Post by Superclassic on Sept 25, 2015 17:08:53 GMT
Ok,I thought I'd start a new thread and ask peoples' top 5 favourite albums in their collection,a sort of Desert Island Discs for albums.I thought it'd be interesting,as following on from other threads I feel that us lot on the forum have wide reaching tastes,and I have no doubt that some classics will be posted up along with a few surprises?
No rules in particular,albums can be posted in no particular order,I'll look forward to reading a few choices!!
"I'm playing all the right notes.But not necessarily in the right order."
Its very tricky trying to whittle it down to just 5 Albums as my favourite ever. I would need about 20 Albums to cover it properly Anyhoo using a couple of compilations to get it down to 5 , I came up with these:
Parallel Lines - Blondie This album is hard to beat for the shear number of hits on it. Love this album.
The Beatles - Revolver Arguably The Beatles Best work
The Ultimate Collection - The Kinks Hit after hit on two discs from the north london lads. This is probably the album i play the most.
The Very Best of The Jam - The Jam This Album rounds up The Jam's work very nicely indeed.
Blur - Parklife Blur's best work. A 90's classic from my youth.
Post by Steve Austin on Sept 25, 2015 21:38:03 GMT
Like the favourite Sweeney episode thread, choosing a top 5 is subject to change and hard enough as I can never make my mind up about anything but here goes....for now anyway and in no particular order:
Tough with it just being a Top 5 but here it goes:
1 Underworld - Second Toughest in the Infants (1996)
A very close call between this and dubnobasswithmyheadman but this is when everything went right and big for Underworld mk 2 here. 2 Orbital - Orbital (Brown Album) (1993)
Again close call with many of Orbital's EP/LPs up to the mid 90s but this is the best they did and built the momentum for their Glasto performance in 94.
3 Kraftwerk - Computerworld (1981)
Their best of a series of vey good electronic albums. Nuff said. 4 New Order - Technique (1989)
Again could've plumped for PC&L Brotherhood Substance or Low Life here but this once was the perfect mix of their indie rock and electronic dance attitude. Also opened many doors for the Madchester scene too. Their new album isn't that bad either;).
5 Leftfield - Leftism (1995)
Could have been one of many 90s 'dance' albums I could have chosen here but Leftism gets the vote for me and is something I still enjoy playing 20 years on. Britpop may have get of the headlines back then but this stuff was the real creative force of British music in the 90s.
Here's one more for luck
6 The Orb - Advetures Beyond The Ultraworld (1991)
Imagine 60s pyschadellica done with 90s technology and done better;) Perhaps The Orb's best album and nothing they and others in this scene have done has come close to this.
As everyone says it's really not that easy to pick just five but here goes, in no particular order ;
The Who - Who's Next : so many great tracks on this landmark LP from Shepards Bush's finest, not least of course the full on eight minute version of 'Won't Get Fooled Again' (coincidentally one of my top two favourite songs / singles ever, the other being The Beatles 'Strawberry Fields Forever'). The production on this track more than any other shows Pete Townsend's often ignored genius for comitting epic sounds to tape, the reverb on it sends shivers down my spine, especially during the keyboard section towards the end, I first heard it when I was six years old when my Uncle played it to me and it blew me away, over forty years later it still has that same power whenever I hear it. I can't listen to it without thinking about London in the '70s either, it's inextricably linked with the place for me, and puts in mind the image of sitting in the back of my Grandad's Mk1 Granada estate being wafted along the Westway with the song blaring out of the cassette player.... all good stuff.
The Beatles - Revolver : Just brilliant from start to finish, it's crammed full of new exotic sounds with the lads at or near their creative peak, recorded late at night with lots of on the spot experimentation - this was the start of the band using tape loops, backwards guitars (and backwards vocals on 'Rain', the B-Side of Paperback writer which was recorded at the same time). The Anthology 'outake' version of 'Tomorrow never Knows' is vastly different fro mthe LP version but shows how far the band had come from 'Love me Do' just three and a half years earlier. Although the last track on the LP, 'Tomorrow Never Knows' was the firts to be put down on tape. For me listening to the LP now, the overwhelming feeling is that they sound so laid back, in control and very accomplished, if you compare 'revolver' with almost anythign esle recorded in 1966, it still sounds leagues ahead of everyone else (The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds' included - another technical masrerpiece but to me it sounds more of its time than ahead of it).
Various Artists - The Sound Gallery : probably not that familiar to some forum members but this was one of the first 'loungecore' albums to take off in the '90s when club DJs were digging up previously forgotten gems from the Wardour Street music libraries of the '60s and '70s. The best session musicians in the business were brought together t olay down some seriously funky and far out tunes, modlty done in one take, with fuzz guitars, flutes, harpsichords and full on rock drumming. The result was a whole library of instrumental tunes which would be used by TV and film producers as fill in pieces or in some cases used as soundtracks to TV commercials - the stand out one here being the famous 'Man from Milktray' theme, one of my favourites on the album. There are on or two duff tracks but by and large this is a fantastic collection of themes, if you've not heard it give it a try, track no.8 'Jaguar' is fantastic, hear it and you instantly want to put on a brown polo neck and go out and by a brand new XJ6!
Scott Walker - Scott 4 ; A mini epic from Mr.Engel, it hit the shops in April '69 and pretty much dissapeared without trace but still sounds fantastic today.
The Rolling Stones - Beggar's Banquet : The Stones finding their groove in early '68 after pyschedelic distraction of '67's 'Their Satanic Majesties Request'.... another LP I can listen to from end to end and still enjoy. 'Sympathy For The Devil' and 'Stray Cat Blues' still hit the spot and the single 'Jumping Jack Flash' was recorded at the same time but released well in advance of the LP. Brilliant stuff.
Post by Windy Miller on Sept 27, 2015 16:54:08 GMT
The Beatles "Revolver" emerging as a favourite. It's an excellent album - marker a turning point in their musical careers, and is probably their best album. I chose Sgt Pepper because I've played that album more than any other, and it's also been my most stolen album. Where's the police when you need them ?
I'm going to say this once, and once only Gene. Stay out of Camberwick Green!