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    I’ve been to two barbecue’s recently where the late night talk got around to favourite albums (and why my album collection was better than everyone else’s of course ) Someone suggested that we compile our ten best album list for the next barbecue but most said that they would struggle with just 10 so we decided on 20. So here’s the thread….name your top twenty albums. Someone once said that you can tell a lot about a person by their record collection but I don’t know if that’s true, but here goes….in no particular order. By the way, we allowed one box set to count as an album. And yes….after you’ve posted you’ll think of ones that you’ve missed.



    Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin

    Tales From Topographic Oceans by Yes

    Clutching At Straws by Marillion

    Pawn Hearts by Van Der Graaf Generator

    Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan

    Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche

    Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd

    The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society by The Kinks

    Made in Japan by Deep Purple

    Last Night The Moon Came Dropping It’s Clothes In The Street by Jon Hassell

    Blade Runner The Soundtrack

    Selling England By The Pound by Genesis

    In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra

    Will Of The Gods Is Great Power by Scald.

    Nightfall by Candlemass

    2112 by Rush

    Fire and Water by Free.

    Lifeforms by Future Sounds Of London

    A Love Supreme by John Coltrane

    The Complete Works (box set) Thomas Tallis.
    Regards

    Sir Herlock Sholmes.

    “A house of delusions is cheap to build but draughty to live in.”

  • #2
    Ok Herlock, you've poked the bear!

    Good eclectic collection you have pulled together.

    In no particular order:
    1. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
    2. Hejira - Joni Mitchell
    3. Hats - Blue Nile
    4. Themes - Vangelis
    5. Austin Sessions - Kris Kristofferson
    6. Music For Airports - Brian Eno
    7. Live at Sin e - Jeff Buckley
    8. Ten New Songs - Leonard Cohen
    9. American IV: The Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash
    10. Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan
    11. Life Is People - Bill Fay
    12. Posted Sober - Michael Marra
    13. Red Dirt Girl - Emmylou Harris
    14. More Great Moments of Vinyl History - Various Artists - Compiled by Andy Kershaw
    15. Street Hassle - Lou Reed
    16. Titanic Rising - Weyes Blood
    17. Fair and Square - John Prine
    18. Up - REM
    19. Mixing Colours - Brian & Roger Eno
    20. Raising Sand - Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

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    • #3
      Originally posted by barnflatwyngarde View Post
      Ok Herlock, you've poked the bear!

      Good eclectic collection you have pulled together.

      In no particular order:
      1. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
      2. Hejira - Joni Mitchell
      3. Hats - Blue Nile
      4. Themes - Vangelis
      5. Austin Sessions - Kris Kristofferson
      6. Music For Airports - Brian Eno
      7. Live at Sin e - Jeff Buckley
      8. Ten New Songs - Leonard Cohen
      9. American IV: The Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash
      10. Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan
      11. Life Is People - Bill Fay
      12. Posted Sober - Michael Marra
      13. Red Dirt Girl - Emmylou Harris
      14. More Great Moments of Vinyl History - Various Artists - Compiled by Andy Kershaw
      15. Street Hassle - Lou Reed
      16. Titanic Rising - Weyes Blood
      17. Fair and Square - John Prine
      18. Up - REM
      19. Mixing Colours - Brian & Roger Eno
      20. Raising Sand - Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
      Great choices Barn….but annoying. I’d certainly have put in Astral Weeks!! How did I miss that one? I was also going to put in A Walk Across The Rooftops by Blue Nile too but then I forgot about them for some reason. Love a bit of Vangelis too. If you like him Klaus Schulz worth a listen too. I hadn’t heard of Bill Fay, Michael Marra or Weyes Blood though so I’ll have to investigate. I have 9 of those albums.

      That’s a good thing about reading peoples lists…it gives you the chance if finding new classics.
      Regards

      Sir Herlock Sholmes.

      “A house of delusions is cheap to build but draughty to live in.”

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post

        Great choices Barn….but annoying. I’d certainly have put in Astral Weeks!! How did I miss that one? I was also going to put in A Walk Across The Rooftops by Blue Nile too but then I forgot about them for some reason. Love a bit of Vangelis too. If you like him Klaus Schulz worth a listen too. I hadn’t heard of Bill Fay, Michael Marra or Weyes Blood though so I’ll have to investigate. I have 9 of those albums.

