/ Best Albums?
That's such a general question that the sum total of the answers will probably leave you no wiser.
To get your confusion started, the best album I listened to today was The Book of Invasions by The Horslips. Yesterday, probably Paul Simon's Graceland. Camel's best album is A Live Record, but I haven't listened to it recently.
And so on. A single, best album? I don't have one.
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
I think I'd hate this if I came to it having already grown up, but since I first heard it aged 13 or something, it's everything pop music can be. And I'll still be listening to this when I'm on my death bed, whether that's at 40 something or 80 something.
The The - Soul Mining
PJ Harvey's first album. Think it is called Dry. Contains the mighty anthems Water, Dress, and Sheela-na-gig.
A few classics:
Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix
Beggars Banquet - Rolling Stones
Solid Air - Jon Martyn
Live Rust - Neil Young
Searching for Mr Right - Young Marble Giants
Dread Beat n'Blood - Linton Kwesi Johnson
Equal Rights - Peter Tosh
Fear of Music - Talking Heads
Joe's Garage - Frank Zappa
I am Kurios Oranj [sp?] - The Fall
Blue Valentine - Tom Waits
Tunes from the Missing Channel - Dyb Syndicate
Depends what you like really....
A Night in San Francisco - Van Morrison.
Rock and Roll Animal - Lou Reed
Steve Miller Band - Live
Candy Dulfer - Live In Amsterdam
Superunknown - Soundgarden
Blow by Blow, Wired, Truth - Jeff Beck
All Led Zeppelin Albums
first five Black Sabbath Albums
Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera
Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer
Master of Puppets - Metallica
All System of a Down Albums
Sparks trilogy of-
Kimono my House
the most perfect pop albums ever committed to vinyl.
> The The - Soul Mining
I'm off to see The The (or should it be The Them?) headlining at No 6 this September
Nice one, jealous of course.
Anything by Carcass.
Beatles greatest hits?
Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart should be owned by everyone and endured until loved, which does inexplicably happen after 10+ listens.
> Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart should be owned by everyone and endured until loved, which does inexplicably happen after 10+ listens.
Stepping out of the gloomy void of thrash metal that I chose above, I think you've hit this nail on the head....The Captain with Zappa production. However, the album which everyone should have is...Clear Spot, every track's sublime, and if you've got it as a double CD release with Spotlight Kid then it goes to a higher place than number one (!?!)
As a kid, the first record I bought with my Saturday job money was Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album, which then led me to another contender in Hunky Dory, then when you think things can't get any better, he releases the Berlin trilogy of albums out of which I'll choose Station to Station.
I really don't know how anyone can choose to be honest....
> Listen to all those then let us know
You can always tell when these lists are compiled by the exaggerated esteem in which contemporary releases are held. OK Computer is a good but not great album, certainly not the 4th best of all time. However, the Bends is a magnificent record (OP take note). Meanwhile, the presence of 4 Beatles albums in the top nine says something about the age and eclecticism of the voters.
Some good stuff there all the same. Smiths, Stone Roses, Floyd, Dylan, Stones, Prince, Bowie, Beefheart, Doors, U2. Tuck in OP.
> Anything by Carcass.
What, even 'Swansong'
Got Stone Roses n Automatic for the People, both well good.
Too many in that link list to listen to, even if I wanted to buy em!
Anybody know the Echo n Bunnymen album thats supposed to be good?
Ah so that's the secret! I enjoy a lot of difficult music, and I love lots of music inspired by Beefheart, lots of the bands who love Beefheart, but I just don't get it. Honestly I've tried, but no, he just doesn't do it for me.
Radiator and Phantom Power - Super Furry Animals
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - The Flaming Lips
The Birth - Stardeath and White Dwarfs
Tonight You Are The Special One - Earl Brutus
> Superunknown - Soundgarden
> Blow by Blow, Wired, Truth - Jeff Beck
> All Led Zeppelin Albums
> first five Black Sabbath Albums
> Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera
> Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer
> Master of Puppets - Metallica
> All System of a Down Albums
My son was recently on his university radio station doing a version of Desert Island Discs. 2 of his 8 choices were "That's the Way" from Led Zeppelin 3 and "Hole in the Sky" from Sabotage. In his view Sabotage was the best Sabbath album, perhaps the best ever Heavy Metal album. Recently he has introduced me to Slayer.
Choosing a best album is an impossible task but I would argue that Guy Clark "Old Number 1" is the best Country / Folk album, Steve Earle "Guitar Town" is the best Country / Rock album, and the Incredible String Band "Wee Tam" is the best Psychedelic / Folk album.
The brown album by Orbital
Smell of Female - The Cramps
Raw Power - The Stooges
If I had to recommend something it would probably be something from the following list:
Oxygene- Jean Michel Jarre
Tantric Obstacles - Ozric Tentacles
The Color and the Shape - Foo Fighters
Conspiracy of One - The Offspring
A Slight Case of Overbombing - Sisters of Mercy
Yan Tan Tethera - The Bad Shepherds
Bomber - Motorhead
Slayed? - Slade
The Alice Cooper Show - Alice Cooper
In the Land of Pink and Grey - Caravan
But to be honest the albums I have given as presents the most are Bitter Fit Crack by The Macc Lads and Handling Swollen Goods by Ivor Biggun but that says more about my circle of friends...
Hmmmmmmmmmm Alice Cooper and oxygene may tempt me, if I get to a HMV.
I'll offer five. No better or worse than what's gone before but just mine:
End Hits - Fugazi
Aenima - Tool
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
In Utero - Nirvana
That five will be different tomorrow.
> OK Computer is a good but not great album, certainly not the 4th best of all time. However, the Bends is a magnificent record (OP take note).
Interesting. I thought The Bends was great at the time but for me now it sounds quite dated whereas OK Computer is timeless. Maybe not every track is killer but any record with Paranoid Android and Karma Police is already well ahead of the pack.
Maybe not 'best album ever' material but in the interest of variety (and covering a less fashionable period of more recent history) consider.
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible
Editors - The Back Room
At The Drive In - Relationship of Command
Guillemots - Walk the River
Maximo Park - Our Earthly Pleasures
Muse - Origin of Symmetry
System of a Down - Toxicity
Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials
A few I'd recommend;
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Smashing Pumpkins - Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness
Motley Crue - Too Fast for Love
Slayer - Reign in Blood
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
Kings of Leon - Youth and Young Manhood
Radiohead - OK Computer
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