Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #483: The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death (1997)

The big man’s influences are everywhere even twenty years later, in large part to this magnum opus. Recorded in 1996 and set to be released on Halloween of that year, this album was pushed back until the following April and Biggie wasn’t alive to see that happen.  Much has been written and spoken about the … Continue reading Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #483: The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death (1997)

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #484: Merle Haggard-Branded Man (1967)

A funny thing happened on the way to me writing a review for this record... thanks, Spotify. So, turns out this studio album by Merle Haggard and his band The Strangers is not available on Spotify, but they do have a handy Napster-inspired bootleg live mish-mash of songs that is labeled as that album (see … Continue reading Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #484: Merle Haggard-Branded Man (1967)

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #485: Loretta Lynn – All Time Greatest Hits (2002)

In which one of country’s underappreciated singers gets some love from Rolling Stone, Jack White, and me. Jack White, my generation’s musical North Star, has introduced me (and countless others) to Loretta Lynn by championing her throughout his career.  First, his cover (with The White Stripes) of her “Rated X” was spot on and of … Continue reading Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #485: Loretta Lynn – All Time Greatest Hits (2002)

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #486: Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (1971)

This is vintage soul with magnificent electric guitar solos – yes please. The opening “Maggot Brain” has a 30-second spoken word intro that dissolves into some mellow arpeggio guitar that continues to loop under what becomes some out of this world, Hendriz-esque guitar noodling from Eddie Hazel.  This is the sound of a guitar not … Continue reading Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – #486: Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (1971)