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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

#84 - Appetite For Destruction, Guns N' Roses

"One of the most important and influential records of the 1980s. The sleaze rock menace that was GNR's specialty had gone the way of the dinosaur until Appetite came out and the band flattened America like a steamroller. Sixteen years later, the album still rocks harder than anything else on the radio." (real music guide)

#83 - Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel

"This was S&G's biggest selling album by a few million copies, but it's actually their least cohesive work. That's not to say there isn't plenty of pop perfection here, including "The Oldest Living Boy in New York," "The Boxer" and the moving title track (which Smokey Robinson has called the best black spiritual ever written)." (real music guide)

#82 - Europe '72, The Grateful Dead

"The Grateful Dead commemorated their first extended European tour with an extravagant triple-LP set appropriately enough titled Europe '72. This collection is fashioned in much the same way as their previous release -- which had also been a live multi-disc affair. The band mixes a bevy of new material -- such as "Ramble on Rose," "Jack Straw," "Tennessee Jed," "Brown-Eyed Woman," and "He's Gone" -- with revisitations of back-catalog favorites." (allmusic guide)

#81 - Close To The Edge, Yes

"Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years. Close to the Edge would make the Top Five on both sides of the Atlantic, dispatch Yes on the longest tour of its career so far and, if hindsight be the guide, launch the band on a downward swing that only disintegration, rebuilding, and a savage change of direction would cure." (allmusic guide)

#80 - Born In The U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen

"Seven must be the Boss' lucky number because this, his seventh album, culled seven Top-10 singles. One of the biggest-selling albums of all time, Born in the U.S.A. reflects the Reagan-led '80s with despair and disenfranchisement, setting it to an anthemic, arena rock sound. Fans and casual listeners alike should start with this breakthrough album." (real music guide)


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