1. JAMES BROWN Live at the Apollo
''The intensity and the abandon from both him and the audience...you can hear why he became the Godfather of Soul.''
2. IGGY AND THE STOOGES Raw Power
''Completely off-kilter, out of control, and eccentric. Every great record in its own way has that disruptive effect.''
3. JONI MITCHELL Blue
''If there ever were a genius, she is certainly one. This record is a perfect convergence of her voice, her songs, and the arrangements.''
4. ELLIOTT SMITH Either/Or
''Another moment when songwriting, production, and singing came together. He made quiet the new loud you could play folk music and not look square.''
5. HANK WILLIAMS 40 Greatest Hits
''He was the first tragic rock & roll singer, before people even knew what that was. Hank rewrote musical history with his songs.''