Top 50 Favorite Music Artists (a.k.a. The Consistently Lame List)

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  • This list started off as a four-item unranked list that included Weird Al Yankovic, Barenaked Ladies, They Might Be Giants, and the Beatles. Ben Folds and Dave Matthews Band joined at some point. Then, as I started to get into more and more great music, I started adding artists slowly but surely. I didn't feel comfortable adding artists unless I had really gotten a good feel for their work though. So once I had bought a certain cutoff point of albums (which was different for every artist), I added another artist to the list.
  • But then I wanted to alert my readers of possible expansions - artists I liked a lot, but didn't want to add to the real list yet. I included a second part of the list that was reserved for artists whose albums I only owned one or two of, and then a third part of the list for artists whose songs I had downloaded off Kazaa but had never really bought an album. Unfortunately, this basically just turned the list into a record of albums I owned, because I put every artist I liked to some degree on this part of the list. It made it impersonal and really quite lame.
  • One day, I got stuck over one album: Television's Marquee Moon. I loved it, but I couldn't see myself buying other Television albums. The only other one they had made was Adventure, which was not nearly as acclaimed as Marquee Moon. Should I put Television in the main list solely on the basis of Marquee Moon, since I probably wouldn't hear any other Television? Or keep it off? I put it to a poll, and included a few other more radical options. The one that received the most votes was to get rid of this lame list and create a list that actually represented my taste of my favorite artists.
  • I worked hard and made the list, creating four tiers of ten artists each. The tiers were called "Cream of the Crop", "Half-and-Half of the Crop", "Whole Milk of the Crop", and "2% Milk of the Crop." I hadn't ranked Barenaked Ladies, They Might Be Giants, Weird Al Yankovic, or Ben Folds along with them - due to sentimental and nostalgic value, I hadn't felt able to rank them with the other artists (their tier was called "In a Cow of Their Own").
  • Now I have finally taken the initiative to create a real, one-by-one ranked list of my favorite artists. I have a fear, though, that this list is just as lame as it always was. My tastes are pretty volatile, changing one day from the next, and I am constantly buying more music, so this list should by no means be regarded as set in stone. In addition, I've tried to remove certain biases from my mind, but I don't think I've really succeeded. For example, I theoretically am trying to not include the quantity of music I own at all in my rankings - however, the highest ranked artists are the ones I own the most music from. Do I buy more albums by them because I like them so much, or I do I rank them so highly because I own more albums from them?
  • To add to the lameness, my first choice is very unoriginal. But I couldn't think of a better artist to top my list, so there they stand, the Fab Four.
  • Whatever. Maybe I shouldn't worry about this. And maybe you shouldn't take this as an incredibly significant list, based on my extremely fluid tastes. What this list should give you is a general feel for my taste; you can be sure that I like Bob Dylan better than Steely Dan. What it shouldn't give you is a definitive statement that I like Johnny Cash slightly better than Modest Mouse.
  • Any comments or questions are welcome.

  • 1. The Beatles
  • 2. Bob Dylan
  • 3. The Clash
  • 4. REM
  • 5. Bruce Springsteen
  • 6. The Rolling Stones
  • 7. The Who
  • 8. Todd Rundgren
  • 9. Van Morrison
  • 10. David Bowie
  • 11. The Velvet Underground
  • 12. The Smiths
  • 13. Led Zeppelin
  • 14. Elton John
  • 15. Television
  • 16. Pavement
  • 17. James Brown
  • 18. Nirvana
  • 19. Parliament / Funkadelic
  • 20. U2
  • 21. Joni Mitchell
  • 22. The Pixies
  • 23. Sonic Youth
  • 24. XTC
  • 25. Adam Again
  • 26. The Kinks
  • 27. Frank Zappa
  • 28. The White Stripes
  • 29. Otis Redding
  • 30. The Buzzcocks
  • 31. The Apples in Stereo
  • 32. Jimi Hendrix
  • 33. The Pretenders
  • 34. Blur
  • 35. Johnny Cash
  • 36. Modest Mouse
  • 37. Billy Joel
  • 38. Love
  • 39. The Stone Roses
  • 40. Graham Parker
  • 41. Primal Scream
  • 42. The Beach Boys
  • 43. Neil Young
  • 44. Mark Heard
  • 45. Lou Reed
  • 46. Rod Stewart
  • 47. The Fiery Furnaces
  • 48. The Band
  • 49. The Flaming Lips
  • 50. Steely Dan

