Best Of the Blockbusters: The Greatest (Popular) Record Ever

(Note: Originally published at jericsmith.com, copyright 2005, J. Eric Smith. All rights reserved). Best of the Blockbusters, Part One: Setting the Stage I think it’s time to take on the third in our series of periodic music geek essays, structured head-to-head style, following in the footsteps of The Worst Rock Band Ever and Rock’s Greatest … Continue reading Best Of the Blockbusters: The Greatest (Popular) Record Ever

Great Out of the Gate: The Best Debut Album Ever (COMPLETE VERSION)

Note: This article was originally written in November-December 2013 as a serialized, ten-part feature. This post compiles all ten of the original articles into a single piece, running in the proper chronological order (e.g. the conclusion is at the bottom, not the top, as happens in blogs) to help avoid spoilers if you weren’t reading … Continue reading Great Out of the Gate: The Best Debut Album Ever (COMPLETE VERSION)

March of the Mellotrons: The Best Classic Progressive Rock Album Ever

(Note: Originally published at jericsmith.com, copyright 2005, J. Eric Smith. All rights reserved). March of the Mellotrons: The Best Classic Progressive Rock Album Ever, Part One (Setting the Stage) Welcome to the fifth in our series of periodic music geek essays structured sports tournament style, with 64 worthy contenders slugging it out head-to-head for the … Continue reading March of the Mellotrons: The Best Classic Progressive Rock Album Ever

Let’s Take It to the Stage: The Greatest Live Album Ever (COMPLETE VERSION)

Note: This article was originally written in January-March 2014 as a serialized, twelve-part feature. This post compiles all twelve of the original articles into a single piece, running in the proper chronological order (e.g. the conclusion is at the bottom, not the top, as happens in blogs) to help avoid spoilers if you weren’t reading … Continue reading Let’s Take It to the Stage: The Greatest Live Album Ever (COMPLETE VERSION)

Slaughtering the Sacred Cows: An Abbreviated Look at the Most Over-Rated Records Ever

(Note: This article originally appeared on jericsmith.com, copyright 2005, J. Eric Smith. All rights reserved). Slaughtering the Sacred Cows? So here’s a thought for sequel to “Best of the Blockbusters” . . . instead of looking at the best of the commercially popular records (which are expected to be bad), how about trying identify the … Continue reading Slaughtering the Sacred Cows: An Abbreviated Look at the Most Over-Rated Records Ever