75 Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963) It's hard to overestimate the importance of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, the record that firmly established Dylan as an unparalleled songwriter, one of considerable skill, imagination, and vision. At the time, folk had been quite popular on college campuses and bohemian circles, making headway onto the pop charts in diluted form, and while there certainly were a number of gifted songwriters, nobody had transcended the scene as Dylan did with this record. There are a couple (very good) covers, with "Corrina Corrina" and "Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance," but they pale with the originals here. At the time, the social protests received the most attention, and deservedly so, since "Blowin' in the Wind," "Masters of War," and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" weren't just specific in their targets; they were gracefully executed and even melodic. Although they've proven resilient throughout the years, if that's all Freewheelin' had to offer, it wouldn't have had its seismic impact, but this also revealed a songwriter who could turn out whimsy ("Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"), gorgeous love songs ("Girl From the North Country"), and cheerfully absurdist humor ("Bob Dylan's Blues," "Bob Dylan's Dream") with equal skill. This is rich, imaginative music, capturing the sound and spirit of America as much as that of Louis Armstrong, Hank Williams, or Elvis Presley. Dylan, in many ways, recorded music that equaled this, but he never topped it. Track List 1 Blowin' in the Wind Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 2:49 2 Girl from the North Country Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 3:23 3 Masters of War Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 4:38 4 Down the Highway Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 3:32 5 Bob Dylan's Blues Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 2:28 6 A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 6:53 7 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 3:40 8 Bob Dylan's Dream Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 5:02 9 Oxford Town Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 1:50 10 Talkin' World War III Blues Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 6:27 11 Corrina, Corrina Traditional Bob Dylan 2:44 12 Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance Bob Dylan / Henry Thomas Bob Dylan 2:00 13 I Shall Be Free Bob Dylan Bob Dylan 4:47 74 The Band - Music from Big Pink (1968) None of the Band's previous work gave much of a clue about how they would sound when they released their first album in July 1968. As it was, Music from Big Pink came as a surprise. At first blush, the group seemed to affect the sound of a loose jam session, alternating emphasis on different instruments, while the lead and harmony vocals passed back and forth as if the singers were making up their blend on the spot. In retrospect, especially as the lyrics sank in, the arrangements seemed far more considered and crafted to support a group of songs that took family, faith, and rural life as their subjects and proceeded to imbue their values with uncertainty. Some songs took on the theme of declining institutions less clearly than others, but the points were made musically as much as lyrically. Tenor Richard Manuel's haunting, lonely voice gave the album much of its frightening aspect, while Rick Danko's and Levon Helm's rough-hewn styles reinforced the songs' rustic fervor. The dominant instrument was Garth Hudson's often icy and majestic organ, while Robbie Robertson's unusual guitar work further destabilized the sound. The result was an album that reflected the turmoil of the late '60s in a way that emphasized the tragedy inherent in the conflicts. Music from Big Pink came off as a shockingly divergent musical statement only a year after the ornate productions of Sgt. Pepper, and initially attracted attention because of the three songs Bob Dylan had either written or co-written. However, as soon as "The Weight" became a minor singles chart entry, the album and the group made their own impact, influencing a movement toward roots styles and country elements in rock. Over time, Music from Big Pink came to be regarded as a watershed work in the history of rock, one that introduced new tones and approaches to the constantly evolving genre. Track List 1 Tears of Rage Bob Dylan / Richard Manuel The Band 5:23 2 To Kingdom Come Robbie Robertson The Band 3:22 3 In a Station Richard Manuel