  • And I'm still too lame to rank these artists with the others:
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Ben Folds (Five)
  • They Might Be Giants
  • Weird Al Yankovic

Ah, the witty funny dorky guys who make up three quarters of this list. Sigh.
I recently saw They Might Giants at a free concert in DC, gotta tell ya, they impressed me. BNL is a favorite of mine, I really do enjoy their brand of both humor and poignancy. As a matter of fact, I've had "In the Car" stuck in my head all day. Weird Al is a classic. No debate.
Oh and the Beatles are okay too. ;)

And Weird Al's film, UHF, has the dubious honor of being one of the very few major studio releases filmed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, my stomping grounds!

I actually used to work in the building they shot the 'T.V. studio' shots inside.

At the time, the building was an upscale mall. Ironically, now it houses a branch of TV Guide...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Sweet! I love that movie. The DVD is great - one of the few where I found the commentary actually interesting (and somewhat funny) instead of mostly pointless.

I'm thrilled for your discovery of Mr. Morrison. The man is a golden god. If you don't own "Astral Weeks", I strongly suggest you plan on buying it soon.

perhaps you can help me out, now. If I bought a They Might Be Giants album, which should I start with? A studio release? A greatest-hits package?

If I wanted to get into They Might Be Giants, I would certainly hope to be lucky enough to start with Lincoln. Lincoln is open to newcomers, representative, and IMHO, their best album. After that, check out Then: The Earlier Years. If want some hints after that, let me know, and I'll throw some more out.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Well, actually, "Then: The Earlier Years" includes all the songs on "Lincoln", since the former is a composite of their first two albums plus the b-sides to their singles plus their single tracks. So I wouldn't advise buying both TTEY and Lincoln, but I would advise buying TTEY a little later if you like TMBG's stuff.

They don't really have a Greatest Hits CD, but the closest to it is their live album, "Severe Tire Damage." That's the first album of theirs that I bought, and I think most of their live versions are better than the studio versions. You could start with that. As far as their regular studio albums, I'm not sure what I would call their best album. It might be "Lincoln", so if you're just in the mood to buy one of their albums and don't think you'll get hooked enough to want "Then: The Earlier Years", you could go with "Lincoln." "John Henry" and "Flood" are great too.

Hope this helps.

Towards the end of my first sentence, I meant "some bonus tracks", not "their single tracks."

Yeah, Then does include Lincoln. I just thought a double disc might be a bit much to start off with. If you don't like Lincoln, you've saved some bucks. If you like Lincoln, you could always sell it off after getting Then. Besides, as I said, I think Lincoln is their best album, and honestly, perhaps their only truly great one.

After Then, I would go for Flood.

MHO, natch!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

whichever I find fustest at the cheapest (Then or Lincoln) I may get. Thank you both for considering my query. By the way, the album cover for "Lincoln" is great!

I was just reading this discussion again and I was wondering, Nick_Vane, if you did pick up any TMBG albums, and what you thought of them.

Well, I've only been a fan of his for a couple weeks now, if that. In fact, I'm listening to "Wonderful Remark" right now. What songs are on "Astral Weeks"?

Astral Weeks
Beside You
Sweet Thing
Cyprus Avenue
The Way Young Lovers Do
Madame George
Ballerina
Slim Slow Slider

I haven't heard their recent greatest hits cd, but I'd say start with either Lincoln or Flood.


From your list I would recommend:

Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street
Their best album, provided you're not into just their hits.

The Who - Who's Next
One of my top ten all-time favourites
Baba O'Reilly and Won't Get Fooled Again are exceptional.

