miwahni (miwahni) wrote,

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What makes a classic, anyway?

I got thinking about this last night, after posting about Queen's album. I've always considered that album to be a classic of its time, and that got me thinking about other albums that I think of as classic, and wondering - why? and is it just me?

I've listed - in no particular order - the albums that I can think of off the top of my head that I consider to be classics although with some I'd be hard-put to explain exactly why I've awarded that status. I guess they're all albums that made an impacat at the time, that explored a new direction or represent that artist's best work (IMO!). And in the majority of cases they're still getting airplay today. All right, on the oldies stations anyway!

Queen - A Night at the Opera
Bat Out of Hell - Meatloaf
Wings - Band on the Run
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
Joe Cocker - Cocker Happy
Wonderwall - Oasis
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Tapestry - Carole King
John Lennon - Double Fantasy
The Album commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV - the one with the Celtic symbols for a name.
If I had to pick one Beatles album, I'd go with Sgt Pepper - but there's also Revolver, and Abbey Road, and...and... *g*
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Harvest - Neil Young
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - and just about anything else by Bowie, really, but this is the standout album for me.
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

And a few Australian bands with stand-out albums:
Skyhooks - Livin' in the 70s. Crazy band, crazy album, crazy days.
Sherbet - Howzat. Prior to this album they had a mainly teenybopper audience, but this album made music fans take them seriously.
Icehouse - Man of Colours. This band had been around in various guises for years and years. Finally they made it, with this one. It would be my favourite album of the late eighties.

There must be a lot more that just aren't coming to mind right now. So what about you, what do you consider to be a classic album? Do you think any of today's popular bands will still be recording, and / or played, in 30 - 40 years' time?
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