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Chiz' Picks

Richard Daniel Chisnick
The list author says: "These are my favorite music albums"
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
"The greatest album ever made, from the greatest rock band that ever lived!  Also the greatest album cover!  The Beatles effectively changed the future of not only rock music, but also, history itself, with "Sgt. Pepper."  What more do I need to say?  Its "Sgt. Pepper!"  If you don't know much about it, Google it..you have a lot to learn!"
Born to Run
Born to Run
"This is the best American straightforward rock album ever made!  The piano and saxophone on here are phenomenal, but that's not to take away from Springsteen's rock and roll rhythm guitar work.  The title track, as good as it is, doesn't do this album justice.  My favorites are "Thunder Road" and "She's The One": perfect examples of how rock and roll will never die!!"
Hot Rats
Hot Rats
"The first time I heard this, I was transported to 1969 without having ever been there.  This is Frank Zappa's masterpiece, without question.  Except for "Willie The Pimp" (featuring Captain Beefheart), its all instrumental.  Best guitar work and jazz I've ever heard - together, no less!  "Peaches En Regalia" and "Son of Mr. Green Genes" are mind-blowing..actually it all is.  BUY THIS ALBUM!!!"
After Bathing at Baxter's
After Bathing at Baxter's
"As far as I'm concerned, this is 1967 San Francisco's "Sgt. Pepper"-esque achievement, created with the same chemical inspiration.  Signs of Frank Zappa's influence can be heard throughout, with acid rock to avant garde hopping.  Its too underrated for my comfort.  "..Pooneil" is the single, but the standout cuts are "Young Girl Sunday Blues" and "Won't You Try/Saturday Afternoon.""
Highway 61 Revisited
Highway 61 Revisited
"Bob Dylan transforms from folk troubadour to rock star? Almost 50 years later and we still don't know!  While this album opens with "Like A Rolling Stone," arguably the greatest rock song of all time, it closes with the epic acoustic storytelling of "Desolation Row."  Sandwiched in between are kazoos, distorted blues guitars, pianos, organs, Mr. Jones, Queen Jane, and other musical trinkets."
Dark Side Of The Moon
Dark Side Of The Moon
"Simply legendary!  This album remained on the Billboard charts for at least 15 years after its release.  Almost every track is a classic rock radio staple.  "Money" is the relative hit, but my favorite track is definitely "Time," with its space age blues rock guitar and funk beat.  Overall, this album is a fitting soundtrack for life as we know it."
Truth
Truth
"Quintessential classic rock!  This is a Jeff Beck album for sure, but Rod Stewart must also be acknowledged.  The classic Yardbirds track "Shapes of Things" is given hard "Rock My Plimsoul" power!  "Morning Dew" is the zenith of guitar rave-up.  Overall, the "Truth" album is the crowning achievement of blues-influenced guitar rock.  Also includes two Willie Dixon cover songs."
Heathen
Heathen
"An instant classic from 2002, with three covers to boot (Pixies, Neil Young, Legendary Stardust Cowboy).  The result of Bowie's easy transition to the 21st century.  The Thin White Duke discovers Moby's devices.  The highlight track is "Slow Burn."  "Sunday" puts everything in perspective: "Everything has changed!"  "Heathen (The Rays)," I suppose, explains how."
Who's Next
Who's Next
"Pieces of what would have been the greatest rock album ever, "Lifehouse."  These are the tracks that remain - each is a classic rock standard.  The concept lives on in "Baba O'Riley," "The Song Is Over," and the masterpiece, "Won't Get Fooled Again."  "Who's Next" represents the beginning of the Arena rock age...a cornerstone of what was to come."
Midnite Vultures
Midnite Vultures
"Neon electric insanity from 1999.  A sonic goulash of hip hop, nasty rock pop, new wave, and plastic soul.  "Sexx Laws" sounds unearthed from the 1960's.  Amazing, considering tracks laced with mystic hip hop ("Get Real Paid", "Hollywood Freaks").  "Broken Train" strikes a chord for Gen-X mentality.  "Nicotine & Gravy" is a mix of electric beats, space rock, and orchestral power."