Tuesday, January 16, 2018

THE 200 MOST ESSENTIAL ALBUMS. This post: #15. Continues: tomorrow with the album ranked No. 14.
Caffé Latté presents the  all-time
200
MOST ESSENTIAL
ALBUMS
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PLEASE PLEASE ME
THE BEATLES
1963
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Few debut albums contain as many exciting seismic moments as 'Please Please Me', the first LP from The Beatles. The album consists of covers with some new songs composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Remarkably, it's often the originals that outshine the remakes here. 
Of the covers, the best is the Fab Four's take on The Isley Brothers' "Twist And Shout". The fledgling songwriters produce the goods with classic tracks such as: "I Saw Her Standing There", "Love Me Do", "Do You Want To Know A Secret?", "P.S. I Love You" and the title track.
With this debut collection of material, Lennon, McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr began their worldwide domination.  Little wonder that the planet succumbed.
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Monday, January 15, 2018

THE ICONS GALLERY - ANTHEMS 
This playlist is now available on Spotify!
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Each month a song will be featured as the Icons Gallery salutes the GLBTI Anthems.


THE ANTHEMS 

2018
JANUARY
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - Lou Reed
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Lou Reed introduced a panoply of characters inhabiting New York City on his 1972 single "Walk On the Wild Side". The song was lifted off his 'Transformer' album. Reed penned the song. David Bowie produced it with Mick Ronson.

JANUARY - DECEMBER 2017
A LITTLE RESPECT - Erasure
MACHO MAN - Village People 
(SING IF YOU'RE) GLAD TO BE GAY Tom Robinson Band
MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC - Mama Cass Elliot
I WANT TO COME OVER - Melissa Etheridge
SUPERMODEL (YOU BETTER WORK) - RuPaul
RELAX - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
FINALLY - Ce Ce Peniston
DANCING QUEEN - Abba
BEAUTIFUL - Christina Aguilera
SEARCHIN' - Hazell Dean
I FEEL LOVE - Donna Summer

JANUARY - DECEMBER 2016

WHY? - Bronski Beat
OUTSIDE - George Michael
SAN FRANCISCO - Village People
JOHN, I'M ONLY DANCING - David Bowie
VOGUE - Madonna
SOMEWHERE - Barbra Streisand
I WILL SURVIVE - Gloria Gaynor
RISE LIKE A PHOENIX - Conchita Wurst
I WANT TO BREAK FREE - Queen
SAME LOVE - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
SO MANY MEN, SO LITTLE TIME - Miquel Brown
TRUE COLORS - Cyndi Lauper

JANUARY - DECEMBER        2015 

Y.M.C.A. - Village People
LEGENDARY HEROES  (ALL OF THEM QUEER) - Holly Johnson
WE ARE FAMILY - Sister Sledge
SMALLTOWN BOY - Bronski Beat
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) - Sylvester
I'M COMING OUT - Diana Ross
GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) - Abba
GO WEST - Pet Shop Boys
IT'S RAINING MEN -The Weather Girls
BORN THIS WAY - Lady Gaga
OVER THE RAINBOW - Judy Garland
I AM WHAT I AM - Gloria Gaynor


SPOTIFY PLAYLIST: Top 200 Most Essential Albums. Check out this playlist on spotify. Regularly updated each day.
Caffé Latté presents the  all-time
200
MOST ESSENTIAL
ALBUMS
Frank Sinatra is generally credited as the first artist to release a concept album. Until then, the pop market was focused almost exclusively on the single. Albums merely consisted of a compilation of recently issued product with filler to capitalize on a successful hit song. During the 1960s, albums gradually built up credibility and by the 1970s, had become as integral as the single. The era of ‘classic albums’ had emerged, led by acts such as The Beatles, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and David Bowie.
This Top 200 list includes albums that broke new ground; expanded the sonic landscape and influenced the music that followed. They have been ranked according to impact on the sound of rock and pop music, popularity, sales and timeless quality.

200 LEMONADE Beyoncé
199 TUSK Fleetwood Mac
198 BLUE LINES Massive Attack
197 A NEW WORLD RECORD Electric Light Orchestra
196 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire
195 SHE’S SO UNUSUAL Cyndi Lauper
194 A NIGHT ON THE TOWN Rod Stewart
193 BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
192 DIANA Diana Ross
191 ABRAXAS Santana
190 TATTOO YOU Rolling Stones
189 TRACY CHAPMAN Tracy Chapman
188 FULFILLINGNESS’ FIRST FINALE Stevie Wonder
187 CAN’T SLOW DOWN Lionel Richie
186 BOOKENDS Simon & Garfunkel
185 BORN IN THE U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
184 HOT AUGUST NIGHT Neil Diamond
183 FAITH George Michael
182 CRAZYSEXYCOOL TLC
181 TOO LOW FOR ZERO Elton John 
180 PAUL SIMON Paul Simon
179 WAR OF THE WORLDS Jeff Wayne
178 PARKLIFE Blur
177 MUSIC OF MY MIND Stevie Wonder
176 BACK TO BLACK Amy Winehouse
175 ALL THINGS MUST PASS George Harrison
174 SYNCHRONICITY the Police
173 52nd STREET Billy Joel
172 THE HEIST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
171 BAD Michael Jackson
170 TUBULAR BELLS Mike Oldfield
169 GOING TO A GO-GO Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
168 …AND THEN THERE WERE THREE… Genesis
167 DOUBLE FANTASY John Lennon & Yoko Ono
166 A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD Coldplay
165 SOME GIRLS Rolling Stones
164 IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE YOUR EYES & EARS Mamas & Papas
163 MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY Kanye West
162 CAN’T BUY A THRILL Steely Dan
161 ONCE UPON A TIME Donna Summer
160 CAPTAIN FANTASTIC & THE BROWN DIRT COWBOY Elton John
159 IN RAINBOWS Radoihead
158 ODELAY Beck
157 THE SMITHS The Smiths
156 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
155 CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters
154 STANKONIA Outkast
153 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
152 REMAIN IN LIGHT Talking Heads
151 SWEET BABY JAMES James Taylor
150 SIMPLE MINDS Linda Ronstadt
149 WILLY & THE POOR BOYS Creedence Clearwater Revival
148 MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER Elton John
147 BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
146 PLAY Moby
145 TALKING BOOK Stevie Wonder
144 WISH YOU WERE HERE Pink Floyd
143 BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIK Red Hot Chili Peppers
142 LET’S GET IT ON Marvin Gaye
141 ASTRAL WEEKS Van Morrison
140 TOTO Toto
139 PARALLEL LINES Blondie
138 THE RIVER
137 DON’T SHOOT ME I’M ONLY THE PIANO PLAYER Elton John
136 RAY OF LIGHT Madonna
135 TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN Cat Stevens
134 CONTROL Janet Jackson
133 WAR U2
132 STATION TO STATION David Bowie
131 FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE! Peter Frampton
130 STRANGE DAYS The Doors
129 DEBUT Bjork
128 HUNKY DORY David Bowie
127 RUST NEVER SLEEPS Neil Young & Crazy Horse
126 (WHAT’S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY? Oasis
125 OTIS BLUE Otis Redding
124 1999 Prince
123 HOUSES OF THE HOLY Led Zeppelin
122 THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL Lauryn Hill
121 LICENSED TO ILL Beastie Boys
120 GREASE Movie Soundtrack- Various Artists
119 DOOKIE Green Day
118 BLUE Joni Mitchell
117 MY AIM IS TRUE Elvis Costello
116 CROSBY, STILLS * NASH Crosby, Stills & Nash
115 THE SCORE Fugees
114 THERE’S A RIOT GOIN’ ON Sly & The Family Stone
113 HIGHWAY TO HELL AC/DC
112 HELP! Beatles
111 WHEELS OF FIRE Cream
110 THE BLUEPRINT Jay-Z
109 FLEETWOOD MAC Fleetwood Mac
108 LIFE AFTER DEATH Notorious B.I.G.
107 AFTERMATH Rolling Stones
106 IN THROUGH THE OUTDOOR Led Zeppelin
105 THE BARBRA STREISAND ALBUM Barbra Streisand
104 EAGLES Eagles
103 THE BEATLES The Beatles
102 MOTHERSHIP CONNECTION Parliament
101 AT FOLSOM PRISON Johnny Cash
100 THE WALL Pink Floyd
99 MOONDANCE Van Morrison
98 LADY SOUL Aretha Franklin
97 STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON N.W.A.
96 TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS Kraftwerk
95 THE STRANGER Billy Joel
94 DISCOVERY Daft Punk
93 DUSTY IN MEMPHIS Dusty Springfield
92 A NIGHT AT THE OPERA Queen
91 AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE Jimi Hendrix Experience
90 DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED Moody Blues
89 ABBA Abba
88 ELEPHANT White Stripes
87 FIRST TAKE Roberta Flack
86 HARVEST Neil Young
85 GRACE Jeff Buckley
84 TEN Pearl Jam
83 THE BAND The Band
82 AMERICAN IDIOT Green Day
81 HORSES Patti Smith
80 SILK DEGREES Boz Scaggs
79 JAGGED LITTLE PILL Alanis Morissette
78 IMAGINE John Lennon
77 MR. TAMBOURINE MAN The Byrds
76 ACHTUNG BABY U2
75 APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION Guns N’ Roses
74 BITCHES BREW Miles Davis
73 METALLICA Metallica
72 WHITNEY HOUSTON Whitney Houston
71 AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE R.E.M.
70 ARRIVAL Abba
69 IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK Public Enemy
68 COSMO’S FACTORY Creedence Clearwater Revival
67 SURREALISTIC PILLOW Jefferson Airplane
66 HOTEL CALIFORNIA Eagles
65 BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
64 LIVE AT THE APOLLO James Brown
63 INNERVISIONS Stevie Wonder
62 A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
61 THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
60 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen
59 BACK IN BLACK AC/DC
58 SUPERFLY Curtis Mayfield
57 BURNIN’ The Wailers
56 PEARL Janis Joplin
55 SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Movie Soundtrack Bee Gees / Various Artists
54 PHYSICAL GRAFFITI Led Zeppelin
53 THE KICK INSIDE Kate Bush
52 DISRAELI GEARS Cream
51 LOW David Bowie
50 OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
49 PURPLE RAIN Prince
48 GRACELAND Paul Simon
47  TOMMY The Who
46 STICKY FINGERS Rolling Stones
45 THE MAN-MACHINE Kraftwerk
44 LED ZEPPELIN IV Led Zeppelin
43 BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME Bob Dylan
42 MODERN SOUNDS IN COUNTRY AND WESTERN MUSIC Ray Charles
41 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John
40 LET IT BE The Beatles
39 THE DOORS The Doors
38 TRANSFORMER Lou Reed
37 EXILE ON MAIN ST. Rolling Stones
36 BAT OUT OF HELL Meat Loaf
35 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel
34 ELVIS PRESLEY Elvis Presley
33 ARE YOU EXPERIENCED Jimi Hendrix Experience
32 LET IT BLEED Rolling Stones
31 THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP Eminem
30 ABBEY ROAD The Beatles
29 THE RISE & FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST & THE SPIDERS FROM MARS
David Bowie
28  ELECTRIC LADYLAND Jimi Hendrix Experience
27 BEGGARS BANQUET Rolling Stones
26 THRILLER Michael Jackson
25 LED ZEPPELIN II Led Zeppelin
24 THE RAMONES The Ramones
23 BLONDE ON BLONDE Bob Dylan
22 HERE’S LITTLE RICHARD Little Richard
21 WITH THE BEATLES The Beatles
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THE 200 MOST ESSENTIAL ALBUMS. This post: #16. Continues: tomorrow with the album ranked No. 15.
Caffé Latté presents the  all-time
200
MOST ESSENTIAL
ALBUMS
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20
OK COMPUTER
RADIOHEAD
1997
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19
TAPESTRY
CAROLE KING
1971
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18
THE FREEWHEELIN’ BOB DYLAN
BOB DYLAN
1963
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17
 LONDON CALLING
THE CLASH
1979
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16
I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVE YOU
ARETHA FRANKLIN
1967
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Atlantic may have been the house that Ruth Brown built, but in 1967, it was the palace where the Queen of Soul was crowned. On Aretha Franklin's prior releases for Columbia, it was clear that the label did not exploit the full potential of her talent. The switch finally unleashed one of the most significant female vocalists ever recorded. 
'I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You' was Franklin's first release as part of the Atlantic Records roster. Here, the Queen shines in full splendour and glory.
The album opens with one of the defining R&B staples, "Respect". Franklin switches the gender from Otis Redding's original and the new perspective adds to the thrill. That mighty voice is put to great effect on each track that follows. Other highlights include "Save Me", the title track, "Do Right Woman- Do Right Man", "Baby, Baby, Baby" and "Dr Feelgood". There honestly is no filler on this splendid disc.
Queen Aretha asserts herself, proving why she deserves the coronation. This album more than any other remains a blueprint of vocal magic and still is a yardstick for R&B women. The LP ought to be recommended listening for any aspiring female vocalist.
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

