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Top 10 Music Actually Performed by Real Musicians, Lyricists and Singers with Talent!

Top 10 albums you can groove to. Top 10 albums you can groove to.

Welcome to the world before sampled beats, teen girls who can’t sing packaged as singers, and music that has absolutely no meaning or energy at all. Come to Rosebudmag.com and we’ll give you tips on real music you can listen to when you want to change your consciousness or just plain rock out!

Alice Cooper: Killer (1971) Widely viewed as one of rock’s greatest albums, Alice and the boys run through a set of blazing songs covering topics ranging from espionage, wild sex, child-abusing parents, the death penalty, and life on the run. With surging beats and multiple lead-guitar attacks, Killer is perhaps most famous for the song Halo of Flies, with its cloak and dagger lyrics, symphonic interludes, several timing changes, and the snarling, soaring vocal performance by Alice.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Pictures at an Exhibition (1971) Back in the days when musicians had to create special effects and synthesizer keyboards by hand, ELP provides a rocked out version of a classical music song cycle by Modest Mussorgsky. Not only did keyboard wizard Keith Emerson play a massive pipe organ in a church for the opening song, the entire album was recorded live without overdubs and is hailed by many as equal to symphonic performances of Mussorgsky’s work. Not bad for three guys live onstage.

Lou Reed: Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal (1974) Graced by a 13 minute bittersweet ode to heroin addiction that makes your skin crawl with its realism, Reed is in peak form here on Animal as a rock growler and poet, backed by a band including legendary guitarists Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter. This live album has energy and depth that few artists can muster, revving up songs from Reed’s days with Velvet Underground…completely transforming them into dangerous music you can rock to.

Fleetwood Mac: Mystery to Me (1973) Long before Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac to make it the most rockin’ soap opera band of all time, Fleetwood Mac had different musicians and a more folk-rock, wistful sound. Mystery to Me contains several gems, including sincere, moving love songs sung by sweet Christine McVie, and the haunting Hypnotized, which seems like a dream.

Humble Pie: Performance, Rockin’ the Fillmore (1971) As any group of musicians will tell you, sometimes a magic takes over onstage during a live performance and you go way beyond what you ever thought you could do. Humble Pie featured guitar hero Peter Frampton and singer Steve Marriott, and this sizzling double live album shows them heatedly strutting through more than an hour of songs that combine blues, gospel, hard rock and soul.

Suzanne Vega: Solitude Standing (1987) Haunting, original and musically astute, Suzanne Vega is one of many women artists whose work is too deep, melodic and intelligent for mainstream music media. Vega uses her breathy voice and evocative lyrics to hit you right in the heart.

Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (1975) When you hear people talk about Dylan’s recent work, they’ll often say something like, “These might be Dylan’s best songs since Blood on the Tracks.” Indeed, some Dylan fans view this as his best album ever because it transcends his earlier, more political work, includes his penchant for elaborate story-telling, and has a fleshed-out, less folksy musical base to stand on. Every track is a classic, with the amazing “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts” as a standout among standouts.

Blue Oyster Cult (1972) This album has no title; it introduced the band to the world and quickly established BOC as a triple-lead guitar threat with lyrics to die for. The band was managed and influenced by science fiction, futurist wizard, music theorist and educator Sandy Pearlman, and that influence is obvious in lyrics of songs like Workshop of the Telescopes. BOC gives you the atonal, jazzy, highly fluid lead lines of guitarist Buck Dharma, making this revered debut album more than just amazing straight ahead rock.

Alice Cooper can even rock the Muppets!

Leonard Cohen: The Future (1992) An album on which each song is like a novel or a movie, with gorgeous arrangements, several different musical styles, lyrics that go beyond all but the best rock writers (such as Dylan), and Cohen’s trademark silky-gravel voice, The Future is a must-have for anyone who appreciates fine music as art. As the album’s name suggests, Cohen is doing political-personal-social commentary here. The song Democracy slaps America silly, while Waiting for the Miracle is uplifted by ethereal backing singers. A masterpiece.

Pink Floyd: Meddle (1971) With this album, Pink Floyd showed the world that nobody else even came close to the kinds of experimental sound effects, guitar mastery and psychedelic imagery that the band gives us here. Many listeners lost their minds during the insane bird call/wind/trip-out break in the middle of the 23 minute song Echoes. How many bands have incorporated the chants and whistles of Liverpool soccer fans, or howling dogs, into their songs? If all you know of Pink Floyd is from Dark Side of the Moon forward, check out this album but beware, you might find yourself transported to outer space!

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