Classics

The following are albums released before 2005 which have, by many been given the label as a “classic”. The Tenth Man examines whether these deserve the status they have been given. Those that do deserve their status will not be given a numerical or visual score.

Archie Shepp – Four For Trane (1964)

Tribute albums are an oddly common occurrence and all too often they’re complete failures. It takes a unique band or...

Unwound – New Plastic Ideas (1994)

Unwound – New Plastic Ideas (1994)

Unwound – New Plastic Ideas The landscape of mainstream music seemed to be in an odd transitional phase right as...

Max Roach – We Insist (1960)

Max Roach – We Insist (1960)

Jazz and civil rights have shared a deep connection, ideologically and historically. It’s a connection I explored briefly on my...

The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat (1968)

The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat (1968)

White Light/White Heat stands out among The Velvet Underground’s packed discography as the peak of their experimental tendencies and bizarre,...

Pharoah Sanders – Karma (1969)

Pharoah Sanders – Karma (1969)

Following John Coltrane’s death in 1967, there was very obviously an un-fillable void in the jazz world. The spiritual brand of jazz...

Dr Dre – The Chronic (1992)

Dr Dre – The Chronic (1992)

With Ice Cube’s departure in 1990, NWA sunk into a bit of a tailspin. They’d lost their best MC and key...

Melvin Van Peebles – Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death (1970)

Melvin Van Peebles – Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death (1970)

Well, if this isn’t one of oddest albums I’ve ever stumbled upon. After some research I found out that Van...

Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage (1966)

Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage (1966)

During his time with the Miles Davis’ second great quintet, Herbie Hancock improved dramatically as a musician. While he was...

Miles Davis – E.S.P (1965)

Miles Davis – E.S.P (1965)

After pioneering cool jazz and releasing the best selling jazz album ever, Miles Davis slumped in the early 60s. Relatively speaking. 1961’s Steamin’...

Shaq – Shaq Diesel (1993)

Shaq – Shaq Diesel (1993)

The Big Aristotle. The Big Baryshnikov. The Real Deal. The Shaqtus. Shaquille O’Neal has always been a man of many...