66. Bob Dylan- Shot Of Love
"Blood On The Tracks" is my favorite Dylan record. Of course, there is the Holy Trinity of "Highway 61 Revisited," "Bringing It All Back Home" and "Blonde On Blonde." Pretty good run, no? But the truth is, I play "Shot Of Love" more than any of them. I could care less if it's a Jesus record. This is Dylan's "Thriller!" There are at least six singles on this record. It rocks. It's radio-friendly. It has "Every Grain Of Sand" AND Ringo. This is Bob's neglected treasure.
67. Faces- Ooh La La
The Faces made four records and it's always the other three that get all the kudos. "Ooh La La" has the stories attached to it. Band unhappy with front man's solo career. More drinking than the usual drinking. I don't even think the band likes this record. Too bad. "Ooh La La" is my fave. It's a sloppy mess of a party, with the band out-Stones-ing Mick and Keith and it has not one, but three of my favorite tunes- "Silicone Grown," and the two beauties that are "Glad & Sorry" and the title track. To my ears, "Ooh La La" represents all that the Faces were about.
68. Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Jon Cleary left his home in England after falling in love with the sounds of New Orleans rhythm and blues. Finding a home in the Crescent City and working for beer and free admission to the Maple Leaf Club, which employed him, he soaked in all of the sights and sounds. After working as a session man, he formed his own band and began releasing his own music, and 2002's eponymous release is Cleary's best. This is another of those records that for me, defines the vibe of that great city. The Monster Gentlemen are...well...monsters. They can funk it up like The Meters. They can take it to Sly Stone and his Family's heights. They can lay back and write quick and catchy tunes that would not feel out of place on Steely Dan's "Royal Scam" or any Taj Mahal record, who Cleary has toured and recorded with. I love this record. I love all of Cleary's records, but I love this record.
69. Aerosmith- Rocks
Greatest hard rock record of all time. Period. That's it. I mean it! There were just the right amount of drugs and money, fueling this masterpiece of riffs and sleaze, with all five members of the band at the top of their game. From the opening screech of Steven Tyler on "Back In The Saddle" to the impossible sounds and grooves on "Nobody's Fault," to the relentless thrash of "Rats In The Cellar," Aerosmith's "Rocks" is one of a kind and still sounds fresh 40 years later.
70. T. Rex- The Slider
One of the first three 8-track tapes I bought at Happy Tunes on West 8th Street in Greenwich Village. (The other two were Mott The Hoople's "Mott" and "Abbey Road.") It was 1973 and I was slowly pushing my Beatles and Stones records to the side, to make room for Bowie, Mott and Marc Bolan. I think "The Slider" has more peaks than "Electric Warrior" and has stronger songs than "Tanx," but man, what a trio of records. "The Slider" gets my vote because I can listen to it still and it feels like there is no filler. T.Rex at their best.