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My Top 10 Rock Albums

Catherine's love of music covers all genres. She grew up in So. California with surf bands, the British Invasion, and the 60s Sunset Strip.

Amoeba claims to be the world's largest independent music store, with locations in Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco.

Amoeba claims to be the world's largest independent music store, with locations in Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco.

A New Generation Awakens the Past

Our daughter has turned out just like her mom and dad: a music lover with an eclectic taste for most everything from Frank Sinatra to Mozart to classic rock. Number one on her Christmas list the year she turned eighteen was a Jensen turntable from Urban Outfitters. Of course, we wanted to make her happy, but we also longed for that stroll down memory lane, hoping for the reincarnation of our hundreds of favorite LPs.

On one of our visits to Amoeba Music in Hollywood, which calls itself the world's largest independent music store, we flipped through a vast treasure trove of vintage vinyl with a discipline that would have awed the saints.

So many memories of my college years came flooding back as I saw the Flock from 1969 which featured Jerry Goodman on electric violin, the Youngbloods' Elephant Mountain with Jesse Colin Young, Fred Neil, Blind Faith, and Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, among others. It inspired me to compile a list of my top ten LPs.

It was really tough to narrow the choices, as favorite music often comes with an emotional attachment. I had to think what I would pick if I could only keep ten of my favorite albums. This is not a critic's list, and there is no order of preference.


1. Arthur Lee & Love

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and the local music scene of the late 60s featured bands like the Doors, the Byrds, the Seeds, the Turtles, the Grassroots, Buffalo Springfield, Music Machine, Strawberry Alarm Clock, and Love. I wasn't allowed in clubs on the Sunset Strip, but I did go regularly to one not far away called the Hullabaloo, formerly the Moulin Rouge and the Earl Carroll Theater. It was here that I saw all on the famous revolving stage that brought one act after another.

Arthur Lee and his band Love with guitarist Johnny Echols were at the top of the L.A. music hierarchy. In fact, it was Lee who helped get the Doors their contract w/ Elektra Records. Jim Morrison once said that he hoped the Doors could be as big as Arthur Lee and Love.

Love's style was R&B mixed with garage band. Influenced further by the local folk-rock scene and psychedelia, the playlist ran the gamut from hard rock and ballads to more melodic numbers with flute and other woodwinds.

Their third album, Forever Changes, released in 1967 just before the Moody Blues Days of Future Passed, was way ahead of its time with orchestral additions and innovative complexity. The visual lyrics and the use of strings and horns building in mind-blowing intensity make it a classic example of psychedelic art rock, yet it has never become outdated.

Some critics will cry foul about rips offs from contemporaries like the Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, and King Crimson among others, but this album came first. I see it as the musical equivalent to a beautifully multi-layered abstract painting with its array of elements and textures.

Arthur Lee performed the entire work live in London in 2003, and it was released posthumously in 2007. Although none of the other original band members took part, it is a fantastic show where the material is presented in the same order as the LP. The interviews included on the DVD are an added bonus. It is as fresh today as it was at the time of its original release, a testament to Lee's musical genius.


2. The Byrds

The folk-rock scene was really big in L.A. in the mid-to-late 60s when musicians played local clubs like The Troubadour. Many of them lived in Laurel Canyon where they often jammed and wrote songs together. The Byrds defined the style, and their perfect harmonies were emulated by the Mamas & Papas and carried on with David Crosby when he joined Graham Nash and Stephen Stills. The recently released documentary film Echo in the Canyon covers the significance of this time period and its influence on contemporary artists.

It was here that David Crosby got together with Roger Mc Guinn, Chris Hillman and Gene Clark. It was the acquisition of the 12- string Rickenbacker, influenced by the Beatles' Hard Day's Night, that really defined the Byrd's classic sound.

The release of Mr. Tambourine Man in 1965 featured Bob Dylan songs, folk standards, and original compositions from the prolific band member, Gene Clark. When Dylan first heard their rendition of his "Mr. Tambourine Man", he said, "Wow, man! You can dance to that!"

