Top 100 Favorite Albums

Because I really can’t pick just ten.

I went with CD releases, rather than original album releases, mainly so I could stick in CDs where 2 great albums were fit onto one CD (Big Star, The dB’s). I also wasn’t a snob about box sets or compilations, though I tried to stay away from them as much as possible. I did limit myself to one album per artist, though, just to keep it interesting.

I tried to be honest and pick the stuff I actually listen to with pleasure the most often. There are plenty of albums I like - Pavement’s Slanted & Enchanted, Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James album, Blonde Redhead’s stuff, The Silver Apples’ first 2 albums (also together on 1 CD), Pulp’s Different Class - that are more mood music for me, and plenty of artists I theoretically should enjoy a lot more than I actually do - Nirvana, Neil Young, Modest Mouse. So here is my list, which I’m sure I will realize I made mistakes in, and hopefully more of you will post your own:

  1. Air – Moon Safari
  2. Asobi Seksu - Citrus
  3. Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs/Barrett
  4. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
  5. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
  6. The Beatles – Revolver
  7. Beck - Odelay
  8. Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
  9. Big Star - #1 Record/Radio City
  10. David Bowie - Low
  11. Billy Bragg – Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
  12. James Brown – Star Time
  13. Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady
  14. Cinerama – Va Va Voom
  15. The Clash – The Clash
  16. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – This Year’s Model
  17. Marshall Crenshaw – Marshall Crenshaw
  18. Crowded House – Crowded House
  19. The dB’s – Stands For Decibels/Repercussion
  20. De La Soul – 3 Feet High And Rising
  21. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing…
  22. Nick Drake – Bryter Later
  23. The English Beat – I Just Can’t Stop It
  24. Brian Eno – Another Green World
  25. The Feelies – Crazy Rhythms
  26. Fishbone – Truth & Soul
  27. Funkadelic – Motor City Madness: The Ultimate Collection
  28. Gang Of Four – Entertainment!
  29. The Go-Betweens – 16 Lovers Lane
  30. The Go-Go’s – Beauty & The Beat
  31. Handsome Boy Modeling School – So…How’s Your Girl?
  32. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians – Element Of Light
  33. Buddy Holly – The Buddy Holly Collection
  34. Hoodoo Gurus – Stoneage Romeos
  35. The Housemartins – London 0, Hull 4
  36. Husker Du – Zen Arcade
  37. The Jam – Sound Affects
  38. The Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy
  39. Joy Division – Closer
  40. The Kinks – The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
  41. Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine
  42. The La’s – The La’s
  43. Nick Lowe – Jesus Of Cool
  44. The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
  45. Meat Puppets – Up On The Sun
  46. The Mekons – Mekons Rock ‘n’ Roll
  47. Minutemen – Double Nickels on The Dime
  48. Bob Mould – Workbook
  49. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
  50. New Order – Substance
  51. Outkast - Stankonia
  52. Parliament – Tear The Roof Off 1974-1980
  53. Pere Ubu – The Tenement Year
  54. Pet Shop Boys - Actually
  55. Pixies – Surfer Rosa
  56. The Pogues – Rum, Sodomy & The Lash
  57. Portishead - Portishead
  58. The Pretenders – The Pretenders
  59. Prince – Sign O’ The Times
  60. The Psychedelic Furs – Talk Talk Talk
  61. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
  62. Public Image Ltd. – Metal Box
  63. Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
  64. Ramones – Rocket To Russia
  65. Otis Redding – Otis!: The Definitive Otis Redding
  66. R.E.M. – Murmur
  67. The Replacements - Tim
  68. Sleater-Kinney – All Hands On The Bad One
  69. Sly & The Family Stone – The Essential Sly & The Family Stone
  70. The Smiths – Louder Than Bombs
  71. The Soft Boys – The Soft Boys
  72. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
  73. The Specials – The Specials
  74. Spiritualized – Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space
  75. Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup
  76. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
  77. The Stooges – Fun House
  78. Sugar – Copper Blue
  79. Talking Heads – Remain In Light
  80. Television – Marquee Moon
  81. They Might Be Giants - Lincoln
  82. U2 – The Joshua Tree
  83. The Undertones – The Undertones
  84. Various Artists – Beg, Scream & Shout! The Big Ol’ Box of 60s Soul
  85. Various Artists – Can You Dig It? The 70s Soul Experience
  86. Various Artists – The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968
  87. Various Artists – Loud, Fast and Out Of Control
  88. Various Artists – No Thanks! The 70s Punk Rebellion
  89. Various Artists – Nuggets: Orignial Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968
  90. Various Artists - Nuggets II – Original Artfacts from the British Empire & Beyond
  91. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
  92. Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
  93. The Who – Sell Out
  94. Wire – Pink Flag
  95. Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
  96. X – Wild Gift
  97. X_Ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents
  98. XTC – Skylarking
  99. Yaz – Upstairs At Eric’s
  100. Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

