307 Kraftwerk – Autobahn

Kraftwerk has arrived in the book!! Autobahn represents Kraftwerk bringing their “factory music” concept into actuality. How many times can Rob say “at that particular point in time” in one episode? The answer may surprise you.

Lets talk Kraftwerk!

306 Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard

Known cocaine enthusiast and idol to dentists worldwide, Eric Clapton, is back on his old bullshit.

Let’s talk 461 Ocean Boulevard.

305 Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness First Finale

Stevie Wonder cannot be stopped.
Coming hot on the heels of his Album of The Year win for Innervisions, Stevie pulls a double with Fulfillingness First Finale.

Bear witness the continued ascension of an icon.

304 Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information

Robert Christgau in 1974 referred to this album as “a waste”.
However!
Given time, commonsense, two ears, and a 2001 re-release on David Burn’s record label;
Shuggie Otis’ Inspiration Information finally gets the attention and respect it deserves.

Self-produced, almost exclusively self-tracked, borrowing from funk, psych, soul, and lounge; this album stands as testament to Shug’s singular vision.

303 Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

The end of an era for Genesis becomes the end of Genesis in the book, and some of us aren’t feeling it.

Let’s talk the weirdness that is: Genesis, The lamb Lies Down on Broadway

302 Bad Company – Bad Company

Pretty sure the working title for this record was: Boomer Dad Music For Well Lit Garages.

Birch, Ben, Ann, Rob, and Jon talk the first record ever put out by Zeppelin’s record label:

Bad Company, Bad Company

301 Brian Eno – Here Come the Warm Jets

Known Yamaha DX-7 enthusiast and self-described “non-musician”, Brian Eno, brings us his solo debut record, Here Comes The Warm Jets.

Coming hot on the heels of leaving Roxy Music but before starting to paint with sound, this record threads the needle of glam and experimental all while indicating his future musical trajectory; surprising absolutely no one, it rules.

Lets talk Eno!

300 New York Dolls – New York Dolls

EPISODE 300!!!!!!!

Who better to bring us 3/10ths the way through this project than a bunch of wasted dudes dressed as beautiful ladies being produced by Todd Rundgren ?

Is this punk?
Lets tuck into New York Dolls, New York Dolls!

299 Isley Brothers – 3+3

Known brothers named Isely and varied cousins, Isely Brothers bring the thunder with their 11th album.

Blood harmonies, blood bass, a 17 year old guitar prodigy; suffice it to say, this album cooks.

Rob, Ben, Birch, and Jon talk 3 + 3

298 Iggy and the Stooges – Raw Power

This album absolutely shreds and we feel sorry for you if you disagree.

Bowie mix < > Iggy mix

Let’s talk Iggy and The Stooges, Raw Power!

297 Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies

Hello! Hooray! It’s good to hear more, better Alice Copper being represented in this book!

Let’s talk Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies!

295 Paul McCartney and Wings – Band on the Run

In the summer of 73, known vegetarian and former professional bassist, Paul McCartney and wife Linda (henceforth known as McCartney2) booked studio time in Lagos, Nigeria for the recording of Wings’ third album.

Mere days before recording was to take place, both the drummer and guitarist yelled “Wings suuuuuccckkks” and quit the band. With no time to hire new lackeys, McCartney2  decided they would do it themselves.

Gather round, children, and hear this tale of woe

 

Rich people bitching about studio conditions in a war-torn country.

Knife-point robbery of baubles, riches, and the lesser valuable lyrics/demos.

Potential heatstroke.

Ginger Baker playing a can full of gravel on Picasso’s Last Words (Drink To Me).

And so much more…

 

Jon, Ben, Solange, Rob & Birch discuss McCartney’s best output since The Beatles imploded.

 

294 ZZ Top – Tres Hombres

Tres Hombres is the third record from ZZ Top (the longest running rock n roll act of all time).

It may lack in Legs and cheap sunglasses but still, we found it to be a passable…

Kidding, y’all. This is one of the greatest records of all time!

Come for the amazing tunes, stay for the gatefold

There is an amazing documentary that came about them you should check out too.

annnnnd since we are link crazy today and refuse to stop talking about them, go check out The Coke Dares

293 Stevie Wonder – Innervisions

Stevie Wonder continues (or begins depending on what jerk is talking) what is the greatest back to back run of recordings ever put to wax with, Innervisions.

This album of the year winner has everything; weird whole tone solos, macking on ladies using fake Spanish,  a golden lady , and the continually prescient and horribly sad tale of a black man getting framed by dirty cops.

Rob, Birch, Ben, Solange, and Jon discuss.

291 Waylon Jennings – Honky Tonk Heroes

Waylon had always been looking, perhaps unintentionally, for a common ground between country and rock, and Shaver’s songs — sketching an outlaw stance with near defiance, borrowing rock attitude to create the hardest country tunes imaginable

290 Steely Dan – Countdown to Ecstasy

Can’t Buy a Thrill became an unexpected hit, and as a response, Donald Fagen became the group’s full-time lead vocalist, and he and Walter Becker acted like Steely Dan was a rock & roll band for the group’s second album, Countdown to Ecstasy.

289 Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

It was designed to be a blockbuster and it was spilling over two LPs, which was all the better to showcase every element of John’s spangled personality. It is good but is it double album good?

288 Todd Rundgren – A Wizard a True Star

Patti Smith was enthusiastic in her review : “Blasphemy even the gods smile on. Rock and roll for the skull. A very noble concept. Past present and tomorrow in one glance. Understanding through musical sensation. Todd Rundgren is preparing us for a generation of frenzied children who will dream in animation.”

287 Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells

Mike Oldfield’s groundbreaking album Tubular Bells is arguably the finest conglomeration of off-centered instruments concerted together to form a single unique piece. A variety of instruments are combined to create an excitable multitude of rhythms, tones, pitches, and harmonies that all fuse neatly into each other, resulting in an astounding plethora of music. – Mike DeGagne

286 Mott The Hoople – Mott

All the Young Dudes actually brought Mott the Hoople success, but you wouldn’t know that from its sequel, Mott. Ian Hunter’s songs are a set of road tales fraught with exhaustion, disillusionment, and dashed dreams, all told with a wry sense of humor so evident on Mott’s earlier work. -AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine