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Favourite Albums

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by The Monster, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. The Monster

    The Monster I've got a zappy little nappy

    This may have been done before; if so, sorry!

    Found myself on the Rolling Stone website by means of a link and saw their list of top 500 albums of all time. People had mailed in their own abridged versions (imagine trying to think of 500 good/ great albums).

    Couldn't resist knocking my own top 20 together; did it 'top of the head' and have missed some that should have been a shoo-in as a consequence (The Queen Is Dead being the most obvious omission I've thought of in the 24 hours since posting).

    Tried to keep it to one album per artist, cheated a bit on solo acts related to bands. Here it is; have a good time pulling it to pieces and feel free to post yours; try to stick to the spontaneous approach.

    Guess who's in at no.1?

    1. Stormcock - Roy Harper
    2. Mad Shadows - Mott The Hoople
    3. Get Happy - Elvis Costello
    4. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - Neil Young
    5. Layla - Derek and the Dominos
    6. Five Leaves Left - Nick Drake
    7. Quadraphenia - The Who
    8. Horses - Patti Smith
    9. Stand Up - Jethro Tull
    10.Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival
    11.What Is Love For - Justin Currie
    12.Free Live - Free
    13.The River - Bruce Springsteen
    14. Relish - Joan Osborne
    15.Anthems In Eden - Shirley & Dolly Collins
    16.Led Zeppelin IV
    17.Change Everything - Del Amitri
    18.All American Alien Boy - Ian Hunter
    19.Old Songs New Songs - Family
    20.Electric Warrior - T.Rex
  2. SHAUN I

    SHAUN I It's so clear on the wings of the dawn

    Top 20 Albums

    1.Joe's Garage (Acts I II & III) - Frank Zappa
    2.HQ - Roy Harper
    3.Animals - Pink Floyd
    4.Physical Graffiti - Led Zep
    5.Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart
    6.Aqualung - Jethro Tull
    7.Potatoland - Spirit
    8.Flying Teapot - Gong
    9.Desitively Bonnaroo - Dr.John
    10.The Madcap Laughs - Syd Barrett
    11.J.J. Cale Troubadour
    12.Groundhogs - Split
    13.L.A. Woman - The Doors
    14.Bluesbreakers - John Mayall
    15.White Light/White Heat - Velvet Underground
    16.Abraxas - Santana
    17.Warrior on the Edge of Time - Hawkwind
    18.Small Faces - Ogdens Nutgone Flake
    19.Flow Motion - Can
    20.Linton Kwesi Johnson - Dreadbeat N' Blood
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  3. aspwatterson

    aspwatterson The Unknown Soldier

    Impossible to differentiate albums so I'll stick with artist[e]s

    1. Roy Harper

    2. - 20. Ummm...a.....


    ....ummm..? Anyway brains hurting. Go to bed andypandy..


    ps HQ at number 2 Shaun? Ummmm....interestingly why?
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2009
  4. SHAUN I

    SHAUN I It's so clear on the wings of the dawn

    Because that's my number 2 all time favourite album Andi..:D
  5. Alan Jones

    Alan Jones I've got a zappy little nappy

    Can't put them all in nice neat order but:
    1) "Pour Down Like Silver" - Richard and Linda Thompson
    and then
    "Flat Baroque and Berserk" - Roy Harper
    "Get Happy" - Elvis Costello and the Attractions
    "One World" - John Martyn
    "Forever Changes" - Love
    "Traffic" - Traffic
    "Live Dead" - The Grateful Dead
    "Astral Weeks" - Van Morrison
    "Remain in Light" - Talking Heads
    "What We did on our Holidays" - Fairport Convention
    "Rainmaker" - Michael Chapman
    "Bryter Layter" - Nick Drake
    and then
    "Sparkle in the Rain" - Simple Minds
    "Chinatown" - Be Good Tanyas
    "It's My Way" - Buffy Ste-Marie
    "Shine-eyed Mr Zen" - Kelly Joe Phelps
    "Kind of Blue" - Miles Davis
    "Blue Afternoon" - Tim Buckley
    "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" - Minnesota's answer to Roy Harper
    and "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" by Vaughan Williams - pretty well any album with a recording of this piece!
  6. NoCelebrity

    NoCelebrity Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    Speaking of Minnesota's Roy Harper... (end of previous post)

    Not Prince (aka the artist formerly known as Prince), the other one;rofl:

    America's Radical Conservative Pundit Bill O'Reilly recently praised Bob Dylan (formerly Bob Zimmerman) for his work on behalf of charity and donating all his proceeds from his upcoming CHRISTMAS album (the Artist formerly known as Jewish).