Oh, come on! I know I’m not the only music geek here. You don’t have to limit yourselves to one album per artist or just rock/pop. I’m sure the members of the Dope can come up with some better lists than Time or Rolling Stone.

Oh, all right then. A hundred, eh? Do box sets count as one, or as however many discs are in the set?

  1. The Beatles - Please Please Me
  2. The Beatles - With The Beatles
  3. The Beatles - A Hard Day’s Night
  4. The Beatles - Beatles For Sale
  5. The Beatles - Help!
  6. The Beatles - Rubber Soul
  7. The Beatles - Revolver
  8. The Beatles - A Collection Of Beatle Oldies
  9. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  10. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
  11. The Beatles - s/t
  12. The Beatles - Yellow Submarine
  13. The Beatles - Abbey Road
  14. The Beatles - Let It Be

Got them out of the way. Now I’ll use my database as a reference.

  1. Bryan Adams - Reckless
  2. Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Anthology
  3. Bad Company - s/t
  4. Badfinger - No Dice
  5. The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile / Wild Honey
  6. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
  7. The Beach Boys - Made In USA
  8. The Beach Boys - Smile (bootleg)
  9. Jeff Beck - Truth
  10. Chuck Berry - The Chess Box or The Great Twenty-Eight
  11. Victor Borge - Live! (comprised of “Comedy In Music” and most of “Caught In The Act”)
  12. Boston - s/t
  13. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
  14. Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
  15. Kate Bush - Lionheart
  16. Kate Bush - Never For Ever
  17. Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
  18. George Carlin - Class Clown
  19. The Cars - s/t
  20. Harry Chapin - Greatest Stories Live
  21. Ray Charles - The Very Best Of
  22. Cheech & Chong - Big Bambu
  23. Chicago V
  24. Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
  25. Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare
  26. Bill Cosby - To My Brother Russell, Whom I Slept With
  27. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo’s Factory
  28. Tim Curry - Fearless
  29. Deaf School - Second Honeymoon
  30. Fats Domino - The Legendary Imperial Recordings
  31. The Doors - L.A. Woman
  32. The Dukes Of Stratosphear - Chips From The Chocolate Fireball
  33. Dave Edmunds - Anthology
  34. Electric Light Orchestra - Afterglow
  35. Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
  36. The Firesign Theatre - Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers
  37. The Guess Who - American Woman
  38. The Guess Who - Share The Land
  39. The Guess Who - So Long Bannatyne
  40. Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
  41. John Lee Hooker - The Original Mr. Lucky
  42. The James Gang - Yer Album
  43. The James Gang - Rides Again
  44. Billy Joel - The Essential
  45. Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002
  46. The Brothers Johnson - Look Out For #1
  47. King Crimson - Discipline
  48. King Crimson - Beat
  49. King Crimson - Three Of A Perfect Pair
  50. The Kinks - The Kink Kronikles
  51. Led Zeppelin - I
  52. Led Zeppelin - II
  53. Led Zeppelin - III
  54. Led Zeppelin - IV
  55. Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy
  56. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
  57. Led Zeppelin - Presence
  58. Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door
  59. Jerry Lee Lewis - Anthology
  60. Little Richard - The Essential
  61. Max Webster - s/t
  62. Max Webster - Universal Juveniles
  63. Paul McCartney - Wingspan
  64. Paul McCartney - Flowers In The Dirt
  65. Harry Nilsson - Anthology
  66. Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson
  67. Oasis - (What’s The Story) Morning Glory
  68. The Alan Parsons Project - Tales Of Mystery & Imagination
  69. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
  70. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
  71. Pink Floyd - The Wall
  72. Robert Plant - Pictures At Eleven
  73. Elvis Presley - The Sun Sessions
  74. Emitt Rhodes - s/t
  75. The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks
  76. Billy Squier - Don’t Say No
  77. Steely Dan - Showbiz Kids
  78. Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story
  79. Styx - Crystal Ball
  80. Supertramp - Crime Of The Century
  81. T. Rex - The Slider
  82. Traffic - The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
  83. Tom Waits - Nighthawks At The Diner
  84. Muddy Waters - Complete
  85. The Who - Ultimate Collection
  86. Brian Wilson - Smile

