Rock Albums: My Top 10

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My 18 year-old has turned out just like her mom and dad: another music lover with an eclectic taste for most everything from Frank Sinatra to Mozart to classic rock. Number one on her Christmas list this past year was a Jensen turntable from Urban Outfitters. Of course, we wanted to make her happy, but we also longed for that stroll down Memory Lane with visions of the reincarnation of our hundreds of favorite LPs! On a recent foray to Amoeba Music in Hollywood, the world's largest independent music store, she and I flipped through a vast treasure trove of vintage vinyl with a discipline that would have awed the saints. So many memories of my college years came flooding back as I saw The Flock from 1969 which featured Jerry Goodman on electric violin,The Youngbloods' Elephant Mountain with Jesse Collin Young, Fred Neil, Blind Faith, and Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks among others. It inspired me to compile a list of my TOP 10 LPs and fulfill my promise to our fellow music-loving hubbers. It was really tough to narrow the choices! I had to think what I would want if I could only have 10 records. This is not about the critic's list, and there is no order of preference.

Forever Changes: Love featuring Arthur Lee
Forever Changes: Love featuring Arthur Lee
Love's guitarist Johnny Echols on stage at The Hullabaloo Club in 1966 after the release of DaCapo.
Love's guitarist Johnny Echols on stage at The Hullabaloo Club in 1966 after the release of DaCapo. | Source

The Forever Changes Concert:

In 2003, the late Arthur Lee, without his original band members, performed Forever Changes in its entirety at London's Royal Festival Hall. It is available on DVD with some bonus documentary footage. This is definitely worth watching even though the first 5 min. has an A/V sync glitch.

Arthur Lee & Love

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and the local music scene of the late 60s featured bands like The Doors,The Byrds,The Seeds,The Turtles, The Grassroots, Buffalo Springfield, Music Machine, Strawberry Alarm Clock, and Love. I wasn't allowed in clubs on the Sunset Strip, but I did go regularly to one not far away called The Hullabaloo, formerly the Moulin Rouge and The Earl Carroll Theatre. It was here that I saw all on the famous revolving stage that brought one act after another! Arthur Lee and his band Love were at the top of the L.A. music hierarchy- in fact, it was Lee who helped get The Doors their contract w/ Elecktra Records. Jim Morrison once said that he hoped The Doors could be as big as Arthur Lee and Love. Love's style was R&B mixed with garage band. Influenced furthur by the local folk-rock scene and psychedelia, the playlist featured more melodic numbers with flute and other woodwinds. Their third album, Forever Changes,released in 1967 just before the Moody Blues Days of Future Passed was way ahead of its time with its innovative complexity. Some critics will cry foul about rips offs from contemporaries; however, I see it as the musical equivalent to a beautifully multi-layered abstract painting.

Mr. Tambourine Man: The Byrds
Mr. Tambourine Man: The Byrds
The Byrds on the famous revolving stage at the Hullabaloo Club in Hollywood- 1966
The Byrds on the famous revolving stage at the Hullabaloo Club in Hollywood- 1966 | Source

The Byrds

The folk-rock scene was really big in L.A. in the mid- to-late 60s when bands played a local club called The Troubadour. The Byrds defined the style. It was here that David Crosby got together with Roger (Jim) McGuinn, Chris Hillman and Gene Clark. When Bob Dylan first heard their rendition of Mr. Tambourine Man, he said, "Wow, Man! You can dance to that!" It was the acquisition of the 12- string Rickenbacker, influenced by the Beatles' Hard Day's Night, that really defined the Byrd's classic sound. The release of Mr. Tambourine Man in 1965 featured mainly Bob Dylan songs and original compositions from the prolific band member, Gene Clark. Ironically, the title track featured only one member of the band. McGuinn was backed by the session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. Producer Terry Melcher and the execs at Columbia Records had little faith in the band's new line-up with Mike Clark on drums. In Los Angeles, the Byrds were the featured act at Ciro's on the Sunset Strip, but they also played other local venues including the Hullabaloo Club. This very listenable folk-rock LP is so good that it's always "over too soon!"