        That’s a good thing about reading peoples lists…it gives you the chance if finding new classics.
        That’s a good thing about reading peoples lists…it gives you the chance if finding new classics.

        Absolutely Herlock, I'll dip into some of your recommendations.

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        • #5
          Herlock, I'm glad you didn't make it 10 albums, because it was hard enough to narrow it down to 20. I very much like 3 of the albums on your list: the Dylan, Kinks, and Coltrane albums. Here's my attempt at a 20 favorites list, alphabetical by artist:

          The Band (self-titled)
          Rubber Soul – The Beatles
          Revolver – The Beatles
          Mr. Tambourine Man – The Byrds
          London Calling – The Clash
          Marshall Crenshaw (self-titled)
          Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan
          Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan
          The Stranger – Billy Joel
          Moondance – Van Morrison
          Nevermind – Nirvana
          Howlin’ Wind – Graham Parker
          Squeezing Out Sparks – Graham Parker
          Exile in Guyville – Liz Phair
          Otis Blue – Otis Redding
          Murmur – R.E.M.
          Singles Collection: The London Years – The Rolling Stones
          Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
          Who’s Next – The Who
          Car Wheels on a Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams

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          • #6
            I guess I'll be outing my nerd/geek status when I say.....anything by Mozart or Puccini?

            If I really try to drag myself into a more recent time I'd nominate albums by The Beegees, Paul Simon, Don Mclean and James Taylor.

            When I look at your lists I wonder.....what language are these guys speaking. My wife often asks me where I have been for the last 50 years.

            Cheers, George
            It's sad that governments are chiefed by the double tongues. There is iron in your words of death for all Comanche to see, and so there is iron in your words of life. It shall be life. - Ten Bears

            All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. - Bladerunner

            ​Disagreeing doesn't have to be disagreeable - Jeff Hamm

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            • #7
              In no particular order as they say.


              Electric light orchestra A new world record

              Sex Pistols Never mind the bollocks here’s the sex pistols

              Kate Bush Hounds of love

              David Bowie Aladdin Sane

              Pink Floyd Dark Side of the moon

              Fleetwood Mac Rumours

              The Dandy Wharhols Thirteen tales from Urban Bohemia

              Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

              Rush Moving Pictures

              Goldfrapp Supernature

              Brian Ferry Dylanesque

              Muddy Waters Hard again

              Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous

              X-ray Spex Germ free adolescents

              Gary Numan Savage

              Billy idol Cyberpunk

              Boston Boston

              U2 Vertigo

              ZZ Top Eliminator

              Jet Get Born

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              • #8
                Oh no, where to start... in the famous no particular order...

                Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
                Vivid - Living Color
                Moving Pictures - Rush
                1989 - Taylor Swift
                Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morrissette
                Blind Man's Zoo - 10,000 Maniacs
                Eureka - The Bible
                Hatful of Hollow - The Smiths
                The Crossing - Big Country
                Our Town - Deacon Blue
                Julia Fordham - Julia Fordham
                World Machine - Level 42
                Gladstone, Humour & Blue - Martin Stephenson and the Daintees
                One Big Innings - The Outfield
                If This Bass Could Only Talk - Stanley Clarke
                Once In A Lifetime - Talking Heads

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                • #9
                  Bowie - Low
                  Bowie - Young Americans
                  Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
                  St Vincent - Masseduction
                  The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
                  The Cure - Disintegration
                  Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
                  Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
                  Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, Maad City
                  Guns n Roses - Appetite for Destruction
                  Beck - Odelay
                  Pavlov's Dog - Pampered Menial
                  NWA - Straight Outta Compton
                  Velvet Underground and Nico
                  The Cramps - Off The Bone
                  Nick Cave - No More Shall We Part
                  ​​​​​​​Bauhaus - The Sky's Gone Out
                  Led Zeppelin - IV
                  ​​​​​​​PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
                  Phoenix - United

                  Of course, I will now think of more and kick myself!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Herlock Sholmes View Post


                    Last Night The Moon Came Dropping It’s Clothes In The Street by Jon Hassell
                    I am not familiar with this work, but wow! that's a great title!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GBinOz View Post
                      My wife often asks me where I have been for the last 50 years.

                      Cheers, George
                      Answer: Down the shop! Sorry, did you want something darling?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ms Diddles View Post

                        I am not familiar with this work, but wow! that's a great title!
                        A fined and I were going to start a Heavy Metal band in the late 80s. The name of our band was to be 'Touching Cloth.' Unfortunately it never came to be.

