The Dark Star Album Guide

Here I have compiled a longlist of the records essential for a happy and rich life. In other words, if you don’t own these albums, you are still stuck in boring limbo before the philosophical rebirth that each of these will provide. Read this first, thank me later…

This is archived and primarily a reference for those who use this blog. My own album guide in the vein of Christgau or Rolling Stone, maybe. Each album that has been reviewed as of yet will have it’s own link which you can click to browse.

The Band: Music from Big Pink, The Brown Album
The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
The Beatles:¬†Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Big Star: Radio City
David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust
Buffalo Springfield: Buffalo Springfield Again
Ray Charles: Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music: Vol’s 1 & 2
The Clash: S/T
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Willy and the Poor Boys
Derek and the Dominoes: LAYLA and Other Assorted Love Songs
Nick Drake: Bryter Layter
Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde, The Basement Tapes
Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On
The Grateful Dead: Live Dead, American Beauty
Roy Harper: HQ
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland
Buddy Holly and the Crickets: 20 Golden Greats
B.B. King: Live at the Regal
The Kinks: Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur
Led Zeppelin: II, III, IV, Physical Graffiti
Little Feat: S/T, Dixie Chicken
Love: Forever
Joni Mitchell: Blue
Van Morrison: Moondance
Randy Newman: 12 Songs
Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel
Pink Floyd: Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon
Elvis Presley: The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Complete 50’s Masters
Prince: Purple Rain
Otis Redding:¬†Sittin’ By the Dock of the Bay
Lou Reed: The Blue Mask
REM: Murmur
Replacements: Let it Be, Tim
The Rolling Stones: Beggar’s Banquet, Let it Bleed, Exile on Main Street
Paul Simon: Graceland
Sly and the Family Stone: There’s a Riot Goin’ On
The Smiths: Hatful of Hollow, The Queen is Dead
Bruce Springsteen: The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, Born in the USA
Steely Dan: Countdown to Ecstasy, Aja
Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story
Talk Talk: Spirit of Eden
Stevie Wonder: Innervisions
Yes: Close to the Edge
Neil Young: After the Gold Rush, On the Beach, Tonight’s the Night, Rust Never Sleeps
John Prine: S/T 1971