Blood on the Tracks: Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks: Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

For any Dylan fan narrowing the choice to one album is very hard. I lean toward his earlier works when his songs were full of protest and compassion like The Free-Wheelin' Bob Dylan but, then again, the electric back-up that outraged his folk-purist fans at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 added more depth to the music. Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde are both fantastic! Vocally, Dylan is at his best on Nashville Skyline and the lesser known New Morning both of which came out in near back to back releases-1969/1970 after his complete recovery from his 1966 motorcycle accident. I think New Morning is one of Dylan's best, and I am surprised by the number of people who have never heard it. All things considered, his 1975 release, Blood on the Tracks, makes the rank of my Top 10 because it combines many elements by being introspective, having an engaging story-telling quality, and reverting back to his early acoustic style. It features Tangled Up in Blue, Shelter From the Storm, and Buckets of Rain, a personal favorite.There isn't a cut on it that I don't like.

Moondance: Van Morrison's 1970 release
Moondance: Van Morrison's 1970 release

Van Morrison


I could put 6 of his discs in my CD player and listen to Van Morrison all day, reload, and play 6 more all night! He is so versatile and engaging in whatever genre he records from R&B, Celtic folk, jazz- swing fusion with Georgie Fame, and beautiful gospel as expressed in his soulful version of the classic hymn "Be Thou My Vision." Moondance, Morrison's 1970 release, makes my cut because of its range in style, showing his versatility, passion, and soulfulness. The playlist includes Brown-Eyed Girl and my personal favorite, Into the Mystic. Tupelo Honey, from 1971, and St. Dominic's Preview, released in 1972 are close favorites.

Journeyman: Eric Clapton
Journeyman: Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

Derek and the Dominoes gave this one a run for the money, but I place Clapton's 1989 release Journeyman in my Top 10 because it flows so beautifully from one great song to the next. Clapton collaborates with other long-time friends and musician peers on this R&B/rock solo album, the 2nd release since overcoming his addiction to heroin and alcohol. His guitar work is brilliant but understated. The vocals are soulful and feature the beautiful harmony of his female back-ups who really deliver on Pretending. Long- time friend George Harrison plays slide guitar on his original composition Run So Far. I actually prefer this version! Ray Cooper's percussion artistry throughout gives it an irresistible groove. The entire album is laid-back and satisfying. I never make a road trip without it!


THe Joshua Tree: U2
THe Joshua Tree: U2

U2


Unlike the other albums on my list, I have no nostalgic attachment to The Joshua Tree. A roommate of mine, considerably younger, had this in her collection, and I was seduced by Bono's mesmerizing vocal. This 1987 release, U2's fifth recording, is said to reflect more of the Irish folk roots influence that Bono was encouraged to explore by Dylan, Van Morrison, and Keith Richards. To this day Bono ranks up there with Jim Morrison of The Doors, and Roger Daltry of The Who as one of my favorite rock vocalists. This album, which features I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Where the Streets Have No Name, and my favorite With or Without You, is simply brilliant!


The Beatles

Abbey Road, the Beatles' final studio album, although released in 1969 before Let It Be, makes the cut because it is so well produced and has an exceptionally creative flow, especially Side 2. I consider it an understated piece of art. It doesn't shout like Sergeant Pepper, but stands out just the same. This is a feel good compilation that begs a sing-along which is quite ironic when one considers that the band was barely holding it together. George Martin really had his work cut out for him! Rubber Soul, their 1965 release, was a close runner-up and contains the cut In My Life which I consider to be the best of all Beatle songs and one of my top 10 overall.

Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones
Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

Let It Bleed, the Rolling Stones 1969 release, signalled the end of the one phase and the beginning of another for the band. I always prefered the early Stones whose sound was heavily raw R&B. Brian Jones, an incredibly versatile musician, infused many creative elements into their sound such as the harpsichord on "You've Got the Silver" a cut from this album, dulcimer on "Lady Jane" from Aftermath, and sitar on "Paint It Black" from the same. Both his drug addiction and untimely death during the recording of this material limited his involvement to only two cuts. Mick Taylor, recruited from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers as Brian's replacement, took over on the remaining tracks. After Brian's death, I feel that Keith really emerged into the limelight and perfected his signature style which was evident on Exile on Main Street. From then on, the Stones continued to grow in popularity with mainstream hits, but I always felt the sound, post Brian Jones, was homogenous. Ths album was part of the soundtrack from my early college years.

