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I was listening to the Drive (97.1) yesterday and I guess they had been doing a March Madness of albums for the past couple weeks.  Since “Timeless Rock” is their theme, they were voting on which was the best, which I presume to mean the best album of all time.  So, the winner was The Beatles “Abbey Road.”  Barf.  If you know me, you know I have a love/hate relationship with the Beatles.  While “Hide Your Love Away” is on my list of Top Ten All Time Favorite Songs, there is just something about the Beatles that I have never been able to get on board with.  I can’t pinpoint it, abbey-roahence the loving/hating.  I will tell you that Abbey Road is certainly not the premiere Beatles album, in my opinion.  “Here Comes the Sun” is the only song I like on that album and I HATE “Come Together.”  So I went to the Drive’s website to research their “bracket” and quickly determined what a complete farce this experiment was from the very first round.  (http://www.wdrv.com/home.php)

The last round came down to the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s and Abbey Road.  That right there should show you what a charade this whole thing was: Sgt. Pepper’s is FAR superior to Abbey Road.  A Day in the Life, Lucy in the Sky, With a Little Help from My friends, Benefit of Mr. Kite…. need I go on??  All gems.  (Side note: Mom, can you please find that pic when the fam dressed up as the Sgt. Pepper Beatles for that costume party?  Talk about legendary… I was the coolest 10 year old at that party!)

In the second round, Fleetwood Mac beat out Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” (“It takes a lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” is also on my top highway6110 songs list) and the Who beat out Seger’s “Night Moves.”  Double barf.  The other 2 albums in the final four were Led Zeppelin II and the Who’s “Who’s Next.”  Dry heave.  (I do like Led Zeppelin II but it’s another love/hate thing so don’t ask).  The Doors “L.A. Woman” beat out the Stones “Some Girls” in the first round… ahhhh!!  (“Far Away Eyes” is another song on my top ten greatest songs of all time list!)  I can get on board with some Lizard King poetry (that was for you Biggie) but COME ON!  Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland” (VOM!) beat out “Blonde on Blonde” in the first round!!   Insanity.

So you’re probably wondering two things:  1) why does she even listen to the Drive if she hates half the bands and 2) what would her favorite album be?

The answers are 1) I like the Drive but they get too obsessed with Hendrix, the Who and other vommy bands that I don’t really like.  Sometimes though, you can catch a good song amongst all the CCR and Chicago that they play. 

wideopen2) Favorite album without hesitating for a second: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “Into the Great Wide Open.”  Talk about timeless… 

So what do YOU think about Abbey Road being named the winner?  What would YOUR top timeless rock album be?

Pet Peeve of the Day: When a favorite pen runs out of ink

Quote of the Day:  “In the dark of the sun will you save me a place? Give me hope, give me comfort, get me to a better place?”  –Tom Petty

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  1. Chris S on 2009.04.08

    Although i agree with your overall analysis of this alleged “bracket”, I must completely disagree with your assessment of Jimi. Hendrix is one of the greatest musicians of all time and should have had at least one album in the final four. The Beatles are/were garbage; they are just a 60’s version of the Jonas brothers who found acid! That list needs more Floyd; where was the Wall, Darkside of the Moon, Final Cut, Wish You Were Here??? I completely agree with Tom Petty comments. If its up to me, the final four of musicians/groups would be: Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Petty, and Pink Floyd (Roger Waters)….Seeger, CCR and Skynyrd just missed the cut. Lon live rock-n-roll!!!

  2. Es on 2009.04.08

    Haha I know, everyone gets on me about the Hendrix hatred. I just don’t like a lot of heavy guitar!

  3. Stantly on 2009.04.08


  4. Es on 2009.04.08

    Haha oh Stantly you and your Rush!! I love it!!!

  5. James McGovern on 2009.04.09

    Esley, What about the Dead? I’d like to think they belong in the top 10, if not better.

  6. James McGovern on 2009.04.09

    or the Traveling Wilburys?

  7. Es on 2009.04.09

    Yeah, I guess with the dead there’s no real “album” that would be legendary… and if it were it’d be a live one or something. I mean, studio dead is actually a little scary!!

  8. Raygun on 2009.04.09

    Best rock album of all time is still Led Zeppelin 1; Abbey Road is nowhere near Sgt. Pepper. No one born in the 1960’s or later will ever understand the appeal of the Beatles. They opened everyone’s eyes and minds for the first time. But of course the Rolling Stones are the best rock band of all time – they rarely missed. Everybody else was just background noise.

  9. Raygun on 2009.04.09

    By the way, “Into the Great Wide Open” is clearly a contender for best album ever. Petty is a top 5 rocker.

  10. Steve on 2009.04.10

    So I think it is a four way tie for greatest rock album ever…Blood on the Tracks (Bob Dylan), London Calling (The Clash), Tusk (Fleetwood Mac), and of course Aftermath (The Stones). The fact that Abbey Road is probably at best the third best Beatles song. Good call on the Tom Petty deal, he would certainly be considered on any badass list.

    Keep up the good work on the ole blog, let me know when you wanna catch a Bloomin’ Onion at Outback Steakhouse!

  11. Es on 2009.04.10

    Thanks Steve! You just let me know when you’re back on dry land and it’s a date!!

  12. Elliott on 2009.09.03

    I know this is way l8, but I get distracted easily. How about the whole “5 albums on a desert island” thing…………

    Stones – Sticky Fingers
    Who – Who’s Next
    Nelly – Nellyville
    KoKo Taylor – An Audience w the Queen
    U2 – 18 Singles

    I think a ltl variety on the island wud b, umm, awesome 😉

    If I get a 6th album, I’d thro in some Chesney for u

  13. Es on 2009.09.21

    Hahaha I just saw this. Dude, you love Nelly soooooo much!!! And a desert island SCREAMS chesney so I’d have to get rid of who’s next… I hate the who…

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