and a number of albums that will have to Bubble Under. To rewrite the list would take even longer! So there’s 100 albums I like, leaving out many, many others. Now get off my lawn!

I can’t manage one album per artist or limit it to rock/pop, but I will try to put them vaguely in order of preference.

There isn’t much classical here, even though I listen to a lot of it, because I tend to have favorite pieces rather than favorite recordings/albums, if that makes sense.

The order was done unfairly quickly, so it probably doesn’t actually reflect my preferences. But here we go.

  1. Universal Hall Pass - Mercury
  2. Venus Hum - Big Beautiful Sky
  3. Splashdown - Blueshift
  4. The Decemberists - Picaresque
  5. The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
  6. Piñataland - Songs for the Forgotten Future, vol. 1
  7. Barenaked Ladies - Gordon
  8. Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
  9. The Decemberists - Her Majesty, The Decemberists
  10. The Decemberists - Castaways and Cutouts
  11. “Weird Al” Yankovic - Running With Scissors
  12. Bruno Pelletier - D’autres rives
  13. Dar Williams - The Green World
  14. “Weird Al” Yankovic - Straight Outta Lynwood
  15. Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production of Eggs
  16. Dar Williams - My Better Self
  17. Emiliana Torrini - Fisherman’s Woman
  18. Jorane - The You and the Now
  19. Laura Veirs - Year of Meteors
  20. Osvaldo Golijov - Ainadamar
  21. Frou Frou - Details
  22. Barenaked Ladies - Rock Spectacle (Live)
  23. Venus Hum - The Colors in the Wheel
  24. Emiliana Torrini - Love in the Time of Science
  25. Tomás Jensen et les Faux-Monnayeurs - Pris sur le vif
  26. Dar Williams - End of the Summer
  27. Blue Man Group - The Complex
  28. Tomás Jensen et les Faux-Monnayeurs - Tomás Jensen et les Faux-Monnayeurs
  29. Andrew Bird - Music of Hair
  30. Rufus Wainwright - Want One
  31. Dar Williams - Mortal City
  32. Les Misérables Paris Revival Cast
  33. Rufus Wainwright - Want Two
  34. “Weird Al” Yankovic - Poodle Hat
  35. Les Misérables Complete Symphonic Recording
  36. Laura Veirs - Carbon Glacier
  37. Anthony Warlow - Centre Stage
  38. Happy Rhodes - Many Worlds are Born Tonight
  39. Laura Veirs - The Triumphs and Travails of Orphan Mae
  40. Dar Williams - The Honesty Room
  41. Dido - No Angel
  42. Les Misérables Original French Concept Recording
  43. Mecano - Descanso Dominical
  44. Blue Man Group - Audio
  45. Keren Ann - La biographie de Luka Philipsen
  46. Howard Shore - Lord of the Rings: Return of the King soundtrack
