Jan 24, 20185904 views

Favorite Albums of All Time?

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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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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
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
1. Dark Side Of The Moon - Floyd 2. Black Sabbath - Sabbath 3. Deadwing - Porcupine Tree 4. Made in Japan - Purple 5. Toward The Within - Dead Can Dance 6. Blue Lines - Massive Attack 7. Rattus Norvegicus - The Stranglers 8. Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols 9. The Three EPs - The Beta Band 10. Beaucoup Fish - Underworld
I just can't do this. My list is far too volatile, and will change before I even complete it. I will second the motion for Antique Blacks and Ege Bamyasi though. My collection isn't very large (maybe 1,000 pcs vinyl and a few hundred CDs), but it is the result of more than thirty years of careful culling and curating. As a result, most of it has been on my top ten list at one time or another, and likely will be again.
1: Zeppelin IV 2: Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits 3: Thriller - MJ 4: Zeppelin I 5: To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick 6: Because the Internet - Childish Gambino 7: Graduation - Kanye West 8: Highway To Hell - AC/DC 9: The Man Who Invented Soul - Sam Cooke 10: Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
Eclectic, I know
“Laughing Stock” by Talk Talk for all-time; but “Time Will Die & Love Will Bury It” by Rolo Tomassi is my newest obsession. Not for everyone, for sure, but incredible anyway IMO.
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Don'y know whether it was a post of yours or not, but after seeing the TT rec, listened to some samples, did some reading, then went to Discogs and bought LS and Spirit of Eden on vinyl. Love em both. Just wished I understood a couple of the words.;-) Reminds me of Bon Iver in that regard.
Tried the Rolo rec, and found a great song, but some of the other stuff is a bit too hard edged for my tastes. Still, good to try some new music out. Thanks.
I agree about the Rolo album... Or perhaps it is best to say that I did, as while I'm no fan of hardcore singing, nor the dark and heavy riffing that usually accompanies it, both have grown on me with this record, which I can hardly stop listening to. That said I listened to it a great deal to get to this point (I'm guessing the song you refer to is Aftermath"). Anyway, I certainly get what you are saying. And I feel the same about most of their work before this record as they are for sure harder, more aggressive, with less of Eva Spence's more melodic signing as contrast. I suspect it's the contrast between melody and harshness that I miss.
So happy you like the Talk Talk that I feel I must thank you: those albums are important to me, I guess, and the fact that I had a part in someone else enjoying them is for sure the high point of this day, and probably week. Mark Hollis (lead singer) was apparently more interested in using his voice as an instrument by the time of Spirit, more interested in how it sounds as opposed to what was said, so I agree that his lyrics are not easy to make out... Not sure if he did this for ironic counterpoint or not, but for some reason he decided to include the lyrics for both Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock with the albums/CDs, but wrote them out by hand, and it's not easy to read his writing, either. That said they are transcribed in several spots on the net.
Hollis has a solo album, by the way, eponymously titled, release five or so years after Laughing Stock, last thing he ever did in music pretty much. It's very good as well.
Sgt. Pepper's- Beatles Abbey Road- Beatles Scenes from a memory- Dream Theater Snow- Spock's Beard Diorama- Silverchair Absolution- Muse Rust in peace- Megadeth ...And Justice For All- Metallica Melon Collie- Smashing Pumpkins Bridge Across Forever- Transatlantic
I'm a pretty young guy so my list isn't up to snuff as any of the more experienced folk but here goes in no order in particular (and includes soundtrack albums)- FELT 'Blue Drop' FELT 'Rebirth Story' Demetori '闡提宗祀 ~ Offering to The Sukhavati' Demetori 'Il Mondo dove e finito il Tempo' Kajiura Yuki 'Tsubasa Chronicle - Original Soundtrack - Future Soundscape I' Nana Mizuki 'THE MUSEUM Ⅲ' Nana Mizuki 'THE MUSEUM II' fhana 'Outside of Melancholy' BLANKFIELD 'permutation suicide' Shibayan Records'Retro Future Girls'
I actually don't like every song on any album but these are the ones that I like the most songs from. Doing top 10 songs for each artist or even top 10 artists is much easier. Albums kind of put the good with the bad a lot of times.