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust (of course)

Todd Rundgren - I have a few of his albums which I love, but sadly not listened to in a while. I shall check them out and give my views. I recollect many great songs but which albums they came from is a haze. 'Hello It's Me' and 'I Saw The Light' are amazing songs, both released as singles.

Television - Marquee Moon is their defining album - it has to be one of the all-time best-ever albums ever - superb.

Velvet Underground - The first Lou Reed album is my own favourite.

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Thanks for the recommendations. All of these are ones I really have been intending to buy. But I'm just diving right into a whole world of music that I never explored before this year, and it can be quite overwhelming.

I eagerly await your Rundgren comments. But I think his best album is generally considered to be "Something / Anything", right?

P.S. I love "I Saw The Light" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."

I don't think I ever bought "Something/Anything", but I certainly have "A Wizard A True Star", "Hermit of Mink Hollow", and "Todd" somewhere.

Glad you liked "I Saw The Light" and "Won't Get Fooled Again", but "Hello It's Me" and "Baba O'Reilly" are possibly even better in my opinion - something for you to look forward to if you haven't yet heard them.

Beware Todd Rundgren though because "I Saw The Light" and "Hello It's Me" are only representative of his great ballard songwriting catalogue. Otherwise he can be an acquired taste as he also does a lot of rock and some experimental stuff. Check out some of the samples on Amazon (and Listmania in the Amazon right hand column) to get a fuller representation.

Hmm, I'm sure I've heard "Baba" a few times before, but I don't remember it. I think it's on this free "Best of British Music" CD I got from the Virgin Megastore a while ago.

As for Todd Rundgren... well, the only reason I even know who Todd Rundgren is is because I downloaded lbangs's favorite Rundgren song, "Wolfman Jack" (later I downloaded "I Saw The Light", which was one of dgeiser13's favorite Rundgren songs, the other one being, yup, you guessed it, "Hello It's Me"). I love "Wolfman Jack" - would you consider it to be more experimental?

You've almost certainly heard Baba. It plays on car commercials endlessly, and it was a major component to the promotion of American Beauty (the film). It starts with a synth not unlike Won't Get Fooled Again, and includes that infamous line, "Teenage wasteland / We're all wasted!" Great song, but then, there isn't a bad song on Who's Next, as far as I can tell.

By the way, the recent Deluxe Edition features vastly superior sound to the other versions currently available in the US, even if some of the bonus material falls short of essential.

I Saw the Light, Hello It's Me, and Wolfman Jack are all three from Something / Anything?, which is an incredible album. It has a few songs which edge toward Rundgren's wilder side, such as I Went to the Mirror. The album following that masterpiece is A Wizard, A True Star, and it certainly falls under that experimental tag. Critical opinion is widely split, and the album is a newer one to me, but frankly, I love it. You can't go wrong with either - one, a classic, patchwork double album of pop madness, the other, an even stranger creature barely hanging together by a thin, razor-sharp thread.

But I'd definitely start with Something / Anything?...

Just a few thoughts...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Yeah, I held off on buying Who's Next because you said the sound quality was so bad. I guess now I'll have to shell out the extra cash and get the Deluxe Edition for the better sound along with a ton of bonuses I could do without. Damn you, MCA Records! Damn you, Jon Astley!

Jon Astley has done much harm to sound quality on some great albums, but the good news is that his latest releases seem to be better than his 1995-2000 ones. He's resisting the urge to re-mix more, and he is using noise reduction with a lighter touch. He's still far from perfect, though.

The REALLY good news? The best Who's Next is still available here. When I bought it, exchange rates put it right at $10, and that included shipping. That price puts it about $6.50, so with shipping, I bet you could still nab it for under ten bucks.

So that's an option....

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Nice! I will definitely order the Canadian version soon!

P.S. I just listened to "Baba O'Reilly" on my Best of British CD. Great song. The CD is pretty cool for a free gift too; it also includes "Tiny Dancer", "Maggie May", "Our House", and "Wild World", among others.

That sounds like a *very* nice gift. Some great tunes.