  47. Bruno Pelletier - Miserere
  48. Bruno Pelletier - Un monde à l’envers
  49. Songs for a New World original cast recording
  50. Dido - Life For Rent
  51. Victory At Sea - All Your Things are Gone
  52. Anthony Warlow - Midnight Dreaming
  53. Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
  54. Bill Bailey - The Ultimate Collection… Ever!
  55. Anthony Warlow - Back in the Swing
  56. Keren Ann - La disparition
  57. Kate Bush - Aerial
  58. Loreena McKennitt - Book of Secrets
  59. Anthony Warlow - Face the Music
  60. Mecano - Aidalai
  61. No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
  62. LittleHorse - The Mission Before Us
  63. Philip Quast - Live at the Donmar
  64. Yann Tiersen - Amélie soundtrack
  65. Stephen Jay - Tangled Strings
  66. Loreena McKennitt - An Ancient Muse
  67. Paul Simon - Graceland
  68. Greg Edmonson - Firefly soundtrack
  69. Notre-Dame de Paris original cast recording
  70. Mecano - Dónde está el pais de las hadas?
  71. Avenue Q OBC
  72. Emmanuel Pahud - Paris
  73. Keren Ann - Not Going Anywhere
  74. The Last Five Years original cast recording
  75. Ensemble Polytonal - Darius Milhaud Chamberworks
  76. Bruno Pelletier - Défaire l’amour
  77. Lucia Micarelli - Music from a Farther Room
  78. Camera Obscura - Let’s Get Out of this Country
  79. Mecano - Entre El Cielo Y El Suelo
  80. Arthur Honegger - Les Miserables (1934) soundtrack
  81. Keren Ann - Nolita
  82. Clogs - Lantern
  83. Tarkio - I Guess I was Hoping for Something More
  84. Eric Whitacre - Cloudburst and Other Choral Works
  85. Terry Taylor - The Neverhood soundtrack
  86. Osvaldo Golijov - La Pasión Según San Marcos
  87. Freezepop - Fancy Ultra Fresh
  88. Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians
  89. Danny Elfman - Big Fish soundtrack
  90. Freezepop - Freezepop Forever
  91. Philip Glass - The Hours soundtrack
  92. Uffington Horse - Enchantment
  93. Emmanuel Pahud - Beau Soir
  94. Emily Beynon/Andrew West - L’Album des Six
  95. Dawn Upshaw - Golijov’s Ayre and Berio’s Folksongs
  96. Josh Groban - Closer
  97. Instrumental - Acoustek
  98. Josh Groban - Josh Groban
  99. Jekyll & Hyde 1995 Concept Album
  100. Mario Frangoulis - Sometimes I Dream

Okay, okay. Geez. It takes awhile to come up with a list of 100. (But that’s still easier than narrowing it down to 10).

Here’s my list, in alphabetical order. Some true greats, some sentimental favorites or guilty pleasures. I did limit myself to rock/pop, to make things easier on myself. Subject to change without notice. Some restrictions apply. Offer void where prohibited.

