While in ear-X-tacy this afternoon, I saw a poster that reprinted a Rolling Stone cover that included their list of the "Coolest Albums of All Time." So, naturally, going along with my list hunting & gathering, I have found the list and repost here the top 20 of the 50.
1. Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat 2. Rolling Stones - Aftermath 3. James Brown - Live at the Apollo 4. Chuck Berry - The Great Twenty-Eight 5. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique 6. Blondie - Parallel Lines 7. Aretha Franklin - Spirit in the Dark 8. Massive Attack - Protection 9. Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis 10. The Beatles - Revolver 11. Sly & the Family Stone - Fresh 12. Pavement - Wowee Zowee! 13. Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy 14. Prince - 1999 15. Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding 16. Bjork - Vespertine 17. Various - Heavyweight Sound: Blood and Fire Sampler 18. Otis Redding - The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul 19. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full 20. Chic - Real People
Hey, look! I don't own ANY of the coolest albums! I would like to give a shout out to Merle Haggard, though, for placing 42 with "Songs I'll Always Sing." Not even the mythically revered J.R. Cash placed an album on this list. And I thought for sure At Folsom Prison would be on there. Hell, I expected it to be among the top three. I certainly never expected it to not even be among the top 50.