#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...