ABC: The Lexicon of Love
Adam Again: Dig
Bad Manners: The Height of Bad Manners
The Bangles: Different Light
The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
The Beach Boys: Smiley Smile / Wild Honey
The Beatles: Revolver
The Beatles: Abbey Road
Adrian Belew: Inner Revolution
David Bowie: The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars
The Call: Red Moon
Chagall Guevara
The Choir: Speckled Bird
Collective Soul
Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Imperial Bedroom
Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Punch the Clock
Marshall Crenshaw
Daniel Amos: Shotgun Angel
Daniel Amos: Vox Humana
Da: Darn Floor–Big Bite
Daniel Amos: Motor Cycle
Daniel Amos: Songs of the Heart
The Decembrists: Picaresque
The Dream Academy
Dreams So Real: Gloryline
Jeff Elbel + Ping: No Outlet
Electric Light Orchestra: El Dorado
Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours
Fleming and John: The Way We Are
Ben Folds Five: Whatever and Ever Amen
Fountains of Wayne: Utopia Parkway
General Public: Hand to Mouth
Eddy Grant: Going For Broke
John Wesley Harding: The Name Above The Title
George Harrison: All Things Must Pass
Mark Heard: Dry Bones Dance
Richard X. Heyman: Living Room !!
Nick Heyward: From Monday to Sunday
Hooters: Zig Zag
Billy Joel: An Innocent Man
Phil Keaggy: Find Me In These Fields
The Kinks: Face To Face
The Kinks: The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
The Kinks: Arthur or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire
The Kinks: Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround * Part One
The Kinks: Schoolboys in Disgrace
Lost Dogs: Scenic Routes
Lost Dogs: Little Red Riding Hood
Lost Dogs: The Green Room Serenade part one
Lost Dogs: Gift Horse
Madness: One Step Beyond…
Madness: Keep Moving
Chris Mars: Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Paul and Linda McCartney: Ram
Paul McCartney: Tug of War
Men At Work: Two Hearts
Midnight Oil: Earth and Sun and Moon
Julie Miller: Orphans and Angels
The Moody Blues: In Search Of The Lost Chord
The Moody Blues: On The Threshold Of A Dream
The Moody Blues: To Our Children’s Children’s Children
The Moody Blues: The Present
Van Dyke Parks: Jump!
The Alan Parsons Project: Ammonia Avenue
The Alan Parsons Project: Gaudi
Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever
Sam Phillips: Martinis and Bikinis
The Police: Synchronicity
Prefab Sprout: Jordan: The Comeback
Queen: Greatest Hits
Michael Roe: The Boat Ashore
The 77s: Sticks and Stones
The 77s: Pray Naked
Simon and Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water
Paul Simon: Graceland
Paul Simon: Rhythm of the Saints
The Smithereens: Green Thoughts
Something Fierce: Gone All Wobbly
Something Fierce: Completely Unglued
Something Fierce: Franklin Pierce
Something Fierce: A Sound for Sore Ears
Randy Stonehill: Wonderama
The Swirling Eddies: Outdoor Elvis
Terry Scott Taylor: A Briefing for the Ascent
Terry Scott Taylor: John Wayne
They Might Be Giants: Then
They Might Be Giants: Apollo 18
The Traveling Wilburys: Vol 1
Trip Shakespeare: Are You Shakesperienced?
Trip Shakespeare: Across the Universe
Trip Shakespeare: Lulu
Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson: Smile
Stevie Wonder: Innervisions
Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness’ First Finale
Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life
XTC: Skylarking
XTC: Oranges and Lemons
Weird Al Yankovic: Dare To Be Stupid

See, already we’ve got better choices than the major publications.

I’m counting box sets as one, yes.
Also, I’ll get off your lawn once you give me my ball back, old man!

Looking at the other lists posted here, I can see some albums that almost made it onto mine, and quite a few others that I may have to check out. (i.e. from the names I do recognize, I can see that you have good taste, so I want to look into the other albums that I don’t recognize.)

Sticking to one album per artist (with a coupla slight cheats). Not a definitive list, would be different tomorrow, yadda yadda yadda.

