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musical debate: greatest album of all time

In my opinion, Marvin Gaye’s I Want You is the greatest — start-to-finish — album of all time.

Here is a link to Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of all Time, published in 2012. There are some really good and well-known albums on the list. I was amazed by the number of albums that I have never listened to all the way through, if at all, but now I’m curious. I think my ear has matured and broadened over the years, and I can appreciate a greater spectrum of musical genres.Thanks to services like Spotify, Rdio, Apple Music, Google Play Music, etc., I have greater access to these highly-regarded albums. For instance, Spotify has a playlist that is built from the 2003 Rolling Stone greatest list.

What say you? What do you believe is the great start-to-finish album of all time?

Before you answer in the comment section below, allow me to clarify naming the greatest start-to-finish album of all time means that it had absolutely no clunkers. The album has to be one that you would never want to lift the needle or hit skip to get to the next track. This is not about how big one, or more, of the songs were on the album. It’s not about how many times an album went platinum. (Michael Jackson’s Thriller for instance.) It’s also not about an album that you feel defines your youth, or some tremendous period in your life. If you know that album had skippable  tracks, it doesn’t qualify.

So. There it is. Fire away. I look forward to reading about your choice for the greatest start-to-finish album of all time.



Riley B. King

September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015

The music world lost an icon yesterday. As much as I love music, I must admit that I don’t know much about the blues. It is a genre that I would like to develop an appreciation for and learn more about. Even without having a deep footing in the blues, it’s hard to deny the enormous the blues has had on music — not just American music. B.B. King played a huge role in the notoriety, influence, and global recognition of the blues. Rest in peace Mr. King.

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rip — b.b. king