(1) white album
(2) abbey road
(3) sgt pepper
(4) deja vu
(5) blood on the tracks
(2) abbey road
(3) sgt pepper
(4) deja vu
(5) blood on the tracks
I don't think I can stretch to 10 without repetition of many previous excellent suggestions so here are a few not previously mentioned.
Crowded House : Woodface
Robert Cray : I was warned
Dire Straits : Communique
Rickie Lee Jones : Rickie Lee Jones
Queen : News of the World (not all tracks, but side B is excellent)
Lenny Kravitz : Are you going to go my way
This last one may not be to all tastes, but I like the raw qualities ... the amp hum, the hiss of the wah-wah peddle, and the mike thump of the vocals ... kind of like a gig. Strangely the title track is an exception ... very poorly engineered.
really? Lenny Kravitz album well done... and also a good album music wise? The reason why I ask this, is cause it is clear that Mr. Kravitz is trying to "conjure" a retro, guitar-based, and raw sounding psychedelic kind of sound, but I never trusted him to be more than the usual MTV all-image-no-meat corporate rock product. (quick quiz: what album and song begins with the intoned phrase "corporate rock").
My fave 5, not duplicating any of my shared faves already listed by the good audiosouls posts above:
(all vinyl btw, is there any other way to listen to rock??)
Jimi Hendrix "Electric Ladyland" (side one has the BEST live rocj recording ever, imo)
Genesis "Lamb Lies Down on Broadway"
Heart "Dreamboat Annie"
Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"
Steely Dan "Aja"
PS: I define "rock" as having come to an end with the era of the Sex Pistols, the Clash, etc., and the rise of MTV. Everything after that is no longer rock; it is new wave, punk, post punk, industrial, techno, electronica, alternative, hip hop, etc etc. "Rock" is what you could have likely heard on any decent urban-area FM radio station in the 70's. Entire sides of albums, excellent "pop" stuff of the likes of Springsteen or Fleetwood Mac, etc. I'm sure my view is controversial and weird.
pcanis .... dismissing the SUBJECTIVE opinion of others serves no purpose. Music (and equipment) is either to your liking or not to your liking. Let's try to keep all postings positive. For example I have never liked Genesis, Pink Floyd, or the Beatles but I recognize that they are one of the great, and ground-breaking bands. I fully recognize that Lenny Kravitz is not in the same league as the perviously mentioned bands, but I still prefer his albums.
If you're talking about audiophile quality sound, my top five
Pink Floyd- "The Final Cut" (heads above Dark Side for sound)
Dire Straits- "Love Over Gold"
Rough Trade- "Weapons"
Human League- "Dare"
New Order- "Blue Monday" (the 45rpm 12 inch single)
Production value-wise, it's a matter of taste. I like
Kate Bush- "Hounds of Love"
Cocteau Twins- "Heaven of Las Vegas"
REM- "Out of Time"
Jimi Hendrix- "Electric Ladyland"
(ironically, none of them have particularly good sound).
I gave this a bit of thought, and I must admit there should be two categories. CD and Vinyl. There are some albums that are really great on vinyl, but just didn't cut it on CD. And vice versa. Here's my list regardless of the medium:
Metallica-The Black Album (Enter Sandman)
Not my favorite album but truly one of the best if not THE best recorded hard rock album of all time.
Meat Loaf- Bat out of Hell
Great on vinyl. So so on CD
Excellent on both mediums
Outstanding on CD
Badfinger-Wish you were Here
Actually better on CD. The vinyl is very good, but this is a very dynamic album and shines on CD. Possibly the best album that Chris Thomas ever produced by the best Band that almost was.
Pcanis .... sorry myself to have got you wrong. Hopefully no offense caused.
Anyway your thought that Lenny Kravitz was merely copying older 70s music is quite close to the mark. He is ! However I still think this album has some enjoyable tunes and a very immediate sound, particularly the track "Sister".
I also liked the Patmatt post ... Badfinger .... what a great band that noone under 30 has heard of !
Thanks for the comments. Along with the Beatles, Badfinger is one of my favorite all time bands. If you like Abbey Road, and you're not familiar with the record I mentioned above, it really is a must have. It incorporates every aspect of Rock & Roll that the English have done so well for 40 years. Top notch song writing, gorgeous melodies, impeccable harmonies and virtuoso instrumentation. Imagine Keith Moon on drums with that 100 X 100 foot sound. Harmonies that are easily at the level of McCartney, Lennon and Harrison in their finest hour. Guitar playing like Townsend on rhythym with Clapton on lead, and lyrics with an introspection and taste that I can only describe as Lennon meets Taupin. Of course, the production is simply excellent which is why I listed it here.
In other words, it is in it's own way a strong and vital realization of what might have been had Rock avoided the excess that destroyed it's chances to go to the next level, instead of steadily devolving into the parody that can be seen in it's full glory on MTV.If more prominent bands(besides Badfinger) had shown more restraint and perhaps a little more taste, many of us 30 something+ Audiogonners wouldn't be singing "Rock is Dead". At any rate, it is an album that is not ahead of it's time at all. It's an album that was completely on time. Unfortunately, too many back in the early 70's hit the snooze button and woke up with Barry Manilow.
Try Ambrosia SOMEWHERE I'VE NEVER TRAVELLED engineered by Alan Parsons. The vinyl sounds MUCH better than the newly released CD (although my vinyl is noisy...time to search for a new copy!) Also Maria Muldaur SWEET AND SLOW is breath-taking! I have the Stone Play Classic Disc(Canadian CD pressing) SPCD 1183. Dr. John plays piano. There are some other well know names on this disc too! I picked up my copy for $5- and it has become one of my primary reference recordings...it's that good! Who says audiophile recordings/pressings have to cost big bucks? Sometimes "yaz justs gets lucky!"
There are some here in which I am in complete agreement, and others with which I scratch my head and wonder...
I like Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, but it doesn't sound very good.
The best sounding Pink Floyd LP is Animals
Supertramp Crime of the Century
Alan Parsons Turn of a Friendly card, I Robot, and Tales of Mystery and Imagination all sound great
Queen A Night at the Opera
Bob Dylan Oh Mercy - sounds darn good especially for Bob Dylan
Post production-nothing even comes close to "Thriller". The term engineered can mean different things to different people. Example: the final product from the early Beatles released in the US in stereo are terrible. The actual recording, mixing, and post production (mono) is well done. If you truly enjoy a recording the producer has a great deal more to do with the final sound. People like Phil Spector, Quincy Jones, Don Was, etc.
"brothers in arms" is a digital recording with little or no deep bass and it sounds artificial - not sure how anyone could have it on their top five list - "lover over gold" is a lot more dynamic and lifelike recording.
Anyway my list for now is
Leftfield - Leftism, Pink Floyd - The Wall or Final Cut, Grace Jones - Slave to the Rythym, Eagles - The long run, Prodigy - fat of the land