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Top Ten Pop/Rock Albums By Decade: 1960s

***Due to my obsessive nature I am editing this article with Amazon.com sales rankings included because I’m obsessed with them right now for some sick reason.***

According to the users of the website RateYourMusic.com, these are the top 10 pop/rock albums of the 1960s:

#01 The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969) – #82 on Amazon

#02 The Beatles – Revolver (1966) – #209 on Amazon

#03 The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) – #3422 on Amazon

#04 Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited (1965) – #903 on Amazon

#05 The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) – #122 on Amazon

#06 The Beatles – The White Album (1968) – #123 on Amazon

#07 King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) – #3877 on Amazon

#08 Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (1966) – #794 on Amazon

#09 Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home (1965) – #2267 on Amazon

#10 Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced (1967) – #1634 on Amazon Continue reading “Top Ten Pop/Rock Albums By Decade: 1960s” »

Susan Boyle’s Debut Album Has Already Sold More Copies Than…

On Saturday I wrote this article about the Susan Boyle phenomenon and how it shows how superficial the average CD buyer is.

Now that the album sales numbers are in (and they’re even higher than people projected they’d be) I thought a good way to showcase the ridiculousness of it all would be to show how many great albums have already been outsold by Susan Boyle’s debut in just one week (it sold over 700,000 copies in the US and over 400,000 copies in the UK.)

The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin (1999)

Considered by many to be one of the best albums of the 1990s (including myself) – Susan Boyle’s debut has now sold more copies in one week than The Soft Bulletin has sold in 10 years (it has still yet to be certified Gold in the US & Gold means 500K copies sold.) I could also add every other Lips album except for Yoshimi to this list. Yoshimi has been certified Gold in the US although I don’t know if it’s actually sold 700K copies or not, it’s hard to get that kind of info. Anyway, it may take Susan two weeks instead of one to outsell that most commercial friendly of Flaming Lips albums. Continue reading “Susan Boyle’s Debut Album Has Already Sold More Copies Than…” »

John Cale Was Born On March 9, 1942

John Cale was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK on March 9th of 1942.

He’s a musician, songwriter, singer, and producer who was among the founding members of the legendary 1960s rock band The Velvet Underground.

He left the band after their first two albums: 1967′s The Velvet Underground and Nico and 1968′s White Light/White Heat.

Cale had co-songwriting credits on “Sunday Morning,” “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” “European Son,” “The Gift,” “Here She Comes Now,” and “Sister Ray.”

The Velvet Underground & Nico is considered by many music critics to be among the greatest albums of all time. It was ranked #13 all time in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time (from 2003.) It’s ranked as the 4th greatest album of all time by the members of the RateYourMusic.com website.

Cale gets much credit as the primary producer and as the man behind the musical arrangements and experimental sound of the album.

Cale has released about 30 solo albums over the past 40 years and he has worked with artists such as Brian Eno, The Stooges, Nick Drake, and John Cage.

His three most highly reviewed solo albums on the RateYourMusic.com website are 1973′s Paris 1919, 1974′s Fear, and 1992′s Fragments of a Rainy Season.

His most recent studio albums are 2003′s HoboSapiens and 2005′s blackAcetate.

“Paris 1919″ Live

“Cable Hogue” Live

Five Groovy Songs From 1967

Ah yes. The “Groovy Songs” series takes a turn into the “Summer of Love.” Earlier entries: 1977, 1995, 1996.

The Beatles – “I Am The Walrus”
Magical Mystery Tour

The Pink Floyd – “Bike”
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

The Velvet Underground – “European Son”
The Velvet Underground & Nico

Jimi Hendrix – “Third Stone From The Sun”
Are You Experienced?

Traffic – “Heaven Is In Your Mind”
Mr. Fantasy

Top Ten Rock Albums Of The 1960s*

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