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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

#79 - A Love Supreme, John Coltrane

"It's one thing to attempt to write and then improvise an epic aural poem to man's place in God's divine plan, but Coltrane pulls it off beautifully. A Love Supreme goes from free jazz to hard bop to genre-of-one gospel music, and yet Coltrane brings you into this moving, deeply felt work instead of using the piece as an exercise in ego." (real music guide)

#78 - A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Coldplay

"On their sophomore release, Coldplay ace the difficult task of hanging onto their original fan base while proving wrong those who initially wrote the band off as Radiohead-lite. A Rush of Blood To the Head is a solid collection of confidently played life's-gone-wrong songs, highlighted by "Clocks" and "In My Place."" (real music guide)

#77 - Making Movies, Dire Straits

"Dire Straits' great step foreword, this was also a career best for the band. Mark Knopfler keeps the group's rootsy feel but implants it into rockers that have the cinematic sweep hinted at in the album title. This wasn't a big hit at first, but the tracks "Tunnel of Love," "Romeo & Juliet," "Expresso Love" and "Skateaway" earned FM airplay – and new Dire Straits fans." (real music guide)

#76 - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John

"Elton John's 1973 masterpiece has been called "a concept album without a concept." The eclectic mix of tunes proves he's a master of many styles: he bashes out prog-rock ("Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"), pop anthems ("Bennie and the Jets"), melancholy balladry ("Candle in the Wind") and more with equal aplomb." (real music guide)

#75 - Synchronicity, The Police

"Radio singles such as "King of Pain," "Wrapped Around Your Finger," and "Every Breath You Take" lend Synchronicity a weighty, greatest hits-type air. And while there's no arguing that these are some of the band's biggest hits, long-time fans may have trouble appreciating the mushy, AOR sound." (real music guide)


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