionistic piano and people would listen -- and love it. Thank Abraxas for some of Santana's greatest songs ("Black Magic Woman," "Oye Como Va"), but lesser-knowns like "Incident At Neshabur" and "El Nicoya" are just as interesting. This was the final flowering of San Francisco's vibrant 1960s rock scene." (real music guide)

#151 - Look Sharp!, Joe Jackson

"Joe Jackson's lean, stripped-down New Wave debut didn't take off in his native England, but buoyed by the hit "Is She Really Going Out With Him," it took off in the States, and continued selling into the 1980s. Not a great album overall, but it contains many Jackson classics besides "Is She…," including "Sunday Papers," "One More Time" and "Fools In Love."" (real music guide)

#150 - Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin

"Led Zeppelin III provided the band with the necessary room to grow musically. While there are still a handful of metallic rockers, III is built on a folky, acoustic foundation that gives the music extra depth. And even the rockers aren't as straightforward as before: the galloping "Immigrant Song" is powered by Robert Plant's banshee wail, "Celebration Day" turns blues-rock inside out with a warped slide guitar riff, and "Out on the Tiles" lumbers along with a tricky, multi-part riff." (allmusic guide)

#149 - Excitable Boy, Warren Zevon

"Musically, most of Excitable Boy is stuck in a polished but unexceptional FM pop groove, and only "Veracruz" hints at the artful intelligence of Warren Zevon's finest moments. It's hard to say if Zevon was feeling uninspired or just dumbing himself down when he made Excitable Boy, but while it made him famous, it lacks the smarts and substance of his best work." (allmusic guide)


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