Spotlight On Rock n’ Roll’s Second Best Albums

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Let’s celebrate rock n roll by going back to the years of classic rock with a soundtrack that is all about the guitar riffs, solos, drums, greasy basslines, and awesome vocals. .Here’s a list of the best second classic rock albums:


#15 Let There Be Rock – AC/DC (1977)

This was the third album, after “High Voltage” and “Dirty Deeps Done Dirt Cheap”, of the vigorous hard rock based on blues and boogie-rock delivered by the Young brothers band with Bon Scott leading the way as a vocalist, who once again bases the lyrics, with a sense of humor, on sexual matters with evocations and attitudes of authentic rock’n’roll.


#14 Eat a Peach – Allman Brothers Band (1972)

The album includes nine tracks divided into three parts. On the one hand, we have the last three jewels recorded by Duane in the studio (“Stand Back”, “Blue Sky” and “Little Martha”). On the other hand, two wonders composed by the surviving brother (“Melissa” and “Ain´t Wastin´No More”) and another song  written by the members of the original group (“Les Brers In A Minor”).


#13 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles (1967)

Record  of ambitious and complex experimentation that combined pop elements with classical and vaudeville sounds on psychedelic bases. On this album, the Beatles delved into experimental pop in a way never seen before (the Fab Four were influenced by Brian Wilson and his “Pet Sounds” and Frank Zappa and his “Freak Out”) and opened the sonic trail. to all other groups for the bold expansion and renewal of the basic constants of pop-rock music.

#12 Master of Reality –  Black Sabbath (1971)

The third album of Black Sabbath is one of the most important albums of his discography since in its grooves the roots of heavy metal were firmly established, further raging the rock sounds offered in its first two LPs that so influenced contemporary bands and soloists. and later such as Soundgarden, Nirvana, Metallica, Alice In Chains or, among many others, Coal Chamber.


#11 The Clash – The Clash (1977)

The debut album of the Clash and an essential work in the first British punk, since it is one of those that best represents the characteristics and essence of the brave style. The vibrant rhythmic and vocal execution, the sharp critical sense, the lyrical vehemence or the scathing observation from a point of view of urban desolation.


#10 Cosmo’s Factory – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)

This record is one of several masterpieces recorded on Fantasy Records by Creedence Clearwater Revival, the seminal Fogerty brothers’ band. At the sensational “Cosmo’s Factory” we share a journey through all of John’s rock erudition, beginning with the hypnotic “Ramble Tamble”, a long, penetrating piece with a suggestive sound and regrettable theme, continued by great reviews from greats in the history of music such as Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley or Marvin Gaye (doing the best version ever recorded of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”).


#9 Machine Head – Deep Purple (1972)

This excellent lp contains seven tracks, several of them becoming over time true classics of the band. The album begins with “Highway Star”, an excellent track that contains a brilliant rhythmic structure, in which Lord and Paice complement each other perfectly, without forgetting a great contribution from Blackmore on guitar and an impeccable work by Gillan. “Smoke On The Water” presents perhaps the most famous opening riff of the genre and a true classic, not only of hard rock of the time but of all rock, with a great work on all six strings by Blackmore.


#8 Making Movies – Dire Straits (1980)

“Making Movies” is one of Dire Straits’ fundamental works and the first without the presence of David Knopfler. This did not affect at all in the creative capacity of his brother Mark, leader of the band who here again shows us his gifts as a guitarist and especially as a composer, writing some of his best songs.

#7 L.A. Woman – The Doors (1971)

The L.A. Woman is The Doors’ great masterpiece, when listening to this LP you can hear an authentic blues-rock band, the dream of its singer and leader Jim Morrison. Among the different songs on the album, the rhythmic “The Changeling”, the blues “Been down so long”, “Cars hiss by my window” and “Crawling king snake” stand out, the latter is a version of the classic by John Lee Hooker.

#6 Full Moon Fever – Tom Petty (1989)

Tom Petty without the Heartbreakers (although they collaborate instrumentally and even Mike Campbell takes care of production and composition tasks) showing his talent for creating direct, fresh songs that delve into the essence of American music (artists framed in the so-called Heartland Rock) inspired by the sounds of the 60s and 70s.


#5 American Beauty – Grateful Dead (1970)

Within the hippie-psychedelic scene of the city of San Francisco in the 60s, the group The Grateful Dead stood out, a band started in acid rock with folk features of the context that progressed towards more traditional sounds in the early 70s with greater incidence of folk textures and country or blues additions.


#4 Thick as a Brick – Jethro Tull (1972)

“Thick As A Brick” (1972) by Jethro Tull, the British prog rock and folk rock band led by Ian Anderson who released this album at Chrysalis with Anderson’s own production. On the original vinyl, each side of the LP was occupied by a single song lasting over twenty minutes, “Thick As A Brick, Part 1” and “Thick As A Brick, Part 2”. Capitol reissues it in 2012.


#3 Led Zeppelin II – Led Zeppelin (1969)

Impressive second album by Led Zeppelin. If the first exhibited his expertise in exploiting the blues and rock of bands and soloists such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Willie Dixon or Jeff Beck, the second underpinned his enormous contribution to the world of modern music by defining his mastery in the composition and execution of pieces. high-voltage hard-blues-rock and acoustic / electric alternation.


#2 Imagine – John Lennon (1971)

With “Imagine”, John Lennon obtained the greatest critical and commercial resonance of his solo career. The truth is that if we put together this album and “Plastic Ono Band” we will get the best of the repertoire of the Liverpool genius in his post-Beatle stage. Lennon had always admired Phil Spector’s work as a producer and, again, having collaborated with him successfully on “Plastic Ono Band”, he again requested his services for the production of “Imagine”.


#1 Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (1975)

After “Dark Side of The Moon”, Pink Floyd looked back at their first frontman, Syd Barrett to dedicate to him from his privileged stellar status this new work, a great album of progressive rock with extensive and enchanting rock songs with light blues support. and opulent sonic textures, expanded with tearful guitars, ethereal keyboards, phlegmatic rhythms, atmospheric synthesizers, emotional lyrics pierced with sensitivity…