Rolling Stone magazine just issued their listing of the "Top 500 Albums of All Time." (My pain in the ass friend David would get all huffy about the use of the word 'album' in the CD age, but I'll ignore that one.) Anyway, I found it interesting that the Top Five albums were all issued within a three year period in the mid sixties. They were:
1) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2) Pet Sounds
4) Highway 61 Revisited
5) Rubber Soul
Anyone who knows me at all knows that I would place Pet Sounds ahead of Sgt Pepper any day of the week, because it's an album that I find myself coming back to over and over and over again. No matter what my mood, Pet Sounds always satisfies, with its heartfelt lyrics of teen angst and Brian Wilson's haunting melodies, culminating in the final sounds of a lonely dog barking as a train passes by. How many nights have I fallen asleep to that album? How many times have I sung Sloop John B at the top of my lungs?
But in terms of historical importance, I have to concede that Sgt. Pepper is "greater." Even if one argues that Pet Sounds had an enormous influence on the making of Sgt. Pepper, that doesn't dilute this fact one iota. Sgt. Pepper ushered in an age. Sgt. Pepper changed the dialogue of mankind profoundly. You've just got to respect that.
But the top five within a three year span. Hmmm, where have we been these past forty years?
What's your personal favorite album of all time?