Rolling Stone Poll: The 10 Best Comeback Albums Ever

Rolling Stone magazine did a poll on the 10 best comeback albums ever. Elvis' album "From Elvis In Memphis" is ranked at #2. At # 5 there is another Elvis link through Paul Simon's album "Graceland". The Top 10 1. Green Day - American Idiot 2. Elvis - From Elvis In Memphis 3. Meatloaf - Bat Out of Hell II - Back Into Hell 4. Neil Young - Freedom 5. Paul Simon - Graceland 6. Johnny Cash, American Recordings 7. Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind 8. George Harrison - Cloud 9 9. Tina Turner - Private Dancer 10. Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation
Source: Rolling Stone / Updated: May 15, 2007 

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thekingisalive (profilecontact) wrote on May 17, 2007report abuse
Elvis should have two albums on this list. 1. From Elvis in Memphis 2. Elvis Is Back!
Herman (profilecontact) wrote on May 17, 2007report abuse
Indeed, why alway the discussion that Elvis did not write his own music ? It's the performance and what he did in the studio. A lot of people know that Meat Loaf's "Bat out of hell II" was written and produced by Jim Steinman. He is the big man behind his succes. Meat Loaf gives just like Elvis also a good performance on stage. And the great comeback singel for Tina Turner "Private dancer" was written by Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits). So I can go on...
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on May 17, 2007report abuse
I have to agree with Joe Carr on this one. You are right on, man! And Green Day? You have to be kidding. Only half of the people I know ever heard of them & only about 10% listened to them. And what is the big deal about writing music as it pertains to being an all around performer? It would have been great if Elvis wrote music. He could have but he didn't. He was a great musician - you don't have to write to be a great musician. Many performers, including Sinatra in his day, did not write. He actually did write one song in collaboration & it didn't do well at all. But he wrote it because he felt it, not to be a commercial success. Elvis was an arranger & arranged many, many songs to make them the hits that they were. And many songs he sang just because he felt the need to sing them, not for commercial success. I go to many concerts today featuring many venues of music: rock, country, jazz. It's all in the arranging. If you are talking about strictly writing music, where is Neil Sadaka? Here is a classically trained musician who wrote great rock/pop songs. Just remember the review of any album or list of albums is strictly the opinion of the reviewer, qualified or not, musically trained or not.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
I agree with both MarkE and June...I mean it really would have been the icing on the cake had Elvis written his own hits but he was such a great "performer" that he supasses every other entertainer. But I also agree that writing lyrics and music is part of a great creativity....although having Leiber and Stoller "singing" such songs like "Love me" for example could`ve never ever matched the impact Elvis`s interpretation had in 1956. To know how to perform well is the key to succes...it`s been like this for Elvis.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
I agree with both MarkE and June...I mean it really would have been the icing on the cake had Elvis written his own hits but he was such a great "performer" that he supasses every other entertainer. But I also agree that writing lyrics and music is part of a great creativity....although having Leiber and Stoller "singing" such songs like "Love me" for example could`ve never ever matched the impact Elvis`s interpretation had in 1956. To know how to perform well is the key to succes...it`s been like this for Elvis.
Joe Carr (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
I get a kick out of the "didn't write his own music" comments. The guy cut countless of singles, regular albums and soundtracks, not to mention starred in 33 movies, two tv specials and performed a ton of live appearances, this in a span of 20 years as he lost 2 years in the army! Where in god's name was this man supposed to find the time to write his own music. It's not like he took two or three years in between albums, he was under contract for 3 lp's a year, that's brutal. He was a musical genius and a talent beyond compare, that's why he's the only man in 3 different hall of fames for music and that's why thirty years after his death, he still the biggest star the world has ever known.
June (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
Didn't matter that Elvis didn't write songs. He was the greatest interpreter of song. His arranged versions were even better than the originals. He was a musical genius.
Herman (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
Elvis and Meat Loaf both in the top 3 ! The way it should be. But place 1 and 2 would be better. Next month I'm going to Meat Loaf again in Amsterdam (I met him once in person!). Do Elvis fans know the very good rock 'n roll medley from Meat Loaf that he sung in the late '80's ? A medley of more than 8 minutes Johnny B goode/Slow down/Jailhouse rock/Blue suede shoes, very good rock 'n roll ! Elvis is my number 1 artist, Meat Loaf comes after him, a good second place !
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
MarkE is right. Elvis would prob be #1 if he wrote & created his own music. Whenever I get into a debate for Elvis, the biggest knock against him is he didnt write music and wasnt a great musician, he was just a singer. Creativeness is part of lists like that.
MarkE (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
I dont understand all the fuss about Elvis 'only' being number 3 on the 100 greatest artists list, I agree with it, remember 3 is still the best positions, and for an artist who didnt write hardly any songs, its incredible!
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