The Band 3:34 4 Caledonia Mission Robbie Robertson The Band 2:59 5 The Weight Robbie Robertson The Band 4:38 6 We Can Talk Richard Manuel The Band 3:06 7 Long Black Veil Danny Dill / Marijohn Wilkin The Band 3:06 8 Chest Fever Robbie Robertson The Band 5:18 9 Lonesome Suzie Richard Manuel The Band 4:04 10 This Wheel's on Fire Rick Danko / Bob Dylan The Band 3:14 11 I Shall Be Released Bob Dylan The Band 3:19 73 Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory? (1995) If Definitely Maybe was an unintentional concept album about wanting to be a rock & roll star, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? is what happens after the dreams come true. Oasis turns in a relatively introspective second record, filled with big, gorgeous ballads instead of ripping rockers. Unlike Definitely Maybe, the production on Morning Glory is varied enough to handle the range in emotions; instead of drowning everything with amplifiers turned up to 12, there are strings, keyboards, and harmonicas. This expanded production helps give Noel Gallagher's sweeping melodies an emotional resonance that he occasionally can't convey lyrically. However, that is far from a fatal flaw; Gallagher's lyrics work best in fragments, where the images catch in your mind and grow, thanks to the music. Gallagher may be guilty of some borrowing, or even plagiarism, but he uses the familiar riffs as building blocks. This is where his genius lies: He's a thief and doesn't have many original thoughts, but as a pop/rock melodicist he's pretty much without peer. Likewise, as musicians, Oasis are hardly innovators, yet they have a majestic grandeur in their sound that makes ballads like "Wonderwall" or rockers like "Some Might Say" positively transcendent. Alan White does add authority to the rhythm section, but the most noticeable change is in Liam Gallagher. His voice sneered throughout Definitely Maybe, but on Morning Glory his singing has become more textured and skillful. He gives the lyric in the raging title track a hint of regret, is sympathetic on "Wonderwall," defiant on "Some Might Say," and humorous on "She's Electric," a bawdy rewrite of "Digsy's Diner." It might not have the immediate impact of Definitely Maybe, but Morning Glory is just as exciting and compulsively listenable. Track List 1 Hello Noel Gallagher / Gary Glitter / Mike Leander Oasis 3:32 2 Roll with It Noel Gallagher Oasis 4:00 3 Wonderwall Noel Gallagher Oasis 4:19 4 Don't Look Back in Anger Noel Gallagher Oasis 4:48 5 Hey Now! Noel Gallagher Oasis 5:41 6 [Untitled Track] Noel Gallagher Oasis 0:45 7 Some Might Say Noel Gallagher Oasis 5:29 8 Cast No Shadow Noel Gallagher Oasis 4:52 9 She's Electric Noel Gallagher Oasis 3:41 10 Morning Glory Noel Gallagher Oasis 5:03 11 [Untitled Track] Noel Gallagher Oasis 0:40 12 Champagne Supernova Noel Gallagher Oasis 7:28 72 Johnny Cash - American Recordings (1994) Johnny Cash was in the unenviable position of being a living legend who was beloved by fans of classic country music without being able to interest anyone in his most recent work when he was signed to Rick Rubin's American Recordings label in 1994. Rubin, best known for his work with edgy rockers and hip-hop acts, opted to produce Cash's first album for American, and as he tried to brainstorm an approach that would introduce Cash to a new audience, he struck upon a brilliant idea -- doing nothing. For American Recordings, Rubin simply set up some recording equipment in Cash's Tennessee cabin and recorded him singing a set of songs accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. The result is an album that captured the glorious details of Johnny Cash's voice and allowed him to demonstrate just how emotionally powerful an instrument he possessed. While Rubin clearly brought some material to Cash for these sessions -- it's hard to imagine he would have recorded tunes by Glenn Danzig or Tom Waits without a bit of prodding -- Cash manages to put his stamp on every tune on this set, and he also brought some excellent new songs to the table, including the Vietnam veteran's memoir "Drive On," the powerful testimony of faith "Redemption," and a sly but moving recollection of his wild younger days, "Like a Soldier." American Recordings became a critical sensation and a commercial success, though it was overrated in some quarters simply because it reminded audiences that one of America's greatest musical talents was still capable of making compelling music, something he had never stopped doing even if no one bothered to listen. Still, American Recordings did something very important -- it gave Cash a chance