- Powerage - AC/DC - 1978 Certainly not entirely unappreciated, this Bon Scott classic is all raw and dirty and rocking without any gigantic hits to its name. It's all good but one track in particular, "Kicked in the Teeth," renders it absolutely essential.
- Tales from the Thousand Lakes - Amorphis - 1994 Progressive death metal with Scandinavian folk roots, this early release has never been matched again by its prolific creators nor anyone else in the genre.
- Circle of Snakes - Danzig - 2004 Grind, grind, grind, fucking grind.
- High 'n' Dry - Def Leppard - 1981 Not just the best record Def Leppard ever produced, probably one of my Top Ten favorite records of all time. Never since have they been able to balance their metal beginnings with their pop hooks so brilliantly.
- Morph the Cat - Donald Fagen - 2006 Fagen finds a dark groove in his third solo record and riffs on mortality in a great bookending counterpoint to his genius debut, The Nightfly.
- Sin After Sin - Judas Priest - 1977 Prior to any of the huge, huge hits we got a searing set with "Sinner," the definitive "Diamonds and Rust" and my personal Priest favorite, "Starbreaker." Add in "Dissident Aggressor," later covered by Slayer, and you have an utterly fantastic record.
- Divine Intervention - Slayer - 1994 Probably my favorite Slayer record. Epic, dark and just slow enough to add an element of fright to their menace. A new drummer in Paul Bostaph likely necessitated a change to the sound and, while I love Lombardo, the effect on this one was lasting for me.
- Coping with the Urban Coyote - Unida - 1999 Another I have a whole post dedicated to, I'll go out on a limb and proclaim Unida's sole release superior to any single album Queens of the Stone Age have ever produced. This one is flawless.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Twenty Other Records I Love Almost as Much as Led Zeppelin II
I wanted to go outside 1,001 - or even 100 - of the usual essentials for that this post. There are certainly plenty of records populating the usual lists that I agree are indispensable. That said, there are also dozens rarely listed anywhere, even in genre sub-rankings, that I simply could never be without. My only criteria for this list, aside from general unlistedness elsewhere, is that the albums must be at least two years old in order to ensure it isn't just infatuation. Here they are, twenty records I will never part with, ranked only alphabetically by artist: