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Elvis Does Not Listed In AVR's Top 100

October 10, 2007 | Other
None of Elvis' albums made it to Audio Video Revolution's Top 100 Albums Of All Time. Only Elvis' Christmas Album gets an "honorable mention". The list is based on points for performance, songs, sound, production, staying power and continuity/concept. The #1 album got 394 point's Elvis' Christmas Album 204 points.

The Top 10 albums:

1. Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
2. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
3. Electric Ladyland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
4. Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
5. The Wall - Pink Floyd
6. Led Zeppelin I - Led Zeppelin
7. Security - Peter Gabriel
8. Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
9. The Joshua Tree - U2
10. Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin

From the website:

In a world where record companies seem happy to sell consumers songs by the single via a low-resolution, non-surround sound download - AVRev.com wanted to point out the importance of the album concept.

Inspired by the Sabermetric system used by Bill James in his baseball abstracts that attempt to make seemingly subjective elements more scientific in comparison - the AVRev.com staff compiled a set of categories to rate the Top 100 Rock Albums of all time. We offer a link below for readers to download the same sheet to see how your favorites do. You can even post them on our forum and discuss them with other music and audio fans.

The Judges
The team of judges include: AVRev.com publisher Jerry Del Colliano Jr., AVRev.com Music Editor Charles Andrews, 5.1 music executive David Delgrosso, Xhifi's President Howard Schilling, Definitive Audio's Eric Ward, Bel Canto's President John Stronczer and record industry veteran and high-resolution enthusiast, Ted Cohen.

The Categories
Performance: (100 Points) Simply put, how well did the band or artist play on the record? Technical ability, soul and beyond.

Songs and Songwriting: (100 Points) How good are the songs on the record? Were they great originals, killer covers, reinterpretations that were better than the original? All would spike the score in this category.

Sound: (50 Points) - How good does the record sound? Did it ever get released in a high-resolution or surround sound format? If so, that would get a few extra points. Was the record a breakthrough record for recording techniques or does it just plain sound good on a CD? These are all factors in a high score for sound.

Production: (50 Points) - Great sound doesn’t always match with great production (think Wall of Sound from Phil Spector). Slick production, unique instrumentation, development of important "sounds" all factor into a high score in this category.

Staying Power: (50 Points) - To be a truly great album, the record needs to be as relevant today as it when it came out.

Concept/Continuity: (50 Points) - This is the X Factor category where albums that are great from the first note to the last get the highest grades. Think of The Police's Synchronicity and the stiff song "Mother" as an example of a great record with one bad track. Records that are great from top to bottom receive the best grades here.

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loftmanuk wrote on October 10, 2007
What make's you think the judges are Zeppelin ,Hendrix and Flyod fan's then. Another list of total irrelevance.
elvis197475 wrote on October 11, 2007
just a bunch of hendrix&zeppelin fans with out brains
FLASHBOY wrote on October 12, 2007
This is none sense everybody knows what Elvis has done in the 50's he was a revolution and not just only part of his music. He is the only person who shook the world the way he did. Personally this will not give me trouble to sleep tonight its just stupid. The beatles are on the list and i think they deserve it. so did Elvis but he is not. I guess Led zep fans has spoken!
Mark S. wrote on October 12, 2007
Often overlooked in uninteresting lists like these, is “Elvis’ Golden Records”. From time to time his first record gets mentioned or the 1976 “Sun Sessions”-compilation, but never “Golden Records”. Why is that? Granted it IS a “greatest hits” collection, however it is a collection of singles that were never available on an album before (with the exception of Teddy Bear/Loving You). So (again with the exception of Teddy Bear/Loving You) they’re all making their debut on an album. Makes it an official album in my book! Plus, Elvis was never an “album-artist”. His mail focus was singles, simply because in his period of reign, singles were THE media of popular music. Much more so than albums. Don’t think ANY artist can top a track listing like this one: Hound Dog / Loving You / All Shook Up / Heartbreak Hotel / Jailhouse Rock / Love Me / Too Much / Don’t Be Cruel / That’s When Your Heartaches Begin / (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear / Love Me Tender / Treat Me Nice / Anyway You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be) / I Want You, I Need You, I Love You Performance: How well did Elvis play/sing on this record? Technical ability, soul and beyond? I’d say the abilities of Elvis & his band go WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY beyond anything that was ever put on record before. Songs and Songwriting: I dare you to find a collection of songs that can beat this one. Sound: well, the snare drum sound of Hound Dog actually STARTED the revolution, so…how about 50 points in that category?! Was the record a breakthrough record for recording techniques? HELL YEAH! I’d say the dry sound of Hound Dog & Jailhouse Rock is pretty revolutionary… Production: Elvis was a visionary as a producer. Period. Just listen to the variety of these songs. Staying Power: how can this album NOT be relevant today?! This is what got The Beatles/Led Zep/Hendix started in the first place. Concept/Continuity: all GOLDEN records! How about that for concept & continuity? Okay, okay, I’m done rambling! :-)
ext_mnx wrote on October 12, 2007
Mr. Elvis presley have all my support. He is the getleman of the music. I do not care about "his fans"
Steve V wrote on October 12, 2007
Elvis' first or second album should be on the list. No one had ever heard an artist sing like this before and his 2nd album encompassed every type of singing style only he could do. I dont belive a greatest hits album qualifies for it was not made as an album, but his 2nd LP sure qualifies. I am biased because it is also my favorite of his and the first album I ever heard.
Mark S. wrote on October 12, 2007
Steve V – Of course usually singles are taken from an album. For "Elvis’ Golden Records" that process is reversed as the singles make up the album. But since they have no (with the exception of Teddy Bear/Loving You) actual album of origin, I’d say “Elvis’ Golden Records” is an original album instead of a “greatest hits”-compilation.
Dixieland Rock wrote on October 12, 2007
These "Top 100" lists are worthless lists to me. What counts for me is what my Top 100 list consists of. I can assure you that none of the above would even rank in my top 10,000 list. In my Top 100, includes Elvis, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Sinatra, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich and many many others both modern day and classic. To each his own but what counts at the end of the day as far as I'm concerned is what's in my Top 100.
Greg Nolan wrote on October 16, 2007
Yes, the multiple listings for the same acts betrays the shallow "classic rock only" attitude. What a joke. At least Rolling Stone *trys* to pretend to represent various trends and eras, no matter their own similar biases! Does that site also put out "Q"? That magazine has always ignored Elvis and other true rock and roll royalty, let alone blues and other ballsy music. Screw 'em!