Ironically, the title track featured only one member of the band, Roger Mc Guinn. He was backed by the session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. Producer Terry Melcher and the executives at Columbia Records had little faith in the band's new line-up, especially Mike Clark on drums, preferring a professional drummer like Hal Blaine.

In Los Angeles, the Byrds were the featured act at Ciro's on the Sunset Strip, but they also played other local venues including the Hullabaloo Club. I will always consider their sound to be the one that defines the latter half of the 60s decade in Southern California. This very listenable folk-rock LP is so good that it's always over too soon.

Due to the artist's wishes, copyright does not allow links to original recordings.

Due to the artist's wishes, copyright does not allow links to original recordings.

3. Bob Dylan

For any Dylan fan, narrowing the choice to one album is very hard. I lean toward his earlier works when his songs were folk-inspired and full of protest while also showing his zany side. The Free-Wheelin' Bob Dylan is an example. Then again, the electric back-up that outraged his folk purist fans at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 added more depth to the music. Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde are both great.

Vocally, Dylan is at his best on Nashville Skyline and the lesser known New Morning both of which came out in near back to back releases in 1969 and1970 after his complete recovery from his 1966 motorcycle accident. I think New Morning is one of Dylan's best, and I am surprised by the number of people who have never listened to it.

All things considered, his 1975 release, Blood on the Tracks, produced by Phil Ramone, makes my Top 10. It is a collection of introspective songs from a time when his marriage was falling apart. We see Dylan's raw, emotional side presented as an engaging narrative. It combines both rock with his early acoustic style. "Tangled Up In Blue", "Shelter from the Storm", and "Simple Twist of Fate" are included here, each among his best compositions. There isn't a cut on it that I don't like. In 2015, this album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.


4. Van Morrison

I could listen to Van Morrison's records for hours, and it would still be fresh. He is so versatile and engaging in whatever genre he records. He can belt out solid rockers like "Gloria" and "Here Comes the Night" from his days with Them then turn to his introspective and vulnerable side as he did with Astral Weeks, his most critically acclaimed recording. Whether he's delivering R&B, Celtic folk with the Chieftains, jazz- swing fusion with Georgie Fame, Irish ballads, or beautiful gospel as expressed in his soulful version of "Be Thou My Vision", there is an undeniable passion.

Tupelo Honey, Morrison's 1971 release, makes my list because it is a beautiful fusion of country and R&B with jazzy undertones. It comes from a period of domestic bliss and contentment with his wife and muse, Janet Planet. Each cut, except the opening one, reflects it.

This is his fifth studio album, coming right after Moondance. There are some similarities as the title track shares a similar melody and the same 8 bar progression as the cut Crazy Love from its predecessor, but this LP is so nicely layered with other instruments giving it great depth and production value. It starts out with the great guitar intro of Wild Night by Ronnie Montrose when he was a session musician before forming his own band. This energy driven intro is filled out by brassy horns and percussion, then punctuated w/ alto sax. It kick starts the LP which levels off but never loses its edge.

Tupelo Honey, the title track, is in my estimation ,is the most beautiful song of his. The use of keyboards and flute provide a lilting background to his soulful vocals. In the instrumental break, the alto sax comes in with electric piano and provides such a pretty accompaniment to the guitar solo. The piano rises and falls with Morrison's impassioned vocal, and the flute returns with a soft refrain

My third favorite cut is You're My Woman. this song has a bluesy soulfulness that is pushed further by Morrison's passionate vocal delivery which starts and stops, rises and falls with the tempo set by jazz drummer Connie Kay. It is all complimented by great horns and piano and imbued with emotion.


5. Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton has such an enormous body of work from the Yardbirds and the Blues Breakers, to Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominoes. Although he has far more critically acclaimed efforts and only two original co-written compositions among the twelve cuts, his 1989 release Journeyman makes my Top 10 because it has an irresistible groove from start to finish. Clapton collaborates with 40 other long-time friends and musician peers on this R&B/rock solo album, his second release since overcoming his addiction to heroin and alcohol. I think this mix of talent and choice of covers gives it a refreshing blend of genres. He co-wrote "Old Love" with Robert Cray, and they nicely trade off guitar solos in this great blues song. His vocals are rich and soulful here. The use of a Hammond organ, horns, and synth fill in the layers for a sound worthy of the period with jazzy undertones. Chaka Khan delivers great vocals along with Phil Collins, Daryl Hall, and a gospel choir. Long time friend George Harrison plays slide guitar on his original composition "Run So Far". I actually prefer this version. From the opening cut of "Pretending" which explodes after a little boogie-woogie piano intro, this LP rocks while being laid back and bluesy. I never make a road trip without it.


6. U2

Unlike the other albums on my list, I have no nostalgic attachment to The Joshua Tree. A roommate of mine, considerably younger, had this in her collection, and I was immediately taken by Bono's mesmerizing vocal and the band's powerful delivery. This 1987 release, U2's fifth recording, is said to reflect more of the Irish folk roots influence that Bono was encouraged to explore by Dylan, Van Morrison, and Keith Richards. To this day, Bono ranks up there with Jim Morrison and Roger Daltry as my top 3 rock vocalists. This album, which features "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Where the Streets Have No Name," and the seductive "With or Without You," is simply brilliant.

Copyright  does not allow links to original recordings of this album.

Copyright does not allow links to original recordings of this album.

7. The Beatles

Abbey Road, the Beatles' final studio album, although released in 1969 before Let It Be, makes the cut because it is so well produced and has an exceptionally creative flow, especially the medley on the B side which goes into a playful jam where they trade off guitar leads. I consider it an understated piece of art even though it is comprised of many unpublished bits much like the Who's Odds &Sods, It doesn't shout like the critically acclaimed Sergeant Pepper, but it stands out just the same. This is a feel good compilation that begs a singalong which is quite ironic when one considers that the band was barely holding it together. George Martin really had his work cut out for him!

Rubber Soul, their 1965 release, was a close runner-up and contains Lennon's "In My Life" which I consider to be the best of all Beatle compositions and one of my top 10 songs overall.


8. The Rolling Stones

Let It Bleed, the Rolling Stones 1969 release, signaled the end of one phase and the beginning of another for the band. I always preferred the early Stones whose sound was heavily influenced by the R&B greats.

Brian Jones, an incredibly versatile musician, infused many creative elements into their sound such as the auto harp on "You've Got the Silver", a cut from this album, dulcimer on "Lady Jane" from Aftermath, and sitar on "Paint It Black" from the same. Both his drug addiction and untimely death during the recording of this material limited his involvement to only two cuts.

Mick Taylor, recruited from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers as Brian's replacement, took over on the remaining tracks. After Brian's death, I feel that Keith really emerged into the limelight and perfected his signature style which was especially evident here and on into Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street. From then on, the Stones continued to grow in popularity with mainstream hits, but I always felt the sound, post Brian Jones, became homogeneous and lost its soul.

This album echoes the tragedy of Altamont and represents the numbing reality that peace and love comes with naivete. At this time too, Mick was using cocaine, and his stage presence took on the personification of the darker lyrics of "Midnight Rambler." Still, it is a superb and transitional album in which the band has found a real cohesiveness that was lacking in its days with Brian Jones.


9. The Who

After the success of the rock opera Tommy, plans were in the works for another conceptual album called Lifehouse which was influenced by Townshend's connection to the teachings of Meher Baba. The gist being that music is the fundamental basis for all life. In a dystopian future, there is no music, and people are kept alive with a kind of virtual reality. The protagonist, who remembers real rock & roll, tries during social conflict to bring people together in the lifehouse, a place where live music can be heard. The idea was scrapped, and most of the songs ended up on Who's Next. The cut "The Song Is Over" expresses this in its lyrics, "the song is over, excepting one note, pure and easy, playing so free like a breath rippling by. . . " The remainder becomes "Pure and Easy" and is featured along with other leftovers from the Lifehouse project on Odds n Sods.

