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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.

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

Absolutely perfect - the narrative, the wall of sound...everything.
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:35 PM
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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.
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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.

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Old 11-03-2019, 08:42 PM
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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.
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:47 PM
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London Calling by The Clash. Every song is at least good. Some are great. Plus, it’s a double album.
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:50 PM
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Yeah, that’s a good choice.
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:51 PM
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The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus by Spirit
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:53 PM
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My answer to this question might change from day to day, but today I pick Quadrophenia.
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Old 11-03-2019, 09:06 PM
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The best I can do is a tie between Blonde On Blonde and Rain Dogs.
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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,
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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).

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Old 11-03-2019, 09:23 PM
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My personal taste is 80s metal. As far as albums go:

Appetite for Destruction----Guns N Rose
Hysteria---------Def Lepard
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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.
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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
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Gotta go with Appetite For Destruction. Honorable Mentions: Bon Jovi - New Jersey, Stone Temple Pilots - Core, Green Day - Dookie, Nirvana - Nevermind.
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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).
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...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.
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:11 PM
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Led Zeppelin - IV, followed closely by,

Queen - A Night at the Opera
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Old 11-04-2019, 12:40 AM
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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.
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Today, it's a tossup between Doolittle and The Stone Roses
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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)
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At the moment, I'm gonna have to go with Secret Treaties by Blue Öyster Cult.
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Hounds of love by Kate Bush.

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

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Boston has been mentioned two other times. So, I will go with my second.
Aja by Steely Dan
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The original Jesus Christ Superstar. Extremely hard rocking and changed theatre history forever.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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

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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.
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Graham Parker - Howlin' Wind.
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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...
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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".
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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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