Building Your Classic Rock Music Collection
by
Chris Migliaccio

Dedicated to the memory of Jerry Garcia (1942 - 1995)

"From the land of the midnight sun where the ice blue roses grow
'long those roads of gold and silver snow - howling wide or moaning low
So many roads I know;
So many roads to ease my soul"


(from So Many Roads , Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter)

Here's my list of "must-haves" for someone wishing to build a classic rock collection. In creatingthis list, you'll see that I've selected albums with good musicianship, memorable melodies and great lyrics.I also prefer well-recorded live performances as they capture more of a band's true essence than heavily doctored studio tracks. The Greatest Hits / Best of... collections listed here provide newcomers to the classic rock genre with a solid overview of the bands listed.

Rock on!

Chris Migliaccio

My Top Ten All-time Greatest Classic Rock Albums / Collections:
Carry On - Crosby, Stills & Nash with Neil Young The BBC Sessions (Live) - Led Zeppelin
Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd Live at the Fillmore - Jimi Hendrix & Band of Gypsies
Europe '72 - The Grateful Dead Who's Next? (Deluxe Edition) - The Who
Layla - Derek & the Dominoes Time Traveler - The Moody Blues
The Fillmore Concerts - The Allman Brothers Band Yes Years Vols. 1-4 - Yes

My Second Ten
Abbey Road - The Beatles Caravanserai - Santana
Chronicles - Rush Live 1985-1995 - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Decade - Neil Young Greatest Hits - Jefferson Starship
Greatest Hits 1974-79 - The Steve Miller Band Every Breath You Take / The Singles - The Police
Live at Winterland - Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company Live: Right Here, Right Now - Van Halen

My Third Ten
Greatest Hits - Def Leppard The Forgotten Trail 1969-74 - Poco
Paris - Supertramp Madman Across the Water - Elton John
So Many Roads (1965-1995) - The Grateful Dead Live at Leeds - The Who
The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (1966) - Bob Dylan Retrospective Vols. 1-4 - The Byrds
Tommy - The Who The Singles - The Pretenders

My Fourth Ten
Greatest Hits - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Without A Net - The Grateful Dead
Meet Me in Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet The Last Waltz - The Band
Moonflower - Santana Backtrackin' - Eric Clapton
Rattle & Hum - U2 Get Yer Ya Yas Out - The Rolling Stones
The Way We Walk Vols. 1&2 - Genesis Return of the Manticore Vols. 1-4 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

My Fifth Ten
All Things Must Pass - George Harrison The Very Best of Chicago: Only The Beginning - Chicago
Greatest Hits Vol. 1 - The Eagles The Best of the Doors - The Doors
Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits Welcome - Santana
Tales of 1001 Nights - Rennaissance The Dance - Fleetwood Mac
The Best of Jackson Browne - Jackson Browne The Best of Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield

Honorable Mention
Classic Hits Live - Foreigner One Wild Night (Live 1985-2001) - Bon Jovi
The Best of Bowie - David Bowie 16 Greatest Hits - The Mamas & the Papas
Return to Paradise - Styx How Sweet It Is! - The Jerry Garcia Band
Scream in Blue (Live) - Midnight Oil Live from Steel Town - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Voodoo Soup - Jimi Hendrix Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Appetite for Destruction - Gun's 'n Roses Blows Against the Empire - Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship
The Hits - REO Speedwagon Greatests Hits - Queen
AC/DC Live! - AC/DC Gold - Steely Dan
Greatest Hits 1985-1995 - Heart Greatest Hits - Cheap Trick


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