This 1971 album from the Who was the easiest selection to make. Who's Next, with its classic "Baba O'Reilly" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" is critically acclaimed as one of the best rock albums of all time. Tommy had taken the band to another level in terms of conceptual art sophistication in making a rock opera. Who's Next takes it even further in terms of production value and creativity even though the original Lifehouse project had to be aborted. Roger Daltry delivers his iconic scream on "Won't Get Fooled Again"

The whole work is brilliantly produced by Glyn Johns who recorded it at Olympic Studios in London. Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert were part of the production team.

In 1973, The Who then went on to record another acclaimed concept album, Quadrophenia. It centered around the youth culture of of the English Mods and the four split personalities of its protagonist, Jimmy. The album cover cleverly reflects this with each bandmate in one of the four mirrors on the Vespa motor scooter, hence the LP's name. A film with the same title was released shortly thereafter. It is an outstanding concept album in every way. The overture and "Love Reign O'er Me" are beautifully accompanied by orchestra and strings while the remainder has incredible passion and a thunderous delivery. It epitomizes the mood, the uppers and downers, and angst of the time. It's no wonder that these musicians are at the top of their respective categories.

Quadrophenia could have made my list if not for the studio overproduction and sound effects. Although it has some of my favorite work including "Love Reign O'er Me," which features Daltry's most powerful vocals, I prefer the purity of Who's Next.


10. Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin's second album from 1969 is nothing short of awesome, especially when listened to through headphones where every nuance is heard. It's heavy metal on a blues foundation with powerful drums, incredible guitar riffs and Robert Plant's raw vocals. It was produced by Jimmy Page. The band took liberties with a couple of standards by Howlin Wolf and Willie Dixon, and it is primal and full of sexual innuendo in both lyrics and performance. Zeppelin's third album was more experimental and acoustic which disappointed many fans who expected the hard rock sound of its predecessor, but it actually set the groundwork for what I consider to be their finest LP.

Their fourth release from 1971, Led Zeppelin IV or ZoSo is a creative masterpiece. After a lukewarm reception of their heavily acoustic third LP, this album was purposefully untitled with no hint of content. This was a gutsy move. The LP in its entirety blends hard driving rock with melodic acoustic guitar and is infused with Celtic influences as in "The Battle of Evermore." The track "Going to California" is a beautiful melody with mandolin and guitar and haunting vocals with an echo effect. It is said to be written about Joni Mitchell, " They say she plays guitar and cries and sings. . ."

Jimmy Page, in my mind, is an exceptionally gifted musician and one of the greatest guitarists in history. He is certainly one of the most influential. As the producer of this album, he took elements from the earlier LPs and artistically played around with arrangements. In "When the Levee Breaks," he slowed the music tempo while Plant actually followed real time. This accentuates the driving rhythm. "Black Dog," which is randomly named after a stray black lab near the recording studio, has an interesting start and stop cadence that was influenced by Fleetwood Mac's early hit, "Oh, Well."

"Stairway to Heaven" has a mesmerizing acoustic intro with mystical undertones before exploding into a powerful ending. The lyrics were written by Robert Plant, and the tune was slowly reworked by Page in an 8 track studio. A plagiarism suit was brought against Jimmy Page by the band Spirit saying the opening riff was a rip-off of their song Taurus, but the court ruled against the suit. It is thought to be the most often played song in the history of rock radio.

Best Rock Albums of All Time

Now that I've chosen my Top 10, I'm already thinking of my Top 20! The simple truth is that there is just too much really great music out there from which to choose.

I think of passing by my daughter's room and hearing that Jensen with its built in radio and turntable. I then remember the tinny transistor radios, portable record players, and monoaural recordings before really good stereo sound systems became the norm. The output from hers would have made an audiophile cringe, but her enjoyment was complete.

In her mind, nothing could be better than a live concert. For me it was an SAE amp, a Denon turntable, Infinity speakers, and Koss headphones that delivered a mind-blowing experience. In the end, it is all about the music, its content, and the memories. Rock on!