Hope you enjoy your future Who's Next! The price is certainly right, and the album is classic in the best sense of the word.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

O Canada. Our northern neighbor. Look at all they've given us. Jim Carrey. Joni Mitchell. Barenaked Ladies. James Naismith, inventor of basketball. Mike Myers. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone. Phil Hartman. Gideon Sundback, inventor of the zipper. (They've also given us Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, and Keanu Reeves, but let's not go there) And now, along with all of these other gifts, now amazon.ca has given me a rare version of a CD that I absolutely love. "Who's Next" is awesome and it sounds great due to its unremixedness (is that a word?). Anyway, I'm rambling. Thank you for the link, lbangs.

I'm thrilled you got it! A great album the way it was meant to be heard (just listen to Moon's drums on the bridge of Bargain, or the drums and cutting guitars on Won't Get Fooled, or the wonderful unmixedness (heh) of Behind Blue Eyes, or...), and cheap to boot! Enjoy!

Canada also gave us Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, Neil Young, and the Cowboy Junkies! Oh, and they also have Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy, long gone in the US, still in print, and even cheaper than that Who's Next. O Canada indeed.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

BTW, how are you liking that Love album?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I love Love. The psychedelic music on Forever Changes is awesome, and the bizarre lyrics fit quite nicely.

As for Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy, I found this at Deep Discount CD.

But I was suspicious of the cheap price. Is this another album that Jon Astley butchered? Some other problem with it?

As far as I know, and I've looked into the matter a bit, every Meaty Beaty on CD is the Steve Hoffman version. When Astley went the compilation route, he scraped Meaty and created My Generation.

Glad you're loving the Love. One of my favorites.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

BTW, I forgot to mention re the Valvets, I have tickets to see John Cale at the Stables club near where I live (in the UK) at the end of June (then I'm going to see Eminem the following day).

Whilst I am am very familiar with the Velvets and Lou Reed catalogues, I don't know John Cale very well. A chap I work with is going to loan me one or two of his solo Cale CD's in the next week or two in advance of the concert.

I also saw
Peter Hammill
and Blue Oyster Cult at the Stables over recent months.

While Cale (like Reed) has some pretty bad records in his history, at his best, his solo albums are a match for Lou's. He has some pretty amazing stuff out there.

Unfortunately, the best intros / comps for Cale are out of print...

Enjoy the upcoming concerts, you lucky dog you...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I have to say that your inclusion of Elton John based on his catchy music and clever songwriting is somewhat inaccurate. Elton generally only wrote the music to most of his "classic" songs, while Bernie Taupin supplied the lyrics, however banal. I mention this for somwhat selfish reasons, as I am a huge Elton John NON-FAN. With the exception of a few songs(very few IMHO), I think he is hugely overrated. Nothing personal, AJ, I just don't dig Elton.

I miss your point. Creating music alone doesn't count as songwriting? Or do you think he just gets too much credit for the songwriting?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Maybe pivvclam was thrown off by my saying catchy music AND clever songwriting. I must admit that I had come to think of Elton John and Bernie Taupin as one large songwriting entity. But hey, when I say that I like Elton John, I must give credit, of course, to the other performers he works with. Elton has a band, and without them, he would just be a guy who sings and plays piano. Bernie Taupin is obviously another person who is important to Elton John's sound. So when I say "catchy music", I am including more than just Elton's piano playing, and when I say "clever songwriting", I am including more than just Elton's contribution to the songwriting.

For another example, let's say I wrote, "I love Barenaked Ladies' lyrics." But another man named Stephen Duffy who is not a part of BNL co-wrote a few of BNL's songs, some of which are songs that I love. However, by saying only that "I love BNL's lyrics" and not that "I love BNL's and Stephen Duffy's lyrics", have I excluded Duffy's contributions? I certainly hope not.

I hope that I've either explained this to you sufficiently or that I've confused you so much that you find yourself unable to respond. :-)

I understood all when I realized that his reference to 'clever' assumed they described the lyrics. Music can be quite clever as well, and John's often is.

Cool.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I think.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs (who, incidentally, is)

I'm sorry, what does this post refer to? Especially the last part - L. Bangs who, incidentally, is clever? Who, incidentally, is cool? I'm confused.

