I have been continuing through the Rolling Stone Top 500 albums of all time list at a steady pace. Here are my comments on numbers 75-51.
75 James Brown "Star Time" Just about 5 hours of listening. Conclusion: Brown is the godfather of soul "B+" 74 Neil Young, 'After the Gold Rush' Good songs, but a bit depressing. "B" 73 Led Zeppelin "Physical Graffiti" One of the better Zeppelin albums, though it could probably be a single disc. "B+" 72 Curtis Mayfield "Superfly" The music is ok. But this is for a movie soundtrack and the lyrics are fairly singular. "C-" 71 Paul Simon "Graceland" Couple of great tracks such as the title one. "B-" 70 Billy Joel "The Stranger" Ok. "C" 69 Led Zeppelin, 'Led Zeppelin IV' One of the great albums I have heard growing up. Hard to believe there are nearly seventy ranked above it. Excited to hear some of them for the first time. "A" 68 Michael Jackson, 'Off the Wall' Too pop-ie for me. Sounds like a transition between Jackson 5 and later Michael Jackson. "C-" 67 Radiohead, 'Kid A' Ahead of there time. An album that is abrasive to listen to in spots, beautiful in others. "B-" 66 Van Morrison, 'Moondance' One of the great albums of all time because every track is a classic. "A" 65 Phil Spector, 'Back to Mono (1958-1969)' Some classic pop songs. Some not so classic. Album of a producer, not a performer. "C+" 64 The Rolling Stones, 'Sticky Fingers' A very solid album. I think I only heard it once or twice before. "A-" 63 U2, 'Achtung Baby' Pretty good "B-" 62 Guns N' Roses, 'Appetite for Destruction' Not a big GNR fan, but can't deny they were pretty good. "B-" trout 61 Sly and the Family Stone, 'Greatest Hits' Ok. "C" 60 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, 'Trout Mask Replica' Large sections of this album I hated. The odd track felt cohesive enough (ex Moonlight on Vermont) to be ok. "D" 59 Creedence Clearwater Revival, 'Chronicle Vol. 1' What a contrast from the previous album. Every song is easy to listen to and enjoyable. "A-" 58 The Rolling Stones, 'Beggars Banquet' Minus the singles, not a fan. "C" 57 Stevie Wonder, 'Songs in the Key of Life' Not my usual genre. But a nice listen. "B-" 56 Elvis Presley, 'Elvis Presley' Great stuff for a 20 year old presley. Lackluster though compared to some of his more uptempo later work. "C+" 55 The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 'Electric Ladyland' Pretty good. "B-". Has one of my favorite all time songs on it. "All Along the Watchtower" 54 Ray Charles, 'The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Recordings' Pretty good. "B-" 53 The Beatles, 'Meet the Beatles!' It may not be as sophisticated as later Beatles recordings, but the fairly one dimensional-pop is still good. "C+" 52 Al Green, 'Greatest Hits' Love and happiness is good, but the album was pretty tame. Perhaps I would like Green live recordings better. I recall Al Green & Lyle Lovett doing a cover on David Letterman was fantastic years and years ago. "C+" 51 Simon and Garfunkel, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' Some classic songs. Some so-so songs as well. "C+"