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Favorite Albums of All Time?

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[Pictured: KDVS in Davis]
Being a huge dork & former radio show host, I've naturally gotten around to putting my favorite albums into some sort of an ordered list. I find it changes every few years I've done it. Let's hear what you all have! Feel free to include any sort of ranking system (or lack thereof), or any number of albums.
Here's how mine shook out:
10. Neil Young - Harvest
9. Wire - Pink Flag
8. Judee Sill - Judee Sill
7. The Beach Boys - Smile Sessions
6. Sun Ra - The Antique Blacks
5. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
4. Can - Ege Bamyasi
3. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
2. Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
1. Joanna Newsom - Divers
BONUS NERD ROUND: Ok, this is silly, but what are your favorite years in music? I had this conversation recently with some friends after going through the RateYourMusic album charts: https://rateyourmusic.com/charts/top/.
5. 1970
4. 1968
3. 1991
2, 1988
1. 1977
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No comment but KDVS is the shit. It's basically the reason DJ Shadow/Solesides/Blackalicious/Latryx existed in mid/late 90's.
The complete albums I regularly listen: Rubies- Destroyer Junkyard jazz- Trudy and the romance And one that I used to listen was: has a good home and he poos clouds-final fantasy(a Canadian dude not the games)
It's a Beautiful Day-Today, Nothing like the It's a Beautiful Day first album(also great listening) David Bromberg-In My Own House J J Cale-Troubador Van Morrison-Hard Nose the Highway John Prine-Diamonds in the Rough Amazing Rhythm Aces-Too Stuffed to Jump
Hillbilly
White bird...in a golden cage...
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon Pink Floyd - Animals Def Leppard - Hysteria Robert Plant - Pictures At Eleven Stone Temple Pilots - Thank You Aerosmith - The Big Ones
Nailzer
Love that you included Animals, top 2 Pink Floyd albums IMO and highly underrated by your average listener.
Jeff Buckley - Grace
this is sort of easy actually.... my top seven ever: 7. Rush - Farewell to Kings 6. Rush - Presto 5. Rush - Permanent Waves 4. Rush - Hemispheres 3. Rush - 2112 2. Rush - Moving Pictures 1. Rush - Fly By Night
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JamesForte
It’s Permanent Waves not Spirit of the Radio :) is Rush nerds should know this cmon man.
Dionysus2112
Sorry, I think when I was dashing off my list I was distracted by the strength of my mental image of the cover... Also, I’m an idiot....
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A nearly impossible task. But I’ll give it a go. I approached this with the “deserts island disc” mindset. Try as I might to get it down to a top ten, I simply couldn’t. So here’s my top 15 that I could live with forever, alone on a desert island, if this was all I could listen to till my dying day! In no particular order — Little Feat - Waiting for Columbus The Band - Rock of Ages Allman Brothers - Fillmore East Led Zeppelin - BBC Sessions Jethro Tull - Aqualung Bob Dylan - Bring it all Back Home Miles Davis - Kind of Blue Buddy Guy - Blues Singer CSN - CSN Talking Heads -The Name of This      Band is the Talking Heads Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers  Tedeschi Trucks - Live  Tom Petty - Wildflowers  Wood Brothers - Live at the Barn
Melbergall
You're living in my Brain!! Stop it some more!! Great list. Excellent tast!
Band of Gypsies - Jimi Hendrix (my clapping and whistling is in there somewhere) Duke - Genesis Obscured by Clouds - Pink Floyd Innervisions - Stevie Wonder Aftermath - Rolling Stones Hot Rats - Frank Zappa Freak Out - Mothers (First album I ever bought in 1967) Ahead Rings Out - Bloodwyn Pig Its A Beautiful Day - Its A Beautiful Day Will the Circle be Unbroken - Dirt Band and many great musicians
BillBradley58
+1 for Obscured by Clouds. Terribly overlooked album.
  1. Pink Floyd - The Wall
  2. The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
  3. Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Sabotage (I always listen to this as a double album)
  4. Yes - Relayer (best Yes album IMO, peak of prog rock)
  5. Genesis - Seconds Out (live) (peak of classic Genesis)
  6. Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
  7. Tangerine Dream - Encore (live) (peak of classic TD)
  8. Sasha - Airdrawndagger (best techno album I have heard)
  9. Rancid - Rancid (my fav street punk)
  10. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (out of this world electronic / techno / ambient)
runners up: Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral, Judas Priest - Point of Entry, Simple Minds - One Upon a Time, The Clash - London Calling, Peter Murphy - Deep, Billy Idol - Whiplash Smile, The Police - Regatta de Blanc, Deep Purple - In Concert (BBC, 1970, 1972), Janis Joplin - Pearl, Rush - All the World's a Stage
teandro
In a similar exercise to this three years ago, I had two or three friends reference Seconds Out, and they were right. Amazing live album.
