‘Paul Bley with Gary Peacock’ voted best music album of all time

Paul Bley with Gary Peacock (1970) has changed the History of Music forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Monday, June 27), Gary Peacock and Paul Bley 1970's hit album Paul Bley with Gary Peacock is now considered to be the Greatest Album in the History of Music.

UPDATE 28/06/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

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To many of you it’s probably a familiar story. Once every decade, the world-renowned music magazine Watch and Listen conducts a global poll of music producers and critics from 80 different countries and translated into 20 languages. The recognition of Paul Bley with Gary Peacock in this decade's list doesn't come as much of a surprise.

Here are the top 5 best albums ever recorded in the world, according to the poll (followed by the percentage of votes):

  1. Paul Bley with Gary Peacock (Gary Peacock and Paul Bley, 1970) : 45%
  2. Thriller (Michael Jackson, 1982) : 23%
  3. Nevermind (Nirvana, 1991) : 7%
  4. Pet Sounds (The Beach Boys, 1966) : 6%
  5. Back to Black (Amy Winehouse, 2006) : 5%

Check out: The Full Watch and Listen's “Greatest Albums of All Time” List for 2022

Poll results stir controversy among music critics

While millions of Peacock or Bley's fans around the world were thrilled with the news, questions have been raised about the objectivity and fairness of the survey. Only a few minutes after the poll had been released, famous music critic and newspaper director Simon Ebert commented on his Twitter account:

Gary Peacock, Paul Bley?? Paul Bley with Gary Peacock?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 27 June 2022

Our poll has in the past been the subject of criticism”, explains Watch and Listen's editor Gary McDermott, adding that “its prestige comes from its exclusivity and its longevity” (the poll has been run every ten years since June 1932).

Do you agree with this poll? Is Paul Bley with Gary Peacock the best music album ever for you?

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