Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is the third studio album by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel, released in 1966.
Parsley was the first time Simon insisted on total control in aspects of recording. Simon & Garfunkel were given four months to record the album, which allowed the duo considerable freedom in terms of creativity.
Singles released were "Homeward Bound", "The Dangling Conversation", "Scarborough Fair/Canticle", and "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)".
AllMusic called it the duo's "first masterpiece", one that regarded "youthful exuberance and alienation, perennially popular among older, more thoughtful high-school students and legions of college audiences across generations."
It is number 202 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Bad is the seventh studio album by American singer and songwriter Michael Jackson, released in 1987.
Bad was the third, and final, musical collaboration between Jackson and Quincy Jones. Jackson wrote a reported 60 songs for the new album and recorded 30, wanting to use them all on a 3-disc set. Jones had suggested that the album be cut down to a ten-track single LP.
Nine of the eleven songs on Bad were released as singles; one was a promotional single, and another was released outside of the United States and Canada. Five singles hit No. 1 in the United States, while a sixth charted within the top ten, and a seventh charted within the top twenty. The only songs on the album which were not released as commercial singles were "Speed Demon" and "Just Good Friends".
Bad made history as being the first album to have five of its singles peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 consecutively, as "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror" and "Dirty Diana" all charted at number one on the music chart. The record has still not been surpassed, but was tied years later by Katy Perry's Teenage Dream.
It is number 203 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Modern Times is the thirty-second studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released in 2006.
The album was Dylan's third straight to be met with nearly universal praise from fans and critics (following Time Out of Mind and Love and Theft). Rolling Stone and Uncut both crowned Modern Times with five-out-of-five stars. Rolling Stone critic Joe Levy called the album Dylan's "third straight masterwork". It continued its predecessors' tendencies toward blues, rockabilly and pre-rock balladry, and was self-produced by Dylan under the pseudonym "Jack Frost".
The album sparked some debate over its uncredited use of choruses and arrangements from older songs, as well as many lyrical lines taken from the work of 19th-century poet Henry Timrod. Robert Polito of the Poetry Foundation wrote a detailed defense of Dylan's usage of old lines in creating new work, saying that calls of plagiarism confuse "art with a term paper". Pete Seeger himself has previously expressed the view that Dylan is a link in this chain of folk and blues songwriters. Seeger has spoken many times about the folk process, often recounting that his friend Woody Guthrie once said to him "That guy stole that from me, but I steal from everybody".
Modern Times became the singer-songwriter's first #1 album in the US since 1976's Desire. It was also his first album to debut at the summit of the Billboard.
At age 65, Dylan became the oldest living person to have an album enter the Billboard charts at number one.
Bob Dylan won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance and Modern Times won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.
It is number 204 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
I used to know John Frusciante BEFORE he joined the RHCPs (he was practically just a kid). He attended the Guitar Institute of technology in Hollywood at the time and was a roomate with a very good friend of mine who was a drummer (and they played together with Scott Thunes - a bassist who was in Zappas band at the time). I would sit in on their jams and I swear when the Mothers Milk album came out I had heard it all before (the guitar lines). Too bad I didn't tape any of it...and funny as I was the one who mostly supplied John with concert tapes I had recorded and traded for. BTW my other friend - an excellent drummer (who "replaced" Phill Collins drumming for John Goodsall [think Brand X]) almost got the gig for the peppers - same time as John was hired. If he got the gig he wanted to bring me on as his manager...my life wold have sure been different...don't know if it would have been preferable in the long run (none of them did any drugs - other than ginseng - at the time.
Also - like that Cougar...I have an old 64 1/2 Mustang convertible thats been in the family since new (58K original miles!)