The 50 albums that changed music
Here's the 50 albums.
Seizing the occasion of the album chart's 50th birthday, a panel of 7 fearless folk at the Guardian Online have served up a list of the 50 records that "caused a sea change in pop music." For each entry, they provide a "without this..." snapshot of what we'd be missing today if that particular work had never been recorded. It's kind of like revisionist history, Dick Clark-style (e.g., "without James Brown's "Live at the Apollo," "great chunks of hip-hop...would be missing.") The list does everything you want a best-of compilation to do: Turn you on to some new artists, spark absolute outrage over other entries, and create an amusing seating chart along the way (there's Kraftwerk jostling elbows with NWA, and Robert Johnson looking on from the other side). In the introductory essay, the judges quickly clarify that these musical revolutions weren't always "for the good." And when you get a gander of #21, you'll see what they mean.