This book (ref: 781.660266 FIV - ART, Intro: Steven Van Zandt, Editor: Joe Levy), is a must-read for anyone interested in popular music from the 50s till today. It is available from the Singapore Central Library and "is the ultimate rock and roll library chosen by a blue-ribbon jury of experts and the sort of fans who practise what they preach: the singers, songwriters, musicians, producers, managers and critics who have shaped the rock and roll world from its start..."
The version available is a first edition and published in 2005. Although I do not agree with many of the rankings of the albums I cannot argue with "the best in the business" who have selected them. I read it to learn about popular western music, a huge industry that has enveloped the world with its spread and influence. Read it for the fun and information it provides. Oh yes, and for the album covers too!
My choice albums include: (11) Sunrise -Elvis, (12) Kind Of Blue - Miles Davis, (21) The Great 28 - Chuck Berry, (26) Tapestry - Carole King, (37) Hotel California - The Eagles, (39) Please Please Me - The Beatles, (50) Here's Little Richard - Little Richard, (51) Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel, (53) Meet The Beatles - The Beatles, (54) The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic R&B - Ray Charles, (56) Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley, (104) Sweet Baby James - James Taylor, (107) Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964- Sam Cooke, (149) Santana - Santana...
And the list goes on. But I've left out a lot since I am only interested in the 50s and 60s.
Original article: Andy Lim