© 2013 Catherine Tally


Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on June 19, 2020:

I agree. The Beatles have had an enormous influence on so many. George Martin was an ingenious producer too who encouraged their creativity. I love their harmony and can't help but sing when I hear a song !

Theblogchick from United States on June 19, 2020:

I personally like the beatles. They change the sound of rock n roll. True legends indeed.

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on May 17, 2016:

Thank you, Quicksand! Glad you like my selections:) Isn't music great in the ways that it brings people together? In this hub I mention finding an LP from the 70s on my trip to Amoeba Records with my daughter. It was called Elephant Mountain by the Youngbloods. Ironically, one of my favorite cuts from that was entitled "Quicksand." Hope you are having a good week! All the best, Cat:)

quicksand on May 16, 2016:

Hello Catherine,

I am happy to see the Rolling Stones here! Led Zep and the Beatles too. You have great taste indeed.

I am pleased to meet you, won't you guess my name? - :)


Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on March 26, 2015:

Hi Frank. Definitely powerful and influential bands! It was a tough call on choosing just 10. Chicago would make my top 20. I played those 1st two LPs to death! Thanks for stopping by-I appreciate the thoughtful comments:)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 26, 2015:

Cat just returning the favor.. My list would have included Queen, Chicago.. but you got the other 8 right LOL again great share two years forward

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on November 30, 2014:

Thanks, Bill! I'm always curious what is on someone else's list. I suppose favorites center around the experiences from our teen years and are often regional. Do you include the Fabulous Wailers in your list since they hail from Tacoma? I always love the passion that comes with music discussions, esp. R&R:)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 30, 2014:

I would have a hard time arguing with any of your choices. There are so many that choosing ten is a tough one. It makes for great water-cooler debates. Anyway, great list!

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 20, 2014:

Dear cat,

Great! And you are very welcome. I meant it. You have a fantastic gift of writing and I love seeing you use it.

Kenneth, Your Friend for Life

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on September 20, 2014:

Thank you so much, Kenneth! I promise that I will do just that:) I don't get the chance to write as often as I'd like but am working on another rock related subject that I think you'll enjoy. I appreciate the praise and encouragement.

My best,

Cat :)

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 20, 2014:

Hello, cat on a soapbox,

You are very welcome for it is all the TRUTH. Getting to read a hub like this, makes MY day. I love to read about classic albums and music. And you certainly did the greatest work on a hub of this nature that I have ever read on HP.

Keep up the great work.

Your Friend for Life,

Kenneth and I urge you to . . .Rock on and Write no matter what.

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on September 18, 2014:

Hi Kenneth,

That's the nicest complement EVER!! You made my day. Thank you!


Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 17, 2014:


I literally ADORE this hub and your writing. Finally, someone who knows about the bands that I grew to love. Wow. The Stones, Byrds and Buffalo Springfield. I love "Bluebird."

Now to what I feel about your hub.

I love this hub. And here are the reasons why:

1. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, it is amazing.

2, I loved every word.

3. Graphics, superb.

4. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

5. Voted Up and all of the choices.

6. I loved your topic of this hub.

You are certainly a gifted writer. Keep the great hubs coming.


Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on November 21, 2013:

For some interesting '69 material and comparisons take a look at the 'Stones in the Park' and 'Gimmie Shelter' dvd's. Then look in on the 'Sweet Summer Sun' dvd. On the first two you have 'baby-face' Mick Taylor subbing for the dead Brian Jones (who had planned to leave the band anyway, and had a new line-up before he fell drunk into his pool); then on 'Summer Sun' Mick Taylor showed again and played on 'Midnight Rambler', doing a solo and 'duetting' with Keef.

Before he accidentally died (ambulanceman left him on his back and he choked on his vomit) Jimi Hendrix complained about trying to change direction - to a freer jazz style - but his audience wouldn't have it. They kept demanding his stage tricks, picking the strings with his teeth and burning his guitar on stage. That was a 'leftover' from when he shared the bill with The Who. They couldn't decide who went on first, so they tossed a coin, Jimi went on first with his drummer and bass player, did his 'tricks' and then when he came off-stage past Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey he said to them, 'Follow that!'

