Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Top 400 (or so) - Introduction

In cataloging the top heavy metal(ish) albums of all time, I have found it interesting how the landscape of music has changed over the years. It is almost impossible to categorize Led Zeppelin II with White Wizzard, but I'll give it a try.

The other problem I am having is that the bottom 300 or so on this list can be very interchangeable. I think that when I am done, I'll find there is little difference between #317 and #483.

We shall see as I finalize the list, but my preliminary conclusion is that there are probably about 50 or so indispensable classics, another 150 or so really good releases, then a bunch (several hundred) of solid, but flawed records out there.

Again, stay tuned....


Joe Pike said...

Why include Led Led Zeppelin? Their classic rock not metal. Are you going to include Aerosmith or Blue Oyster Cult. I wouldn't. I would stick to just Metal bands.

T-_Bone said...

John - I mean Joe - you raise a good point, but I have decided this is a HR/HM list. Really, so I could include Rush. It would be interesting if I move the line a little, but then what about Rainbow? Where do you draw the line?

On the AOR side, I will not have a conflict, as I hate most Aerosmith stuff and BOC is marginal. Hawkwind is too derivative.

As far as where I think the line is drawn, I would say at Led Zeppelin. That may seem capricious, but it has to be drawn somewhere. Maybe you would draw it at Black Sabbath? Is Demon heavy enough?