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100 Albums Everyone Should Own (According to The Falcon’s Nest)

Posted by falconi5 on April 27, 2014


100Inspired by a call from my son, he has recently purchased a turntable and wanted some vinyl recommendations, an emergency staff meeting was called to order in The Falcon’s Nest to come up with the top 100 albums everyone should own.

The process for selecting the albums that would make the list was relatively simple.  Each of The Falcon’s Nest Writers (Walt Falconer, Bernie Sparrow, Jeremy Wren, Cletus Crow, Nigel Owl) would, in a rotating sequence offer up an album recommendation. The other members would offer an opinion on the selection in the form of a thumbs up (wings up in this case). If the album received a majority of wings in the air, it made the list.

Some basic rules were also voted upon and enforced for the list:

  • An artist may only appear once. Exceptions are made if an artist makes the list as part of a group along with making it as a solo act.  For example, Neil Young makes the list for Harvest as well as with Buffalo Springfield on Buffalo Springfield Again.
  • Greatest Hits albums were not allowed with the exception of Endless Summer, live albums may be included. Eat a Peach made the list as did Johnny Cash at Folsom PrisonFrampton Comes Alive, and Kiss Alive missed the cut despite strong lobbying from Bernie Sparrow.
  • The numbers and the order of the list mean nothing.  We like Shotgun Willie just as much as The Captain and Me.
  • If an album by an artist with an important body of work was put on the table for consideration, another wings up vote would take place to determine the album that would make the list.  This process accounted for Abbey Road replacing Sgt. Pepper, Every Picture Tells a Story edging out Never a Dull Moment, and Court and Spark making the list at the expense of Blue.
  • There are several what may be considered to be glaring omissions on the list.  There is no Jackson Browne, Steely Dan, Ridgemont Guys, or Flamin’ Groovies. But hey, we had to stop somewhere.

Special thanks to Nesters Gene Mascari and John Kane for key contributions to the selection process.

 

01. Willie Nelson – Shotgun Willie

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02.  Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Deja Vue

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03.  The Cars – The Cars

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04.  Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

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05.  The Smiths – The Smiths

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06.  The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground and Nico

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07. Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get it On

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08.  Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis

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09.  Boz Scaggs – Silk Degrees

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10. Ryan Adams – Gold

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11.  U2 – The Joshua Tree

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12.  Merle Haggard – Back to the Barrooms

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13.  Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark

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14.  Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning

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15.  Linda Ronstadt – Simple Dreams

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16. John Lennon – Imagine

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17.  Van Morrison – Moondance

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18.  Bob Seger – Night Moves

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19.  Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

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20.  The Stray Cats – Built for Speed

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21. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

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22. The Blasters – American Music

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23. R.E.M. – Life’s Rich Pageant

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24.  The Who – Who’s Next

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25.  The Allman Brothers – Eat a Peach

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26.  Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model

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27. Love – Forever Changes

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28. Santana – Abraxas

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29.  Tina Turner – Private Dancer

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30. Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story

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31. Bobby Blue Bland – Two Steps from the Blues

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32.  Waylon Jennings – Honky Tonk Heroes

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33.  Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak

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34. – David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust

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35.  Pretenders – Learning to Crawl

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36. Queen – A Night at the Opera

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37. Eric Clapton – Slowhand

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38.  AC/DC – Back in Black

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39. Jeff Buckley – Grace

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40.  Chuck Berry – San Francisco Dues

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41. Bobby Womack – Facts of Life

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42. Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul

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43. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

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44.  Elton John – Honky Chateau

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45. The Band – The Band

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46.  ZZ Top – Eliminator

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47.  The Replacements – Tim

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48.  The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

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49.  Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV

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50. Boston – Boston

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51.  Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years

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52.  Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison

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53. Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks

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54.  Cream – Disreali Gears

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55. Billy Joe Shaver – Tramp on Your Street

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56.  The Beatles – Abbey Road

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57.  The Style Council – The Singular Adventures of the Style Council

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58.  The Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies

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59.  Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood

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60. The Beach Boys – Endless Summer

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61.  James Gang – James Gang Rides Again

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62. Carole King – Tapestry

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63.  Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life

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64.  Richard and Linda Thompson – Shoot Out the Lights

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65.  Tom Petty – Damn the Torpedoes

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66.  Billy Joel – The Stranger

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67.  Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic

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68. Styx – The Grand Illusion

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69.  Otis Redding – Otis Blue

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70.  Grateful Dead – American Beauty

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71.  Rush – Moving Pictures

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72.  Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms

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73.  John Mellencamp – Uh-Huh

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74.  Prince 1999

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75.  The Ramones – End of the Century

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76.  Joe Jackson – Look Sharp

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77. Funkadelic – Maggot Brain

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78.  Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield Again

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79.  Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack

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80.  Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow

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81.  Alice Cooper – Schools Out

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82. Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy

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83. Leonard Cohen – Various Positions

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84. Tom Waits – Closing Time

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85.  Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson

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86. Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory

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87.  Bad Company = Bad Company

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88.  James Taylor – JT

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89.  Poco – Legend

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90. Janis Joplin – Pearl

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91. The Doors – Morrison Hotel

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92.  T Rex – Electric Warrior

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93.  Tammy Wynette – Your Good  Girls Gonna Go Bad

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94. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

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95.  The Clash – London Calling

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96.  The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo

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97.  Neil Young – Harvest

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98.  Blondie – Parallel Lines

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99.  Nick Lowe – Jesus of Cool

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100.  The Doobie Brothers – The Captain and Me

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