The Who were originally 'The High Numbers' and were in their agent's office (down off the Charing Cross Road, in 'Tin Pan Alley') when he spoke to a record exec about doing a demo. They could hear him explode with mirth when the agent told him the band's name, 'The Who?' The name stuck.

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on November 21, 2013:

Hello Alan. I agree w/ you about the early Stones. The Rolling Stones- Now featured so much classic R&B w/ takes on Willie Dixon and Solomon Burke. Their version of "Little Red Rooster" is the best! I had the privilege of seeing them in 1965 at a small municipal auditorium in Long Beach, CA. where they performed all of that material. it was amazing, and I remember it so well even though I was only 14 at the time. Instead of prancing all over as he does now, Mick clapped his hands by his head and danced in more of a circle. He also played more harmonica. I loved the rawness of it all. With a few exceptions like Flowers, At Her Satanic Majesty's Request, and live recordings, all of their LPs through Exile on Main Street were consistently great. Keith and Mick Taylor really blew me away on Exile. After that, it's Some Girls and Tattoo You that I think excel. Glad my teen daughter has snagged my old LPs for her listening pleasure- great music lives on!

Thanks for reading and commenting- appreciate it.

My best,

Cat :)

Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on November 14, 2013:

There's a thumbs up for you here, not necessarily on all your choices, but on the compilation. My taste has changed since I started chasing down the aisles of music shops. My first buy was the Stones' No.1 album with 'Little Red Rooster', 'Carol' and 'Walking the Dog' (or dawg). Further down the line was 'Aftermath' with the long one 'Going Home' (great range of vocal effects)...

I let a lot of cash roll down the road when I took the original 'Sticky Fingers' (with its Andy Warhol ''Y'-front liner), 'Satanic Majesty's' (with its 3D picture) and 'High Tide' (with the corners cut off) to sell at a dingy shop in Soho and started buying cassettes. I'm on cd's now. The originals would have been worth a king's ransom in mint condition! Ah well, we live... do we learn?

I had a fairly eclectic collection of rock, blues etc that numbered over 150 albums including Clapton, Floyd, Dylan, Stones and Beatles' later offerings ('she came in through the bathroom window...'). When I worked at Lord's Cricket Ground, round the corner from Abbey Road I used to see the aficionados taking pictures of each other on THAT zebra crossing.

These days I'm a bit more choosy, but I've got about two dozen Stones' cd albums from No.1 to 'Bigger Bang'. I took delivery of the dvd 'Sweet Summer Sun' the other day. The disc marked 'O' was the first I played was great. After two numbers Mick J called out 'Who was here in '69?' About a third of the audience answered in chorus, most of them being less than 30 years old. I was 22 at the time (tickets to see them at Hyde Park in '13 cost more than a king's ransom, considering I'm on a pension now. Got my kicks watching the show. I've still got two more discs to look through, though. One of them's Glasto (Glastonbury), when Mick Taylor jammed with them. At Hyde Park he played on 'Midnight Rambler'. Magic! Paul Macca eat yer heart out!

epigramman on April 10, 2013:

Good evening my dear Catherine - I just shared your lovely hub of musical passion on Facebook again to the Music and Writing group in order to preach to the converted or inverted or subverted, lol.

Listening currently to Blue Cheer who were heavy metal before they coined the phrase but I also had my dose of the Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters - I am sending you warm wishes from rain soaked Ontario Canada (all week it's been here) from Colin and his dry cats at lake erie time 12:51am

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on March 16, 2013:

