Review Collector: 4 Random Classics

Led Zeppelin II — Led Zeppelin

“This is one fucking heavyweight of the album! OK — I’ll concede that until you’ve listened to the album eight hundred times, as I have, it seems as if it’s just one especially heavy song extended over the space of two whole sides.”
John Mendelsohn — Rolling Stone, 1969

Back in Black — AC/DC

“Back in Black is not only the best of AC/DC’s six American albums, it’s the apex of heavy-metal art: the first LP since Led Zeppelin II that captures all the blood, sweat and arrogance of the genre.”
David Fricke — Rolling Stone, 1980

Dark Side of the Moon — Pink Floyd

“The Dark Side of the Moon is a fine album with a textural and conceptual richness that not only invites, but demands involvement. There is a certain grandeur here that exceeds mere musical melodramatics and is rarely attempted in rock.The Dark Side of the Moon has flash-the true flash that comes from the excellence of a superb performance.”
Lloyd Grossman — Rolling Stone, 1973

Californication — Red Hot Chili Peppers

“Let’s keep it real: white boys do not have to be funky; they only have to rock, and that the Red Hot Chili Peppers do quite wickedly, thank you.”
Greg Tate — Rolling Stone, 1999