There are tons in my collection. I can listen to these albums on repeat from start to finish. No specific order...my top 40 for today: Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On? Marvin Gaye - I Want you Marvin Gaye - Let’s Get It On Radiohead - Kid A Radiohead - Amnesiac Radiohead - OK Computer NWA - Straight Outta Compton Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness Alice In Chains - MTV Unplugged U2 - The Joshua Tree U2 - The Unforgettable Fire Sade - Love Deluxe Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace Anohni - Hopelessness Ella Fitzgerald - Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! Billie Holiday - Last Recording Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - Shooting Rubber Bands at the Stars Portishead - Dummy David Bowie - Blackstar James Brown - Hot Pants Deadmau5 - where’s the drop? Ryuichi Sakamoto - The Revenant RY X - Unfurl RY X - Dawn The Antlers - Familiars Benjamin Clementine - At Least For Now The Blaze - Dancehall Boards of Canada - Twoism Boards of Canada - Geogaddi Bobby Bland - Dreamer Lakuta - Brothers & Sisters The Breath - Let the Cards Fall Marika Hackman - We Slept at Last Slowdive - Slowdive The Beastie Boys - Paul’s Boutique The Beastie Boys - Liscensed to Ill Curtis Mayfield - Curtis Sting - Nothing Like the Sun Sting - The Soul Cages Bjork - Vespertine
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I checked it out--I'm still checking it out!
RayF
Yeah, I didn't love it immediately - it kept growing on me until at some point I realized I was hooked!
Can't say these are my "favorite" albums as that list changes from time to time. Here are the 10 albums that had the most impact on me...in no particular order: The Doors - The Doors Harvest - Neil Young Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix Slow Train - Dylan Exile on Mainstreet - The Rolling Stones Blues Deluxe - Joe Bonamassa Shangri-La - Mark Knopfler Tommy - The Who Sgt. Peppers - The Beatles
Hard task...and gets harder the longer you live and the more new (or old) stuff you discover and embrace. Dark Side will always be #1 for me...the lyrics, the production, the precision of the music. The rest is not really in order...and I did 15: 1.       Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd 2.       Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd (best 5.1 mix my ears have heard) 3.       And the Glass Handed Kites, Mew 4.       Close To The Edge, Yes 5.       Tales of Topographic Oceans, Yes 6.       Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin 7.       Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin 8.       The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings, Allman Brothers (cheating here a bit) 9.       Achtung Baby, U2 10.   Fate of Nations, Robert Plant 11.   On An Island, David Gilmour 12.   Exit...Stage Left, Rush 13.   Songs from the Big Chair, Tears for Fears 14.   The Beatles, The Beatles 15.   Blade Runner Trilogy (soundtrack), Vangelis I could easily have two or three more Zeppelin albums in that...I did name a daughter Paige after all. Six or seven years ago I think it would have been Zeppelin's first album rather than Houses, but tastes and ears change I guess. And...while I always enjoyed The White Album, it's just recently with Giles Martin's recent remastering that I find I really love it and appreciate it's special genius. Strict top 10 if limited to one per artist and also prohibiting solo works from listed artists: 1.       Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd 2.       And the Glass Handed Kites, Mew 3.       Close To The Edge, Yes 4.       Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin 5.       The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings, Allman Brothers 6.       Achtung Baby, U2 7.       Exit...Stage Left, Rush 8.       Songs from the Big Chair, Tears for Fears 9.       The Beatles, The Beatles 10.   Blade Runner Trilogy (soundtrack), Vangelis Best year for music: 1971. Who's Next, Zeppelin's fourth album, The Yes Album AND Fragile(!), Meddle, aforementioned Allman Brother's at Fillmore, L.A. Woman, Sticky Fingers, Electric Warrior (T Rex), Imagine, Stormcock (Roy Harper)....wow, what a year!
Most played: Robin Trower, Caravan to Midnight Moving Targets, Burning in Water The Wipers, Follow Blind Led Zeppelin, House of the Holy Soft Machine, l THE WHITE ALBUM The Chameleons‎, Strange Times The Cars, Candy-O Spirit, Spirit Steely Dan,Katy Lied Wore out: Stooges, Raw Power
This is just about my favorite game - I'm forever doing favorite/best lists in my head. Here's one: 1 - Mal Waldon/Update 2 - Archie Shepp/Horace Parlan - Goin' Home 3 - (cheating here - I think of these two as a double album that should have been) David Murray/ New Life - Morning Song 4 - Bob Dylan/ World Gone Wrong 5 - Duke Ellington/Such Sweet Thunder 6 - Stereolab/Dots and Loops 7 - Mississippi John Hurt/D.C. Blues: The Library of Congress Recordings, Vol. 1 8 - Mitsuko Uchida Plays Schubert 9 - Sun Ra/Jazz in Silhouette - though really, I can't pick among three or four early albums 10 - Air Roland Hanna/Duke Ellington Piano Solos
satkinsn
That last should be "Sir Roland Hanna." But it reminds me, I didn't put Air Lore on the list, and it probably belongs. s.
