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Old 03-10-2009, 04:07 PM   #111 (permalink)
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Another 4 great albums there and I have seen quite a few on your list from my humble self- I'm honoured!
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:34 PM   #112 (permalink)
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No they're all good albums but I confess I don't have much patience for anything FNM did post-Martin. Mule Variations is pretty good as well, probably his second best '90s album (behind Bone Machine). But Tom's 80s material is absolutely stellar: Heartattack and Vine, Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs, Frank's Wild Years (which is severely underrated, IMO). And well, I could never get into Blue Lines, it seems like such a sparse album compared to Mezzanine (and the monotone delivery is really off-putting at times).
I'd say you should give King For a Day another chance. As I said it's not as mind-bending as Angel Dust, but it's still a wonderful and eclectic album. Truthfully I could just as easily have stuck the latter in though. Regarding Tom Waits I have Rain Dogs, which was another near-miss for inclusion here. Bone Machine sounds really interesting from what I've read about it, and I'll definitely check out the others you mentioned sometime.

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Another 4 great albums there and I have seen quite a few on your list from my humble self- I'm honoured!
Yup, you've officially enriched my musical palette - kudos to ya sir
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:37 PM   #113 (permalink)
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On with this thing then...

96. Third World - 96 Degrees In the Shade (1977)
I didnt realize this was on here till now. Fantastic album, even if they turned slightly commercial later on in there carrear. I found a copy on vinyl luckily! The cover art makes you want to stare AND listen.

If you havnt already definitely check out Journey To Addis, its my favorite.
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:05 PM   #114 (permalink)
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^ I might just have a look for that album. If it's any better than 96 Degrees In the Shade it's gotta be quite something.

I'll be updating this thing soonish btw. Had quite a bit to do over the last few days, and I'll probably be quite busy tomorrow too.
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:07 PM   #115 (permalink)
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this thread keeps getting better.
I'm so psyched.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:28 PM   #116 (permalink)
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:16 AM   #117 (permalink)
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And away we go...

30. Supergrass - Road To Rouen (2005)

Supergrass are a funny band. Seems like everytime they release a bright and chirpy pop album they follow it up with madly ambitious and moodier pieces of work, and vice versa. As had happened after their debut I Should Coco (which was followed by two other fantastic albums), Road To Rouen was the followup to the great yet flawed Life On Other Planets. The quirky melodies and infectious choruses are gone (you won't any songs like Grace here) and instead we're presented with lavish orchestral arrangements, lengthy instrumental passages, art-rock atmospheres, glam-rock riffs and shades of folk (such as on the gorgeous Low C), reggae (Coffee In the Pot) and even jazz (St. Petersburg). The only song here which resembles any of their past work is the punchy Kick In the Teeth (which, while being a musical standout, still manages to work well enough within the album). All in all, this is an absolutely wonderful album - it's the sound of one of Britain's finest musical exports trying something new with one of the most theatrical and exciting records of the decade.
The best bits: Tales Of Endurance Pts. 4 5 & 6, Roxy, Low C

29. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album) (1968)

There had to be one Beatles album eh? It could have been Revolver, Rubber Soul, Magical Mystery Tour, Sgt Pepper's or Abbey Road, but if I marooned on a desert island Crusoe-style with only one Beatles album for company, I'd probably pick this one. While it's basically the total opposite of their other albums in its disjointed and eclectic nature, it's for me an album which is greater than the sum of its parts. I think I'll throw in that whole 'it's the sound of the band splitting up' cliche too (seeing as many of these songs are solo compositions). It's a gigantic labyrinth of an album, finding the Beatles dispensing with the psychedelic sheen of their last few works in favour of a more lo-fi and raw sound and an album which incorporates so many styles and moods, such as ska (Revolution 1), country (Don't Pass Me By), folk (Dear Prudence), blues-rock (Yer Blues), hard rock (Helter Skelter), sound collages (Revolution 9), you get the picture. Basically, if you haven't already, give it a go for crap's sake. Sure, it's an album which lacks the sense of unity of, say, Abbey Road, but the dazzlingly eclectic approach taken here makes for easily the most fascinatingly experimental and (in places) dark Beatles record - even if this results in with the odd miss, whatever low-points there may be a re more than made up for by the highlights; written and executed as they are with typical panache.
The best bits: Happiness Is a Warm Gun, Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me and My Monkey, Long Long Long

28. Human League - Dare (1981)

By 1981, the Human League had released two admirably profound and ambitious enough albums, but to no effect in terms of chart payout. After splitting the original lineup, singer Philip Oakley brought two teenage backing vocalists on board (Joanne Cathrell and Susan Sulley) and, with an arsenal of synthesizers, took to the studio without much hope. What resulted was an album that sold by the continent-load; a smash hit against all the odds and one of the first albums to be recorded entirely on synth. Although it's easy to dismiss as unabashed synthpop, it certainly does maintain shades of the Human League's artier, earlier albums (a prime example of this being on the aptly entitled Darkness), but while the more experimental ethics behind their earlier releases had been virtually disregarded by Oakley and his co-writers on the record, pop melodies play more of a part in the song structures here. Sure, synthesizers and drum machines have become more advanced since then (Do Or Die sounds like the soundtrack for a Snes game in places), but for a start that adds to the charm and, secondly, rarely has a band manipulated machinery in the studio and yielded such infectious, melodic and emotional results. One of the most important pop albums of all time, and definitely one of the best too.
The best bits: Open Your Heart, Darkness, Don't You Want Me

27. Love - Forever Changes (1967)

One of those albums which barely made a dent in the charts upon its initial release, but has had its reputation grow significantly down the years. Here is where the more electric, harder-rocking edge on Love's music gives way for a much more gentle and contemplative sound, with an album dominated by some of the finest acoustic guitar-work ever and some beautiful orchestrations to back it up. All this is tied together majestically by Arthur Lee's terrific voice, resulting in a truly essential album which merges baroque pop, psychedelia and folk-rock. It's another one you probably already have if you're reading this (if that's not the case, what are you waiting for?!).
The best bits: Alone Again Or, Andmoreagain, the Red Telephone

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Old 03-13-2009, 03:31 PM   #118 (permalink)
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lol now it's getting serious..
in short, I CONCUR. I think White Album would be my desert island Beatles disc aswell, it's just the most logical choice. No pic for Forever Changes mate
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:40 AM   #119 (permalink)
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Crikey, I almost forgot about this thread.

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lol now it's getting serious..
in short, I CONCUR. I think White Album would be my desert island Beatles disc aswell, it's just the most logical choice. No pic for Forever Changes mate
Gotta love the White Album eh. I actually quite liked that Revolution book on it (I forget who it was by) - a bit too impartial and opinionated, sure, but a good read nonetheless. Oh, and if any Beatles anoraks out there have the White Album demos and outtakes on MP3 drop us a line eh

If I'm not really doing much else, I'll do the next load of albums later today. Stay tuned!
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:21 AM   #120 (permalink)
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Love fully delivered on their masterpiece like a vintage wine, then quickly soured. Their first two releases also had some strong material, but this was perfect.
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