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April 13, 2009


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Amazon has a list of what its staff/editors consider the 100 greatest debut albums. Personally, any list that doesn't include Willis Alan Ramsey's eponymous and only album doesn't cut it for me, but I'm old and snarky, so heck. (The comments, as ever, are better than the list, so worth checking out.)

1. Boy by U2
2. Birth Of The Cool (Rudy Van Geld… by Miles Davis
3. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground
4. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
5. Unknown Pleasures [Collector's E… by Joy Division
6. The Piper At The Gates of Dawn (… by Pink Floyd
7. Bleach by Nirvana
8. Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan
9. Kill 'Em All by Metallica
10. Funeral by Arcade Fire
11. Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
12. The Smiths by The Smiths
13. Grace by Jeff Buckley
14. My Aim Is True by Elvis Costello
15. Horses by Patti Smith
16. Here Come The Warm Jets by Brian Eno
17. Elvis Presley by Elvis Presley
18. Appetite For Destruction [Explicit] by Guns N' Roses
19. The Who Sings My Generation by The Who
20. Movement [Collector's Edition] by New Order
21. Slanted & Enchanted by Pavement
22. Catch A Fire by Bob Marley
23. The College Dropout [Explicit] by Kanye West
24. Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. by Bruce Springsteen
25. England's Newest Hitmakers by The Rolling Stones
26. Pablo Honey [Explicit] by Radiohead
27. Murmur by R.E.M.
28. Talking Heads 77 by Talking Heads
29. Coltrane by John Coltrane
30. Ten by Pearl Jam
31. Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim
32. The Doors [40th Anniversary Mixes] by The Doors
33. Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix
34. Ready To Die The Remaster [Expli… by The Notorious B.I.G.
35. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill
36. Van Halen by Van Halen
37. The Chirping Crickets by Buddy Holly
38. The Clash (UK Version) by The Clash
39. Enter The Wu-Tang by Wu-Tang Clan
40. Licensed To Ill by Beastie Boys
41. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's … by Sex Pistols
42. Madonna (Bonus Tracks) by Madonna
43. The Chronic [Explicit] by Dr. Dre
44. Doggystyle [Explicit] by Snoop Doggy Dogg
45. A Pesar De Todo by Vicente Fernandez
46. Peoples' Instinctive Travels & t… by A Tribe Called Quest
47. Illmatic [Explicit] by Nas
48. Marquee Moon by Television
49. Pink Flag by Wire
50. Exile In Guyville by Liz Phair
51. The Modern Lovers by The Modern Lovers
52. Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake
53. Parachutes by Coldplay
54. Entertainment! by Gang Of Four
55. Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
56. Dummy by Portishead
57. Gish by The Smashing Pumpkins
58. Music From Big Pink by The Band
59. The Stooges [Deluxe Edition] by The Stooges
60. Pretenders [Reissue] by The Pretenders
61. Santana by Santana
62. Creedence Clearwater Revival by Creedence Clearwater Revival
63. Dreamboat Annie by Heart
64. New York Dolls by The New York Dolls
65. Outlandos D'Amour by Police
66. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers by Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers
67. Rage Against The Machine [Explicit] by Rage Against The Machine
68. Brown Sugar [Explicit] by D'Angelo
69. Funkadelic by Funkadelic
71. Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
72. Give Up by The Postal Service
73. Incognegro [Explicit] by Ludacris
74. Calle 13 (Explicit Version) by Calle 13
75. Alejandro Fernandez by Alejandro Fernandez
76. Get Rich Or Die Tryin by 50 Cent
77. Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. by Dwight Yoakam
78. Superfuzz Bigmuff: Deluxe Edition by Mudhoney
79. Falta amor by Maná
80. Lee Ann Womack by Lee Ann Womack
81. Takin' Off (Rudy Van Gelder Edit… by Herbie Hancock
82. Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
83. Is This It by The Strokes
84. Weezer by Weezer
85. Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos
86. Violent Femmes: Deluxe Edition by Violent Femmes
87. Blue Lines by Massive Attack
88. The B-52's by The B-52's
89. Monster Movie by Can
90. Confusion Is Sex by Sonic Youth
91. Debut by Bjork
92. Storms Of Life by Randy Travis
93. Viva Hate by Morrissey
94. (Pronounced 'Leh-'Nérd 'Skin-'Nérd) by Lynyrd Skynyrd
95. Oh, Inverted World by The Shins
96. Roxy Music by Roxy Music
97. Homework by Daft Punk
98. Diamond Life by Sade
99. CooleyHighHarmony by Boyz II Men
100. #1 Record/Radio City by Big Star

Extraordinary pictures!

I'm happy and jealous that you got to see Nancy (and Doug). Nancy and I were friends at AOL, and I always loved her wit and humor. I've missed her.

Vegas Food: Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay, likely the best burger you'll have, lots of combinations to choose from but go for the basic and get the onion rings; great shakes as well. For a great dinner go to Bouchon in the Venetian, awesome French bistrot (that's why it's in the Venetian?) by Thomas Keller of French Laundry in CA. Onion soup, roasted chicken, fries, great wine. Also, the Liberace museum is a riot.

Paul, are you actually encouraging Jim to eat more burgers/fries/onion rings? Think of his poor nutritionist who must be beating her head against a wall reading the daily food posts ..... ;-D

Absolutely! I can't think of a better tasting way to clog your arteries (french fries cooked in duck fat? With homemade ketchup?) Besides when you're on the road, all bets are off, right?

Not sure if you have time for a show in Vegas, but Ken and I just saw Terry Fator the ventriloquist. He won America's Got Talent and is really really good. He is at the Mirage.

"I have many eating issues, but one that I have patented is taking a healthy base meal and destroying it by getting bad sides, eating too much bread or having a few beers. A "5" would be when I get a healthy meal and and manage to avoid any other bad decisions."

So are you are committed to this "Not Achieving a 5 Plan?"

Hey, the "bonus beagle" photo is supposed to be an extra, outside of the other beagle photos.
Where were they?

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