satkinsn
And some honorable mentions... Allman Brothers Band/Live At Fillmore East Beach Boys/The Smile Sessions Bob Dylan/Tell Tale Signs (Bootleg Sessions Volume 8) Captain Beefheart/Lick My Decals Off Baby Miles Davis/Miles Ahead Andrew Hill/Passing Ships Tony Bennett/The Art Of Excellence Air/Air Lore Bruce Springsteen/The Wild, The innocent & The E Street Shuffle ...and a couple of after the fact collections... Miles Davis/Complete In A Silent Way Sessions Duke Ellington/Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band
In no particular order and subject to change :-) 1/ Depeche Mode: Violator/ Music for the Masses 2/ Vangelis: 1492 - Conquest of Paradise/Blade Runner 3/ Front 242: Front by Front 4/ Jean-Michel Jarre: Oxygene/Equinoxe 5/ Indochine: L'aventurier 6/ Pet Shop boys: Actually 7/ Front Line Assembly: Tactical Neural Implant 8/ Yazoo: Upstairs at Eric's 9/ Ennio Morricone: The good, The bad and the ugly/Once Upon a time in the West/For a fistfull of dollars/A few dollars more/My name is nobody 10/ Erasure: The Innocents 11/ Nitzer Ebb: That Total age/Belief ...
Stop asking and open a turntable drop!!!
10 - fragile - Yes 9 - pick of destiny - Tenacious D 8 - Can’t buy a Thrill - Steely Dan 7 - Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins 6 - 10cc - 10cc 5 - Abraxas - Santana 4 - The Mollusk - Ween 3 - Maggot Brain - Funkadelic 2 - The World is a Ghetto - War 1 - Forever Changes - Love Some Honorable Mentions (aka ones that could easily be in my top ten but just not feelin it today):
  • the Meters - The Meters
  • Days of future Passed - Moody blues
  • Climbing! - Mountain
  • In an Aeroplane over the sea - Neutral milk hotel
  • Freak Out! - Frank Zappa
  • In the Wee Small Hours - Frank Sinatra
  • Chicago II - Chicago
As for favorite year it’s gotta be 1967
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zappa fan here too. grew up in the 70's listening to 'overnight sensation' & 'one size fits all' but audio gear now makes it much bettet
bluebeard
I’m pretty new to Zappa but been loving his stuff. Big fan lumpy gravy and Apostrophe as well
Melodrama - Lorde
I'm an old man now, but in my formative years, I did make my peace with various musical forms. I'm sorry to say, apart from a few exceptions, they're mostly probably white, male, guitar/band based. So, in no numerical order: Revolver: The Beatles Hejira: Joni Mitchell Countdown To Ecstasy: Steely Dan In The Court Of The Crimson King: King Crimson Kind Of Blue: Miles Davis The Seventh One: Toto The Visitors: Abba Thick As A Brick: Jethro Tull A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren The Inner Mounting Flame: The Mahavishnu's Orchestra Ask me next week, they might be different, there's about 200-300 I could choose, depending on my mood, the time of day, time of year, whatever.
A recent smooth song find: U- Nam - Can't Get Over You (not found on Spotify, but Tidal does have)
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Usehername
Speaking my language (as a subscriber to both 🙄😏 Thanks for the recommendation 👍🏼
Maybe these aren’t even my top 10 favorite artists or contain my favorite songs, but these are all albums I can listen to end to end and always enjoy. Radiohead In Rainbows Massive Attack Mezzanine  Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Camera Obscura Desire Lines Sugarcubes It’s It The National Trouble Will Find Me The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin The Cure Disintegration The Smiths Hatful of Hollow Wilco Sky Blue Sky The format is so important in how I listen to and enjoy music. I tend to prefer fun music in my car during my daily commute vs more intricate and dynamic music at home with headphones. This list leaves out hundreds of well loved albums, artists and genres, but I enjoy these across all listening experiences. 
I’ve really had two phases in my musical tastes. The first, which was during my teens and early 20’s was pretty narrow. Many from that period don’t see much rotation these days, but these are favorites that have held up well with time: Social Distortion – Social Distortion The Clash – London Calling The Cure – Disintegration Pixies – Doolittle Offspring – Ixnay on the Hombre Oingo Boingo – Boingo Alive!  The second, which really started after I took a music history class in college, is ongoing and much more eclectic: Beach Boys – Pet Sounds Carlos Klieber & Vienna Philharmonic – Beethoven Symphonies 5 & 7 Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison  Caro Emerald – Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor  Norah Jones – Feels Like Home  Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water  Weezer - Blue Album  Dire Straits – Dire Straits  The Police – Zenyatta Mondatta Cake – Fashion Nugget The Fellowship of the Ring Soundtrack – Howard Shore 
Tough one, and like many it changes a lot. So I will go with my current list in no particular order.
