posted on Apr, 24 2008 @ 08:56 AM
The Beatles: Revolver
Cream: Disraeli Gears
Led Zepplin: Led Zepplin
Fink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
I don't know if you can seriously narrow down "THE" best album. The five I listed sent popular music (and thus all music in new directions.
Notice I don't have anything listed for the last 15 years. I thought about it, and have sort of concluded that an "album" as an audio snapshot, it
pretty much an artifact of an earlier phase of the music business.
The limitations of vinyl, and the way bands were promoted, meant that albums were originally sold at the stadium when the concert was over.
Originally, bands like Led Zepplin or Black Sabbath released albums to promote their concert tours. The 70's Rolling Stones reversed that dynamic,
and the rest of the industry followed suit. Since 1990, only a few bands have seen tours as the primary source of income, Metallica being a prime
Most bands today view tour dates as material for a forthcoming album. Usually, they will "produce the hell out of it," so that if you actually hear
them play in a bar or other small venue, their sound is disappointing compared to their recorded work--- a modern live band is like a beauty pageant
where the contestants are not allowed to wear makeup.
I could have listed a dozen other albums that were not in "THE BEST" category, but are so unlike anything recorded today. Concept albums like
Rush's 2112 or Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick wouldn't be marketed today. Part of that is because of the way commercial music has
To be totally honest, I have no business even posting in this thread. Other than some instrumental CD's for mood music. All my music consumption is
the work of Garage bands and friends and street performers you've never heard of.
I've decided I no longer like words with my music, since music has degenerated into propaganda. So I listen to bach, MP3's made at a Keltic Music
Festival, and a gathering of the nations PowWow I attended. Plus some tracks of my brothers noodling on their guitars.
Looked at from one perspective, the stuff I hear is much more expensive. I had to travel to Arizona or Illinois or home for thanksgiving to get some
of these tracks. On the other hand, it's what makes them valuable---they are authentic and mine, and not-for-profit.
all the best.