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation? Wrong answer. Any serious fan would pick "Confusion is Sex" or "Evol"!
In no particular Order; Cabaret Voltaire 'Micro-Phonies' Kraftwerk 'Man Machine' Wu Tang Clan '36 Chambers' Joy Division 'Unknown Pleasures' Devo 'Duty Now for the Future' Man is the Bastard "The Brutality Continues" Japan 'Tin Drum' Slayer 'Reign in Blood' Coil 'Horse Rotorvator' Bad Brains 'Banned in DC'
In no particular order:
1. Ry Cooder - Paradise & Lunch 2. Kenny Dorham - Afro-Cuban Jazz 3. Bud Powell - The Genius of 4. Oliver Nelson - Blues & The Abstract Truth 5. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks 6. The Ramones - The Ramones 7. Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street 8. Nathan Milstein - Bach Sonatas & Partitas 9. Glenn Gould - The Goldberg Variations (Sony) 10. John Coltrane - Crescent 11. Miles Davis - Relaxin, Steamin', Workin', Cookin' 12. The Clash - The Clash 13. S. Balachander - Veena Virtuoso 14. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced 15. Muddy Waters - The Real Folk Blues 16. Robert Johnson - Complete Columbia vols 1 & 2 17. Bessie Smith - Complete Columbia 18. Billie Holiday - Complete Columbia 19. Count Basie - Decca Recordings 20. Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
I like the breadth and depth of this, similar to my own tastes.
Crescent is my favorite JC too. Wise One is unbelievable. KD, favorite is Quiet Kenny or Whistle Stop. And you know the Miles pick is four LPs? LoL. I'm more in the second great quintet mode, ESP or Miles Smiles would be my pick. Sonny, The Bridge. Don't know if you like Lee Morgan, but Search For The New Land is my favorite and just incredible.
Limiting to 10 is an impossible task, so I've broken the rules slightly. There are many more, but for the sake of brevity, here goes....
In no particular order:
Curtis Mayfield: Superfly Massive Attack: Protection Steely Dan: Gaucho David Bowie: Hunky Dory/Ziggy Stardust The Beatles: Yesterday and Today/Abbey Road Cannonball Adderley: Somethin' Else John Coltrane: Blue Train Lee Morgan: Cornbread Sade: Stronger than Pride Joni Mitchell: Court & Spark Elton John: Madman Across the Water Yes: Close to the Edge The Who: Tommy Led Zepellin: III Wes Montgomery: Boss Guitar Duke Ellington: The Ellington Suites
And so many others!
I pretty much think of top 10’s as “first 10 that come to mind” since our music choice is so often influenced by our mood. Anyway, these are the first 10 that came to mind as historically relevant for my life. 1. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA 2. Leonard Cohen – New Skin for the Old Ceremony 3. Thee Oh Sees- Mutilator Defeated at Last 4. Mini Mansions – self titled 5. Camper Van Beethoven – Key Lime Pie 6. Jellyfish – Spilt Milk 7. Clark Terry Quintet – Serenade to a Bus Seat 8. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique 9. David Bowie – Hunky Dory 10. Pulp – This is Hardcore
How the heck did Clark Terry slide in there next to the Beastie Boys?!?!? LoL, that's an eclectic combo. I like his Color Changes LP, and his work with Bob Brookmeyer as well (Tonight, Tonight and Power of Positive Swinging).
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How far do you go back and did you collect 1970's era disco 12" records?
The Cure's Disintegration will forever and always be a favorite album of mine. That will continue to be the case no matter how many more legendary albums are released between now and the day I find that final rest.
Hi everyone my first post on here and I'll keep it short and sweet.
1. Sasha and Digweed, Northern Exposure 2, disc 1 . .(daylight) . 10. Cream live at the revolution club 1968
That's all... :)
You should check out DJ Ollis's on Soundcloud. He has ahabbit of dropping in various S/D northern exposure tracks in. Great top 10 by the way !
