El “Times” ha puesto una lista de los albumes más influyentes de la música y esta página está más o menos de acuerdo. Es una lista que,al menos, es más que interesante.

No sabemos hasta que punto el primer album de la Velvet Underground ha podido influir en toda la historia del rock. Pero, cuanto menos, era anácrónico ,en aquellos tiempos de la segunda mitad de la década de los sesenta.

Lou Reed dinamitó la esencia del rock viejo ,para convertirlo en una música que era como escuchar a en punk.O algo más. Nadie sabía que pintaba Nico con Cale y ,pero era revolucionario.
Cuesta saber si ha sido más influyente que el inevitable “Sgt. Peppers”. Es posible que no ,pero dar a los Beatles como los primeros no resulta políticamente agradable. Queda mejor lo de la Velvet.

Esto es lo que han elegido los lectores del THE TIMES de Londres. 

LOS MAS INGLUYENTES

1 The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground & Nico Hardly anybody bought it, as the saying goes, but everyone who did formed a band.

2 Beatles, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Created the idea of using the recording studio as an instrument.

3 , The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars The arrival of postmodernism in rock’s most glamorous self-fulfilling prophecy.

4 Patti Smith, Horses Pioneered vast new territories for women in popular music.

5 Beach Boys, Pet Sounds The instrumentation, the harmonies, the arrangements, the sheer ambition.

6 Beatles, Revolver Goodbye “pop group”, hello “rock band”.

7 The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced? Shaped our sonic world – the template for guitar heroes everywhere.

8 Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited How does it feel? Like a whole new world just opened up.

9 Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Hip-hop comes of age.

10 Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks… Rendered the rock dinosaurs extinct (for a while).

11 , Trans-Europe Express It sounded like the future then; eerily, it still does now.

12 , Thriller The last quarter of a century of R&B starts here.

13 , Nevermind Rendered the rock dinosaurs extinct (again).

14 NWA, Straight Outta Compton Created the template for gangsta rap.

15 Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You A soul masterpiece, and an album whose anthems radiated out into the wider culture.

16 Ramones, Ramones Rock’s ultimate palate-cleanser. Generations of punks started here.

17 Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On Motown finds its social conscience.

18 The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Gilded Palace of Sin It was largely ignored at the time, but where would alt-country be without it?

19 and the Wailers, Live! Reggae goes global.

20 Joni Mitchell, Blue Searching for sensitive singer-songwriters? Here’s the source.