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

Albert King – Born Under a Bad Sign (1967)

The Beatles – Beatles for Sale (1964)

The Beatles – Revolver (1966)

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966)

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

The Kinks – Something Else by the Kinks (1967)

The Monkees – More of the Monkees (1967)

Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)

1970s

ABBA – Arrival (1976)

Al Green – Let’s Stay Together (1972)

The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East (1971)

Billy Joel – The Stranger (1977)

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)

David Bowie – “Heroes” (1977)

Elvis Costello – My Aim is True (1977)

Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac (1975)

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (1977)

Frank Zappa – Waka Jawaka (1972)

Genesis – Foxtrot (1972)

Iggy Pop – Lust for Life (1977)

John Lennon – Imagine (1971)

Joni Mitchell – Hejira (1976)

KISS – Alive! (1975)

Neil Young – Harvest (1972)

Patti Smith Group – Radio Ethiopia (1976)

Talking Heads – Talking Heads: 77 (1977)

Television – Marquee Moon (1977)

The Who – Who’s Next (1971)

Van Morrison – Saint Dominic’s Preview (1972)

1980s

Adam Ant – Friend or Foe (1982)

Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet  (1986)

Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel of Love (1987)

The Clash – Combat Rock (1982)

The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry (1980)

Duran Duran – Rio (1982)

Game Theory – The Big Shot Chronicles (1986)

The Go-Go’s – Vacation (1982)

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)

Pet Shop Boys – Actually (1987)

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)

Tom Waits – Franks Wild Years (1987)

Toto – Toto IV (1982)

U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)

Whitney Houston – Whitney (1987)

1990s

Annie Lennox – Diva (1992)

Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys (1997)

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)

Eric B. & Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique (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)

Mary J. Blige – What’s the 411? (1992)

Master P – Ghetto D (1997)

Matchbox 20 – Yourself or Someone Like You (1996)

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

Oasis – Be Here Now (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)

Sarah McLachlan – Surfacing (1997)

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)

Whiskeytown – Strangers Almanac (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)

Beck – Sea Change (2002)

Beyoncé – B’day (2006)

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

Boys Like Girls – Boys Like Girls (2006)

Britney Spears – Britney (2001)

Bruce Springsteen – The Rising (2002)

Busted – Busted (2001)

Cage – Hell’s Winter  (2005)

Coldplay – Parachutes (2000)

Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

The Decemberists – The Crane Wife (2006)

The Dismemberment Plan – Change (2001)

Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

Fall Out Boy – Infinity on High (2007)

The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)

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)

Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat (2006)

Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2001)

Kanye West – The College Dropout (2004)

Kanye West – Late Registration (2005)

Kanye West – Graduation (2008)

The Killers – Sam’s Town (2006)

Lily Allen – Alright, Still (2006)

Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (2001)

Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane (2002)

Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion (2007)

My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade (2006)

*NSYNC – Celebrity (2001)

Okkervil River – The Stage Names (2007)

Paramore – Riot! (2007)

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

Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf (2002)

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

Rilo Kiley – The Execution of All Things (2002)

Sara Bareilles – Little Voice (2007)

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

Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)

Taking Back Sunday – Tell All Your Friends (2002)

Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift (2006)

Tim McGraw – Let It Go (2007)

Wilco – Sky Blue Sky (2007)