Whoa your first post in 3 years was for my post? I'm honoured :) I'll check out dj Ollis, thanks for the tip. I was wondering if it was the right place to list those two as they both would probably get a mention in the top 10 list for worst sound quality too lol.
Among recent albums, Your Queen is Reptile by the Sons of Kemet seems likely to get added to my list.
Here' 30 of my faves of all time. No particular order. There are 100's more, tbh.
Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime Metallica - Master of Puppets Slayer - Reign In Blood Yes - Fragile Led Zeppelin - I Down - NOLA Stevie Ray Vaughn - Couldn’t Stand The Weather Van Halen - Van Halen The Police - Synchronicity Black Sabbath - Paranoid Fates Warning - Awaken The Guardian Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue Cannibal Corpse - Evisceration Plague Refused - The Shape Of Punk To Come The Chariot - Long Live Quicksand - Slip Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden Corrosion Of Conformity - Blind Pearl Jam - Ten Dépechê Mode - Violator Tom Waits - Bone Machine AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Joliette - Principia Every Time I Die - Hot Damn! Anthrax - Among The Living Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil Black Crowes - Amorica Alejandro Sanz - MTV Unplugged Mercyful Fate - Don’t Break The Oath
Here's My List -- Rule: Only 1 per artist or else I'd only have two bands in the Top 10 and no greatest hits:
12. Death Certificate -- Ice Cube 11.. The Incident -- Porcupine Tree 10. Life's Rich Pagaent -- REM 9. Houses of the Holy -- Led Zeppelin 8. Achtung Baby -- U2 7. Moving Pictures -- Rush 6. Zenyatta Mondatta -- The Police 5. Sign o' the Times -- Prince 4. Sticky Fingers -- Rolling Stones 3. Wish You Were Here -- Pink Floyd 2. Quadrophenia -- The Who 1. The Beatles -- The Beatles
Best Year Ever for Music
1971 -- Imagine, Sticky Fingers, Who's Next, Led Zeppelin IV, LA Woman, Meddle, Hunky Dory, What's Goin On, Every Picture Tells a Story, Madman Across the Water, RAM, The Yes Album, All Things Must Pass, It Don't Come Easy, Deep Purple saw "smoke on the water" following a fire at a Zappa show, and Soul Train premiered!
1.Modern Vampires of the City - Vampire Weekend 2.My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West 3.Teen Dream - Beach House 4.Salad Days - Mac DeMarco 5. St Vincent - St Vincent 6.Funeral - Arcade Fire 7. Good kid mAAd City - Kendrick Lamar 8. Sound of Silver - LCD Soundsystem 9. Old- Danny Brown 10. The Idler Wheel... - Fiona Apple
Close but not quite Visions - Grimes The Suburbs - Arcade Fire Blonde - Frank Ocean Bloom - Beach House Have One on Me- Joanna Newsom Milk Eye Mender - Joanna Newsom Settle - Disclosure Drone Logic - Daniel Avery Amgydala - DJ Koze Strange Mercy - St Vincent 2- Mac Demarco
I am weird I guess, but here are my top 4 I think. This is extremely subject to change. - In Utero - Nirvana - Sgt Peppers - Beatles - Sci-Fi Crimes - Chevelle - Good Kid, m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar
Note, I judge an album by how many songs it contains that I actively love and not much else.
This got longer than I expected but here it goes. I can't say that I could make a list, but I think Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is probably number one for me. I like pretty much every song, and the fact that each one flows into the next never being so disrupting so it feels like one giant song.
Honorable mentions(in no specific order): -Random Access Memories - Daft Punk Not traditional DP sound, but still some amazing music -Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles Went through a Beatles phase, and that was probably the one album with the most songs that I liked -Sailing the Seas of Cheese - Primus A lot of songs I liked, and often used when cruising with friends in early college days -Currents - Tame Impala I got an almost beatles vibe from their songs, yet not quite...but their music really felt like it belonged in the time period anyways. - Mutter - Rammstein first Rammstein album, and still a fav of theirs
These next few are some highlights from days that I listened to a lot of Psychedelic Rock and generally spacey stuff...which were some good times, mostly because of the people and fun had, not because of what many would expect from the genre name. -Lost Horizons - Lemon Jelly -Liquid Tension Experiment 2 - Liquid Tension Experiment -Strangeitude, Jurassic Shift, Curious Corn, And Waterfall Cities - Ozric Tentacles Listened to a lot of the Ozrics in those days.