Who's Next: The Who
Who's Next: The Who

The Who

This 1971 album from The Who was the easiest selection to make. Who's Next, with its classic Baba O'Reilly and Won't Get Fooled Again is critically acclaimed as one of the best rock albums ever! After the success of the rock opera Tommy, plans were in the works for another concept album called Lifehouse. The idea was scrapped, and most of the songs ended up on this album. Some remaining cuts ended up on Odds N Sods. The Who went on to record Quadrophenia in 1973. It was another very successful concept album dealing with the English Mods vs. the Rockers, and each band member had a distinct "personality." A film of the same title was released shortly thereafter. Quadrophenia is an outstanding concept album in every way. It has such passion and power! It's no wonder that bassist John Entwhistle, drummer Keith Moon, lead vocalist Roger Daltry, and guitarist/ conceptual artist Pete Townshend are at the top of their respective categories. It could have made my list but for the studio overproduction. I prefer the purity of Who's Next and consider the powerful vocals of Roger Daltry on this LP to be his best.

Led Zeppelin

I could have easily picked Led Zeppelin's first or second album for my Top 10 because I love every song. I chose their fourth release from 1971. Led Zeppelin IV or ZoSo, which carries the popular cut Stairway to Heaven. Both the popular song and the LP blend hard driving rock with melodic acoustic guitar. Going to California could have been left over from their 3rd LP since it is reminiscent of their transition to acoustic with Plant's raw vocals. I like the mix of style including the Celtic influence of The Battle of Evermore. After a lukewarm reception of their heavily acoustic 3rd LP, this album was purposefully untitled with no hint of content, a gutsy move. Jimmy Page, in my mind, is one of the greatest guitarists in history and certainly one of the most influential.


Now that I've chosen my Top 10, I'm already thinking of my Top 20! The simple truth is that there is just too much GREAT music out there in so many different genres. When I pass by my daughter's room and hear that Jensen with its built in radio and turntable, I am reminded of my own teen years before really good sound systems. The output from hers would make an audiophile cringe, but her enjoyment is complete. In her mind, nothing could be better than a live concert. For me it was an SAE amp, a Denon turntable, Infinity speakers, and Koss headphones that delivered a mind-blowing experience. In the end, it is all about the music, its content, and the memories. Rock on!

© 2013 Catherine Tally

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Joseph041167 3 years ago from Nashville TN 37206.

The library is closing, i gotta come back to this tommorrow. Some of these you mentioned are good. I like Goats Head Soup by the Rolling Stones. I like the Final Cut by Pink Floyd. I gotta tell you some real good ones tommorrow when I come back, the security guard is running me out and the bell rang. holla ttyl.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

This is a awesome top ten rock album list ! Well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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Joseph041167 3 years ago from Nashville TN 37206.

We would be here all day and still wind up missing some. Kiss Love Gun is an awesome album which went down in history. I have several Rolling Stone albums in storage- It's Only Rock and Roll, Some Girls, Tattoo You, Sticky Fingers. Pink Floyd- Relics, and also A Collection of Nice Dance Tunes. I think my two absolute favorites are listed up there in my previous comment. We would be here all day and still miss a few.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Love your selection. Thank you


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Hello Cat, I love the choices and am glad you included Zeplin, Morrison, Beatles, Dylan, Stones, Byrds, Who and all the rest on the list. Wasn't familiar with Lee Arthur! Excellent write up with some inside information to boot! Really enjoyed the stroll down memory lane! Kathi :O)


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hello Joseph,

There are just too many great songs- you're right about that! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. I appreciate it!


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi Tom,

Glad you liked my top 10! It's always good to hear from you, my friend. Thanks for the nice comment.

Take care,

Cat:)


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hello Martin. I appreciate your checking out my Top 10. Thanks for giving my selection a thumb's UP.

My best,

Cat:)


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi Kathi,

I'm glad that we can both relate to that same time frame and that you appreciated the "inside info"haha. It was a lot of fun coming of age in L.A. I hope you enjoyed the walk down my Memory Lane as much as I did yours about growing up in the 50s! Thanks for your thoughtful comments!

My best to you,

Cat:)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

a very entertaining hub thank you for the share :)


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Frank. My pleasure!


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Mr Deltoid 1966 3 years ago from New Jersey

Worthy picks, one and all.........tough to narrow anything down to a list of 10 (or 100), I'd be inclined to wedge "Rust Never Sleeps" in there. but 3 hours from now I'll think of something even better.....nice job.


