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Rock. Defined in 5 Albums.

Discussion in 'music' started by Mullardman, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    Obviously I am biased by the time of my birth etc., but I've always thought that the following 5 albums pretty much summed up 'rock' and all else is just, to quote something or other from some album notes or other 'deluded speculators.. picking over the woodpile'.

    'Are You Experienced' Hendrix
    'Piper at the Gates of Dawn' Floyd.
    'Fresh Cream' Cream
    'Led Zeppelin' Led Zeppelin
    'Blonde on Blonde' Dylan.


  2. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Way too limited IMO, it's less than a 5 year period, and too UK-centric. I'd probably go for something like:

    Robert Jonson - King Of The Delta Blues Singers
    The Stooges - The Stooges
    Can - Tago Mago
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    Pixies - Surfa Rosa

    And that still doesn't get close to being up to date! I'd feel very awkward leaving out Elvis Rock N Roll, The Beatles Hard Days Night, MC5 Kick Out The Jams, Jimi Hendrix Are You Experienced, Miles Davis Bitches Brew, Pink Floyd Piper, Amon Duul II Yeti, Neu! Neu!, Black Sabbath's debut, Patti Smith Horses, Gang Of Four Entertainment, The Minutemen Double Nickel On The Dime, Mogwai Young Team etc etc etc, all of which were hugely innovative and all at the start of something that grew / is still relevant now. I've missed tons out, you'd need 50 really, and it would be necessary to go from vintage US blues right through to the laptop / bedroom innovators of today.

  3. kendo

    kendo Prussian bot

    Zappa-Freak Out
    Can-Soon Over Babaluma
    Big Audio Dynamite-This Is....
    The Orb-Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
  4. Batty

    Batty pfm Member

    For me:

    Hendrix - Are you experienced.
    ZZ Top - deguelo
    Status Quo - Hello
    Deep Purple - In Rock
    Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden

    There are heaps more, this list could be huge, but at this moment in time, yep that'll do me.
  5. Cheese

    Cheese Bitter lover

    Rolling Stones - Aftermath
    Zep - 1st album
    Who's Next
    Husker Du - Zen Arcade
    AC/DC - Highway To Hell
  6. prowla

    prowla pfm Member

    I listened to Led Zep II last night.
    Like Lemmy once said; it defines the vocabulary of rock.
  7. Rasher

    Rasher Quadrophenia land

    You are all guilty of ignoring the huge current Rock movement for a start.

    What about American Soft Rock - Aerosmith, Def Leppard. What about 90s/00s Rock/Rap crossover - Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Faith No More, and then current Metal? What about Southern Rawck from Skynnard that has a huge resurgence in Drive-By Truckers and Black Stone Cherry.
    What about Prog?
    I couldn't make the list, but you need to include Black Sabbath because Tommy Iommi's heavy damped chops have set the sound for all heavy Rock that followed from Metallica & Queensryche to Opeth. He invented that Chugg-Chugg dark loud guitar sound that you hear in every heavy rock band ever since - Soundgarden built a career on it! In Rock, Sabbath were the most influential band ever (can't stand them myself).
    Not an easy task
    What about Blues Rock - Cream / Free / Rory Gallagher?

    Brit-Pop did a lot of damage as it satisfied a lot of people with mainstream music. Simon Cowell on the other hand has made people feel alienated from camp karaoke and forced them to look further afield, which has greatly increased the bandwidth on what people will buy when they make the effort. We should be grateful. Rock music now is back to satisfying kids that actively reject and react against mainstream Pop - and it's the best thing that has happened for years. We have a very healthy modern Rock scene - just browse the Rock Music magazines next time you are in the supermarket to see what I mean. It's bloody brilliant! Thank you Simon. Really. The best music has always come from kids that feel alienated from the mainstream and feel angry about it.
    Yeah, can't stand modern Rock myself either, but I like that it exists.
  8. The Captain

    The Captain ~~~~~~~~~~

    Elvis Presley.
    Beatles- Sgt Peppers LHCB.
    Velvet Undeground & Nico.
    David Bowie- Ziggy..
    Pixies- Surfer Rosa.
  9. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    You are all wrong. Of course, the answer is:

    Beggars Banquet
    Let it Bleed
    Get yer ya yas out
    Sticky Fingers
    Exile on Main Street

  10. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    I think he meant 'it describes the vocabulary of Rawk'

  11. Rasher

    Rasher Quadrophenia land

    Mister Bachman, Mister Turner and Mister Overdrive.
    Alright, Pop-pickers!
    Not 'arf.
  12. wirbeltier

    wirbeltier pfm Member

    Sergeant Pepper? Rock?
  13. John

    John TDS free

    Sticky Fingers
    Doors first
    Who's Next
  14. Mr Perceptive

    Mr Perceptive Perceptive Member

    Heavy Choice:-

    Black Sabbath - Paranoid
    Deep Purple - Made In Japan
    Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
    UFO - Strangers in the Night
    AC/DC - Back in Black
  15. Gaius

    Gaius Trade: Stiletto by Tangerine

    Too hard!!!

    For bands, Stones, Zep, AC/DC have to be in there, I will give thought redarding the other two....

    EDIT: Breaking the rules (very Rock'n'Roll) I will add David Bowie, Pink Floyd and the Beatles.
  16. Dave J

    Dave J Übermember

    I think you've got to be more strict in terms of the definition of Rock music. I'd argue that whilst there were some great (and worthy) precursors to Rock - Elvis, Robert Johnson etc - they "merely" fed the beast.

    And on that basis....

    Hendrix - Are You Experienced
    Led Zep -2
    David Bowie - The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust
    Tool - Lateralus
    Godspeed You Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

    Or not as the case may be

  17. simeon

    simeon No fixed engagements

    The best 5 rock albums are:
    Hendrix - Are you experienced
    Led Zep - First
    Doors - LA Woman
    Stones - Let it Bleed
    Dead - Anthem of the Sun

  18. Dave J

    Dave J Übermember

    But that's a different question entirely, it's not about "best"
  19. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    Don't need 5.

    Ramones - It's Alive

    Done, dusted, sorted.
  20. gassor

    gassor There may be more posts after this.

    Piss easy

    Highway 61 Revisited - His Bobness
    Are You Experienced - Jimi and the Boys
    Astral Weeks - Van
    White Album - The Fabs
    Velvet Underground - The Velvets

    The above are like the boundaries, everything else can fit into the centre

    And if it goes to the wire, then its Jimi.

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