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Southern Yankee 11-03-2019 08:05 PM

Best rock album ... your preference.
 
This has been done before. It's not a right or wrong thing. Totally your own taste and opinion. But still, if you're being honest and think about the entire offering as a whole. No clunkers. Impact. Still a long list of contenders, but not quite as long. I'm 53 and have thought about this a long time. My personal taste is classic rock, and there a lot of albums (!) that are contenders. In the end, I am going with:

<spoiler> Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan </spoiler>

I think it's perfect.

Personal 11-03-2019 08:30 PM

There are so many that could qualify, but in the end it comes down to Fair Warning by Van Halen.

silenus 11-03-2019 08:30 PM

Born To Run

Absolutely perfect - the narrative, the wall of sound...everything.

Hilarity N. Suze 11-03-2019 08:35 PM

The number of classic rock albums that I would listen through without skipping a track or two is not that large.

Cheap Thrills, Janis Joplin/Big Brother & the Holding Company

is currently #1 on my whole-album playlist. No clunkers IMO.

Gray Ghost 11-03-2019 08:39 PM

First thing I thought of was agreeing with Kyle: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5G5YguuNSJg There isn't a bad track on it.

My second thought was the album that tops this RS list of best 80s albums: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...ua-tree-17177/ Also no bad tracks, albeit Mothers...drags a little.

Ukulele Ike 11-03-2019 08:42 PM

Blood on the Tracks is a pretty good pick, although there are some semi-clunkers on it.

I will go with the Kinks’ Village Green Preservation Society, although I admit it also has a couple of semi-clunkers.

The Beatles’ Revolver and the Stones’ Beggars’ Banquet are up there, too.

Capn Carl 11-03-2019 08:47 PM

London Calling by The Clash. Every song is at least good. Some are great. Plus, it’s a double album.

Ukulele Ike 11-03-2019 08:50 PM

Yeah, that’s a good choice.

RealityChuck 11-03-2019 08:51 PM

The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus by Spirit
Who's Next
Beggar's Banquet
Workingman's Dead



Enter the Flagon 11-03-2019 08:53 PM

My answer to this question might change from day to day, but today I pick Quadrophenia.

jaycat 11-03-2019 09:06 PM

The best I can do is a tie between Blonde On Blonde and Rain Dogs.

EinsteinsHund 11-03-2019 09:07 PM

Blood On The Tracks is on my top ten list and one of the greatest albums of all time, just like London Calling, Who's Next, Revolver and some others listed before, but for me the very best will always be Sticky Fingers. It's the record where the Stones let it all hang out, make no single compromise and delve into almost all the directions American music had gone to at the times. Every track is exceptional in its own way, and all are very different, but definitely all killer, no filler. I'm in good company with this choice, it was Townes Van Zandt's favorite album too,

JKellyMap 11-03-2019 09:22 PM

All good choices so far (can’t go wrong with Revolver and Village Green.)

1971 was a good year for rock albums: Zep 4, Aqualung, Who’s Next, Sticky Fingers...

I’d add R.E.M.’s Lifes Rich Pageant for consideration, and Radiohead’s OK Computer.

The best for me is still the live Stones album Get Yer Ya-yas Out!, recorded fifty years ago this month (I’ll start a thread about it in a couple weeks).

dorvann 11-03-2019 09:23 PM

My personal taste is 80s metal. As far as albums go:

Appetite for Destruction----Guns N Rose
Hysteria---------Def Lepard

digs 11-03-2019 09:24 PM

Oh, man, this is hard.

The first album I fell in love with was the Kingston Trio, Live at the Hungry i ... with classic audience banter.

But should I go with the LP that meant I could split with my parents and love music they hated? (Beatles, A Hard Day's Night)...

Or the album that introduced me to real rock 'n' roll? (Led Zeppelin's first)

The album that shook me out of my middle-school passivity? (Hendrix, Are You Experienced?)

