#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.

No. 040

“Neil Young transformed the folk-rock CSN into a powerhouse – offering pop idealism, militant blues, and vocal-choir gallop.”

Artist: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Album: Déjà Vu
Released: 1970
Label: Atlantic
Rolling Stones Ranking: 147

I was genuinely surprised how modern some of the songs sounded on this album. Specifically, I felt like I was listening to a brand new song when some of the guitar riffs would start. That is a great nod to the timelessness of this album, which was a lot better than I was expecting. I ended up listening to this album five or six times today, and I really enjoyed myself. There are some really great lyrics (“I feel like letting my freak flag fly/Yes, I feel like I owe it to someone”), and the music will likely appeal to a lot of different audiences, myself included.

Cinefessions’ #315Albums Rating: 71%

Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.