He said your priase of, "Elton John based on his catchy music and clever songwriting is somewhat inaccurate. Elton generally only wrote the music to most of his "classic" songs." Re-reading that, I see (I think) that he probably meant the music as one element and the clever songwriting as the lyrics, or a second element, and that is he way he thinks you accreditation of John is only half right. But, as I said, that's only what I think he meant.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Yes, Mr. Bangs, that is exactly my point. Although I consider the composition of both music and lyrics "songwriting" (and as a footnote, I actually think the music compostion to be the more difficult of the two) I personally feel that Sir Elton gets far to much credit for "great" songwriting when he really only writes half of the song. This is true of many artists. In my opinion, which is worth very little, the majority of the work Elton has released without Taupin as his collaborator is pretty lightweight and his overall catalog is somewhat cheesy. That's just my jaded opinion...can we drop this subject now?
BTW, AJ do you have any Nick Drake? If not, despite my views on Elton, I would highly recommend a listen:)

nothin' but love to ya
pivvclam

I have one Nick Drake song downloaded on Kazaa. I've been meaning to pick up a CD. He should really be up here in the 3rd list, but he slipped my mind. I'll add him.

Very moody stuff, but I love it. My personal faves are the albums "Pink Moon" and "Five Leaves". Definately not something you want to throw on in the middle of a swinging party, though

Thanks for the recommendation. I in fact do have "Pink Moon" on this list.

Naw, I understand where you're coming from AJ. That's the beauty of individuality. Elton's just stuck in my craw since the whole Princess Di-Candle in the Wind remake, but I'm sure I'm just being cynical. Sir Elton certainly does his fair share for charitable causes and AIDS research and should be applauded for his efforts. He was also kind enough to lend his collection of photography to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta for an exhibit, which I really enjoyed.

Peace

AJ, maybe you can help me. I saw TMBG at a free concert in my area about a year ago and I'm just getting around to buying some CDs. I bought Severe Tire Damage used a couple of weeks ago. What CD would you recommend that I buy?

Also, I love Elvis Costello. Good choice. I recently started listening to my Ben Folds Five CD again; I love it. And, I downloaded a lot of Cat Stevens after watching Harold and Maude recently. I love that, too. You have good taste in music, although I don't really like Barenaked Ladies... ;)

Sorry. I see now that my question was addressed in earlier discussion. However, if your opinion has changed, let me know!

Well, geek, regarding TMBG, why don't you tell me what you thought of Severe Tire Damage? Which songs did you like, which ones did you dislike, etc. I think above we recommended Flood or Lincoln; I can't say that that would change based on your opinion of Severe Tire Damage, but it might.

I must admit that the reason why I wrote "hey, anything's possible" next to Elvis Costello is because, while I do enjoy his music to a certain extent, I don't think he would belong up here. I don't appreciate his music as much as some others do. I'm glad that you love his music, however; I wish I saw in him what you see.

Well, I haven't really found a song that I don't like on Severe Tire Damage yet. However, "Dr. Worm" has been running through my head nonstop for about 3 days and I always skip forward to "Particle Man." Maybe that'll help you out a little.

Also, I just found out that TMBG are playing in DC July 26 and it's only $3! You should definately try to get down here for that. I know I'll be there.

Sadly, the great song "Doctor Worm" does not appear on any other albums (besides their greatest hits compilation). If you love "Particle Man", however, you might want to check out their album Flood, which is probably their most accessible album and also one of their best. Flood also features "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" and "Birdhouse in Your Soul" from Severe Tire Damage, not to mention several other fantastic songs. Check out Flood. If you like that too, report back and I'll tell you where to go from there.

Thanks for telling me about the DC concert. I'll see if I can make it, but I can't promise anything.

The best site about Van Morrison is this one:
http://www.harbour.sfu.ca/~hayward/van/van.html

I have been there before, and that is an excellent site. I saw that on your profile too - do you actually maintain that site, or you just like it so much you put it on your profile? If you do maintain it, you're doing a fantastic job, and thank you for such a helpful web site.

