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Today is National Album Day, celebrating seventy years since the first long-playing record.

What are your top ten favourite LPs?

Mine would include (in chronological order)...

'Curtis' by Curtis Mayfield (1970)
'Drums And Wires' by XTC (1979)
'Talking With The Taxman About Poetry' by Billy Bragg (1986)
'Reading, Writing And Arithmetic' by The Sundays (1989)
'Formula One Generation' by The Pooh Sticks (1990)
'Black' by Black (1991)
'Electronic' by Electronic (1991)
'So Tough' by Saint Etienne (1993)
'Spoon And Rafter' by Mojave 3 (2003)
'The Soul Tapes' by Billie Ray Martin (2016)

Favourite compilation - 'Love And Happiness: The Very Best Of Al Green'

Favourite Beatles album - 'Rubber Soul' (1965)





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hmmmm, now that's a tough gig...and in no particular order:


'Never a Dull Moment' by Rod Stewart (1972)
'Dark Side of the Moon' by Pink Floyd (1973)
'Brothers in Arms' by Dire Straits (1985)
'How Dare You' by 10cc (1976)
'Aladdin Sane' by David Bowie (1973)
'Children of the Night' by Nash the Slash (1981)
'Good by Yellow Brick Road' by Elton John (1973)
'Yes Album' by Yes (1971)
'Live in Europe' by Rory Gallagher (1972)
'What's the Story Morning Glory' by Oasis (1995)

Favourite compilation - 'Motown chartbusters - Volume III (aka the silver album)

Favourite Beatles album - 'Please, Please Me' (1963)

Most are a bit cliched but hey, it is what it is.



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Now there's a challenge..

Taking 'favourite' to mean albums that stop you in your tracks and make you realise that something special is going on here, then, in best Strictly tradition, in no particular order...

Pink Moon : Nick Drake
#1 Record '; Big Star
Metal Box : PiL
Atom Heart Mother : Pink Floyd
Solo Concerts ; Keith Jarrett
The Specials : The Specials
Loose Salute ; Michael Nesmith
The Clash : The Clash
Court of the Crimson King : King Crimson
You and me both : Yazoo

Best Beatles? Tie between the White Album and Live at the Star Club

Best compilation : King of the Delta Blues Singers : Robert Johnson.
If it has to be a compilation of different artistes, the Island sample "Picnic".


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Several of my favourites are compilations -

Days of Future Past - Moody Blues
Welcome Back My Friends - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
Brothers in Arms - Dire Straights
End of an Era - Nightwish
Bedsitter Images - Al Stewart
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
History of Fairport Convention
Led Zeppelin II
History of the Byrds


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Static and Silence (The Sundays)
Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (The Sundays)
Lenka (Lenka)
The Secret Life of the Veronicas (The Veronicas)
Arrival (ABBA)
Ghosts and Grafitti (Thea Gilmore)
God Help the Girl (Belle and Sebastian 'project')
Update your Brain (The Tuts)
ON (Echobelly)
Life (The Cardigans)

As you can see I only really like female singers, although my favourite compilation album is ' The Sound of the Smiths'.



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Nice to see "Reading, Writing & Arithmetic" getting so much respect.

My list, restricted to one album per artist:

Counting Crows - "Recovering The Satellites"
Stevie Nicks - "Bella Donna"
Jill Sobule - "Things Here Are Different"
Bruce Springsteen - "Born To Run"
Sarah Harmer - "You Were Here"
Del Amitri - "Del Amitri"
Sundays - "Reading Writing and Arithmetic"
Leona Naess - "Comatised"
Juliana Hatfield - "Hey Baby"
Deacon Blue - "Fellow Hoodlums"

As for a compilation, I've just been listening to the B-52s "Dance This Mess Around" so that'll do for the moment.


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I'm a big Beatles fan but I limited myself to just one on this list. There are others albums I could list but I've kept it to a top 10. So in no particular order:

Revolver ' The Beatles
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Discovery - ELO
Approved by the Motors - The Motors
Journey's to Glory - Spandau Ballet
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Genesis
Tracks - Liverpool Express
Back to the Egg - Wings
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
Paralell Lines - Blondie


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From 2012 on another thread. Unchanged.

