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What are the 10 masterworks of the Rock Era

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Initial post: Oct 19, 2012, 11:15:47 PM PDT
Whale Tart says:
I saw this question in Wally Lamb's book 'The Hour I First Believed' and I was intrigued by it and loved his list, especially as he also loves Mr Van Morrison. I will post my list later, it will require some homework!

Posted on Oct 19, 2012, 11:39:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 19, 2012, 11:45:22 PM PDT
B L T says:

"Aqualung" - Jethro Tull
"Are You Experienced" - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
"L.A. Woman" - The Doors
"Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" - Derek & the Dominos
"Led Zeppelin II" - Led Zeppelin
"Magical Mystery Tour" - The Beatles
"Paranoid" - Black Sabbath
"Sticky Fingers" - The Rolling Stones
"The Dark Side of the Moon" - Pink Floyd
"Who's Next" - The Who

Posted on Oct 20, 2012, 12:29:48 AM PDT
MH says:
Relayer - Yes
Quadrophenia - The Who
Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
Strange Days - The Doors
Aqualung - Jethro Tull
Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
Brain Salad Surgery - ELP
Deja Vu - CSN&Y
Seventh Sojourn - The Moody Blues

Posted on Oct 20, 2012, 1:43:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2012, 2:32:09 PM PDT

Are You Experienced?-Jimi Hendrix Experience
Black Sabbath-Black Sabbath
Made In Japan-Deep Purple
IV-Led Zeppelin
Tyranny And Mutation-Blue Oyster Cult
Billion Dollar Babies-Alice Cooper
Let It Bleed-Rolling Stones
In The Court Of The Crimson King-King Crimson


Bridge Of Sighs-Robin Trower
Physical Graffiti-Led Zeppelin
Rocks -Aerosmith
Iron Maiden-Iron Maiden
Heaven And Hell-Black Sabbath
Strangers In The Night-UFO
Unleashed In The East-Judas Priest
Van Halen-Van Halen
Secret Treaties-Blue Oyster Cult


Mob Rules-Black Sabbath
Reign In Blood-Slayer
Master Of Puppets-Metallica
Number Of The Beast-Iron Maiden
Screaming For Vengeance-Judas Priest
Fair Warning-Van Halen
Holy Diver-DIO
Peace Sells-Megadeth
Beneath The Remains-Sepultura
Darkness Descends-Dark Angel
Bonded By Blood-Exodus


Operation Mindcrime-Queensryche
7th Son Of A 7th Son-Iron Maiden
Rust In Peace-Megadeth
Seasons In The Abyss-Slayer
Painkiller-Judas Priest
The Years Of Decay-Overkill
Cowboys From Hell-Pantera
Dirt-Alice In Chains
Strange Highways-Dio
Vulgar Display Of Power-Pantera

Posted on Oct 20, 2012, 7:23:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2012, 7:28:27 AM PDT
Working Man says:
Only 10? I see why some have posted multiple lists. This is going to be subjective of course and we will post our ten favorites. I will try and resist my urge to post my favorite ten records and instead post what perceive to be rock classics from the 60's and 70's and still it will be based on my perception - Sorry, I think I am over analysing this.

not in order:

1. Pink Floyd - the Dark Side of the Moon (though I prefer Animals or Wish Your Were Here)
2. Jethro Tull - Aqualung
3. Deep Purple - Machine Head (I prefer In Rock, but that is partially because this album has received some much exposure)
4. The Who - Who's Next (not a big Who fan but this album along with Quadrophenia are two albums I have always enjoyed)
5. Led Zeppelin - their fourth album (though Physical Graffiti is my favorite)
6. Black Sabbath - Paranoid (their debut is my favorite)
7. Yes - Close to the Edge (among my favorites along with Fragile and The Yes Album as well as Relayer)
8. ELP - Brain Salad Surgery (one of my favorite album names)
9. Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs (one of my all time favorite albums)
10. Rush - 2112 (some might say Moving Pictures but while it had more hits, I think side 1 of 2112 more than overcomes any weaknesses on side 2 and I always felt Moving Pictures was more top heavy and after the obvious the rest of the album is solid at best)

Posted on Oct 20, 2012, 1:14:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2012, 3:31:42 PM PDT
mac says:
Axis: Bold As Love - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Harvest - Neil Young
Larks Tongues In Aspic - King Crimson
Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
Disraeli Gears - Cream
St. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Lick My Decals Off, Baby - Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band
Close To The Edge - Yes
The Inner Mounting Flame - Mahavishnu Orchestra
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin

Posted on Oct 20, 2012, 2:02:36 PM PDT
Whale Tart says:
LOL! > ELP - Brain Salad Surgery (one of my favorite album names)

