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#1 of 56 Bryan^H

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Posted May 21 2011 - 05:59 AM

No pressure, just name your 5 favorite albums.


Mine are:

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BLONDIE-EAT THE BEAT(1979)



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BAD RELIGION-AGAINST THE GRAIN(1990)



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MEAT PUPPETS-MIRAGE(1987)



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NEIL YOUNG-DECADE(1977)



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THE POLICE-SYNCHRONICITY(1983)


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#2 of 56 Ockeghem

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Posted May 21 2011 - 06:39 AM

I am only including the pop / rock genre. :)


I do this periodically, and I have had the same top five favorites for many years.  I have to include six, as there are some ties between some albums on my list.  These are, of course, the British (and not the North American) releases.


1) Please Please Me / A Hard Day's Night

3) Rubber Soul / Revolver

5) Abbey Road

6) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd) and Watermark (Enya) would be the next entries if the list were to include more (e.g., my top ten) than those listed here.



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Posted May 21 2011 - 07:09 AM

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (VERY Close, I rotated between this and "Abbey Road" several times)

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Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral


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Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water


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Tori Amos - Under the Pink


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The Beatles - Abbey Road


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My honorable mention, which would be in my Top-5, except it's a soundtrack so I'm excluding it:


The Soundtrack to "Until the End of the World"


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This, to me, was one of the best playlists ever.



    [*] Graeme Revell: "Opening Titles" (Revell) (Solo cello performed by David Darling) – 1:59 [*] Talking Heads: "Sax and Violins" (David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth) – 5:18 [*] Julee Cruise: "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears" (Jack Lloyd, Ben Weisman, Fred Wise) – 2:37 [*] Neneh Cherry: "Move With Me (Dub)" (Cherry, Cameron McVey) – 2:58 [*] Crime and the City Solution, "The Adversary" (Bronwyn Adams, Simon Bonney, Chris Haas, Alexander Hacke, Mick Harvey, Thomas Stern) – 5:32 [*] Lou Reed: "What's Good" (Reed) – 5:07 [*] Can: "Last Night Sleep" (Malcolm Mooney, Jaki Liebezeit, Michael Karoli, Irmin Schmidt) – 3:35 [*] R.E.M.: "Fretless" (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and featuring Kate Pierson) – 4:49 [*] Elvis Costello: "Days" (Ray Davies) – 4:49 [*] Graeme Revell: "Claire's Theme" (Revell) (Solo cello performed by David Darling) – 0:51 [*] Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: "(I'll Love You) Till the End of the World" (Nick Cave) – 4:38 [*] Patti Smith and Fred "Sonic" Smith: "It Takes Time" (Smith, Smith) – 5:00 [*] Depeche Mode: "Death's Door" (Martin Gore) – 3:53 [*] Graeme Revell: "Love Theme" (Revell) (Solo cello performed by David Darling) – 0:45 [*] Jane Siberry and k.d. lang: "Calling All Angels" (Siberry) – 5:11 [*] T-Bone Burnett: "Humans from Earth" (Burnett) – 3:07 [*] Daniel Lanois: "Sleeping in the Devil's Bed" (Lanois) – 3:50 [*] U2: "Until the End of the World" (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.) – 4:33 [*] Graeme Revell: "Finale" (Revell) (Solo cello performed by David Darling) – 0:58


Those in Black could have been headliners on their own albums.   There are almost no other soundtracks I can pick up and listen to over and over and over again like UTEOW. 


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Posted May 21 2011 - 10:43 AM

If you ask me again in a week, you'd probably get a different order or different records but here it is: Ramones: Rocket To Russia Ramones: Leave Home Bad Religion: Suffer Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral Ramones: Ramones

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Posted May 21 2011 - 01:08 PM

"If you ask me again in a week, you'd probably get a different order or different records but here it is:"


In a week Posted Image ?? I changed my mind several times while typing it. Let's just say this is 5 out of the top 25....or 30...or 50...or

In no particular order.


Yes: Close To The Edge

Yes: Going For The One

Genisis: A Trick Of The Tale

Steely Dan: Aja

Heart: Dreamboat Annie


Honorable Mention: (I know, this is cheating)


Steely Dan: The Royal Scam

Led Zepplin: IV

Pink Floyd: DSOTM

The Baby's: Head First

Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive

Alan Parsons: I Robot

Alan Parsons: Eye In The Sky

Steve Hackett: Cured

Plus many others


Edit: How could I forget Boston's first album?? Not a wasted note on it.


And some greatest hits compilations I better not mention Posted Image

Ah, what the hell, Little River Bands Greatest Hits Posted Image


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#6 of 56 Steve Tannehill

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Posted May 21 2011 - 01:34 PM

Gotta go with the top 6:


Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Donald Fagen: The Nightfly

The Police: Synchronicity

Electric Light Orchestra: Out of the Blue

Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

The Beatles: Abbey Road



#7 of 56 Kevin EK

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Posted May 21 2011 - 01:34 PM

The Beatles:  Revolver

U2:  The Joshua Tree

Maria McKee:  Maria McKee

Peter Gabriel:  So

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers:  Damn the Torpedoes


I am of course having to leave off albums by many other artists that I also love.  That's always the hell of doing the top ten or top five...



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Posted May 21 2011 - 01:59 PM

Great lists guys.  Of course this thread may just have been a way for me to 'discover' new great albums...so thank you.