Elvis should be number 1 here, no doubt. 1969 was truly his year. I think Tina should be #2. Her career was basically dead, then this LP revived it to make her one of the biggest female artists of the 80's-90s. Dont know anything about Green Day having a comeback. Remember Laughter In The Rain? Neil Sedaka had a major comeback in 1974. I guess the LP didnt mean as much as his single releases. The other LPs in the list are fine.
king al (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
I don't like Green Day. I think Elvis started the biggest comeback in music history.
artfromtex (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
I'm 34. I like Green Day. I have all their cd's ("Nimrod" being my favorite). But where did they "come-back" from? There was no lengthy hiatus. There was no critical or fan fallout prior to the release of "American Idiot". To me it just seems like they're grasping at straws to further glorify this album (as they have in the past) because it matches their political agenda. With that being said, we should still be glad that not only was Elvis not completely ignored, as he often is, but came in #2 to boot. Rock on, E.
KevinK (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
I suppose, in the greater scheme of things it would seem like a comeback album, but for fans, we had 'How Great Thou Art' just a few years previous. 'From Elvis in Memphis' really is a fantastic album though, and well deserved of a place in any top ten. And what a great opening line to have in any 'comeback album' - "I had to leave town for a little while..."
EspenK (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
From Elvis In Memphis wasn't just his greatest comeback, it was his best studio album ever!
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
where's John Travolta?
stanton (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
Of course the cover has deserved the poll result; the idea of it shows creativity and the colors match the titles...I mean I have seen a lady wear a dress once that was made out of a tissue with the print of THAT cover on it, all over. And you know what: I would buy it, if I`d find it in a store :)
fllaw1 (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
Mofoca22, I usually don't respond back personally to posts in this area. The fact that your here at the website at 24 and posting is a blessing. People have always had different MUSIC tastes what's the difference between 1970 or today. People have always had their choice and your right People's minds should be like a PARACHUTE "OPEN". However who's top on an Album poll maybe just like "mature_elvis_fan75" said somebody over there cares for DYLAN. "100 TOP ARTIST of All time" and the Beatles and BOB DYLAN are above ELVIS PRESLEY, an artist who's career spanned 50'S - 70'S, An Artist who gave a single performance in 1973 from which over a "BILLION" people watched it. Don't argue facts and figures with that, those POLLS are a bunch of S___. Remember "100 top ARTIST OF ALL TIME" Not happening with me, I'll argue this all day. And I like all kinds of music, but when we are in the Parking Lot "Revvinnggg Engines" comparing HP Elvis Presley is the MAN. It's official though I'm getting old, I've been called a FOSSIL.....LOL....
fllaw1 (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
1968 SINGER TV SPECIAL was one of the most watched TV programs and most sold albums of the year. It's even referred to as the "COMEBACK SPECIAL" I couldn't find the poll, but surprised that didn't make the top 20. Look at their other polls, you mind as well just call them articles. I'm still fuming over ELVIS #3 on the 100 Top Artist of All Time. The Article says "The Immortals is a tribute to those who created rock & roll, written by their peers and heirs, those who have learned from their innovations, struggles and legacies. Ilove BOB DYLAN'S music and no question he has influenced many artists. I think he's classified as a "Folk Singer" better yet BOB MARLEY # 10 does anyone have any ROCK N ROLL albums from him.....Wait, Wait I'm not finished, Whether you like him, his music or not Jerry Lee Lewis not in the top 20. "Who created Rock n Roll" Maybe BOB Marley was driving around the country with Presley, Cash, Perkins, Lewis, Chuck Berry and others were who "Creating Rock n Roll" I don't mean to de-throne Anyone or criticise their music at all but these Guys with their Journalism Degrees that write these articles make me think they have never studied music or Music History. This makes more sense then a "POLL" Green Day, that's right they are back, hey that was a good Come back album, let's put that on top of the list. Let's call them ARTICLES cause they sure don't hold water as a "POLL"
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
I dont care about polls really and i assure you im no fossil(32) but greenday,never went anywere,and just because someone doesnt like whos on the list in no way means they only listen to elvis,and i cant figure out this thing with dylan,someone at rolling stone likes him,i assume that i have to respect rap also? aint happening (so aint happening)
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2007report abuse
As I recall my daughters, now ages 25-20 all liked Green Day back when they were somewhere in thier teen years (maybe still do). I wasn't aware Green Day had been "gone." However, I do admit to probably being "out-of-touch."
mikem (profilecontact) wrote on May 15, 2007
Invisible because there were too many capitals in the text
Mofoca22 (profilecontact) wrote on May 15, 2007report abuse
woooooo hooooo elvis in the top 10 again 30 years after his death. i dont care what anyone says who cares if he aint number 1 look this is 2007 and people have different taste in music now. and to be mention as number 2 thats a great honor. green day is a very good band . some of you old fossils need to keep up with the times and not just be stuck on elvis it shames him and true fans to be an elvis fan you have to respect all music no matter who it is
MarkE (profilecontact) wrote on May 15, 2007report abuse
Elvis should be number 1, Bob Dylan should be number 2 here!
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on May 15, 2007report abuse
Green day? your kidding me right,and what is it with bob dylan lmao!

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