Posted on Oct 22, 2012, 12:33:41 PM PDT
vivazappa says:
Sargent Pepper
Dark Side of the Moon
Led Zep IV
Who's Next
Exile on Main St.
A Night at the Opera
Born to Run
Never Mind the Bullocks
Are You Experianced?
Abbey Road

Posted on Oct 22, 2012, 10:41:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 22, 2012, 10:42:39 PM PDT
Only ten? Christ almighty. Since that's an impossible task, I'm just going to pick what I feel is the "definitive" album from each of ten different central genres of rock:

Psychedelia/Art-Pop: Revolver, The Beatles (1966)
Singer-Songwriter: On The Beach, Neil Young (1974)
Hard Rock: Who's Next, The Who (1971)
Funk/Soul: Innervisions, Stevie Wonder (1973)
Glam: Electric Warrior, T.Rex (1971)
Progressive Rock: Selling England By The Pound, Genesis (1973)
Proto-Punk/Punk: Patti Smith, Horses (1975)
New Wave: The Pretenders, The Pretenders (1980)
Alternative: Ritual De Lo Habitual, Jane's Addiction (1990)
Britpop: Modern Life Is Rubbish, Blur (1993)

This list is totally inadequate, though--it should've been a top 25, at least. But I'll stick by the parameters of the OP.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 8:03:28 AM PDT
Fischman says:
Days of Future Passed -- The Moody Blues -- 1967 (nice call by MH to include the underrated Seventh Sojourn)
Who's Next -- The Who -- 1971
Thick as a Brick -- Jethro Tull -- 1972
Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath -- Black Sabbath -- 1973
Robin Trower -- Bridge of Sighs -- 1974
Wish You Were Here -- Pink Floyd -- 1975
Katy Lied -- Steely Dan -- 1975
Lefotverture -- Kansas -- 1976
Moving Pictures -- Rush -- 1981
Images and Words -- Dream Theater -- 1992

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012, 9:01:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 24, 2012, 12:57:13 PM PDT
Two Tub Man says:
The Who Sell Out (Planted the seeds for all The Who's "masterworks" that followed)
The Beatles - The Beatles (A fractured, sprawling mess of an album. I like that!)
Electric Ladyland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience (See "The Beatles")
At Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band (IMO, the greatest live album of the rock era)
The Dictators Go Girl Crazy (The soundtrack of my 20's. 37 years later, it still makes me smile just as big as ever)
The Ramones - The Ramones (One of the most influential post-'60's albums. Stripped down, dumb, funny & loud)
The Dreaming - Kate Bush (I've always preferred this to her followup, "Hounds Of Love". Either way, win-win!)
Skylarking - XTC (About as perfect as an album can be. Ace songwriting, sympathetic production from Rundgren)
Southern Rock Opera - Drive By Truckers (The only album I would term a "masterwork" of the 21st century)
Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era (1965-1968) - Various Artists

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 12:24:19 PM PDT
Emery Would says:
Wow. Those are some lists. Interesting that so many end in 1982 (30 years ago), so I'm guessing everybody on here's about 50 (since our musical tastes are set at 15).

I'm not going to quibble with the lists, except to say I'd rather hear dumb toddlers beating on pots and pans than listen to "Aqualung" again, but it's all personal taste, isn't it. I don't doubt that Steely Dan or the Moody Blues are good at what they do, but I absolutely detest both bands.

So, here's my list of mostly overlooked classics based mainly on personal taste.
Nirvana, Nevermind
Van Halen I
Black Sabbath, Paranoid
Husker Du, Warehouse Songs and Stories
Replacements, Let It Be
Thin Lizzy, The Black Rose
David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust
The Pretenders I
Green Day, Dookie
Metallica, Master of Puppets

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012, 12:39:25 PM PDT
Fischman says:
Hmmm . . . . my musical tastes have evolved and expanded tremendously since I was 15.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 1:00:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 24, 2012, 1:00:35 PM PDT
vivazappa says:
Mine haven't!
I'm stuck in the late 60's and early 70's...and I don't see an exit!!!