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#9 of 56 Carl Miller

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Posted May 21 2011 - 02:53 PM

First, I'm gonna check out Bad Religion because they were mentioned twice and I've never heard them. At least not knowingly. Here's mine:


Beatles - Revolver

Soundgarden - Superunknown

Alice in Chains - Dirt

Tool - Undertow

Rolling Stones - Some Girls


Honorable Mention:


The Clash - London Calling


Very cool to see ELO's Out of the Blue on someone's list...one of my Top 20 personal favorite albums as well.



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#10 of 56 Kevin EK

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Posted May 21 2011 - 06:24 PM

If I had a Top 10, or a second Top 5 below the first, I'd likely go with:


Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Eagles - On The Border

David Bowie - Heroes


and yes,

ELO - Out of the Blue (could easily be New World Record, but OOTB has more songs)



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Posted May 21 2011 - 08:24 PM

Tough.. but I'll give it a whirl...


Michael Jackson - Thriller


Jefferson Starship - Red Octopus


Jimmy Buffett - Changes in Latitudes Changes in Attitudes


Kenny Rogers - Kenny


Guns 'n Roses - Appetite for Destruction



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Posted May 22 2011 - 03:33 AM

Tough to get it down to five, of course, and in ten minutes I'll probably be kicking myself and saying "How could I forget X?"  In no particular order within my list of five.  Also limited to rock/pop, so no Sinatra, no blues, no jazz or country.



Bruce Springsteen Born to Run


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Joni Mitchell Court and Spark


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Carole King Tapestry


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The Beatles Rubber Soul


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Linda Ronstadt Hasten Down the Wind


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Posted May 22 2011 - 04:22 AM

Of those that others mentioned,  I'll second:


Jefferson Starships Red Octopus

The Police: Synchronicity

ELO: Out Of The Blue (though I like A new Worlds Record a bit better)

Donald Fagan: The Nightfly

The Beatles: (Insert any/all of them)


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Posted May 22 2011 - 04:38 PM



Originally Posted by gene c 

Of those that others mentioned,  I'll second:


Jefferson Starships Red Octopus

Indeed... the greatest of song of all time was on that album.



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Posted May 22 2011 - 05:54 PM

Yeah, this is basically "five good albums that are coming to mind right now":


Moody Blues - Days of Future

Don Fagen - The Nightfly

APP - Ammonia Avenue (clearly influenced by reading Gene's list, though I play it a lot)

Floyd - Meddle

Billy Joel - Glass Houses

Zep - House of the Holy


That might be more than five.



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Posted May 22 2011 - 06:03 PM

Ammonia Avenue: I'll have to give that a closer listen. I'm stuck on the other two, plus Eve.


Moody Blues: Days Of Future Past. Another one I can't believe I forgot to mention. Way ahead of it's time. Not always a good thing Posted Image . But a great album.


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Posted May 22 2011 - 06:27 PM

Synchronicity just makes my Top 5 from The Police. Posted Image



Also, I'm gonna show my work. Posted Image


Pet Sounds

Bad Brains by Bad Brains

Criminal Minded

Abbey Road

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

High 'N' Dry?

3 Feet High and Rising

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek and the Dominos

Paid in Full

Nothing's Shocking by Jane's Addiction

Walk Among Us

Louder Than Bombs

Enter the Wu-Tang by Wu-Tang Clan

Live at Leeds

Elephant

Fair Warning

In It for the Money

The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses

Iron Maiden

Violator


Pet Sounds was last out. Can't believe I did that, but at the moment I probably have Wild Honey ahead of it, among Beach Boys records, so I had to be fair.







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Posted May 23 2011 - 01:51 AM


Originally Posted by JeremyR 

Indeed... the greatest of song of all time was on that album.



Of course, now you're going to have to tell us which cut is "the greatest song of all time".  Posted Image 


One of my criteria was albums that have no bad cuts.   Albums I can play the grooves out of (to use an obsolete term) and not skip over songs I don't like.  This eliminates some otherwise fine discs.  (And even on the submitted list, I bent the rule.   The title cut of "Tapestry", which is the last cut on the disc, wore out its welcome for me sometime around 1977, but the rest of the record is so good I'll forgive Carole King for it.  "Rubber Soul" can stand in for any of several early-to-mid career Beatles albums.  On further reflection I could make a case for Steely Dan's "Aja", James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James" something from Billy Joel, some early Jackson Browne or the Eagles.  In different mood I could with some Led Zepplin, The Who, Yes or Fleetwood Mac.


Can we change this to the top 25 - or 50, or 100 - albums?  Posted Image


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P.S. 


And the Beach Boys, can't believe I forgot the Beach Boys.  And...


BTW, I've noticed that we have (for the most part) omitted "greatest hits" and other retrospective packages, which I think is fair.  I think albums that were conceived, recorded and released as albums should be compared to one another.  "Best of" and "Greatest Hits" collections that cherry pick the strongest songs from a half-dozen albums across a decade or more have an unfair advantage.


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Posted May 23 2011 - 02:43 AM

Following the sentiment of this thread, I don't know how to pick my top five; so here are five indespensible albums:


Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced  (Third Stone from the Sun is reason enough.)

Steely Dan - Aja

The Beatles - Abbey Road

Pink Floyd - The Wall

The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed


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Posted May 23 2011 - 03:18 AM

For me the test of a top five has got to be all killer no filler.  There does not appear to be many of those coming out anymore (disclaimer - I could just be getting old and cranky...)  So with that criteria in mind:


1. The Beatles - SPLHCB

2. Pink Floyd - DSOTM

3. The Who - Who's Next

4. Boston - Boston

5, Supertramp - Crime of the Century


For me, each song of each album is completely stand alone and could be listened to over and over and over and.....


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