#256 Ryan Adams ..... Gold

2001   I first heard this album in 2001. I fell in love with it from the first song "New York, New York" . Songs about New York were nice to hear in 2001 with the 911 wounds so fresh. It got got my attention, and set the tone for the album.  ...

#255 the Strokes ..... First Impressions on Earth

Released 2006     What a difference 10 years can make in your ear for music. 10 years ago this was my favorite album of the year. Today. I sang along to the first 5 songs, and then sort of waited for it to end. Partially because the first half...

#254 Neil Young ... American Stars and Bars

Released 1977   I went to the record store one day in 1981 to buy one of the latest arena rock releases I was listening to at the time. My friend behind the counter put this album in my hand, and said "try this instead". I had Live Rust, and I...

#253 Sly and the Family Stone .... Stand

Released 1969     Sly was one of those genius type composers that could hear all of the working parts of a song before it was played. His band had a lot of working parts. His compositions allowed every member a moment to shine in the spotlight...

#252 Small Faces .... Snakes and Ladders

Released 1976      I didn't know this was a best of compilation until after I bought it. I just didn't know enough about the band. It turns out this is one he'll of a band. Most of the songs on this album are after Rod Stewart joined the band....

#251 Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials.... Rattleshake

Released 2006     I heard a couple of these guys songs on a blues radio show this weekend, and really liked it, so I gave them a shot.   They play straight blues licks, but they mix in a boogie woogie sound. Lil Ed plays a nice slide guitar....

#250 The Clash ...... Combat Rock

Released 1982      I was excited to listen to this album. I love London Calling. I love the two big hits on this record. I think Joe Strummer, and Mick Jones were one of the better songwritting duos in the past 50 years. I think they may have...

#249 Paul McCartney and Wings...... Band on the Run

Released 1973  McCartneys best album. This would be a 5 star album for me if it weren't for the one dud Picasso's last song.  McCartney is the worlds greatest pop/rock songwriter/ musician ever, and he shows it here.  Start your McCartney...

#248 REO Speedwagon.... Hi infidelity

Released 1980   I listened to this album a lot when I was a senior in high school in 1981. Then I reached a point where every time I hear Kevin Cronin start to sing "Heard it from a friend who. Heard it from a friend who....." I would quickly...

#247 Neil Young....zuma

Released 1975   This is my first time listening to this album, and it is immediately one of my favorite Young albums.   After the death of the original Crazy Horse guitarist the band replaced him with the guitarist that came to define the...

#246 David Bowie ..... Aladdin San

Troubles posting. I will be brief.   Very theatrical. A la Rocky horror picture show soundtrack. Piano, and bass shine. I give this album 3 stars out of 5

#245 Audioslave....self titled

Released 2002   One of the better supergroups  ever in rock in my opinion. Chris Cornell merges with the musicians from Rage Against the Machine. Tom Morrello and company need a big voice that won't get lost in that big Rage sound. Cornell has...

#244 Creedence Clearwater Revival....Bayou Country

Released 1969   I really don't know if I have heard a CCR song I don't like. I have never listened to one of their albums because I have always considered them more as a "hits" type band.     All of the songs on this album are solid. They...

#243 Daniel Romano ... Come Cry with me

Released 2013   Daniel Romano is to old school twangy Country music what the Stray Cats were to old school Rockabilly music.     It feels like he is doing a tribute to that old music, but he does such a great job it feels fresh, and as if it...

#242 Bad religion .... Stranger than fiction

Released 1994     To me this is more of a power pop album sped up than a punk album. These guys know how to create a melodic hook, and they know how to do vocal harmonies. It's sounds like Cheap Trick sped up. The two songs they slowed down...

#241 Stevie Wonder ..... Inervisions

Released 1973   Higher Ground. Living for the City. Don't you worry bout a thing....... Classic Stevie Wonder songs on this album. All written, and recorded nearly 100% by him . Unheard of back in 73. Oh. And he produced it. A blind guy...

#240 .... Neil Young .....tonight's the night

Released 1975   Two of Young's close mates had just died from drug overdoses. Young gathered some musicians in the studio, and recorded this raw record in one evening as legend has it.    As I have aged I enjoy drama less, and less. This...

#239 The English Beat.... I just can't stop it

Released 1980     My favorite Ska album. As I listened today I realized this is more complex than I had been giving it credit for. Sure. I always knew this was a great dance record. But there is more. The instruments, and vocals are always...

#238 Warren Zevon ... Excitable Boy

Released 1978     I had heard four of these songs prior to today's listen. But the rest was new to me. I had to listen to it 4 times because I loved it so much I was considering giving it 5 stars. Very rare for me. In the end It fell just short...

#237 Blondie .... parallel lines

Released 1978     The band are not great musically. However Debra Harry is fantastic. She sounds great. Her attitude is contagious, and she writes interesting lyrics. It works with the band at that time in rock because the whole punk/ new...

#236 Rush .... Fly by Night

Released 1975   I didn't buy this album until about 1980. Then I drove my parents crazy with it. Geddy Lee's awesome bass riffs shook our house. It was awesome.     When I was younger I only listened to 3, or 4 songs on the album. Today I...

#235 Little Feet .... Dixie Chicken

Released 1973   Rock, and roll meets the New Orleans sound with some tasty slide guitar thrown in.    The piano style is what gives it that New Orleans sound. The mix is nice. There is a lot going on here. More than one instrument is usually...

#234 Foghat .... Fool for the city

Released 1975     As I told a friend today if this album came out today we would be losing our minds over it. Back in 1975 it was just another good album.      A good album indeed. It's heavy. A Heavy rhythm section. Loud heavy vocals, and a...

#233 Neil Young .... On the Beach

Released 1974     The highly anticipated follow up of Harvest. Young did what he would do many times in the future. He took a left turn, and gave the fans something unexpected.     This album is much darker than Harvest. Particularly the last...

#232 Vampire Weekend ..... Contra

Released 2010     I really like they world beat sound. It sounds as if they listened to a lot of late 1980's Paul Simon albums. That is a good thing. They aren't in Simons league as songwriters, but the make up for it with youthful energy.   ...