The Flaming Lips that I've heard is great, and they've always been a band that I've really wanted to get into.

AHH! The Clash...I'm so happy to see they moved up:)

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Having missed out on much of their music over the years (other than a few singles which I love), I recently bought their 'Chronicle' album - it is relentlessly exceptional - highly recommended.

If this should then inspire you to consider 'Chronicle - Volume 2' - it is not nearly so strong.

Good call, but I think I'm going to start with of of the real albums. Probably Green River.

You like Bowie - you have to listen to Alladin Sane. You seem to like Todd Rundgren- you got to get Hermit of Mink Hollow.

You only have Doolittle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get your butt out there and buy Surfer Rosa NOW!!!!!!! :)

I intend to soon enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tomorrow? tomorrow sound good to me. Yep that sounds like a plan. Glad you agree. :~D

Ya see, some friends will twist your arm to buy Surfer Rosa next. That's cool, because it is a great album, but a few of your buddies (OK, probably just me) might just suggest you try Come on Pilgrim next...

Of course, Rough Trade has both together on one disc, which is heaven, and several Amazon traders are dishing it used for around 15 bucks.

Many fans also love Bossanova, but you might want to give it a listen first. It never really quite moved me as much as it does others.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I have said two-fer and it don't ring my ding-a-ling the way Surfer alone does. But then again, it's my ding-a-ling. :~D

It's so weird. I remember Come on Pilgrim topping your Pixies CC, but at acclaimedmusic.net, it is way down as the 1657th most acclaimed album of all time, much lower than Doolittle (97th), Surfer Rosa (122nd), Bossanova (448th), and Trompe le Monde (585th).

But that twofer sounds good to me. I see a couple people are also selling it on half.com.

acclaimed music is so cool. Come On Pilgrim is an EP however and they're shunted in the arena of music-critic listing.

You hit it on the head! Come On Pilgrim is an EP, so it doesn't always get the love it deserves. Additionally, Acclaimed Music uses a load of year-end lists, and to be frank, most critics missed the boat on The Pixies' debut. They caught up quickly with Surfer Rosa, but most critics utterly ignored the initial effort (I have noticed that a few British critics dug it though). Truth is, they probably didn't even get the chance to hear it.

Still, though, I AM in the minority. Most perfer the more punky Surfer Rosa to the strange, perverse Come On Pilgrim, so do beware! To these ears, though, that first EP is what The Pixies sound like.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

PS - How in the world did Gigantic and Monkey Goes to Heaven make the Acclaimed Music lists, but not Here Comes Your Man, their biggest hit and probably their best-known song? Odd...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

It's a crazy world.

if you mean perverse as in that squirelly hairy back cover. I'm with ya there.

Ok, I really like the new list (especially the teir headings), but I think you need to do something about Weird Al Yankovic, Barenaked Ladies, They Might Be Giants, and Ben Folds Five. I don't think you should just completely leave them off the list.

Also, I'm a little surprised that Van Morrison is half-and-half, rather than cream.

Thanks!

I feel physically incapable of ranking those four artists with the others, but I could create a special category for the weird, quirky artists that I've loved since my youth. I have no idea what I'll name that tier, though...

And, yeah, sadly, I couldn't squeeze Van Morrison up there, though a lot of his stuff is awesome. He's towards the top of the half-and-half (as is Velvet Underground, stooky and AAA).

Velvet Underground need to be in the cream section. Name the weak song. C'mon.

Argggggh! Billy Joel! He's just so damn peppy! He teaches song-writing in colleges now, that's a hoot!

Tallyho

:?)

I'm wondering about your placement of VU as well, AJ. I guess I'm a little biased, seeing as how they're my favorite band in the entire world.

Sorry, guys. It was close, I assure you, and I can't guarantee that I won't change my mind in the future.

Are you happy now, stooky? I decided that due to my love of Surfer Rosa and Come on Pilgrim, the Pixies deserved to be in the third tier, and the artist I felt best about bumping down was Billy Joel.

