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500 Greatest Albums

Here’s our list of seminal international albums including The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones among others

Rolling Stone India May 19, 2011
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210. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain ”“ Pavement
Pavement’s second full-length was less quirky and diffuse than their first and even yielded their career’s only modest hit, “Cut Your Hair.” Best of all, sweetly catchy songs such as “Gold Soundz” and “Range Life” showed that Pavement were more than just smirky indie rockers.

209. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
The Floyd’s follow-up to The Dark Side of the Moon was another essay on everyday lunacy, dominated by the liquid-rock suite “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” a poignant allusion to errant ex-member Syd Barrett. “Have a Cigar” is a searing blast at the music biz, with the classic line, “Which one’s Pink?”

208. Everybody Knows The is Nowhere – Neil Young With Crazy Horse
Neil Young and Crazy Horse hadn’t been together for more than eight weeks when they cut this album. It has the feel of a jam session conducted by master jammers, especially “Down by the River,” “Cinnamon Girl” and “Cowgirl in the Sand.”

207. Ten ”“ Pearl Jam
When their debut came out, Pearl Jam were competing with Nirvana in a grunge popularity contest they were bound to lose. Yet Ten is a near-perfect record: Eddie Vedder’s shaky, agonized growl and Mike McCready’s wailing guitar solos on “Alive” and “Jeremy” push both songs to the brink and back again.

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206. Tea for the Tillerman – Cat Stevens
With its chamber-pop arrangements, Tea for the Tillerman is one of the British folkie’s most ambitious albums. Both the hit single “Wild World” and the bleak ballad “Hard-Headed Woman” find him condemning his ex, Patti D’Arbanville ”” who later shacked up with Mick Jagger.

205. Abraxas ”“ Santana
“Black Magic Woman,” the Top Five hit from Abraxas, is definitive Santana: Afro-Latin grooves and piercing lyrical psychedelic blues guitar. It was a cover of a Fleetwood Mac song written by one of Carlos Santana’s guitar heroes, Peter Green. The album’s other hit was also a cover: Tito Puente’s “Oye Como Va.”

204. Dirty Mind ”“ Prince
A mix of slinky funk, synth-driven rock, jittery pop and sexual innuendo, Dirty Mind hinted where Prince was headed. It includes the world’s merriest done-me-wrong song, “When You Were Mine,” and the incest ditty “Sister.” “I wasn’t being deliberately provocative,” Prince said. “I was being deliberately me.”

203. Wheels of Fire ”“ Cream
Half studio album, half live album, Wheels of Fire not only has the definitive Cream tune ”” “White Room” ”” but it is also incontrovertible proof of Eric Clapton’s skill. “Crossroads,” a live reworking of Robert Johnson’s blues classic, features one of the most blazing guitar solos ever recorded.

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202. Bad ”“ Michael Jackson
Excessive? Michael Jackson? His follow-up to Thriller ”” and his last album with producer Quincy Jones ”” was preceded by a seventeen-minute video by Martin Scorcese. But at Bad‘s best ”” the pulsating funk pop of “The Way You Make Me Feel” ”” excess gives way to ecstasy, and it spawned five Number Ones.

201. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme – Simon and Garfunkel
Simon and Garfunkel’s third album yielded up-tempo hits such as “The 59th Street Bridge Song.” But the real gems are the strings-laden “Dangling Conversation” and the ballad “For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her,” which features Art Garfunkel singing solo.

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