#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...

#105 Van Morrison....A period of transition

Released 1977      This is one of the few Van Morrison albums I have not heard until today. I listened to it while I was outside working on this beautiful April day. I really enjoyed it. I love Morrison's voice. He could sing the phone book, and...

#104 The Doors....First album

Released 1967     This album has not aged as well as some for me. Perhaps because I no longer think as highly of Jim Morrison as I once did. I find it difficult to relate to his dark, temping death type lyrics today.     I'm still amazed at...

# 103 Weezer....White album

Released 2016   Is it possible that Weezer could be getting better with age? Entirely!    Rivers Cuomo calls this his Beach Boys album because of how smooth the melodies are. The lyrics are typically smart, and quircky Weezer style lyrics....

#102 The Knack....Get the Knack

Released in 1979   Teen power pop anthems. This album resonates with me because I was 16 when it was released, and I bought it. I could relate. The songs were all about the troubles teenage boys have with teenage girls. I can't relate to the...

#101 Billy Joel....The Stranger

Released 1977   In the summer of 1977 there was a 18 wheeler trailer parked at a store near my house. Somebody had painted "Billy Joel Rules" on it. I didn't really know who Billy Joel was. It got me interested. Then a few months later I was in...

#100 The Rolling Stones...It's only Rock and roll

Released 1974   The Stones are beginning to hang out with Ron Wood at this point. It's obvious because of the party overtones the album has. They even do a Reggea song. The title track was the first song Woody play on. It was recorded at his...

#99 Crosby, Stills, and Nash....first album

Released 1969      God must like vocal harmonies. Why else did these three come together?     This album is one of the greatest debut albums of all time. They won the Grammy for debut album of the year in 69. This much is so rich for such...

#98 Cheap Trick....Crash, Boom, Crazy...Hello

Released 2016      Released just in time for the bands induction into the Rock, and Roll hall of fame.      This album is probably for the people who are already fans. I don't see this album as one that could lure in new fans. There probably...

#97 Dire Straits....Dire Straits

Released 1978   When Sultan's of Swing broke I played along with my air guitar. It didn't seem possible that Mark Knopfler could be playing all of those notes. He was. I found out later he was finger picking all of those notes.     Sultan's...