From the Record Crate

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From the Record Crate is about looking back. It’s about reaching into your music collection and pulling out an old favorite, or looking through dollar bins for older CDs you’ve never heard. It’s as much about obscure albums you’ve never heard as it is about albums that are constantly ranked among the all-time greatest.

This series is essentially the musical equivalent of The Film Canon. Albums (and, possibly, the occasional single) from the past will be looked at and analyzed from musical and historical standpoints. The biggest difference between the two series, however—apart from being about different mediums—is that From the Record Crate will stress canonicity less. Not all the albums covered here will be easily sought out classics. After all, popular music has a long history and plenty of memorable releases that have been lost to it.

From the Record Crate Index 

1960s

The Beatles – Beatles for Sale (1964)

The Beatles – Revolver (1966)

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966)

Dolly Parton – Hello, I’m Dolly (1967)

The Monkees – More of the Monkees (1967)

1970s

ABBA – Arrival (1976)

Al Green – Let’s Stay Together (1972)

The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East (1971)

Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks (1975)

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Night Moves (1976)

Boston – Boston (1976)

The Clash – The Clash (1977)

David Bowie – Low (1977)

Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac (1975)

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (1977)

John Lennon – Imagine (1971)

Joni Mitchell – Hejira (1976)

KISS – Alive! (1975)

Neil Young – Harvest (1972)

Patti Smith Group – Radio Ethiopia (1976)

Television – Marquee Moon (1977)

The Who – Who’s Next (1971)

1980s

Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet  (1986)

The Clash – Combat Rock (1982)

The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry (1980)

Duran Duran – Rio (1982)

Game Theory – The Big Shot Chronicles (1986)

Hüsker Dü – New Day Rising (1985)

Journey – Escape (1981)

Lou Reed – The Blue Mask (1982)

Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)

Paul McCartney – Tug of War (1982)

Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)

The Psychedelic Furs – Talk Talk Talk (1981)

Prince – Sign o’ the Times (1987)

Public Enemy – Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987)

Roger Waters – Radio KAOS (1987)

The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (1981)

Run D.M.C. – Run D.M.C. (1984)

The Smiths – The Queen is Dead (1986)

Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing (1987)

Thomas Dolby – The Golden Age of Wireless (1982)

Toto – Toto IV (1982)

U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)

Whitney Houston – Whitney (1987)

1990s

Annie Lennox – Diva (1992)

Beck – Odelay (1996)

Blur – Leisure (1991)

Blur – Modern Life is Rubbish (1993)

Blur – Parklife (1994)

Blur – Blur (1997)

The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole (1997)

Darkthrone – A Blaze in the Northern Sky (1992)

En Vogue – Funky Divas (1992)

Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape (1997)

Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Barafundle (1997)

Green Day – Dookie (1994)

Hanson – Middle of Nowhere (1997)

Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual (1990)

Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt (1996)

Matchbox 20 – Yourself or Someone Like You (1996)

The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death (1997)

Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted (1992)

Pearl Jam – Ten (1991)

Radiohead – The Bends (1995)

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

Rent: Original Broadway Cast Recording (1996)

Savage Garden – Savage Garden (1997)

Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out (1997)

The Spice Girls – Spice (1996)

They Might Be Giants – Flood (1990)

Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind (1997)

2000s

The Academy Is… – Almost Here (2005)

Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (2006)

Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)

Avril Lavigne – The Best Damn Thing (2007)

Beach House – Beach House (2006)

Beyoncé – B’day (2006)

Blink-182 – Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001)

Boys Like Girls – Boys Like Girls (2006)

Britney Spears – Britney (2001)

Busted – Busted (2001)

Cage – Hell’s Winter  (2005)

Coldplay – Parachutes (2000)

The Decemberists – The Crane Wife (2006)

The Dismemberment Plan – Change (2001)

Fall Out Boy – Infinity on High (2007)

The Format – Dog Problems (2006)

The Game – The Documentary (2005)

Good Charlotte – Good Morning Revival (2007)

The Good, The Bad and the Queen – The Good, The Bad and the Queen (2006)

Incubus – Morning View (2001)

Jay-Z – The Blueprint (2001)

Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2001)

Kanye West – The College Dropout (2004)

Kanye West – Late Registration (2005)

The Killers – Sam’s Town (2006)

Lily Allen – Alright, Still (2006)

Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (2001)

Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion (2007)

My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade (2006)

*NSYNC – Celebrity (2001)

Paramore – Riot! (2007)

Panic! at the Disco – A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005)

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Don’t You Fake It (2006)

Simple Plan – No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls (2002)

Taking Back Sunday – Tell All Your Friends (2002)

Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift (2006)

Tim McGraw – Let It Go (2007)

Wilco – Sky Blue Sky (2007)