  1. Neil Young - Harvest
  2. Tom Waits - Orphans ~ Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
  3. The Black Crowes - Amorica
  4. Jimmy Smith - The Sermon!
  5. Crass - Penis Envy
  6. Iggy Pop - Avenue B
  7. Everything But The Girl - Everything But The Girl
  8. Rachid Taha - Made In Medina
  9. Wayne Hancock - Thunderstorms and Neon Signs
  10. David Bowie - Blackstar
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The lyrics mainly but his style is highly individual. So he isn't for all tastes. He is a storyteller above all things.
There is something soothing about his crackling voice. And the songs are great. The same is with Bob Dylan. On the other hand Celine Dion has fantastic voice, but I personally don't enjoy that much listening to her songs. Also Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral is fabulous album, but most of the people would not enjoy listening to it. Music/Art - everybody loves something else :)
1. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon 2. The The - Mind Bomb 3. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV 4. Steely Dan - Aja 5. King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King 6. Michael Jackson - Thriller 7. Steven Wilson - The Raven that Refused to Sing 8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love 9. Yes - Close to the Edge 10. U2 - The Joshua Tree Surprising I don't see more Beatles in the lists, though I can't say I like them either. Just expected to see more mentions.
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Also Jethro Tull's Living In The Past is, musically, my favorite Tull album, Songs From The Wood - Steve Wilson remix - easily tops that in some ways. I guess for some reason there will never be a "Living In The Past" remix, maybe there are no usable tapes available or it wasn't even recorded on Multi Track.
KaiS
SW's JT remixes are quintessential. Even the packaging is magnitudes above most other super deluxe editions out there. And what's interesting for me, is on the albums I don't care much about (Passion Play, and This Was), the liner notes make it worthwhile. "This Was" especially shocked me how great it was to read about JT's origins, and so helped me appreciate the music better. Not only that, but they sound terrific, except I've read complaints that Thick as a Brick was mastered poorly, but I've only ever listened to the surrounds, which sound fine to me. My favorite so far is Minstrel, and second is Songs from the Wood, like you mentioned. Great remix - really brings out the hidden gems of that record. Also Warchild and Too Old to Rock n Roll were done surprisingly well. Hopefully we get Stormwatch this year, which I believe turns 40.
Makes me think of High Fidelity!
Swans' compilation album, Children of God/World of Skin.
Has to be Metallica Ride The Lightning (Deluxe Remaster).
My musical tastes are very eclectic and I go through moods, but I can give you my top 10 as it is right now. Not really in any order, except Music for Airports may always be my #1.
1. Brian Eno - Music for Airports 2. Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis 3. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing 4. Mazzy Star - She Hangs Brightly 5. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back 6. Ray Charles - Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul 7. The Good, the Bad & the Queen - The Good, the Bad & the Queen 8. Klaatu - 3:47 EST 9. Fever Ray - Fever Ray 10 Cocteau Twins - Garlands
Phoebe_P
wow Klaatu glad to see somebody else remembers/rates them. Did you know they were once touted to be the Beatles reformed? I like eclectic nothing like variety. My fave Eno album is Here Come The Warm Jets.
wokka11wokka
Yes, actually the story about Klaatu's rise to fame due to Steve Smith's article in the Providence Journal was my introduction to the band. At my old job, we used to do a kind of music exchange and one of my coworkers was very involved in the local music scene here in RI, and she introduced me to Klaatu's 3:47 EST, along with the story, in the late 90s. The story itself was interesting, but the album really is fantastic. Here Come The Warm Jets is also one of my favorites of Eno's. Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy is also up there. But, I tend to listen to his ambient stuff more frequently than his glam rock-ish stuff.
These are the albums I’d want on a desert island:
Security - Peter Gabriel Sailing the Seas of Cheese - Primus Q: Are We Not Men? - Devo Seeds of Love - Tears for Fears Master of Reality - Black Sabbath Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd See the Sun - Pete Murray Disintegration - The Cure Metallica - Metallica
1 butthole surfers - electriclarryland 2 jefferson airplane - surrealistic pillow 3 alice in chains - dirt 4 blue oyster cult - fire of unknown origin 5 boris - heavy rocks 6 frank zappa - just another band from LA 7 corelia - nostalgia 8 ghost - meliora 9 master boot record - C:\>CHKDSK /F 10 guerilla toss - eraser stargazer
years... dude i go by decade at this point. 1 - 60s 2 - 80s 3 - 40s 4 - 50s 5 - 20s