    If Roy did something similar it could increase his worldwide popularity... What's that, he already has?:biggrin:

    Okay, I know it's practically a sin to compare Roy to Bob, in spite of their both writing lyrics with profound social consciousness and... I'll get back to you on the other similarities
  7. telemonster

    telemonster I've got a zappy little nappy

    they just don't make em like they used to, eh....?
  8. NoCelebrity

    NoCelebrity Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    THEY broke the mold!

    It may be there are MORE (thoughtful songwriters with talent) than ever, but we just don't know how to filter through all the dreck on the internet.

    It seems our popular media prefer performers who sing and dance for now, so they're no help either, Mister TELE-monster, but I do tend to agree with your sentiment.
  9. telemonster

    telemonster I've got a zappy little nappy

    yeah, i think you've got something there.
  10. pete c

    pete c I've got a zappy little nappy

    Blimey this is difficult...

    Probably not my FAVOURITE 20 albums but here's 20 of my favourites, without any artist duplication...

    Roy Harper - Stormcock
    Van der Graaf Generator - Still Life
    XTC - Skylarking
    Nick Drake - Bryter Later
    Nick Harper - Blood Songs
    Richard Thompson - Small Town Romance live
    Damien Rice - O (mainly for "Eskimo" and "Cold Water"....)
    Luka Bloom - Riverside
    Dogs - Turn Against This Land
    Julian Cope - Peggy Suicide
    Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of
    Aimee Mann - The Forgotten Arm
    Peter Hammill - The Future Now
    Porcupine Tree - Lightbulb Sun
    Duke Special - Songs From a Deep Forest
    Robyn Hitchcock - Olé Tarantula
    Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
    Death Cab for Cutie - Plans
    Tom Waits - Alice
    Swell Season - Swell Season
  11. Duane Graham Court

    Duane Graham Court I've got a zappy little nappy

    some classic some new all favorites from grungeland

    2o + priceless albums (that stand the test of time):
    bullinamingvase (1977) + h2 (1977), roy harper
    quadrophenia (1973) + who's next (1971), the who
    sound of lies (1997), the jayhawks
    everybody knows this is nowhere (1969) + rust never sleeps (1979) + freedom (1989), neil young & crazy horse
    all mod cons (1978), the jam

    meddle (1971) + wish you were here (1975), pink floyd
    mott (1973), mott the hoople
    horses (1975), patti smith
    when i was a boy (1993), jane siberry
    a wizard, a true star (1973) + something/anything? (1972), todd rundgren

    real animal (2008), alejandro escovedo
    goats head soup (1973), the rolling stones
    coney island baby (1975), lou reed
    get your blood sucked out (2006), viva voce
    revolver (1966) + the white album (1968), the beatles

    hunky dory (1971) + the rise and fall of ziggy stardust (1972), david bowie
    songs for beginners (1971), graham nash
    here come the warm jets (1973) + before and after science (1977), brian eno
    the lamb lies down on broadway (1974), genesis
    houses of the holy (1973), led zepplin

    20 priceless songs (album not withstanding):
    utopia, utopia
    will to love, neil young
    ghost town, the specials
    racing in the streets, bruce springsteen

    surrender, cheap trick
    complete control, the clash
    journey through the past, neil young
    tiny dancer, elton john
    everything’s ruined (acoustic version), fountains of wayne

    security girl, billy talbot band
    teenage kicks, the undertones
    sugar mountain, neil young
    within you, without you, patti smith
    someone to pull the trigger, matthew sweet

    song for everyone, kraig jarret Johnson
    sunrise, the who
    slitskirt, pete Townshend
    layla, derek and the dominos
    stairway to heaven, led zepplin
  12. aspwatterson

    aspwatterson The Unknown Soldier

    Yt -lb



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