I could never pick all time favorites. For me it’s all about time and place. So instead, I’ll pick the five most played for each for the past six months. Sorry, I’ve never been good at paring down lists. Short attention span I guess...
This is probably the album that has had the most impact on me though:
Kool and the Gang // Wild and Peaceful
November: Miles Davis / Live-evil Donald Byrd / Black Byrd Axiom Funk / Funkcronomicon Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder / Talking Timbuktu Alpha Blondie (and the wailers) / Jerusalem
December: Young Marble Giants / Colossal Youth Ry Cooder / Boomers Story Young fresh fellows / The Men Who Loved Music Dr John // Gris Gris John Scofield / Guitarra de Jazz January: Little Feet / Dixie chicken John Coltrane / a love supreme Sun Ra // Space is the Place Funkadelic / Maggot Brain Boomtown rats / Mondo Bongo February: Nick cave // Murder ballads Herbie Hancock / Mwandishi Michael Jackson / Off the Wall Blaze Foley / Oval room King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizards / Quarters
March: Bill Frisell // Disfarmer Bjork / Debut Frank Zappa // Zoot allures Steve Earle - Townes Van Zandt - Guy Clark ‎– Together At The Bluebird Café Dandy Warhols / Come Down
April: Stanton Moore / With you in mind Fela Kuti // Zombie Eddie Harris an Les McCann // Swiss movement Jeff Beck / Blow by Blow Billy Bragg / The Internationale
10. Sonic Youth - Goo 09. Marvin Gaye - What's going on 08. The Cure - Kiss me, kiss me, kiss me 07. Talking Heads - Remain in light 06. Terry Callier - Colors 05. The Stooges - Fun House 04. PJ Harvey - Ride of me 03. Portishead - Dummy 02. Nick Cave - The good song 01. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
10. The White Stripes - Elephant 09. Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Blood Sugar sex magik 08. Curtis Mayfield - Curtis 07. The Smiths - The Queen is dead 06. Jimmy Hendrix - Axis: Bold as love 05. Massive Attack - Mezzanine 04. Tom Waits - Raindogs 03. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground 02. Pixies - Doolittle 01. Bon Iver - Bon Iver 00. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Order doesn't matter
In no order - The Harder They Come - movie album VA The Humbler - Robert Gordon, Danny Gatton Rock and Roll License - The Rocktigers The Police - Best of Devo - Best of Abbey Road - The Beatles Cowboy Bebop - Original Soundtrack & Remixes- Music for Freelance - VA Redneck Jazz Explosion - Danny Gatton Stratosphere Boogie - Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Metropole - The Lawrence Arms
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Glad I was able to help. Gatton is one of those guys I miss every time I play his stuff. A great talent who never hogged the spotlight.
Devo 'Best of" ? My friend, Devo is one of these bands whose albums have distinct personalities. Picking a greatest hits is an utter cop out!
Since I'm an 80's teen of course my vote goes to answer no. 2 1988. Great music , icons like Maddona, MJ, were top of the charts along with bands like Bon Jovi,GNR, The Cure, Depeche Mode.... That was glorious!
Daft Punk - Discovery
I find the limitation of ten or even one hundred albums as favourites to be a real Sophies Choice...
1 Frankie goes to Hollywood - welcome to the pleasure dome 2 dire straits-communiqué 3 the best of the art of noise 4 pet shop boys - introspective 5 Rebecca pidgeon - the ny girls club 6 Terence Trent d'arby - introducing the hard-line of 7 Chris rea - the road to hell 8 alan parsons project - stereotomy 9 dépêche mode- 101 10 Michel Jonasz - en concert au palais des sports Et voilà 😁
Hmm are we both living on the same hood and having similar age? 8;-)
Good to see "Road to Hell" gets a mention.