#130 The Velvet Underground and Nico

Released 1967     I bought this album in 1984 after I began to get into Lou Reed. Upon first listen I couldn't understand what all of the critical buzz was about. Then I started to listen to the stories in the songs, and I realized nobody was...

#129 Cheap Trick......In Color

Released 1977      Most of the songs from the "Live at Budokan" record come from this album. This is Cheap Tricks second album. It's a power pop masterpiece. "Southern Girls" might be my favorite song on the Color album, and it didn't even make...

#128 Rolling Stones.....Tattoo you

Released 1981   This is an album the Stones created from outtakes from their past few albums. Which is incredible, because I consider it in the top 4-5 best Stones albums. Apparently Mick, and Keith weren't getting along well enough to get in...

#127 Jeff Lynne's ELO....Alone in the universe

Released 2015   Jeff sounds lonely on this one. He doesn't seem to have the energy to even elevate his vocals to a fun place at any time. I think he is a genius. I am a huge fan of his music, and his productions. I think he is up there with...

#126 Snoop Dogg.....Doggy style

Released 1993      I bought this album in 1993 strictly to play the hits on my mobile DJ business. I put it on just for a brief listen through to see if any songs had dance floor hooks for future reference. I found I couldn't take it off. I...

#125 Fleetwood Mac....Self titled

Released 1975   I guess I need to be patient with AC/DC, and their musical chairs style of filling in new band members. Fleetwood Mac did it nearly every year in the early Seventies until they came up with the classic, famous lineup on this...

#124 Pearl Jam ..... Ten

Released 1991      Most people have a lot of angst as a teenager. I had a lot of angst as a 29 year old man. My first son was born with some severe handicaps, and I wasn't happy with my career path. This album spoke to me. It was very...

#123 Styx....Equinox

Released 1975      The last Styx album before Tommy Shaw joined the band. That means a lot of tempo changing interludes with either just vocals, or instrumentals. A lot of 3 part harmonies. It's like witnessing the birth of that big, stadium...

#122 Gnarls Barkley.....St. Elswhere

Released 2006   I am a big Ceelo Green fan. I thought this was just one of his pet projects. Then during my research I found out about Danger Mouse who essentially built this band, and produced this album. He said he tries to produce an album...

#121 The Rolling Stones......Emotional Rescue

Released 1980. Still experimenting with dance music with"Dance (PT 1)". That song opens the album. It's a good song for dancing in the club. However, I'm glad they go back to roots rock for the remainder of the record.   The Stones have a...

#120 The The......Soul Mining

Released 1983      This is exactly the type of music I try to avoid today. Synthetic music made in a computer. I like to watch music being made by hand. The whack of a drum, the strum of a guitar, the pounding of a piano key, etc..... I always...

#119 Zakk Wylde....Book of Shadows 2

Released 2016      Although he is known most as the heavy metal guitarist for Ozzy Osborne I would classify this album as Southern Rock.      Wylde plays one hell of a guitar solo. All of the songs on the record are about the same tempo, and...

#118 Peter Frampton...... Acoustic Classics

Released 2016   This was a great idea by Frampton. Most of his hits were off of the Comes Alive album, and they were all large, big sounding productions. This Acoustic album gives us a chance to see behind the curtain of the great, and Almighty...

#117 The Talking Heads....Little Creatures

Released 1985   In the summer of 85 I worked for a lawn service mowing lawns. The Walkman was fairly new. I mowed all summer long with headphones on at full volume. This album was a daily listen, and is part of the reason for my hearing loss...

#116 Bob Marley....Exodus

Released 1977      Side one is about social events, etc... Side two is about love. I find side one to be kind of boring. Even the song Exodus I always felt sort of droned on.    Side Two is a masterpiece. Some of Marley's best songs. It...

#115 Blackberry Smoke...Holding all the Roses

Released 2015   I screwed up today. I have been hearing my friends mention Blackberry Smoke a lot recently. I decided to see what the fuss was about. However I somehow downloaded Black Stone Cherry's "Kentucky" album. I listened to Kentucky, and...

#114 The Rolling Stones.....Some Girls

Released 1978     The album starts off with Miss You. A song that was essentially a disco song. It had that bass accent on the down beat. One would think that the Stones should never play disco. However they pull it off beautifully.   The...

#113 Foreigner.... Head Games

Released 1979     An obvious attempt to butch up their sound. Double Vision was about 1/2 power ballads. This album has only 2.    I always liked the way the drums were recorded on this one. They are really out front in the mix a la Led...

#112 Prince... 1999

Released 1982   It felt like a part of the Eighties died today with Prince. I have been wanting to revisit this album for some time, and the news of his death today made it more urgent.    There are certain aspects of this album, and Prince...

#111 Rage against the machine...Evil Empire

Released 1996   True story. I was once thrown out of a bar because my demands of "play some Rage against the machine" became too obnoxious for the bartender with the iPod. He finally threw a glass on the floor, and said get out. I probably had...

#110 the Bangles....All over the place

Released 1984     I guess siblings have an advantage in creating great vocal harmonies. The Everly Brothers. The Beach Boys. The Bangles. I love the color vocal harmonies of the Peterson Sisters on this album. How many hours had they sung...

#109 Temptations....Temptin Temptations

Released 1965 Damn! There was some serious song writting being done at Motown in the early Sixties. I love the sound of those early Sixties Motown records. Great players. Great recording style. Smokey Robinson was very prolific as a songwriter. He...

#108 Violent Femmes.....1st album

Released 1983     Blister in the Sun. Add it up. Gone Daddy gone. Kiss off. So many people know those songs, yet this album barely scratched the top 100. This is one of those records that was playing at the parties we went to. That's why...

#107 the Rolling Stones.....Black and Blue

Released 1976      So this is what it looks like when one of the greatest rock bands goes through transition?  Ron Woods first full album with the band. He had to be wondering what he was getting into. The first song on the album is "Hot stuff"....

#106 Steven Wilson ........4 1/2

Released 2016     I was listening to bands in the top 100 for something that was a bit more traditional, and less electronic. I found Steven Wilson. He sounds like a cross between Pink Floyd, and Yes. Progressive rock. I thought "great. A...