Your greatest albums

#21
1.Wish you were here :- pinkfloyd
2.Dark side of the moon :- pinkfloyd
3.long live rick and roll :- rainbow
4.war of the worlds :- jeff wayne
5.running in the family :- level42
6.our town :- deacon blue
7.iron maiden :- number of the beast
8.hysteria :- deff leppard
9.rumours :- fleetwood mac
10.stevie nicks :- edge of seventeen

Id also chuck in here Dire Straits Alchamy live
 
#22
Changes every day but I wouldn't want to be without these:

1 Revolver - The Beatles
2 The Clash - The Clash
3 Lowlife - New Order
4 Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones
5 Damn the Torpedoes - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
6 Ace of Spades - Motorhead
7 The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
8 Delicate Sound of Thunder - Pink Floyd
9 Absolutely - Madness
10 Who's Next - The Who
 
#24
Regarding The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland

I don't think I ever had an album of theirs the first few EPs and a single or two though, New Model Army, Killing Joke come to mind as well.
As an absolute die-hard fan who still sees them routinely, it's the live shows that really make TSOM.

With line-up changes, the first few singles represent an entirely different band to the first album and then the big split, so Floodland was largely a solo effort by the singer Andrew Eldritch. At the time it was not largely liked by dedicated fans but give it a decade, then another ...

Remastered and on headphones, it's a gem! It takes you back to when music was just so enormously over-produced. It's pure formica! Jim Steinman (of Meatloaf - Bat Out of Hell fame) did the production.

What an album!

... of course entirely new line-up for the third (and more rocky) album and then no more vinyl on principal, but they tour every year.
 
#25
So what are your own personal best albums of all time?

No top 10 or anything like that just anything which got to your musical soul. In my case my top album will always be my top album and everything else changes more regularly than my blades.

If this has been done before I do apologise

1. Never Mind the Bollocks - Sex Pistols

A reflection of the angst and anger of the time and if ever the nation needed a kick up the posterior then this album delivered. Poorly recorded, poorly performed, but it is what it is warts and all. Gritty, grimy, filthy and furious, it couldn't be anything else

2. The Clash - The Clash

For much the same as my No.1 except it dived it from a slightly different angle. Short fast and manic songs which were more adrenaline inducing than NMTB but equal in their message. What happened to The Clash after this great album I have no idea but they lost the plot and I Don't have much time for what followed.

3. The Art of Falling Apart - Soft Cell

A sudden change of direction here but an album I have always had time for. More sexy, more dirty and more seedy than Non-stop Erotic Cabaret and with some quite cynical and weird songs in the mix.

4. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - Dead Kennedy's

I was never that keen on American punk (The Ramones and The Avengers aside) as it was all too avant garde for me. The DK's though struck a chord with me and it doesn't get much better than this album. It delivers at break neck speed. Terribly bright recording but so What? A band more talented than most will give credit. East Bay Ray, what a guitarist

5. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

What more can one say? For me a far better offering than DSOTM with more musicality about it. Whereas I always think DSOTM is trying too hard, Wish You Were Here delivers with more natural musical fluidity. A first class recording if ever.

6. Peer Gynt Suite Greig - Decca Jubilee

My earliest musical memory. They used to play 'morning at every junior school assembly. As a consequence I became very attached to the suite as a whole and love the moods and shifts in directions it takes. It is like a complete musical journey.

7. Tocatta - Michael Schnider- Eros records

A mind boggling recording of Tocatta played by the exceptionally talented organist Michael Schnider. A piece you can feel the musical expression pouring through to the point you can touch the music. A sublime recording. Best 50p spent in a charity shop

8. Singles Going Steady - The Buzzcocks

It is strange to place a compilation album in a best list but it just has everything. Pure power pop stripped back to the basics and delivered in an energetic orgasm of music. Very formulated but delivered with gusto and honesty. Harmonies in my head is one of the best ever songs written in my opinion.

9. Jumpin' Jive - Joe Jackson

If anyone says 'Show me your system' it is inevitable this will be first album the stylus hits. Powerful, involving and incredibly stylish. An exceptional recording which makes bad systems sound terrific. Great songs played with great enthusiasm and Joe Jackson is more than just a great talent

10. Xeno - Cross Faith

When I first saw this band walk on stage we were 'WTF is this?'. Japanese chaps in slick shiny suits? But when the music started it was mind blowing. This album continues from their concert. A very imaganitive and different Nu-Metal album which pumps out energetic and powerfully strong songs. Very nicely recorded vinyl LP which makes a welcome change to many of the usual modern pressings.

Probably gone on a bit here but music is such an important part of my life.

Be interesting to hear what albums others have in among their favorites
A terrific list there, @Satanfriendly. And you included a bunch of Mancunians at No 8! I had to laugh at your comment about the Joe Jackson album - every Hi-Fi store I visited in the 80's seemed to have a Joe Jackson album handy to throw on the turntable for a demo listen.
 