Argus : Wishbone Ash
Levelling the Land : Levellers
Funeral : Arcade Fire
Rising : Rainbow
Blue Lines : Massive Attack
Gods Own Medicine : Mission
Back in Black : AC/DC
Deja Vu : CSNY
The black album : Metallica
The Real Thing : Faith No More
Dark Passion Play : Nightwish
OK Computer : Radiohead
Wish You Were Here : Pink Floyd
The Last Broadcast : Doves


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Again, in no particular order, and only one per artist (* indicates where the artist has made more than one album which would be a contender) :

The Doors - The Doors *
Expecting Company - Sassafras *
Hatfield and the North - Hatfield and the North *
Loud n' Proud - Nazareth *
Land of Grey and Pink - Caravan
Moving Waves - Focus *
Montrose - Montrose
Rio - Duran Duran
White Album - Beatles *
Pretenders II - Pretenders

The above are complete albums, however it's rare that I like every track on an album, or that one hangs together so well that I rate it so highly. So the ones here are IMO in the list because they are 'consistently' good.
For example, the Jam made some fantastic music, but I couldn't include any of their albums in my top 10, or even 50; I really like all of Atom Heart Mother except for the final track which takes up over a quarter of it, so it doesn't make the list.
So as there are quite a few artists who IMO didn't create an album that I would put in my top 10, but a compilation of their music would certainly be up there.
A lot of my collection is probably 'greatest hits' or compilations - very superficial, I know!
I'm deliberately excluding (most) jazz, blues, classical, etc. from this list. I'd certainly have a harpsichord album or two in my top 10 :-)



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Favourite albums and /or albums that have influenced my musical direction

In The Dark- Toots and the Maytals
Aladdin Sane -David Bowie
The Clash-The Clash
The Specials-The Specials
Catch A Fire-The Wailers
Nevermind- Nirvana
The Suburbs-Arcade Fire
Jagged Little Pill-Alanis Morrisette
Word Gets Around -Stereophonics
Helplessness Blues-Fleet Foxes





An influential compilation album- Live At The Roxy (Jan-Apr77)- Various artists


Funnily enough my musical tastes are far more wide ranging than that list suggests. I could have easily added in Wish You were Here-Pink Floyd or The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, Sex Pistols, etc etc


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A more than difficult choice, but in no particular order.....

Love - Forever Changes
Jim Webb. - Lands End
Neil Young. - Freedom/Harvest
Tom Petty. - Southern Accents
Judie Tzuke - Welcome to the Cruise
Aimee Mann - Whatever
Groove Armada - The Remixes
Bonnie Raitt - Luck of the draw
Pink Floyd. - Wish you were here
Tina Turner. - Foreign Affair
Lou Reed. - New York

There are so many more that had to be left out of the list including Francoise Hardy, Mark Knofler, Hendrix, Jeff Healey, James Taylor, Moody Blues, Nina Simone, Steely Dan and of course the Beatles, Stones and Dylan.

I haven't included any classical but Dvorak, Bach and Pachabel would be right up there.


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Elvis in Memphis
Exodus- Bob Marley
Raw and the Cooked- FYC
Parallel Lines - Blondie
Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
La vie en rose - Edith Piaff
Snap- Jam
Resistance is Futile - Manics
Out of the Blue- ELO
Blackstar - Bowie



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I'll stick with one.

Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles


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A propos Yatesman's list and just making a passing observation...isn't musical taste a funny thing?

From postings on other topics on here it seems clear to me that the two of us see the world from different perspectives (not implying that either is better, just different) - yet I heartily concur with 5 out the 11 selections given.


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Astral Weeks by Van Morrison.
Simply the greatest album ever .


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A propos Yatesman's list and just making a passing observation...isn't musical taste a funny thing?

From postings on other topics on here it seems clear to me that the two of us see the world from different perspectives (not implying that either is better, just different) - yet I heartily concur with 5 out the 11 selections given.


Well it's fair to say I've often felt misunderstood and found myself defending myself from accusations and suppositions that bear no relation to my actual outlook on life.

The trouble is, as soon as you say you support Brexit you are immediately labelled a right wing, xenophobic nutjob and the accusers don't realise they are projecting their anger and prejudices outwards in an extremely reactionary and negative way. Once a couple of oyher sheeple jump on the bandwagon it takes on a life of its own.

Luckily it bothers me not.

I've been thinking about this thread for a few days, and like many others no doubt, have thought of other albums I could have added to the list or substituted the ones I chose .

