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Lobo in another thread posited Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication as possibly the best rock album ever.

I think others may have other candidates. How about you?

Criteria I propose are: we are looking for an album where a) every track is a winner and b) each track together makes a seamless whole.

For arguments' sake I'll go with Tommy. Honorable Mention: Blonde on Blonde, Eagles Greatest Hits (should we allow greatest hits compilations? I don't know), Concert for Bangladesh.
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A few of my alternate picks (and no, I don't think Greatest Hits albums should count):

Who's Next (The Who)
Rumors (Fleetwood Mac)
2112 or Moving Pictures (Rush)
The Final Cut or Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
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An oldie that changed my way of thinking way back when was Deep Purple In Rock.
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My personal nominees in NO particular order:

AC/DC Back in Black

Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction

Van Halen (debut album)

Metallica (black album)

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The Who sell out....The Who.
Killer...Alice Cooper.
Physical Graffiti....Led Zep.
Strangers in the night....UFO.(A live album, so technically a best of, so not allowed)
Live in Japan....Deep purple.(See above)
Live and dangerous...Thin Lizzy (See above)
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Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was the game changer.
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+1 on Strangers in the Night. That one is a BEAST.

The Black Album makes my top 5...Metallica albums.
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I'd also add The Beatles' "White Album."
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Hi Michael, long time no see.
Surprised no Stones albums mentioned yet.
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I like Born to Run as a nominee. I love some Stones song, but they're pretty well spread out over the albums.
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The Wall. I almost don't want to say it because it already gets so much attention. But it is powerful in conception, and surprisingly subtle in execution.

But I might change my mind tomorrow. Californication is an inspired suggestion, Lobo.
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Styx "The Grand Illusion"
Queen "Night at the Opera"
The Clash "Combat Rock "
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Styx "The Grand Illusion"
Queen "Night at the Opera"
The Clash "Combat Rock "


Good stuff. For one Styx album, top to bottom, I think I'd go with "Paradise Theater."
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Use your Illusion II from G & R gets my vote.
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Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was the game changer.

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On Oct 18, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
I'd also add The Beatles' "White Album."

Interesting.

Of all of the Beatles' albums (alba?), I'd rank Rubber Soul and Revolver above Sergeant Pepper and The Beatles (White Album), and choose Rubber Soul for the thread title album.
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Sergeant Pepper, though, changed the way rock albums were made.

But, yes, I'd give Rubber Soul and Revolver high marks. They just weren't game changers the way Sergeant Pepper was:

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Time magazine declared it "a historic departure in the progress of music" and the New Statesman praised its elevation of pop to the level of fine art.[1] It won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour...

It has been described as one of the first art rock LPs, aiding the development of progressive rock, and credited with marking the beginning of the Album Era. An important work of British psychedelia, the multigenre album incorporates diverse stylistic influences, including vaudeville, circus, music hall, avant-garde, and Western and Indian classical music. In 2003 the Library of Congress placed Sgt. Pepper in the National Recording Registry, honouring the work as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[2] That same year Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number one in its list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". As of 2014 it has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums in history. Professor Kevin J Dettmar, writing in the Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, described it as "the most important and influential rock and roll album ever recorded".


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Sergeant Pepper, though, changed the way rock albums were made.

No question.

I simply think that Rubber Soul (game changing in its own (small) way: the first album not to have the name of the band on the cover) and Revolver were better musically.
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Not sure about that. It's really hard to compare them with the music on Sergeant Pepper.
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Not sure about that. It's really hard to compare them with the music on Sergeant Pepper.

It wasn't intended as a theorem; just my opinion.
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