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                        • #13
                          This is a dangerous topic to subject me to (this, Brexit, Apple and convicted felon Donald Trump) .


                          I don't think I can give a list of "top 10, 20 Top X" records without thinking about WHY I like them and if I actually listen to them often or not. The list below will contain records that I hardly listen to these days and this is probably due changes in HOW I listen to and WHERE I listen to music these days.

                          For example, one of my favourite records from my formative years (early nineties) would be Ministry, Mind... However I think I haven't listened to it sober until 2003 or 4 . These days, most of my music listening is in my loft with my work laptop and on the sofa. so I still listen to it, occasionally. But not turned up to 11.

                          There are many records that I can listen from beginning to end and carry on with my work. Then there are records that make me stop and listen to SOME of the songs and then I move on becasue although great, they are too distracting to listen to them for extended periods. The list below contains examples of both as well as records from my formative years in the early nineties.


                          A. Listen to all of it:
                          Feetwood Mac - Rumours
                          ZZ Top - Tres Hombres
                          Marilyn Manson - Pale Emperor
                          Yello - Touch Yello
                          Soundgarden - Superunknown
                          Audioslave - Audioslave
                          Pearl Tam - Ten
                          Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
                          The Levellers - Levelling The Land
                          Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue
                          Chicane - Far From The Maddening Crowd (Evolution Mixes)

                          B. Listen to some of it:
                          Killing Joke - [2003]
                          Ministry - The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste
                          Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
                          Tool - Fear Inoculum
                          Peter Gabriel - So

                          C. Definitely top 20 but rarely listen to it these days:
                          Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park
                          Frontline Assembly - Tactical Neural Implant
                          Senser - Stacked up
                          Front 242 - Tyranny For You

                          There are many other records that I listen to more regularly than the category C or even B above (David Grey, Delerium, Seal, etc) but they are not the kind of records that demand your attention like a "Top 20" record does. The list above exclusively contains records that you put on the platter (or CD player) and you need to deal with what's coming out of the speakers. Few records can do this and not every listener wants this. It just depends on WHY you listen to music in the first place and this will probably greatly influence your musical choices.

                          So I'll have a look at all the other lists to see what I forgot (existed) or what is worth looking into.

                          Cheers.
                          Last edited by Svensson; 06-07-2024, 12:19 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Lewis C View Post
                            Herlock, I'm glad you didn't make it 10 albums, because it was hard enough to narrow it down to 20. I very much like 3 of the albums on your list: the Dylan, Kinks, and Coltrane albums. Here's my attempt at a 20 favorites list, alphabetical by artist:

                            The Band (self-titled)
                            Rubber Soul – The Beatles
                            Revolver – The Beatles
                            Mr. Tambourine Man – The Byrds
                            London Calling – The Clash
                            Marshall Crenshaw (self-titled)
                            Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan
                            Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan
                            The Stranger – Billy Joel
                            Moondance – Van Morrison
                            Nevermind – Nirvana
                            Howlin’ Wind – Graham Parker
                            Squeezing Out Sparks – Graham Parker
                            Exile in Guyville – Liz Phair
                            Otis Blue – Otis Redding
                            Murmur – R.E.M.
                            Singles Collection: The London Years – The Rolling Stones
                            Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
                            Who’s Next – The Who
                            Car Wheels on a Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams
                            Some great choices there Lewis. A few more albums to add to my ‘check it out’ list.

                            The Band were definitely on my radar for my own list and the two Dylan albums are great with Blonde On Blonde narrowly missing out to Blood On The Tracks (Visions Of Johanna is one of my favourite Dylan songs) The Who could easily have made my list along with London Calling.


                            Regards

                            Sir Herlock Sholmes.

                            “A house of delusions is cheap to build but draughty to live in.”

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Geddy2112 View Post

                              A fined and I were going to start a Heavy Metal band in the late 80s. The name of our band was to be 'Touching Cloth.' Unfortunately it never came to be.
                              Oh, that's a shame it never worked out.

                              You could have gone on a double bill with The Skids and done a "Metal and Toilet Humour" tour!

                              I was briefly in a metal band with my pals at school.

                              We named ourselves "The Wasteland" after the TS Eliot poem.

                              Yep, I was a pretentious wee d!ck

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