The 8-track that was the soundtrack to cruising around in my best friend's first muscle car? (Poco, Deliverin'... don't laugh, high-energy live exuberance)

Or the CD that meant I could connect with, and even go to concerts with, my pre-teen punk kid? (Green Day, American Idiot.... most fun concert ever)


Or... I could go on forever. If I have to choose, it's Zeppelin.

Little Nemo 11-03-2019 09:26 PM

A couple of contenders that haven't been mentioned yet:

My Aim Is True - Elvis Costello
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie

Bradjam 11-03-2019 09:28 PM

Gotta go with Appetite For Destruction. Honorable Mentions: Bon Jovi - New Jersey, Stone Temple Pilots - Core, Green Day - Dookie, Nirvana - Nevermind.

Snowboarder Bo 11-03-2019 10:05 PM

The best rock album ever is Refused's The Shape of Punk to Come (playlist).

The second best rock album ever is Combat Rock by The Clash (also a playlist).

Gray Ghost 11-03-2019 10:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JKellyMap (Post 21953594)
...The best for me is still the live Stones album Get Yer Ya-yas Out!, recorded fifty years ago this month (I’ll start a thread about it in a couple weeks).

It is fantastic. It would be my favorite Stones live album, were it not for Brussels Affair. (Which I'd thought was titled, A Belgian Affair, but w/e.)

Mick Taylor Stones is Best Stones.

Gatopescado 11-03-2019 10:11 PM

Boston

burpo the wonder mutt 11-03-2019 10:12 PM

Led Zeppelin - IV, followed closely by,

Queen - A Night at the Opera

Quercus alba 11-03-2019 10:35 PM

Joshua Tree--U2

Face Intentionally Left Blank 11-04-2019 12:40 AM

AS the OP says, there IS no right or wrong answer. Looking through this thread, I'm reminded of so many fantastic works.

I've long been partial to, "The Nightfly", by Donald Fagan, and it's topped my Desert Island list for decades.

My heart belongs to Arena Rock, though. Van Halen 1. . . oh man, side one. . . Boston's first album's been mentioned. Scholz's fuzzy guitar and Delp's clear, high voice are a combo that's hard to beat. . .and don't get me started on Zeppelin, especially the earlier albums.

If I had to pick one though, it would have to be Meat Loaf's, "Bat out of Hell". It's just bombastic overkill in the best possible sense. Love and sex and relationships as a rock opera.

LoneRhino 11-04-2019 02:50 AM

Animals - Pink Floyd

MrDibble 11-04-2019 02:51 AM

Today, it's a tossup between Doolittle and The Stone Roses

Mean Mr. Mustard 11-04-2019 05:54 AM

I endorse many of the selections already mentioned - Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks, Born to Run, My Aim is True, London Calling. But...

Highway 61 Revisited is my choice.

(might also mention Abbey Road, Harvest, Imperial Bedroom, Who's Next)

Smapti 11-04-2019 06:14 AM

At the moment, I'm gonna have to go with Secret Treaties by Blue Öyster Cult.

Art Rock 11-04-2019 06:56 AM

Hounds of love by Kate Bush.

if that's not rock enough for you, then Wish you were here by Pink Floyd.

Author Balk 11-04-2019 07:20 AM

Boston has been mentioned two other times. So, I will go with my second.
Aja by Steely Dan

ThisSpaceForRent 11-04-2019 07:50 AM

little feat... Waiting for Columbus

ftg 11-04-2019 07:54 AM

Abbey Road.

Annie-Xmas 11-04-2019 09:43 AM

The original Jesus Christ Superstar. Extremely hard rocking and changed theatre history forever.

Doyle 11-04-2019 09:54 AM

King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King

Lucas Jackson 11-04-2019 09:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Personal (Post 21953536)
There are so many that could qualify, but in the end it comes down to Fair Warning by Van Halen.

Nailed it in one! As stated so many could qualify but stuck on a deserted Island with only one record and player, I’d pick this one.