to show how much he could do with a set of great songs and no creative interference, and it afforded him the respect he'd been denied for so long, and the result is a powerful and intimate album that brought the Man in Black back to the spotlight, where he belonged. Track List 1 Delia's Gone Karl Silbersdorf / Dick Toops Johnny Cash 2:17 2 Let the Train Blow the Whistle Johnny Cash Johnny Cash 2:15 3 The Beast in Me Nick Lowe Johnny Cash 2:45 4 Drive On Johnny Cash Johnny Cash 2:23 5 Why Me Lord? Kris Kristofferson Johnny Cash 2:20 6 Thirteen Glenn Danzig Johnny Cash 2:29 7 Oh, Bury Me Not (Introduction: A Cowboy's Prayer) Alan Lomax / John A. Lomax / Roy Rogers / Tim Spencer Johnny Cash 3:52 8 Bird on a Wire Leonard Cohen Johnny Cash 4:01 9 Tennessee Stud Jimmie Driftwood Johnny Cash 2:54 10 Down There by the Train Tom Waits Johnny Cash 5:34 11 Redemption Johnny Cash Johnny Cash 3:03 12 Like a Soldier Johnny Cash Johnny Cash 2:50 13 The Man Who Couldn't Cry Loudon Wainwright III Johnny Cash 5:01 71 Eminem - The Slim Shady LP (1999) Given his subsequent superstardom, culminating in no less than an Academy Award, it may be easy to overlook exactly how demonized Eminem was once his mainstream debut album, The Slim Shady LP, grabbed the attention of pop music upon its release in 1999. Then, it wasn't clear to every listener that Eminem was, as they say, an unreliable narrator, somebody who slung satire, lies, uncomfortable truths, and lacerating insights with vigor and venom, blurring the line between reality and parody, all seemingly without effort. The Slim Shady LP bristles with this tension, since it's never always clear when Marshall Mathers is joking and when he's dead serious. This was unsettling in 1999, when nobody knew his back-story, and years later, when his personal turmoil is public knowledge, it still can be unsettling, because his words and delivery are that powerful. Of course, nowhere is this more true than on "97 Bonnie and Clyde," a notorious track where he imagines killing his wife and then disposing of the body with his baby daughter in tow. There have been more violent songs in rap, but few more disturbing, and it's not because of what it describes, it's how he describes it -- how the perfectly modulated phrasing enhances the horror and black humor of his words. Eminem's supreme gifts are an expansive vocabulary and vivid imagination, which he unleashes with wicked humor and unsparing anger in equal measure. The production -- masterminded by Dr. Dre but also helmed in large doses by Marky and Jeff Bass, along with Marshall himself -- mirrors his rhymes, with their spare, intricately layered arrangements enhancing his narratives, which are always at the forefront. As well they should be -- there are few rappers as wildly gifted verbally as Eminem. At a time when many rappers were stuck in the stultifying swamp of gangsta clichés, Eminem broke through the hardcore murk by abandoning the genre's familiar themes and flaunting a style with more verbal muscle and imagination than any of his contemporaries. Years later, as the shock has faded, it's those lyrical skills and the subtle mastery of the music that still resonate, and they're what make The Slim Shady LP one of the great debuts in both hip-hop and modern pop music. Track List 1 Public Service Announcement Jeff Bass / Eminem Jeff Bass 0:33 2 My Name Is Dr. Dre / Eminem Eminem 4:28 3 Guilty Conscience Dr. Dre / Eminem Eminem 3:19 4 Brain Damage Jeff Bass / Marky Bass / Marshall Mathers Eminem 3:46 5 Paul DJ Paul Bunyon 0:15 6 If I Had Jeff Bass / Marky Bass / Marshall Mathers Eminem 4:05 7 '97 Bonnie & Clyde Jeff Bass / Marky Bass / Marshall Mathers Eminem 5:16 8 Bitch Winkler, Zoe 0:19 9 Role Model Dr. Dre / Marshall Mathers / Mel-Man Eminem 3:25 10 Lounge Eminem feat. Jeff Bass, Marky Bass 0:46 11 My Fault Jeff Bass / Marky Bass / Marshall Mathers Eminem 4:01 12 Ken Kaniff Eminem feat. Aristotle, Marky Bass 1:16 13 Cum on Everybody Jeff Bass / Marky Bass / Marshall Mathers Eminem 3:39 14 Rock Bottom Jeff Bass / Marky Bass / Marshall Mathers Eminem 3:34 15 Just Don't Give a Fuck Jeff Bass / Marky Bass / Marshall Mathers Eminem 4:02 16 Soap Eminem feat. Royce da 5'9", Jeff Bass 0:34 17 As the World Turns Jeff Bass / Marky Bass / Marshall Mathers Eminem 4:25 18 I'm Shady Jeff Bass / Marky Bass / Marshall Mathers Eminem 3:31 19 Bad Meets Evil Jeff Bass / Marky Bass / Marshall Mathers Eminem feat. Royce da 5'9" 4:13 20 Still Don't Give a Fuck Jeff Bass / Marky Bass / Marshall Mathers Eminem 4:12 Kod: Zao nam je, ali morate biti registrovani/prijavljeni da vidite ovaj sadržaj!