Jan 24, 20185834 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?