Back To Black -Amy Winehouse for one, The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses..........one of the best debut albums ever, Never mind The Bollocks by The Pistols, The Smiths by The Smiths..........And so on!

I'm sure I 'll think of more. It's hard to be definitive about your favourites!


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Scared to Dance (The Skids)
The Lexicon of Love (ABC)
Loud n Proud (Nazareth)
Sunshine on Leith (The Proclaimers)
Mythical Kings and Beasts (Dory Previn)
Young Forever (Aberfeldy)
Power In the Darkness (Tom Robinson Band)
Hats Off To The Buskers (The View)
Glasvegas (Glasvegas)
Im Your Man (Leonard Cohen)


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Similarly, I spent some time thinking about posting in the way I did.

I really don't want to derail the thread from its original purpose, but would just point out that I said nothing about the B word, political viewpoints or mental capacity and was at pains to express my appreciation that folk have differing views of a situation and that, generally speaking, in the absence of objective evidence, all have equal validity.

My point in posting was to then muse upon the fact that for all that people may have differing views on one topic they can concur on another subjective one like music..and wonder then if the same thing might be true about art, drama or literature.

Also that I'd qualified "favourite" in a certain way - and that it would be possible to interpret it also as "happy making" or "epoch changing" or "emotionally important" which would bring forth different lists

But as Chuck Berry implored us to do in his paean to the great god of Rock'n'roll......"Roll the coin right into the slot..."


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Similarly, I spent some time thinking about posting in the way I did.

I really don't want to derail the thread from its original purpose, but would just point out that I said nothing about the B word, political viewpoints or mental capacity and was at pains to express my appreciation that folk have differing views of a situation and that, generally speaking, in the absence of objective evidence, all have equal validity.

My point in posting was to then muse upon the fact that for all that people may have differing views on one topic they can concur on another subjective one like music..and wonder then if the same thing might be true about art, drama or literature.

Also that I'd qualified "favourite" in a certain way - and that it would be possible to interpret it also as "happy making" or "epoch changing" or "emotionally important" which would bring forth different lists

But as Chuck Berry implored us to do in his paean to the great god of Rock'n'roll......"Roll the coin right into the slot..."


And as if to prove a point........I agree with you.

Politics, unfortunately has a tendency to set people apart, perhaps often unintentionally , whereas music, seems more likely to unite, even when musical tastes differ. Not sure about other creative disciplines.

My list was definitely part favourite and part influential and I reckon I would need a long time to think through all the music I've enjoyed over the years to come up with a definitive favourites list that I would be totally happy with.

I remember being absolutely blown away listening to a Bo Diddley album my brother had when I was a teenager in the 1970's and in some ways think that should feature, but I've not listened to it since!
I was similarly obsessed with Al Green for a while .....and so on , so imo a difficult task but very enjoyable seeing other people's lists


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Only allowing myself one per band, here's a dozen in no particular order -

IQ - Dark Matter
Delain - April Rain
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Rush - Moving Pictures
Rainbow - Rising
Within Temptation - The Unforgiving
Nightwish - Imaginaerum
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
Rammstein - Mutter
Yes - Going for the One
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Shinedown - The Sound of Madness


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Also going down the one Album per Artist route.

The Jam - All Mod Cons
The Who - Quadrophenia
The Small Faces - Ogdens Nut Gone Flake
Oasis - What's the Storey Morning Glory
The Fallen Leaves - Punk Rock for Gentlemen
Shack - HMS Fable
The Kinks - Are the Village Green Preservation Society
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
The La's - The La's
The Action - The Ultimate Action


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Wot - no Andy Lewis ? Tongue





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........and as for a Compilation Album. Try and dig this one out from 1968..... it's a classic.

ROCK MACHINE I LOVE YOU featuring amongst others...

Grace Slick, Blood Sweat and Tears, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Taj Mahal, John Simon, Don Ellis and Orchestra, The Byrds, Laura Nyro, Big Brother and the Holding Company and not forgetting JS BACH !!!!!

You don't get much more eclectic than this piece of vinyl Cool


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Great album Going For The One.
Parallels fantastic track.


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A very talented Musician is Andy Lewis. He wears his Burns well.

It was hard to only pick 10 Albums. It could have been almost anything by those 10.

I missed out The Coral, The Charlatans, Shed 7 and Small World amongst others.

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