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi Rich,

Thank you for dropping by to read and comment- glad you liked my Top 10. I know what you mean about a favorite coming to mind, then changing again a few hours later- ha! I have been editing my list for months!! Welcome to HubPages. I look forward to reading your hubs since we share similar interests in music and film.

My best,

Cat:)


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epigramman 3 years ago

Hello dear Catherine and good afternoon from lake erie time 4:41pm and this is the Hub I've been waiting for from you and it's certainly a dream come true.

I wish we could hang out together for a night with a good bottle of wine and cheese and listen to all of these albums . Wouldn't that be a blast?

I still have over 3,000 vinyl albums in my collection and that many or more cds - I've been collecting music dvds too in the last 10 years and I would highly recommend Forever Changes the complete concert live with Arthur Lee (who just died a few years ago) ...yes Love's Forever changes, the album, is one of my all time favorites , right up there with Pet Sounds and the original Smile album and all of these albums you mentioned I have both on cd and vinyl and are most definitely favorites too.

Great minds think alike. lol

This is a labor of love from you and I can tell.

And I love it.

Always great to hook up with you and sending you warm wishes from Colin, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Colin,

One of my greatest pleasures is listening to really good music and sharing impressions, facts, and memories of it with favorite people. Wine and tasty appetizers serve as the frosting on the cake! I wrote this hub with you in my thoughts since you have beenmy encouragement. I am so glad that we have a meeting of the minds on favorites in our collections. I am sure that you could surprise me with a few selections too, and I am always hungry for suggestions! I toyed w/ adding the Beachboys who I absolutely love, but they will fall into the next group of 10 which I plan to put out within the next couple of months. It is always good to hear from you, Colin. Sending warm wishes back at you as well as hugs for Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel. :)

Ca


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epigramman 3 years ago

Hello Catherine - I am still up at lake erie time 1:06am after watching a Canadian classic called Paperback Hero which featured that famous song by Gordon Lightfoot - If you could read my mind

Some of my favorite albums include:

Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan

Blonde on Blonde by Dylan

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid by Dylan (it's a soundtrack and features Knocking on Heaven's Door)

Smiley Smile and Friends by the Beach Boys

The Pretty Things Greatest hits

Kate Bush - The Kick Inside

The Kinks - The Village Green Preservation Society

The Last Waltz soundtrack (The Band)

Some Girls by the Rolling Stones

Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie

Abbey Road by The Beatles

Recent Songs by Leonard Cohen

Blue by Joni Mitchell

Siren by Roxy Music

....this list changes all of the time and that's just rock and popular . I also love blues, soul, r and b, reggae, jazz, classical, traditional, soundtrack music, country and western - lol lol - this could take all night. Thank you dear Catherine for making one of my dreams come true and putting this all together - one of my favorite hubs of all time .


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi Colin,

I'm getting ready to hit the pillow and was delighted to find your wonderful list to think about before drifting off. Excellent! Thank you for the kindest of compliments that I will take to heart! I hope this is just the beginning of a continuing exchange. Many thanks! Sleep well :)


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epigramman 3 years ago

Back to a hub presentation of yours and one that I know is a labor of love for you (and me) I have even gone back and listened to all of these albums you've mentioned and most of them I still own on vinyl.

Well it's near the end of my night here at lake erie time 2:18am and I just finished listening to the fabulous Yardbirds - now it's either Hendrix at Woodstock - although I may not sleep after that one - lol - or a very underrated album called Electric Mud by Muddy Waters jamming with some hard rock white (and black dudes) - look for it - it's a classic and the blues purists hated it at the time when it come out - or the other choice is Jeff Buckley's Grace (son of the amazing Tim Buckley) and isn't it ironic they both died fairly young.

Sending you warm wishes and good energy as always dear friend and soul mate of great music and I will throw two last names at you before I go to check out: Fred Neil and Timi Yuro -


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you Colin! I messaged you on FB awhile back. I hope you saw it. I am going to check out both Tim Yuro and the Muddy Waters selection- neither of which I 've heard. My husband is a HUGE Yardbirds fan- he made a point of collecting all that he could find on vinyl back in the day. Do you have Live at the Anderson Theater? The sun is out today here in L.A., and the temps are climbing into the 80s after last week's rain. It's crazy at the nursery where I work PT. I send you warm wishes and good cheer too! :)


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epigramman 3 years ago

Good afternoon dear Catherine - it's now late in the day at lake erie time 5:27pm . You know I could look and read this hub everyday - and I am waiting for part 2 one day from you - and like I said before all of this albums are favorites of mine as well.

