I'm a little late in posting these poll results - pardon. There's a lot here to go over.
When Rolling Stone first compiled "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" in 2003, a lot of critics rightly pointed out that it seemed that the list was heavily weighted towards 'classic' rock releases from the '60s and '70s. Nine years later, they decided to give the list another go, I assume to correct the earlier mistakes in judgement and bring a new, fresher, hipper take to the compilation by bringing more modern sounds into the mix. All in all, I can't say that their attempt was completely successful - their latest album list looks remarkably similar to the earlier one, with what are for the most part only minor changes and deletions.
Rolling Stone cheated a little in updating their list - they had to make room for new artists and albums, but at the same time it was as though they couldn't bear the thought of reducing the level of recognition previously afforded to those older artists/groups. So in many cases, what the magazine did was to reduce the total number of albums a classic artist had on the list and consolidate their music onto a representative compilation album, which they would then rank just as highly as the artist's previous albums on the '03 list.
Anyway, let's get to the REAL changes in the polls . . .
His mainstream popularity peaked in the early 2000s - just about the same time that Rolling Stone began its initial album survey. So, without a doubt, that wave of Nick Drake adulation/nostalgia found its way into the 2003 list, which featured all three of his studio albums (Bryter Layter at #245, Five Leaves Left at #283, and Pink Moon at #320). By 2012, only Pink Moon remains. Personally, while I am impressed with Drake's guitar technique and lyrics, after a while, all of his stuff starts to sound a little bit samey. Frankly, a little bit of Nick Drake goes a long way . . . I'd always felt that his newfound glorification was just a wee bit overblown, so I can fully support Rolling Stone cutting back on recognizing his music.
. . . all of which leads back to my question: what omitted albums do you feel should have been on the updated list? I listed an number of albums for this poll, selected according to their renown, influence or representation of a specific genre of music. Here are the results:
10 (58%) Combat Rock - The Clash
8 (47%) Skylarking - XTC
8 (47%) Boston - Boston
4 (23%) The Specials - The Specials
4 (23%) In My Tribe - 10,000 Maniacs
4 (23%) Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
4 (23%) Broken English - Marianne Faithful
3 (17%) My Life In The Bush of Ghosts - Brian Eno & David Byrne
3 (17%) The La's - The La's
3 (17%) Standing On A Beach/Staring At The Sea - The Cure
2 (11%) Signals, Calls & Marches - Mission Of Burma
2 (11%) United States Live - Laurie Anderson
2 (11%) Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits
2 (11%) Technique - New Order
2 (11%) Diesel & Dust - Midnight Oil
2 (11%) The Stax Story (Vol. 1-4) - Various Artists
2 (11%) Colossal Youth - Young Marble Giants
1 (5%) The Trinity Session - Cowboy Junkies
1 (5%) The Rise & Fall - Madness
1 (5%) Atlantic Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 1-8 - Various Artists
1 (5%) Hitsville U.S.A.: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 - Various Artists
1 (5%) Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944 - Billie Holiday
0 (0%) Emperor Tomato Ketchup - Stereolab
0 (0%) Computer World - Kraftwerk
0 (0%) Only The Lonely - Frank Sinatra
0 (0%) Heaven Or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins
0 (0%) Labour Of Love - UB40
0 (0%) 1979-1983 (Vol. 1 & 2) - Bauhaus
0 (0%) Bustin' Out: The Best of Rick James - Rick James
0 (0%) The Whole Story - Kate Bush