I also really love Rust Never Sleeps (Young's best album in my book), so I put Neil Young on here, and I recently rediscovered my love of the Stone Roses' self-titled album. So, goodbye to Steely Dan and Lou Reed, though I can't promise I won't change my mind again later.

I wouldn't put Television in front of Pavement.

Well, the reformatting of this list started because I really LOVED Marquee Moon, but couldn't bring myself to rank it among the other artists from whom I had bought many albums. So one should probably expect a high showing for Television. Marquee Moon is certainly among my favorite albums.

Pavement was close, but alas... so many artists, and so few slots.

Wow, what a list!

I know of few people who could put together a list this long and not have a single artist I dislike on it. Wow, indeed.

The scope and ambition is incredible. It is fun and intimidating both to produce these lists, eh?

I could say more, I should say more, I probably will say more later, when I'm not so darned tired, but I am very impressed. Reading this list reminds me of all the reasons why I love music, and that is more than enough to make me smile from ear to ear tonight. Thanks!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

(PS - The early Rod fan in you might be very happy to check out (if you haven't already) his work in The Faces, either on the single Disc Good Boys or the box Five Guys. I am only now really diving into them, and I am in love...)

You are too kind. Many, many thanks to you and all the other Listologists who have helped make this list what it is. In remembering the evolution of this list, I've realized that it has gone from a wimpy four-item list to a 50-item one (with a good handful of tough cuts to make) in only a little over two years, and surely that could never have happened without Listology. Fun and intimidating, indeed.

Wasn't A Nod's as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse on jgandcag's favorite album list? I've looked for that album in stores before but never found it. Maybe the newer Faces compilations will be more easily accessible. I'll look into 'em.

My favorite remasterer, Steve Hoffman, just completed a gold disc version of Wink. I hear it sounds terrific, but I've yet to find it.

I do think the compilations will make for a better intro for the band, FWTW.

Too kind? Not something I'm often accused of, and not an accusation I'll take lightly!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

lb,

Do you have a list of favorite "remasterers" somewhere? I've read your comments on some remastered works, but I'd be interested in reading a list of people you feel get it right the majority of the time? How about favorite remastering studios? Just curious.

I have no such list, but I should. I will work on one today, if I get the time!

I don't follow studios as closely as individuals, so my list will probably be person-specific...

Thanks!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Here ya go!

Again, thanks for the inspiration!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

i like it.

I'm very glad. Thanks!

Veddy nice list!

Well thank you veddy much!

Good to see Otis Redding here; what an incredible artist. I find it interesting that he is the only soul singer here. What are your thoughts on Aretha or Al Green? Both Aretha and Al are constantly battling it out with Otis for who's my favorite. It may end up being a perpetual tie...

Johnny Waco

I have pretty weird taste in soul music. While I do like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye, I've always felt that their music doesn't really live up to my expectations. Otis is the only one who really thrills me, though I did love Al Green's Call Me, and to be fair, I do owe it another few listens (ditto for Aretha's I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You). This is probably just a genre bias, but I think that Aretha and Stevie are both more enjoyable when they're funkier and more upbeat, like in "Respect" and "Superstition" (note the high placement of James Brown and Parliament / Funkadelic).

Anyway, I think it's entirely possible that I've just forgotten how much I enjoy Call Me and that Al Green really does belong up here. I'll give it another listen sometime and let you know.

I did see the rankings of James Brown and P-Funk, so your preference for the funkier stuff makes sense; "Superstition" is, in my estimation, one of the greatest songs of the rock era.

On the funk tip, what about Sly and the Family Stone, or The Meters? The Meters have a Rhino Greatest Hits disc that is a heaping helpin' of southern-fried funk; if you haven't heard it, I'd recommend it.

Johnny Waco

For Sly Stone, I own There's a Riot Goin' On. I like the album a lot, though just not enough for to put them in my top 50 - but to be fair, I suspect I might be getting thrown off by the release's poor sound quality. I haven't picked up Stand! yet - I'm waiting (perhaps futilely) for better mastering.

I have never heard the Meters, but I'll put that comp on my 50 Albums list ASAP. Thanks for the recommendation!