Hello Colin,

I heard that the collection of unreleased Hendrix material was coming. No surprise that you are right on it! Let me know what you think. I have only had to work an occsional nightshift or 2 shifts with a 4 hr. window betwee them. I was much younger then! I work PT in a nursery, so Spring is a crazy time of insane multi-tasking. I'm now an official card-carrying double "hippie" because of osteo-arthritis, and the 2nd surgery claimed my graceful walk. My legs feel the fatigue/pain more than anything now when I settle into bed. (all those years of walking and hiking miles and miles!) but I'm not giving in! I'm glad you come back to read often. I am working on my next list and think I will surprise you. Some one posted a question about the best concerts we've seen. You should check it out. I hope you enjoy your evening walk and the hockey game. Rest well. :)

epigramman on March 16, 2013:

Good afternoon dear Catherine - it's now late in the day at lake erie time 5:27pm . You know I could look and read this hub everyday - and I am waiting for part 2 one day from you - and like I said before all of this albums are favorites of mine as well.

Thank you for noticing my typo - I left a nice little reply for you in my Bela Lugosi piece.

I am having a nice cuppa tea before dinner and the online news that I watch at 6pm and with the daylight extension I will be able to take a walk and clear my head before watching the hockey game later on.

Night shift is a strange animal as you know and the first sleep wasn't long enough so I had to go back to bed and catch up.

I hope all is well in your neck of the woods these days and last night before I went into work I bought the new Jimi Hendrix album of unreleased studio material called People, Hell and Angels

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on March 12, 2013:

Thank you Colin! I messaged you on FB awhile back. I hope you saw it. I am going to check out both Tim Yuro and the Muddy Waters selection- neither of which I 've heard. My husband is a HUGE Yardbirds fan- he made a point of collecting all that he could find on vinyl back in the day. Do you have Live at the Anderson Theater? The sun is out today here in L.A., and the temps are climbing into the 80s after last week's rain. It's crazy at the nursery where I work PT. I send you warm wishes and good cheer too! :)

epigramman on March 11, 2013:

Back to a hub presentation of yours and one that I know is a labor of love for you (and me) I have even gone back and listened to all of these albums you've mentioned and most of them I still own on vinyl.

Well it's near the end of my night here at lake erie time 2:18am and I just finished listening to the fabulous Yardbirds - now it's either Hendrix at Woodstock - although I may not sleep after that one - lol - or a very underrated album called Electric Mud by Muddy Waters jamming with some hard rock white (and black dudes) - look for it - it's a classic and the blues purists hated it at the time when it come out - or the other choice is Jeff Buckley's Grace (son of the amazing Tim Buckley) and isn't it ironic they both died fairly young.

Sending you warm wishes and good energy as always dear friend and soul mate of great music and I will throw two last names at you before I go to check out: Fred Neil and Timi Yuro -

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on March 02, 2013:

Hi Colin,

I'm getting ready to hit the pillow and was delighted to find your wonderful list to think about before drifting off. Excellent! Thank you for the kindest of compliments that I will take to heart! I hope this is just the beginning of a continuing exchange. Many thanks! Sleep well :)

epigramman on March 02, 2013:

Hello Catherine - I am still up at lake erie time 1:06am after watching a Canadian classic called Paperback Hero which featured that famous song by Gordon Lightfoot - If you could read my mind

Some of my favorite albums include:

Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan

Blonde on Blonde by Dylan

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid by Dylan (it's a soundtrack and features Knocking on Heaven's Door)

Smiley Smile and Friends by the Beach Boys

The Pretty Things Greatest hits

Kate Bush - The Kick Inside

The Kinks - The Village Green Preservation Society

The Last Waltz soundtrack (The Band)

Some Girls by the Rolling Stones

Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie

Abbey Road by The Beatles

Recent Songs by Leonard Cohen

Blue by Joni Mitchell

Siren by Roxy Music

....this list changes all of the time and that's just rock and popular . I also love blues, soul, r and b, reggae, jazz, classical, traditional, soundtrack music, country and western - lol lol - this could take all night. Thank you dear Catherine for making one of my dreams come true and putting this all together - one of my favorite hubs of all time .

