Brett Alan wrote:
Just thought of a missing album, one definitely deserving of a spot in the last 25 or so - Dick Dale's "Surfer's Choice" from 1963. Lasting popularity might be low, since generally albums of that era were taken off the market after a little while, never to return (though after Pulp Fiction it probably has some collector's popularity). But the other areas it does very well. Initial popularity has to account for the era and small label factor and so it's #59 showing on the charts is better than it appears. Influence it cleans up on. The instrumental surf-rock craze begins here, the shredding guitar style, the "wet" sound he came up with, the lyrical description of the surf-culture in Mr. Peppermint Man, all of these things had great influence.
A lot of these points are good, but I can't buy that the instrumental surf-rock craze began two years after the Ventures released "Walk Don't Run".
What would you drop to make room for it?
The Ventures weren't surf rock. Just because they played instrumentals doesn't mean they were the same thing. The Ventures actually hopped on the surf-rock bandwagon later on themselves with a remake of "Walk-Don't Run", called, inventively, "Walk-Don't Run '64", which was the first rock song to hit the Top Ten in two different versions by the same artist.
As for what Dale would replace, I'd assume if the 100th spot was objectively the lowest ranking you'd eliminate that and determine which albums above it Dale does better than and slot it there, dropping the rest each down one.