Thank you for noticing my typo - I left a nice little reply for you in my Bela Lugosi piece.

I am having a nice cuppa tea before dinner and the online news that I watch at 6pm and with the daylight extension I will be able to take a walk and clear my head before watching the hockey game later on.

Night shift is a strange animal as you know and the first sleep wasn't long enough so I had to go back to bed and catch up.

I hope all is well in your neck of the woods these days and last night before I went into work I bought the new Jimi Hendrix album of unreleased studio material called People, Hell and Angels


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hello Colin,

I heard that the collection of unreleased Hendrix material was coming. No surprise that you are right on it! Let me know what you think. I have only had to work an occsional nightshift or 2 shifts with a 4 hr. window betwee them. I was much younger then! I work PT in a nursery, so Spring is a crazy time of insane multi-tasking. I'm now an official card-carrying double "hippie" because of osteo-arthritis, and the 2nd surgery claimed my graceful walk. My legs feel the fatigue/pain more than anything now when I settle into bed. (all those years of walking and hiking miles and miles!) but I'm not giving in! I'm glad you come back to read often. I am working on my next list and think I will surprise you. Some one posted a question about the best concerts we've seen. You should check it out. I hope you enjoy your evening walk and the hockey game. Rest well. :)


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epigramman 3 years ago

Good evening my dear Catherine - I just shared your lovely hub of musical passion on Facebook again to the Music and Writing group in order to preach to the converted or inverted or subverted, lol.

Listening currently to Blue Cheer who were heavy metal before they coined the phrase but I also had my dose of the Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters - I am sending you warm wishes from rain soaked Ontario Canada (all week it's been here) from Colin and his dry cats at lake erie time 12:51am


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alancaster149 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

There's a thumbs up for you here, not necessarily on all your choices, but on the compilation. My taste has changed since I started chasing down the aisles of music shops. My first buy was the Stones' No.1 album with 'Little Red Rooster', 'Carol' and 'Walking the Dog' (or dawg). Further down the line was 'Aftermath' with the long one 'Going Home' (great range of vocal effects)...

I let a lot of cash roll down the road when I took the original 'Sticky Fingers' (with its Andy Warhol ''Y'-front liner), 'Satanic Majesty's' (with its 3D picture) and 'High Tide' (with the corners cut off) to sell at a dingy shop in Soho and started buying cassettes. I'm on cd's now. The originals would have been worth a king's ransom in mint condition! Ah well, we live... do we learn?

I had a fairly eclectic collection of rock, blues etc that numbered over 150 albums including Clapton, Floyd, Dylan, Stones and Beatles' later offerings ('she came in through the bathroom window...'). When I worked at Lord's Cricket Ground, round the corner from Abbey Road I used to see the aficionados taking pictures of each other on THAT zebra crossing.

These days I'm a bit more choosy, but I've got about two dozen Stones' cd albums from No.1 to 'Bigger Bang'. I took delivery of the dvd 'Sweet Summer Sun' the other day. The disc marked 'O' was the first I played was great. After two numbers Mick J called out 'Who was here in '69?' About a third of the audience answered in chorus, most of them being less than 30 years old. I was 22 at the time (tickets to see them at Hyde Park in '13 cost more than a king's ransom, considering I'm on a pension now. Got my kicks watching the show. I've still got two more discs to look through, though. One of them's Glasto (Glastonbury), when Mick Taylor jammed with them. At Hyde Park he played on 'Midnight Rambler'. Magic! Paul Macca eat yer heart out!


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hello Alan. I agree w/ you about the early Stones. The Rolling Stones- Now featured so much classic R&B w/ takes on Willie Dixon and Solomon Burke. Their version of "Little Red Rooster" is the best! I had the privilege of seeing them in 1965 at a small municipal auditorium in Long Beach, CA. where they performed all of that material. it was amazing, and I remember it so well even though I was only 14 at the time. Instead of prancing all over as he does now, Mick clapped his hands by his head and danced in more of a circle. He also played more harmonica. I loved the rawness of it all. With a few exceptions like Flowers, At Her Satanic Majesty's Request, and live recordings, all of their LPs through Exile on Main Street were consistently great. Keith and Mick Taylor really blew me away on Exile. After that, it's Some Girls and Tattoo You that I think excel. Glad my teen daughter has snagged my old LPs for her listening pleasure- great music lives on!

