#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its worst, it is a journey through the history of music that the majority see as important, influential, and/or relevant. If nothing else, these albums are worth experiencing at least once to get a better understanding of music, which is why we are working to complete all #315Albums.
“A hugely influential country-rock statement – concocted by ex-Byrds Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman – of L.A. hillbilly anthems, God-fearing hippie soul and achingly beautiful two-part harmonies.”
Artist: The Flying Burrito Brothers
Album: The Gilded Palace of Sin
Rolling Stones Ranking: 192
This is one of the more unique albums I’ve heard since beginning this journey. Not only are the band and album names completely bonkers, but the music is a little bit strange as well. It’s one of the most difficult times I’ve had answering the ten questions, and I kept changing my answers as I wrote-up this post, with the album playing again in the background (for the third time). It definitely feels like an old-school country album at points, but then the hippie, ’70s roots pop out every once in a while, and it makes for a hell of a strange ride. I can’t say that I would listen to this album again in the future, but I enjoyed the eccentric sound, and respect it for what it is.
Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.