51. Nelson, Rick: “In Concert, The Troubadour, 1969”
Wherein the very first cathode teen idol grows up, grows sideburns, and dern near invents the whole No Depression crusade in the process.
52. NRBQ “You Gotta Be Loose: Recorded Live in USA”
For once I can whole-heartedly agree with Elvis Costello: NRBQ truly are the greatest live r ‘n’ r band on this, or indeed any other planet.
53. Ochs, Phil “Gunfight at Carnegie Hall”
Defiantly draped in a gold lame suit fit for The King, and rubbing ears even deeper in it with his Pistols-caliber Buddy Holly medley, Phil’s 1970 concerts made Dylan’s ‘65 Newport Festival debacle seem so thoroughly innocuous by comparison that these tapes were only deemed releasable in O Canada at the time.
54. Owens, Buck “In Japan!”
Until our heroes over at Sundazed Music get round to re-releasing tapes of the band playing their big “Buck you!” to the Nixon White House (and in between spins of the Buckaroos’ own, comparatively bloodless Carnegie Hall gunfight, naturally) one can thrill right here to the night Bakersfield’s greatest twanged the living daylights out of Tokyo.
55. Paul Revere and the Raiders “The Essential Ride ‘63-’67”
As this handy li’l Raiders digest amply illustrates, the band’s tri-cornered, tri-colored Revolutionary War uniforms made even the Beach Boys’ Sixties stagewear seem hep by comparison …but you just name me one other all-American singer back then who could work his mojo flat out like Mark Lindsay could, ok?!
56. Pedler, Jack “Jack Pedler”
It was only after two full decades spent manning the drum stool behind some of Canada’s greatest recording figures that Jack stepped forward, picked up the nearest six-string, and started singing it exactly how it is. Not in any way for the faint of ear whatsoever, these are songs, and sagas, neck-deep in socio-political intrigue, yet each populated with a rich array of character studies seldom seen since the hey! days of Dickens (whose own records never did seem to ever catch on at all, now did they?)
57. Pink Floyd “Ummagumma”
Of course you already have your Syd Barrett collection, and if you possess either “Dark Side Of The Moon” or even “The Wall” that’s entirely your problem. In between these two disparate worlds sat this half-live, half-studio curio that somehow represents only the very best of both the Syd and non-Syd Pinkness …back when the band had the majority of their facilities (and even sense of humor) still relatively intact, that is.
58. Presley, Elvis “Sunrise”
The Alpha and the Omega of both the Rock and the Roll, period.
59. Public Image Ltd. “Metal Box”
Although the original Virgin metal from ’79 has been digitally reduced to a mere “Plastic Box” today, the sweep of sordid sounds herein sound every ounce as gratingly Teutonic today as they did back in the wake of Johnny’s initial rotten-ness.
60. Puffy (Ami Yumi) “Fever Fever”
Take two wee Japanese television stars, add the big audio wizardry of a fresh-from-Jellyfish Andy Sturmer, commence to pillaging everyone’s most cherished musical icons from Beatles to ABBA to Black Sabbath and the result is …well, some may be expecting Pink Lady, but what I clearly hear is much more Shonen Knifery than mere J-pop Britney.
61. Ra, Sun “Life Is Splendid”
Sun Ra and his Solar Myth Arkestra captured far more than live at the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, September 8, 1972 = real Raw Power!
62. Ramones “Pleasant Dreams”
For one brief, shining three-quarters of an hour in 1981, Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and even Marky rode that much-needed bridge between the “gabba” and the “hey” with this, the closest duh brudders ever did get to building a pure pop-rock paragon.
63. Rank and File “Long Gone Dead”
Dwight Yoakam was one of their first followers, Johnny Cash actually covered one of their first songs, yet this trailblazing combo of ex-Dils never did rise out of their cow-punking ultra-cult status for some increasingly frustrating, totally inexplicable reason.
64. Rattles “The 60’s Anthology: Smash! Boom! Bang! Beat in Germany”
Here’s what proudly became of at least four of the countless young rockers who witnessed the Beatles’ Hamburg Star Club sets and then expertly replicated that momentous, magic mach-shauing note by note and beat by Preludin-fueled beat.
65. Reed, Lou “Metal Machine Music”
Of course it’s impossible to blast each of the four tracks herein simultaneously, as you could so easily back when they first appeared each on their own vinyl side, but even when taken individually, one-by-one in your digital tray, ol’ Red Eyes has never ever sounded as thoughtful …not to mention relevant.
66. Richards, Keith “Talk Is Cheap”
It only took eleven songs and forty-seven minutes to decisively prove, once and for all, who the real Rolling Stone certainly has been all along, right?
67. Riley, Terry “Terry Riley”
No sir, Pete didn’t name that song “Baba O’Riley” for nothing!
68. “Riot on Sunset Strip” soundtrack
The Chocolate Watchband’s Vox-powered faux-Jaggery all but steal the show (to say nothing of the score!) of this 1967 cinematic milestone from American International Pictures, which also features an as-seen-on-The Munsters appearance by The Standells and a Levi-packed performance from none other than Mickey Rooney the Junior.
69. Runaways “Live In Japan”
Need anyone say any more??!
70. Searchers “The Greatest Hits”
Eighteen shimmering demonstrations of exactly why, and how, that pigeon-hole lovingly referred to as Folk Rock actually took root at the Iron Door Club in Liverpool long, long before “Roger” McGuinn ever donned his Ben Franklin specs and trade-marked Rickenbacker 12-string.
71. Shadows “At Abbey Road”
Yes indeed, that Abbey Road …but Hank Marvin and band were churning hits that were literally too cool for words out of Studio Two back when them Beatles were still playing for jam butties in their first drummist’s basement.
72. Shaggs “Philosophy of the World”
These three strangely-rocking sisters from Fremont, New Hampshire made a record for their father in 1969 which immediately claimed no less than the late Lester Bangs, the dearly departed Frank Zappa, and the equally-dead Kurt Cobain as fans-for-life. And despite the fact that Tom Cruise once wanted to make a movie out of it all, this music stands as toweringly invincible today as it ever did.
73. Shannon, Del “25 All-Time Greatest Hits”
Just as its title boasts, here’s two-dozen-plus so-convincing arguments that fly squarely in the face of any and all who still somehow insist “nothing happened between Elvis and the Beatles”: Yes, here are the songs that kept the masses glued to their six-transistors beneath the bedsheets whilst inspiring a multitude of songwriters to aspire to something loftier than the local American Bandstand.
74. Shear, Jules “Demo-Itis”
He wrote the Bangles’ all-time best song, developed the entire “Unplugged” genre for an ingrateful MTV, and has long been releasing albums full of demos the likes of which such pretenders to the home-recording throne as Ryan Adams should only give a mountain of Portastudios just to sneak a brief listen to.
75. Simply Saucer “Cyborgs Revisited”
Hamilton, Ontario’s Simply Saucer began life in the early Seventies creating high art in a cultural vacuum …yet for years Saucer mastermind Edgar Breau’s cult status remained confined primarily to his home turf. Nevertheless, this here disc came in at Number 36 in “The Top 100 Canadian Albums” book …right between Leonard Cohen and k.d. lang, I jest you not.
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