#26
I'll give it a go;

Without a doubt my favorite album is "Pet Sounds" by The Beach Boys. Although not a particular fan of their's - this album is something else. Brian Wilson's approach to it's production and trying to emulate Phil Spectre's wall of sound is beautiful. Aided by a jobbing lyricist in Tony Asher; there are some moving moments. Also happens to contain my favorite song of all time. This song gets me every time:


Second up, "The Stone Roses" by the The Stone Roses. Bloody marvelous. A rattling good album from start to finish. Some really clever lyrics and amazing guitar work. To this day "I'm the resurrection" must stand up as one of the greatest songs written?

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The Last Broadcast by Doves. Now this band are my favorite EVER! Each of their tracks, on each of their albums has a particularly meaning for me. This album, their second is a work of art. Beautiful and moving. Check out There Goes the Fear. Not too shabby for a group of hairy blokes from Manchester! This is my top moment:


"Hinterland" - Strabge Cargo - is actually William Orbit. A lovely and smooth offering. A proper chill out album. Takes me back to the summer of 1995. I love to sit and sound bathe to this album. Good for destressing:


Honorable mentions:

"Breakfast in America" - Supertramp
"Murmur" - REM
"Up to our hips" - The Charlatans
"Summer Camp" - Summer Camp
"Holes in the wall" - Electric Soft Parade
"His n Hers" - Pulp
Great list @Glen_Lee - I knew you'd have a Doves album in it!
 
#27
Some more of mine:

4) Clones of Dr Funkenstein - Parliament

Crazy psychedelic funk played by intrepid Afronauts. Parliament appealed to me more than their equally prolific sister act Funkadelic. The songwriting was stronger and more funk-focused, discarding Funkadelic's rock influences (as well as the lengthy guitar solos, thankfully). Parliament really hit their stride in '75 with the brilliant Mothership Connection, but Clones from '76 has always been my favourite. Totally original, occasionally bonkers, and always very, very funky.

5) I Against I - Bad Brains

Four black Rastafarians playing punk rock... er... what? Bad Brains would always be outliers in the early hardcore punk scene. Their first two albums were peerless in their ferocity and precision, plus they included the occasional sublime reggae number. Their third album I Against I (1986), took it to another level, dropping the reggae and adding elements of metal, funk and weirdness to make a completely original sound that defied categorisation.

6) Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers

The arrival of a teenage John Frusciante on their previous album Mother's Milk had transformed the Chilis into a more melodic outfit, but the producer's insistence on multi-layered distorted guitars and a glossy commercial sound obscured the band's real intent. Mercifully, there was no such interference on this album. All four members shine here, but Frusciante in particular is a veritable force of nature. The unadulterated band sound of pure Strat, bass and drums sounds lean, muscular and HUGE on this record. Their defining album, and a landmark for alternative rock in the '90s.
 
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#30
Quite a bit of talk earlier about Hawkwind. I had loads but it's all on cassette. Within the last year I picked up the earlier set on CD. Grand stuff! I especially enjoy the stuff featuring a young bassist named Ian Kilminster. He left after three, possibly four albums ... no doubt went his own way and formed some other group, or something :)
They were a huge part of my late teens early twenties both for the music which was a staple at many parties and encountering them on the festival scene. Most of the albums I had were tape and vinyl and have been slowly replaced by CD and Digital.
 
#34
not necessarily my all time favourite albums, but albums that touched me at the time and left something with me...

1. beach boys - smiley smile.
heard this at a party in my dissolute years while i was tripping on acid, it blew me away. still love this album more than any other beach boys album.

2. love - forever changes.
just utterly staggering. for arthur lee to write such a great album at such a young age is something else. da capo is a cracking album too.

3. david bowie - hunky dory.
as a child growing up in a less than exotic hartlepool, this album was so otherwordly and gave me glimpses of a life less ordinary. as ive got older i prefer the man who sold the world, but this album is still beautiful.

4. captain beefheart - safe as milk.
the perfect album, simple as.

5. marillion - fugazi.
remember buying this when it came out and was at school and playing it to death.

6. pink floyd - dark side of the moon.
utterly wonderful and beautiful piece of music. i tend to go for atom heart mother when i want to listen to some floyd, but dsotm is a masterpiece.

7. soft machine - volume 2.
something completely different, i am completely in love with robert wyatts voice.

8. leonard cohen - greatest hits.
not a massive fan of greatest hits albums, this is an exception.

9. lou reed - transformer.
another album that give me glimpses of another world, and grabbed my interest.

10. velvet underground - loaded.
in my opinion this is vu's greatest album, i love everything they have done but loaded just strips any pretence away and is just a straight out great rock album.

loads of albums ive missed that i love and i could do a different list every day, but these were just what came to mind as i was writing.
 
#35
A few also rans which kind of flit in and out of my list

Down fell the doves - Amanda Shires - Sexy, sultry and brilliant

and then her husband

Southeastern - Jason Isbell - Sexy (according to Mrs Satanfriendly), talented (according to us both), a great song writer and wonderful guitarist (according to those who know)

I'm Stranded - The Saints - Aussies best and a very pulsating energetic album. Ed Kuepper delivering the drive with his raw guitar sound.

