Top 3 Rock Albums

1.The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

Possibly the California band’s most musically ambitious project, “Pet Sounds” broke ground in the music world. Not only did they utilize found sounds including a barking dog, but they also created the idea that an album could be more than a collection of songs. The album’s coherence led the way from the sunny territory the Beach Boys usually inhabited to a more mature sound.

2. Bob Dylan “Highway 61 Revisited”

Released in 1965, this album marked a transformation in Dylan’s style,  from the first track, “Like a Rolling Stone,” a six-minute trip with talented song writing, to the final 11-minute, “Desolation Row,” an all-acoustic masterpiece. The album is a journey through Dylan’s mind, one that provided a new vision of the future of music. 

3. The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds”

This album is a masterpiece, the high point of all the years The Beatles spent in the studio. It is more than just an album; it is a trip into another world, an exploration of music and magic. Full of beautiful, well-written, complex songs, it points to a shift in the music industry. 



A verrion of this article appeared in print on 3 October 2012 on page 9of the Shakerite

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