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Thursday, October 13, 2005

#293 - Anodyne, Uncle Tupelo

"Uncle Tupelo's first major label release also happened to be their last album. It's fitting in that they seemed to have reached their apex here, having created a work that meshes folk, country and rock in a way that's almost revelatory in its directness. The Doug Sahm-assisted "Give Back The Key To My Heart" is a highlight." (real music guide)

#292 - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!, The Rolling Stones

"Culled from the 1969 U.S. tour that ended in chaos, tragedy and a sea of frightened hippies at Altamont, Ya-Ya's is just one of the best live records there is. Starring new guitarist Mick Taylor and the ever-exciting Charlie Watts, the band runs through disgusting Chuck Berry covers, personal bests and odes to underage groupies that cannot be played loud enough." (real music guide)

#291 - Damn The Torpedoes, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

"Damn The Torpedoes not only stands as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' third-time's-the-charm breakthrough, but it may well be the brightest jewel in a very well-encrusted crown. All nine songs herein, including "Don't Do Me Like That," "Here Comes My Girl" and "Refugee," have become classic rock staples." (real music guide)

#290 - Peter Gabriel (3), Peter Gabriel

"For the first time, Gabriel has found the sound to match his themes, plus the songs to articulate his themes. Each aspect of the album works, feeding off each other, creating a romantically gloomy, appealingly arty masterpiece. It's the kind of record where you remember the details in the production as much as the hooks or the songs, which isn't to say that it's all surface -- it's just that the surface means as much as the songs, since it articulates the emotions as well as Gabriel's cubist lyrics and impassioned voice." (allmusic guide)

#289 - Marquee Moon, Television

"One of the most astonishing albums of the '70s, Marquee Moon emerged from the same CBGB's scene that bore Blondie, Talking Heads, Ramones, Patti Smith, etc. Television may never have been played on the radio, but the telepathic reverberations between guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd can still be felt today." (real music guide)

#288 - Kiko, Los Lobos

"...with the guitars clean but cutting like a switchblade and the drums snapping hard, and the more contemplative selections drip with a mysterious, otherworldly ambience that's matched by the impressionistic imagery of David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez's superb songs. At its best, Kiko sounds like the musical equivalent of a Luis Buñuel dream sequence, balancing beauty and menace with intelligence and a skill that's little short of dazzling; it's a brilliant, singular achievement, and the most rewarding album in the group's catalog." (allmusic guide)

#287 - Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy, Elton John

""Somebody Saved My Life Tonight" alone makes Captain Fantastic an album you want to hear. The whole set shows off Elton and Bernie at the top of their powers, writing tight little gems then tossing in that perfect Mick Ronson guitar sound here and there to roughen up the edges of otherwise slick pop/rock." (real music guide)


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