THE 200 MOST ESSENTIAL ALBUMS. This post: #17. Continues: tomorrow with the album ranked No. 16.
Caffé Latté presents the  all-time
200
MOST ESSENTIAL
ALBUMS
20
OK COMPUTER
RADIOHEAD
1997
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19
TAPESTRY
CAROLE KING
1971
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18
THE FREEWHEELIN’ BOB DYLAN
BOB DYLAN
1963
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17
 LONDON CALLING
THE CLASH
1979
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The Clash unleashed its 3rd studio album 'London Calling' as the 1970s was nearing its end and the punk / new wave movement was flourishing in Britain and the USA. 
This new album highlighted the strengths of the band. It showcased the songwriting talents of Mick Jones and Joe Strummer. Paul Simonon contributed the track "The Guns Of Brixton". Drummer Topper Headon kept the pace snappy and efficient.
On 'London Calling', The Clash injected new musical styles into its sound. Added to its reggae and punk cocktail, is ska, rock and pop. Wisely, The Clash shift moods regularly. For instance, "The Card Cheat" and "Wrong 'Em Boyo" are a world apart from "Lover's Rock" and far removed from the sound of the band's high profile songs. The tracks pack a punch over the 4 sides of this double album. 
Among the other standouts are the title song, "Spanish Bombs", "Clampdown", "Death Or Glory", "The Right Profile", "I'm Not Down", "Lost In The Supermarket", "Train In Vain" and "Four Horsemen". 
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