Also known as The White Album, this self-titled album by the Beatles isn't only famous as being the "Charles Manson went Batshit Crazy" album, but is also remembered as being one of the greatest albums ever recorded. The Beatles have many albums that you may see in this series over time, but seriously, I wanted to start with this one, purely because it's such an icon of who the Beatles are. They aren't a boy band, they aren't a set of manufactured rock stars, they cannot be defined or padlocked into a group, and they cannot be imprisoned in one type of music. They are everlasting and they are incredible—they transcend the term "music" itself.
This is by a flying mile my favourite Queen album and I have to say, though I'm not really that into Queen as it's a bit after the period of music I normally listen to—I do like this album a lot because of its intense drama. The album has served to be an iconic reminder of the demise of the band's lead singer, Freddie Mercury, known as one of the greatest male vocalists to have ever lived. The album also serves as a reminder of the brilliance of dramatic, hard progressive rock music—and the fact that even though the 90s came around, it wasn't about to die.
This album, also known as Buddy Holly Lives was released in the February of 1978 as a tribute to Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Holly, who died in a plane crash in 1959, went on to become immortalised through his incredible musical abilities at such a young age. He was just 22 years old at the time of his death. This album is filled with all your favourite Buddy Holly and the Crickets songs and is an absolute pleasure to listen to at any time of the day.
One of the most essential albums in music history, and also one of my personal favourites, Bob Dylan's electric folk-rock album has stood the test of time and become a myth in itself. With a track listing of only nine songs, it is a short album, but it also shows you exactly how much work goes into each and every song Dylan writes. The iconic cover art has been copied for decades afterwards, with a slightly annoyed Dylan staring directly into the camera almost asking you out for a fight (in which he will win, because believe it or not, Bob Dylan loves boxing). And, with ease, Dylan takes you on a tour of his new sound, debuting the kind of man he is in 65 and 66, before killing him off to start over.
(Note: reading "The Cask of Amontillado" by EA Poe is recommended before reading the article in order to understand the lesson fully.)
(Note: This article will cover analysis on the film 'Vertigo' and, in order to get the most out of the article, it is recommended that you watch the film at least once over.)