Today we are all Demons - Combichrist - Post apocalyptic heavy duty dance. Mad stuff with seismic bass lines. Makes you want to go out, eat glass and break things

Epsilon - Blood Stain Child - Japanese hybrid. Atmospheric trance dance thrash death metal electronic meets pop with screaming overlays. If ever an album delivered gusto and power. Sexiest looking transvestite guitarist award.

Lexicon of love - ABC - Typical Trevor Horn overly produced album. Not one duff track and has everything a pop album should have. Another HiFi shop record

Rio - Duran Duran - Stylish as hell and a band people wanted to hate but couldn't. Wicked production and wicked songs played by some very talented guys.

Tin drum - Japan - Weird, wonderful and extremely stylish album. Brilliantly produced and brilliantly engineered. Sexy to a point of being the vinyl equivalent of Viagra

White album - The Beatles - Doesn't need any introduction or anything to be said about it. It is what it is. For me one of those most influential albums of all time and defining of a musical period in a similar ilk to NMTB was.

Mutter - Rammstein - See them live and then you'll understand. With Mutter Rammstein declared 'We've arrived'. Awesome

I guess being a very enthusiastic collector of vinyl records there are hundreds of others hiding in the collection which I have overlooked. Isn't music wonderful? and a life without wouldn't be a life.
 
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#36
not necessarily my all time favourite albums, but albums that touched me at the time and left something with me...

1. beach boys - smiley smile.
heard this at a party in my dissolute years while i was tripping on acid, it blew me away. still love this album more than any other beach boys album.

2. love - forever changes.
just utterly staggering. for arthur lee to write such a great album at such a young age is something else. da capo is a cracking album too.

3. david bowie - hunky dory.
as a child growing up in a less than exotic hartlepool, this album was so otherwordly and gave me glimpses of a life less ordinary. as ive got older i prefer the man who sold the world, but this album is still beautiful.

4. captain beefheart - safe as milk.
the perfect album, simple as.

5. marillion - fugazi.
remember buying this when it came out and was at school and playing it to death.

6. pink floyd - dark side of the moon.
utterly wonderful and beautiful piece of music. i tend to go for atom heart mother when i want to listen to some floyd, but dsotm is a masterpiece.

7. soft machine - volume 2.
something completely different, i am completely in love with robert wyatts voice.

8. leonard cohen - greatest hits.
not a massive fan of greatest hits albums, this is an exception.

9. lou reed - transformer.
another album that give me glimpses of another world, and grabbed my interest.

10. velvet underground - loaded.
in my opinion this is vu's greatest album, i love everything they have done but loaded just strips any pretence away and is just a straight out great rock album.

loads of albums ive missed that i love and i could do a different list every day, but these were just what came to mind as i was writing.
Nice list, @isaiah53.
 
#37
A few also rans which kind of flit in and out of my list

Down fell the doves - Amanda Shires - Sexy, sultry and brilliant

and then her husband

Southeastern - Jason Isbell - Sexy (according to Mrs Satanfriendly), talented (according to us both), a great song writer and wonderful guitarist (according to those who know)

I'm Stranded - The Saints - Aussies best and a very pulsating energetic album. Ed Kuepper delivering the drive with his raw guitar sound.

Today we are all Demons - Combichrist - Post apocalyptic heavy duty dance. Mad stuff with seismic bass lines. Makes you want to go out, eat glass and break things

Epsilon - Blood Stain Child - Japanese hybrid. Atmospheric trance dance thrash death metal electronic meets pop with screaming overlays. If ever an album delivered gusto and power. Sexiest looking transvestite guitarist award.

Lexicon of love - ABC - Typical Trevor Horn overly produced album. Not one duff track and has everything a pop album should have. Another HiFi shop record

Rio - Duran Duran - Stylish as hell and a band people wanted to hate but couldn't. Wicked production and wicked songs played by some very talented guys.

Tin drum - Japan - Weird, wonderful and extremely stylish album. Brilliantly produced and brilliantly engineered. Sexy to a point of being the vinyl equivalent of Viagra

White album - The Beatles - Doesn't need any introduction or anything to be said about it. It is what it is. For me one of those most influential albums of all time and defining of a musical period in a similar ilk to NMTB was.

Mutter - Rammstein - See them live and then you'll understand. With Mutter Rammstein declared 'We've arrived'. Awesome

I guess being a very enthusiastic collector of vinyl records there are hundreds of others hiding in the collection which I have overlooked. Isn't music wonderful? and a life without wouldn't be a life.
Nice work, @Satanfriendly.
Couldn't agree more on Jason Isbell. If I was picking a top ten songs list, 'Elephant' would be on it for sure. Another album released around the same time and with a similar vibe and quality is John Murry's 'The Graceless Age".
 
#38
Nice work, @Satanfriendly.
Couldn't agree more on Jason Isbell. If I was picking a top ten songs list, 'Elephant' would be on it for sure. Another album released around the same time and with a similar vibe and quality is John Murry's 'The Graceless Age".
I've seen him live a number of times including on his back door step in Mobile Alabama, and oddly the Shetland islands. Every concert memorable. My wife would agree with you on the Elephant Song

 
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