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Friday, October 14, 2005

#208 = Give It Up, Bonnie Raitt

"Give It Up is filled with great songs, delivered in familiar, yet always surprising, ways by Raitt and her skilled band. For those that want to pigeonhole her as a white blues singer, she delivers the lovely "Nothing Seems to Matter," a gentle mid-tempo number that's as mellow as Linda Ronstadt and far more seductive. That's the key to Give It Up: Yes, Raitt can be earthy and sexy, but she balances it with an inviting sensuality that makes the record glow." (allmusic guide)

#207 - Bookends, Simon & Garfunkel

"The first half of S&G's best original album is a complex song cycle about life and love in modern America, while the second half offers one great tune after another, including "America," "Mrs. Robinson" and "A Hazy Shade of Winter." A dark and beautiful work that has lost little of its power over the years." (real music guide)

#206 - Loaded, The Velvet Underground

"Label head Ahmet Ertegun supposedly asked Lou Reed to avoid sex and drugs in his songs, and instead focus on making an album "loaded with hits." Loaded was the result, and with appropriate irony it turned out to be the first VU album that made any noticeable impact on commercial radio -- and also their swan song, with Reed leaving the group shortly before its release." (allmusic guide)

#205 - Meet The Beatles!, The Beatles

"Meet the Beatles! wasn't simply an album; it gave the intangible yearnings of youth a voice and a face (actually, four voices and four faces), and it created a parallel world where escape was only a turntable away. Today, Meet the Beatles! is a collectible in danger of becoming forgotten, if not for the diligence of Beatles fans around the world." (allmusic guide)


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