Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Time recently published its list of the 100 Greatest Albums of All-Time. They are aware of the faux pas of not including a Pink Floyd album, but some of my favorites were high on the list: London Calling by The Clash; It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy; The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest; The Joshua Tree by U2. It was also nice to see some other favorites that often get overlooked: Pavement, PJ Harvey (although it should have been Rid of Me and not the later record). And how come Fugazi is never on these lists? And what about Pearl Jam? I know they're radio-friendly and all, but I like Pearl Jam. And in my amateur opinion, Siamese Dream is one of the greatest records ever.

But the album I could live on is this one. Pre-dating Check Your Head, that other genius record, I can't even tell you how much I loved this record. The music, the men, and the message went way beyond the beer-fest that was Licensed to Ill. There hasn't been a record like it since. Has there?

5 comments:

Oliver de la Paz said...

Dude. Paul's Boutique is such an under-appreciated album. The genius is in the seamless integration of sampling and lyric stylings. Yes, Check Your Head is one of my favorite albums.

Lee Herrick said...
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Lee Herrick said...

Seamless is right. Such flavor. I was also glad to see A Tribe Called Quest discussed. I used to love their song "We Got the Jazz." Thanks for your comment.

Leslie Davis said...

Lee-
wow. Paul's Boutique is one of my all time favorite records. When it came out I was training for a half marathon with a friend. We had split headphones so we could run and enjoy the same tunes. Paul's Boutique was our tape of choice. I could have written what you did... "I can't even tell you how much I loved this record."

Even though you're officially "signed off" I hope you get this comment.

Enjoy your travels and keep in touch. come see us in Ojai. We'd love to meet your daughter. Hi to Polly.

Leslie

Lee Herrick said...

funny, leslie. that is, no doubt, one of the greatest records ever.

guess what? we're in carp right now! e-mail me at leeherrick a t hotmail and i'll give you directions. i don't have your number here with me, unfortunately. we're here til sunday.

hello to the family!