Posted by: John Q ()
Date: August 31, 2000 04:42PM

You're only giving me TEN?! Well, then let me narrow it down to (in alphabetical order):

AC/DC - no band has ever had a run like Angus and Co. did from 'Dirt Deeds' thru 'For Those About To Rock'. That's - what? - 7 or 8 albums with not one mediocre song in sight. Bon Scott was the epitome of a rock'n'roll singer and probably the greatest story teller in modern rock.

BLACK SABBATH - I appreciate the Ozzy period because the original Sabbath were the inventors, but I'm more partial to the Dio years. 'Heaven & Hell' and 'Mob Rules' is the most awesome double punch in the history of heavy metal. Some of the stuff with Tony Martin is excellent as well, particularly 'Eternal Idol'. Ozzy solo has also had some incredible moments, most of all the 2 albums with Randy Rhoads.

DEEP PURPLE - Other than Sabbath and Zep, these guys defined hard rock/metal in the 70's. 'In Rock' thru 'Come Taste The Band' was an amazing run. Also, let me throw RAINBOW in here, too - 'Rising' and 'Long Live Rock'n'Roll' are as good as anything Blackmore ever did with Purple.

IRON MAIDEN - sadly only a shell of their former glorious selves these days - with or without Bruce and Adrian - but 'Iron Maiden' thru 'Seventh Son' was classic after classic (especially the first 4). Other than Sabbath, they've probably been more influential than just about any other metal band. Helloween and the hordes of clone bands wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Maiden (...which would actually be a good think come to think of it...;-((( ).

JUDAS PRIEST - 'Sad Wings Of Destiny', ''Sin After Sin', 'Stained Class', 'Hellbent For Leather', 'Unleashed In The East', 'British Steel', "Point Of Entry' (well, part of it anyway...), 'Screaming For Vengeance', 'Defenders Of The Faith' (not counting a couple of stinkers...) and 'Painkiller'. That's all the argument you need right there. JP = heavy metal. Rob Halford = Metal God!

LED ZEPPELIN - yep, they're on the damn radio waaaay too much, but when all is said and done, they're still one of the greatest bands ever. Jimmy Page, limited as he is as a guitar player technically speaking, is the biggest visionary in hard rock the world has ever seen - and has come up with more classic riffs than any human other than maybe Iommi.

QUEEN - it still kills me how incredibly diverse Queen was. Didn't care for a lot of the later albums, safe a few specific songs, but the 70's stuff was plain amazing. Freddie was a god and Brian May's guitar tone and phrasing was out of this world. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' has got to be one of the greatest songs ever written.

THIN LIZZY - the greatest 2-guitar band ever! Totally underrated but are finally starting to get their due. Most Lizzy heads probably prefer the Gorham/Robertson era, which was great, but I'm really partial to the last 4 releases, 'Black Rose', 'Chinatown', 'Renegade', and 'Thunder & Lighting'. 'Live & Dangerous' has got to be up there in the top 5 as far as live albums go.

VAN HALEN (w/ DLR) - first 4 albums are unbeatable. VHI is one of the top 10 greatest rock records of all time! Too bad they have now decided to make a mockery of their awesome legacy by doing this reunion thing. God, somebody, ANYBODY - please stop this before it's too late and the world is forced to witness another geezer rock debacle.

Honorable mention: Rush, UFO, Metallica (pre-'Load').

P.S.: If it looks like I only like bands that had their peaks in the 70's and 80's - I'm not. It's just that these bands, all in their own way, really defined to an overwhelming degree what's going on today in terms of hard rock/metal. The level of quality these bands put out is still the yardstick by which any band out there is measured - and most fall short by a mile.

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