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I almost didnt continue reading after Chris said he “watched a couple of Gilmore Girlst episodes.” uggh. Decent write up though. Makes me glad I moved away from the midwest. I like the album and its higher-fi sound. I love the instrumental and the guitar interplay is as good as ever. I am going to see them tonight in Vancouver and really looking forward to it.
Still listening to it but I am enjoying it. Good write up, these guys really do deserve it. I really enjoyed seeing them live on the heels of Open your Heart, and just realized that they were road testing songs that made it on THIS album. These guys don’t stand still very long that is for sure.
Great list and great write up. I miss them. Just like Ryan Adams said: “Thank you Meg White for saving rock and roll.” They are still my favorite concert (get behind me satan tour in Vancouver).
yeah I feel the same sometimes, especially around his thoughts around chemtrails. uggh.
Sea Change part two sounds like a fucking amazing record to me.
Really love the two releases from this album thus far. I am really looking forward to the album, and this write up only makes me want to listen to it more. Love Sea Change, and bringing back the musicians esthetic etc from that album is much needed right now. Beck is our mid-sixties Dylan.
oooohh. This is good. God I have been loving the annual release from this band. I hope they do not go away forever. I understand though, all the touring they do and the constant releases must be exhasting. That and the speed and LSD.
based on previous lists, I am surprised “Dry The Rain” made the cut. Great pick for number 1. I always thought “She’s the One” had a cool “Tommorow Never Knows” vibe.
Really looking forward to this album.
In the museums, infinity goes up on trial.
i.e. the writer’s do not know what they are talking about.
Big time. This is a total joke and impossible to take seriously. It does not take a serious Dylanphile to know this is his towering achievement in the midst of his greatest period.
“Like a Rolling Stone,” not even in the top ten. Fucking pathetic. I know you can’t win writing a list like this, but fuck me this is one of the biggest ommission’s in list history.
Hard Rain? Just Like a Woman? Tamborine Man? Love Sick? Baby Blue? Desolation Row? Jesus Christ there are so many possibilities that completely outstrip “Changing Of The Guards,” “Every Grain Of Sand,” “Changing Of The Guards.”
I am sorry to say this but Dylan’s top ten songs start with his selft titled and end at “Blood on the Tracks” (with Time out of Mind and Love and Theft excellent exeptions). Anyone making the case for his output outside of these timelines is really just looking for attention. His 60′s output is just too strong. The Album run from Freeweelin to Blonde on Blonde is one of the greatest in history.
You are trully the coolest guy in the room placing all of this late 70′s 80.s output on such a high (you must be) pedestal. Outrageous nonesense.
Next, maybe the site could do a list of most outrageous Miley Cyrus twerks from 2013? That would be just as meaningful.
never has there been a wise comment on this site.
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.