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on March 02, 2013:


One of my greatest pleasures is listening to really good music and sharing impressions, facts, and memories of it with favorite people. Wine and tasty appetizers serve as the frosting on the cake! I wrote this hub with you in my thoughts since you have beenmy encouragement. I am so glad that we have a meeting of the minds on favorites in our collections. I am sure that you could surprise me with a few selections too, and I am always hungry for suggestions! I toyed w/ adding the Beachboys who I absolutely love, but they will fall into the next group of 10 which I plan to put out within the next couple of months. It is always good to hear from you, Colin. Sending warm wishes back at you as well as hugs for Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel. :)


epigramman on March 02, 2013:

Hello dear Catherine and good afternoon from lake erie time 4:41pm and this is the Hub I've been waiting for from you and it's certainly a dream come true.

I wish we could hang out together for a night with a good bottle of wine and cheese and listen to all of these albums . Wouldn't that be a blast?

I still have over 3,000 vinyl albums in my collection and that many or more cds - I've been collecting music dvds too in the last 10 years and I would highly recommend Forever Changes the complete concert live with Arthur Lee (who just died a few years ago) ...yes Love's Forever changes, the album, is one of my all time favorites , right up there with Pet Sounds and the original Smile album and all of these albums you mentioned I have both on cd and vinyl and are most definitely favorites too.

Great minds think alike. lol

This is a labor of love from you and I can tell.

And I love it.

Always great to hook up with you and sending you warm wishes from Colin, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on February 11, 2013:

Hi Rich,

Thank you for dropping by to read and comment- glad you liked my Top 10. I know what you mean about a favorite coming to mind, then changing again a few hours later- ha! I have been editing my list for months!! Welcome to HubPages. I look forward to reading your hubs since we share similar interests in music and film.

My best,


Rich from New Jersey on February 11, 2013:

Worthy picks, one and all.........tough to narrow anything down to a list of 10 (or 100), I'd be inclined to wedge "Rust Never Sleeps" in there. but 3 hours from now I'll think of something even better.....nice job.

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on February 08, 2013:

Thank you, Frank. My pleasure!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on February 08, 2013:

a very entertaining hub thank you for the share :)

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on February 07, 2013:

Hi Kathi,

I'm glad that we can both relate to that same time frame and that you appreciated the "inside info"haha. It was a lot of fun coming of age in L.A. I hope you enjoyed the walk down my Memory Lane as much as I did yours about growing up in the 50s! Thanks for your thoughtful comments!

My best to you,


Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on February 07, 2013:

Hello Martin. I appreciate your checking out my Top 10. Thanks for giving my selection a thumb's UP.

My best,


Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on February 07, 2013:

Hi Tom,

Glad you liked my top 10! It's always good to hear from you, my friend. Thanks for the nice comment.

Take care,


Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on February 07, 2013:

Hello Joseph,

There are just too many great songs- you're right about that! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. I appreciate it!

Kathi Mirto from Fennville on February 07, 2013:

Hello Cat, I love the choices and am glad you included Zeplin, Morrison, Beatles, Dylan, Stones, Byrds, Who and all the rest on the list. Wasn't familiar with Lee Arthur! Excellent write up with some inside information to boot! Really enjoyed the stroll down memory lane! Kathi :O)

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on February 07, 2013:

Love your selection. Thank you

Joseph Mitchell from Nashville TN 37206. on February 06, 2013:

We would be here all day and still wind up missing some. Kiss Love Gun is an awesome album which went down in history. I have several Rolling Stone albums in storage- It's Only Rock and Roll, Some Girls, Tattoo You, Sticky Fingers. Pink Floyd- Relics, and also A Collection of Nice Dance Tunes. I think my two absolute favorites are listed up there in my previous comment. We would be here all day and still miss a few.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on February 06, 2013:

This is a awesome top ten rock album list ! Well done !

Vote up and more !!!

Joseph Mitchell from Nashville TN 37206. on February 05, 2013:

The library is closing, i gotta come back to this tommorrow. Some of these you mentioned are good. I like Goats Head Soup by the Rolling Stones. I like the Final Cut by Pink Floyd. I gotta tell you some real good ones tommorrow when I come back, the security guard is running me out and the bell rang. holla ttyl.