In The Court Of The Crimson King- King Crimson (1969)

In The Court Of The Crimson King- King Crimson (1969)

ITCOTCK  is sort of a one hit wonder, but in album format instead of single format. To be fair to King Crimson, I’ve only listened to two of their other albums, but the rest of their stuff doesn’t seem to come close to ITCOTCK. That’s kind of why of why ITCOTCK is so amazing. The lineup that they had when they recorded ITCOTCK had some sort of chemistry that no other lineup could really come close to. ITCOTCK is a progressive rock masterpiece one hit wonder, but I couldn’t tell you an exact reason why.

Choice Cut: I Talk To The Wind

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Joe’s Garage- Frank Zappa (1973)

Joe’s Garage- Frank Zappa (1973)

You know, this is probably the weirdest album I’ve ever listened to. Joe’s Garage criticizes big government, censorship, Catholicism, rock journalism. This album satirizes Scientology and contains a tribute to Zappa’s bodyguard and anal sex. Somehow this album also manages to do this within the context of a story, accompanied by some of the greatest, most forward-thinking rock music. There’s a wide range of opinions on Zappa’s politics and morals, but it can’t be denied that the man made some of the most forward thinking rock music for his time.

Choice Cut: Why Does it Hurt When I Pee?
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Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (1975)

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd (1975)

It’s interesting to hear the band swap out their infamous emotional coldness for a more warm, human sound, like on my favorite Pink Floyd song, the touching and adorable title track (David Gilmour singing along with the guitar solo during the fadeout always makes me smile) and the space-blues Shine on You Crazy Diamond, both effective elegies to founding band member Syd Barrett. Meanwhile, Welcome to the Machine and Have a Cigar (the weakest song here, but it would be the best on a lot of other albums) are fantastic attacks on the music industry. The ultimate Pink Floyd experience.

Choice Cut: Wish You Were Here
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Wind and Wuthering – Genesis (1976)

Wind and Wuthering - Genesis (1976)

As a fan of both Genesis’s early progressive works and their later pop-rock efforts, discovering an album containing both of these elements almost sounded too good to be true. However, when I listened to Wind and Wuthering, it became obvious this was the album that could combine the two tastes in perfect harmony. Fans of early Genesis will enjoy this album, as will fans of 80’s pop Genesis. In my opinion, the final two songs, In That Quiet Earth and Afterglow form one of the best endings to an album I’ve ever heard.

Choice CutAfterglow
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