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Monday, October 24, 2005

#54 - Songs In The Key Of Life, Stevie Wonder

"The essential Steve Wonder album. The sheer number of excellent tracks on Songs is astonishing, and Wonder balances his erudite social commentary with rapturous love songs and jaw-dropping musicianship. Funky, danceable and brilliant, the album is a culmination of his '70s aesthetic; it still sounds fresh today. Highlights include "Sir Duke" and "Pastime Paradise."" (real music guide)

#53 - Beggars Banquet, The Rolling Stones

"Released to clamoring applause in 1968, Beggars Banquet did as much for the Stones' sleazoid-satanism image as it did for their blues roots credibility. Packed from top to bottom with some of their best songs, the record is a good place to start with the band as there is little here that is less than genius, from "Sympathy For The Devil" to "Salt Of The Earth."" (real music guide)

#52 - So, Peter Gabriel

"This is the release that broke Gabriel into multiplatinum territory. Easily his most pop-flavored and accessible album to date, the hits "Big Time" and "Sledgehammer" dominated the charts in 1986. The masterful love song "In Your Eyes" may prove to be the most durable track; it found a place on the Say Anything soundtrack and melts hearts to this day." (real music guide)

#51 - Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd

"Floyd continued to peak with this '75 release, featuring the majestic, glittering ode to fallen member Syd Barrett that opens the set and runs nearly 15 minutes. The album closes with a variation on the same theme. In between you'll find nothing short of rock radio genius: three mid-length tunes you can and probably will be singing till the day you die." (real music guide)


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