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Old 02-13-2009, 05:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Haha, I thought it'd be that one
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:33 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul



The finest example of a soul record. If you are not clued up on soul then you have to start here. Amazing songs, sung by one of the best voices in soul. Everything here just oozes emotion, I love this album so much.

Jeff Wayne - The War of the Worlds



This next one is a Marmite album, you'll love it or hate it. Most of the people who love it, like myself, grew up listening to this late at night in the dark. I spent hours in bed with this blasting through my headphones, fascinated by the narrative and just loving the music. Yes it's very cheesey and, yes, it can be over the top but for those who grew up with this it is also a blast to listen to.

Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi




Philip Glass is one of my favourite composers and it is difficult to single out a recording. I went with this, the score to an equally amazing film. The music contained is so powerful and moving.

Tracy Chapman -Tracy Chapman



Chapman sings with such honesty and beauty and, despite bringing up a lot of political and social issues in her music, it often seems as though she is just singing for herself. Certainly someone who I wish would record a hell of a lot more than she has.
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Philip Glass is one of my favourite composers and it is difficult to single out a recording. I went with this, the score to an equally amazing film. The music contained is so powerful and moving.
Cheers. I haven't had the opportunity to listen to the whole soundtrack, but I absolutely love Pruit Igoe.
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:38 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Ash



Not the best from the boys, but their debut certainly hints at what was to come and showcases the bands fine musicianship. I seem to be the only one who likes the track 'Handy' though, I think it's a great track.

Carole King - Tapestry



Such a lovely album to listen to, King has crafted an album with such wonderful sentiment and emotion, yet still managing to keep things understated and restrained. Her beautiful songwriting is complimented by her wonderful voice.

James Carr - You Got My Mind Messed Up



Despite not gaining as much fame and recognition as Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke or Otis Redding, James Carr has delivered a powerhouse of a soul album. Track after track is filled with his remarkable voice, and the songs are either fun to listen to or gut-wrenchingly sad. One of Soul's best albums. Period.

808 State - Ex:El



Just a great album that brings back good memories. A nice mix of techno and electronica et al, with some guest vocals from Bjork and Bernard Sumner. Although it sounds dated to an extent, it's more a window back to the late 80s/early 90s. Some good stuff form the Manchester lads.
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Hunky Dory and Wishbone Ash, great albums.
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Old 12-07-2009, 02:08 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Good pick with 808 State, although I can't say much for them as I've only got the one track (Pacific's the one, I think). I've been meaning to get an album of theirs for quite some time now, so cheers for the heads up. The other three you mentioned sound pretty intriguing too - I'll get on their cases in a bit.
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Old 12-07-2009, 02:08 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Ninety is also a good 808 State album
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Some great picks so far in this thread. Albums I actually know, unlike most of the album threads on this site
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