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most essential albums of all time.

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Blonde on Blonde
Blonde on Blonde
"An abstract masterpiece that  has frequently been copied but never bettered."
Time Out of Mind
Time Out of Mind
"A sharp return to form, full of dusty images and gravely licks - it feels like Blood On The Tracks' great uncle is sat at the end of the bar. One of the greatest albums ever made."
Live At The Fillmore
Live At The Fillmore
"The greatest live album ever containing musicianship from a whole different cosmos."
The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions
The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions
"A true musical visionary at the peek of his powers, here you can see Miles' music from birth to rich adulthood."
Rubber Soul
Rubber Soul
"The art of songwriting has never been bettered than by this group in 1965. Along with Help! Lennon and McCartney set new standards."
Swordfishtrombones
Swordfishtrombones
"Waits points toward his future bourbon soaked direction on this lyrical masterpiece. A blistering collection of songs."
All Things Must Pass
All Things Must Pass
"The quiet Beatle steps out of the shadows of his illustrious colleagues and records the best album, by far, of any solo Beatle."
Highway 61 Revisited
Highway 61 Revisited
"Built from granite, this is the album that intellectualised the world of rock in one move. It is hard to imagine the course music would have taken had Dylan not made this album."
The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Velvet Underground & Nico
"One of the most important records of all time, Reed transcended pop and rock and created a whole new generation of songwriters."
Songs Of Love And Hate
Songs Of Love And Hate
"An album that manages to be dark and humerous simultaneously, this masterful piece of art proves that Cohen detractors should be ashamed of themsleves."
On the Corner
On the Corner
"So far ahead of it's time it still feels too extreme in some places even now. A challenging fusion of so many styles, it feels like music could've packed its bags there and then."
Astral Weeks
Astral Weeks
"The ultimate Beat album, Van seemed to create his own universe of charcters and scenery with a folk-jazz soundtrack."
The White Album
The White Album
"The most brilliantly diverse album of all time, it unravels before you masterpiece after masterpiece. Much to take in at first, but worth all the blood and sweat."
Strangeways, Here We Come
Strangeways, Here We Come
"One of the only timeless albums to come out of the musical purgatory that was the 80's, the greatest band of their generation proved that they were out of the reach of any pretenders to their throne."
Safe As Milk
Safe As Milk
"A powerful stomping blues record that hinted at the Captain's future direction. Featuring Ry Cooder on guitar, it tugs at strings that few of his albums after this could."
John Wesley Harding
John Wesley Harding
"When the world went psychadelic, Dylan decided to record an album of accoustic biblical folk ballads with a three piece band. The start and the best of the *roots* albums of the late 60's."
Stand!
Stand!
"The most powerful funk record of all time, it bulldozes its way through your system leaving little room for anything other than stark admiration."
Ophelia
Ophelia
"A beautifully timid album from a soul melting vocalist that is rich in lyrical value and melodious vision. An essential experience for any music fan."
Hunky Dory
Hunky Dory
"Essential Bowie, it showcases all of his wondrous talents and explores far into his broad pysche. Contains some of the greatest songs of the 70's and marked the beginning of Bowie's rise to legend."
Hot Rats
Hot Rats
"A jumbled compendium of musical ideas, Hot Rats is a lot of information but is also a very rewarding musical journey. Zappa proves himself to be a true master of compostion."
Rain Dogs
Rain Dogs
"An ecclectic mammoth, Waits propelled himself to heavywieght status with this rich, boystrous masterpiece that shamelessly held up the word genius so all the pretentious 80's muppetry could see."
Pearl
Pearl
"The greatest white singer of all time finally had the band and the material to create a great album. The vocals soar and grab at you and the band never played tighter. A testament to a unique talent."
Oar
Oar
"A deep and fraught musical experience, Spence fulfilled his potential here with a moribund collection of accoustic musings."
The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
"The Lou Reed legend begins, from start to finish s fine example of what he had in store for the world, from dark and melacholic to satirical bombast."
The Bends
The Bends
"The best british band since the Smiths set a new standard in pop-rock in 95 with this breathtaking work. They have expanded upon, but never bettered this album ever since."