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25 Greatest Classic Rock Albums

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Revolver
Revolver
"With Lennon's "Tomorrow Never Knows" and Harrison's "Love You To" it is the album that redefined rock music forever."
The Dark Side of the Moon, 30th Anniversary Edition
The Dark Side of the Moon, 30th Anniversary Edition
"Although it may seem cliche, this album set new standards for the music industry and it's production was flawless."
Mr. Tambourine Man
Mr. Tambourine Man
"Recording an electrified version of Dylan's beatnik anthem brought folk music to the forefront of rock expression. The group would soon become pioneers of country rock."
Doors
Doors
"Recorded in 1966 Jim Morrison's dark poetry backed by Krieger and Manzarek's musicianship takes the airwaves and leaves an unforgettable mark on the world of rock music."
Surrealistic Pillow
Surrealistic Pillow
"With their 1965 live performances at the Fillmore Auditorium they were in essence the first psychedelic rave band."
Are You Experienced
Are You Experienced
"This master of rock guitar took psychedelia to a new level with feedback and distortion never heard before."
Physical Graffiti
Physical Graffiti
"Although there are previous albums more noteworthy Physical Graffiti contains the exotic "Kashmir", one of the most complex musical chord progressions the rock world has ever heard. "In My Time of Dying" and "Trampled Under Foot" also make this album and undeniable choice."
My Generation (Deluxe Edition)
My Generation (Deluxe Edition)
"Pete Townshend's guitar smashing and anger was indeed the first form of punk rock expression and youth disillusionment."
Disraeli Gears
Disraeli Gears
"This trio along with Jimi Hendrix laid the groundwork for blues as a popular form of rock foundation."
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
"Another masterpiece by the fab four and a production genius by George Martin."
Abraxas
Abraxas
"Carlos Santana followed up his Woodstock performance with an album that mixed latin rythmns with free-form rock guitar. Latin rock is born."
Paranoid
Paranoid
"Heavy metal is born on the wings of classics like "Fairies Wear Boots", "Paranoid" and "War Pigs"."
The Yes Album
The Yes Album
"One of the first of many contributions by this band to a genre of music that would later be labeled art rock."
Foxtrot
Foxtrot
"Theatrical antics of Peter Gabriel backed by the lush sounds of Hackett and Banks provides all the pieces to one of art rock's greatest bands."
Freak Out
Freak Out
"Zappa's jazz expertise and bizarre stage performances with the Mother's left an indelible mark on what would be later extend the boundaries of creative musical expression. Avante garde hits Broadway."
At Fillmore East
At Fillmore East
"A landmark blues rock album captured live that would start the fire for future southern fried rock bands."
Exile on Main Street
Exile on Main Street
"Though there are some better tidbits on previous albums, but this recording sees the band at their creative peak with not only blues, but soul and country."
Stand Up
Stand Up
"Jethro Tull with their blues based sound introduced the flute to rock."
The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Velvet Underground & Nico
"Lou Reed and John Cale team up with Nico to bring their avant garde sound. 1920's Berlin meets the dregs of modern rock."
Days of Future Passed
Days of Future Passed
"Rock's first album to be recorded with an orchestra gave meaning to the term "Classical Rock"."
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
"One of the 1st releases that contained rock anthems, jazz interludes, space and folk music all on one album."
2112 (Original Master Recording)
2112 (Original Master Recording)
"A suite of blazing rock with ballad interludes."
Force It
Force It
"Micheal Schenker will go down as one of heavy metal's greatest guitarists."
Two for the Show
Two for the Show
"A live performance that captures many of their songs from their first 4 albums..."
In the Court of the Crimson King
In the Court of the Crimson King
"Fripp, Lake, Mac Donald and Sinfield introduce a sound that would later be considered progressive rock."