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 1:14:37 PM PDT
Fischman says:
Mine have mostly expanded genre wise, not necessarily time frame wise (although there is a good deal of newer music I appreciate). In fact, lately they have moved backwards in time from late 60's and early 70's to the early 60's and 50's as I've discovered the great jazz of the era. Actually, it seems my preferences by time period are largely dominated by genre:

Anything before 1949--Classical
1949-1967--Jazz with Blues running a solid second
1967-1992--Rock with emphasis on Hard Rock and Prog (acknwledging that the peak was passed by '76)
1992-1997--New Age and World Music
1997-Present--resurgence of Prog

Certain genres definitely peak at specific times.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 2:14:01 PM PDT
Working Man says:
I love music from the 60's and 70's mostly but I do appreciate music from later decades however, my heart is with the albums from my youth when they had the biggest impact on my life. I do have to admit my musical taste as evolved some, but I still love the musical styles that I appreciated back in the old days. So, give me some Black Crowes and Joe Bonamassa and it's almost like it's 1975 again.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 2:27:43 PM PDT
Dugan Nash says:
Trying to cover rock and it's many sub-genres spread over 1964 to present with just ten titles is near impossible, but here's my attempt:

Beatles - Hard Day's Night
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
The Who - Who's Next
Queen - A Night at the Opera
Bruuuce - Darkness on the Edge of Town
AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirty Cheap
Ramones - Self-titled debut
Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East
U2 - The Joshua Tree
Nirvana - Nevermind

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 3:46:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 24, 2012, 3:47:51 PM PDT
vivazappa says:
zlh...of course we agree on three exactly Hendrix, Queen and The Who...I did pick a different Boss record and two different Beatles records. I thought about Nevermind and went with the Pistols instead...why am I not surprised about this...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012, 4:31:43 PM PDT
Dugan Nash says:
Great minds think alike. Then again, so do sick ones. Not sure which one we are, but as long as we agree, everything's copasetic.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 10:11:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 24, 2012, 10:18:40 PM PDT
J. J. Martin says:
Had to go with a dozen:

Revolver - Beatles
Beggar's Banquet -Stones
Selling England by the Pound - Genesis
Are You Experienced? - Hendrix
Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
Live at Leeds - Who
Never Mind the Bollocks - Sex Pistols
The Yes Album - Yes
Highway 61 Revisited - Dylan
Armed Forces - Elvis Costello
Something/Anything - Todd Rundgren
Skylarking - XTC

Honorable mention: Pet Sounds, Ziggy Stardust, Can't Buy a Thrill, Close to the Edge, Something Else, Rastaman Vibration, Ramones, Boy, Led Zeppelin I, Hissing of Summer Lawns, Raw Power, The Clash, Born to Run, Pretenders, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper, Blonde on Blonde, Disraeli Gears, New York Dolls, In the Court of the Crimson King, Red, Foxtrot, Nursery Cryme, Meddle, Aqualung, Blow by Blow, Axis: Bold as Love, This Year's Model, Hermit of Mink Hollow, Brain Capers, The Who Sell Out, Remote Control, Give 'em Enough Rope, Sunburst Finish, Smile, Drums and Wires, Singles Going Steady, Machine Gun Ettiquette, Healing, Queen, Sticky Fingers, Power and the Glory, Birds of Fire, Metal Box, Buffalo Springfield 1, We're Only in it For the Money, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, Tommy, A Wizard, A True Star, Blue, Easter, Heaven Tonight, Fragile, The Royal Scam, Emerson Lake and Palmer 1, The Doors 1, Hot Rats...

Posted on Oct 25, 2012, 12:09:20 AM PDT
idratherbe says:
Captain Beefheart - Safe As Milk
Frank Zappa - Cruising With Ruben And The Jets
Velvet Underground & Nico
Cabaret Voltaire - Red Mecca
Can - Monster Movie
Peter Hammill - Nadir's Big Chance
Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
Rammstein - Sehnsucht
Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
Einstürzende Neubauten - Silence Is Sexy

Of course, the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour and Sgt. Pepper's should be on the list, but they go without saying and there would not be enough room for anything else.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012, 2:07:29 AM PDT
My taste is in hard rock and metal music and as metal has changed ive enjoyed a lot of the changes and expanded my tastes. My teens & early 20s were the 70s and most of my favorites are from this decade but, the 80s were also great. I hate it that most of my favorites will be gone by the end of this decade.

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012, 3:07:49 AM PDT
Geezerguy says:
A Wizard A True Star - Todd Rundgren
Abbey Road - Beatles
Ram - McCartney
Beggars Banquet - Rolling Stones
Doo Dad - Webb Wilder
All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys - Traffic
Deja Vu - CSN&Y
Tago Mago - Can
Afraid of Sunlight - Marillion

Posted on Oct 25, 2012, 7:26:45 AM PDT
Hip O Critic says:
Sgt Peppers
Abbey Road
Who's Next
Tonight's The Night
Dark Side Of The Moon
Wish You Were Here
Let It Bleed
Blood On The Tracks
All Things Must Pass
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