Monday, March 13, 2017

My Favourite Albums Of All Time

Rejigging the list for 2017... 
A list which is always changing, always evolving, sometimes devolving. At the moment the present state of play is below and in a month or two it'll be different again. You'll notice no Beatles (with one kind of exception) or Stones or Springsteen or even Led Zeppelin (?!) (played to death unfortunately, but with R&R they will come back) or much rap. This isn't a PC list like Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums or a hipster collection like the NME list. Its merely my favourites. Old fashioned? Out of touch? Sure. I've limited myself to one album per artist and you'll notice that most of the records are in that sweet spot 1965 - 1979 when books, films and records were just better. 

1. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
2. Her Best: The 50th Anniversary Collection - Etta James
3. Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan
4. OK Computer - Radiohead
5. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
6. Very Best Of - Joan Armatrading
7. Nevermind - Nirvana
8. Pink Moon - Nick Drake
9. Wu Tang vs The Beatles - Tom Caruana, The Wu Tang Clan, The Beatles
10. Franks Wild Years - Tom Waits
11. Parallel Lines - Blondie
12. PJ Harvey - PJ Harvey
13. I'm Your Man - Leonard Cohen
14. At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
15. Dummy - Portishead
16. Horses - Patti Smith
17. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
19. Are You Experienced - Jimi Hendrix
20. The Undertones - The Undertones
21. Automatic For The People - REM
22. The Black Album - Jay Z
23. Never Mind The Bollocks - The Sex Pistols
24. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
25. Liege and Lief - Fairport Convention
26. Coat of Many Colors - Dolly Parton
27. The Smiths - The Smiths
28. The Violent Femmes - The Violent Femmes
29. Best Of - The Talking Heads (but David Byrne's best song Nothing But Flowers isn't on it!)
30. Dusty In Memphis - Dusty Springfield