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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

#5 - Blood On The Tracks, Bob Dylan

"If you've ever wondered what a perfect album sounds like, here it is. Dylan's 1975 return to acoustic form set the bar high without retro backpedaling. The first track, inspired by Joni Mitchell's Blue, is perhaps the most romantic narrative he ever wrote and the lyrics on "If You See Her, Say Hello" can kill you." (real music guide)

#6 - The Beatles [White Album], The Beatles

"Each song on the sprawling double album The Beatles is an entity to itself, as the band touches on anything and everything it can. This makes for a frustratingly scattershot record or a singularly gripping musical experience, depending on your view, but what makes the so-called White Album interesting is its mess. Never before had a rock record been so self-reflective, or so ironic." (allmusic guide)

#7 - The Joshua Tree, U2

"U2 joined the pantheon of World's Biggest Rock Bands with an album that deserved its monster sales and instant classic status. Great songs ("Running to Stand Still") and hit singles (the three opening tracks) abound." (real music guide)

#8 - London Calling, The Clash

"The band's masterpiece retains the convincing fire of their earlier LPs, but lets their passion loose across a range of styles. Whether they're playing old-fashioned rock 'n' roll, skanking behind a brass section or letting their love of Reggae shine, each track sounds like a perfectly natural extension of what they always did best: make you dance and think at once." (real music guide)

#9 - Revolver, The Beatles

"All the rules fell by the wayside with Revolver, as the Beatles began exploring new sonic territory, lyrical subjects, and styles of composition. It wasn't just Lennon and McCartney, either -- Harrison staked out his own dark territory with the tightly wound, cynical rocker "Taxman"; the jaunty yet dissonant "I Want to Tell You"; and "Love You To," George's first and best foray into Indian music. Such explorations were bold, yet they were eclipsed by Lennon's trippy kaleidoscopes of sound." (allmusic guide)


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