  1. John Abercrombie/Dave Holland/Jack DeJohnette: Gateway
  2. Amon Düül II: Wolf City
  3. Jon Anderson: Olias of Sunhillow
  4. Ange: Emile Jacotey
  5. Art Bears: The World as It Is Today
  6. Phil Austin: Roller Maidens from Outer Space
  7. Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso: Darwin!
  8. The Band: The Band
  9. Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  10. Bonzo Dog Band: Urban Spaceman
  11. David Bowie: Low
  12. Arthur Brown: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
  13. Jack Bruce: Songs for a Tailor
  14. Kate Bush: The Hounds of Love
  15. Can: Ege Bamyasi
  16. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica
  17. Caravan: Waterloo Lily
  18. Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick: Prince Heathen
  19. The Clash: Combat Rock
  20. Shirley & Dolly Collins: Anthems in Eden
  21. John Coltrane: Meditations
  22. Elvis Costello: Get Happy!!
  23. Cream: Wheels of Fire
  24. Miles Davis: In a Silent Way
  25. Sandy Denny: The North Star Grassman and the Ravens
  26. Deus Ex Machina: De Republica
  27. Eric Dolphy: Out to Lunch
  28. The Doors: The Soft Parade
  29. Nick Drake: Bryter Layter
  30. Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited
  31. Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery
  32. Brian Eno: Another Green World
  33. Fairport Convention: Liege and Lief
  34. Firesign Theatre: I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus
  35. Fripp and Eno: No Pussyfooting
  36. Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (first)
  37. Genesis: Selling England by the Pound
  38. Gentle Giant: Octopus
  39. Lisa Germano: Lullaby for Liquid Pig
  40. Gilgamesh: Another Fine Tune You’ve Got Me Into
  41. Gong: Flying Teapot
  42. Grateful Dead: Aoxomoxoa
  43. Gryphon: Gryphon
  44. Peter Hammill: The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage
  45. Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage
  46. Roy Harper: Stormcock
  47. Hatfield and the North: The Rotters Club
  48. Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland
  49. Henry Cow: In Praise of Learning
  50. Steve Hillage: Fish Rising
  51. Howlin’ Wolf: Moanin’ in the Moonlight/Howlin’ Wolf
  52. Mississippi John Hurt: 1928 Sessions
  53. Ashley Hutchings/John Kirkpatrick: The Compleat Dancing Master/Rattlebone and Ploughjack*
  54. Incredible String Band: The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter
  55. Skip James: Today!
  56. Jefferson Airplane: After Bathing at Baxters
  57. Jethro Tull: A Passion Play
  58. Paul Kantner: Blows Against the Empire
  59. Mike Keneally: Dancing
  60. King Crimson: Lizard
  61. The Kinks: Face to Face
  62. Lemon Pipers: Green Tambourine
  63. Love: Forever Changes
  64. Magma: Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh
  65. Phil Manzanera: Diamond Head
  66. Charles Mingus: Mingus in Europe
  67. Joni Mitchell: The Hissing of Summer Lawns
  68. Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Music
  69. Mothers of Invention: Uncle Meat
  70. National Health: Of Queues and Cures
  71. News from Babel: Work Resumed on the Tower
  72. The Nice: Five Bridges
  73. Yoko Ono: Fly
  74. Picchio dal Pozzo: Abbiamo Tutti I Suoi Problemi
  75. Pink Floyd: Ummagumma
  76. Popol Vuh: Hosianna Mantra
  77. Procol Harum: Broken Barricades
  78. Rare Bird: Rare Bird
  79. Terry Riley: Rainbow in Curved Air
  80. Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet
  81. Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure
  82. Terje Rypdal: Odyssey
  83. Klaus Schulze: Timewind
  84. Pete Sinfield: Still
  85. Slapp Happy: Desperate Straights
  86. Soft Machine: Third
  87. Steeleye Span: Parcel of Rogues
  88. Chris Squire: Fish out of Water
  89. Tangerine Dream: Zeit
  90. Richard Thompson: Henry the Human Fly
  91. Ralph Towner: Solstice
  92. United States of America: United States of America
  93. Univers Zero: Uzed
  94. Michal Urbaniak: Constellation Live
  95. Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones
  96. Patty Waters: College Tour
  97. The Who: The Who Sell Out
  98. Robert Wyatt: Rock Bottom
  99. Yes: Tales from Topographic Oceans
  100. Frank Zappa: Civilization Phaze III
  • For 25 years I totally loved the Compleat Dancing Master LP before discovering that the version I had was mispressed, and side two was actually side two of Hutchings’s Rattlebone and Ploughjack album.

Yeah, that’s why these are fun - they make you want to check out stuff you’re not aware of.

They also remind you of artists you forgot when putting together your own list - I probably should have made slots for Love, Midnight Oil, Roxy Music, The Bangles and Prefab Sprout. Next time I’ll have to do a top 150 list.