Crotalus 11-04-2019 10:07 AM

Many great albums listed here, but it has to be Who's Next for me. Starts with Baba O'Reilly and ends with Won't Get Fooled Again, with great stuff in between. Born To Run is a close second.

Cardigan 11-04-2019 10:11 AM

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

glee 11-04-2019 10:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crotalus (Post 21954162)
Many great albums listed here, but it has to be Who's Next for me. Starts with Baba O'Reilly and ends with Won't Get Fooled Again, with great stuff in between. Born To Run is a close second.

'Starts with Baba O'Reilly and ends with Won't Get Fooled Again' … that is for me the definition of a rock album.

'Blood on the Tracks' is a memorable album.
Is it 'rock'?

It comes down to how you define 'rock' music.

lissener 11-04-2019 11:09 AM

The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars



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Ukulele Ike 11-04-2019 11:09 AM

I would argue that all Dylan post-the first half of Bringing it All Back Home is rock. Remember the 1966 concert at Albert Hall?

You don’t get much more “rock” than “Play fucking LOUD.”

Exapno Mapcase 11-04-2019 11:11 AM

Steely Dan just doesn't do bad tracks, but the album for me that is the most consistently good to great is The Royal Scam.

But I'll throw out a new name. Blind Faith.* I know some people knock it for the drum and bass solos in "Do What You Like," but the guitar and organ solos are sublime. The rest of the songs are pure greatness. Clapton and Winwood could have been Lennon and McCartney and defined the 70s.

*I originally typoed that as Bling Faith, which would make a great album title today.

SykoSkotty 11-04-2019 11:23 AM

Impossible for me to pick just one, but I'll add another classic album that hasn't been mentioned yet and qualifies as "all killer & no filler:"

AC/DC, Back in Black.

Every. Damn. Song.

Treppenwitz 11-04-2019 11:36 AM

Hard to see past Blood On The Tracks.

Nobody's mentioned Hunky Dory yet, so I'll toss that one in the ring for consideration as well.

j

Treppenwitz 11-04-2019 11:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ukulele Ike (Post 21954292)
I would argue that all Dylan post-the first half of Bringing it All Back Home is rock. Remember the 1966 concert at Albert Hall?

You don’t get much more “rock” than “Play fucking LOUD.”

Just seen this - another cracking suggestion - not a hint of a clunker on it.

I guess I would say Albert Hall too. But we should point out, for any who may be unaware, it was actually the Manchester Free Trade Hall.

j

BrickBat 11-04-2019 01:59 PM

KISS 'Alive'. What they sounded like when they were still playing to eat. Great straight-ahead hard rock.

Hey you there in the back: Stop laughing.

Ambivalid 11-04-2019 02:28 PM

All right ya old fogeys. I gotta break up this 60s-70s-80s nostalgia fest and drop some *real* hard rock.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...XDVZLWkSwJJv46

**Audioslave** "Cochise"

Fucking amazing, classic, timeless rock.

Peanuthead 11-04-2019 03:21 PM

Graham Parker - Howlin' Wind.

Ambivalid 11-04-2019 03:30 PM

ISIS. Panopticon. Influential melodic metal. Damn i wish they were still a band. Each song is an epic fucking journey. Makes the little hairs on my arms stand up.

https://youtu.be/RlgARu0l1zI

Fiddle Peghead 11-04-2019 03:48 PM

Upon reading the thread title, my mind immediately made a distinction between rock albums and other genres such as pop or blues, etc. So I am choosing only from what I consider rock! albums. And I hate to be the guy who can't give a single answer to questions like this, but today, I simply cannot choose between these two:
  • Highway 61 Revisited - Dylan
  • Exile On Main Street - Stones
Yep. I just tried again. Can't decide...

Marvin the Martian 11-04-2019 03:51 PM

I'm going with Highway 61 Revisited over Blood on the Tracks based on the fact that "Desolation Row" >> "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts".

Exapno Mapcase 11-04-2019 05:27 PM

I could make a case for Bringing It All Back Home over Highway 61 Revisited, although it's great against great.


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