Thanks for reading and commenting- appreciate it.

My best,

Cat :)


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alancaster149 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

For some interesting '69 material and comparisons take a look at the 'Stones in the Park' and 'Gimmie Shelter' dvd's. Then look in on the 'Sweet Summer Sun' dvd. On the first two you have 'baby-face' Mick Taylor subbing for the dead Brian Jones (who had planned to leave the band anyway, and had a new line-up before he fell drunk into his pool); then on 'Summer Sun' Mick Taylor showed again and played on 'Midnight Rambler', doing a solo and 'duetting' with Keef.

Before he accidentally died (ambulanceman left him on his back and he choked on his vomit) Jimi Hendrix complained about trying to change direction - to a freer jazz style - but his audience wouldn't have it. They kept demanding his stage tricks, picking the strings with his teeth and burning his guitar on stage. That was a 'leftover' from when he shared the bill with The Who. They couldn't decide who went on first, so they tossed a coin, Jimi went on first with his drummer and bass player, did his 'tricks' and then when he came off-stage past Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey he said to them, 'Follow that!'

The Who were originally 'The High Numbers' and were in their agent's office (down off the Charing Cross Road, in 'Tin Pan Alley') when he spoke to a record exec about doing a demo. They could hear him explode with mirth when the agent told him the band's name, 'The Who?' The name stuck.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

cat,

I literally ADORE this hub and your writing. Finally, someone who knows about the bands that I grew to love. Wow. The Stones, Byrds and Buffalo Springfield. I love "Bluebird."

Now to what I feel about your hub.

I love this hub. And here are the reasons why:

1. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, it is amazing.

2, I loved every word.

3. Graphics, superb.

4. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

5. Voted Up and all of the choices.

6. I loved your topic of this hub.

You are certainly a gifted writer. Keep the great hubs coming.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi Kenneth,

That's the nicest complement EVER!! You made my day. Thank you!

Cat:)


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hello, cat on a soapbox,

You are very welcome for it is all the TRUTH. Getting to read a hub like this, makes MY day. I love to read about classic albums and music. And you certainly did the greatest work on a hub of this nature that I have ever read on HP.

Keep up the great work.

Your Friend for Life,

Kenneth and I urge you to . . .Rock on and Write no matter what.


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you so much, Kenneth! I promise that I will do just that:) I don't get the chance to write as often as I'd like but am working on another rock related subject that I think you'll enjoy. I appreciate the praise and encouragement.

My best,

Cat :)


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dear cat,

Great! And you are very welcome. I meant it. You have a fantastic gift of writing and I love seeing you use it.

Kenneth, Your Friend for Life


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I would have a hard time arguing with any of your choices. There are so many that choosing ten is a tough one. It makes for great water-cooler debates. Anyway, great list!


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thanks, Bill! I'm always curious what is on someone else's list. I suppose favorites center around the experiences from our teen years and are often regional. Do you include the Fabulous Wailers in your list since they hail from Tacoma? I always love the passion that comes with music discussions, esp. R&R:)


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Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton

Cat just returning the favor.. My list would have included Queen, Chicago.. but you got the other 8 right LOL again great share two years forward


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cat on a soapbox 20 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi Frank. Definitely powerful and influential bands! It was a tough call on choosing just 10. Chicago would make my top 20. I played those 1st two LPs to death! Thanks for stopping by-I appreciate the thoughtful comments:)


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quicksand 6 months ago

Hello Catherine,

I am happy to see the Rolling Stones here! Led Zep and the Beatles too. You have great taste indeed.

I am pleased to meet you, won't you guess my name? - :)

Cheers!


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cat on a soapbox 6 months ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Quicksand! Glad you like my selections:) Isn't music great in the ways that it brings people together? In this hub I mention finding an LP from the 70s on my trip to Amoeba Records with my daughter. It was called Elephant Mountain by the Youngbloods. Ironically, one of my favorite cuts from that was entitled "Quicksand." Hope you are having a good week! All the best, Cat:)

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