The list author says: "This is a list of CDs that I could not do without. In this digital age of MP3s and downloads, I still value and appreciate the concept of an entire CD/album by an artist. For many of these artists, I own most or all of their albums. But, for this list, I included only the best CD/album from each group or artist (which is sometimes not an easy task).
If you do not have any of these albums as part of your music collection, I highly recommend checking these out!"
"I am a fan of all of Pavement's albums (FYI - Terror Twilight is by far the weakest), but this album is the one that I most often go back and listen to. Highlights include "Grounded", "Rattled By The Rush", and "Pueblo"."
"It is tough to pick just one Radiohead album - Kid A and OK Computer also came very close to making this list. But, for me, this Radiohead album is a masterpiece from start to finish. Good music to drive to at night..."
"Dylan's albums are all great. Some fans dislike the Basement Tapes, but The Band just adds to the greatness of this collection of songs. Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde and Bringing It All Back Home almost made this list."
"If you were anywhere near the Carolinas in the late 1980's and 1990's, you probably have heard something by The Connells. Highlights here include "Hey Wow", "Sal", "Fun & Games", and "Something To Say"."
"I got into Sugar (and especially their first album Copper Blue) before experiencing Husker Du. New Day Rising is classic and Bob Mould is at his finest. Zen Arcade is also incredible, but the 14 minute instrumental at the end of the album seems to wear on me."
"The consensus seems to be that Exile On Main Street is the Rolling Stones' best album (which I agree is very good). But, the blues and rock in Sticky Fingers is just awesome - and, it has my favorite Rolling Stones song on it, "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"."
"Superchunk at their best. This group has many great albums (and I wish they had more!). Is it punk? Is it rock? Is it indie rock? I would go with the latter, but whatever you want to call it, this album will get you moving. Highlights are "Precision Auto" and "Mower"."
"Talking Heads first 3 albums are all very, very good. Many view their 4th release (Remain In Light) as their best, but I like their debut album. If you like live recordings, The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads captures their energy with highlights from their first 4 albums. The 2005 reissue of Talking Heads: 77 with the extra bonus tracks makes this album even better."
"This is a band that should have had much, much more success. All of their albums are good, with the exception of 'Smoke'. Great rock band from the South. Also need to check out Kevn Kinney's solo 'MacDougal Blues' album from 1990. (As a side, I am not sure why Drivin' N' Cryin' is played on Hair Nation on XM though)."
"This album is by far the best 1980's compilation that I have ever heard. Unless you are familiar with these songs, you will not understand what I am talking about until you give this a listen. Besides more common songs by The Romantics and Bangles, most of these songs and bands are overlooked when 1980's compliations are put together."