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You should have left the comment off with BHN. That album is crazy long. “Slide Away” is a perfect length. Nearly their best song.
it was his brother, and you sir are the moron.
He’s still the man. “That is to take away from the shit disco that’s coming out of the speakers.” Hilarious (and accurate).
Spector added choir’s and strings to a project that was intended to be a stripped down afair. Lennon said he did a great job, but what he did to “Long and Winding Road,” was a total injustice.
Actually, the US edition of Rubber Soul started Brian Wilson’s serious album as art arm’s race. But really it began as soon as the Beatles hit US shores (see: I Get Around).
“Revionist History?” You need to do your homework. The Beatles were pioneering psychelelia AND bringing it to the top 40 well before many of the groundbreaking projects of the artists that you mention (see: I Feel Fine, Ticket to Ride, Day Tripper, Tommorow Never Knows, Yellow Submarine. Rain, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields). As for SPLHCB, it is the very height of psychedelia. None (and I mean NONE) of the artists that you mention constructed anything as groundbreaking as “A Day in the Life.” None.
BTW: the Dead’s first album is garbage. Even Dead Heads will tell you that.
I admire that Stereogum has taken this on. No discography is harder to rank in popular music. Hating on the Beatles and their music is like hating on the sun. The top five entries are really solid. Great impassioned writing (“unfuckwithable” lol) but I am also little disappointed in some of the total nonsense found in the list:
With the Beatles: “I Wanna Be Your Lover” is actually called “I Wanna Be Your Man,” Also, “Money” feels like a sleepwalk compared to the original? Wrong. It is one of their best early rockers (“I wanna be freeeee!).
Beatles for Sale: “Beatles For Sale suffers from that slapdash, label-assembled approach.” Wrong. It actually suffers from a lack of original material from Lennon and McCartney. If you want to blame label assembled messes look at the US-Capitol Albums not this one.
Please Please Me: “Please Please Me is stuffed with smash singles.” Does three count as stuffed (Love Me Do, Please Please Me, and Twist and Shout)? BTW “There’s a Place” is not album filler.
A Hard Day’s Night: The “One Direction” comparison makes me want to literally puke (seriously). I am completely offended by the constant comparisons of modern boy-bands to the “early Beatles.” The Beatles wrote much of their material at this time and played their own instruments. They were also artistically ahead of the curve even early in their career. Modern boy bands cannot claim any of these accomplishments.
Rubber Soul: “From here on out… every album would be recorded as a standalone project rather than cribbed together from disparate sessions.” Wrong. See Yellow Submarine and MMT. In addition, last time I checked, most of “Please Please” me was recorded in a one day “stand-alone” session.
I really should not say anything about this story as I am not a fan, but Arcade Fire asking people to attend their concerts in certain clothing is just so fucking precious. Did you see that giant box that the female lead (I am sorry, I have forgotten her name)? So meaningful to music.
Outcast broke up? What is going to happen to the Hendrix biopic that does not feature any original music?
God this is good.
completely agree, only barely edges out the following: “My favorite moment of my first listen to the album came when I accidentally unplugged my desktop speakers and I got a few seconds of sweet, glorious, crystalline silence.”
Ten is not represented? Seriously? I love Yield and Binaral as much as the reviewer, but get real. Black, Alive, Even Flow, Jeremy. At least one of these deserves to be in ANY Pearl Jam top ten. I’m not one of the guys who thinks Ten is a career highlight, but come on man… Listen to the live albums when these songs play (magic baby, pure energy). Now lets get to Yellow Ledbettter, Go, Daugher, Animal, Red Mosquito, Hail Hail, Faithful, Nothingman, Off He Goes awwwww come on! Gimmee some truth!
Good call on 6 and 7.
fully agree. it is our “Hey Jude.”
What we learned: Lightening Bolt is a long album title, and it is time Riot Act reappraisal (?). What a pointless (and desperate) cry for attention.
Huh. I guess I will remove Stereogum from my bookmarks today.
the comparison is completely insulting. agreed
what about his singing man. killer background vocals
damn straight. finally some logic EKTIN is the tops.
yeah best album if you are a vampire
damn straight. Nothing else should be number 1
great list but it is missing “Men must die and their dicks should be ripped off.” Totally got me through college.
money. Looking foward to the the album. Long live the heavy pop group
right on. Not too shabby
this is not going to be pretty